“Fall Breeze, Autumn Leaves, Coffee Please”

I know, I know. It ‘s still smack dab in the middle of Summer. Here in Louisiana, we are dealing with heat index warnings and temperatures of “feels like” 105-108. Not to mention the humidity. So, yes, I’m dreaming of a little Fall weather. Plus. I got some new “Sweet’nSassy” stamps in and decided to play with these first. I’ve been seeing some really cute cards on Instagram made with these stamps and decided I needed them. Haha. Here’s a quick “how to” of what and how I used for this card.

First things first, the background. The gingham paper was stamped with the new “Background Builders Stripes Stamp Set”. I simply love gingham and I LOVE this set because I can make whatever color I want, AND I can make a gingham in every Tim Holtz colr that I need. Haha. For this card I chose the Distress Archival Vintage Photo. I stamped the lines horizontal and then turned the paper vertical to get the lovely gingham pattern. The second layer of the background was stamped with the new “Fall Background Stamp”. For this piece I chose the Wendy Vecchi Archival Orange Blossom. I feel like both of these colors are great Fall colors. Of course I distressed each piece with my Distress Ink in Vintage Photo.

Next was the sentiment and the little bits and pieces to add to the card. For these, I used the new set “Fall Breeze”.I stamped them with my Distress Archival Vintage Photo. I colored the images with my Copic markers. I’m not a pro at coloring with the Copics. I’m still learning. It just takes lots of practice. I chose colors that I thought would be good Fall colors. You can chose whatever you like. My choices are shown in the above picture. Once everything was colored, I used the matching “Fall Breeze” die set and cut them out with my Sizzix Sidekick. This little sidekick is very handy for quick jobs.

Last, but not least was the assembly. I wrapped the sentiment with some twine and pop dotted it onto the background and then added a bow of twine on top of that. Then, I assembled the pieces the way I thought looked best at the bottom. I decided that I didn’t like how stark white the edges of the pieces were, so I distressed them with Vinage Photo as well and pop dotted them to the card.

And that as they say is that. This card was really simple and easy to make. I had fun with these new stamps. I think the card turned out very “Fall-y’. I think I feel a change in the air already. NOT! Hey, a girl can dream.

Until next time,

Jennifer

Hello My Friend

Hello, my friends! I was so excited to receive my new stamp sets from the Tim Holt Stampers Anonymous collection. These stamps were just released a few weeks ago. I was only able to order just a few this time but there’s always later. LOL. I used both of the sets I bought in this make. I think my favorite of these was the set “Bold Sayings” (CMS433). They just scream that they need a WILD background. I’m not real sure, but I may have over done it on the back ground, but I think it’s growing on me the more I look at it. LOL. I do admit I think I threw a little bit of everything inky into this one.

I’m feeling a little blah today, with allergies and sinuses, so I wanted to go bright and cheery with this one. The colors I chose were Distress Oxide Picked Raspberry, Dusty Concord, Mermaid Lagoon, Ripe Persimmon, Mustard Seed, and Mowed Lawn. I smudged a little of each individual ink pad onto the nonstick portion of my glass mat. I spritzed it with a little bit of water, and dabbed the paper into each color until I was happy with the coverage. The paper that I used today was Distress Heavystock in white. I think the bold colors really popped on the white. There were a few white spots left, but not too many. To take care of those, I used Squeezed Lemonade and a blending tool. I know I use this technique alot, but I just LOVE the way it turns out.

Next, I took my Distress sprayer bottle, squirted a little water into my hand, and flung it onto the card. Fling, sling, hopefully you get the idea. LOL. Then you dab the water off with a paper towel or rag, whatever you have handy. The next step was to add a little layering stencil. The stencil I chose was THS083. I used the latest addition to the Distress color line, Salvaged Patina and a blending brush. I have to tell you that I don’t think this step really shows up, now that it’s all said and done, but it’s in there. I promise.

Once the inky layers were done, came the stamping part of the background process. I felt like those colors were almost neon on that white paper, so I figured I wouldn’t go wrong with a little grunge so I used the Stampers Anonymous set “Ultimate Grunge” (CMS075). It’s an older set, obviously by the number, but it is definitely well used. The colors I chose for this stamp set were Distress Archival colors Mermaid Lagoon and Spiced Marmalade. Then I got brave, I think, and used the brand new set “Floral Outlines” (CMS430) on the background as well. To stamp these images, I used the brand new Distress Archival Hickory Smoke. Not a brand new color, but brand new FULL SIZE. So excited about the full size pads. As you can see from the Mermaid Lagoon and Spiced Marmalade in the above pic, the larger ink pad is much easier to work with than the minis. And I don’t think I would consider a background complete without a little Vintage Photo distressed edges. LOL.

Last step but definitely not the least step is the sentiment. For the sentiment on this card, I used the Brand New set “Bold Sayings” (CMS433). I went with embossing it instead of just stamping because I wanted it to stand out more. I think I can consider that mission accomplished. It really pops on this bright and bold background. For the embossing I used Ranger Black embossing powder, Distress Embossing Ink, and my Heidi Swapp embossing tool. For those that don’t know, embossing is a really easy technique. First, you stamp your image with the embossing ink. Then you place your stamped image over a piece of paper, or a coffee filter to catch the excess. You then sprinkle the embossing powder very liberally over stamped image. Then you tip the paper so that the excess falls onto the piece of paper. You will then pour the excess back into the jar of powder. After you’re sure that your image is well covered with the powder, you take the embossing tool and heat the powder. Depending on the type of powder you used, you will know it’s done, when it turns shiny in this case. Some embossing powders have a dull finish or metallic. Like I said, it just depends on the type and the brand.

Well, I hope this quick tutorial was helpful in some way. The jury is still out on whether I like it or not. LOL. It may be a little too busyfor me. I think that’s normal with any crafter. We are always our worst critic. LOL. I was going for Bold and Bright and it is definitely that. What do you think? Let me know!

Until next time,

Jennifer

Red, White and Blue

This weeks prompt for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is Red, White and/or Blue so I decided to go a little patriotic since July the 4th is right aroung the corner. For this weeks challenge, I used a Dina Wakley #8 white media tag. You can purchase these in bulk on the Ranger Ink website. If you make a lot of tags, this is a great way to stock up. This tag was a quick little project and very easy to make. Let’s get started.

The background was really quick and easy. I used Distress Oxides in Fired Brick and Chipped Sapphire for my colors. I just smudged the ink on my nonstick mat and spritzed it with a little water. I then dabbed my tag into the ink until I was happy with the coverage. And no background would be complete without a little Vintage Photo for distressing the edges.

I wanted to add some stars, of course, so to make them stand out I used Distress Grit Paste. It also gave the stars a little texture and dimension. Unlike texture paste, that would have absorded the ink colors, Grit paste stays white.

Next up, a little stamping and coloring. The stamp sets that I chose to use today were “Americana” (THMB006) from Stampers Anonymous and “Friendship is a Blessing” from Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps. I love Stampers Anonymous for most of my image stamps because, yes, they were designed by Tim Holtz who does a wonderful job of designing vintagey stamps. I am simply in LOVE with this Sweet ‘n Sassy sentiment. I think todays sentiment is a perfect reminder.

All of the images were stamped with “Tuxedo Black” Memento Ink on another white tag. I choose to use Memento when I am coloring with my Copic markers. It doesn’t bleed with the alcohol ink from the markers. I have pictured the colors that I used with each image, but you can use whatever color you choose to. I’m including an image of a chart that I dowloaded from Pintereset a LONG time ago. You can tell because the colors on the chart are not complete. I believe it is just someones homemade project and is in no way made by me. There may be a more up to date chart available but I’m not sure. I may need to check into that. LOL.

Once the stamping and coloring was complete, I trimmed the pieces down, distressed them with my Vintage Photo, and pieced the make together with my Distress Collage Medium. And I added a few pop dots to the sentiment. A little bakers twine on the remaining part of the tag, and finished.

I by no means want to turn this blog into a political platform, but I do feel that whatever you believe about the leadership of this country, we need to be praying, DAILY, for the President, his advisors, and for this great USA. I hope you all have a wonderful Independence Day.

Until next time,

Jennifer

Distractions with Nature and Birding

As most of you know, we moved into our new home on the bayou back in February. Since we’ve been here, I’ve seen more birds than I’ve ever seen at any of our previous homes. Most are pretty common, but I have seen a few that I’ve never seen before and a few that are pretty rare. I’ve really enjoyed taking pictures of these birds and sort of documenting them, so I decided to join my new love for “birding” and my long time love of crafting together for this one project. Hopefully it will be ongoing and have sever entries. For this project, I decided to do an art jounal. I started with the Blue Jay. You may say, he’s pretty common. Well maybe, but my Blue Jay is not very sociable so he doesn’t make it to the feeder very often, and when he does, he’s usually gone before I can get back with my camera. LOL.

When I got this idea, I got really excited and cut out several birds. I’m hoping that my enthusiasm carries on and I have to make more. LOL. For these birds, I used the Cardinal die from last years Diecember from http://www.simonsaysstamp.com. It was a free gift with purchase of any Tim Holtz product. and of course, I made a purchase. LOL. I also used the Feathered Friends (664433) set. The paper that I used was just plain old water color paper. I took an afternoon and had my self another Vagabond party and cut out several of each set and glued them together. I also flipped the paper over and cut them out backwards so that they could face the other way.

The next day, I decided that all those birds needed some branches, and of course the branches needed some leaves. I used a few differents Distress Oxide Sprays in several shades of browns and greens. Then I used Stampers Anonymous Birch & Pine (CMS280) and Papillon (CMS106) stamp sets to give them a little dimension and texture. Then I had another little Vagabond party. I used the Sizzix Bigz die Bird Branch (657833), an obvious choice LOL, and Garden Greens (661206) thinlits set to cut out the leaves.

Now of course all of this is being done while I waited on a stamp set to come in. LOL. I decide to decorate the cover of my journal. For this art journal, I chose the Dylusions Creative Flip Journal. It’s perfect size for what I had in mind. I decided to use the Tim Holtz idea-ology collage paper and my Distress Collage Medium. The name of this particular design on this paper is Aviary. It has tons of beautiful, vintage birds and scripty things. Beautiful!! Just the paper wasn’t enough, so I decided to add a flower just in case I wanted to include flowers in my nature art journal. The die set that I used was Sizzix Brushstroke Flowers #1. Naturally, being from Louisiana and documenting LA nature, I went with a Magnolia. I used my Distress Crayons to color it. The tag was made with just regular cardstock, but printed on my toner printer and run through my Heidi Swapp Minc. And of course every thing needs a little Vintage Photo to give it that distressed vintage look. LOL

Unfortunately, I neglected to take any pics of the coloring process of the bird. But I can tell you I used my Distress Crayons, if that helps any. For the page background, I used Distress Oxides in Speckled Egg, Salvaged Patina, and Tumbled Glass and then distressed the edges with Vintage Photo. I then used the stamp set Field Notes (CMS396) and Wendy Vecchi Archival ink in Cornflower Blue to add another layer. I just love crackle paste, so I used that and the mini layering stencil THMS031. I layed it sideways and it filled the bottom of the page just perfectly. Once that dried, I glued everything on the page with my Distress Collage Medium.

I think I’m pleased with the way this turned out and I think this is going to be a fun ongoing project. I already know which bird I’m doing next. I just can’t wait to see what other birds are gonna show up in my yard!! I hope y’all enjoy this little series as much as I think I’m going to. LOL

Until next time,

Jennife

“Thinking of You”

Hey Y’all!! I have been dying to get my hands on the new, Distress color, Salvaged Patina, by Tim Holtz. You may say, “How many colors of blue ink does one girl need?” Well the answer is, “All of them!” You may think I have an issue, but believe me, I am not alone. There’s a whole FB group called “Tim Holtz Addicts” LOL. I swear! Well, I finally got my shipment in from Simon Says Stamps Monday, so I decided to partake in the Simon Says Monday Challenge this week. But, I also challenge myself and tried to use as many of the new products a I could. I think I came pretty close. LOL

This weeks prompt was “Feminine”. Well, I started thinking about the word feminine and well, you can’t get anymore feminine than Mother’s Day, and that is this coming Sunday (May 9, 2021). I can’t think about Mother’s Day without thinking about my Mom. This Mother’s Day will be her second Mother’s Day in Heaven. So, I decided to do an art journal page and use one of my favorite pictures of her. I think she was just a teenager here, but it shows the sassiness that she definitely had throughout her whole life. LOL. Let’s start the tutorial.

So at first I thought I was just going to do a tag and then I decided to incorporate it in the art journal and use the picture of Momma. I used both the Distress ink and the Distress Oxide sprays for the art journal page and I used the Distress Spray stain and the Distress Oxide pad for the tag. Just in case you were wondering, my art journal is a Dylusions art journal. It’s from the Dylusions line and it has some great mixed media paper in it.

After I dried the tag and the art journal page, I used my white Gesso and a splatter brush to splatter a little white onto the background of the page. For this, I just poured a small amount of the Gesso onto my nonstick mat and spritzed it with a little water. I then dabbed my splatter brush into the mix and very gently pulled the bristles of the brush to make the splatter marks on the page. I just love this effect and how it looks on the page.

The next steps for the background were stamping and embossing. The first stamp set I used was Dearly Departed (CMS413) by Tim Holtz from Stampers Anonymous. It was part of the Halloween release. I don’t do Halloween, but I LOVE this flower stamp and Momma loved her flowers in her yard. She didn’t do Halloween either. LOL. The next stamp set used was Classics#1 (SCF001) also from Stampers Anonymous. I think I bought this set just for the dragonfly. When my son was small he called them “flying dragons”. Momma loved dragonflies as well. Our new house in on the bayou and we are surrounded by dragonflies. They may have had a hand in helping me fall in love with this property. LOL.

The flowers were stamped with Salvaged Patina in the Distress Ink. The dragonfly was stamped with Distress Embossing Ink and I used the Salvaged Patina Embossing Glaze to emboss him. I then used my Vintage Phote Distress Ink to distress the edges of the tag and the photocopy of the photo. I did use my new Tonic Deckle paper cutter on the photocopy to give it the vintage photo look. Love it!!

Once the background was finished, I started layering. First layer was from what I lovingly refer to as my Vagabond party. This is something I highly recommend. One weekend with some friends, scrapbooking, I took my paper, inks and Vagabond and some favorite dies and just went to cutting. I inked the paper whatever color I wanted to use and then cut out several diecuts of some favorite die sets. This lace one is definitely a favorite because I cut out a bunch of them. The die set is from Sizzix and the name of it is Crochet (664178). I then used one of my favorite layering stencils from the Tim Holtz line at Stampers Anonymous (THS093). I think it has a great retro vibe and goes well with the picture. I used texture paste with the stencil on the art journal page and a small swipe on the tag as well.

The last layer was to add these starbursts ( for lack of a better name). These starbursts were also part of that same Vagabond party. They were cut with a Sizzix 3D Impresslit. There is no name on the folder, but the number is 663298. I spritzed them with a little of the Distress Oxide Salvaged Patina and then dabbed them with the embossing ink dabber. I then used my Distress Embossing Glaze on these. I used the “Tarnished Brass” Distress Crayon to dirty them up a bit and give them that aged look. It’s a wonderful technique I picked up from one of the Tim Holtz lives.

And, last but not least, the ribbon for the tag, the gold photo corners, and the “Thinking of You” sentiment. I probably could have layered more, but I was worried about the journal shutting. LOL.

So how are you spending your Mother’s Day? I’m pretty sure there will be grilling envolved at the Cooper house. I already got my present. LOL. Yesterday, my husband and I made a quick trip over to Garland,TX to pick up a set of lamps that I have been drooling over for months. LOL. They are perfect in the new house. We had lunch at Razoo’s. It was delicious. All in all, a fun little trip.

I hope that you are going to be spoiled as well on your Mother’s Day or maybe you will be doing the spoiling. LOL Cause Mom’s definitely deserve it!

Until next time,

Jennifer

Happy Spring, Y’all!!

I have so been feeling that “Spring Fever” lately. I love this time of year when the trees and bushes are budding out. When we moved into our new house, I was soooo pleased that we had most of those Southern “ya’s”: Azaleas, Camelias, Gardenias, you get the picture. Now is when those Azaleas are supposed to start budding out. I hate to say it, but I think the “Snowpocalypse” may have taken them out. Anyway, I decided that I wanted to make this weeks project a little bit Springy. I have never done an “Etcetera Tag” before and I have been dying to do one, so I figured something to display for Easter would be perfect. Plus, in sticking with that whole “taking the wrapper off” thing, I removed a few wrappers too. Let’s start with the background.

Last weeks YouTube Live demo from Tim Holtz was about Distress Inks so if you missed it, you may want to check it out. He demoed using the regular Distress Inks with the Distress Oxides. So, as you can see, that’s what i did. I used two pieces of Distress Mixed Media Heavystock cut to the width of the Etcetera tag. Then, by pressing the ink pad into my nonstick side of my media mat and spritzed it with some water droplets. I then dabbed the paper into the ink and water mix until I was happy with the coverage. As you can see, I used several shades of the blue and several shades of the green until I was happy. My aim was for the color of sky and grass. Once I was happy with my colors. I distressed the edges with a little Vintage Photo. I used the Stampers Anonymous Craze & Planks (CMS344) and stamped the craze image with Distress Ink “Broken China” for the blue and Distress Oxide “Mowed Lawn” for the green.

I wanted to add another layer, so I used my Distress Ink “Picket Fence” as my embossing ink and “White” embossing powder from Ranger. The stamp set that I used for this was also Stampers Anonymous Papillon (CMS106). I always like to add some sort of script to my backgrounds. The stamp set that I used for this was Stampers Anonymous Faded Type (CMS397). The colors that I used to stamp the images were same as before, Distress Ink “Broken China” and Distress Oxide “Mowed Lawn”. And last on the background, I wanted to add a little bit of texture. For this, I used Grit Paste and a stencil from Stampers Anonymous called Blossom (THS031) because I wanted to stick with that Spring theme. Once both pieces were good and dry, I cut them down and glued them to my tag with Distress Collage Medium. I then added an “Etcetera” trim piece that I painted with “Tumbled Glass” Distress Paint. And that was the background.

Now we come to that whole “taking the wrappers off things” part of the make. LOL. The new Sizzix release from Tim Holtz was amazing. I have to say that I probably bought way too much. But, today, we took some wrappers off of them and used them, so that makes up for it, right?? Instead of using colored cardstock, I decided to get inky and make the colored papers that I needed. I needed brown and green for the trees, gray for the rabbit, and orange for the carrots. Same technique as before, just press a little ink onto the nonstick mat and dab the paper into it until I was happy with the coverage. For the orange, I got a little industrious and added some stamping. LOL

The Sizzix die sets that I “unwrapped” for this project were Funky Trees (665217) and Oliver (665219). I had already used the Carrot Bunny (665213) so that was already unwrapped. LOL. I just love how cute Oliver is. Those trees and carrots just add the perfect touch.

Once I got everything cut out and glued together, I just played with it for a bit until I was happy with the placement. I glued it all down with some Distress Collage Medium. I added a few pop dots to Oliver and it was done. He’s soo cute! I think this is going to be a great little display piece for Spring. I love it!!

Until next time,

Jennifer

“Live Your Dream With Passion”

Y’all!! Today is a day that I’ve been waiting on for quite a while now. As you know, we have been in the process of moving, and it has definitely been a process. We have moved a little at a time for about three weeks now. This weather has not been cooperating. Between what we have so lovingly referred to as the “snowpocalypse” and the pouring down rain and thunderstorms that we’ve had here in Louisiana, it’s been slow going.

This much snow is a very, rare thing here. But, I am glad to say that just about 90% of the craft room has been moved and finally unpacked. I have been dreaming about this craft room for a long time now. I know most crafters are probably that way. You have things you’ve always said you would do if you ever got the dedicated space. Well, this has finally been my chance. Today as I stood there, I have to admit I was just a little bit overwelmed as to where to begin. LOL. But only for about a minute. Once I got over myself, I decided to dive in.

Todays make just seemed to really flow. I decided a while back, that I was gonna be taking off the wrappers on products and tools and finally make use of them. I think I unwrapped a few things today. However, these things haven’t really been with me that long. I’ve been dying to play with the new Sizzix die “Perspective Butterfly” (665201) (unwrapped) from Tim Holtz. I’ve been seeing some amazing inspiration on social media. This butterfly is HUGE! I think it turned out pretty nice. Let’s me take you through the process.

The first step was to cut out this beautiful butterfly. For the background, I used Distress Mixed Media Heavystock by Tim Holtz. The weight of this paper is amazing for getting inky. I sprayed the paper with three of my Distress Oxide ink sprays. The colors I used were Peeled Paint, Peacock Feathers, and Rustic Wilderness. I dried it with my Ranger Heat It tool and then spritzed it with a little water. I dabbed up the excess water with a cotton rag and it left those wonderful water droplets. I then splattered a little Black Soot Distress Paint with my Splatter Brush. Once this was good and dry, I used my Vagabond and the Perspective die to cut out the butterfly. I did run it through the vagabond a few times, but only because the butterfly was so intricate.

Next up was the background for my card. For this I used “Crackling Campfire” in both regular Distress ink and Distress Oxide ink, and “Speckled Egg” in Distress Oxide. I used my favorite technique of smudging a little ink onto my nonstick mat side of my Tonic Glass Media Mat. I spritzed the ink with a little water, and then dabbed my heavystock into the mix. I used this same process for each color, being sure to dry my paper in between each color choice. Once I was happy with the coverage, I distressed the edges with a little “Vintage Photo” Distress ink, and a little more “Ground Espresso”. You can never have too much brown. LOL. I used one of my favorite stamp sets to stamp a little bit of text into the background. The set I used was Stampers Anonymous “Faded Text” (CMS397) by Tim Holtz. I then took a mini stencil and some more “Vintage Photo” to stencil some foliage onto the background. I applied the ink thru the stencil with a Distress stencil brush. As you can see from the pic, a tip I learned from watching all the Tim Holtz Saturday demos was to have a stencil brush for each shade. I have one that has been marked with a brown sharpie that I can use with all the shades of brown Distress inks. One for brown, one for red, one for pink, one for blue….. You get the picture.

After I glued my butterfly to my background, the next and last part was the sentiment for the card. I used a scrap from the piece I had cut for the butterfly. I always save scraps. You never know what you’re gonna need. I used my “Crackling Campfire” Distress Oxide and a mini blending tool to color my scrap. I spritzed it with a little water and dabbed the excess water with a cotton rag. I then chose my sentiment from another stamp set from Stampers Anonymous called “Perspective” (CMS213). I love this sentiment. I think it is definitely perfect for todays make. LOL. I stamped the sentiment with Ranger’s Distress Archival Ink “Ground Espresso”. I trimmed it down with my brand new (unwrapped) Tonic Deckle trimmer and then distressed the edges with some more Distress “Vintage Photo” and “Ground Espresso”. I pop-dotted it onto the card and I call that done.

I simply LOVE just about everything about the way this make turned out. I love the colors. I love the butterfly. And I definitley love the sentiment. I’ts perfect for today. This was my first make in a brand new craft room that I have definitely had a passion for and been dreaming about for years now. I love making things, playing with products, but I’ve always had to clean up the table when company came over. I think that may have hindered me a bit. Now, I love having a dedicated space where I can just stop what I’m doing if need be. I can come back to it later and not have to worry about the craft room having to become a dining room again. Now it’s “A place for everything and everything in it’s place.” Now, I just have to remember where I put it all. LOL.

Until next time,

Jennifer

“Holly Jolly Christmas”

Oh my goodness, y’all! Where has the time gone?? I’ll tell you where it’s gone. It has been sucked up with buying a new house, working with a contractor and packing the current house. Well, as much as I can pack and still live here. LOL. we just purchased a mid-century home a few months back and it is in need of a little rehab. LOL. I have, however, left the craft room for last because I have NO idea how long the rehab will take. We are praying that we can be in there by Christmas. I think October was the last time I can remember getting my fingers inky. Horrible, I know. I have, however, been collecting a lot of the new Tim Holtz holiday items. So many in fact, that it has taken me forever to figure out what I wanted to do for my Christmas cards this year. I figure December 1st made it time to start on them. LOL.

I feel like sending Christmas cards has become a lost tradition for most. I just love getting them in the mail and clothes pinning them to my Christmas garland that hangs over my door into my dining room during the holidays. I do feel, however, that they are becoming fewer each year. I just love making them and sending them. I hope that they bring a smile to whoever’s face when they open them and see the time and care that went into them. Anyway, Here’s a quick tutorial of what I did.

This card was relatively simple this year. It only becomes a little time consuming when you make fifty. LOL. For this card, I used the new Distress Heavyweight white card stock. However, with all the inking that I did, the manila would have probably done just as well. I used my normal technique of smudging the Distress Ink pad onto the craft mat and spritzing it with water. I then just sort of dabbed the paper into the inky mix until I was happy with the amount of coverage. I dried the paper in between each application with my Heat It tool from Ranger. Then I just added another color of ink. For this card, I used three colors of Distress Oxide inks: Tea Dye, Speckled Egg, and Cracked Pistacchio. I used the same technique for each individual color.

For the framing of this card, I used one of the new stamp sets by Tim Holtz from Stampers Anonymous. The name of this set is Skethc Greenery (CMS429). I used two of these stamps: the pine needle branch and the holly berry and leaves. Of course, to stamp these images, I used the BRAND new Rustic Wilderness Distress Ink from Ranger Ink. It is the perfect shade of green for Christmas foliage!! I then took my Faber Castell “big brush” markers and colored the holly leaves and berries. The colors I used were Deep Scartlet Red (219) and Green Olive (167).

Next, I used the Vintage Photo and my mini blending tool to distess the edges of each background. Then I used the Ground Espresso and a finger dabber to give it that nice, dark edge.

Last step for this card front was the embossing. For the embossing, I used my Tim Holtz Tonic Stamping Platform, Distress Embossing Ink, and some gold embossing powder that I have had for years from Stampendous. I used my stamping platform to make sure that the image was stamped in the same place every time. The sentiment I used was Holly Jolly Christmas. I stamped the sentiment with the embossing ink and then sprinkled a generous amount of the embossing powder over the ink. Then, I tapped the paper onto a piece of printer paper on the table to knock off the excess. You can pick the paper up and pour the excess back into your jar of embossing powder. Then, using an embossing gun, you heat the image until the powder melts. This gives you have that glitter, gold goodness without it coming off on your fingers!! Love the gold!!

This is just a little step I like to take. It’s definitley not neccessary, but I think it makes a nice, personal touch. I found this stamp at Scrapbook.com a long time ago. I stamped this image with the Distress Archival Black Soot onto some blank card bases that I found at Michaels in the Christmas crafts section. I love blank card bases. It saves me those extra steps of cutting the cardstock and folding it. LOL.

For the inside sentiment, I chose two sentiments and the holly leaf stamps from the Christmastime 3 (CMS427) and the little bird with the holly leaf in his mouth from the Snarky Cat Christmas (CMS416) set. The color I chose was Festive Berries in the Distress Ink. I used my stamping platform to align all the stamps where I wanted them. The stamping platform just allows me to make sure that each image is sstamped in the same position every time. I love this stamp set! It has those great, retro fonts that remind me of vintage Christmas cards. Love it!!

Once I was done with the card front, and the card base, I used my X-press It High tack tape to adhere the front to the card base. I just Love these cards. I think they have just enough grungy, vintagey, Holiday goodness. I LOVE them. I hope the people who receive them will love them as well.

My crafting times have been few and far between, so if I don’t talk to you before then, I hope you and your family have a very merry, Merry Christmas!!

Until next time,

Jennifer

Black Cats Need Love Too

Hey Y’all! It’s been a little while, but I’m back in the craft room today. We are in the process of buying a new house so as much as I hate it, my crafting time may be a little sporadic over the next few months, so please forgive me. Lol.

This week’s theme over at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is “spooky”. I don’t really do spooky, or Halloween at my house, but I do have a Big ‘ole black cat. And that’s no lie. He weighs about 20 pounds. We call him Humphrey. Humphrey was a gift from God. I say that because he just showed up in our backyard one day. He decided we seemed like nice people and decided to stay. That was almost four years ago. So now, anytime I see black cat items that I like, I tend to snatch them up.

I decided to make an art journal page for the challenge this week. I decided to work in my Dylusions 8″x8″ Art Journal. The Tim Holtz tools I used today were Stampers Anonymous Layering stencil THS147, Snarky Cats Halloween CMS407, Faded Tyoe CMS397 and Sizzix Haunted 664735.

Here’s what I did. I used Tim Holtz Distress Oxide in Crackling Campfire to ink my background. I just smudged some ink onto my Ranger craft mat and spritzed it with water. Since I was working in my art journal, I picked the ink up with a piece of acetate and transferred it to the art journal page. I did this until I was happy with the coverage. I then used my Distress sprayer with water and spritzed the page with some big water droplets and dabbed them up with a cotton cloth. Then I used my Stampers Anonymous Faded Type stamps to add some text to the background. I used my Wendy Vecchi Archival Ink in Orange Blossom to stamp the image. I also used my new layering stencil and Distress Ink in Crackling Campfire to add a little more interest to my background.

Once I was done with the inking and stamping, I used my Distress Ink in Vintage Photo and a blending tool to distress the edges of my page. Then I took my white gesso and a Distress Splatter Brush and added a little texture with some droplets of the gesso. This technique is becoming one of my favorites. All you do is put a little of the gesso onto the nonstick mat and spritz it with a little water. Then, you dab the splatter brush into the gesso and holding the brush over your project, you slowly pull back the bristles causing the gesso to splatter the page. It gives you these great droplets. You can also use black gesso, or black paint if you wanted to darken your page.

Next was the Snarky cats. I love these sets because the sentiments are so spot on for what I would figure cats think. And yes, you know we all talk for our pets. Lol. For the pumpkins, I just stamped them with my Distress Archival in Black Soot. But for the cats, I really wanted them to be black, so I embossed them with my Distress Embossing Ink and Ranger Black Embossing Powder.

Next comes the Sizzix parts. I have to admit I kinda went the easy route on these. I’m not very patient when it comes to tiny, tiny pieces, and it’s just an art journal page, so I doodled some of the details instead of cutting them out. I’m sure it would have looked much better had I cut them out, but I didn’t. I love this haunted house die, strictly because of the black cat in the window. Lol. I’ve also seen some wonderful makes where they make an everyday house and not a haunted house, so I figure I’ll find plenty of uses for this particular die. For the lettering, I used the relatively new set, Alphanumeric Shadow Upper (664729). I used gray kraft stock and highlighted them with a black ink pen.

No, it’s not very spooky. But after all, it is how we interpret the theme. To me, black cats aren’t spooky. I think they get a bad rap, thanks to Halloween. My black cat doesn’t have a spooky bone in his body. He’s very loving and very talkative. LOL. I wouldn’t trade him for anything.

I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed making it. As always, if you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments.

Until next time,

Jennifer (and Humphrey)

Here is a list of the supplies:

   Ranger  Dylusions 8”x8” Art Journal

Products used:

   Distress Oxide Crackling Campfire

   Distress Ink Crackling Campfire

   Distress Ink Vintage Photo

   Ranger  Wendy Vecchi Archival Ink Orange Blossom

   Distress Archival Ink Black Soot

   Distress Collage Medium

   Distress Embossing Ink

   Uniball White Gel Pen

   Fude Ball Black Pen

   Ranger Black Embossing Powder

Tools Used:

   Stampers Anonymous Snarky Cats Halloween  CMS407

   Stampers Anonymous Faded Type CMS397

   Stampers Anonymous  THS147

   Ranger Heat it Craft Tool

   Tim Holtz Distress Sprayer

   Sizzix Haunted 664735

   Sizzix Alphanumeric Shadow Upper 664729

“Dreaming of the Bayou”

Today’s make was a Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. The prompt for today was “add a photo”. Well, this little picture has been on my brain a lot lately. As most of you know, I live in Louisiana. Contrary to what you might think, not all of Louisiana looks like this. I live in the Northern part of the state and you don’t see this as much as you’d think. In looking at properties around town, my husband and I found this little, peaceful spot. It’s right in the middle of town. My mom was all about her state. She loved all things Louisiana. And she LOVED dragonflies. When we were looking at this particular property, the dragonflies were out in full force. So this is what inspired todays make. I just love makes that have special meanings and sentimental value. Don’t you? They seem to go so much better than what you had planned. Let me tell you how I did this.

Todays substrate was watercolor paper from Arteza. I used the smooth side of the paper because I knew I was going to be doing alot of stamping. For my background I used my Distress Oxide Ink pads. The colors were Forest Moss and Peeled Paint. Perfect selecetion for a swampy bayou. LOL. I smudged a little of the Forest Moss onto my nonstick mat and spritzed it with some water. I dabbed my paper into the mix until I was happy with the coverage. I dried the paper really well with my Ranger Heat It tool and then did the same procedure with the Peeled Paint. I think I had to do this about two times for each color until I was happy. Once it was good and dry, I used my Peeled Paint and a blending tool to fill any spaces I wasn’t completely happy with. Once I was completely happy, LOL, I cut my paper down to 8″x10″ because I think I want to possibly frame it.

Next, to finish out my background, I distressed the edges with some Ground Espresso Distress Ink. Then, I used my Distress Splatter Brush and my Black Soot Distress Paint and splattered a little black paint.

Once I was happy with my background, I got out my Lavinia Stamps stamp binder. This is just a binder I purchased at Office Depot and it has acrylic stamp sheets in it. It’s strictly dedicated to Lavinia Stamps. That makes it sound like I have a ton of them. I don’t. But I’m working on it. LOL. For stamping, I used my Distress Archival inks. The colors were Black Soot and Peeled Paint. Most of the stamping was done with the Black Soot. Also, somewhat necessary when you are silhouette stamping, is a stamping tool of some sort. I have the Tim Holtz Stamping Platform, and I have a small Misti. It just depends on what I’m working on as to which one I use. I used several of the stamp sets from Lavinia Stamps. Here is a list of the ones I used: Mooch (LAV404), that’s the cat, Whimsical Hares (LAV482), The Fairy Foragers (LAV498), Fairy Dandelions (LAV373), Fairy Lanterns (LAV586), Bullrushes (LAV003), Fairy Bugs (LAV471), Berry Leaves (LAV577) and Fairy Orbs (LAV377). As for stamping, I traced where my frame was going to go and I just added things until I ran out of space. LOL. Using the stamping press helped me to stamp over and over if I needed to get a good, dark coverage. You have to make sure your paper doesn’t move or you could end up with a shadow. I was quite pleased that the only thing that I got a shadow on was the bigger dandelion.

And, last but definitely not least, the Bayou. I used a Tim Holtz Idea-ology baseboard frame, and glued my picture to the back of it. I then, of course glued it to my page. I just love these Lavinia Stamps sets. They’re so whimsical and they were the perfect touch for my bayou scene. I hope you enjoyed this as much as I enjoyed making it.

Until next time,

Jennifer