Friday, January 19, 2018


Hello!!!  Yep, it's gotten quieter on the blog... for two reasons.... as of last week I'm back out welding in the shop most days except that wasn't actually the case this week because I've been sick.  How sad is it to be in the house and not even have enough energy to do something fun, lol.  I'm feeling a bit better today and even got a little painty (not too much and then I was exhausted).  

I made this scripture card a couple of weeks ago.  It is 4" x 6".  I started by cutting a panel from a gel print.  That would be the rectangle blocks you see in the background.  I laid a mask on top and sprayed Distress Spray Stain over it.  Dried it.  Added stenciling along the left and right - the blue flowery images.  The blue is a metallic acrylic paint.  Yellow ink was added around the edges and then stamping with a small leafy image.  I printed the scripture onto plain Tissue Wrap (Tim Holtz Idea-ology) and tore it out carefully.  I thought the background might be too dark so added some white paint lightly in the center area.  I attached the scripture with Distress Collage Medium Matte under and over the tissue wrap.  I actually got it on slightly crooked, which completely bugged me so I trimmed the panel a little to straighten it, attached it to black cardstock and sewed it.  Finally I underlined some words I thought were important with a black permanent pen.  Over time I'm going to be doing more of these cards.  I'm thinking I'll maybe bind them into a book but not sure about that yet.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Mixed Media Valentine's Card

Hello to you on this cold, windy Monday morning!!  The actual temperature here in Southern Iowa is currently above zero but it will be falling all day to below zero by this evening.  However, the wind chills are already in the double digits below zero and will also be getting colder.  Brrrr!!!

On to more pleasant things :-)  I have a tutorial over on the Quietfire Creations Blog today for this card.  Pictures don't pick up the bits of glitter that are part of the embossing powder mix.  Every time I sit at my desk, I pick up this card and tip it side-to-side to see those bits catch the light.  It is so pretty!!!  I hope you have time to pop on over there and see the step-by-step pictures.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Sympathy Card

Hello.  We are one week into 2018... only 51 weeks left :-)  

I'm sharing a sympathy card today.  I started with a copy of hymn.  Color was added using paint, the center area is just a wash and then heavier color on the edges.  The "rays" are done with paint and a stencil.  The flower and oval shape are die cut with Tim Holtz dies.  The sentiment is a stamp from Our Daily Bread Designs.  

This is a wonderful hymn!!!  Truly.. what a day that will be!!!  

The words to the hymn are:

There is coming a day,
When no heart aches shall come,
No more clouds in the sky,
No more tears to dim the eye,
All is peace forever more,
On that happy golden shore,
What a day, glorious day that will be.

What a day that will be,
When my Jesus I shall see,
And I look upon His face,
The One who saved me by His grace;
When He takes me by the hand,
And leads me through the Promised Land,
What a day, glorious day that will be.

There'll be no sorrow there,
No more burdens to bear,
No more sickness, no pain,
No more parting over there;
And forever I will be,
With the One who died for me,
What a day, glorious day that will be.

What a day that will be,
When my Jesus I shall see,
And I look upon His face,
The One who saved me by His grace;
When He takes me by the hand,
And leads me through the Promised Land,
What a day, glorious day that will be

Saturday, January 6, 2018

He is Good

Hello Again!!!

I really like this card!!!  The background starts with Distress Oxide Inks, dipped and dried and not worked too much.  Over this is some stenciling with the Tim Holtz Layering Stencil, Dot Fade.... stamping done with the dotty circle image, PaperArtsy Lin Brown 29... and pen stitches around the edges.  The large leafy image is a PaperArtsy Kay Carley Stencil, PS061. I put Deco Foil Transfer Gel through the stencil scraping the gel pretty smooth, removed the stencil and wash it, allowed the gel to dry completely.  I then added Deco Foil Green Foil to the gel using a Laminator.  The scripture is a Taylored Expressions stamp, Shade Tree Scripture Set.  It's stamped with Embossing Ink and embossed with white powder.  Tim Holtz Craft Thread is wrapped around the panel.  The bird is a Wendy Vecchi Mat Mini stamped with the matching stamp and inked with Distress Ink.  

Friday, January 5, 2018

Gears and Flowers

Good Day to You!!!  This was a fun card to make and I've been told that the birthday girl that received it really like it.  

In the background is cardstock embossed using the Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Steampunk texture fade.  The piece was then colored with Nuvo Embellishment Mousse using a Nuvo brush and a few metal type colors.  Next I brushed a glaze over the whole panel, let it sit a bit and then wiped it back using a baby wipe.  Isn't it great!!!!  The words "Enjoy the Journey" (Idea-ology metal piece) was colored using a Distress Crayon.  It is set upon some strips of Washi tape.  The thread is Tim Holtz Craft Thread.  I really like the weight of his craft thread for things like this.  Now for the flowers (Sizzix Tim Holtz Wildflowers).  These were die cut from Mixed Media Card and then used as a mask while making prints doing the shaving cream, marbling technique.  Under the main layer of the card is a white cardstock layer (edges distressed), then Tim's Gold Metallic Kraft-Core (edges distressed), then a folded purple card. 

