Monday, February 20, 2017

On Your Anniversary

Time for more fun with some of those wonderful dried dye ink powders . . .

When I first started stamping in 2000, I wouldn't have enjoyed working with a medium as uncontrolled as these powders.  Not knowing exactly what I was going to get would have spooked me.  Thankfully, I've tossed away such inhibiting restraints and I now gravitate towards all manner of dye powders and sprays.  It's an adventure to apply these and have no idea at all how they'll turn out:  and loving the results regardless!

Cardstock:   Gilbert Oxford Path, The Paper Cut Watercolor paper
Stamps:        Impression Obsession “On your Anniversary”, B&J’s Art
                           Stamps Dot Texture Medium
Inks:               VersaFine Majestic Blue
Colorants:    Ken Oliver Color Burst Merlot, Yellow Ochre, Indigo, Liquid
                           Metals Yellow Gold
Emb Powder:   Vippies Transcendence
Dies:              Memory Box Stitched Rectangle Trimmings, Vivienne/Darla,
                        Pippi/Isabella butterflies, DieNamics Stitched Mini Scallop
Stencil:          Tim Holtz Speckles
Doo Dads:    Suze Weinberg paste Whipped Paper

Thursday, February 16, 2017


After a boatload of heavy snow and dreary skies last week, it's time for some 
cheery wildflowers . . .

I don't really know what the green speckle-pasted background is supposed to represent:  I just liked the color and the texture . . .

Cardstock:   Bazzill Leapfrog, The Paper Cut Watercolor paper, Generic
                           Textured White, Black
Stamps:        Printworks “Celebrate”
Inks:               Distress Barn Door, Carved Pumpkin, Mustard Seed,
                           Shabby Shutters, ColorBox Black
Emb Powder:   Judikins Detail Black
Dies:              DieNamics Stitched Mini Scallop Rectangle, Tim Holtz
                           Wildflowers, Memory Box Stitched Rectangle Trimmings,
                           We-Buys:  Three insects from the Cute Chrysanthemum set
Stencil:          Tim Holtz Speckles
Doo Dads:    Delta Texture Magic embossing paste Spring Green 

Monday, February 13, 2017


I fell in love with these feathery wings just two weeks ago and thought that Valentine's Day was the perfect time to take them on their maiden flight . . .

The red stencil paste worked well with Tim's Doily stencil and all of the details in his intricate design came out beautifully.  

Bear with me, folks – still hooked on stenciling!

Cardstock    Neenah Dessert Storm, Bazzill Maraschino
Stamps:        Wordsworth “Love Love Love”, Will ‘n Way “XOXO”, Moon 
                            Rose “Love”
Inks:               VersaMark, Distress Brushed Corduroy
Emb Powder:   PSX Woven Tapestry
Dies:              Cheery Lynn Steampunk Wings, Spellbinders Hearts Two
Emb Folder: Spellbinders Bricks and Bark      
Stencil:          Tim Holtz Doily
Doo Dads:    Delta Texture Magic Dimensional Paint Country Red

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Happy Birthday

Dried die ink powders always beckon to me due to their ease of use, their vibrant colors, and the excitement of never knowing exactly what you're going 
to get . . .

Am also very happy with the chicken wire background:  the minimal amount of embossing paste used meant that it dried very quickly which suits my impatient nature just fine.  The wiry pattern gives a delicate, airy look to the rather emphatic background and overall, I am pleased with the results . . .

Cardstock:   Bazzill Kachina, Tim Holtz Watercolor paper, Generic
                           Textured White
Stamps:        Flower sprig from Hero Frames with Sprigs,  Stampendous
                           “Happy Birthday”, B&J’s Art Stamps Dot Texture Medium
Inks:               Distress Peacock Feathers, ColorBox Frost White
Colorants:    Lindy’s Stamp Gang Magical Luscious Lime, Urban Amethyst,
                           Tibetan Poppy Teal, Bachelor Button Blue
Emb Powder:   Vippies Transcendence, Sweet Stamps Fine Detail White
Dies:              Impression Obsession All-In-One Frames Rectangles Two,
                           Mama Elephant Peek A Frame, Hero Frames with Sprigs,
                           Memory Box butterflies Pippi, Isabella, Grove Tree
Stencil:          The Crafters Workshop Mini Chicken Wire Reversed
Doo Dads:    Suze Weinberg Embossing Paste Whipped Paper

Monday, February 6, 2017


This layout features a wonderful new source for truly inexpensive dies . . .

