Sunday, December 18, 2011

New Twisted Sketch (card) design team

Twisted Sketch had a design team call recently.  Existing DT members were asked to create a card based on the sketch being used for the call.  Head on over to the Twisted Sketch blog to meet the new design team and see the sketch.

The twist was "numbers".  Here is the card I created:

Notice anything missing?  Yep, forgot to work in the twist.  Sometimes I am such a dork!  The sad thing is I didn't even realize it until I saw the posted on Twisted Sketches blog.  Before I started creating it,  I KNEW I the exact  background paper I was going to use.  It is white paper covered with numbers in black ink and then I was going to add the sentiment in a bright color on white paper matted on matching paper (to the sentiment ink) to make it pop. . . and some how this is what I ended up with.  Not sure when I took the detour. . .the brain is a mysterious thing. . .especially mine!

Hope you had a terrific weekend!

Wishing you peace.


Saturday, December 3, 2011

Twisted Sketches Card # 88

Did you notice the sketch #?  It's an even number (normally I only post odd # sketches)!  Does it mean there's something different going on?  Yes it does!  This week both Teams are posting cards, so there will be LOTS of inspiration for you!

Not only do you need to go to Twisted Sketches to see this week's sketch, but you need to go see all the great cards the other designers have created too!

The twist this week is "JOY".

I started with a "traditional" Christmas brown card base.  The edge of the green BoBunny paper was cut on my Vagabond using Tim's "Plaque & Postage" On the Edge Alteration Sizzix die.  (I used the Plaque side), I ran it through the Vagabond a second time using Tim's "Joy" Movers & Shapers Alteration Sizzix die. I inked the edges with some distress ink. . .I think it was Evergreen Bough, but won't swear to it! lol.    After "auditioning" many pieces of paper behind "JOY", I decided I like the green metallic best, so I used that.  (It was from my scrap bin, so I don't know if was actually a full sheet of paper at some point or from some packaging I "recycled".)

Next I used a piece of Gold Metallic Shimmer Sheetz and embossed it using Tim's burlap embossing folder.  I cut the scallop edge using my Cutterpede with the wavy blade.  Then swiped some "watermelon" alcohol ink over the strip!  Alcohol ink has a fantastic effect on Shimmer Sheetz - in some places it left AI color and in other places it removed all color (including the gold) from the Shimmer Sheetz!

I added a poinsettia to each side of Joy.  Then decided it didn't look quite right, so I added a couple more poinsettias to the left side.  Ahhhh, much better!  Then I looked at the sketch again and realized, this is not looking too much like the sketch.

Sooooooooooooooooooooooo, I went back to my original idea and created this:

Awwwwwwwwwwwwwww, much closer to the sketch!  Again I used Tim's "Plaque & Postage" On the Edge Alteration Sizzix die, this time with some Hot Off the Press Ivory Poinsettia paper. The "Joy", which is a Hero Arts stamp, was embossed using Distress Clear Embossing Ink with Tamp-N Stuff Claret embossing powder.  I stamped and embossed a couple of extra poinsettias on a manila tag then cut them out, inked the edges and the backs, added a drop of yellow Stickles, curled the edges for a bit of dimension.and attached over the top of the stamped image on the card.   The ribbon is attached with some Viva Las Vegas Miracle tape (LOVE this stuff!!)  The green "things" are some spacers topped with a Martha Stewart gem. Both were colored (separately)  with Alcohol Ink (Meadow).

What are you plans for the weekend?  Hope you will play along with Twisted Sketches!  

Tomorrow (Sunday) is Gingerbread House day!  That means today I will be baking gingerbread houses so my nieces and great-nieces can come over and decorate!!!    This is our 4th annual event!  (I will post pictures of their fabulous creations sometime in the next week!)

