Saturday, July 13, 2013

A Little Bit Vintage, A Little Bit Rustic

Have you ever had one of those "Now, that's really me" feelings when making a card?  I had that today! Whoohoo!  I was having a ton of fun putting together samples for the new Rebel Challenge - Get Sketchy over at Rogue Redhead Designs and I went a little nutty with textural items but it was so fun!

Here's the sketch I was working from:

I wanted to make my creation really pop and that long side just seemed to tempting not to add a rustic touch with some cardboard.  I inked the ridges ever so slightly with Antique Linen Distress Ink just to define the edges.  Beneath the cardboard is the remaining scrap of a really pretty Autumn-inspired paper.  It's colors influenced my choice of inks for the main panel.   I also used a piece of handmade paper in the upper right. I joined the bottom and top sections with a little fun paper trim I picked up in a local stamp store.  I loved that the creator of the handmade paper had woven fibers all the way through the paper.   To compliment those fibers, I added the bundle of raffia as a make-shift bow.

The stamped bit was made by dragging a piece of glossy paper my craft sheet which had been inked and misted with Bundled Sage Distress Ink.  I then loaded up my blending tool with several colors of Adirondack alcohol ink.  I think I used Mushroom, Meadow, Butterscotch and Oregano.  I had prestamped the Cosmos Blossom in StazOn for positioning.  I then restamped the image on white, cut it out carefully and adhered it directly over the now inked one already printed.  I used my Creative Memories cutting system to create the oval and mat.  So that my oval would not flap in the wind due to the bumpiness of all my background items, I added some dimensionals on the right-side to prop up the back and keep everything on the level!

Stamp: Cosmos Blossom from Floricutlure (Rogue Redhead Designs)

I am also entering this card into the following challenges:

Lady Anne's Challenges - Anything Goes

Craft-Room Challenge - Vintage Stamping

Hope you get a chance to have one of those "that's definitely me" moments with your art today!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013


I have a Clean & Simple card in the current issue of Craft Stamper! Whoohoo! Just got mine today.

I think it came out quite nicely!  The stamps are from two of my Rogue Redhead Designs plates.  The Cosmos blossom is from Floriculture and the sentiment from Bits and Pieces.

Well, that made my day!  Hope you have a great day too!

Monday, July 8, 2013

Birdie Birdie

This weekend, I created an easy set of CAS note cards. I wanted something really quick and easy as it was an absurd 93F outside and my studio gets melty hot.  I had so much fun with what I came up with (and it's not that much cooler today) that I created another card along the same - pardon the pun - lines.

I again used some Tim Holtz Idea-ology Elements Tissue Tape.  This time, instead of sentiments, I used one of the images from the new This N That plate from Rogue Redhead Designs.

Stamp: Love birds from This N That (Rogue Redhead Designs)

To see the other note cards I created, jump on over to my Simple Set Saturday post on the RRD blog.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

It's All About Vintage - Black & White

Allsorts - Favorite Things (these birds are one of my fav stamps and I love vintage keys - tissue tape)

One Stop Craft - Anything Goes

Hope your day just sings!

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Just Messin' Around

So basically, being the first day in AGES that I have had a chance to just play around, I decided to make a mess! I had a couple of postcard blanks around from cutting my cardstock for my flag postcard and they were just begging to be used. You can't just leave white cardstock lying around. It starts to feel neglected.

I had a vague notion in my mind of where I was going with this..really vague. Apparently, what happens in vagueness, stays in vagueness. I stamped my old gent (love that guy) on one side of the paper and my sentiment on the other. Hmm. Not much interest there, so decided to do some color blocked sections....but then that would be way too much empty space, so out came my cat and my clock.

That's when all the messy bit happened.  I blocked off various parts of the postcard-sized cardstock and chose some distress inks for my palette - Wild Honey, Spun Sugar, Tumbled Glass and Bundled Sage.  I sponged the ink into the section and then added some backgrounds using the same color ink.  The Tumbled Glass got the Sequin Waste Background.  The Wild Honey got some Handwriting and the Bundled Sage was stamped with some Handwritten Music.  Finally, the Spun Sugar got a checkered background....better it than me :) 

I had intended to leave it all lovely crisp lines (which it was) but it looked to I blurred some of the colors across the borders.  My final touch was adding fern leaves (why? no idea) all over the sections.

Stamps: Old Gent and Cat from Just Sayin', sentiment, clock and
checkered background from This N That; Handwriting, Music, and Sequin
Waste backgrounds from Behind the Scenes (Rogue Redhead Designs)
Obviously, my fingers are now rather colorful and should look lovely for my dinner out with friends...really should think these things through but I'll own it if anyone brings it up.

If you want to see some much better postcard art, please drop by Unruly PaperArts this month during our Postcard Parade Issue to catch some amazing articles by our talented columnists.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Happy Birthday to the U.S.A.!

Inspired by the Postcard Parade Issue over at Unruly PaperArts, I decided to create some postcard-sized art to say a quick happy birthday to America!

I started with simply stamping Dot from RRD's Milliner Misses with Memento Tuxedo Black ink in the center of a 4" x 6" piece of cardstock.  I then masked her and stamped the star from Carnival Dreams (also Rogue Redhead Designs...I are totally surprised) seven times in the top left-hand corner.  I masked these images as well.

I then blocked out the portion of the postcard that I wanted to have a blue background, again that would be the top left-hand corner.  I set up my mask for this using the lines on my board, but then transferred the masked card to a piece of waste paper so I wouldn't get everything extra messy.

That's when I broke out the Distress ink!  I used Faded Jeans for my navy blue and sponged it all over the exposed rectangle and over the masked stars.  As the masks were so tiny, I made sure to pounce the ink with the cotton ball rather than drag it.

As masks this small and pointy can never be perfect, I pulled my aquabrush into use and added a little more ink where there were small halos.

Okay, you know where I am going with this card at this point!  So, now I had to create stripes.  I have some extra long post-its, but obviously they do not have sticky stuff the whole way across their length so I added some repositionable adhesive to the length of the torn stripe just to hold it down a bit better.

From here, I took my Fired Brick Distress ink and did some more pouncing to create some distressed stripes.

Once, the masks were all removed, I ran and washed my hands which were a patriotic red, white and blue.  The white being my extra pale never-able-to-suntan skin.  Now that I was uninked, I used my copic markers to give Dot a little bit of a pop.  I chose yellow for her suit as I already had 2 primary colors on my piece and figured I could not go wrong with 3 out of 3.

Here's how the final piece turned out!

I am entering this patriotic postcard in the following challenges:

Sisterhood of Crafters - Stars and Stripes

Shopping Our Stash - Red, White and Blue (or your flag colors)

Craft Your Passion - Red, White and Blue
Hope everyone has a fabulous 4th!
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