I found this chrysanthemum die on Amazon and it cost me a whopping $3!  The set includes the flower and the three tiny insect dies – perfect for small layouts.  This is one of several sets I ordered with a price range of $3-$5.  The performance reviews are excellent; each set cuts beautifully and I see no difference at all between these and the far pricier sets that are out there. 

To find these, go on Amazon and Search for "Craft Dies".  These inexpensive ones are salted throughout the pages that come up . . . enjoy the hunt!

Cardstock:   Generic Textured Pale Green, White
Stamps:        Printworks “Celebrate”
Inks:               VersaFine Olympia Green
Emb Powder:   Vippies Transcendence
Colorants:    Zig Clean Color Mid-Green, Pale Pink, Inktense Red Oxide
Dies:              DieNamics Stitched Mini Scallop Rectangle, We-Buys Cute                                      Chrysanthemum, Spellbinders Framed Tags One
Stencil:          Tim Holtz Burlap
Doo Dads:    Delta  Texture Magic Green Whisper, Wink of Stella Clear,
                           American Crafts jute Green

Thursday, February 2, 2017


This one utilizes two of my favorite stamping toys:  stencils with stencil paste, and dried dye ink powders . . .

I used the dye powders on the background first, misted with water and then heat dried them.  Then I stenciled with the paste and let dry.  But I got a little surprise I hadn't anticipated:  as the dye powders are not permanent, they reactivated with the wet stencil paste which wicked up the colors.  While this might be a look I might go for on other layouts, it didn't work for this one:  the white text was no longer white and clearly looked like the mistake it was – so I traced over the letters with a white Sharpie marker in order to get back the crisp contrast I was after.  Quick fix!

Next time, I plan to spray the colored powders with a workable fixative before I stencil.

Cardstock:   Stedner Bright White, Tim Holtz Watercolor paper
Stamps:        Red Rubber “Life has got to be lived . . .”
Inks:               Sharpie pen White, Wink of Stella Clear, ColorBox Black
Colorants:    Lindy’s Stamp Gang Magicals Poppin’ Pink, Hag’s Wart
                           Orange, Mango Mania, Yellow Rose of Texas, Bonjour
                           Butter, Freaky Franken-Lime, Bachelor Button Blue, Urban
                           Amethyst, Witch’s Potion Purple
Emb Powder:   Judikins Detail Black
Dies:              Lil Inkers Stitched Mats Rectangles, Memory Box Fresh
                           Daisies, My Favorite Things In & Out Stitched Rounded
Stencil:          Stampers Anonymous Artful Words
Doo Dads:    Fanci Kwik Stencil Paste White, HyGlo Deco Eyelet Gold,
                          Black carpet thread

Monday, January 30, 2017

Happy Birthday

Although the camera took the lovely soft copper color and turned it into shriek orange, I'm reasonably happy with this card, for a change . . .

In addition to indulging in my continuing fascination with stencils and stencil paste on this card, I've re-visited a favorite simple technique with UTEE (Ultra Thick Embossing Powder).  Its large granule size makes it easy to get a textured look . . . simply ink as usual and then tap or snap the back of the cardstock smartly. 

Because the granules are so big, they don't really cling all that well to the ink, so a good tap will easily knock off a bunch of them.  Heat what's left and watch like a hawk:  as soon as the melting starts, move the heat gun away.  The granules will have softened enough to adhere, but you'll still have a wonderfully granular, textured look.

This is one of those "you'll never know what you're going to get" deals, so relax and enjoy the magic!

Cardstock:   Bazzill Kachina, Strathmore Ultimate White, Generic
                           Turquoise, Metallic Copper
Stamps:        Printworks “Happy Birthday”
Inks:               Distress Peacock Feathers, VersaMark
Colorants:    Gelatos Boysenberry, Spearmint, Metallic Mint; Lindys
                           Stamp Gang Magical Bachelor Button Blue, Time
                           Travel Teal
Emb Powder:   UTEE Copper, B Muse Monterey Blue
Dies:              Impression Obsession Cattails, Spellbinders Small Deckled
Stencil:          The Crafters Workshop Mini Tile Texture
Doo Dads:    Dreamweaver Embossing Paste Metallic Copper