Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Happy Little Stampers Mixed Media Challenge

I am proud to tell everyone that I am now on the design team for Happy Little Stampers for their Mixed Media challenges.  I love to play with mixed media.  You ask - "what is mixed media."  I recently heard this definition - it is anything that you create where you combine several different ways of doing things.  This is a very basic definition.  To me it means that I use paper, ink, paint, string, embossing paste, and the list can go on.

This month the challenge is to recycle.  I was very excited when I saw this was the challenge.  I save lots of different things and now I got a chance to use some of them.


This is a birthday card - I have not decided who for sure will get it.  It has to be someone who appreciates all the hard work I put into the card.


Recycled Items:  kraft base; dark brown layer (backing in Tim Holtz stencil packages; pink and green paper is from Tim Holtz embossing folder package; girl image is backing in Christy Tomlinson packaging; lace - little piece leftover from some project floated around sewing room for years;cardboard; threads leftover from tearing fabric strips: muslin bow - leftover torn strip; flower is sewing pattern tissue; center of flower is threads wet with gel medium and colored; and butterflies are from some Prima packaging.  I did distress the edges of the packaging.

Red paint was added to the flowers in the girls hair and white embossing paste was put on the image and smeared on the cardboard.

Here is a close up of the flower.


Here is a close up of the corner with the thread, butterflies, lace and embossing paste.


Close up of the girl and the cardboard.


I really enjoyed digging through all my saved items and I think I came up with a wonderful card.  I really love it.

Come play with us at Happy Little Stampers.  They have other challenges each month besides Mixed Media.

How To - Summer Nautical Fun

Today I am posting on the Mixed Media Mojo Blog on how I made this fun summer nautical birthday card which I posted on July 1.


Please stop over and check out my how to.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Oldie Moldie Monday

I decided to make some Christmas cards for Oldie Moldie Monday even though it is the 4th of July.  I did get four cards made.

I had never used this stamp from Stampendous before so it falls into the Oldie Moldie file plus the paper is American Crafts 2014.  The sentiment stamp is from Paper Smooches and I found a stamp for the inside that also says something about cheer so it all works together seamlessly.

I made two of this card using the sketch at 52 (Christmas) Throwdown.  They had a sketch challenge this week.


Here is my card.  I had to fussy cut the polar bear - I think it is a polar bear.  Stickles have been added to the hat cuff and ball and also the green circles on the red package.


The next card is for the challenge on AAA Cards (CAS) where the challenge is to use a tag.  I hand cut the image into a tag shape.


I did try to keep it simple.  I did add a drop of glossy accents at the end of the twine to hold it in place.


I did try to keep it simple.  I did add a drop of glossy accents at the end of the twine to hold it in place.

The last challenge is from The Paper Players where the challenge this week is Christmas.


On this card the image overhangs the base of the card.  It still fits in a A2 envelope.  I like to mix things up a little in my style of card plus I had made my own card bases for the square cards and I had this size left over so decided to make this particular style.  The snowflakes is from my supplies.  It is made from felt.


I now have four more cards in my Christmas card supply.  I have used a few old supplies so I am happy.

Enjoy your 4th of July.

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Treasures Found

I have been doing some cleaning and of course, when you clean, you find great treasures.  I happened across some sprays I had bought many years ago when I took a class from Stamp Zia - I don't even know if she is around anymore.  I know she was from Wisconsin.  I did have fun in the class, I do remember that.

Well of course I had to see if the sprays still worked before I threw them away.  I got out a sheet of paper from a Dylusions Journal and started spraying it.  Once it was dry I did like the background I had achieved.  I decided I would make some more postcards.  I cut three postcards from my sheet - the largest is 4 x 6 and then the other two are just a little smaller.  I did have a strip of the sprayed paper left so I made 2 skinny cards.

The stamp on the postcards is a Tammy Tutterow stamp from Spellbinders.  I stamped with Versafine Ink and clear embossed.  The hello is a diecut from Hero Arts.  I added some extra hearts with a little stamp from Stamps by Judith.



On this card, the flower is a stamp from Penny Black.  The little sentiment maybe from Hero Arts.  It was just laying on my design table.  I added a simple bow with black crochet thread and the panel was matted with black.  I did pop dot the panel to the front of the card.


I am entering the postcards in the Wednesday Challenge on Simon Says Stamp where the challenge is Anything Goes.  Love those challenges.

I think I may go to the Farmers Market.  I am feeling a little restless so maybe it would be a good idea to get out of the house for a little while.  I did go for a 20 minutes walk.  I am trying to do this every other day.  I have bursitis in one hip so trying not to aggravate it.

Have a wonderful day.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Mixed Media July Challenge

It is July 1 and it is time for a new challenge on the Mixed Media Mojo Blog.  The challenge is Summertime with the twist being Shells.


There are so many things that are fun in the summertime.  I chose a nautical theme.  My card is a birthday card for a friend.  I think he will like it and appreciate all the work that went into it.


All the paper and fabric came from a Recollection collection from Michael's.  The wood anchor was purchased there also.

If you come back to visit the Mixed Media Mojo Blog on July 6, I take you through the steps involved in making this card.

Come play along with us with a mixed media project.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Mixed Media Floral Canvas

I am visiting a friend tomorrow night.  She and her husband just bought their first home and I wanted to take them a little house warming gift.  I also know that Tamela appreciates the things I make and will cherish this little canvas.

I have this new stamp from Tammy Tutterow (actually I have a Home Sweet Home stamp from her that I wanted to use but I put it in one of the safe places) so I used this stamp instead.  I love the saying.

I am playing along with the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge which is a Tic Tac Toe.  I used  the spray, stencil, stamp row.


I made the blue flowers from a Tammy Tutterow Spellbinders floral die cut.  The lace flowers I justed gathered up and they kinda look like a rose (kinda).  I found the Prima orange tinted flowers when going through some things.  I tucked in some little silks I had and a couple twine loops.  The ribbon has been floating around my crafting area for a long time.  I kept it because it is beautiful.


It is a six inch canvas.  I used a piece of patterned paper.  I prepped the paper with clear gesso.  The design on the paper shows through.  I did add some green Dylusions paint on top and did a little stenciling with a darker green paint.  It is really hard to see.  I stamped the sentiment with Versafine Ink and used clear embossing powder on it.  I added the two orange hearts using a Stamp from Judith and also the little circle is a stamp from her also.

One trick I have found when trying to layer items on a canvas and tuck things in, you sometimes need some height.  I glued pieces of cardboard onto the orange flowers and also to the bow.  You are better able to tuck all the other flowers in and under the other flowers and bow.  I also wanted a little design to come out from under the florals so I die cut some branch/leaf shapes, painted them green and adhered them with gel medium.  You can see them a little more on the top.  I added some blue embossing paste through a stencil and rubbed the blue around the edge of the canvas also.  To finish the canvas, I misted gold spray in the air and let it fall onto the canvas.  It really gives a nice shine to everything.

Thanks so much for stopping by and checking out my fun canvas.  It may be hard to part with it.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Oldie Moldie Monday

It is Monday, time to show some love for your old supplies.  This week I am using some older Studio Calico paper and a stamp I have had for quite awhile.



I stamped six images and was able to use two.  Today was not my day for lots of things working correctly.

I am entering the cards in three different challenges.  The Paper Players have a sketch challenge.  The second card is their sketch.


The second challenge is a Weekly Christmas Card Challenge where this week the challenge is Anything Goes.  I like this challenge.


The monthly Christmas challenge at Happy Little Stampers where the challenge is to use Twine.
Remember to show some love for your old supplies.