Take care,

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Twisted Sketches Card # 87

Wow!  Time really flies!  Here it is almost the end of November and this is my first November post!  Last week I participated in a class at Stamper's Corner. The instructor was Els from Elizabeth's Craft Designs.  All I can say is OH MY!  I took 2 classes and created 2 cards in each class (I will post those later.)

The reason I mentioned the classes here is because I used the technique and products from one of the classes and created a card for this week's Twisted Sketches Card #87.  The twist this week is Glitter!!! (You can click the link to see the sketch.)

The background started as plain white card stock to which I added some "Be Creative" Tape, then the fun began!  I masked the exposed tape with snowflakes then covered with Glitter Ritz Deep Purple Opaque Micro Fine Glitter.   After completely covering, I removed the excess glitter and returned it to the jar.  I burnished what remained on the tape with my finger.  This glitter is amazing, it is soft to the touch almost like velvet!  After burnishing well, I carefully removed the masks and added Glitter Ritz Cool Highlights glitter following the steps I mentioned earlier.

The picture really does not do justice to the "glittery-ness" of the card, I wish you could see it in person!

Have you ever wanted to be on a design team?  Do you like working from sketches?  Then you need to check out the Design Team Call Twisted Sketches has going on right now.  You gotta hurry though, the last day to submit is December 1, 2011.

Hope you have a great week!


Monday, October 31, 2011

Halloween at Grandma Linda's!!!

Happy Halloween!

My daughter, Kristine and I tried our hands creating with a new "media" for Halloween!

I created a Mummy Meatloaf - (my daughter helped wrap him)

 She made a little swamp juice!

And I created some Swamp Monsters!

 We left the meatloaf and swamp monsters cooking while we took the little ones out Trick or Treating -

The Haul!
Hope you had as much fun as we did!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Twisted Sketches #83 and a neighbor

Just as I was adjusting to an empty nest and accepting the "new" normal, I got the flu and the new normal was interrupted once again.    Well I've recovered from the flu and getting back in the flow of things! 

The twist for Twisted Card Sketch  #83 is black!  (You can click on the link to see the sketch and get some inspiration from the design team.)

Here is my take on the sketch

This is not exactly as I had planned. . .I had plastic letters that spelled "BOO", but sometime between "auditioning" the letters and adhering them to the card, one of the "o's" walked away.  I spent 30 or so frustrating minutes trying to find that sneaky little "o", but to no avail, so I had to rethink the card.  I incorporated pitch black Adironack dabber paint for the twist.  I used it to edge the card and elements (instead of ink)!

Now, I have to show you my neighbor.  She is adorable!  The other day I was getting ready to go somewhere and opened the front door and there she was! She gave me a quick look and just continued her chores!

The surprising thing is she was only about 10 feet away while both the front door and screen doors were open and Max (our Golden Retriever) was at the opening with me!  

Hope you have a fabulous autumn weekend!


Saturday, October 15, 2011

Twisted Sketches Card # 81

Hi!  Remember me?  I know I have been MIA for a while. . . lots has been going on  . . . nothing horrible, just life.

This week over at Twisted Sketches the twist on card #81 is "love", any how, any way! (You can see the sketch by clicking on the link!)

I used a periwinkle-ish colored card from my stash for the base.  I used a Mini Baroque Movers & Shapers die to cut a frame in the card.  I used a Snow Flurries Texture Fades on the front of the card.  Once I embossed the card front I used a bit of Tumbled Glass distress ink to bring out the snowflakes.  I used Archival Jet Black to stamp the main image is an Inkadinkado stamp and is stamped INSIDE the card and colored with Kimberly water color pencils.  I used a Sizzix Traditional Tag die, the sentiment is from Studio G series 12 stamped in Stazon Ultramarine.  It's hard to see but there are snowflakes stamped in the background which are also Studio G Series 33.  The tag edges are inked with Tumble Glass and Chipped Sapphire Distress Inks.  The snowflake holding the tag down is a "dress it up" button.

Hope you will play along.  If you do, please leave me a link to your creation!

Until next time!


