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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

It's your Birthday!


I'm back again!  Here are a few more cards I made over the week-end but didn't get the opportunity to post.   


A simple card with one of my favorite techniques, Emboss Resist, and one of my favorite colors, Cracked Pistachio.  The stamps are Waffle Flower (Lacy Flower) and Essentials By Ellen (sentiment).  I'm linking this to Essentials by Ellen Mix It Up Challenge and WOW! April Challenge.

While I had my stamps out I made two more cards.  

A fun and cheerful one..... just because ☺

No words

Here is my 3rd card ...... 

When I first saw this stamp (Waffle Flower Lacy Stamp) I knew that I had to do a bit of doodling!  Such fun!  The sentiment is Essentials by Ellen .... with some doodles of course!  Added a pop of color - not sure why it always seems to be red... ☺


Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Chalkboard Technique

A very quick post to share a card I made over the week-end.  The challenge at Mod Squad this week is to use the Chalkboard Technique.  My card is a very simple and easy one.  The stamp set is Cas-ual Friday's and the background stamp is Hero Arts.  Added a pop of red for a bit of color.

I'm also playing along at Rubberdance.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

Scrapbook Layout

Hello and Happy Easter!

My first project today is a scrapbook layout.  It's been a while since I did any scrapping and when I saw the Sketch Challenge at Altenew I was inspired to haul out my supplies.  

March 2017 Altenew Layout Sketch Challenge. By @ahorton, Halftone Circles Stamp Set - @Altenew

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I painted broad uneven stripes for the background on my 12 x 12 paper.  The frame for the photo is chipboard and I first applied gesso, stamped with versamark, heat embossed with Satin Pearl EP and applied ink with my blending tool.  

Here is a close-up of the embossed resist frame:

The stamps and dies are Altenew Peony Bouqet, Label Love, Calligraphy Alpha and Happy die.
I finished off with a few other embellishments and of course some splatters!  

I'm also linking this to WOW! April Challenge

I had fun with this and hope to do more layouts soon.

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Just Believe

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I used yupo paper and alcohol inks to create the rainbow for this card.  
The stamp and die cuts are Cas-ual Fridays Casual Vine and Dream then Do.

I'm playing along the following challenges:
Cas-ual Fridays Rainbows


Thanks so much for stopping by!

Hip Hop Birthday

The challenge over at Simon Says Monday Challenge  is HIP HOP and here is my interpretation of the challenge.....

I embossed the background and then got really inky with watercolors and distress paints.  For the die cut, I used the edge of my ink pad (Distress Oxide) and swiped over the cardstock to create streaks rather than a solid blue color.   
The stamps are Crafter's Companion Street Wise and Urban Graffiti.  
The die is SSS Painted Happy Birthday. 

This was a fun card to make and great for a teenage boy.

Thanks again for visiting and have a wonderful week!

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Magic of Three Canvas


I'm thrilled and so honored to be a guest over at A Vintage Journey today to share my Magic of Three mixed media canvas.

"Using three of something adds more interest and power whether it is a conversation, art or numbers".  
I have included a variety of elements in three's in my project.

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  • I started off by adding Color Bloom spray to my canvas.  I always feel less intimidated when I have some color on a blank canvas
  • Selected 12 x 12 paper for the background and tore pieces as needed 
  • Distressed the edges of the paper and once I had decided on the placement, adhered to my canvas with matte gel
  • Applied dry wall tape and modelling paste with a stencil (in three area's although one is now covered by the doily)
  • Added a small amount of gesso with a dry brush to soften the colors
  • Arranged flowers and embellishments and once happy with the arrangement I removed them to finish off the background (this is after a number of days I might add, as I always change my mind☺)
  • Added more color (with sprays) and splatters (with gesso)
  • Finished off the edges
  • Glued lace to edges and center 
  • Stamped and sprayed doily, primed die cuts (frames, leaves and ladder) with gesso and when dry, colored with sprays and inks
  • Finished off title (distressed and inked edges) and adhered in place
  • Added texture to corrugated board and stitched pp to board
  • Adhered cheesecloth and wire thread behind focal image
  • Glued flowers and embellishments in place
  • Added pearls, lace flowers and snowflake paste

Here are a few close-ups.....

And the edges ......


Thanks for visiting and have a wonderful day!

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Masculine Grunge Birthday Card

Hello friends,

As always I have a few cards to share with you today.  

For my first card I changed things up a bit.  I needed a masculine birthday card and decided to go for the grunge look.

Lots of layers and distressing with paper from Tattered Time.  I embossed the die cuts for a 'rusty' look and crackle paint for texture and added interest.

Green and Gold Awesomeness


Essentials by Ellen Pin-Sights Challenge was the inspiration for my next card. 

I used alcohol inks on yupo paper for my background, added some gold embossing with Essentials by Ellen Bokeh Dots.  For the sentiment I used Lovely and Positive Word dies, both Essentials by Ellen.

I'm also linking this to Simon Says Work It Wednesday.

Just a Note

I made this card with Paper Smooches March Challenge in mind and tried something new .....

