Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Tim Holtz Online Card Class–Creative Chemistry 101 Day 3

I’m having so much fun with this card class – I haven’t posted all weekend because I went back home (to MI) for a wedding.  Here’s Day 3’s projects, based on Archival Ink:

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  • Alcohol Ink Agates Technique – I liked this a lot, but wish I would have lightened it more behind the Archival stamped images
  • Archival Resist Technique – I don’t have any other colors of Archival Ink, so I faked it with Colorbox pigment inks.  My background with Walnut Stain is way too dark, it looks almost black, if I did this again I would go for a much lighter color
  • Stamping with Reflections Technique – Totally faked this one too.  I don’t have any embossing folders where only part of the folder has an image.  I also don’t have any reflections stamps.  Oh well!

Some close-ups:

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Tune in tomorrow for Day 4!  Missed Day 2 – Check it out here!

Friday, March 23, 2012

So Happy For You

Today some friends of mine are getting married so I made this wedding card for them.

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Starting with a palette of creamy yellow and lavender, I ran some cardstock through my Texture Boutique with a Cuttlebug embossing folder called Divine Swirls.  I inked it up to bring out the pattern using Dusty Concord Distress Ink.  I took one of the sticky back canvases I bought for my Tim Holtz Creative Chemistry class and stamped a Stampers Anonymous background on it in Old Paper Distress Ink, and brushing Old Paper and Dusty Concord on the sides before adhering.  I wrapped an off white satin ribbon around both pieces and adhered to my main light lemon card.  Using some McGill punches, I created the pansy.  I dabbed 3 shades of purple Liquid Pearls around, and finished with a Hero Arts sentiment, ‘so happy for you’ (CL272 is a must have set).

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Some close-ups of that canvas – this stuff will now be a staple for sure!

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A close-up of the flower – it’s got Liquid Pearls and Smooch Ink on top of more Dusty Concord.


Congratulations Nicki and Gregory, I’m “so happy for you”!!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Tim Holtz Online Card Class–Creative Chemistry 101 Day 2

I decided to take an online card class – I’ve never taken one before.  But since Tim Holtz is actually the teacher of it, I couldn’t resist.  He has a class going on right now called Creative Chemistry 101, which is all about the different properties of Ranger products: Distress Ink, Liquid Pearls, Adirondack Alcohol Inks, and more.  I won’t be going into too much detail as I don’t think that’s fair to share for free what people registered for the class have paid for, but I will show some of my project samples.

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Last night I made some tags:

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The one on the left is a pretty standard background style of his – Distress Inks with water flickers.

The middle is more of a watercolor style technique – I think you might see much more of this on the blog…

The right is another technique that I don’t think I duplicated properly but it still came out cool.

Here’s some detailed close-ups:

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Victorian Velvet, Scattered Straw, Crushed Olive, and Weathered Wood

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Tattered Rose, Worn Lipstick, Scattered Straw, Peeled Paint, Bundled Sage, Tea Dye, and Weathered Wood

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Worn Lipstick, Tumbled Glass, Seedless Preserves, and Spiced Marmalade


Thanks for coming by, let me know if you’re in the class too so I can stop by and say hello! Open-mouthed smile

Happy Anniversary Card

My parents celebrated their anniversary last Saturday, such a nice date to remember being on St. Patrick’s Day.  I wanted to post this after they got the card in the mail, cause I know they read my blog – hi mom and dad!


This card came from a sketch, and now for the life of me I can’t remember where…maybe a Mojo Monday?  Anyway, I stamped the lower half of the sea foam green cardstock with a wood grain stamp from Hero Arts that my parents bought me for Christmas.  I then adhered a paper in the middle according to the sketch.  The top paper is inked with multiple Distress Inks, then stamped with an Inkadinkado image using Perfect Medium.  I love how this card looks in person, those Perfect Pearls dusted on top of the image are so shimmery.  I cut a banner and used a Hero Arts sentiment inked in Soft Pool Shadow Ink.  A couple dollops of liquid pearls and I think I’ve got a Happy Anniversary card!



Thanks for stopping by, have a great day Smile

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Uptown Art Knoxville Painting

If you were here before the new year, you might remember my trip to Spirited Art here in Knoxville.  It’s one of those places where you go to paint as a group; don’t forget to BYOB!  This time I checked out another similar joint, called Uptown Art, also in Knoxville.  They are a similar franchise and have locations across various parts of the US.

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We had a great time – here’s Amy and Katie getting ready to paint.  Check out the wall behind them; those painting pop right off that solid black wall!

