Friday, February 28, 2014

Practical Scrappers Birthday Card Challenge

Hi everyone, hope you've had a good week so far.  Today I'm sharing a card that I made for Practical Scrappers Birthday Card Challenge.
I know the next three pictures are a little on the dark side, but it's the only way I could really get the glitter to stand out.  You can really see the detail if you click on the photos!

To start with I used Neenah card stock, Classic Crest Solar White 80 Cover for everything.  The base of my card was cut 5.5 x 4.25 and scored down the center and folded.  Then, I used several dies from Memory Box to cut the shapes, I will list all the dies at the end.  I stamped a happy birthday sentiment using a Just Right Cling Stamp Set "botanical swirls label SW – 04100" and Jet Black Archival Ink from Ranger.  I did a little heat embossing, just skimming across portions that I wanted highlighted using Stampendous Frantage Shabby White & Pink Embossing Enamels and Tim Holtz's Distress Embossing Ink Pad.  I layered everything using foam dots and finishing off with a double layered bow.  

Here is a close-up/side view shot so you can see the layers better.

The Memory Box dies are listed here:
Perched Reed Bird - 98160
Chadwick Label - 98209
Virtuoso Music - 98356
Cherise Label - 98402
Tiffany Frame - 98401
I hope you all enjoyed my Birthday Day Card, there's a lot of other great b'day cards that other Design Team members have made over at the Practical Scrappers website!  Thanks for stopping!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

February Art Journal

Today, I'm sharing a couple of pages from my Art Journal that I made for Practical Scrappers.  This months theme for Practical Scrappers Art Journal is a quote from Vincent Van Gogh "The way to love life, is to love many things" and here's my take on it.
I started out with a thin layer of gesso on both of my pages.  Then I took a damask stencil and molding paste for texture and dimension.  Then I layed down some color - I was using Goldens Fluid Acrylic in Nickel Azo Gold, I also used some Tim Holtz Distress Paint in Peeled Paint, Walnut Stain, and Evergreen Bough. The color in the pictures didn't translate very well but, in person it looks like a rusted stucco wall that has been patina with a damask print.
 After all of the paint and molding paste had dried really well, I started stamping using several Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous stamps.  The ink colors that I was using was Rangers Archival Ink in Sap Green, Jet Black, and Potting Soil.
 I used it the Evergreen Bough Distress Paint in just a few spots of the damask molding paste, I wanted it to look patina.
I hope you enjoyed my art journal pages, now head on over to the Practical Scrappers blog to see what the other design team members did with their art journals.  Thanks for looking!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Blog Hop Winner!

Just a quick post to let Laura Turcotte, know that she is the WINNER from last weeks blog hop!  Just send me an email at  to claim your prize!

Friday, February 14, 2014

Practical Scrappers-Scrap Your Stash Blog Hop

Happy Friday, the team at Practical Scrappers is having a blog hop!  A big thank you to Kiwi Lane Designs for being our sponsor.  The challenge this month is to use your Valentine themed stash!  My Valentine stash is right up there next to my Christmas stash!  The collection that I used is Crate Paper's Fourteen.
 I used several prints from the collection as well as the chipboard.  I distressed all of my paper edges using a bone folder.  I did a little sewing with my sewing machine.
The wood veneers are from Studio Calico.  The ink splats are from October Afternoon Midway Collection Mist-Token.  I took a plain shipping tag and my trusty old Olivetti Typewriter (XOXO) and typed up some journaling and snippets for the hearts.
 I used a couple of punches from Jenni Bowlin "file this & tab".
 Now for my little trick, I had three photos that I wanted to fit on this layout.  I cut a strip of kraft card stock and folded accordion style to fit the dimension of pictures leaving a small edge on the very last part of the strip for a pull tab.
 I adhered the strip to my photos using very strong adhesive, I used scor-tape.  I used one of the wood veneers on the edge as a pull tab.  Thanks for looking and I hope you enjoyed my Valentine themed layout.  I can't wait to see what the other team members have done with their Valentine themed stash.

Practical Scrappers Blog Hop List
                          Bobbi Smith *you are here*
                            Michelle Johns*head here next*

Thank you so much for playing along!  If you become a follower on my blog and leave me a comment telling me you did so, I will enter you into a drawing for an Echo Park 6 x 6 Yours Truly Valentine paper pad and matching bakers twine!  I will announce the winner on Monday!  Don't forget to go to the Practical Scrappers blog and sign up for Kiwi Lane Designs great prizes too.  Happy Valentine's Day and have a great weekend!

Friday, February 7, 2014

Studio 490 Card

Hi everyone, today I'm sharing a card that I made using lots of Wendy Vecchi product.  I was playing around with a new technique that I learned from Wendy on her Pinterest here for the background and her blog here to color the flower .  I took rubbing alcohol, Archival Inks, Tim Holtz's Detail Water Brush and Rangers Specialty Stamping Paper and followed Wendy's tutorial instructions and it was like magic!  It's really important that you use the Ranger Specialty Stamping Paper with this technique, the paper doesn't buckle at all from all the moisture.
The background colors that I used were Orange Blossom and Cornflower Blue in the Archival Inks.  To color the geranium I used Red Geranium and to color the leaves I used Fern Green Archival Inks.  I used Watering Can Archival Ink for all the stamping.  Here is a list of the Studio 490 stamps that I used:
Forever Art SCS113, Collectible Art SCS043, Tales of Art LCS094, Remnants of Art LCS066 and Busy Making Art LCS100.
I used Wendy Vecchi stencils on the background to add some dimension.  To add a little extra pizzazz I did layer a few of the geranium petals and a couple of the geranium leaves with foam dots.  I also added a bee from Wendy's Blossom Bucket Collection.
I hope you enjoyed my card today.  I encourage you to go check out Wendy's blog she always has a TON of fun tutorials and ideas on her blog, she is a very talented lady!  Thanks for looking.