Tuesday, January 31, 2012

We're Cracking Up Over Here ...

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Happy Tuesday, Monday Grungers!

Today's card project was created for Studio L3's Grungy Monday challenge, 'We're Cracking Up Over Here.' For this week's challenge, we are using Tim's Crackle Resist technique ... a cracklin' good time!

For all of the challenging deets, visit Studio L3, HERE. And if you'd like to find out more about this uber-cool technique, you can watch Tim's instructional video HERE.

For a complete list of the products I used in this project, check out the Card Recipe, below.

Sooooooooo, this past weekend Sheila and I teamed up to do some hard-core, holy trinity power shopping: AC Moore, JoAnn Fabric, and Michaels.

At Mike's, we split up ... I headed left to the stamping/scrappin' section, she to the right to the ... other stuff. As we divided to conquer, I asked her to check and see if there was any Plaid acrylic paint on sale.

Forty-five minutes later, we reconnoitered in the Clearance aisle:

"Oh, hey, did you happen to notice if the Plaid paints were on sale?" I asked.

"Oh, that, are you kiddin' me?!? I got down on my hands and knees and literally crawled through that section and I didn't see even one bottle of Plaid paint!" Sheila answered.

"Really? There's usually tons of it."

"Don't ask me; I saw every color under the rainbow but no plaid."

Give it a minute ... it'll grow on ya.

Thanks so much for spending part of your busy day with me!


Today's Challenges:

Card Recipe:
  • Card Stock: "Spring Moss" by PTI; "Bermuda Bay" by Stampin' Up; Glossy Card Stock by Ranger
  • Designer Paper: "Autumn Meadow" Collection (Retired) by Stampin' Up
  • Other Paper: #8 Manila Tag; Chipboard; "Terminology" Tissue Wrap by Tim Holtz
  • Stamps: Sentiment from "The Journey" Set by Stampers Anonymous; Pen Nib, Unknown
  • Ink: Archival Ink by Ranger; "Peeled Paint," "Broken China," "Mustard Seed," and "Gathered Twigs" Distress Inks by Tim Holtz
  • Alcohol Ink: "Bottle," "Sailboat Blue," and "Citrus" Alcohol Inks by Ranger
  • Other Color Medium: "Peeled Paint" Crackle Paint by Tim Holtz; "Jazz Blue" Glimmer Mist by Tattered Angels
  • Accessories: Swivel Clasp, Fragment Charm, Tassle, Jump Rings, and Long Brads by Tim Holtz; Photo Corners and Paper Fastener Clips by 7gypsies; Seam Binding by Snug Hug
  • Tools: Die-Cut Machine; "Iron Fence" Die by Tim Holtz; Glossy Accents by Ranger; Blending Tool and Foam Pads by Tim Holtz
  • Finished Size: 4 1/4 x 5 1/2

Friday, January 27, 2012

Steampunk Paper Bag Card ...

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TGIF, crafty stampers!

Today's vintage-stampy project is a Steampunk-style paper bag card! I used a variety of Tim Holtz Ideology products in this project, a vintage Bingo card, heavily distressed shipping tags, a vintage French vocabulary card, a vintage slide mount loaded with crusty goodness, an old rusty key, and last-but-not-least, rubber stamped images. So much fun to create!

Here's a peek at the interior of the card:

And the back cover:

This card is entered in Lisa Somerville's Blogger's Challenge "Texture It" challenge. A distressed Kraft glassine flower, chunky patina, rusty goodness, and dry embossing created lots of texture.

I'm also entering the card in Gingersnap Creations Random Redhead "Favorite Designer Paper" challenge. The paper used throughout here is from Stampin' Up's retired "Autumn Meadows" collection ... in my opinion, one of the best vintage/distressed collections ever sold by Stampin' Up. Yes, I have a second, unopened pack of this collection ... which, by law, shall be hoarded until the end of time.

For a complete list of product used here, please refer to the Card Recipe, below.

Thanks so much for spending part of your busy day with me ... hope you have a very crafty weekend!