Saturday, September 17, 2011

Twisted Sketches Card #77

This week I had intended to make a very obvious autumn card. The plan called for a word like "autumn" or "blessing" or some other word that means it's my favorite time of year.  I gathered supplies and took a right turn somewhere along the process.  Although the card was not what I had planned, I am pleased with the way it came out as an any season card!

Check out this week's Twisted Sketches card sketch can be found here!  The twist is "plain"   I thought of a play on words and was going to get clever with a (air)plane or a plane used in woodworking but cleverness beyond the thought was beyond me this week.  So I stuck to "plain".  

I used Hero Arts layering paper in Latte for the card base.  I spritzed it with some Perfect Pearls  in Perfect Gold and water to give it a little simmer.  I tore a piece of handmade paper for the strip.  The sentiment is a Making Memories de-fined clear stickers.   I mounted the sticker on a scrap piece of velum envelope. . . the gummed part!  I added a bit of water to activate the stickiness and glued it to the hand made paper and ta da! no telltale glue under the velum!  The twine is from Ace Hardware and the "A" is a brad from my stash!

Hope my card has provided a bit of inspiration!  For more inspiration be sure to check out the Twisted Sketches blog and I hope you play along too!  If you do, be sure to link up your card to the Twisted Sketches blog!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Twisted Sketches Card #75

Wow! Where does time go?   It seems like it just goes by faster and faster! So after being sick for a week and then a week long trip to get my son off to college I am BACK!!!  (I will post my trip soon!  for now I will just say it was AWESOME!)

On to the important stuff of the day. . . Twisted Sketch Card 75!!!  If you haven't already stopped by Twisted Sketches to see the sketch, go take a look, I will wait! lol   The twist this week is "ink".

Here's my card. . .

I used some Bazzill cardstock for the card base and the piece the sentiment is stamped on, the floral background paper is from my scrap pile,  the brads are from my stash.  I used the hello stamp from Hero Arts "Dictionary Greeting" set and Stazon Ultramarine ink.  I lightly inked the edges of both the sentiment and background paper.  The flower "ribbon" is "half the edge" Bazzill paper strip.

Stop back soon as I have a couple more cards to add using this week's sketch. . . they are mostly finished I just need to add a couple finishing touches but first I need to get ready for the grandkids they will be here soon!  And I am VERY excited to see them!  Guess I am excited to see my son-in-law too and then later today or tomorrow my daughter!

Have a fabulous and safe weekend!

LindaPublish Post

Sunday, August 14, 2011

GM #19

Here's my entry for Studio L3's Grungy Monday #19 Challenge.  Our inspiration/instructions came from Tim's 12 tags of Christmas. . . day 10 (2010).

The bird and branch are on top of the cracked window, the cage under it.

Have a great week.


Products used:
Ranger Ink:  Manilla cardstock, Snow Cap & Copper Dabbers, Broken China, Faded Jeans, Dusty Concord, Forest Moss and Black Soot Distress Inks, Coffee and Jet Black Archival ink, Glossy Accents.

Sizzix - Mover & Shapers Mini Bird & Cage Set

Misc - scraps of grungeboard, scraps green & brown cardstocks.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Grungy Monday #18

For Grungy Monday 18 Linda at Studio L3 had us go to Tim's 12 Tags of Christmas...{day 8} 2009!

Here is my creation!

The bird is from the "Nature" grunge pack - I used Black Soot Distress Ink then covered it with Ranger's Holographic embossing powder!  This is the coolest embossing powder ever, it changes colors depending on how much you heat it!  (I heated the center a bit more than the edges)  On the branch I used Walnut Stain Distress Ink with Vintage Photo Distress Powder.  See below for the other products used.

Have a fabulous week and be sure to check the StudioL3 blog for Challenge 19 after Monday, August 8!