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Here’s me and Melanie filling up our plates right before class is about to start.  It’s really cool how these places work; you can bring any snacks and drinks you want!

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Christine and Charity working on their masterpieces.  Don’t mix your margarita with the paint water!

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From lower left, clockwise: Amy, me, Ashley, Katie, Christine, Melanie, and Charity in the middle.  Charity goes to Uptown Art frequently so she was working on her own piece – cool eh?

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Here’s a close-up view of my painting.  It’s so strange how it looks terrible up close, but pretty decent from a distance.  But that’s how everyone’s was, so I think it’s supposed to be that way!

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A close-up of the sky – I adore how it turned out!

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A close-up of the dune path

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A close-up of the waves.  If I could go back, I’d probably use a thinner brush for both the wave and the foam.


I had so much fun painting with those gals, can’t wait to do this again soon!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

How to Make Plaid Alcohol Ink Backgrounds

So this post is obviously inspired by my entry in Studio L3 - Grungy Monday #39.  You can check out my post featuring my entry here.  I got several requests on Facebook asking me how I did it, so I thought I’d give you my version of how I create plaid alcohol ink backgrounds using Tim Holtz’ Adirondack Alcohol Ink by Ranger.  If you think this is absurd and would rather go learn from the master himself {I don’t blame you!}, check out Tim’s Christmas tag from 2009 he created with this technique.

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Colors used:

Top left card – Red Pepper, Watermelon, Sunset Orange, Sunshine Yellow, Citrus, and Cranberry

Top right card – Eggplant, Terra Cotta, Butterscotch, Oregano

Bottom right card – Stream, Bottle, Sail Boat Blue, Wild Plum Sunset Yellow

Bottom left card – Oregano, Sail Boat Blue, Mushroom, Lettuce, Citrus

Center card – Red Pepper, Sunset Orange, Sunshine Yellow, Lettuce, Sailboat Blue, Purple Twilight


Let’s get to it!

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To do this technique you will need the following: glossy paper (to be honest, I use photo paper even though I guess you’re not supposed to, but it works well enough for me), alcohol ink (probably most well known is Tim Holtz’ Adirondack Alcohol Ink by Ranger), Inkssentials Blending Tool, and felt (not foam like you would use with Distress Inks – this is very important!  I just cut my own although Tim does have his own pre-cut you can purchase).  Optional:  Alcohol Blending Solution.

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Start with uncapping all of your inks; don’t worry they will not evaporate in this time span.  Make sure to put something down to protect your surface.  You can technically do this on your Ranger Craft Sheet, but I don’t like to waste time cleaning it with the Alcohol Blending Solution, so I just use scrap paper.

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Take your alcohol ink and squeeze it directly on the felt piece on your applicator.  I usually squeeze for 2-3 seconds, that’s all you will need.  For this technique, put your colors in a straight row immediately touching each other.

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I got a bit ahead of myself here and forgot to take more pictures of the in-between process.  This technique is so fun I got rather carried away!  Basically just put your applicator straight down on the edge of the paper and drag it down.  I would recommend re-inking between each swipe to make sure you have clean lines and no streaks.  Then flip your paper vertically and swipe across the lines you have already made.

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Finishing up the side.

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This is how it will look when you’re done.

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Here’s that process again, I tried to get some more in-between shots.  Sorry about the atrocious glare.

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This is two swipes in.

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All done with the first layer.

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Completed plaid look!

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It looks slightly different from different angles.

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Here is what it can look like when using random drops of the Alcohol Blending Solution.  It lightens and moves the color around, a really cool effect.

This technique is so addicting, I can just about guarantee that if you try it, you can’t make just one.  I would recommend using at least 5 colors, I think it turns out better that way and looks more like actual plaid.  Also try to use thin stripes, this will make it look better too in my opinion.

Have you tried this technique?  Please give it a shot, you will love it I promise!  I also finally got a Pin It button, so feel free to pin away if you want to save it on your inspiration board for later!

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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Plaid Alcohol Inks

Are you mad for plaid?  Well then you’re going to love this post!  Today is the first Grungy Monday Challenge that Linda from Studio L3 hosts that I’ve participated in, and I am thrilled with how my creation turned out!  The challenge is to use the technique Tim Holtz did when creating his 12 tags of Christmas – Day 3 back in 2009.  Swiping Adirondack Alcohol Inks on glossy cardstock to create a plaid pattern, this is my card:

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I know Tim says not to use glossy photo paper but honestly that’s what I’ve always used and I think it looks fab.  I used several colors – Bottle, Stream, Sail Boat Blue, Denim and Sunshine Yellow.  To prep for my sentiment, I lightened the center area with several drops from the Alcohol Blending Solution.  I love the pooling of ink that the Blending Solution creates.  With Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black, I stamped this Stampers Anonymous sentiment – “The journey is never truly over it just changed course”.  Something I didn’t do – add embellishments! 

