Friday, March 30, 2012

Creative Chemistry!! Day 5 (Still Hangin in There!)

These are the tags for Day 5. I made a card using the first technique which is a resist technique.

All of the stamps used on this card are from Hero Arts. I changed up the technique and instead of using Kraft Resist paper which are beautiful, I just didn't have any, I used water color and stamped my own resist. The Ranger Distress Stains are used to make the background.

The third tag was a technique that created the marbled background. I love the look and want to make a card using this because it's so much fun seeing what your going to get when you turn your paper over! Did I mention I love Tim Holtz!! He is a rockstar in my book.

Back to the class!

Creative Chemistry!! Day 4 and Lovin' It

This is another technique that I'll do again and again. The technique is water coloring with Distress products. The stamp I used is from Magenta. The background white stamp is from Rubber Stamp Avenue, a local stamp maker her in Southern Oregon. Coloring is so calming and even though I have MUCH to learn about shading and the rest, I enjoy it so much.

 The tags I did for the day are on the right. The card I made used the second technique we learned today.  The stencil I used came from Tatterd Angels. You can find out how to do these techniques by taking Tim's class.  Adding the words in the different areas was based on the feeling that came to me when I saw the design.  The words are from Technique Tuesday. Thinking of You is from Hero Arts. There is only good when you send someone an uplifting card (especially when you have a teenager in College!).

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Blessings on your day,

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Creative Chemistry Day 3 (I'm just a little behind)

This was such a fun card to make because we used Alcohol Inks, one of my all time favorite Ranger products. Don't forget to always use glossy cardstock when you are using these inks otherwise the ink does not move on the surface creating this wonderful marbled look. The stamps I used are a special edition of stamps by Unity Stamps and it is called Brave Girl. I love the uplifting message of the card. The background music stamp is from Hero Arts. The embellishments are from Ranger.

These are all of the tags I made for Day 3. The first one is alcohol inks like the card above. The second tag is Adirondak paint dauber resist (it was supposed to be archival inks in different which I don't have yet). The technique is to stamp the background with a resist technique. I made a card for this also which I'll show in a minute. I love this look and would definitely do this again and again! The last tag for the day was doing a reverse stamp in an embossing folder. I don't have have an embossing folder that showed the technique tool well, but I love the Happy Birthday embossing folder from Cuttlebug.

I added some dimension to this card by popping up the banner which is from the My Mind's Eye "Be Amazing" stamp set. The stamps that make up the background, which are a bit hard to see, are both from Hero Arts. The rest of the stamps are from Ranger. "Live" is a Technique Tuesday stamp and "today" is from the My Mind's Eye stamp set.

I hope you are inspired to do some creating today!
Blessings for the day,

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Creative Chemistry!! Day Two (Day 1 was informational)

Greetings!  I'm taking an on-line class from the fabulous, awesome, super talented, none other than,
t!m Holtz!!  Some of you know that he is my all time FAVORITE celebrity in this wonderful craft. I rarely ever make a card that doesn't have some form of his product on it. So I might just have been the FIRST one to sign up for the class. And oh baby is it FABULOUS.

The class is called Creative Chemistry and I am loving the way he teaches this class so thoroughly. I am learning lots in just the first 2 days and I've been working with his products since 2007!! How does that happen, you ask?  His class is just that wonderful and complete. And there's still time to sign up just check out his blog

So with that tremendous introduction ,and without further ado, here are my cards from Day One:

This card was made with the Spritz and Flick tecnique. We used Distress Ink and water! Yep, that's it.
This card was made using the Wrinkle Free Distress technique.
 This is another card using the Wrinkle Free Distress technique.
There is one more technique that I am not going to show today, due to time constraints, Survivor's on tonight, and I've got to make dinner (almost like having to do homework, oh wait! It is homework!)

The following was added on March 29, 2012.
These are my tags for the 2nd day of class. The card for tag #2 will be shown in a later post. I love the technique used for this tag. The stamp I used is from Hero Arts.
Blessings on your day,


Friday, March 16, 2012

Stamp it 3 Ways!!

I have been intrigued by the idea of getting different looks and styles from the same stamp. I've seen this concept on Two Peas and some other sites I browse through.

So when my friend, Debbie said she wanted to learn more about cardmaking, I pulled out one of my favorite stamps by Hero Arts and made two quick cards showing my friend some of the reasons I think you should have a healthy supply of Ranger Distress Ink pads in lots of colors (wink, wink).

This is the first card I showed her. The stamp is Exotic Bloom. We stamped it onto watercolor paper with Versamark ink and heat embossed with Verdigris Antiquities by none other than Ranger! This is my favorite embossing powder but as you can see you can't use it on everything, but when the oppotunity presents itself....Seize it!! The little tag on the right is a Stampin' Up stamp that says HB. I stamped over my embossed images with Antique Linen Distress ink and distressed the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.

The next technique I showed Debbie was "resist." For this look, stamp your image with Versamark ink and then put on some Clear embossing powder (Stampendous can't be beat!) and heat it with your heat gun. Using a foam applicator, I went over the image with Peeled Paint, Wild Honey and Stormy Sky Distress inks and a little Vintage Photo on the edges.  I sprayed the image lightly with Tattered Angels Glimmer mist in Gold and heated the card again to dry the mist. This intensifies the color alot, so you want to dry it pretty quickly. I matted the image and stamped the green cardstock with a honey comb background stamp in Versamark and the sentiment from Heartfelt Creations in Versafine, Vintage Sepia. This is a very different looking card than the first and we used the same stamp (Big smile).
After Debbie left with her brain full of possibilities (smile and wink), I made this card. I stamped the bloom in Pink Grapefruit Versamagic ink and then stamped it in Antique Linen Distress Ink to create the look of a shadow. I used a Spellbinders die to get the shape around the image. I stamped the tan paper from Penny Black with the bloom stamp and Versamark ink to give some texture and the rest is history!

One stamp, three very different cards. It was alot of fun showing Debbie what I like to do best. I hope I didn't scare her off!! Hmmmm.

Maybe you should fall in love with Ranger Distress Inks and make a few quick easy (really!!) cards.


Thursday, March 15, 2012

The Waiting Time

The Waiting Time by Eugenia Price is the book I just read. I give it a 3/5. It held my interest but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone as a "you must read this." It is about a woman named Abby who's husband dies at sea while on his way to purchase 2 illegal slaves. Abby, who is from the north, is faced with managing a large rice plantation and 100 slaves. She does not believe that owning people is within God's will and so the book is focused on her struggle to come to grips with should she free the slaves she owns? There were some thought provoking parts to the book, but again there are better books to spend your time on.      
There are so many books to read. Every once in a while you get one that's only so so.

On to my next read, The Hunger Games! Just in time for the movie release! Want to read it with me?

Blessings on your day,