Sunday, June 27, 2010

"I hope you dance..........."

Here is my take on the "Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge" #59. The sketch and challenge details can be found HERE. Lately I've been seeing lots of beautiful creations featuring vintage photos. I didn't have any of my own so I improvised using an old dance picture of my daughter Kay. I changed the hue and saturation in Photoshop creating a more sepia/vintage look. After printing the new image I cut it out using an oval nestie. I then applied several layers of "UTEE" to simulate the cracked glass look. Delicate patterned papers and bling pulled the sketch together.

The details:

Paper:          SU Pink Pirouette, DCWV "Be Mine " collection and the "Luxury Stack", Memory Box "Gossamer" collection.

Ink:              Ranger Distress Ink "Vintage Photo, "Spun Sugar"

Other:          Roses from "Wild Orchid Crafts" ( airbrushed with copic makers E21 and RV32, Lace trim from Joanne Fabrics, MS glitter (dance shoes), Recollections crystal swirl, UTEE,

Thanks for stopping by and have a GREAT week!


Saturday, June 19, 2010


Here is my challenge entry for "Midnight Madness" Sketch Challenge #58. The sketch and challenge details can be found HERE. Seeing as there is a new "Twilight" movie just around the corner and it IS one of my favorite book series, I thought I would make my card based on it. The sketch was either saying Halloween or Twilight and with Twilight being closer it won! The chess piece was fashioned out of white sparkle Fimo clay. I stamped the image onto the clay ( I omitted some of the deals of the image) and then cut out around the outline. After baking, I gave it a layer of crystal effects and sprinkled some clear glitter on top. The roses were made from a 5 petal punch. 4 layers were hot glued together to form the rose. The paper was first stamped with a script design. In keeping with the Twilight theme I used a bat and a paw border punch to represent both sides!

The Details:

Stamps:     Artful Inkables "Into the Moonlight", a diamond background stamp source unremembered, SU "French Script" background.

Paper:       Bazzill, Neenah Solar Crest

Ink:          Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Distress Ink Black Soot

Other:      Fimo Clay, Zing EP Black, MS glitter Onyx, MS glitter Crystal Fine, EK Success Border Punches Paw and Bat, McGill Flower punch, Wishblade  electronic cutter, Black brads covered with glitter, Small rosebud colored red from "Wild Orchid Crafts", Wright's Flexi lace hem facing in red. Decorative scissors.

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look! Have a GREAT week.....


Sunday, June 13, 2010

" a Gilded Cage"

Hello again! Another weekend has just flown by. And speaking of flying....this weeks entry for "Midnight Madness Sketch Challenge" #57 has a bird theme. The sketch challenge details can be found HERE. When I first saw the Tim Holtz Alterations die "Caged Bird" I KNEW I had to have it! When I saw this weeks sketch I thought the "Fan-like" element reminded me of feathers and so it went from there......... For the sake of easy reading I'm going to list the steps used to make each of the design elements on this project including materials.
 Here we go......

Birdcage:   The Tim Holtz Sizzix die was cut out on the Big Shot using a white chipboard. I next painted it gold with "Modern Options" Instant antiquing kit "Gold metal surfacer. I applied the PAtina green antiquing solution but didnt achive the desired effect so I randomly applied clear embossing ink and Ranger "Antiquities" EP in "Verdigris". Where the EP looked too contrived I used my fingernail to remove some of the EP. A gold organza ribbon was weaved throughout the holes in the bottom of the diecut. The bird, which is part of the die, was cut out of patterned paper and then stamped and gold embossed using SU "French Script" background stamp.

Feathers:    The feathers came from Michaels. They are from "Zucker Feather Products" and were labeled Guinea plumage natural. To get them to match the Verdigris, I airbrushed them with Copic marker BG23.

Chain:        The chain attached to the top of the birdcage was fashioned from jump rings. I added a clear bead to each link for interest.

Mats:         Spellbinders nestabilities sponged with colorbox pigment ink and Ranger Distress Ink in Vintage Photo. MS Border Punch "Woodland Branch" was used at the bottom of the top panel. The corner embellishment trios are beads from Plaid found @ Michaels as well.

Paper:        K and Co., 29th Street Market (all purchased @ Michaels)

Thanks for taking a look and have a GREAT WEEK!


Sunday, June 6, 2010

"Under the Sea.............."

Hi! Another weekend comes to an end, and it sure was a cold wet one here in beautiful Western NY  (UGH)
The only bright spot is my US Navy daughter is home on leave for 2 whole weeks! YEAH! She will be deploying overseas in July for 10 months so I need to enjoy every minute with her now!

This weeks MMSC Sketch Challenge #56 (DETAILS FOUND HERE) followed an "Under the Sea" theme. I also entered this in the "Your Next Stamp Challenges"....use a border punch. HERE and the "Pixi Dust Studio" Challenge HERE. When I purchased  the flouishes and birds digital image from "Priscillastyles" store I saw the flourish as a seaweed background. I imported it into Photoshop and proceeded to remove a few of the elements and resized  to fit in my "porthole". I also recolored it green. The seahorse was stamped and colored with copic markers. Using a stampamajig I restamped the colored seahorse with embossing ink and applied Ranger Distress EP in Antique Linen. It has a rough finish which resembled the crusty look of the seahorses skeleton. You can see the finish in one of the close-up photos. The net started out an ugly greenish-brown color. To take care of that I sponged it with Gesso and while wet sprinkled blue glitter on top. The glitter didnt photo well and is hard to see. The knotted trims were fashioned out of macrame cord and sponged with walnut distress ink. If you google "Sailor's Knot" there are lots of instructions on how to tie these.

The details:

Paper:            Neenah Solar Crest #120, DCWV "Tahiti Beach Shack" and "Linen Closet"

Ink:                Ranger Distress Ink "Walnut Stain" Copic Markers and Airbrush, Gesso

Stamps:         "Priscillastyles" Flourish (seaweed),  Asspocket Productions "Seahorse", SU "Sandy Shells"

Other:            Stickles "Stardust and Antique Linen", Net (Michael's), Anchor charm, Brass brads, Various
                      shells, Macrame cord, Generic dewdrops, MS glitter, "Viva Decor" Glitter Liner Holo
                      Irridescent and Gloss Gel Transparent (air bubbles).MS Border Punch "Shells"

Thanks for looking and have a GREAT week!