Other products used:
Card base - Stardust "Fairway" cover stock,
Mat - Ranger's manilla card stock
Distress Ink
   - Tumbled Glass
   - Black Soot
   - Walnut Stain
   - Old Paper
   - Vintage Photo
   - Forest Moss
   - Bundled Sage
   - Peeled Paint
Sentiment stamp - Clear Art Stamps - "Bird Lovers" set
Leaf  Stamp  - Great Impressions
Birds stamp - Visual Artistry - Lost & Found set
Ranger Archival  Jet Black ink
Vellum - from my scrap bin
Craft Esstentials black embossing powder

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Twisted Sketches Card #71

To see this week's card sketch head on over to the Twisted Sketches blog.  And if you play along, you can now link your creation to the Twisted Sketches blog!

This week's twisted is "edge".  The initial plan was to use autumn colors and make it a masculine card.   My first attempt didn't quite emerge as I saw it in my head.  As I sat contemplating whether I should go ahead and use the card or not, I realized I totally overlooked the twist.

I took the opportunity to improve upon my first card and came up with this card!

The first card had a solid background with alcohol ink strips and just didn't look right.  Switching the "patterned" and solid papers around I was much happier with the results!  The twist this week is "edge" so I tore the edges of the background and each strip and distressed the other 3 edges of the strips.

I used Stardust "Fairway" cover stock for the card and the strips, the background paper is glossy card stock with alcohol inks in terra cotta, rust, pesto, butterscotch, copper mixative and blending solution.  The sentiment stamp is from Great Impressions. The flowers and brad are from my stash.  I used some Viva Las Vegas tape and  glue dots.

Don't forget to add your card with Mr. Linky on the Twisted Sketches blog!  I am looking forward to seeing it!

Hope you have a fabulous weekend!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

GM #16 Grungeboard (or Grungepaper) Extravaganza

This week StudioL3's challenge for Grungy Monday was to create something using Grungepaper or Grungeboard as the predominate element in a project.  We could use any technique we wanted.  If you need inspiration or instructions a fabulous place to go is to the King of Grunge . . . Tim Holtz' blog where you will find scores of ideas.  There are links to his archives on his left sidebar and a link to video demos on the right sidebar.

I decided (finally) on making a post-it note holder along with a grunge rose. . .

Last week (GM 15) I only got as far as creating what turned out to be a background for the challenge.  I am happy to say I completed the piece and it is now residing at its new home.

My chiropractor has this AWESOME machine, which has some name I can never remember because I always call it "Thumper".  They always laugh when I ask if I get Thumper.  Now everyone is going to call it Thumper because I made a sign to hang on it!

I found a digital coloring page for Thumper and paper pieced it together, all 25 pieces!   This the AWESOME machine with it's name tag and the FABULOUS Theresa!

Hope you have a great week!


Products used on Post-it holder:

Distress Ink: Peeled Paint, Broken China, Faded Jeans, Rusty Hinge, Barn Door, Forest Moss
Alterations Ticket die
Stamper Anonymous - Tim Holtz Odds & Ends stamps
Staz-on Jet Black Ink
Post-it Notes
Miscellaneous Bling

Products used on Thumper
all the paper was from my scrap piles
Sizzix Tree die for the bushes
Maya Road mini alphabets
Misc flowers
sticklesPublish Post

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Twisted Sketches Card #69

It's looks a little like Christmas in July around here!  For this week's Twisted Sketches Card Challenge, I made a Christmas card! (Clicking on the link will take you to this week's sketch!)  If you know me, you know I LOVE Tim Holtz and this week I went to Tim's products to create the card.

This week the twist is "square".  I used Tim's Stampers Anonymous stamp from the "Santa's Wish" set with Staz-on jet black ink.  Using a blending tools, I added Distress Inks (Aged Mahogany, Fired Brick, Peeled Paint, Pine Needles).  To make the image more of a square shape I tore the top and right side then inked with Vintage Photo and Black Soot.  I used Tim's Alteration's Checkerboard embossing folder on the card. Using Viva Las Vegas tape (I LOVE this stuff), I added the image to the card, then cut the sentiment from Tim's Seasonal Paper Stash, mounted it on a leftover piece of "smooshed" inked paper, added a piece of foam tape and adhered it to the card.  I added some Burgundy Stickles for the holly berries and voila - it's finished!