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Life - Today is a Good Day

Happy Thursday to you!!!  I hope your week is going well!! I have a tag to share with you today.  

I used a Ranger #8 Manila tag.  Our son and daughter-in-law were over on New Years Day and while the guys did there thing (sorting trading cards), us girls did ours (art play).  I've had some Gelatos for a long time and barely touched them so we had a play.  That's when this tag started.  The first couple layers are gelatos, rubbed with my finger, sprayed with water, dripped, and put on through a stencil.  I think next I put on a stencil and spray Distress Spray Stain.  Then I have ink through stencils.  Then some stamping.  I really just kept putting stuff on because it didn't look too good to begin with... but it got better... much better.  When I like it, I stopped adding layers and did some simple things to finish it off.  Around the edges is Frantage embossing enamel.  I know I've had it quite some time but hadn't used it yet.  I'm sure of that because I had to cut open the package to use it.  They are gorgeous!!!  I also used it around the edges of the Typed Token I added at the top.  Before doing the edge, some color was added to the token with Archival Ink Red Geranium and the word highlighted with Distress Crayon.  Some Washi Tape wrapped towards the bottom.  A handsome boy and a dog from Tim's Paper Dolls.  Small Talk stickers, color added with Distress Marker and sketched lines with a black pen.  

I'm linking this to the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge Ring in the New - the Frantage embossing enamel was new for me to use. 

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Leafy Birthday

Hi!!!  It was still fall outside when I made this instead of the snowy, very cold weather it is now.

Base - folded kraft card.  Next - torn edge, black cardstock brushed a bit with Distress Paint Tarnished Brass.  Main layer - stamped with Tim Holtz background image, Distress Ink around edges, Wendy Vecchi white embossing paste through Tim Holtz leaf stencil, let dry, put stencil back on and add Distress Inks, spritz with Distress Ink using Tim's spritzer and Distress Marker.  On top - Tim Holtz craft thread, Tim Holtz/Sizzix leaf - cut and embossed, Happy Birthday die cut - Elizabeth Craft Designs A Way With Words designed by Suzanne Cannon.  Finishing touch - some dots of Enamel Accents.  

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Love and Hearts Always

I'm sharing the details of this Valentine's card on the Quietfire Creations Blog today.  You can find it HERE.

Monday, January 1, 2018

Live Every Day to the Fullest

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!  I hope 2018 is a wonderful year for you!!!  

I'm excited as I look forward to whatever God has in store for me this year as I work at growing my relationship with him.  His plans are the best and I pray I hear His voice and follow the leading of His Holy Spirit every moment of every day.

I'm still playing catch as I have some things made this past year but not blogged yet.  This is a perfect one for the start of a new year.

In the background I'm using a piece torn from a  print from a Gel Press plate.  The print was made with Lumiere paints on black cardstock and a stencil.  Onto this I've stamped a Tim Holtz background image and embossed it with Ranger's Liquid Platinum powder.  In the center of each star design I've added a drop of Enamel Accents.  The gems are a piece cut from a Prima Lets Say it in Crystals pack.  There is a purple canvas paper layer edged with white paint.  Then another layer of gel print, edges embossed with Liquid Platinum.  The quote is rubber stamp from Our Daily Bread Designs, Each Minute.  The metal flowers are Finnabair.  The bottom flower is painted.  A fabric brad from my stash (probably from Hobby Lobby) is in the center.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Presence of Wonder

Happy Sunday!!  and Happy last day of 2017.  It's hard to believe another year has gone by.... they go so quickly.  

A few weeks ago our youngest son got engaged.  Our daughter in law to be and I spent some time yesterday making gel prints.  I used one of the papers the brayer was cleaned on to make this card.  I chose an area and cut it out... stenciled (Tim Holtz music stencil) on it with Wendy Vecchi's Archival Ink color, Violet... stenciled the Tim Holtz flowers with Wendy's black embossing paste... once dry, I splattered it with white paint, stitched around the edges, and embossed the edges with Ranger's Liquid Platinum powder.  I wrapped the panel with purple twine, attached it to white cardstock and then a folded purple card.  Chose a Tim Holtz Small Talk Sticker, trimmed it, added color on the edges with Cracked Pistachio Distress Marker and attached it as shown. The finished size of the card is 4 1/4" x 6 5/8". 

Saturday, December 30, 2017

Love and a Hand Carved Stamp

Happy Saturday to you!!!  I hope you get some time to rest/play this weekend!!  

I'm sharing a fun card today.  The heart image is designed and hand carved by my super talented friend Michelle Morlan.  She has an Etsy shop, Sparrow Foot Stamps, that you can find HERE.

My background panel is the smoother side of a piece of Ranger's Watercolor Paper.  I inked the heart image with Distress Ink Abandoned Coral and then tapped some Distress Ink Picked Raspberry on the edges, sprayed on some water, stamped it onto the paper, sprayed it again without inking, and stamped it for a lighter image.  I did this a few times and even did a couple of stampings, spraying with water and stamping a third time without inking.  The speckles are made using the Distress Air Spritzer thing (can't remember the actual name) with the Picked Raspberry marker.

