Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Step right up and see the slideshows!

Still trying to find my way around this blog thingy! Figured out how to upload slideshows finally! On the sidebar I've uploaded 2 slideshows. 

1. Brown Bag Challenge - Vintage Album Slideshow
The first one is  a Vintage Album a Victorian Lady might've kept to put her pictures of spring in and maybe jot down some secret thoughts, perhaps?

I created this for a Brown Bag Challenge at Carousel Rubber Stamps. Contents of the brown bag are seen here in this photo. The theme was Spring Blossoms. You had to use "some of everything in the bag", and anything else you had.

To my surprise, I came in 5th place! I received a $10 gift card to Carousel Rubber Stamps, plus, I got my $5.00 entry fee back. How awesome was that?!

In the bag

2. Stamps On Tiles Slideshow
All tiles were stamped using StazOn Timber Brown ink. Some were chalked to add a bit of colour. The only one that was sealed with an acrylic matte spray was the purple/blue "Tile on Tile". I read on several websites that StazOn was the best ink to use on tiles. Most sites said you didn't have to use a sealer.

Watch this video on how to make your own coasters with stamps and tiles:

Friday, March 25, 2011

You Rock!

My entry in the Simon Says Stamp and Show Lord Tim of Holtz Technique Challenge This was a fun card to make. It was for a co-worker's son's birthday. He'll be 22 in April. I used the Tim Holtz Texture Fades embossing folder, Cracked and ran it through the Cuttlebug first, and then I used the watercolour background technique. There were a lot of pockets that the ink didn't get into, so I  applied ink to the white spots, spritzed with water, and used the heat gun to speed up the drying time. 

I then applied Clear Rock Candy Distress Stickles to the raised parts to give it a crusty texture and glassy look. Should try watercolouring first and then run through Cuttlebug next time! Duh!

Rocker and word stamps are from Inkadinkado. Hardware is Tim Holtz. Distress Inks used: Vintage Photo, Broken China, Fire Brick, Dusty Concord, Peeled Paint and Wild Honey. Spica Glitter Markers: Black and Turquoise.

Hope you have a fabulous day! Spring is taking it's time getting here, that's for sure! 

Leave a word or two before you go! :)

Monday, March 21, 2011

Crop for Cancer

Good Monday Evening!

Saturday was Crop for Cancer at the Bayers Road Baptist Church Hall in Halifax. Every month or so, Karen Williams and friends organize these crops. $25.00 will get you a full day (9am - midnight) of scrapbooking, cardmaking, and socializing. Food is provided. Essential equipment is available, like the Cricut, the Cuttlebug and somebody always has something you need or forgot to bring! There are draws for prizes and challenges to take part in.

Good time had by all and for a good cause! Thank you Karen and company! See you all again in May!

Busy scrappers plotting and creating. Pass the glue dots...

Friday, March 18, 2011

Love Birds

I made this card for friends who are celebrating their 30th Wedding Anniversary. Yes, it's the watercolour background technique, yet again! Used Distress Inks, Faded Jeans and Broken China.

Before applying the birds, stamps extra, I sprayed the whole card with Glacier Glimmer Mist. Doesn't show up very well here. The birds & heart are from the Bo Bunny Love Birds set. The T.H. stamp, the meaning of Love, I stamped on white card stock, inked with Distress Ink Vintage Photo. Then tore a piece of the blue away and distress all edges, and slipped the "Love" under it.

The flourish branch, I stamped twice (birds are sitting on them), and the paper clip and heart holder, are both T.H. Border flourish is Stampology. Happy Anniversary is typed on computer, printed off, cut, inked with Distress Ink Old Paper. The number 30 is a rub-on.

The 2 flowers I made from tearing circles of paper after I did the watercolour technique. Used Distress Inks, Rusty Hinge, Wild Honey & Spiced Marmalade. I then inked the edges of each circle with Vintage Photo, and crinkled each one. Attached each circle with Glue Dots. Applied Distress Stickles Scattered Straw to give it a crusty look. Added black pearls for centres. The green flower, was something I found in a drawer and sprayed it with Citrus Tickle Smooch Spritz. I paper pieced the birds, and highlighted them with brown coloured pencil. Oh what fun! And of course the girly bird gets the rosy cheeks!

This card was linked to the forum:  FAVOURITES thread for the week ending March 27, 2011 on Splitcoaststampers Thanks! Awesome!

Have a look see:

Love Birds
Anniversary Card

Have a closer look:

Flower Detail

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Watercolour Background Technique

I took a class last month at Photo Memories, a local scrapbooking store. The class was taught by Valerie Wilson, who was filling in for Kim Prince. She showed us a watercolour technique using Distress Inks, a spritzer with water, a Teflon mat, and plain white card stock. Love the effect you get! Each card you do turns out different. 

Have a look:


Isn't he cute?! The stamp is from Stampotique Originals. Love their goth people stamps! Distress Inks I used were Faded Jeans, Rusty Hinge and Peeled Paint, with some Vintage photo around the edge. Used Red Velvet Glimmer Mist on the corner. The word stamp and grass are Tim Holtz. The bird and butterfly were found in my drawer; no name! I paper pieced "Twinkie" and used Copic E00 Skin White on face and hands, with some Blush. My current fav technique! See end of post for a Tim Holtz video.

Here are a couple more:

Bird Imagination

I entered this card in the Stampotique Challenge .  The theme was, animals, birds, bees, butterflies or other insects. All stamps are Tim Holtz. Distress Inks used: Faded Jeans, Rusty Hinges, Peeled Paint, Vintage Photo. I entered this in TSC9 - Try Something New; Any Stamp at The Stampsmith Blog as well, and I am proud to say I was featured! Have a look: TSC9 - Try Something New
Embrace Imperfection

Tim Holtz stamps. Distress Inks used: Dusty Concord, Vintage Photo and a little Milled Lavender.

Watch Tim Holtz demonstrate different techniques using Distress Inks:

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Heritage Page - My Mom

This page was inspired by the photo of my mother. The colours the photographer tinted the photo, are written on the back. Basic Grey's Indian Summer paper was perfect for this layout.  This was one of two pages I did in a heritage layout class at  Carsand-Mosher The teacher's name was Madelaine. Awesome teacher! I love her layouts.

This is the same page with the little note card open. It has another picture of mom, with some journaling.

Grunge Valentine Card

This card was so much fun to make. It was for Mike of course! He said my cards are getting heavier and bigger! I love Tim Holtz! Love all his products. This was a combination of distressing, embossing & tearing.  Used Grungeboard hearts and inked them with Distress Inks, then "smooshed" Distress Stickles on them so they appear grainy rather than glittery if I used the regular Stickles.  Added the hinged Grungeboard at the bottom and did the same technique. Added 4 brads to it. Cut out the calendar and bingo card from his paper stack. Mike's in the filmstrip in the heart.

I found a site where you can make your own library catalogue cards. How could I resist! I've been in the library field for over 30 years! How appropriate! The lips are a stamp from Rubber Stamped, that I bought at Michael's. The tag is stamped with Tim Holtz Urban Grunge script. The tag is inked with Distress Ink Vintage Photo. The "I heart U" metal heart is from Michael's $1.50 bin. The paper heart is a Tim Holtz stamp.

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