Friday, October 24, 2014

Grateful...Mixed Media Card...

TGIF...happy Friday!  Today's card is the result of another experimental play session gone so well that I needed to do something with it. :) The temps are finally cooling down here, and I was in the mood to play again with autumn colors. This time, I pulled out what I call "Victorian" colors - rich shades of magenta, teal, and orange.

Out came a small scrap of 140# mixed media paper, some sprays, and other bits and pieces, and here's the finished product:



Here's a photo of the piece before I covered it with embellishments (as you can see, the molding paste wasn't completely dry yet, but it makes it easier for you to see the details of the grungy harlequin stencil). 

I tore the edges of the mixed media paper, and started layering, starting with strips of self-adhesive canvas, then torn strips of book pages. Next came the fun of adding the sprays,  and watching them mix and form new colors as they spread. Once the sprays dried, I highlighted the edges of the strips with white Gelato, blending it with my fingertips. Then the molding paste was stenciled on, and the edges of the harlequin pattern shadowed with black Stabilo pencil ...




In this lower corner, the orange blended with the teal to make a pretty olive green, with hints of the orange peeking through...it was fun watching the colors blend...




I found this piece of dangly crystal beaded trim in a little "leftover" bag...it came from the lamp section of the local craft store, and was a funky addition on a little lampshade a few years ago. I added a few smaller amber gems through the center, and it was a fun addition here, too! ...




The large flower in the center of the cluster was made using Spellbinders' Grand Peony Creations dies...




I had fun playing with the die-cut leaf stems, too. They were sprayed first with the same teal used on the card base, then a copper spray to give them a "patina" look...


Supplies:
Color Mediums:   Lindy's Stamp Gang Starbursts - Tibetan Poppy Teal,  Sweet Violet Purple Teal, Cowabunga Copper;
Lindy's Stamp Gang Flat Fabio - Mango Mania
Stencil:   The Crafters Workshop Mini Harlequin             Canvas:    Ranger
Dies:   Spellbinders Grand Peony Creations;   Sizzix Flowers Branches & Leaves
Roses and flower stamens:   Wild Orchid Crafts
Sentiment stamp:   Simon Says Stamp - Handwritten Greetings
Amber gems:  Doodlebug and Kaisercraft            Gem braided trim:   local craft store
Miscellaneous:   mixed media paper, old book page,  white Gelato,  Uni Posca white paint pen,  
Stabilo All pencil-black,  purple hemp cording



Thanks so much for visiting today...have a wonderful weekend!


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

LLLC - Fall/Autumn All Occasion Card...

Good morning, everyone! Today's card for La-La Land Crafts is for this week's inspiration challenge, Halloween/Fall.

I chose to make a fall all-occasion card with big, loopy raffia bows, and using Stitched Nested Circles Dies, the Berry Flourish Die...



and a combination of the Pretty Poinsettia Die with the Cherry Blossom Flowers Die to form a pretty, layered flower made from gold suede paper...




Autumn leaves show signs of slowly fading to brown before they fall, so I heavily distressed the leaves with crumpling, and accented the edges with brown and deep red inks. The little berries were accented with Copper Stickles...




The stitched circle dies have the stitching marks cut, but I also accented them with black and white ink pens for even more detail...


Supplies:
LLLC Dies:   Stitched Nested Circles,  Berry Flourish,  Pretty Poinsettia,  Cherry Blossom Flowers
Patterned paper:   Prima Sunrise Sunset collection
Black stamens:   ChocolateLetters on Etsy            
Miscellaneous:   Copper Stickles,  white wire,  wired burlap, cheesecloth,  raffia




I hope you'll pop over to the La-La Land Crafts blog and check out the other wonderful Halloween/Fall projects my design teammates have crafted up to share with you!

Thanks so much for stopping by today...I hope you're having a wonderful autumn week so far!


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

LLLC - "Love" Tag...

Happy Wednesday, everyone! Today I'm sharing a project made for La-La Land Crafts. Our inspiration challenge this week is "All Shapes and Sizes."

I started with a 3-1/4" x 6-1/4" premade manila tag, and layered, and layered, and layered...









I started by covering the tag with a pretty text paper...the text is gold-embossed - hard to see in the pics, but just the right touch of shine.  

At the top, I cut the LLLC Flag Banner Die, once from cream, and then from black to place underneath as a "shadow die"...





Along the far left, I attached the frilly Scallop Border Die to the back side of the tag. Next to it on the front of the tag, I cut two pieces of the Eiffel Tower Die, and used black foam tape to separate the layers before adhering them to the tag front with more black foam tape...






I placed the cut Heart Doily Die at an angle, and on top of it, two smaller manila tags, along with a piece from the Booktabs and Labels Die Set, and lots of pretty cherry blossoms cut using the Cherry Blossom Flowers Dies...





Supplies:
LLLC Dies:   Eiffel Tower,  Heart Doily,  Flag Banner,  Scallop Border,  Book Tabs & Labels,  Cherry Blossom Flowers
Patterned paper:   Kaisercraft Merry & Bright collection
Roses:   Wild Orchid Crafts            Pearls:   Recollections            Pearl Spray:   local craft store
Other dies:   My Favorite Things Royal Leaves
Miscellaneous:   Tea Dye and Vintage Photo Distress Inks,   hemp cording,   manila tags



I hope you'll take a moment to check out my teammates' fabulous projects for this week's challenge over on the La-La Land Crafts blog.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!



Friday, October 10, 2014

LOTV - Good Friends...

TGIF! Another autumn weeks nears the end...now if only the temps would remember what season it is and lower a bit, and the rains come back to put out the forest fires around here, life would be a dream!

