Monday, February 19, 2018

Salvaged Heart

Hi Everyone,
I'm up on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Blog today with this beautiful shabby chic piece.
This was really simple to put together.  Start by covering both sides of  your Dress Form Tag with the paper of your choice.  I inked the edges of my paper. 
Cover the largest set of wings from the Wings Assortment with gold embossing powder. Once the wings have cooled off attach them to the back of the tag using a strong adhesive. 

 Cover the base of your Flourished Heart Frame with DIna Wakley Media Paint in Blushing.  This is a bold pink and I used a wash of cheap brown acrylic paint to tone it down for this project.  

Cover the top of your frame with Finnabair Paint in Royal Red.  While the paint is still wet cover the heart with Distress Embossing Powder in Vintage Photo.  This makes the heart look old and kind of crusty.  Perfect for this project.     

Glue your frame together and attach it to the dress form tag.  Finishing the main part of the piece just took using a Tim Holtz Chip word that I banged on the side of my desk to ding it up.  Vintage photo Distress Ink covers the chip word.  
I used an old spindle to make my base.  I stuck a Tim Holtz Memo Pin in the top and then wedged the finished project into it.  I love the look of sari ribbon for making bows.  This one has a large off white bow and a smaller pink bow to cover where the pin got stuck into the spindle. 
The spindle is fun because you can just pop this piece out and change it up for the season.  

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Listen to your Heart

Hi Everyone,
I'm up on the Blank Page Muge Blog today, sharing my take on this month's theme of Blue Heart and Time.

I started by cutting three small tags out on my Sidekick. I stamped and embossed the Heart with small Crackle.
I also stamped and embossed the Steampunk Pocket Watch. I didn't want the wings so I didn't really ink them. 

You can see both of these pieces look a little messy.  There's embossing powder residue on both pieces and I am ok with that.  I like the little speckles and spots the extra powder leaves behind.  My work often has powder randomly sprinkled on anyhow.  
Using a waterbrush I wet the heart and then sprinkled on watercolor powder.  I like using these powders since they aren't a solid color, but flecks of varying shades.  I used a crayon to color the outside and then spritzed a black marker to make the speckles.  
I added my watch tag between the two halves of the heart and colored it in a similar manner.  I glued them together and then added my sentiment stickers.  To finish the centerpiece I scribbled around the stickers and stamps using a black pen.  
I mounted the tags on top of a piece of distressed cardstock.  The distressed piece was adhered to the card base using a tiny stapler.  
I hope you enjoyed my step out for today.  
Don't forget to enter in the challenge.  You can do so right here.  

Monday, February 5, 2018

Love Bugs

Hi Everyone, 
I'm up on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts Blog  today with the cutest little captured Love Bugs! When I saw these new canning jars I knew I needed to capture something adorable in them. Scroll down and see how you can capture your own. 

Cover your Mini Canning Jar lid using a Hammered Metal embossing powder.  While the powder is still hot press in your scissors to make the lines on the lid.
Cover the edges of your jar with Fractured Ice embossing powder. 

Cut a piece of acetate to line the back of your jar.  It doesn't need to look pretty, it just needs to cover up to the edges.  

Cut wings out using the Tim Holtz Butterfly Frenzy Die.  This die has a ton of different small butterflies on it, so you can mix and match your wings.  I edged all of the wings using Distress Inks. Color in your paper doll using Distress Markers.  I used the smallest of the paper dolls in these jars.  Give each doll a heart and place them on a small piece of paper from the Tim Holtz wallflower paper collection.    
Glue your paper doll to the paper and glue the paper to the jar.  Trim your paper so nothing shows from the sides.  Cover the Chunky ATC blanks using vintage book paper and embellish with rub ons,  clipping stickers, and scribbled gel pen. Glue your jar to the ATC.  Add a stick pin to the top of the jar. Another tiny rub on works perfectly on the stick pin.  

Paint the back of your ATC black and add a little story using stickers.  These are from the Tim Holtz clippings pack.  Use gel pen to doodle and scribble around the stickers.  

There are three cards in the Chunky ATC blanks package, so I created a trio of Love Bugs.  

The little guy was actually my first Love Bug.  I got so excited when I made him that I didn't take my step out photos.  

I love how I was able to get twins in this jar! 

To complete the display I painted the ATC Stand black and edged it in gold.  Now my fairies can be displayed properly. 
I hope you enjoy and try to catch some love bugs of your own!

Try it ON Tuesdays- Fire and Ice (I used Fractured Ice embossing powder)

Friday, January 26, 2018

Make A Wish

Hi Everyone,
I have a full step by step tutorial for you over on the Blank Page Muses Blog today.  
I would love for you to pop over and check it out. 

Monday, January 15, 2018

I'm a bad girl...

Hi Everyone,
I'm up on the Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts blog today.

Well, I didn't plan to do two reading themed items this month for them, but it happened.  I'm a huge reader.  It's not often that I am not in the middle of a book.  Any reader will tell you that they always need bookmarks.  Yes, I've used napkins, receipts, post it notes, and other random bits of paper to mark my pages.  I wanted to make a little something nice to actually mark my page.

I covered one of the Extra Large Chipboard Tags using vintage card catalog cards.  The edges were embossed using Emerald Creek's Salted Raven just to add a little bit extra. 
I painted my Medium Circle Border using Distress Paints in Picked Raspberry, Fossilized Amber, Wild Honey, Black Soot, and Spiced Marmalade and glued it on my tag.  
I added the vintage image and verbiage using foam tape.  Since the circles make the background uneven I used different layers of tape to make the image flush.  
Easy and now I can mark my book nicely! 

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Mistress of Myself

I am super excited to share my first post for The Blank Page Muse Rubber Stamp Company!  Our theme this month is Turquoise, Silver, and Sparkle.  Here's what I came up with for you.
I started by using an image from the A Wing Above the Rest Stamp Set.  This little beauty comes with some wings already, but I wanted to add a little more.  Once I stamped my image I just trimmed off the wings. 
I colored the Image using Distress Crayons and a waterbrush.

The chipboard wings were painted a shimmery turquoise and then embossed.  

I stamped the Chain link Pattern Background onto tissue paper.  I then adhered the tissue to a canvas banner using Pellon Ez-Steam. 

Once the tissue is adhered I colored it using inks in various blue hues.  I love embossing the edges for a grungy look. 

I sprinkled embossing powder randomly on the pennant and heat to set. 

I stamped the sentiment from the Words by Jane Sentiments set and then edge using black ink. 

Finally. I adhered everything to the pennant and used black tulle behind the focal point.  

Don't forget to stop by the blog and the facebook page for more inspiration!

Monday, January 1, 2018

Snarky New Year!

Happy New Year from this party animal!
If you made it until midnight, then you stayed up later than me.  I never make it until midnight.  I have a little project for you today that shows you that I really know how to party.
I used the Tiny Matchbox Theatre from Gypsy Soul Laser Cuts to make my party animal box. 
 I covered the box with old book paper.
I used Dina Wakley Paints to add some pops of color.  The edges have some Distress Crayon in Hickory Smoke and Black Soot. 

The image inside is from Lisa's Altered Art and it is popped up using foam tape.  I added the little party hat and book.  There's some fun washi tape behind her just for visual interest.  

I hope you have an amazing 2018!