I tore a piece of vellum, inked the top and bottom edge with Embossing Ink and embossed with Ranger's Liquid Platinum powder.  I wrapped this to the back and taped it down.  The single heart is stamped with Ranger's Archival Ink, inking the whole heart with Bright Tangelo and adding some Vibrant Fuchsia to the top edges.  This is stamped on a scrap of white cardstock, cut out, glued to a piece of Tim Holtz Gold Deco Sheet, cut out with a small border, and added some yellow to the center with a glitter gel pen.  The word love is an A Way With Words cutting die (Elizabeth Craft Designs by designer Suzanne Cannon) from the set Baby Love.  I've die cut it from Gold Deco Sheet and also black cardstock, attached them together as shown. 

Friday, December 29, 2017

White Tiger

Hello Again!!!  I know, blogging 4 days in a row.. shocker :-)

This was made for a birthday card.  The ovals including the folded base are cut with the Sizzix/Tim Holtz Stitched Ovals.  The center layer is sponged with ink and then stenciled (Tim Holtz stencil) with Nuvo Embellishment Mousse.  The front layer - the tiger is stamped with black ink and then a waterbrush and Distress Ink were used to add some color detail but the idea was a white tiger.  The leaves are stamped with Distress Ink.  The die cut leaves are Sizzix/Tim Holtz with detail added using Susan's Garden flower tools.  

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Happy Birthday Beautiful

The background is Distress Inks sponged on and then sponged through a stencil.  The flowers are gloss paste through a Tim Holtz stencil, let dry, and then foiled (Deco Foil Rainbow) using a laminator.  The words are done with a Dymo labeler.  Edges distressed, layered to a metallic pink paper and then to a folded white card.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Mornings are the Most Beautiful Time of the Day

Hello!!!  I received a beautiful calendar for Christmas.  The artist that did all the pictures for the calendar is Jane Shasky.  The calendar came in a large, heavy envelope with a picture on it that coordinated with the images in the calendar.  The envelope also had just a bit of a canvas texture to it.  Instead of just throwing it away I decided to make a couple of card.  This is the first one.  I picked an area and die cut a large rectangle (Elizabeth Craft Designs Stitched Rectangles) from it.  I then die cut another rectangle from the first rectangle using one size smaller cutting die.  I edged both rectangles with Distress Paint Tarnished Brass.  The largest is attached to a folded white card.  On the smaller rectangle I stamped an A Way With Words Clear Stamp (Elizabeth Craft Designs by designer Suzanne Cannon) image from the A Bit of Fragrance Collection onto the panel with Archival Ink Jet Black.  I did this using the Tim Holtz Stamping Platform and was very glad that I did!!  Since there is some texture I needed to stamp it a few times to get a good image without pressing so hard that it squished the letters.  I wrapped this panel with some glitzy gold fiber and then attached it to the card with foam mounting tape.  

On the inside I added a sentiment based on Lamentations 3:23.  I printed it with my laser printer and then, using a laminator, foiled the verse with Deco Foil Red.  I tore the paper using a ruler.  I added a mat torn from cardstock and painted with Distress Paint Tarnished Brass.

God's love for us is without end and I am so thankful that His mercies are new every morning!!

I tried to capture the shine of the red foil.....

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Leather Journal/Scrapbook

Hi There!!!  I hope you had a wonderful Christmas day!!!

This is a book I made for a Christmas gift (by request).  My step-daughter already has one leather journal and had used it as a scrapbook.  She took a trip to Maine this year and had asked for another book she could use as a scrapbook.  The book is large.  I bought acid free cardstock that was 11" x 17" and folded them in half for the signatures - 8 signatures with 7 folded papers each.  Lots of room for pictures, etc.  I stamped an image of a lighthouse, die cut in an oval, added color and spray sealed the image.  Under it is an oval cut from Tim Holtz gold metallic surface.  This is a peel and stick paper.  After sticking it on, I put an acrylic block over it, weighted it down and left it overnight for, hopefully, a bond that will last.  The lighthouse is glued on with Collage Medium Matte.  I put a blue velvet paper liner inside the leather cover.  I thought blue was a good choice thinking about the coast and the ocean.  I used waxed linen thread to sew in the signatures and left extra hanging to make dangles with beads, charms, and the word Maine.  Stretchy cord was used for keeping the book closed. 

I hadn't made a book in long time and had a really good time with it!!!

I'm linking this to the December Mini Album Makers Challenge where the theme is always Any Handmade Book.  

Saturday, December 23, 2017

Noel - Merry Christmas

A few Christmas cards to share.  Noel is an old stamp.  The solid greenery stamp is Hero Arts.  Merry Christmas is Darkroom Door.  I pulled alcohol inked papers from my stash and embossed Noel with detail black powder.  The back panels are sponged with Distress Ink, stamped with Archival ink, splattered with Distress Paint Tarnished Brass, and the edges embossed with gold powder. 

A Very Merry Christmas to You!!!!!!!!!!!!!!