• February Birthday Card #1

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    Another birthday card.  This one uses patterned paper, Paper Artsy stamps, H2O paint, a white gel pen, stickles, dimension paint, and a few round sparkly jewels.  The happy birthday sentiment is stamped with Tim Holtz stamps.  The banner the happy birthday is on is cut from a Tim Holtz die.  I used a tonic tool to rough up the edges on the triangle before I stamped the stamps.  Then I stamped and painted the flowers on the pink triangle with H2O paint.  This made them shimmery and almost metalic.  I went over the other parts with a white gel pen and then made the dots with blue stickles.  The silver dots are dimensional paint.  The two pink ruffles on the bottom are from a Gossimer Blue kit I got one of the two months I subscribed to their kit.  I thought the Paper Artsy stamps sort of matched the kind of flowers that were in the patterned paper and I painted them a similar color with the H2Os. 

    Thank you for looking. 

  • Happy Birthday Card



    This card was made while I was using different materials for backgrounds.  This background is made using Memento ink pads.  I opened up the ink pads and brushed the ink pad across the plain white card stock.  Then I spritzed with water hoping they would run similar to what distress ink does.  Well it didn't work as well as distress ink does but the colors are bright and airy so I am happy with that.  The banner (or whatever you want to call the white ink embossed piece) was cut using a Fiskar Fuse die and more Memento ink on the embossing part of the die.  Then I stamped the Heidi Swapp happy birthday stamp using the same Momemto ink.

    I like this card a lot but it of course has it's flaws.  The ink at the bottom right hand side didn't all disolve or picked up something from the surroundings or something, you can see speckles on the card stock.  After I sprayed the color on the card stock then the paper warped really badly.  I don't notice that distress ink warps the paper this badly.  But anyway I wanted to see if these wonderful colors would work at all in the same way and unfortunitely I could not get them to.

    I do think that this is a very useable pretty card even with it's flaws.  Thank you for looking.

  • My Take on Tim Holtz November 2015 Tag


    Instructions and Tim Holtz Tag

    So this month I had some of the product Mr. Holtz used on his tag so I used them.  I started out cutting a tag from the Tim Holtz tag and tie die out of watercolor paper.  I used the small size tag because I have the small size pumpkin blueprint stamp so I just scaled the whole thing down. 

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    I found a background stamp to use, it is the one I use a lot when needing a large background stamp.  I have very few background stamps this large.  This is a stamp along with most of my rubber stamps that I unmounted and didn't write on them who the manufacturer was.  So I used this unknown stamp and white picket fence distress paint to make the background on the small tag.  I rolled the paint onto the stamp with a small Ranger brayer.

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    I used ground espresso, hickory smoke, and black soot spray distress stain on the background over the picket fence distress paint. 

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    I then inked the outer edges of the tag with ground espresso ink using the ink tool.

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    I then took the small pumpkin blueprint stamp and stamped the tag once using the entire stamp and stamped twice on white watercolor paper.

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    I then took some Heidi Swapp gold foil and used the Ranger glue stick around the edges to get the distress gold foil look.  I then dried the glue so the foil would stay where it belongs.

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    I then cut out the pumpkins and painted them using distress markers.  I used that embossing tool to make the middles on the pumpkin stand out.  I then used foam to stick the pumpkin on the tag, and used more foam to stick the stem onto the pumpkin and tag.  I used the Tim Holtz spritzing tool with black soot distress marker to make the black dots on the pumpkin.

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    I used the alphanumeric dies to cut fall out of cork.  The tag was not big enough to use autumn and the cork was not thick enough to tape the dies, cut, and pull the tape off the cork without the cork breaking up, so I settled for Fall.  I inked the cork edges with ground espresso.

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    I cut some linen ribbon and inked it with ground espresso.  Then I dug out an arrow and tied some jute around it.  I also put a small enamel heart on the right side of the Fall word.

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    And here is the finished tag in all it's glory.  Thank you for looking.

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