A place to relax and enjoy my paper crafts. A stamp I saw says, "I want to make pretty things even if nobody cares." This is my place to chronicle them!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Fun with Alcohol Ink

Week 7 of Creative Chemistry and Day 17 of the Daily Marker 30-day Challenge.

These backgrounds were created using Ranger Alcohols Inks. The pictures don't do it justice but. they kind of look like holograms.
I am still loving this little guy by Impression Obsession - Feathery Owl. I used My Favorite Things Hybrid Black Ink to stamp the image. The sentiment is Thinking of You by Altenew; a wonderful set.

And this cute guy is by PaperArtsy, JOFY42. After I stamped the image I used my copics to color him in. 

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Christmas in July & Day 20 Coloring Challenge

Never too early to start Christmas cards. This was inspired by Tim Holtz's tag in Creative Chem 102. I stamped the image using Arcival Ink onto TH Watercolor paper. The image was watercolored using Distress Reinkers and water brushes.
Tinsel and paper are Tim Holtz

Real Life is Messy

I resemble that title! 
I have definitely experienced it recently. But it is in the messiness of my life that My Father shines through.

I had so much fun completing this project. I think I am finally soaking in what Tim Holtz has been teaching. It took me a while though. 
The focal point of this project is the colored, crackled letters. Of course in my "messy" life, I had no "f", so I stamped and embossed one. That works.

Also Used:
Tim Holtz Life's Possibilities stamps, Melange Tissue Paper, Vintage Photo Distress Ink,
     Fired Brick Spiced Marmalade and Wild Honey Distress Paint, Blending Tools
     MultiMedia Matt, Clear Rock Candy Crackle Paint, brush
Prima Press
White Gel Pen

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Ombre Technique with Alcohol ink

I love this little owl! Finally found the perfect project for him.

 The background was created using glossy card stock and 3 shades of brown alcohol ink to create an ombre effect. The stamp is Feathery Owl by Impression Obsession stamps. The sentiment is from Thinking of You by Altenew.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Creative Chemistry 102 - Embossing Through Stencils

I have learned so many techniques using stencils in this class! 
I used a couple of Tim Holtz Stencils.
Inked with Candied Apple and Blueprint Distress Inks.
Shaded the rest with Weathered Wood, Tattered Rose, Frayed Burlap
Birds are from Jofy15 by PaperArtsy
Sentiments: SU Just Sayin' and TH Crazy Talk
Birds colored with Copic markers 

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Creative Chemistry 102 - Embossing With Sencils

Not a card, or tag, just a piece of memories. 

My family spent a lot of time banding birds when I was little. Lots of great memories from this.
Liz, Dad, me

I never knew you could do this technique! Love the technique. I don't know the stencil I used. Tried this technique on a tag, manila paper and grunge paper. I like the manila paper the best. Used Distress Paints - Old Paper, Weathered Wood, and Frayed Burlap to color the paper.

Not sure what I will do with this, but for now I will just enjoy this on my craft desk.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Day 6 Coloring Challenge

Day 6 of the 30 Day Coloring Challenge at the Daily Marker

  • Art Impressions Purrr-thday stamp set
  • Paper by SU.  Tip Top Taupe, Basic Black, Go Wild DSP
  • Neenah 100lb White Cardstock
  • My Favorite Things Black Hybrid Ink
  • Copic Sketch Markers
  • Ribbon - SU Crumb Cake Seam Binding

Friday, July 8, 2016

Day 4 Coloring Challenge & Creative Chemistry 102 Industrial Technique

     I colored yesterday, but it was not worth sharing. I thought colored pencils would be easy. Ha!
Today I chose this cute lady to color. This set, Dare To Be Fabulous, by Art Impressions, cracks me up. There are so many great phrases. But this lady looked like she was doing some accessorizing! I will have to add this sentiment to my excuses to not exercise list. 

  • The background piece was done using the Industrial Technique I learned on Creative Chemistry 102.
  • The image was colored with Copic Sketch Markers. 

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Day 2 Coloring Challenge - Watercoloring

This is my coloring project for Day 2 of the 30 Day Coloring Challenge with The Daily Marker. I am very new to watercoloring and thought I would get some more practice in today.

I inked Pretty Perch stamp set by Penny black onto watercolor paper using SU Sahara Sand ink. I used Mission watercolors which I found recommended from Kristina Werner's blog awhile back.

My bird needs a lot of work. I think my flower pot isn't too bad,... for a beginner. I'm a work in progress!

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

30 Day Coloring Challenge at The Daily Marker Plus Creative Chemistry 102

I'm determined to learn to improve my coloring. 30 days of practice should be a START!
Thanks for the challenge, Kathy

Background and Flowers were created using Manila Tags and Distress Paints, called Distress Paint Marbling Technique. Just signed up to continue Tim Holtz Creative Chemisty 102.

