Saturday, April 21, 2018

April's Air Stirs...

Hello!!!!  Kraft Card is THE topic over at PaperArtsy right now and I'm excited to share a project on the PaperArtsy Blog today. 

Friday, April 20, 2018

Anyone Can Change Everything

It's Friday!!!  I'm looking forward to our daughter being here for the weekend and getting to spend some inky/painty time with her.  But first, I have another easy card to share using a new Quietfire Design calligraphy stamp, Anyone Can Change Everything.  There's that Flourished Oval Frame again too.  This time I've embossed it with three coats of Ranger Ink's Liquid Platinum Embossing Powder.  For all the other ovals I've used Elizabeth Craft Designs Stitched Oval dies.  My background is Kraft Card cardstock, it was sprayed with Distress Resist Spray, inked with Distress Inks, wiped with a slightly damp cloth, and then die cut.  

Have a wonderful day!!!  

Hugs, Wanda

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

The Only Time...

Hi There!!!  I'm still using new stamps from Quietfire Design.  This time I've used The Only Time.  I've used the Flourished Oval Frame again and embossed it using Baked Textures.  I did one layer of Dirty Sand and then on top put one layer of Ancient Amber.  Doesn't that look fabulous!!!  My background is Distress Oxide Inks and the Butterfly Spray is stenciled with Regular Distress Ink. 

Monday, April 16, 2018

Tulips and Destiny


It's my turn over on the Quietfire Creations Blog today.  I'm using two fabulous, new release stamps on my card.  You can find my post HERE

Saturday, April 14, 2018

You Can Do Anything

Hey!!!  I hope you are having a good weekend.  I was out in the shop welding this morning and then this afternoon, in-between laundry and stuff, I've had a chance to do a little creating.  I'm still playing with New Release stamps from Quietfire Design.  Today I've used the You Can Do Anything stamp.

My background is built on a piece of Canvas paper cut to 4 1/2" square.  I put down layers of PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Paint using Seth Apter's monoprint technique.  The paint colors I used are Coral, Green Patina, Baltic Blue, and Stone.  I stamped the words directly onto the backgrouund using the Tim Holtz Stamp Platform.  I stamped with Archival Ink Jet Black but it needed to be bolder so I stamped with Embossing Ink and embossed with Detail Black Powder.  To help the words pop even more I added white with Dylusions Paint Pen.  

The Flourished Oval Frame is die cut from heavy paper.  I then embossed onto the frame using Emerald Creek/Seth Apter Rocky Road Baked Texture.  I put two layers of the Baked Texture on.  It is so cool!!!!  The frame was glued to the background and I used the White pen again.  To add more around the frame I stamped the Crackle Background image with Snowflake Fresco Finish Paint.  I didn't use an acrylic block and bent the stamp to just use parts of it.  I attached the background to Glossy Black Cardstock and then to a folded rust colored card.  Finally I attached an Idea-ology Mirror Star that I had dabbed with Distress Paint Brushed Pewter.

This is one of those cards that is just so much cooler in person :-)  I hope you can image the texture from the canvas paper and layers of paint combined with the Rocky Road Texture on the frame!!!  Fabulous!!!


Hugs, Wanda

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Where Words Fail

Hi There!!  I'm sharing another project today that uses a brand new Quietfire Design stamp, Where Words Fail.  I'm also using Seth Apter embossing powders made by Emerald Creek.  The use of the embossing powders on this project is inspired by Gwen Lafleur and projects she has shared on her blog using Seth's powders. 

