Friday, June 19, 2015

Hitting The Rails

Happy Friday everyone, hope you had a great week.  I've been glued to the television watching the U.S. Open golf tournament at Chambers Bay in Washington state for the last couple of days (what a course!) but have managed to sneak some creative time in during commercial breaks :O)  I made another Father's Day card and this one is for my dear FIL (father-in-law for those of you unfamiliar with that acronym).

I discussed with my hubby what he thought I should do for his Dad; his father is a retired railroad engineer, an accomplished 'gentleman farmer' (he grows the most incredible vegetable gardens you have ever seen!) and was an ardent bee keeper for many years when he had his apple orchard.  I was definitely leaning towards the bee keeping aspect but unfortunately I don't have any lovely bee related stamps or dies so we decided upon a card with a railroad theme.  My FIL hired onto the Canadian National Railway as a very young man, right at the end of the steam engine era, and so that became the focus of this Father's Day card.

I had that wonderful steam engine illustration in my stash courtesy of The Graphics Fairy and my brilliant DH came up with the sentiment, isn't it perfect?!  Good one babe!  I searched online and found the vintage Canadian National Railway poster which I shrunk down on the computer and I raided my stash for the metal gears and flywheels.

I embossed a vintage map of British Columbia with Tim Holtz's Steampunk embossing folder and then highlighted the embossed areas with Vintage Photo, Rusty Hinge and Black Soot Distress ink and distressed and inked the edges of the panel.  I then die cut several gears from Tim Holtz's Gadget Gears die, coloured them with Distress Ink to make them look rusty (various combinations of Vintage Photo, Rusty Hinge and Black Soot) and overstamped them with some script stamps.  The metal gears from my stash were coloured with acrylic paint; I used black, burnt sienna and some Martha Stewart Brushed Pewter.  The cardstock gadget gears also got a couple of dabs with the Brushed Pewter acrylic paint here and there as well.  I printed the sentiment out on the computer, fussy cut each of the words and edged them with Distress ink in the same colours as the gadget gears.  I then backed each of the words with two layers of black cardstock to give them some dimension.

The steam engine image is so great and very reminiscent of the type of steam engine my FIL would have been working on as a young man.  I fussy cut a second image of the train and mounted it on some pop dots so it appears to be steaming out of the tunnel right towards you, you can see the dimension in the picture below.

On the inside I added another steam engine image from a digital scrapbooking kit by Meagan's Creations and then added another map image, this one of North America, to the right hand side where my DH can write his Father's Day message to his Dad.

I think my FIL will get a kick out of this card and I can't wait to show the finished project to my hubby, he hasn't seen it completed yet.

I'm linking this card up with the Masculine/Father's Day challenge at Mixed Media World and the Make It Masculine June challenge at Anything But Cute.

Thanks as always for stopping by and hope that you have a wonderful weekend, happy creating!


Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Shabby Pink Roses Birthday Card

Happy Tuesday all, it's a warm and lovely late Spring day here in B.C., can you believe that it will be the first day of Summer (for those of us in the Northern hemisphere that is) in just a few days?  The year is near half over, I still have no idea how that has occured!

May and June are very busy celebration months in our family and the next birthday coming up is my dear sister-in-laws.  I wanted to make her a card to celebrate her day and decided to make a 'shabby chic' card to link up with Country View Challenges current theme.  Now I have to admit that this is NOT my preferred style, shabby I can do but chic not so much!  But if there is anyone who epitomizes chic it would be my sister-in-law, she is a beautiful and elegant woman, so I dug deep into my crafting supplies and made this card for her.

I finally, finally figured out how to make tea roses using Tim Holtz's Tattered Pinecone die thanks to a video by pandora681 (click here to see it).  I had watched Tim's video and could not for the life of me make a decent rose but pandora's tip to keep pushing the petals back as you roll made all the difference for me.  I chose a white and pink colour palette and did a minimal amount of distressing with just a touch of Tea Stain Distress ink and also used some Biscotti Perfect Pearls mist to give the card a subtle shimmer.

The bird cage (Spellbinders Bird Cage Two) was die cut from a pale pink cardstock and then I die cut the hearts from two shades of pink using Simon Says Stamp Holiday Shapes and Large Holiday Shapes dies.  The leaves were die cut from a Simon Says Stamp Butterfly Tendrils die (I used this die inside the card as well) and the wee little butterflies were offcuts from that same die.  I made the Happy Birthday banner on the computer.

I used the Tim Holtz Mixed Media thinlits die to cut the trellis in behind the rose and backed it with a piece of pink cardstock.  The leaves and hearts were repeated as before and I used a small velcro dot to keep the card closed.

Here's the Butterfly Tendrils die in pink on the inside of the card and I repeated it in white on the opposite side.

I'll write my birthday message to my sister-in-law in the middle panel of the gatefold.

Thanks so much for stopping by today and  hope your week is off to a great start.  I have a Father's Day card to make for my FIL as well as birthday cards for my Dad and my FIL (I told you it was a  busy celebration month!) so I'll be back again soon.  See you then and happy creating!


Sunday, June 14, 2015

Green Bird Happy Birthday Tag

Hello blogging peeps, hope you had a great weekend.  It's warmed up slightly here which is a very good thing!

After being a day late for the last challenge at Dragons Dream Tag It On, I decided I better get a move on for the current challenge and get my Green and a Quotation tag completed early!  My niece is about to celebrate a birthday here in a few days so I decided to make a tag that I could incorporate into a birthday card for her.  Here's what I came up with.

I started with a manila tag and coloured it with distress inks in a couple of shades of green.  I then applied some transparent texture paste here and there through Tim Holtz's Gothic layering stencil, did some spritz & flick after it was dry and then applied more green DI and edged it with some Gathered Twigs DI for a little contrast.  All of the stamped images are from discontinued Crafty Secrets stamp sets and I stamped them all on some cardstock, coloured them with more green DI and fussy cut them.

A Tim Holtz Typed Token was coloured with some green acrylic paint to highlight the word 'happy' and I attached it to some crinkle ribbon (also coloured green!) with a rusty safety pin.  Three mirrored stars were coloured with, you guessed it, green alcohol ink (Pesto and Clover).

I added some green Stickles glitter glue to the little birds crown and then did a few little highlights on the bird with my white gel pen to make her stand out a bit more.  Love this quote from the Crafty Secrets stamp set, I hope it certainly comes true for my niece :O)

Initially I had the tag mounted on a white card blank but it was looking a little stark so I used the Gothic stencil again with Bundled Sage DI to add some colour.  Love how it echos the transparent texture paste stenciling on the tag.  This little geen bird will be winging her way to my niece tomorrow, hope she will like her!

Thanks to Dragons Dream Tag It On for the inspiration to make this tag which has become a birthday card and thank you for stopping by today.  Think green and happy creating everyone!


Saturday, June 13, 2015

A Gentle Man

Happy Saturday everyone, hope you are having a good start to your weekend.  After a very sudden cool down (it was 3 C, about 37.5 F, last night!!) it has rebounded slightly today and the poor hummingbirds are able to forage about rather than staying huddled and fluffed up on the feeders.  Rather a shock to the system going from 30 C to 3 C in the matter of a day or two!

As it was a tad chilly and wet outside, I took the opportunity to make a Father's Day card for my Dad (Dad, if you are reading this stop now so you don't ruin the surprise :O).  I recently saw a stamp set from Artistic Outpost that really summed up who my Dad is, it was the 'Hat's Off' set and the quote stamp says:

'A gentleman is always that: a gentle man.'

Truer words were never spoken about my Dad, he is a gentleman, and a gentle man, in every single sense of those words.  Our family is so blessed and I can never thank him enough for all he has done, all he continues to do and for the love that he gives to us all so freely.  I hope that this little Father's Day card will help express to him how much he is loved and appreciated.

Although I have ordered the Artistic Outpost stamp set, it hasn't arrived yet so I used Tim Holtz's 'Possibilities' stamp and die set instead and typed out that wonderful quote on the computer.  I wanted this card to have a masculine feel so I kept to a monochromatic colour palette of Distress inks and stains in browns.

I started out with a piece of corrugated cardboard and tore off bits of the backing here and there and coated it with gesso.  I also added some Wendy Vecchi Crackle Texture paste here and there and then started to spray and ink with multiple brown tones of Distress and did some random stamping.  Once the corrugated cardboard was distressed to my liking, I backed it with a piece of kraft cardstock that had the edges distressed with scissors and aged with Walnut Stain DI.  I made the 'DAD' banner on the computer and cut it out as a fishtail banner.  I lightly sprayed it with some Biscotti Perfect Pearls so it has a bit of shimmer.  The pointing hand is from the TH Possibilities set and I mounted it and the banner on pop dots for a little dimension.

The Tim Holtz Mirrored Star was coloured with some brown toned alcohol inks.  You can see some of the background stamping and the crackle paste on the background in this picture as well.

Love these gentlemen from the Possibilities set!  The background behind them was cut with a circle die from some manila cardstock and I sprayed it with Distress spray and some Lindy's Stamp Gang Van Dyke Sepia spray and then did a second generation stamping of a pocket watch over top.  The gents were stamped and die cut twice and mounted on pop dots for dimension.  The frame around them was cut with a circle die and a Spellbinders Grand Scalloped Circles die and I then stenciled over the frame with a Simon Says Stamp large Morrocan stencil using Wendy Vecchi's crackle texture paste.  When dry, I coloured it with Distress spray and inks, gave it a light spritz with some Biscotti Perfect Pearls and mounted it on pop dots to frame the gentlemen.

The stars were cut with the die from the Possibilities stamp and die set.  The darker stamped stars were made using the stamp from the set and then die cut.  The solid colour brown stars were cut with the die only, I used the manila cardstock that was under the mirrored star when I coloured it with the alcohol inks.  Waste not, want not!  All of the cardstock stars were also spritzed with Biscotti Perfect Pearls.

And last but certainly not least, I typed out that wonderful quote on the computer, cut out the words and backed them with a couple of layers of kraft cardstock to give them some dimension as well.  The stand that I made to display the card was created from a couple of layers of heavy cardstock that I printed with postcard paper from Vectoria Designs using a template that I found online.

I do hope that my Dad will like this card, it was made with lots of love and I am so very proud of him and thankful that he is my father.  Love you Dad!  xoxo

I would like to link this Father's Day card up with the following challenges:

A Vintage Journey - 'Celebrations' - celebrating Father's Day and my wonderful Dad!

Anything But Cute - 'Make It Masculine' - hope this card is masculine enough!

Frilly and Funky - 'Monochromatic' - used a brown toned monochromatic colour scheme in a vintage style

Mixed Media Monthly - 'A Year of Choices' - I chose Challenge #3 'Stencils and Paste'

Our Creative Corner - 'What Makes You Smile' - my Dad always makes me smile and so does making anything in a distressed and vintage style :O)

Thanks for stopping by today and hope that the rest of your weekend is warm and wonderful!  Talk again soon and happy creating!


Thursday, June 11, 2015

Flower Garden Thank You Card

Hello all, hope this finds you well.  The weekend is fast approaching already, hope you have had a creative and productive week!

I was the lucky recipient of Tim Holtz's 'Flower Garden' stamp set and his 'Crocodile' layering stencil for my April Tim tag win (thanks again Tim and Mario!).  I hadn't had a chance to break either of them out of their packages yet so yesterday I decided it was high time they both got inked up.  And what better way to give them their inaugural outing than by making a thank you card?

Have to admit I wasn't too sure about the crocodile layering stencil but now that I've seen it in action I love it!  I laid down some Bundled Sage and Iced Spruce Distress inks onto a piece of manila cardstock and then coloured through the Crocodile stencil with some Peeled Paint DI.  A little spritz and flick, distressing around the edges with my scissors and then edging with Gathered Twigs DI completed the background.

I stamped the poppy and a stem from the Garden Flowers stamp set with Jet Black Archival ink onto Specialty Stamping paper and coloured it in with Distress Ink using the water brush.  For the poppy I used Barn Red, Festive Berries and Aged Mahogany with Gathered Twigs in the center and the stem was a simple layer of Bundled Sage and Iced Spruce.  I cut out and coloured the poppy twice and mounted one of the fussy cut flowers on pop dots for a little dimension.

To echo my April Tim tag (that was actually a card too), I tied some black and white Paper String onto the bottom and then die cut the 'thank you!' sentiment using a  Die Versions Everyday Complements die.

I cut the sentiment from some Core'dinations Kraft Core in black and gently distressed it to coordinate with the distressed edge of the background.  I then mounted the whole assembly onto an off white card blank.

Linking up this floral thank you card with Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog's 'For The Love Of Plants'.

Thanks again to Tim and Mario for these wonderful gifts and thanks as always to you for stopping by today.  Hope that you have a fun and creative finish to your week, I'll be back again soon!  Happy creating!


Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Purple And Circles

Hello everyone!  I'm a day late in getting this tag posted unfortunately, I made it for the Dragons Dream Tag It On 'Purple and Circles' challenge but missed the deadline for the link up.  A day late and a dollar short is the phrase that comes to mind LOL!  But I had fun making it so decided to share it with you anyway, here it is.

Now that is purple!  In the interest of full disclosure, purple is not a colour I use much of (the only Distress Ink/Stain purple I have is Seedless Preserves) but I did discover that I have a shocking variety of purple hued acrylic paints, ranging from Lilac to Mulberry!  So by combining the acrylic paints and the Distress Seedless Preserves, I managed to get a fairly good tonal range I think in this monochromatic scheme.  I also tried to keep with the circle motif as well by stenciling and stamping circular shapes in both the background and on my 'flowers' although I did add some script stamping in the background and some vertical stems and grass to convey the idea of flowers.

 And although I say I don't use purple much, I discovered in perusing my stash that I actually had some purple Perfect Pearls and some purple glitter glue so perhaps I should be using it more as I seem to be well supplied!  I searched and searched for a saying or quote about purple but there wasn't much out there so chose the phrase 'Everything is better in Purple' since it seemed to sum things up nicely.  Here's a photo I snapped of one of our purple irises after a rain storm just to prove that point ;O)

Thanks for stopping by today and check out Dragons Dream TIO current challenge which is 'Green and a Quotation' .... hmmm, I wonder how many green paints and inks I have??!!  Happy creating!