Saturday, August 28, 2010

Crackle Accents

There is this product by Inkssentials that I have been wanting to try for a long while. It is called Crackle Accents. So I fell into temptation and I got a bottle of it. I LOVE it!!! Sadly my first attempt at using this product was for a Sympathy card for a friend whose mother passed away recently. I can't remember the paper company but I really love the color and design. I sponged the paper with Antique Linen and Wild Honey. I used Wild Honey for the stamped image and stamped over in Vintage Photo "with heartfelt Sympathy.

I made this 3 x 3 Thank You card for a customer. I distressed the paper with a distress tool. I used Crackle Accents on the small "stamp" in the upper right corner. I sponged paper in Antique Linen and I stamped "For You" in Vintage Photo.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Pink Stitched Butterfly

This is to answer Created by Hand challenge "Take a Hike/Stitching" I don't do very much stitching and this was a lot of fun. I decided to stamp using the ink applicator with Metallic Silver, Raspberry, and Purple alcohol inks. I punched out the scrolled circle and sponged in Warn Lipstick Distressed Ink and Mambo Mellon (Stampin' Up) because I wanted a brighter pink. I also stamped the words in Mambo Mellon. I added a Rhinestone for good measure and Fruit Punch Stickles.

Monday, August 16, 2010


Ah, yellow. It is such a beautiful, cheery color. I have always loved the sun. Remember the days of baby oil instead of tanning lotion. Yes, not a good idea especially when you have skin that burns as easily as mine.

However, I have seen cards this past year that look so very warm and inviting. The colors were a mixture of yellow, orange and red. So I was glad for this challenge because it inspired me to play with my yellow inks. So lets see. The main part of the card I used Tim Holtz Textured Fades Embossing Folder Regal Flourishes and then sponged over in Mustard Seed Distressed Ink. On the corners I used Mustard Seed Distressed Stickles. I stamped my image in Mustard Seed and sponged in Barely Banana (Stampin' Up). I also sponged the edges in Spiced Marmalade Distressed Ink. I brushed over in Sun Sparkle Perfect Pearls. I colored in the bird with Sunset Yellow Alcohol ink using my Tim Holtz Fillable Pen. I then added with Yellow Stickles the bird's eye. I also used Scattered Straw Distressed Ink and went over in Mustard Seed Distressed Stickles for the middle strip of paper. Finally, I punched out the tag and sponged over in Mustard Seed, Scattered Straw, and Spiced Marmalade and stamped "Happy Birthday" in Mustard Seed. I then went over the edges in Lemon Ice Ice Stickles.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Lavender Springtime Fun

I love this stamp. She is just so adorable. I used my new marker so now when I have pictures of people they don't have to be as white as a ghost. I can now bring some pinkish/peachy color. Mostly I enjoyed this card because I got to use my new 2 1/2 circle puncher from Stampin' Up and I tried sewing for the first time.

Layering is a bit of a challenge for me. I usually look to people like my friend Julie as she is an expert when it comes to layering. I used my background stamp Pretty Petals and I used my alcohol and metallic ink on glossy paper. I love using this technique as it always gives an extra dimension to projects. I used a mixture of Stampin' Up ink (markers) and alcohol ink (Fillable Pen). Enjoy!

Thank you for looking. Next time I hope to answer the challenge from Created by Hand "Welcome/Yellow".

Monday, August 9, 2010

Pearls, Fairies and Pearls a Challenge Answer

Well, it sure took me long enough. I have been contemplating this card for an entire week and I am late. The new week's challenge is already up for Well, since I finished this card, I guess I will go ahead and post it for you to see. The challenge was Fairy Romp, Beads, Pearls. I started with the middle piece where I punched the corners, stamped the swirl in Vintage Photo and painted with a mixture of Gold and Raspberry Liquid Pearls. I love the iridescent look that one captures using Liquid Pearls, and I just cannot wait to get my hands on all the new juicy colors that Ranger Ink is introducing this September. I then went over with the Tim Holtz Reinkers (filled with various alcohol inks). Today's colors are Watermelon and Clover. I used a little Fruit Punch Stickles in the middle of the flowers.

For the small square I punched the scallops and once again stamped the swirl in Vintage Photo. For this, however, I stamped off once on my scrap paper and then stamped again on this square. In this way I received a lighter image of the swirl. I then stamped over the swirl in Black Soot the saying "In the middle of Life, Love gives you a Fairy Tale." This is a beautiful card to send to an engage couple, to use as a wedding or even as an Anniversary Card. I went over this square with Tattered Rose, and Gold Metallic Ink and then painted over with Raspberry Liquid Pearl. I then swiped it over again using Icicle Stickles.

I used my Blending Tool stamped in Spun Sugar and Tea Dye Distressed inks on the card base front.

Thank you for looking. I will have to do better to catch this week's challenge. "Welcom/Yellow".

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Ink Challenge

I found another place for card challenges. It is sketches4all.
For this challenge we were to show two different ways to use ink. It was hard to limit myself to two different ways so I may have overdone it with the different ink colors. Anyway colors used in all were Stained Walnut (Words), Milled Lavendar (Roses), Tea Dye, Aged Mahogany, Vintage Photo. The border of the card was done in Vintage Photo and then I went over again in Antique Bronze Distressed Stickles.