I used Paper Smooches Square die for the front of my card but I didn't want the entire front to be die cut so I used a chipboard spacer. And it worked!  My big shot did groan a bit.... but she came through for me :)  I attached the die cut to acetate and adhered this to my watercolor smooshed background.  This entire panel was adhered to an A2 top folding card.  Added a few splatters and glitter dots to the front.


Monochromatic card

After watching Jennifer McGuire's video on Monochromatic coloring I had to give it a try.  

I masked off different widths of masking tape and used white pigment ink to create a plaid background.  I applied versamark to the die cut rectangle for a darker shade of green. The stamps and dies are Paper Smooches Blossoming Buds. 

Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful week!

Saturday, March 18, 2017

4 cards and a stencil

Good Morning Special Peeps!

I hope you're enjoying your week-end and having warmer weather if you've endured the cold this week.  According to my weather app we're expecting temps of 95 in Gilbert today.... how I wish I could put some sunshine in a box!  

Back to crafting..... I have 4 cards which I made last week-end and didn't post.  4 cards with one stencil, lots of inking (and mess) and loads of fun!
top left - Stenciling and stamping (over the stencil)
top right - resist technique with transparent texture paste
bottom left - stenciling with water on distress ink background
bottom right - resist tecnique with heat embossing

Top left was the favorite (unanimous family decision 😉) so I'm linking this to A2Z Scrapbooking Stencil Challenge

Hero Arts stencil, stamps and dies were used for all the projects.

Thanks for your visit!

Just for you ....

My next card is for the Altenew March Inspiration Challenge and here are the gorgeous colors:-

And here is my card:

I used Penned Rose stamp set, Zig markers and a touch of Prisma pencils to deepen the color.  Fussy cut the rose and leaves, masked off the corner and used Distress Oxide inks.


Thanks again for visiting x

Sympathy card

The challenge at CAS-ual Fridays is Off the Edge which was my inspiration for this card.  I kept it pretty simple being a sympathy card and decided not to add any embellishments.  I did however decorate the envelope.... need to do more of that (note to self 😃).

The stamp set I used is CAS-ual Fridays Casual Comfort.  I used my MISTI which made lining up the inside much easier.  
Here is the inside of the card:

Thanks for stopping by and I hope to be back tomorrow to share a few more creations.

Have a wonderful Saturday!
Zelda x

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Spotlighting Friend

Hello friends!

I trust you've had a wonderful and creative week-end.  I've had fun getting inky (my nails are proof of that and my messy craft area) ..... 

My first card is a simple one but a technique that I love!  Spotlighting.

I used Gina K Designs A Year of Flowers 2 and the Friend die is Cas-ual Fridays, which I colored with Zigs, layered on black fun foam and added Glossy Accents.

I'm playing along at Time Out Challenges who are celebrating their 3rd Birthday.  Congratulations!  I'm also linking this to Simon Says For A Special Lady.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Doodles .....

This card was inspired by the Doodles Challenge at Addicted to CAS.  I love 'doodling' so of course I had to participate in this fun challenge.

I masked off my stamped image and used Brusho's for the background and then I doodled .... and doodled .... 😂.  Simple and fun!

I'm also linking this to STAMPlorations CAS Challenge.

How beautiful .....

The challenge at Rubbernecker Challenge is St Patty's day, hence the green background.  I'm also linking this to Simon Says Work It Wednesday

I had fun playing with Distress Oxide inks.... they are so yummy!! 
I kept this card very simple. My aim was to create an imperfect watercolor appearance (without having to do the work).

The stamps are Rubbernecker stamps.  Love the sentiment - flowers CAN turn an ordinary day into a beautiful one.

I hope your day is a beautiful one!

Beauty and Simplicity

My last project I'll be sharing today is an Art Journal project inspired by a number of challenges: Rubber Dance Color Challenge, HLS Watercolor Challenge - Smooshing and Mixed Media Challenge - BooksSTAMPlorations Mixed Media ChallengeCraft Stamper TIMI Challenge and Simon Says Make Your Own Background.

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This was a fun project with lots of ink smooshing, spraying, stencils and splatters.

Here are the supplies I used:
Stampers Anonymous Flower Garden
Tim Holtz Perspective
Distress Oxide inks
Zig markers 
Dylusions sprays
Stencils - Dot Fade, Stripes, Pebble Background
Script stamp
Gesso (splatters)
Chipboard and torn pages for base


   Take It, Make It Challenge   

Thanks for visiting and your encouraging comments, they make my day!  Have a wonderful week.

Zelda x

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Faux Book Card

Hello and Happy Sunday!

I only have one post today but it's a long one .......

Today's card is a Faux Book Card which turned into quite a project!  It's for my daughter's birthday which is coming up in May.  She's most upset that she can't see what I made .... normally she 'crits' my work too so I had to go solo on this one! 😅

Here are a few close-up's showing the little 'bookmark' and the spine where I stamped her name and birth date:

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A few more shots showing the inside of the 'book':

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And here is the tag (tucked in the inside pocket):

Supplies List:
Number die (*new)
Rose die
Olive Branches die (Cheery Lynn Designs)
Stamps on tag (Gina K Designs)
Various patterned paper, lace, ribbon, pearls & beads, resin frame, metal heart and inks

I'm playing along in the following challenges:

Thanks for visiting and have a wonderful week!
Zelda x