Hope you play along.  If you do, please leave a comment (either here or at Twisted Sketches) with a link to your  creation!

Hope you have a fabulous weekend!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Under the weather and the wire (GM 15)

Earlier in the week I finished the background pieces for GM 15 over at Studio L3!  I checked out Tim's blog, followed the direction and created these:

Unfortunately, that is as far as I got this week. . . check back soon for a completed project!

Friday, July 15, 2011

While wandering . . .

While wandering around blogland yesterday, I stumbled across a blog named Birthday Sundaes.  It's a challenge blog where each Sunday a new birthday card challenge is issued!  I decided to play along with this week's challenge!   As the site says "One can never have too many birthday cards on hand"!

Here is my take on their orange, green and white challenge:

All the papers come from my scrap files, including the green that I had previously "smooshed" with Distress Ink and Perfect Pearls!

They also happen to be having a design team call through July 20!

Hope you get a chance to check them out, play in their challenge and apply for the design team!

Have a fabulous weekend!


Products used:
Orange harlequin cardstock (unknown manufacturer)
White Diamond cardstock
"Happy Birthday" stamp by Image Tree (EK Success)
Hero Arts Clear Embossing Powder
Distress inks - various greens, Rusty Hinge, Spiced Marmalade, Dried Marigold
Perfect Pearls "Interference Blue"
Alterations Texture Fade "Collage"
Brads from my stash

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Multi-tasking cards!

Hi!  Glad you could drop by!

My first multi-tasking card used the technique for Grungy Monday Challenge 14 at StudioL3.  Linda had us visit Tim's (Holtz) blog for his March 2008 Technique Challenge.  I finally decided on the only tree stamp I had as the focal point so I could use it for the Operation Write Home challenge 3 "Tie a Yellow Ribbon" from last weekend's card making virtual party!    

This 2nd photo is not that great, but it does show the metallic nicely (upper left corner)!

The 2nd multi-tasking card is for Gingersnap's Color Challenge.   We are supposed to make a card using the color of our country's money.  Which for the USA is green!  I created this card for OWH virtual party's 1st challenge - camouflage

Other cards I finished this week for the OWH

Challenge 14 Color Me Crazy

The intent was to use all three images on one card, but as you can see I made 3 cards!

Challenge 15 Play on Words

Challenge 16 All About Animals

Still need to finish the card for OWH challenge 2. . . the fish bowl is still drying. . . hopefully I will finish it tomorrow (Monday)!

Have a fantastic week!


Saturday, July 9, 2011

Twisted Sketches Card #67

It's time for another Twisted Sketch for cards!  You can see the sketch here  (Please note the web address has changed a bit, the new address is Twistedsketches.ORG).

The twist this week is "green".  I went mostly literal this week and used the color green.  As I was looking for the last element it dawned on me "green" could mean "recycled" too! So I incorporated a bit of packaging in into my card too!  (I think the card looks better in person than it does in pictures.)

If you play along, I would love to see what you create.  Please leave a link in a comment.

Do you like to create scrapbook pages?  Ever thought about being on a design team?  Here's your chance. . . Twisted Sketches is have a design team call!

Hope you have a fabulous weekend!


Products Used:

Tim Holtz "retro" paper stash
Alterations Movers & Shapers - "Hope"
Alterations On the Edge Plaque & Postage ("negative")
Movers & Shapers base tray
Idea-ology Sprocket Gears
Idea-ology packaging (not sure from which product)
Distress inks -various green shades
Black card stock from scrap pile
Green card base - unknown

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Bear your heart winner!

Just used to pick a winner for my "bear your heart" blog candy!