Today I'm sharing a slightly-shabby, mildly-mixed-media card featuring Lili of the Valley products. I've seen variations of this layout design used a lot for 12 x 12 scrapbook layouts and mixed media canvases, and I thought it would make a fun design on a smaller square card, also. I blended strips of paper from three different LOTV paper pads - Heartfelt,  Always & Forever, and Always & Forever - Solids ...




The background is made by using gesso and tulle on 140-lb. mixed media paper, and once they dried, spritzing with watercolor sprays...






I cut two of the leafy branch dies, one darker to become the "shadow" of the lighter, brighter green branch...





The premade roses are accented with handmade die-cut cherry blossom flowers...





The sentiment stamp is one I've used several times before, from Set 62, Quotables/Friendship. This time, I stamped one of the corners from Set 21, Grunge Corners as an accent...




And to accent the lower corner of the card, another corner stamp - this time from Set 68, Corners ...


Supplies:
LOTV Patterned Papers:   Heartfelt, Always & Forever, and Always & Forever-Solids collections
LOTV Stamps:   Set 62 Quotables/Friendship;   Set 68 Corners;   Set 21, Grunge Corners
Dies:   La-La Land Crafts Cherry Blossom Florals;   Poppy Stamps Massa Leaf Background
Roses:   Wild Orchid Crafts            Pearls:   Recollections
Color Mediums:   Lindy's Stamp Gang Flat Fabios - Pink Ladies Pink,  Greased Lightnin' Green
Miscellaneous:   mixed media paper,  gesso,  tulle,  cheesecloth



There's some great products up on the LOTV site these days...Inktense pencil sets and papers, XL art pads, and a whole section devoted to soon-to-be-retired rubber stamps. And if that's not enough, check out the great pricing on all stamps on the site until Christmas! 









Thanks for stopping by to visit today...have a wonderful weekend!


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

LLLC - A Dream is a Wish...

Good Morning, all! I took a few days for a break, but I'm back today with another La-La Land Crafts  Diecut Wednesday card to share with you.

Our challenge inspiration this week is "Hidden Extra"...and that led to all sorts of ideas spinning in my head. In the end, I decided on a softly-colored shabby chic card in rose and pale taupe, with a hidden extra message...




The "hidden extra" message is on a tag attached to the Lattice Border die cut at the top of the card. I used foam tape to adhere the patterned papers to the front of the card base, allowing lots of room for the hidden sentiment "tag" to slide in behind them...



The inspirational quote on the tag is from LLLC's Beautiful Day Sentiments stamp set...



The deep burgundy roses are surrounded by cherry blossoms made using LLLC's Cherry Blossom Flowers die set - they're sitting on a "bed" of leaves made using LLLC's Berry Flourish  die...




This cute little tag die is from the Stitched Elements die set. I stamped it with a little dotted heart and a tiny little word in the center, pressing a bit harder on the right side of the heart stamp to give the image an "ombre" look...





The front sentiment, again from LLLC's Beautiful Day Sentiments, is stamped onto another die cut shape from LLLC's Stitched Elements set. Down in the corner beneath it, you can see the Filigree Corner Die ...




I love the beautiful lines on the Fancy Butterfly Die. I left it in the taupe cardstock without further coloring, and added some cream colored pearls for just a touch of embellishment...


Supplies:
LLLC Dies:   Cherry Blossom Flowers,  Lattice Border,  Filigree Corner,  Fancy Butterfly, 
 Berry Flourish,  Stitched Elements
LLLC Stamps:   Beautiful Day Sentiments
Patterned papers:   Maja Design Vintage Autumn Basics
Other Dies:   Papertrey Ink Heart Prints
Other stamps:   Unity Stamps "empowered words" ("trust your heart");   Papertrey Ink Tiny Tags
Roses:   Wild Orchid Crafts         Pearls:   Recollections
Miscellaneous:   cheesecloth,  hemp cording 



You can see the rest of the team's beautiful projects on the La-La Land Crafts blog.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit today!









Friday, October 3, 2014

Happy Birthday - Masculine Mixed Media Card

TGIF...Hurray for Fridays!

Early last week, I shared a fun mixed media canvas with lots of deep colors and feminine accents and embellishments. As I was making that canvas a few weeks ago, I was thinking how the colors might be the perfect combo for a masculine birthday card I needed at the end of September.

So once I finished the lacy, flowery canvas, my mind started turning in a less "frilly" direction, and for the first time in a long time, a masculine card came together quickly!



This time, I used some patterned papers over the painted background, accenting them with a piece of white burlap, one of my favorite wire dies, a torn piece of ticket, a metal bookplate, and some die cut leafy accents. There's another resin bird-on-a-branch, again colored with medium and dark blue, but this time accented with a dark sepia spray...








I used a combination of stamped words and a large die cut word for the sentiment...




Here's how the base piece looked before adding the papers and embellishments. This time, I used a light tan spray, added the medium green, then medium and deep blues...no orange in the background this time...


Supplies:
Patterned papers:   Authentique Enchanted collection
Sentiment stamp:  Winnie & Walter "The Big, The Bold, and The Happy"
Color mediums:   Lindy's Stamp Gang Flat Fabios (Danny Zuko's Denim,  Ocean Breeze Blue,  Merry Go Round Green,  South Shore Sand,  Sandra Dee Sepia)
Dies:   Simon Says Stamp "Happy Birthday";   La-LaLand Crafts "Diamond Wire" and "Berry Flourish" ;  
My Favorite Things "Four Corners Dienamics"
Resin Bird/Branch:   Prima            White burlap:   TheFunkieJunkie.com
Miscellaneous:   Tim Holtz Ticket and Ornate Bookplate;  Liquitex Ink!-Carbon Black;  Cinnamon stickles




Thanks for visiting today...have a wonderful weekend!





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