Card Recipe:

  • Card Stock: "Early Espresso" Card Stock by Stampin' Up; Kraft Card Stock by PTI; Kraft-Core Card Stock by Tim Holtz for Core'dinations; Kraft Glassine Paper by Tim Holtz; Paper Bag by Uline
  • Designer Paper: "Autumn Meadow" Collection (Retired) by Stampin' Up
  • Stamps: 'Journey' Ticket by Limited Edition; 'Curious Possiblility' Set by Tim Holtz; All Other Rubber Stamps are Unknown (Unmounted)
  • Ink: "Early Espresso" Dye Ink by Stampin' Up; "Gathered Twigs" Seasonal Distress Ink by Tim Holtz; "Chestnut Roan" Fluid Chalk Ink by Clearsnap; Black Archival Ink by Ranger
  • Other Color Medium: Acrylic Paint Dabber by Ranger
  • Accessories: Distressed Shipping Tags; Prima Flowers; Vintage Bingo Card, Vintage Slide Mount, Vintage Photo Corners, Vintage Key, and Vintage French Vocabulary Card All From Personal Collection; Memo Pin by Tim Holtz; Antique Copper Brads and Washers by Tim Holtz; Film Ribbon by Tim Holtz; Journaling Tickets by Tim Holtz; Metal Flower by Tim Holtz
  • Tools: Die-Cut Machine; Steampunk 'On the Edge' Die by Tim Holtz for Sizzix; Iron Fence 'On the Edge' Die by Tim Holtz for Sizzix; Ticket Corner Punch by Stampin' Up
  • Finished Size: 12" x 6"

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Farewell Typewriter ...

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Happy Tuesday, hoarding paper-crafters ... hope you're having a fantastical day!

Today's card project was created for the Simon Says Stamp and Show challenge. This week, the theme is "Song Title."

Lately I've been listening to hours and hours of alternative rock and have managed to get the song, "Farewell Typewriter" by The Posies, stuck in my head. I hate it when that happens. I thought using the song in a challenge would purge it from my brain ... plus I'd get to use my vintage typewriter stamp ... which is nearly identical to MY vintage typewriter. Well, I did use the stamp but the song is still looping over and over in my head. Oh, well ...

The card also qualifies for the CAS-Fridays "Penguin Suit" Challenge, to use black and white in a card. For a complete list of challenges, lookie below.

Finally, I'm entering this card into Lisa Somerville's Bloggers Challenge, "Elements of Time."

For all of the rockin' product info, check out the Card Recipe, below.

Thanks so much for spending part of your busy day with me ... you rock!



Card Recipe:

  • Card Stock: PTI
  • Stamps: Vintage Typewriter by Club Scrap; Sentiment by Artistic Outpost
  • Ink: Archival Ink by Ranger
  • Accessories: Clock Face by Maya Road; Game Spinner, Long Brad, Mini Paper Clip all by Tim Holtz; Vintage Photo Corners; Twill Alphabet Ribbon by Remember When; Patchwork Texture Fade by Tim Holtz
  • Tools: Dimensionals; Die-Cut Machine; Spellbinder Die
  • Finished Size: 5 1/2" x 4 1/4

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Grungy Monday ...

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Hello, stampers and grungers! Long-time-no see ... where ya been?!?

Today's card project was created for Studio L3's "Grungy Monday," Episode #33.

This week my old friend, the lovely and talented Linda Ledbetter {waves} has challenged us to create a project using one of Tim Holtz's magical alcohol ink techniques. Messy and fun! Check out Tim's easy, step-by-step tutorial, HERE.

The plan was to create a Fragment ... in my favorite alcohol ink colors ... that could be added to a bead-chain to create a necklace. And that still could happen, LOL!

I used vintage pen nibs from my vast collection of old and dusty stuff to embellish the card. The neat stamps are a mystery ... both are unmounted ... sorry. But for the rest of the exciting product info, check out the card recipe, below.

Thanks so much for swingin' by! And Sheila sezs "hey." So. Hey. When I have more time, I'll tells ya a story or hundred.


Card Recipe:

  • Card Stock: PTI Kraft; Glossy Card Stock by Ranger
  • Stamps: Unknown
  • Ink: "Early Espresso" Dye Ink by Stampin' Up; Jet Black Archival Ink, Ranger
  • Color Medium: "Sail Boat," "Bottle," & "Citrus" Alcohol Inks, Adirondack
  • Accessories: Fragment by Tim Holtz; Vintage Pen Nibs, Personal Collection; 7Gypsies Laundry Pin
  • Tools: Tim Holtz Blending Tool and Felt Applicator; Corner Rounder Punch; Dimensionals
  • Finished Size: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"