Here are your random numbers:
Timestamp: 2011-07-06 04:13:40 UTC

And the winner  is Amber (!  Congratulations!  Thank you to everyone who played!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

OWH challenges

All in all there were 16 separate challenges for the OWH Virtual card making party!  It's been a busy couple of days!

Here's what I have completed:

Challenge 5 - vintage hosted by Holley's Hobbies

Challenge 7 - Subway Art - summer memories hosted by Essence of Paper

I was so busy trying to figure out what "subway art"style  is, that I forgot the "summer memories" part of the challenge.  This was definitely a new style for me.  And me being me, I didn't do it quite like Marti explained it.  I googled for some additional ideas, found mention of this idea and went with it!

Challenge 8 Photo Inspiration hosted by Scrappily Ever After

Challenge 9 - Easy as 1, 2, 3 hosted by Thinking of Inking

It wasn't easy.  I ended up asking my daughter to pick out 2 stamps and the sentiment because it was beyond me to do so today!  Of course as soon as she gave me the stamps, I came up with a couple of other great ideas!  I may try them at a later date!

Challenge 10 - 2 cards, 1 stamp hosted by It's a colourful world

As soon as I saw this challenge, I knew exactly which stamp I was going to use to create 2 seasons!  A couple of years ago when Hero Arts released this stamp they had a blog hop.  Tim (Holtz) used it and created a card for each season!  I LOVED it then, I LOVE it now!

Challenge 11 - Pinwheels hosted by Hello From Kate

This is not a very good photo - I will retake it in the morning.
This was another new technique! It was fun and quick! I will probably make more of these!

Challenge 13 was mine!  If you didn't see my challenge post, click here to see it!

That's all I managed to finish today.  All in all I made 12 cards (not counting my 2 samples I made for my challenge!)  I have a couple of others in various stages of completion and ideas for a couple of others.  We will see how tomorrow goes and how many I get done!

Thanks for stopping by!  Hope you are having a fantastic weekend!


PS - If you have any questions about the products I used, let me know.  I will try to get the list posted tomorrow sometime.

"Bear" your heart for Operation Write Home

Hi and Welcome!

I am honored to be host to part of the Operation Write Home's (OWH) Stars and Stamps Blog virtual card party! Thank you for stopping by and taking a look!   If you didn't get here from the Stars and Stamps blog, you can click on the name above to see all the other challenges (hint:  some of the blogs are offering a chance for some candy including me, but more about that later!).

OWH sends handmade cards to our brave men and women in the military serving outside the borders of the USA so they can send some lovin' back to their families and friends.  If you have questions about OWH, just click on the name above to get information about this AWESOME organization!

From the name of my blog you might guess I have an affinity for bears.  And you would be right!  It might have to do with the 100s and 100s of bears that "live" in our house that my husband has collected over the years, (I may have added 1 or 2 to the collection, too. lol)

My love of bears is the inspiration behind my challenge today!  There's nothing quite like a teddy bear to give comfort whenever it is need.  And nothing says "love" like a heart.   So my challenge for you is to make a card with a bear and/or heart and then send it (and any others you might have laying around) to OWH.  (Click here for addresses of where to send, guidelines and suggestions.)

Here are a couple of cards I made.  I hope you find some inspiration!

The first card features stamps from Inky Antics and a Sizzix frame. Technically, this guy isn't a teddy bear, but I think he is just adorable!  (See below for a complete list of products used, if you have a question about technique please leave a comment or send an e-mail)

The second card features a "tear bear" made out of mulberry paper and background paper by Hometown collection by Moxie.

For a chance to win some blog candy, all you have to do is to create a card that "bears your heart" to send to OWH.  Once you've created a card with a bear and/or a heart, use the link below to add your card.  I will randomly select from all entries left prior to 11:59 p.m. on July 4, 2011.  (OWH is also having a separate drawing too!)   I will announce the winner on my blog Tuesday evening and will post the winner's name on OWH facebook page too!  Good Luck!

