I hope everyone had a lovely weekend. This past weekend was my birthday and Mother’s Day so it was a double fun weekend for me with my fur babies. My hubby, of course, got me some lovely art supplies and the cats got me an Amazon Echo with Alexa so I have music in my studio while I work now. It made for a very relaxing weekend. I also realized we are already into May, phew where is this year going. Before I know it I will be planning some Holiday treats for you guys. Best get an early start I usually say, but we all know how that goes. Well, I have chattered on enough I’m sure you want to get into what this weeks post is all about. I decided this year I wanted to make my mom her mother’s day card. I also wanted to play with my alcohol inks and alcohol lift-ink because it has been a while since I touched them and I am feeling a bit rusty.
For this project I used:
1. A piece of standard Ranger Ink Yupo Paper trimmed down to fit a standard card front.
2. Alcohol Inks in lemonade, pink sherbert, purple twilight, and Alcohol Ink Blending Solution
3. I use an old baking sheet that is out of service to place my Yupo paper on and then use the inks so if they run off they just stick to the aluminum and don’t get all over my table.
4. I had an old floral silicone Tim Holtz stamp I used with the Alcohol Lift-Ink to lift the ink and make the floral background.
5. I edged the Yupo paper with Black Soot Archival Distress Ink
6. I edged the Tim Holtz paper dolls and the Tim Holtz Flashcard as well with the Black Soot Archival Ink
7. I chose three of Tim Holtz’s paper dolls that I thought best represented me and my sisters for my mom.
8. I chose a Tim Holtz Flash Card that said mother.
9. I used Glossy Accents to attach the flash card and then to attach the paper dolls above the flash card.
10. Lastly, I used double-sided tape to attach the Yupo Paper to the card front.
Voila! A lovely one of a kind Mother’s Day gift your mom will cherish!.
If you want to see the whole process (Including my few out takes due to the thunderstorm!) you can watch the video on my Youtube channel: Tim Holtz Paper Dolls Alcohol Lift-Ink Mother’s Day Card.
Here are photos of the card:
Now once I was done filming it I did go back and add two more items. I cut a small piece of white media paper and double side taped it inside the card for writing on. I also stamped the back of the card with a “handmade with love” stamp to add that extra special touch. If you love the Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks and Alcohol Lift-Ink it is a great way to make some vibrant quick backgrounds and then just add your favorite ephemera or sentiments on top. You can swap out the colors and make it more masculine for a man, or make the colors more primary for a kid card or get well card. The possibilities are endless. Just remember Alcohol Lift-Ink doesn’t work with the metallic and new pearl alcohol inks. It won’t lift.
You can find my affiliate links below to the supplies I used. Please note products purchased thru these links, I do receive a small percent of the sale and that helps me to fund this website and my Youtube channel. Thank you for your continued support.
As I type this post for you today it is a stormy day in Florida. Rain all afternoon, the wind blowing, so it felt like a good time to pour some tea and have a chat with you folks. When you read this it will be the second Saturday of May and as it turns out that is my birthday! That’s right I will be turning 36 this year. As I look back on the year so far it’s been a bit of a hectic start, but there has been good in the year too. February marked my 5 years being cancer free! What a way to start out my 36th year. I also look back to this time last year, I was just starting my blog and my youtube channel, only 5 months in. Then I had 16 followers on youtube and I thought am I crazy to do this. Flash forward to now I have 350 followers on youtube and many lovely followers on my blog as well. So on my birthday I just want to say thank you. Thank you to my followers and friends for sticking with me and stopping by to see what is new. You are the reason I keep going, and with that let’s jump into this month’s challenge page!
It’s the second Saturday in May, which means over on the Side Street Design Studio Facebook Group I have released the May prompt card and challenge. If you would like to follow along please be sure to click this link, and head on over to the page and join in the fun. You can easily download the prompt card there and post your own version of art. Join us as we strive to think outside the box each month and come up with new ways to love our favorite supplies.