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Honestly I think the ink design speaks for itself.  I am really happy with this result and glad I didn’t add anything to detract from the straight up art.  I hope you will give this technique a try, I simply adore it.  Not to mention that Simon Says Stamp is sponsoring the challenge, and generously offering $25 to the winner!  {praying it’s me because I need some help buying all the fun inky supplies for Tim’s Creative Chemistry 101 Class – you should sign up for that too!}

Thanks as always for stopping by, if it’s your first time here take a look around!  If you like what you see, consider a follow – I’ve always got lots of fun things to share! Open-mouthed smile

Friday, March 9, 2012

Some Cards to Share


I have a couple cards to show today, using some Hero Arts stamps, Twine, Echo Park Papers, Stampers Anonymous Stamps, and more.  Join me!

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I have loved this Hero Arts dogwood stamp for some time now, and my parents bought it for me for Christmas this past year.  It’s even more special to me now that I live in Knoxville, a city known for its beautiful dogwood trees.  I hand cut it this one out, but I think I might purchase the digital file to use with my Pazzles.  I used Copics to color, and popped it up on some Echo Park papers.

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This card was made using that ‘granny wallpaper’ cardstock as Jeff calls it.  I added some prima flowers, colored them with Distress Inks and poured some Liquid Pearls in the centers.  The sentiment is by Hero Arts, flanked by two Liquid Pearl dots.

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Eric Birthday Card

I made this flat card for my brother’s birthday – happy birthday Eric!  I started out inking the tire tracks from a Stampers Anonymous set with Soft Green Hero Arts Shadow Ink.  I inked up the sides of the card and banner in Peeled Paint Distress Ink.  I stamped the car with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink, then cut out and popped up on the card.  I used different colors of Smooch Ink – a post on that to come, and finished with two yellow rain dots on the headlights.

Thanks for stopping by today, have a great weekend!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

I Really Wish Gas Was 10 Cents Per Gallon

Have any of you ever heard of/gone to a store called ‘Tuesday Morning’?  According to their website, they “offer the finest in closeout product, never seconds or damages. Home decor, bedding, collectibles, pets and toys are just some of the areas where you can find top brands for unbelievable deals.”  It’s kind of like TJ Maxx/Marshalls, but with a much less classy vibe, rather more warehouse like.  Well anyway, I ended up finding this there:

Tuesday Morning Grungeboard & Buttons Haul

Tim Holtz grungeboard variety pack for $2.99 and button jars for $2.99 each.  Believe it or not, I have never owned any grungeboard, so I thought this was a great deal to try it out.  And buttons aren’t cheap (although I don’t understand why, they’re just plastic pieces made in China), so I scooped these up.

I wanted to create a tag for my hubby’s birthday – which of course he walked in my craft room while I was creating it, which he never pokes around in there except for the time I’m making him something…

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I tried really hard you guys to make something masculine (I couldn’t help putting glitter on it…but he said he liked it so Smile with tongue out)  I started with a tag that I embossed with a Cuttlebug houndstooth pattern, then inked in Broken China Distress Ink.  I roughed up the edges a bit and inked them in Frayed Burlap Distress Ink.  I took those weird grungeboard circles and inked them in Barn Door (maybe?), then accentuated the swirls with a metallic liquid marker.  Scuffed em up a bit with sandpaper and adhered them behind my stamp.  The stamp came from a Stampers Anonymous set, which I filled in a bit with colored pencil and a yellow rain dot embellishment on the gas gauge.

I felt something was missing in the upper right corner and asked Jeff what I should do.  He said, put a price there.  I didn’t have any price stickers exactly, so I just stamped out 10 cents per gal. using individual letters (using a ‘c’ and ‘l’ to make the cents).  I added some ribbon, and finished with some Sequin Glitz Stickles along the sides.

Alphabet Mini Stamps

All those individual font alphabet stamps for only $0.97 each at WalMart of all places!

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Close ups of the grungeboard and the happy service attendant.

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Some pics from when I convinced Jeff to craft with me <3  I think the pic on the right gives it away that he was making me a Valentine Winking smile  If you’re wondering what the SHMILY is and what it is doing on my Festive Berries Distress Ink: SHMILY stands for See How Much I Love You.  We handwrite them or print on label tape and put them in various places for the other to find.  Never fails to bring a smile, and the wonderful feeling of knowing you are someone’s beloved.