My blog candy! 

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you get a chance to play!

Happy Birthday America!


List of products used:

Card 1:  Inky Antics stamps, Sizzix Ornate Frame 2, Sizzix Alterations Textured Fades - woodgrain, Kimberly water color pencils, Stazon Jet Black ink, Ace Hardware foam tape, Viva Las Vegas tape.  All papers were from my scrap pile and I do not know who made them.  The hears are brads from my stash.

Card 2:  Mulberry paper by Paperbilities,  the star and plaid papers are "Star Spangled"  from the Hometown Collection by Moxie, Hero Arts stamp (I Miss You), Stazon Jet Black Ink, Hero Arts clear embossing powder, The Stencil Coolections Non Smear Pastels, Sakura glaze pen, sharpie.  The red paper is from my scrap pile.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

A weekend of FUN!


Why a weekend of fun?  Because I get to stay in the AC and PLAY!!!

Studio L3's Grungy Monday Challenge 13 is to play with one of my very favorite-ist (I know, I just created a new word! lol) Ranger product - Alcohol Inks!!!   This week's instructions had us going to Ranger Ink to watch a video with Tim Holtz demoing the use of Alcohol Inks!  

Here's a card I made for the challenge:

This card along with a lot of others I have created will be heading off to Operation Write Home.  They in turn will ship it (along with a bunch of others) to our troops stationed overseas so they can send cards home to their families and friends.

Speaking for OWH, they are having a virtual card making party on their Stars and Stamps blog, right NOW!   Every 2 hours today and tomorrow (Saturday and Sunday), there is a different blog hosting the party.  Each blog has a challenge and some have blog candy!   OWH will also pick a random winner from ALL entries at the end of  July!  

I will be the hostess at 1 p.m. tomorrow (Sunday) and I WILL have blog candy to give away!  Hope you come back and play!

Have a fun and safe weekend!


Products used: 

Ranger Inks Alcohol Inks: Purple Twilight, Sailboat Blue, Raspberry, Butterscotch, Citrus, and a few other greens a (the list I was keeping disappeared)
Memory Box "Whimsy Circle" die
2 clear gem stickers (dyed with Citrus Alcohol Ink)
Hero Arts Clear Designs A (adore)
White glossy card stock
Black glossy card stock

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Twisted Sketches Card #65

Hi!  Thanks for stopping by!  The twist for "Twisted Sketches Card #65" is fabric!  Please click on the link to see the card sketch and while you are there check out the awesome projects my teammates created!

Here is the card I created using the sketch:

I hand stitched a scrap of red fabric on a rectangle taken from a pair of old jeans. After I stamped an Inky Antics elephant on some sticky backed canvas and colored her and the background with Prismacolor colored pencils, I used a Spellbinder Nestability circle die, then I hand stitched the piece to the jeans.  I machine stitched the jeans to the card front and added a flag with Studio Multi-Medium Matte.

For the record - no political statement is being made - she's just a cute elephant that I thought would be perfect holding a flag in her trunk to get ready for the 4th of July.

I created a 2nd card following the sketch with scraps of Tim Holtz' Shabby Vintage Paper Stash, an Idea-ology Ornate Plate, some Sakura Glaze Pen for faux stitching to give the impression of fabric,   a sentiment from Tim's "Odds & Ends" set by  Stamper Anonymous and just a quick pass of my black blending tool.

Hope you found a bit of inspiration and have time to play!   If you play along be sure to leave a comment on the Twisted Sketches blog with a way to get to your card.  I will try to get by sometime during the week, but blogger is up to it's fun and games and not always letting me leave a comment.

Have a fabulous weekend!


Friday, June 24, 2011

At the Mall - Gingersnap Creations GC105 - an experiment

I love challenges as it allows one to try things one might not ordinarily try, such as altering the color in a photograph.  