Here were this month’s prompts:
So for this month, I am really into my new Dina Wakley Media White journal. The paper is heavy duty and you can really make a mess in it. The small 6″ x 6″ size makes it ideal for quick journal pages and travel. I am also trying to work harder to put more of me in my journaling. I love photos and I use to be huge on scrapbook albums but not the days get so busy I don’t sit to do the scrapbooking I use to. That’s why I was happy to have pulled the prompt to “use a personal photo” in this month’s journal. It is a quick and fun way to capture moments in time. Some of the supplies I ended up using this month were Dina Wakley Media Paint in peacock, magenta, lime, and buff. I used her new stencils X’s and Cat Head. I threw in a little stabillo scribbling and of source Dina Wakley Media Collage Tissue Paper for my ephemera and quote.
You can watch the process video on my Youtube channel: May 2019 Side Street Design Studio Prompt Challenge
Here are photos of the finished page:
The lime and magenta were new colors for me and boy oh boy are they now my favorite. I loved how they really just popped off the page and accented the black and white.
I hope you will join in the fun and that I will see your art over in the facebook group. Thanks for stopping by and sharing my birthday with me. Hugs!
Below you will find a list of all supplies used. Please note these are affiliate links which means I do receive a small percentage of purchases made. The proceeds go to help run the blog and my youtube channel so I can keep sharing my passion with my crafting family. Thank you.
If you can’t see the thumbnail images of the supplies you can follow the link to the list here: Product List
It’s the second Saturday in April, which means over on the Side Street Design Studio Facebook Group I have released the April prompt card and challenge. If you would like to follow along please be sure to click this link, and head on over to the page and join in the fun. You can easily download the prompt card there and post your own version of art. Join us as we strive to think outside the box each month and come up with new ways to love our favorite supplies.
Here were this month’s prompts:
Now this month was really a challenge for me. The coins I picked out really narrowed the field with only being allowed to use two colors, but I made it work. Just because the prompt says two colors doesn’t mean you can’t use various tones of that color. Also black and white are neutrals so you can add those as accents. This type of prompt was also a great way to start digging into that magazine collage stash I have been hoarding for just the right day. That was one of my goals this year by setting up these monthly prompts. I wanted to help mix old with new and destash some of my goodies.
To get the full scoop you can watch my video over on youtube: April 2019 SSDS Monthly prompt challenge
Here are photos of the finished journal page. Loved the color combo!
I really loved this page in the end. I had so much fun in my large Dylusions journal. I combined Tim Holtz Collage Tissue with Dylusions Paint, some Tim Holtz Stamps and a magazine rose. A really fun and easy journal page. You can find a full list of all the supplies I used below in case you’d like to add some to your stash or just to see if you have some of the items I used. (Please note: these are affiliate links which means any purchases made thru them I receive a small percentage of and that helps me to keep running this blog and my Youtube channel, and sharing my love of art with you)
If you are reading this on a mobile phone and can’t see the supply list, you can use this link: Link to list of supplies
As I write this post for you guys today I am beyond excited. I will be this coming weekend checking off a major bucket list item. I have wanted for a long time now to take a class with Dina Wakley and/or Dyan Reaveley. Well, I am attending a retreat called Back to Back 2019 and it is three full days of classes from both those wonderful ladies. I won’t be filming any of it out of respect to these fabulous teachers but I will do my best to get some photos over the days, and I may do a flip thru of whatever I make over on my Youtube channel. So stay tuned for my review and photos here and my Youtube channel for the flip thru.
Now onto today’s share. I recently had an opportunity to do some swap mail with a lovely lady from one of my ATC swap groups I’m in on Facebook. I noticed she had posted some skull type art before so I thought this would be a great opportunity to break out my Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Day of the Dead 2 stamp set. I also have not tried embossing a background on an ATC in a while so I also wanted to use my Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Webs and Damask stamp set. I know it has a bit of a Halloween feel, but I thought it would be a great chance to dust these guys off.
To make the cards I:
1. Took a piece of Mixed Media paper and used my Gel Print Plate to create a background
2. On my 12 x 14″ plate (smaller size is fine) I mixed some Dina Wakley paint in Sedona and Medieval with my roller then pulled my print.
3. Once I had my print I cut out two pieces of ATC size cards (2 1/2″ x 3 1/2″)
4. Next, I pulled out my Tim Holtz Stamp Platform, Versamark Embossing Pad, and the Tim Holtz Damask Stamp.
5. Using the stamp platform I stamped the damask pattern with Versamark onto my ATC backgrounds. (A side note here. I did not use the magnets on the platform because I wanted a full pattern across the whole background I used some washi tape, under the card to hold it to the platform. The magnets would have been
in the way of the pattern)
6. I then used Black Sparkle Embossing powder over the ATC’s and a heat gun to create the raised damask background
7. Once that was set I used my Black Soot Distress Archival Ink and blending tool to go around the edges of the paper and darken them.
