Jan 30, 2017

Carabelle Studios Pug Dog Mixed Media Tag


For my last week in the Designer Spotlight with Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge, we have a theme of Pets Corner.  I've created a mixed media tag with some fabulous new Carabelle Studios stamps.


What a joy it has been to create alongside this fabulous design team!  Thanks again Simon Says Stamp for the invitation.  



For my tag background, I embossed the beautiful Carabelle Manusript Pen stamp in white.  I then dipped the tag in a mixture of watery Fired Brick and Frayed Burlap inks.  I love how the ink puddled in between the text.


I stamped the Watercolor Hearts onto inky paper with Fired Brick and clear embossed.  I layered with glittered black washi, burlap paper, and Tissue Tape.  The sentiment is from the Occasions Small Talk sticker pack.


I stamped the dog from the Carabelle To Be or Not To Be stamp set onto inky paper.  I gave a few highlights on with a white galaxy marker.  I layered him over a die cut label from the Tim Holtz label set.  The flower was cut from dotty fabric using the Tattered Florals Bigz die.  I used glue to scrunch it up and adhere it to my tag.


I hope you will be inspired to share your pet themed project for a chance to win a $50 Simon Says Stamp gift voucher!  Thanks again for your encouragement, visits and comments this month!  I truly appreciate you!





Jan 29, 2017

Tim Holtz Wedding Bird Card for Sizzix Creativation 2017


Today I'm sharing another card created for Tim Holtz Sizzix booth at Creativation 2017.  This beautiful floral bird die has so many possibilities, from rust to romance as I've shown you in earlier posts.  I was eager to work with the new metallic kraft core paper.  I cut and sanded, then layered over a bronze die cut layer for depth.  


I wanted some beautiful trim and decided to create a paper chain with the new Small Tattered Florals die.  


I accordion folded a coffee filter so that the sides wouldn't cut through, leaving a continuous strip.


If you want to do this for a larger project, you could always piece several lengths together.


I added a drop of tacky glue to the center of each flower, then smooshed on a loose flower, then glued on another so that each flower is three high.


I added one drop of watery Vintage Photo Distress Ink into the center of each flower, then glued on a pearl.


I did the same thing with the larger flower, only using the Bigz Tattered Florals die.  They both work together perfectly!


Lastly, a closeup of the beautiful metallic core, sanded down to perfection.  This stuff is amazing!  And a photo of the card from the booth, taken by Jenny Marples.  Thanks so much for your support and encouragement.  I am overwhelmed and so blessed to have been given this opportunity to work for Tim.  Thank you Tim, Mario & Paula!

Jan 27, 2017

Tim Holtz Sizzix Album for Creativation 2017


I am so happy to share some of the projects I designed for Tim Holtz for the Sizzix Creativation 2017 booth.  I'll start with one of my favorites, this mini album featuring the new floral bird die and the small tattered florals dies.  




I constructed the album from scratch to fit the die, which is quite large!  I covered chipboard covers in papers from the Wallflower collection.  I covered the chipboard spine with the new tissue tape and attached Tim's 2-ring binder.  I cut an additional piece of chipboard for the back to cover the brads from the binder.  I simply used Tim's Textile Surfaces to attach the covers with the spine.  This stuff is seriously tacky and works great for book binding!  I can't wait to make another album with the denim.  :)


I'll try not to bore you with rambling too much about the inner pages.  Basically, I covered the chipboard pages with Wallflower paper, then layered with a variety of scraps and die cuts.


The plan is to overlay photos to these subtle pages later.


I gave the die cut flowers the same rust treatment as I gave the cover die, which I will explain below.



All of the butterflies were coated with white crackle paste, which I let air dry.  I dipped them into watery Evergreen Bough ink and dried again.  Next, I rubbed blue and brown Distress Crayons onto them and wet and smeared until I achieved the desired effect.





Each butterfly turned out differently.


Each flower turned out differently.  I cut these from very thin chipboard.





Now for some closeups of the rusty bird die.  Oh how I've fallen in love with this technique!  First, I dipped the cutout into watery Fired Brick Distress Ink.  I heat set to dry.  Next, I wiped embossing ink over it and embossed with walnut Distress embossing powder.  It has quite a gritty texture.  Then I tapped on more embossing ink, but lightly this time, not seeking full coverage.  I embossed again with bronze embossing powder.  The hint of bronze truly gives the look of worn metal.


Finally, I leave you with Tim's tour of the Sizzix booth from their Facebook page.  He gives the album a good flip through!  Thanks again to Tim, Mario, and Paula for everything they did to bring the designers together for Creativation 2017!  What a blast!

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