When I saw the Gingersnap Creations' theme for their Chestnut Challenge, I KNEW which stamp I HAD to use.   Since I chose a "photo" stamp, I didn't want the "mall" to be black and white too. Sooooo, using a ghost town image from Altered Pages "Ghost Towns" collage sheet, I stepped outside my box and changed the color using one of my photo software programs!  I am not sure I will employee this technique lots, but it was fun to try something different! 

Have a fabulous weekend!


Products used:

Stamped image- Inkadinkado
Ghost Town image - Altered pages
Sentiment - MS Word
Sizzix Alterations Texture Fade - Checkerboard
Distress Ink - Mustard Seed

Monday, June 20, 2011

Grungy Monday 12

WOW! It is Monday and I have the current challenge posted.  Well, I guess it helped that the awesome Linda at StudioL3 asked me to be a guest designer this week!  So I HAD to have my project done and posted!  Thank you Linda for the honor of being a guest designer!

Be sure to check out my fellow guest designer, Alison Hall's awesome project too!

If you LOVE all things Tim and you haven't already, be sure to check out the All Things Tim Yahoo Group!  It's a great place to ask questions, find inspiration and see fabulous projects in the picture gallery!

The idea behind Grungy Monday is to create something using a Tim Holtz technique as "assigned" by Linda at StudioL3 using supplies from your stash, NOT spending a fortune trying to get everything, unless of course, you have an extra fortune laying around.  So with that and thinking it was a good time to start making Christmas gifts in mind, I began my adventure in creating my "guest designer" project!

Challenge 12 involves going to Tim's April 2008 Technique Challenge.   Step 1, hmmmmm I don't have the paper he used, but I have tons of paper and decided on my favorite piece from Tim's Lost & Found Paper Stash. Next step, harlequin stamp?  Shocking as it may sound, I don't have it. (OK Chris, get up off the floor from your shock, lol!)  I have some background stamps, but not with the lots of "negative" space.   After some pondering some or maybe it was after hearing the pop-pop-pop of bubble wrap in a co-worker's cube, it hit me!  Use a piece of "large bubble" bubble wrap.  With the major hurdles behind me, I was on my way.

I used a 6 x 12 canvas as my base.  I embossed and painted the paper before adhering it to the canvas.

I really like how the bubble wrap worked as a stamp.  This was the first time I tried this technique, think I will try it again. I followed Tim's instructions until I got to the part about using "Crackle Accents".  Again something I don't have, but I did have some Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint and used that on the butterflies.

I added a few more finishing touches and ta da -

It even comes with options of what to hang from it. . . .

the calendar (see my Grungy Monday 11 post


a note "pad"

The note pad was creating using the challenge technique too.  Here's a close up

 I used tissue tape that I inked with Alcohol Inks around the edges of the canvas and had a piece left over , so I "altered" a mechanical pencil.

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope you enjoyed your visit and will be back soon!   And thank you again Linda for having me as a guest designer and a BIG thank you to TIM for all the inspiration he continually gives us!

 Have a fabulous week!


Products used:
6 x12 canvas
repurposed bubble wrap
Pitch Black paint dabber

   Black Diamond

Distress Ink
   Chipped Sapphire
   Stormy Sky
   Wild Honey
   Brushed Corduroy
   Walnut Stain
   Rusty Hinge
   Black Soot
   Clear Embossing
Perfect Pearls
    Heirloom Gold
    Blue Patina
Alcohol Ink
   Wild Plum
Distress Stain 
   Faded Jeans
   Broken China
Glossy Accents
Craft Mat
Studio Mat Medium
Blending tools

Lost & Found paper stash
   Nature pack
   Plain sheet

Tissue Tape
Hinge Clip
Word Key
Philosophy Tag
Lavish Trim
Link Chain
Hero Arts clear embossing powder

   Alteration die -Caged bird
   Doodle Block Alphabet
Prima - Say it with Studs
Miscellaneous stuff from my stash
screw eye
picture hook
bubble wrap
staple gun