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Saturday, September 25, 2021

6 simple cards with only 1 stamp set


 Hello Crafty Friends!

Today is my Saturday showcase day for The Funkie and Frilly challenge blog.

Today I wanted to share a fun challenge I gave myself. I challenged myself to use only 1 stamp set to create 6 simple cards that can be good for any occasion.  I chose to use the Tim Holtz Set - CMS385 "Into the woods".  I wanted a woodsy look that could be good for fall, Christmas, or masculine cards. 

3 of the cards are A2, one just a bit shorter than A2, a slimline card, and one that's about 2/3s the size of an A2 (made from the scrap from cutting the slimline card).

A simple frame card
 (you could easily switch out any of the animals to the bear or the fox from the set).

Simple and woodsy.

Woodsy with a splash of color.

A touch of plaid for simple color.

A simple and easy wreath card. 
(This could also be a bird nest. I should have done a touch less stenciling for my preferred look).

My favorite of all the cards, and yet the simplest!

What do you think of these cards?

This stamp set could easily make so many more simple cards, or awesome elaborate ones!!

Products Used: 

Stamp set- Tim Holtz Into the woods


    Distress oxides- vintage photofrayed burlapwalnut stainforest mosscrackling campfirecandied apple, and black soot

    Original Distress inksscattered strawwalnut stain

    Other inks- Delicata golden glitz, Embossing ink

Embossing powders- black and red

Tim Holtz layering stencil - THS021 Speckles

Tim Holtz small talk stickers

plaid scrapbook paper

blending tool

Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Chalk it up to madness...

 Hello My crafty friends!! 

If you are a regular around here than you know how much I love Halloween cards and creations! 

I used my love for the creepy to inspire me for the new Frilly and Funkie challenge.

The theme this round is: "Chalk it up" 

The idea is to include chalk in some form. I don't own any chalk, so I went with a faux chalk effect.

I used a stamping tool, and stamped multiple times with the Distress ink in picket fence. Then on my final stamping when I got the right level of white I used frosted crystal embossing powder over the image.

After I heat embossed the frosted crystal I lightly went randomly over the rest of the black cardstock with the white ink again. to give a chalkboard look. 

Next I stamped the "table of the skeleton" in black archival ink on kraft paper. I flicked a few drops of black soot stain to give a little grungy interest, and lightly used black soot oxide ink to edge both layers of the kraft paper.
(I used my deckle edge trimmer on both pieces of black cardstock to get the tattered look.)

The skeleton piece is popped up on pop dots, as is the ephemera piece I finished off with.

I hope you like this simple and easy faux chalk card and will join us in the challenge.

Products Used:
Cardstock- Black and Kraft
Pop dots
Heat tool
Tape runner

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Die-na-mite Halloween card

  Hello Again Crafty Friends!!!

It's that time again!!! Today starts the new challenge with the Funkie Junkie Boutique and I'm the Host!

Join us over on the Frilly and Funkie challenge blog HERE.

The Theme is "Die-na-mite" 

Dies can make a simple or boring project extra mighty... I want you to use your dies to make a project! They can be your main focus, or work in the background to make your project a little extra mighty.  

For my project, I chose to make a Halloween card. This year I am going to try really hard to get a few out to some family and a few special mail art friends I have been super neglecting for a while. 

To start I cut out the small pumpkin from the new Tim Holtz- "Pumpkin Patch, Colorize" die set. I added some of the new mica sprays to my black layer, and my top orange layer. I also lightly inked with vintage photo distress ink on the edges of each piece. To glue everything together I used collage medium (my go to matte glue).

Next, I went through my background box, and found a leafy background I had created using various distress inks and oxides with a Dylusions stencil (and water flicks of course).  I also had this wood frame sitting on my desk from another Idea that hadn't worked out like I wanted. I thought it looked so perfect with the leaves so I decided to add it (It was created using a 3D wood grain embossing folder on brown cardstock, then using a rectangle nesting die to cut out the center to create a frame). 

From here, I got in the groove, and totally forgot to take progress photos, but I stamped the "wishing you a spooky Halloween" from the "Monstrous" stamp set by Tim Holtz in black soot- Archival ink (since I am stamping over oxides I used my stamping tool to stamp it several times so that the color would really pop).

I also used white heat embossing with a spider web stamp from the "Tangled Webs" stamp set by Tim Holtz. 

The tiny bats I added were from the die set "Vault series: Halloween 2021" (Yes the pumpkin patch set comes with bats, but for whatever reason I liked these tiny bats better. lol).

To add to the look of the frame I added the screw heads to the corners of the frame. I thought this gave a little extra something to the look. I also added grit paste to the screws and the area around them for a worn texture (I used the new Halloween grit paste, but since I ended up covering it up any of the translucent grit paste would have worked). 

Once that was dry, I used distress crayons to make the wood grain pop more, and to add a bit of rusty/grunginess around the screws.  

Last to finish off the pumpkins, I used a white gel pen to add random highlights to the pumpkin so that it would really pop off of the card (which was adhered with pop-dots to give it dimension).

Products Used:

Dies: Pumpkin Patch, Vault series: Halloween 2021, Rectangle nesting die (I used an old retired set, but any would work).

Grit Paste (I used Tombstone, but THIS will work too)

Tim Holtz 3D wood grain embossing folder

Stamps: Tangled Webs, Monstrous

Inks: Distress inks, Distress Oxides, Black Soot Archival, Embossing ink pad

Prima Junk Yard Findings (these are old so not sure if they still make them) You can also use Hardware Heads by Tim Holtz (my usual go to)

White Embossing powder

Distress Crayons (sets 7 & 10 are perfect for rust, and #3 is of course needed for the white highlights)

Tim Holtz Halloween Mica Sprays -Set 1

Collage Medium

Dylusions Stencil - Leaves