SU Textured cardstock
Ranger Manila Tags
Distress Paints
Hello Die - Technique Tuesday Crocus
Tim Holtz Wild Flowers die

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Technique Tuesday Greenhouse Society - Bluebells

Cards inspired by Brigit at Rapport Fran Ett Skrivbord (Not sure what that means but she makes beautiful cards!)
 Beautiful botanical stamps by Technique Tuesday Designs. Colored with Copics onto Tim Holtz Watercolor Paper. Stamped with Hero Arts Intense Black. I really like this black ink. Outlined with a light gray. SSS Stitched Rectangles Die.
Copics B60, 63, 66. YG61 & 63. C1 outline. 
Copics B32, 93?. YG 61, 63. C1 outline

Copics B21, 24

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Tim Holtz Creative Chemistry 101, Week 4 - Alcohol Ink Agates

Alcohol Ink Agates Technique

Ranger Purple Twilight, Sailboat Blue, Sunshine Yellow, Citrus Alcohol Inks
Adirondack Gold Mixatives Alcohol Ink
Lavinia Stamps
SU A Little Bit of Magic
Embelishments - SU and Hero Arts
Ranger Craft Tag
SU Glossy Cardstock

June 28 Tim Holtz Creative Chemistry 101 Week 4 - Archival Resist

Archival Resist Technique

Indigo Blue Rugged Edge stamps
dylusions basic background stamps
Lavinia Stamps - silhouettes
Archival Inks
Ranger Black Tag
SU Glossy Cardstoock
Frayed Burlap Distress Mini

Tim Holtz Creative Chemistry 101 Week 3

Layered Misting Technique

Used Children's Winnie the Pooh rubber stamps. Stamped suprisingly well.
Tim Holtz stencil
Re-inkers were made with SU reinkers
SU Embossing Folder
Taylored Expressions Many Mini Occasions stamps and dies

Monday, June 13, 2016

OCC Creative Chemistry 101 Stamping with Stains

Stamping With Stains Technique
Another neat technique. I purchased 1 set of 3 stains: chipped sapphire, spiced marmalade, aged mahogany. It mixed together to make numerous shades. Urban Tapestry stamp set was used with Hero Arts Intense black and white Hero Hues Pigment ink.

OCC Creative Chemistry 101 Custom Stamp Pad Technique

Custom Stamp Pad Technique
I really enjoyed learning this technique. It worked exactly as Tim described. I only have SU reinkers which worked fine.

OCC Creative Chemistry 101 Archival Resist

Archival Resist Technique
Hmmm. I need more practice on this technique. Had a green, blue and gray Archival Ink. Background was Distress Mustard Seed. Pumice Stone along edges.  Stamps - Tim Holtz Ultimate Grunge, Lavinia - Cat and Stars.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Reinker Sprays Meet Winnie the Pooh

Re-Inker Sprays
I made ink sprays using my Stampin'Up! reinkers and Ranger Mini Misters. Added about 12 drops of ink and 3/4 water.  Worked great. Bought these cute, cute Winnie the Pooh stamps on Ebay. Ink embossed the SU embossing folder with Distress Old Paper ink. Sentiments are from Taylored Expressions Many Mini Occasion stamp and die set. 

OCC Summer Of Creative Chemistry Week 2

Re-inker Watercoloring

I've determined that water-coloring is difficult and I need a lot of practice.
This technique uses re-inkers on a palette and watercolor brushes or water brush/aqua painters. Ranger has a fine tip detail brush that I really like. I think I need to take the OCC Watercolor for Cardmakers class!

Also, not sure what to do with all these tags I'm creating. :)

SU reinkers
Distress Old Paper around edges
Tim Holtz Water color paper
A Little Bit of Magic
Postage Due
Range Fine Tip Water Brush
Ranger #5 craft tags

Monday, June 6, 2016

OCC Tim Holtz Summer of Creative Chemistry Week 1

Wrinkle Free Distress Technique
Blended Spritz & Flick Technique

These are projects from the first week of Tim Holtz's Summer of Creative Chemistry over at Online Card Class. Am loving the class and have learned so much experimenting with my products. Thanks Tim!

The first card used:
Stampin'Up! Soft Suede cardstock
Ranger #5 Manilla tag
Stampin'Up! Cucumber Crush, Watermelon Wonder, Lost Lagoon ink
Distress Ink Old Paper
Stampers Anonymous Urban Tapestry
Tim Holtz Blending Tool
Stampin'Up! Embossing Folder
Stampin'Up! Spider Web Doily
Tim Holtz ribbon

Second card used:
Neenah Desert Storm card base
Stampin'Up! Basic Black card stock and Going Places DSP
Ranger #5 Manilla tag
Distress Ink Minis
Stampers Anonymous Life's Possibilities
Tim Holtz Blending Tool
Tim Holtz ribbon
Stampin'Up! Decorative Label punch