8. On another piece of Mixed Media paper using my stamp platform and Distress Black Soot Archival Ink, I stamped a few of the Tim Holtz Day of the Dead
stamps I wanted to use and fussy cut them out.
9. I applied the trimmed images to my ATC backgrounds using double-sided tape.
10. I then took out a few of my Tim Holtz Distress Markers to color in parts of the images.
11. I finished each ATC (Artist Trading Card) off with a quote from the Tim Holtz Idea-ology Small Talk line.
Sometimes when doing ATC’s less is more. I either tend to start with a large sheet do a big collage background and then break it into many cards for batching, or if you are looking for a set it is better to use less. A set of paint, one or two stamps and some coloring in and you can have your ATC’s done in half an hour. There are so many ways you can make ATC’s and I love them because of the size restriction. It really makes you think before you play, and I love the outcome each time.
If you’d like to see my process here is the video on my Youtube Channel: Tim Holtz Day of the Dead 2 ATC’s
Here are photos of the finished cards:
Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope these cards will inspire you to break out and dust off some of those seasonal stamps you may save up and find new ways to use them throughout the year. I tried to enclose some of the materials used in my step by step above, for a full list you can see the thumbnails below. (Please note these are affiliate links, so any purchase made I receive a small percentage of, and that helps fund this site and my Youtube channel). Enjoy and Happy Crafting. See you next week!
With February drawing closer to an end, I know up North folks are still dealing with snow, so I thought I would add a little sunshine to my release this week. Today’s post & video are Distress Oxide mini notecards with some bright spring colors and flowers. To pep up those cold days and get us ready for spring. I made these cards for an upcoming happy mail swap. They are my favorite type of cards to make because all you need are a few Distress Oxide colors and one stamp.
For this project I used:
A set of premade 3 1/2″ x 5″ notecards
Distress Oxides in; Hickory Smoke, Picked Raspberry, Seedless Preserves, Broken China, Antique Linen, and Old Paper.
Black Archival Ink
Tim Holtz Tonic Stamp Platform
Tim Holtz Tonic Glass Matt
Carabelle Studio stamp “Roadside Weeds”
You can see my process video here: Distress Oxide Print Notecards
Here are some stills of the finished cards:
I just really loved how the colors came together and how the black stamp looked on the bright colors. Even the areas that didn’t stamp as well gave it a nice distressed look. I hope these simple mini cards will inspire you to start breaking out some of those spring stamps and get ready for the warmer season and some happy mail swaps!
Here are the supplies used to make these cards:
Welcome to my second monthly inspiration art journal challenge. Just a quick recap for those who are new, I started a facebook group where each month on the second Saturday of the month I release as a set of prompts to be used to inspire you to create. You can then post your finished piece in the group. It is a great way to keep creating and thinking outside the box.
If you are interested in joining in on the monthly fun here is the link to the facebook group: Facebook Group
Here is a link to the prompt card if you would like to participate: Prompt Card Download
Here is a link to my Youtube Video so you can see how I made my piece for this month: February 2019 Monthly Challenge
Now, remember this is all for fun. There are no strict rules. For example, if you don’t have a Dylusions journal you can still do this challenge use what you have. I just have a Dylusions journal listed to help keep me using the journals I already have. Now you can use all five main prompts, you can swap some out for the alternatives or use all seven. You can even only use one or two. This is just to get those creative juices flowing. I can’t wait to see what you make and how you interpret the prompts. I look forward to seeing you over in the facebook group.
Here are some photos of my finished piece:
If you love the girl image I used, it’s one of my new cabinet card digital downloads. You can purchase yours in my Etsy shop to use in your creations: Cabinet Card Girls
This page I struggled with to start with but loved it in the end. I find myself fluctuating between vintage soft and then bright colors. Some days I want a pop of color and some days I want something softer. I hope this page will inspire you and I look forward to seeing what you make!
You can find all the supplies I used below: