“Follow Your Heart” – Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge (Art Journal Page)

Y’all! Today’s prompt for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge was “Art Journal”. I love it when there’s a bit of a prompt, but it leaves it wide open to just play with products. Unfortunately, sometimes for me I get so caught up in the products and what they can do for a background, I don’t want to cover it up. Haha. But, I got over it today and covered it up just a little bit.

Today, I worked in my Dylusions Flip Journal. I like the size of this journal because the pages are 8″x5″, so that makes for a nice, quick project. Today I chose to just do a one page entry. I got the Bigz Tattered Butterly in the mail last week and have been itching to use it. In fact, the first thing I did was cut out my butterfly. I have a ton of smaller scraps from the Lost and Found paper pad from Tim Holtz. There are a lot of wonderful floral prints in that pad so I went with one of those. I cut my butterfly pieces out on my Vagabond and decided to stamp and heat emboss some script on them. For this I used Distress Embossing Ink and Distress Embossing Glaze in Hickory Smoke. I then distressed the edges of my butterfly with Distress Ink in Walnut Stain.

Next was my background. Since I was only planning to do a one page entry today, I needed to protect my other side of my journal in case I want to use it for a future project. For this I placed a paper towel behind the page I was working on, and I used my Silicon Mat from Ranger to cover the other side. If you’re careful (I strongly emphasize IF you are careful) and don’t move it around too much it will work. However, IF you don’t it can lead to ink on your other page. For my background, today, I chose my Distress Oxide Sprays. The colors I used were Blueprint Sketch, Shaded Lilac, and Seedless Preserves. I did the normal technique (normal for me) of spritzing with a little water, and then spraying a little of each color until I was happy with the coverage. Once I was happy with the ink coverage, I spritzed it again, barely pulling the trigger on my Distress Sprayer, so that I got those nice big water droplets. Then, using a rag I had handy, I dabbed up the water and made sure it was good and dry with my Ranger Heat It tool. As you can see, I wasn’t too careful. Haha

Next, I decided to give my Distress Splatter Brush another go. I squirted just a small dab of the Distress Paint in Black Soot onto my nonstick mat and then spritzed it with a little bit of water. I then dabbed my splatter brush into the paint, and over my paper, very slowly pulled back the bristles of the brush. I was pleasantly surprised. No mess-ups this time! Yay!!

Pleased with that, I decided to move on to some texture. Since I had already decided to use the butterfly, I knew I needed some flowers. The Stampers Anonymous layering stencil (THS143) was just what I needed. I used my Distress Crackle Texture Paste for this page. I just LOVE the Distress Crackle Paste. I love that crackle effect that it gives to your project. Anyway, enough about my romance with crackle paste. Haha.

Once I got the texture paste exactly how I wanted it, and mind you that doesn’t always happen; You can NEVER control the products! But, always remember there is no crying in mixed media!! In the words of Tim Holtz, “You get what you get and you don’t throw a fit.” No fit throwing today. It did just what I was hoping for. Haha. Oh yeah, I have ventured off again. Once I got the texture paste exactly how I wanted it, I had two little spaces that left a great space for some alphabet stamping. My favorite go to set these days is by Stampers Anonymous and it’s in the Tim Holtz line, of course. It is Faded Type and the number is CMS397. I used Distress Archival Hickory Smoke to stamp the image.

Then, last but not least, I adhered my butterfly and a baseboard sentiment to my page. I used my Distress Collage Medium to adhere the larger piece of the butterfly to my page. Then I used pop dots to adhere the second piece of the butterfly. The I chose the sentiment “Follow Your Heart” to go with my butterfly. Before sticking the sentiment down, I took my Distress Paint in Black Soot and distressed the edges of the piece, then glued it down with Distress Collage Medium as well. And I call that done.

The thing about an art journal is you can express yourself in any way you want. You can use whatever mediums you are comfortable with, make whatever sentiment you want to make. As a friend of mine always says, “You do you, Boo!” Haha

Until next time,

Jennifer

Here is a list of the supplies:

   Dylusions Flip Journal

 Products used :

   Distress Oxide Spray Blueprint Sketch

   Distress Oxide Spray Shaded Lilac

   Distress Oxide Spray Seedless Preserves

   Distress Ink Walnut Stain

   Distress Paint Black Soot

   Distress Embossing ink 

   Distress Embossing Glaze Hickory Smoke

   Distress Archival Hickory Smoke

   Distress Crackle Texture Paste

   Pop Dots

Tools Used:

   Sizzix Bigz Tattered Butterfly 664166

   Stampers Anonymous Faded Type CMS397

   Stampers Anonymous Layering Stencil THS143

   Ranger Silicon Mat

   Ranger Heat it Craft Tool

   Tim Holtz Distress Sprayer

   Tim Holtz Tonic Glass Media Mat

   Tim Holtz Lost and Found Paper Pad

   Tim Holtz Baseboard Sentiments

“Reach for the Stars” – A Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge

Y’all! I’m so sorry I missed Monday, this week, but I was just a little busy celebrating a certain nephew of mine. He used to live in Virginia, but is on his way to his new home in San Antonio, today. He was in town for a few days so we had to have a birthday party for him. Just look at that face, how could we not celebrate him?? He’s eight y’all!! I’m getting old.

Anywho, back to the challenge. Today’s prompt for the challenge was “Reach for the Stars”. I didn’t have any Simon Says Stamps that were star themed, so I dug and dug until I came up with this stamp and dies set from Cas-ual Fridays. I have had them for years. The number on the back of the stamp set is CFSS-15-005 Twinkle if that helps.

So, that’s what I worked with today. This was another simple card. I started with my Dylusions Media Cardstock, and some Distress Oxides. The colors I chose for today were Mustard Seed for the stars, and Chipped Sapphire, Wilted Violet and Blueprint Sketch for the night sky. First was the stars. I used my distress oxide ink pad and pressed some of the ink onto my nonstick mat and spritzed it with some water. Then, I dabbed my paper into the mix until I was happy with the coverage. I did this a few times to get the effect I liked. I then used my Archival Jet Black ink and my Misti to stamp the star images onto my yellow paper. I then used the dies and the Cuttlebug to cut them out.

Next, the night sky. I did the same technique as I did for the yellow, except with all three colors this time. I made sure to dry the paper with my Ranger Heat It tool in between colors so that they layered nicely. Once I was happy with the coverage, I spritzed it with a little water from my Distress Sprayer and dabbed it with a towel. Once it was good and dry, I used my Distress Paint in Black Soot to distress the edges, then adhered it to my card base with my X-press It double sided tape.

I then stamped my sentiments on scraps of my star paper and cut them out. “Heavens to Murgatroyd”. I can still hear Snaglepuss from cartoons of my childhood. Haha. I used my Distress paint again, to distress the edges on them as well. I pop dotted all of my stamped images and adhered them to my card. Last step was to distress the edges of the card with the Distress Paint again. And that was that. It really was a simple card.

If you’re like me, and I’m sure there are some of you out there, who haven’t made cards in Fo-eva, get in that craft studio and get to making. You really can get some pretty cute cards for relatively little effort. I just love these Distress Inks. They make everything look like it was sooooo hard. Haha. It’s all about the tools, and knowing how to use them. I encourage you to research the things you’ve bought. Look for videos on YouTube. Ti Holtz has a TON of videos on his products. VERY informative!! You’d be amazed at the things you can learn on YouTube!!

Until next time,

Jennifer

Here is a list of the supplies:

   Dylusions Mixed Media Cardstock

 Products used :

   Distress Oxide Spray Blueprint Sketch

   Distress Oxide Spray Wilted Violet

   Distress Oxide Spray Chipped Sapphire

   Distress Oxide Ink Mustard Seed

   Distress Paint Black Soot 

   X-Press it High Tack Tape

   Pop Dots

Tools Used:

   Cas-ual Fridays Stamps Twinkle  CFSS-15-005

   Cas-ual Fridays Dies Twinkle

   Ranger Heat it Craft Tool

   Tim Holtz Distress Sprayer

   Tonic Glass Media Mat

“I’m Nuts and Bolts About You” – Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge

Today’s prompt for the “Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge” was “For a Child”. I’m a mother of a boy and the first thing that popped to my mind was Robots!! Today’s card was relatively simple and took no time at all. I’m still not sure why I haven’t been making cards forever. I get such a feeling of accomplishment when I finish one!! I hope that when you see how easy this was, you too are inspired to make MoRe CARDS!!

The paper of choice, today, was by Ranger Ink. It is the Tim Holtz Distress Mixed Media Heavystock. It comes in a package of 4-1/4″x5-1/2″. That’s perfect size for making cards. The stamp set of choice, today, was from Stampers Anonymous and it’s from the Tim Holtz line as well. The name of the set is Robots Blueprint (CMS233). I also used a set from Stampendous for the sentiment. The number on this packaging is SSC1033. I’m not real familiar with Stampendous, so I hope that is the correct number.

The first step is always my background. For my background, I chose to work with Distress Oxide Ink Pads. The colors were Blueprint Sketch and Faded Jeans. I took two of the pieces of heavystock and colored them both the same. I smushed a little of the ink on the nonstick mat of my glass media mat and spritzed it with a little water. I then dabbed the paper into the inky mixture until I was happy with the coverage. I dried it with my Heat It craft tool, and then did the same procedure with the next color. I used regular Distress Ink in Ground Espresso to distress the edges.

Once I was happy with my background, I cut it down to fit on a blank, Kraft paper card base. Then I took the screws (THS087) layering stencil from Stampers Anonymous and my Transparent Matte Texture Paste from Ranger and gave the background a little dimension. I used a palette knife to spread the texture paste over the stencil and then dried it with my Heat it tool. It was the perfect addition to the sentiment I had already planned for the card. I then distressed this piece with my Ground Espresso and adhered it to the card base with some X-Press It High tack double sided tape.

Next, I used my Stamping Platform from Tonic and my stamp set and stamped my robot onto the other piece of blue heavystock. The ink I chose to stamp with was Distress Archival Faded Jeans. I also stamped my sentiment “I’m nuts [and Bolts] About You”. On this particular piece, I was forced to use my Misti because the clear stamp was so thin. Both Pieces were distressed with my blending tool and the Distress Ink Ground Espresso. Then they were adhered to the card as well, with pop dots and glue.

Y’all! This card was so simple. It’s just tools and knowing how to use them! If it was rocket science, I wouldn’t be doing it!! Thank You, Tim Holtz for all the demos and inspiring us to share, ShArE, SHARE!!

Until next time,

Jennifer

Here is a list of the supplies:

   Distress Mixed Media Heavystock

Products used :

   Distress Oxide Ink Blueprint Sketch

   Distress Oxide Ink Faded jeans

   Distress Ink Ground Espresso

   Distress Archival Ink Faded Jeans

   X-Press it High Tack Tape

   Art Glitter Glue

   Pop Dots

Tools Used:

   Stampers Anonymous Robots Blueprints CMS233

   Stampers Anonymous Layering Stencil THS087

   Stampendous Robot Sentiments SSC1033

   Ranger Blending Tool & Foams

   Ranger Heat it Craft Tool

   Tim Holtz Distress Sprayer

   Tonic Glass Media Mat

Stamping Platform from Tonic

Misti

“Happy Fall Y’all” “Early Bird” – Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Y’all! Today’s prompt for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge was “early bird”. Arthur 664730) is part of the new Tim Holtz Sizzix release from a few weeks ago. He came in the mail last week and I have been dying to do something with him. So……he’s a bird, and he’s definitely early on the Happy Fall part. Here in Louisiana this week, we are under a heat advisory and it seems like it just turned Summer. That’s still, definitely early for Fall wishes. Haha. Today’s make is in an Idea-ology “vignette shrine”. I also used some of the idea-ology “tiny lights”. I think he turned out super cute.

Actually, I was a little intimidated by him at first. Last year, I bought the Santa Clause and Fireplace in the Colorize line. Honestly, I opened the package to Santa, saw all the pieces and just closed him back up. I am now inspired to go get him out and try again. Maybe not today, but soon, haha. Arthur was relatively simple. I used my box of cardstock scraps to chose several different shades of brown. Then, I just cut them out according to the numbers on the back and glued them as I went along. It was a lot easier than I imagined it would be. I did use my Distress Walnut stain on the pieces that were large enough to distress. I will say I skipped the last color which was white and went with my white gel pen.

Next was the lights!! I got my husband to drill me a small whole in the back of the vignette box. I have got to get me my own drill!! Haha. I threaded the lights through the back and glue-dotted the mechanics to the back of the vignette. I decided to use another new die that I received last week as well. This one is called Falling Stars 664732). I used a piece of Dylusions Mixed Media Cardstock and my Distress Oxide Sprays to make my night sky. The colors I chose were Blueprint Sketch, Wilted Violet and Chipped Sapphire. I spritzed my paper with water and then sprayed a small amount of each color onto the cardstock until I was happy with the coverage. I then used my Ranger Heat It tool to make sure it was good and dry.

Once my paper was good and dry, I used my Vagabond and the Sizzix thinlit to cut out my starry night background. I decided to place a piece of mustard yellow cardstock in the back of my vignette to cover the wiring. Then I ran the strand of lights around the back of the vignette and adhered them with scotch tape. I then pop-dotted the stars over the lights and ran the rest of the string lights through a star at the top of the vignette.

Next, I took a scrap of the same yellow paper and traced my little glass to make a moon for my night sky. I used the walnut stain again to distress the edges and make a few indentions. Haha. I wound the remaining strand of lights into a circle and adhered my moon on top of them with a few pop dots.

I have a pretty good stash of odds and ends around in this mess I like to refer to as my craft room. One of those things is a bag of moss. You never know when things may come in handy. Today, it served as Arthur’s next. I spread a pretty good amount of 3-in-1 glue in the bottom of the vignette box and pressed about a handful of moss into the glue.

After I gave the moss a little time to dry, I placed my cut out images where I wanted them to go. I had a few pieces that were left over from earlier makes. I used some logs from the Bigz Tree Rings. I had a few leaves and an acorn from Funky Foliage, and of course Arthur and his branch.

Next and last step was my title. It decided to give me a little trouble today. I was going to cut it out with my Silhouette, but my computer decided today was not the day to recognize it. Haha. So, being short for time, I went easy and printed it on my printer. I printed it on some more of the mixed media cardstock in a burnt orange color. I then cut it down to size and distressed the edges with the Walnut Stain. I backed it with some kraft paper and then backed that with a burnt orange cardstock. I backed another piece of kraft paper with some chipboard for more stability and then distressed it with the walnut stain. I had some leaves from my “Vagabond party” that I had inked and cut out of the Bigz Tattered Leaves. I thought these were a good addition to this make so I sandwiched them behind the orange cardstock and on top of the kraft and chipboard piece. As I was fixing to glue it to the make, I realized that I should probably paint my vignette. Haha I used the Distress Paint in Ground Espresso for that. Of course, looking at the finished project now, I wish I had painted the inside too. But too later. I glued the base to the vignette and then placed my title. Cocked at an angle, I hot glued the title to the top of the vignette.

I have to say, that after today, I think I am in LoVe with Arthur. He is so stinking cute. And I’m pretty pleased with the make, even if I do say so myself. (Sometimes you just have to Haha). He is definitely an early bird. It is by no means Fall in Louisiana. Haha. All this week, we are under a heat advisory here in Shreveport. Saturday, the heat index was 115 degrees F. Yesterday, we got a break of 110 and I think it’s supposed to be the same for today. So this bird is definitely early!! haha. Try to stay cool out there!! I know this girl’s staying inside with a big ole glass of tea!!

Until next time,

Jennifer

Here is a list of the supplies:

   Idea-ology Vignette Shrine

   Idea-ology Tiny Lights  

   Dylusions Mixed Media Cardstock

   Moss from craft store

Products used :

   Distress Oxide Ink Spray Blueprint Sketch

   Distress Oxide Ink Spray Wilted Violet

   Distress Oxide Ink Spray Chipped Sapphire

   Distress Ink Walnut Stain

   Distress Paint Ground Espresso

   Beacon 3-in-1 Glue

Tools Used:

   Sizzix Arthur  664730

   Sizzix Falling Stars 664732

   Ranger Heat it Craft Tool

   Tim Holtz Distress Sprayer

   Ranger Craft Mat

   Hot Glue Gun

“Playing with Paint” – A Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Today’s challenge at Simon Says Stamp was just that, a CHALLENGE! Today they were spotlighting Dina Wakley paints. I have Dina Wakley paints, so I decided to venture away from my norm, comfortable self and said “why not?”. Dina Wakley is very artistic, and her products have a very artsy vibe. I don’t consider myself an artist, so I tend to be intimidated by her stuff. I’m more of a crafter and those are the clothes I’m comfortable in.

Today, I did a two page spread in my little, Dylusions Flip Journal. I went with four of the brightest color I could find. I used Sky, Lime, Lemon and Blush. The Dina paint I have is a Heavy Body Acrylic, so i put a little of the paint on my nonstick mat and spritzed it with a little water to thin it down a little. With a paint brush, I spread a little of each color on the pages until I was happy with the coverage. Then, once the pages were covered I used a wet baby wipe to sort of blend the colors together. It didn’t completely work, but that’s what I told myself I was doing. Haha.

Next step, I chose the only Dina stencil I have and unfortunately, I’m sorry to say, I have no part number. With my palette knife and stencil, I spread some texture paste in some random spots on my art journal pages.

The next few steps required Dina’s Black Gesso. I’m always a little intimidated by black gesso because, guess what? It’s permanent. Haha. And once you start with it, there’s no going back. I took the black gesso and spread a small amount onto my nonstick mat, and spritzed it with water. I used my fan brush to splatter some droplets onto my pages. Then, I took a smaller paint brush and the black gesso and did a makeshift frame around the edges. I think it turned out oaky, but I was a little nervous. Haha

Next up, stamping!! Today’s make, I used Dina’s Scribbly Bird Set from Ranger. I only have a few sets by Dina Wakley, so I went with the one I liked the best. The BirdS!! I stamped my images with Jet Black Archival ink onto Dylusions Mixed Media cardstock. I fussy cut my images and then used my Black Soot Distress Paint Dabber to paint the edges. These stamps are sketches, so the paint helped to hide any imperfections in my cutting,

I colored my birds with my Distress Crayons and a water brush to give them that watercolor look. The colors I used were Wild Honey, Stormy Sky, and Abandoned Coral. I scribbled a small amount onto my glass mat and used the water brush to color.

I used my Black Soot Distress Paint Dabber again, to color the edges of my sentiments. Once all my images were colored and finished, I worked on the layout in my art journal. It wasn’t too difficult today. Haha. I used my Distress Collage Medium to glue everything down. And that as they say was that.

Today’s challenge was a little out of my wheelhouse. Dina’s stuff always looks so amazing and “artistic”. I considered not participating today, but I got over it. I consider myself to be more of a crafter, not really an artist. I started doing these challenges to get back into my craft room and start using my stash again. I definitely dusted off some things today. Not sure why I don’t use them more, I think I’m just more of an ink and spray girl. Paint is a little intimidating for some reason. Less control I think. Who knows??

Until next time,

Jennifer

Here is a list of the supplies 

   Dylusions  Flip Journal

   Dylusions Mixed Media Cardstock

Products used :

   Dina Wakley Acrylic Paint Sky

   Dina Wakley Acrylic Paint Lemon

   Dina Wakley Acrylic Paint Lime

   Dina Wakley Acrylic Paint Blush

   Dina Wakley Black Gesso

   Distress Collage Medium

   Archival Ink Jet Black

   Distress Crayon Wild Honey

   Distress Crayon Stormy Sky

   Distress Crayon Abandoned Coral

Tools:

   Ranger Dina Wakley  Scribbly Birds Stamps

   Ranger Heat it Craft Tool

   Tim Holtz Distress Sprayer

   Tim Holtz Media Mat by Tonic

“Cheers!”

Todays theme for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge was “Bright & Cheerful”. I have been dying to get my hands on these “Tropical” thinlits from Sizzix and they just came in yesterday. So…….yes, these were the best part of this make. I think, anyway. Margaritas run a pretty close second though. Haha. Todays card was pretty simple. You will see two of everything in this post, because I just knew I was gonna screw up something! Haha. Didn’t happen, surprise, surprise, so now I have two of this cute little beauty. Here’s how it went.

I decided to go with a Kraft card base this time. For my background, I used the Distress Watercolor cardstock and my Distress Oxides. The colors I chose today were Mermaid Lagoon, Cracked Pistachio, Broke China, and Tumbled Glass. I smudged a little of my Mermaid Lagoon onto my nonstick mat on my glass media mat, then spritzed it with some water. Then I dabbed my paper into the mix until I was happy with the coverage. I did this same procedure on the other three colors. Once I was happy with the coverage, I spritzed my paper with a little water and dried with my Ranger Heat It Tool. With the Ranger Distress Specialty Stamping Paper, and my Memento ink, I stamped my Margarita from the Stampers Anonymous Cocktails Blueprint (CMS335) stamp set by Tim Holtz. My cheers sentiment is from a set I’ve had for a few years and it’s stored just as pictured. It has no card or manufacturer or part number. Sorry.

The next thing I did, I took my Distress Splatter brush and my Liquitex White Gesso and splattered some small dots of white onto that blue background. I dried it with my Heat It tool and then framed the edges by distressing my paper with the Black Soot Distress Paint. Once I made sure everything was good and dry, I taped it to my card base with my X-Press-It double sided tape.

Next up, Margarita!! I used my Copic markers to color today. For the Margarita, I used YG21, YG23, and YG25. For the stem of the glass, I used BG02. I tried a little of the Icicle Stickles as a rimmer, but it turned out to be a little too gold. So, I ended up wiping most of that off, and went with the White Blizzard Nuvo Glitter Drops at the end.

Next was the fun Tropical thinlits. I actually used some alcohol ink experiments from last weekends demo to cut these pieces out. Some were pretty perfect colors for what was not even intended for today. I have not a clue what colors of alcohol inks I used, so I won’t be able to give you the details on that, but I used different shades of greens and oranges, and yellows. Once I cut out my images, I glued them down to my card with my Art Glitter glue. Things are kinda hanging off the edge, so if I end up sending it to someone, I’ll have to trim the edges. Like I said earlier, I did add some more Nuvo glitter drops to the rim of my glasses as the last step.

When I think of bright and cheerful, I think of Summer and Summer colors. Like I said, I got these dies in the mail yesterday, and that was what I went for. If you look at my scrapbook stash, I have the most of Summer and Beachy themed papers and embellishments. And, these Stampers Anonymous stamps are kinda my fav because who doesn’t enjoy a margarita by the pool??

Until next time,

Jennifer

Here is a list of the supplies used in today’s make:

   Distress Watercolor Paper

   Distress Specialty Stamping Paper

Products used :

   Distress Oxide Ink Mermaid Lagoon

   Distress Oxide Ink Broken China

   Distress Oxide Ink Cracked Pistachio

   Distress Oxide Ink Tumbled Glass

   Distress Collage Medium

   Archival Ink Jet Black

   Nuvo Glitter Drops White Blizzard

   Art Glitter Glue

   Copic BG02

   Copic YG21

   Copic YG23

   Copic YG25

   Liquitex White Gesso

Tools:

   Stampers Anonymous Cocktails BluePrint CMS335

   Ranger Heat it Craft Tool

   Tim Holtz Distress Sprayer

   Tim Holtz Media Mat by Tonic

   Sizzix Tropical Thinlits Dies 661207

   Sizzix Tool Set from Tim Holtz

   Ranger Yupo Paper

“Take me for a Ride” – Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Todays theme for Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge was “Take me for a Ride”. I guess I would have to say that crafting has definitely been a “ride”. “We have come a long way, Baby”. Kinda cheesy but ain’t it the truth?? I know that I have definitely come a long way in my personal crafting journey. From paper, glue sticks, stickers and funny shaped scissors to the sky is the limit these days. It’s not just scrapbooking anymore. It’s mixed media, art journalling and canvas’. I’ve even been known to dabble a little with quilting. I know!! What is this world coming to?? The ride has been so much fun, and I know it isn’t over yet. That’s what this theme means to me today. There’s so much I’ve learned over the past few months, and so much more I’m sure. “I may not be there yet, but i am closer than I was yesterday!”

Todays project was a little art journal page in my Dylusions Flip Journal. I like the size of this journal. It’s smaller than a larger journal, but a little bigger than a tag. Just right. Haha. Todays background was of course, Distress Oxides, but I went with sprays since I was working in a journal. I placed a paper towel behind the page in the book to absorb excess, and placed my Ranger Silicone Mat over the page above it to protect it. I spritzed the page of my journal with my Distress Sprayer of water, and then sprayed a smidge of each color. The colors I chose today were Speckled Egg, Evergreen Bough, and Broken China. I then spritzed it with a little water and used my Ranger Heat it Tool to make sure it was good and dry.

Next was a little stamping. Since todays theme was about a ride, I decided I might need a compass. The stamp that I used was a set by Stampers Anonymous, but I think I purchased it at Michaels a few years back. The set has the sizzix dies that goes with the stamp. Sorry that I don’t have a number for you. I stamped the image with the Distress Archival Faded Jeans. Then I used the Stampers Anonymous CMS344 Craze & Planks set. I love that craze image when you stamp it in a background.

The next few steps, I will refer to what I have been calling my “Vagabond Party”. A few weeks ago, I spent the weekend inking paper and cutting all sorts of images with my Vagabond and dies. For those that don’t know, the Vagabond is the electric version of the Sizzix that looks like a suitcase. For todays project I used two of the images that were from that weekend. The images I used were Sizzix Cityskape/Skyline (661810) & Sizzix Globe Mini (661598). The papers I used were Kraft-Stock and Metallic Jewels from the Idea-ology paper lines. For the cityscape, I just layered a piece of black and gray to give it sort of a shadow. I used my Distress Collage Medium to adhere it to my page. THEN, I decided to put the metallic globe behind the cityscape. So that required a quick lifting with the Cricut spatula. Haha. Don’t you hate it when you do that?

For the metallic globe, I used a new technique that I learned from watching the Demo #2 on alcohol inks that Tim Holtz did Saturday. I am sad to say that it was the last Saturday demo, but I appreciate every Saturday he took. If you haven’t checked these out, you really need to. Tons of info. Tons. Back to the technique. I used the Pitch Black alcohol ink, a blending tool with felt, and a blending tool with steel wool. With the blending tool and felt, I dabbed a small amount of the black alcohol ink onto the globe. Then, with the blending tool of steel wool, I removed some of the said ink. The steel wool also dulled the shiny image just a tad. Then I used the collage medium to adhere the globe, and re-adhere the cityscape.

Once my Sizzix pieces were glued down, I decided to do a little more stamping. I usually distress the edges of my pages, but since I only used one side, I went with a stamped border. I’m not sure it was the correct move, but it’s growing on me. Haha. The stamp set I used was Stitches (CMS365) from Stampers Anonymous. I used the Distress Archival Black Soot to stamp the image. I only stamped three edges since the cityscape served for the fourth.

And last but not least, the sentiment. The sentiment I chose was “I may not be there yet, but I am closer than I was yesterday”. Stamped again with the Black Soot. There was a blank space that it fit just perfectly in, so….. why not?? And that was it, short and sweet.

Y’all!! I may not be there yet, but I am closer than I was yesterday! (In so many more ways, than one.) The Tim Holtz live demos started 16 weeks ago. In that short ride, I have gotten back in the craft room. I have taken wrappers off of stamp sets. I have used brand new stencils that I have had for years. I am no longer a curator or collector, but an actual crafter again. I have been inspired to make, and post on instagram (@jcoopercreates btw haha). I have found new instagram friends who make AMAZING things. I have learned new things from said friends. I actually participate in challenges now (www.simonsaysstampblog.com). Y’all! I have a YouTube channel! Never in a million years did I dream I would be doing that. I’m not saying all this to say “look at me”. I’m saying all this to say “you too”. If it inspires you just a little bit, then mission accomplished. Go make something!

Until next time,

Jennifer

Here is a list of the supplies used in today’s video:

   Dylusions Creative Flip Journal

Products used :

   Distress Oxide Ink Spray Speckled Egg

   Distress Oxide Ink Spray Evergreen Bough

   Distress Oxide Ink Spray Broken China

   Distress Collage Medium

   Distress Archival Ink Black Soot

   Distress Archival Ink Faded Jeans

Pitch Black Alcohol Ink

Tools:

   Stampers Anonymous Compass Set?

   Stampers Anonymous Craze & Planks CMS344

   Stampers Anonymous Stitches CMS365

   Stampers Anonymous Mini Motivation CMS292

   Ranger Blending Tool & Felt Pads

   Ranger Heat it Craft Tool

   Ranger Silicone Mat

   Tim Holtz Distress Sprayer

   Tim Holtz Media Mat by Tonic

   Sizzix Cityskape/Skyline 661810

   Sizzix Globe Mini 661598

   Sizzix Tool Set from Tim Holtz

   Idea-ology Kraft-stock

   Idea-ology Metallic Jewels

   

“Happier Than A Bird With A French Fry”

Y’all, today’s theme for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge was “Anything Goes” and highlighting Hero Arts brand stamps. Ashamed to say it, but I don’t own any Hero Arts stamps. I guess that goes back to being a Tim Holtz addict. A majority of my stamps are for mixed media projects, and mainly of the Tim Holtz variety. Seeing that the theme was “anything goes”, I went with Bird Crazy from Stampers Anonymous. My paper today was Dylusions mixed media cardstock, and just a generic card base I picked up at Joanns a while back. My background inks were, or course, Distress Oxides. The Colors I chose for today were Speckled Egg and Cracked Pistachio. At first, I was aiming for a sky and grass background, but I’m not sure I accomplished that, but I love it just the same. I smudged a small amount of the ink onto my nonstick side of my Tim Holtz Glass Media mat and spritzed it with some water from my Distress Sprayer bottle. The water gives the ink those nice big water droplets that I like to soak up with my paper. After I applied the Speckled Egg, I made sure that my paper was good and dry by using my Ranger Heat It tool. I then used the same technique with the Cracked Pistachio. Once I was happy with the coverage, I used my Distress Oxide Vintage Photo to distress the edges of my project.

The next thing I did was take my regular Distress Ink in Speckled Egg and stamped some text into the background. I didn’t have to stamp my birds today because I already had a bit of a stock pile from my Vagabond weekend a few weeks ago (see earlier post). I did however have to stamp my sentiment. I just love this saying! ” Today I will be happier than a bird with a french fry.” I’d say that brings up an image of a pretty happy bird. Haha. To stamp my image, I just used Neenah white cardstock and my Distress Archival Black Soot. I did use my Stamping Platform just in case I needed to stamp the image again to get a good image.

In sticking with the Tim Holtz theme, I decided to use my Distress Crayons to color my birds. I’m still a little new at this water coloring thing, but I think they turned out okay.

Then, last but not least everything was glued down with my Distress Collage Medium. I did however pop dot the birds to give the card a little dimension.

I said it before, I haven’t been much of a card maker in the past, but the thing I think I love most about cards is they are just a mini art project. When I’m done, I feel like something has definitely been accomplished. Getting on FB and watching the live demos on Saturday, and getting more active on Instagram has definitely inspired me to get back in the craft room and try. If it hadn’t been for the demos, and the encouraging to get on Instagram, I wouldn’t have found the Simon Says Stamp challenges. I am really enjoying them. If you haven’t yet, you should check them out. Maybe you will be inspired to get in there and create again, instead of just being a curator of nice craft supplies. Haha.

Until next time,

Jennifer

Here is a list of the supplies used in today’s video:

   Dylusions Mixed Media Cardstock

Products used :

   Distress Oxide Ink Speckled Egg

   Distress Oxide Ink Cracked Pistachio

   Distress Oxide Ink Vintage Photo

   Distress Collage Medium

   Distress Archival Ink Black Soot

   Distress Ink Speckled Egg

   Distress Crayon Tumbled Glass

   Distress Crayon Broken China

   Distress Crayon Spun sugar

   Distress Crayon Scattered Stray

   Distress Crayon Dried Marigold

   Distress Crayon Wild Honey

Tools:

   Stampers Anonymous Bird Crazy CMS212

   Ranger Blending Tool & Foams

   Ranger Heat it Craft Tool

   Tim Holtz Distress Sprayer

   Tim Holtz Media Mat by Tonic

   Sizzix Bird Crazy Thinlits 660954

   X-press it Double Sided tape

   Vicki Boutin Water Brush Set

“Shoot For the Stars” – Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Today’s theme for the Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge was “Shoot for the Stars”. I was going thru my stamps the other day and found a wonderful set from the Tim Holtz line at Stampers Anonymous. The name of the stamp set is “Americana” (THMB006). It is a great addition to the “blueprint” designs in the TH line. Unfortunately, like several sets that I have been collecting, it was still in the wrapper and I had thought, “Hmm, I need to use this for something.” Haha. Well, today was the day. When I saw the theme for the challenge this morning, they were the first thing to jump to mind. And, since the Fourth of July will be here before you know it, I thought, “Why not?”

My make today was a card. I used the Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Card stock for my background. The size of this paper is 4-1/4″ x 5-1/2″ so it’s perfect to make your project on and glue to a blank card base. And, that’s what I did. My inks today were Distress Oxide inks, Fired Brick and Faded Jeans. I used my favorite technique of spreading some of the Faded Jeans ink onto my Tim Holtz Glass Media Mat by Tonic, and spritzing it with some large water droplets with my Distress Sprayer bottle of water. I then took my paper and dabbed it into the ink mixture until I was happy with the coverage. I used my Ranger Heat It tool to make sure it was good and dry and then proceeded to do the same thing with the Fired Brick.

After I applied the Fired Brick, I was happy with the coverage. It still had a few white spots, but that kinda went with that Red, White and Blue theme was going for. Next, I took my Distress Sprayer of water, and barely squeezed the trigger to get some pretty good sized water droplets on my background. Distress Oxides react very nicely with water and if you dab it off, it leaves nice water marks on your page.

The next thing I did to my background was a little bit of stamping. I always like to add a little bit of text into the background to give it a nice, layered and kinda grungy look. This is where the Americana set came into play. I used the “USA” blueprint stamp for my text. For the stamping I used Distress Archival Ink Faded Jeans.

So the next step is gonna need a little practice. Haha. I have definitely learned that less is more in this case. I got my Distress Splatter brush in this week, so I was dying to use it. Probably should have used it a little before the make, haha, but it’s all good. I took my Distress Paint Black Soot and poured some on my nonstick mat part of the media mat. A little too much, but my replacement flip caps that I ordered from Stampers Anonymous have not come in yet, so I am stuck with the old dabber caps for now. I then dabbed my splatter brush into the paint. And very gently, pulling back the bristles, I proceeded to drop a big glob of paint on my background. Haha. Oh well, there’s no crying in mixed media. Once i got over the big glob, the rest of the little droplets splattered like a charm.

Next step was the distressing the edges. I did try the Faded Jeans first, but it wasn’t dark enough to show up on the background. So I went with the trusty, Vintage Photo. You can never go wrong with Vintage Photo. You take your Ranger Blending Tool and foam, and in a circular motion, spread the ink around the edge of your paper. it gives it that nice, vintage, famed in look.

I’m not sure any background is complete without a little texture of some kind. Today I chose the Distress Grit paste. I find that the grit paste doesn’t absorb too much of the color from your inks, and I wanted my stars to pop nice and white. And, I think these did. I used the Stars layering stencil (THS008) from Stampers Anonymous, a palette knife, and the grit paste to spread just a few stars here and there on the background. After that, I was done with the background.

I was going through my paper-dolls for last weeks make, and remembered seeing the cutie holding the American flag. So, naturally, she was a must have for today’s make. I used my Distress Embossing Pen, coffee filters, and my Distress Embossing Glazes for the next technique. The colors of glazes I chose were Fired Brick and Broken China. Broken China turned out to be a little too light, but it was the bluest blue I had. HahA. I used my Distress Embossing pen to color the spots that I wanted highlighted. The first color I used was the Fired Brick. I colored some of the flag, here sash, and her hair bows. Then, I sprinkled the Fired Brick over the areas and used a brush to brush off the areas I didn’t want it. Then I used my embossing gun to heat and melt the embossing glaze. I did the same steps with the Broken China on parts of the flag. I then took the Vintage Photo Distress ink, again, and distressed the edges of my paperdoll.

I found an Idea-ology tag, “Inspire”, in my stash, so I used a jump ring and some red bakers twine to use it as an embellishment on the card. I used glue dots on the back to keep the twine in place and threaded the twine thru the jump ring to hang it on the card. I wrapped the twine 3-4 times around the card and used another glue dot to hold it in place. I used my Xpress-It double sided tape to adhere the background to the blank card base.

For the next step, I’m going to go into a little different direction of explanation, but i highly recommend it to any crafter. Last weekend, I took my Vagabond and several of my Sizzix dies, and Big Z’s and some Impresslits, and cut till my little hearts desire. Haha. One of the items I used was the Sizzix Impresslits embossing folder Star Trim (663297). I cut out a ton of these using the Tim Holtz Kraft stock in red, blue, gold, silver, etc. Today it came in handy, as I knew it would. I took a small piece in blue, and the larger piece in red, and used my little sanding block to distress the paper and make the kraft paper come through. I glued these under my twine and token. I then used a glue dot on my token to hold it in place.

And last but not least, I took a few pop dots and adhered the little girl to the card. And, of course, the glob has disappeared just like it never happened. Haha. I think this little girl turned out pretty cute. I would like my flag to be a little bit of a darker blue, but maybe that could be one of the new colors. That would be nice. Hey, A girl can dream! After all, this is America!

I hope you enjoyed this make. I know I did. Here are a few close ups of the finished product.

Until next time,

Jennifer

Here is a list of the supplies used in today’s video:

   Ranger Distress Watercolor Cardstock

Products used :

   Distress Oxide Ink Fired Brick

   Distress Oxide Ink Faded Jeans

   Distress Oxide Ink Vintage Photo

   Distress Collage Medium

   Distress Grit Texture Paste 

   Distress Archival Ink Faded Jeans

   Distress Embossing Pen

   Distress Embossing Glaze Fired Brick

   Distress Embossing Blaze Broken China

Tools:

   Stampers Anonymous THS008 Stars

   Stampers Anonymous THMB006 Americana

   Ranger Blending Tool & Foams

   Ranger Heat it Craft Tool

   Tim Holtz Distress Sprayer

   Tim Holtz Media Mat by Tonic

   Sizzix 3D Impresslits Star Trim 663297

   Tim Holtz Kraft Stock

   Red Bakers Twine

   Marvy Embossing Gun

   Tim Holtz Mixed Media Mat by Tonic

   X-press it Double Sided tape

“Seas the Day” – Simon Says Stamp Wed Challenge

Todays theme for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge was “Summer Fun.” Nothing says Summer fun more than the beach. Well, at least in my book. Todays card definitely had a beach vibe. Let me explain the process.

Of course the first thing is the paper, or substrate, that I used. I used Dylusions Mixed Media Card stock. It is a great paper when you are doing a mixed media project. I also used my Distress Oxide Ink pads. The colors I chose today were Mermaid Lagoon, Cracked Pistachio and Broken China. I put a little of the ink on my Tim Holtz Media Mat and spritzed it with a little water. I then dabbed my paper into the mix until I was happy with the coverage. I used this same technique for all three colors until I was happy with it. I also took the Rusty Hinge and did the same thing, but only applied it to the bottom of my paper. This was my bottom of the sea floor. Then I took my Distress Sprayer water bottle and very lightly gave it some water droplets to give it that nice, bubbly effect. Last for the inks, I took my Distress Oxide Vintage Photo and a finger dabber to distress the edges of my paper.

Next, I took my Faded Type (CMS397) stamp set from the Tim Holtz line at Stampers Anonymous. I wanted to add a little text to the background so I took my small rubber brayer and my Distress Paint Picket Fence. I rolled the paint onto my stamp and stamped the text just twice for such a small area. Then I used my layering stencil (THS002), a Distress Blending Brush and my Mermaid Lagoon to give it that effect of some bubbles.

Next, my stamped images. For my images today, I used some of the minis from Stampers Anonymous. The names of these sets are Nautical (THMB017) and Mariner (THMB027). I used my Stamping Platform and Distress Archival Black Soot to stamp my images. I then used my Distress Colors and a water brush to color them. I took my scissors and fussy cut them and last but not least i distressed the edges again with Vintage Photo.

For my sentiment today, I used an old set from C.C. Designs. The name of the set is Beach Sentiments (AR1012). I thought that probably couldn’t get any more perfect. The sentiment I chose was “Seas the Day”. Again, I used my stamping platform and my Black Soot to stamp the sentiment. I cut it out, and with my black, permanent marker and drew a frame around it. I distressed it with the Vintage Photo too. Now I’m ready to glue! I glued the seashell, sand dollar, and starfish in the background, but I pop dotted my SeaHorse and Crab to give them a little more dimension.

Last and definitely no least, I used my Distress Grit Paste, and my Distress Embossing Glaze in Antique Linen to add some sand to my ocean floor. I simply added some of the texture paste to the bottom of my project with my finger. Then I sprinkled some of the Distress Embossing Glaze on top of that. I heated it with my embossing tool, and that was that.

Once I was done with my project, I used my Hi-tak double sided tape to adhere it to my card blank. And that my friends, is that. I think it turned out pretty cute, if I do say so myself. Haha. Now I want to go to the beach. Hmmm.

Until next time,

Jennifer

List of Products Used:

Distress Oxide Ink Mermaid Lagoon

Distress Oxide Ink Cracked Pitachio

Distress Oxide Ink Broken china

Distress Oxide Ink Rusty Hinge

Distress Oxide Ink Vintage Photo

Distress Crayons

Distress Grit Paste

Distress Embossing glaze Antique Linen

Distress Archival Ink Black Soot

Distress Paint Picket Fence

Tools:

Tim Holtz Media Mat by Tonic

Stampers Anonymous Fade Type (CMS397)

Stampers Anonymous Nautical (THMB017)

Stampers Anonymous Mariner (THMB027)

Ranger Heat It Heating tool