My substrate is a 4" X 6" Dina Wakley Media Board.  Using Distress Collage Medium Matte I attached an old piece of music paper to the center area of the board.  A light coat of PaperArtsy Buff Fresco Finish paint muted the music printing.  I stamped the quote onto Tim Holtz Idea-ology Plain Collage Paper, tore it out and glued it on with the Matte Medium.  
Now for the embossing... Over the area where the music and quote is I tapped on VersaMark ink and embossed it with Vintage Beeswax.  I did a second layer of ink and powder and while I was melting the Vintage Beeswax I also sprinkled on some Ancient Amber.  You catch the metallic of the Ancient Amber as you move the piece but it doesn't show up too well in the pictures.  I made a mask by tearing a scrap of copy paper and added a band of VersaMark ink above and below the words.  This is embossed with one layer of Dirty Sand.  The next band of color is Patina Oxide.  I have an older bottle of embossing ink with no label and I painted this on with a brush to add the Patina Oxide.  I did two layers.  Finally I used Golden Heavy Gel Medium and Deep Sea Powder.  I did one layer and then added a second layer over part of it so I have some lighter looking blue and darker looking blue.  
The very edges of the panel are painted with PaperArtsy Gold paint.  Some craft thread and a music charm finish the piece.  

I LOVE how this came out!!!  I hope you do too!!

Hugs, Wanda

Monday, April 9, 2018

Perfect - Wonderful

Hello!!!  I hope your Monday is going well and that you have a blessed week!!!

Quietfire Design has new stamps!!!!!  Woo-Hoo!!!  Right now all the new stamps can be seen Here and they are 10% off until tomorrow, April 10.

I've used one of the new quotes on this card, Life Doesn't Have to be Perfect.

I stamped the quote with Versafine (Onyx Black) using a stamp platform (Tim Holtz) onto a piece of linen from the Idea-ology Textile Surfaces pack.  

After drying the ink, I placed the Flourished Frame Stencil onto the piece so the words were to the right side and scraped Deco Foil Transfer Gel (Therm O Web) through the design.  (remove stencil and wash) Once the gel was dry I added Deco Foil (Amber Watercolor) using a hot laminator.  It worked really well and looks gorgeous!!!  

I die cut two of the Moda Scrap Leafy Branch 5 (Elizabeth Craft Designs), one from green cardstock and the other from Deco Foil Toner Sheet.  The Toner Sheet branch was foiled with Deco Foil (Green) green using the heat laminator.  The cardstock branch was inked on the edges with Distress Ink (Mowed Lawn) and Pan Pastel (Bright Yellow Green) was brushed on the center of the leaves.  The edges of the Linen panel are inked with Distress Ink (Vintage Photo).  

The next layer is Gold Metallic Cardstock.  I stamped a background image on the cardstock and embossed with gold powder.  I peeled the backing from the linen piece and stuck it to the embossed cardstock.  The folded card is a deeper pink color and I brushed Nuvo Embellishment Mousse (Pink Flambe) around the edges before attaching everything else.  Ranger Ink Enamel Accents (Wild Orchid) and a gold metallic bow finish it off.  

Doesn't that quote look fabulous even stamped onto fabric!!!!

Thanks for stopping by (or reading in an email).  I appreciate your support.

Hugs, Wanda

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Framed Calligraphy

Hello!!!  I'm sharing a project over on the Quietfire Blog today.  I hope you can take time to check it out!!!

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Wedding Guest Book

Hi There!!!  Today I'm sharing the guest book I made last month for our youngest son's wedding. It was a small and simple wedding but oh, so nice!!!  Alina had a beautiful, simple dress.  Tim (and us) wore white shirts and blue jeans.  I wore a blue jean skirt.  Knowing this was the attire I created the guest book to match.  I actually used an old pair of Tim jeans that weren't very worn but had somehow (I don't remember now) got a large rip that wasn't in an area that made trying to fix them possible.  Time was very limited so I went with a ring bound book instead of something sewn together.  I printed their names and the date onto white cardstock and die cut the heart shape plus a larger heart.  I used an embossing folder on the larger heart. The one with their names was embossed around the edges with Ranger's Platinum embossing powder.  The small hearts in the background are texture paste through a Tim Holtz stencil.  I cut out the date and put heart brads on the strip.  They are also embossed with the Platinum powder.  

I cut cardstock for the inside pages and used tape where the holes would be punched alternating between plain Dina Wakley Media Tape and a pretty Washi Tape that matched well with the blue jeans.

