Wednesday, February 27, 2013


This is a project I made for Crafting with OWSE blog published Feb 26, 2013:   

Recently I was down visiting my mother, I brought down my Zutter binding tool and many of my stamping supplies. This is my book. Mother made a 6 x 6." 
We both used the Clock die on the cover page. 
The front needs a little more work. (More die-cuts)

Cut chipboard (or cereal boxes) for front and back covers: 5 1/2" x 8"
I used Kraft paper for my covers. You can purchase this in by the yard joining the club
Wad the Kraft paper in a ball, smooth out and wad up again, smooth out, this will soften the paper. Place Kraft paper over chipboard, cut two pieces 7 1/2" x 10." Apply glue stick, gel medium or glue n' seal to front of chipboard apply Kraft paper over the chipboard, smooth to get a good fit. Turn over to inside of cover and trim corner, add more glue on back of chipboard, pull excess of Kraft paper around to a smooth fit. Cover inside of cover with a trimmed piece of your choice of paper, I used the same paper as the pages.
Add distress ink to give an antique look to covers. 
Die cut clock with chipboard, die cut spellbinder die gear, distress with ink, paint clock hands with black paint, glue clock, gear and hands to front cover with glue n' seal.
Complete the back cover of journal the same leaving it blank on back.
Use paper trimmer to cut pages for the mini-book, adjust the paper shorter in length. I've made many books over the years, the pages will extend from book if not trimmed. 

Finish book using your choice of binding.
I used my Zutter tool for my mini book.

These pages we made using many of Tim Holtz stamps. 

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Tim's Tattered Floral Challenge

Flower for Tim's Tattered Floral Challenge! 
I made my challenge piece into a pin for my denim jacket. I used Tim's dabber paints along with grungepaper, tissue wrap and a loose weave material that was tinted with walnut ink between the layers of Tattered Floral flower die cuts.
I used a self adhesive pin back on this flower pin. Screw brad was painted with dabber paints.
You can view Tim's Challenge here:

This morning I painted a full piece of 6 x 12" grungepaper using the dabber paints. After making the first pin above I set the grungepaper aside and this evening after making tamales, I completed another floral piece using Tim's tattered floral die. One layer was made with Kraft glassine. The center was made with a die cut button. To add sheen, I used Distress Stickles Clear Rock Candy.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Hello World

 I got out my Copic air brushing system to color this cute little girl with cat from VLVS. The quote also from VLVS was inked with Memento. The banner was inked, stamped, cut out and turned over. Now, it looks like a die cut.
I bought the designer paper last weekend at Tuesday Morning. No name on back to give credit.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Valentine Tag

I made this sweet little tag for my Valentine using Tim Holtz die-cuts distress ink and stamps.
Archival black was used to ink Tim Holtz stamp. Barn door was used to distress around the tag. Grungeboard die cut heart was inked with barn door and then covered with glossy accents. Tim's TF embossing folder was used on red distress Kraft-core and then sanded before running cupid die through Vagabond. Ting tag was die cut and stamped and wired to tag. Inside of tag: To My Valentine. Bling purchase from Michaels was added to tag. 'The tag was made with manila card stock.
Folded piece was made from a 4"x 8" tag. 

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Flowers Say Hello from the Heart

I'm sharing this tutorial I made in 2005. 
It's my Technique Tuesday for Crafting with OWSE blog: 

My Flower Book was made with one sheet of natural color regular weight cardstock. It was constructed by folding the cardstock in half lengthwise. Press it with a bone folder, opened it up, fold crosswise, press with bone folder, open it up again. Now bringing both lengths of cardstock to center fold, press again with the bone folder.
There are now eight scored rectangle panels on the sheet of cardstock, place sheet of scored cardstock down on a cutting mat, using a craft knife and a metal ruler as a guide cut through the center four panels where it is scored, all the way to the edge, leaving each end panels connected, (it should have a cut hole down the center of the four panels), now fold the cardstock lengthwise, with the folded edge up, hold each end near folded edge of cardstock, push to the center fold until it stops, the newly formed pages will pop out to center fold,  press the new pages again with a bone folder, there are now eight pages to decorate, the front page and last page of the book will be doubled. The top left side of the card-stock will be your Front Page.
Front Page.

Pick one side to be the back, on this side, stamp (Pansy Portrait) two times with Memories Black down the center four panels. Making sure that the stamped image is close to the top center. Chalk (Craft Pizazz) was used to color the pansy. Seal with matte spray (Krylon Matte Finish). After finishing the inside of the book, fold the cardstock lengthwise, seal the two end pages together with super tape leaving the center four panels open.

The Cover page: Apply green handmade paper with Click n Stick tape to cover page. The flower quote (Flower Say Hello) was inked with Burnt Sienna on glossy cardstock. Mat the quote with coordinating cardstock, apply to the front page. Use pink watercolor crayons (Lyra) to color a small piece of glossy cardstock. Burnt Sienna was used to stamp the (Tiny Jubilee Dots) on the pink glossy cardstock, a flower paper punch (EK Success) was used to make the flowers, apply to front page with adhesive photo stickers.

The First page: Lightly dry brush Sun Flower and Raw Sienna on first two panels.  I stamped the (Parrot Tulip) with Burnt Sienna on glossy cardstock, watercolor crayons with used to color the image. Place coordinating cardstock to matt the finished watercolor card, apply to the page with adhesive photo stickers.

The Second page: I stamped the (Big Iris) with Burnt Sienna on glossy cardstock, watercolor crayons and H20's were used to color the image. Attach coordinated cardstock to matt the finished card, attach stickers to back, apply to page on book.

The Third page: I stamped (Jubilee Tiny Dots) with soft rose over the page. Using glossy cardstock I stamped (Garden Flower Sketch) with Burnt Sienna, watercolor crayons (Lyra) were used to color the image. Attach a piece of coordinated mat behind the finished flower design, attach adhesive sticker to back, apply to book.. Take a small piece of glossy cardstock to stamp the quote (Moments Remembered) with Burnt Sienna, trim with Fiskars Paper Edges, matt with same color as the card, apply quote to finished card.

The Fourth page: I stamped the (Posh Sketch) with Burnt Sienna on glossy cardstock, watercolor with watercolor crayons and Twinkling H20's and a water brush. Attach another piece of coordinated cardstock to mat the flower stamped design, apply to card. On a separate piece of glossy cardstock, stamp another top section of the same image, watercolor and cut-out all petals. Roll the small petals in your hand to curl, with very small amount of glue place the petals on each of the flowers.

On the Fifth page I cut a small square of glossy cardstock, matte it with a piece of pink cardstock and applied it to the page. Memories Black was used to stamp the (Elegant Poppy) to the card. Watercolors were used to color the flower design. 

The  Sixth page: On a separate piece of cardstock stamp (Spring Tulip Sketch) with Craft Printz, pour gold embossing powder on image, pour off, heat emboss the flower design. The design was cut-out and applied to card. The quote (Flowers are Poetry) was stamped with Memories Black on a separate piece of cardstock, trimmed and applied to card.

The Seventh page: The image (Violet Border) was inked with Burnt Sienna on glossy cardstock, watercolor crayons were used to color the border stamp. I used Mulberry paper (Black Ink) in coordinating color to place behind the stamped image.


Friday, February 8, 2013

Collage Tutorial

This is a tutorial I shared over on Crafting with OWSE last week:

Cut pieces of scrap paper and then write down each word three times. If you want to add more words or delete some it's your choice.

Add these scrap pieces to a sack.

Lay out a piece of card stock, watercolor paper or canvas.
Draw a piece of paper from the sack without looking. If it says paint you paint, if it says draw you draw and so on until you like the finished results.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

12 Tags of 2013 ~ February

 It was fun making my February 2013 tag using Tim's supplies I had in my stash. Wish I had a small playing card to use on this tag since I didn't have Tim's stamp. 
Here is the link to see Tim's 12 Tags of 2013-February;

These Tim Holtz/Ranger supplies were used on this tag: Classic #3 stamp, cling arrow stamp,
Fired Brick Distress Stain, vial labels, cash keys, chitchat, Kraft-Core Nostalgic #24 black, Vagabond tool, Paper Distresser, Distress ink, Glossy Accents, Tissue tape, Sanding tool and Glue n' Seal. 
Other supplies Cuttlebug heart blocks embossing folder, clear embossing powder, bakers twine and a Q of hearts playing card.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Cherub Chasing a Heart

 I made this card while waiting to see Tim's February tag. I used one of Tim's TF embossing folder with one of the stamps from Slight Alterations #60. The image was inked with Festive Berries, stamped on the embossing folder and then embossed.
After it was embossed I finished distressing it with iced spruce ink. Cut n' Dry pen nibs were used to paint flowers using festive berries ink pad.
Right before cleaning the red ink from the stamp, I decided to spray it with water and stamp on white paper. The ticket die was used with the inked paper and then stamped with Tim's ticket from Love Struck #82.
Red mat board was used to die cut the cherub and heart. All images were applied using Glue n' seal adhesive.

I didn't notice the wording in the inked embossed background piece until I scanned it, I'm going to ask Tim if those letters were suppose to be visible. Looks like a C A K Y N T in the center near Cherub's left hand. I guess when it's called Slight Alterations he means it. Near his right hand more imperfections.