Sunday, March 30, 2014

Use that Stash... #3 Show some Bling

I have been participating in the Craft Hoarder's Anonymous challenges.  Gotta use what you have - no purchases necessary.  I decided to submit a clean and simple design this week.  A little different for me, but I like the way it turned out.

I made a birthday card for a dear friend.  I used some new cardstock, and an embossing folder that definitely needed some love.  The ribbon came from Really Reasonable Ribbon - March club offering.  (Yes - Gloria has cost me some $$$, due to the products she has used :-)

WordWin Paper:  Dark Pretty Pink, Medium Pretty Pink, Light Totally Tan
Ribbon - Really Reasonable Ribbon, March Ribbon Club
Stamps:  Stampin' up
Bling:  Recollections
Embossing Folder:  Cuttlebug

OMG - It's April next week

Why is it that I cannot seem to get my tag done until the very last minute.... I thought being retired this would be a piece of cake.  I guess I'm spending too much time outdoors :-)

Tim Holtz March Tag of 2014 challenged us to use a 'smudge' technique.  It really makes a nice soft look to the stamped image.  Check out his blog here:  Tim's Blog.  He gives you all the instructions.

Here are my tag entries for March:

The first tag is the primary stamping/smudging, the 2nd tag was the 2nd stamping with the same stamp, not re-inked, but 'huffed' on to get the most out of the ink.  I used an old spritzer I had from many years ago - but looks amazingly similar to the one Ranger just released.  I spritzed over Tim's Ruler Stencil.  I followed Tim's process for the tag very closely - inking and splashing some water droplets on the tag.   All in all - it was a fun process.  

Tim Holtz Ruler Stencil
Tim Holtz Ideology - Word Bands
Tim Holtz Tiny Attacher (Stapler)
Tim Holtz Jute String
Tim Holtz Distress Inks:  Peacock Feathers, Peeled Paint, Pumice Stone, Walnut Stain, Frayed Burlap, Wild Honey, Dried Marigold
Tim Holtz Distress Stains: Peacock Feathers, Peeled Paint (used on seam binding ribbon)
Stamps:  Tim Holtz Fairytale Frenzy, Urban Chic, Spring Sprung

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Show us that Hoard....

Gloria Stengel and her design team over at Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge Blog has given us their 2nd challenge.  This time it was to 'Show them our hoard'.  The challenge was to use items from your hoard that were blue, and here is the inspiration they gave us:

Here is the card I created with that in mind:

First of all - we are to confess our 'hoarded' items.  Paper, Paper, and more paper.  I have paper pads that all I've done is browse through them.  I love the pretty patterns SO much, that I simply don't use them.  (Oh come on - you've all done this!).  This time I broke out a very neglected pad by My Minds Eye - Moments.  Oh the beautiful blues it contained.  Another item I hoard - ribbon.  I don't know why, but it really is beautiful to look at.  I have recently gotten ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbon, and absolutely LOVE their quality.  They have a monthly ribbon club that is a bit addicting.  Check it out:  Here

I had originally planned a winter card with those beautiful blues and grays...but I just couldn't.  Here in Arizona, the flowers are blooming, and we have enjoyed one of the most beautiful warm winters I can ever remember.  So, I created a spring card.  The flowers were created with a new technique I learned last week from Claudine Hellmuth.  It's called Dry Emboss Texture.  We embossed sticky back canvas, and used our daubers with ink or paint to very lightly rub over the embossed image to highlight.

I know I'm barely squeaking this one in...   It's always a fun challenge - Join us!

Distress Inks:  Mustard Seed, Chipped Sapphire, Peeled Paint
Tim Holtz Ideology - Life Quotes Remnant Rubs and a word band
Ribbon:  Really Reasonable Ribbon
Paper:  My Minds Eye Moments