Inside the front cover I made a pocket from acetate and put one of their engagement pictures in it.

The inside of both covers has a piece of cardstock with white mulberry paper wrapped around it.  I will be adding a pocket to the inside of the back cover that will have a wedding picture in it.

I'm entering this into the March Mini Album Makers Challenge.  The March challenge is being sponsored by Seth Apter and the prize is a full set of his new embossing powders, Baked Texture.

And some pictures from the day.


Sunday, March 25, 2018

Too Comfortable

Hello!!!  I hope you are well!!  Thank you for visiting and/or reading this in an email.  I truly appreciate you and your support of my blog!!

Today I'm sharing an 8" x 10" canvas that I've created for the More Than Words Challenge.

As you can see in the challenge image this month's word is Comfortable and the creative challenge is a color combo this time.  For my colors I used mostly PaperArtsy Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics.  I chose five colors that came close to the challenge colors.  They are - Hyde Park, Dusty Teal, Chalk, Moon Light, and Amethyst.  I've also used PaperArtsy's Crackle Glaze.  

I painted two coats of Hyde Park onto an 8" x 10" canvas.  Hyde Park is a translucent so it took two coats to get full coverage.  Once dry it was stenciled with Dusty Teal through The Crafter's Workshop 12" Climbing Vine Reversed stencil.  Next Crackle Glaze was scraped on from the bottom working up stopping a bit more than half way up leaving the glaze a little thicker in places and getting very thin as I stopped.  After allowing the glaze to dry for awhile Chalk paint was sponged over it and left to crackle.  Dusty Teal was lightly sponged and rubbed along the area where the Chalk paint stopped to give a more blended look.  Archival Ink Peat Moss (a new Wendy Vecchi color) was sponged through the 6" Climbing Vine Reversed stencil over the lighter area of the canvas and into the darker area just a bit.  I used just a couple of stamps on this project, both Stamper's Anonymous/Wendy Vecchi background images, a text and a splatter image.  I stamped the text with Moon Light paint randomly over the whole front of the canvas and the splatter with Amethyst just around the outer areas of the canvas and on the sides.  

I used two sets of Sizzix/Tim Holtz Thinlits cutting dies for all the greenery and the flowers, Garden Greens and Small Tattered Florals.  The greenery was cut from a darker green cardstock.  Detail and shaping was added to the pieces with flower shaping tools (Elizabeth Craft Designs, Susan Garden Tools and Mats).  On the Ivy looking pieces I lightly sponged some Chalk paint around the edges.  The fern looking pieces were painted with Hyde Park.  Painting some of the pieces gave a various to the colors.  The Smaller leaves were painted with Beach Hut.  The little bit larger leaves were stamped with the Splatter image and Dusty Teal.  For the flowers a piece of white cardstock was painted with Amethyst and then all the flowers die cut from it.  Some of the flowers were then dry brushed on the edges with Chalk and the others were inked on the edges with Distress Ink Wilted Violet.  All the flowers were detailed and shaped with the flower shaping tools.  The canvas was wrapped with some fibers, all the greenery glued on, the flowers assembled and glued on, and Nuvo Crystal Drops (Ivory Seashell) added to the centers.  After drying for a bit, the whole canvas was splattered with Distress Paint Brushed Pewter.  The words were computer printed, cut out, and edged with Wilted Violet Ink.  Finally dots of Cactus Flower Enamel Accents were added.

I really like this!!!  I look at the background and think "Wow! I did that?!"  LOL  I love the greenery and flowers.  And I especially love the message.

I hope you like it too!!

Hugs, Wanda

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Happy Birthday

Hello!!  It's wet here in Southern Iowa today.  I'm thankful for that because it's better than snow :-)  It's also good for the fields!!

The background of this card is layers of Distress Oxide Ink.  Over that I've stenciled Transparent Texture Paste through a PaperArtsy stencil.  Happy Birthday is a PaperArtsy stamp.  The butterfly and matching die are Tim Holtz and Sizzix.