Friday, March 26, 2010

Distress Tags!

Happy Friday, Everyone! I was up and at 'em early this morning and couldn't stop thinking about the new Distress Inks I got at Judy's Scrappin' and Stampin'. I created these three tags using a few simple techniques I saw at Two Peas in a Bucket. For the blue tag, I inked up the tag using Broken China. Next, I used the Embossing Ink to ink up my crackle background stamp from Stamp Camp. Once that was inky, I sprayed it with water and stamped the tag, dried it with my heat tool and got that nice crackled look. I think it almost looks like water! I stamped the sentiment (Hero Arts) and the text background (Dimensions) on the Prima using Vintage Photo. I cut the stem and leaves from a brown scrap and added cool dew drops made by my friend Lindsay, of Lindsay's Stamp Stuff! She has a great tutorial video on her blog. Click HERE to see her video and make your own dew drops. The second tag was made by inking up the tag with Rusty Hinge, Barn Door, and Peeled Paint Distress Inks. Next, either spray or splash water drops onto the tag and dry with heat tool. I colored the flowers with Barn Door and Peeled Paint and attached a bronze brad for the center. I cut a stem and leaves from scraps, stamped the sentiment in the corner with Vintage Photo and added those fun dew drops to finish it off. The leaf was attached with pop dots for dimension. The third tag was made with a combination of Spun Sugar, Bundled Sage and Pumice Stone inks. I colored the flower with Tattered Rose and stamped the text background on it with Vintage Photo, as well as the sentiment (Hero Arts). I added the button center and Prima leaf along with more of the dew drops for embellishments. These were really fun to make and they were not difficult! -My kind of work! LOL Anyway, I would love your comments-they make my day!!! Thanks for stopping by and Happy Distressing! ;)

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Pretty Prim Houses

It's Digi Stamp Thursday, and that means I have cards to show you using stamps from LINDSAY'S STAMP STUFF!
Today I have a couple of cards that I made using the cute house image from Lindsay's PRETTY PRIMITIVE digi stamp set. Hubby and I own a fence company here in Maine and from time to time he needs cards to send to customers or business associates. He needed a couple of thank you cards recently, so I made these for him. I started by printing the house image and coloring it with a combination of bic mark its and Prisma markers. I cropped it and matted it to a piece of colored paper. Next, I embossed a piece of coordination's paper with my cuttlebug and a folder and sanded the embossed areas. I attached the house panels to the embossed panels and then added Prima flowers and attached the whole panel onto the card base. I added a piece of white paper to the inside of the card for writing. Ta Da! Two cute cards that were quick and easy to put together. You can buy this stamp set from Lindsay at MyGraficO. To check and see what the rest of the Design Team has created this week, hop on over to Lindsay's blog and click on the links in today's post. I bet she will have a new freebie for you...Have a great day Everyone, and Happy Digi Stamping!!!

Saturday, March 20, 2010

February's Birthday Card Challenge

Happy Spring! Today is the first day of Spring here in the USA, and I decided to post these cards I made for Sherri's (iloveflipflops) Stamp Shack Challenge. I know I'm posting them a little late (what else is new?) Since they are so bright and cheery, they seemed appropriate for springtime birthdays. These cards were made from scraps of birthday papers, Prima Flowers, brads and ribbons I had in my stash...and it wouldn't be a card without some Stickles, would it? Well, folks, I'm off to enjoy our official first day of spring. Hope you all enjoy yours!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

That's So Random!

I have been on a card making rampage for the last week! These are a few that I made recently using stamps from Lindsay's Stamp Stuff. (Yes, still working on those UFOs!) These were random images that I had in my stash and were begging for me to use them on some cards. All images were colored with my bic mark its and Prisma markers. I embellished the cards with Stickles, ribbons and trims. These cards were lots of fun to make! If you would like to make a project or (two or three), check out Lindsay's Stamp Stuff at MyGraficO for instant downloads of these cute images and more! Everything at MyGraficO is 30% off all day today! I used images from the following sets:
Cute Easter
Love Grows Here
Coffee Talk
The school papers and apple (which was part of an image) were freebies on Lindsay's blog, THEFRUGALCRAFTER'S WEBLOG. Hop on over to her blog and see what she has for today's freebie and check out what the rest of the design team has been working on this week and be sure to leave some love for them! Happy Digi Stamping Everyone!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Spring has Sprung!

...well, almost! Officially, Spring will have sprung on the 20th of this month, but since it has been unseasonably warm and extremely sunny here in Maine for the last few days, I'm calling it Spring a few days early.
And since it is Lindsay's Stamp Stuff Thursday, I decided to paint another block of wood using one of her beautiful digi stamps from the BIRDS AND BRANCHES set. I did this one as the others: base coated the block of wood, transferred the digi stamp to my block and painted the design. Instead of painting the flowers, I decided to add Prima Flowers to give it a little dimension and softness. I added Stickles to the flower centers and stamped "spring has sprung" (studio g) in the corner. I had these two cute chunky flowers just begging to be painted, so I mixed some paints to make similar shades of lavendar to match the Primas. Lastly, I distressed the edges of all the pieces with my dremel tool. These were fun, easy projects that anyone could do. Here is a preview of the set my design was taken from:

Click HERE to link to Lindsay's blog and go to either shop where she is having a 30% off EVERYTHING sale through Saturday! You can also check out what the other DT members have been up to while you are there. Not to mention, I know there is a St. Patrick's Day freebie waiting for you to download! Happy Thursday, Everyone!!!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Everything's Popping Up Daisies!

I am still hard at work - turning my UFOs into pretty projects. Since it has been so dark and gloomy here in my neck of the woods lately, I decided to make my own spring - and what better way than to paint up some pretty, prim projects?
I found a whole box of unfinished wood projects in the basement. Hubby had cut out these chunky wood daisies for me (ahem) 4 or 5 years ago (ahem) and I thought it was about time to finish them. I also found a couple of chunky hearts, flower heads, clay pots and blocks of wood in random shapes and sizes. So, I painted up all the flowers (there were seven of them) and decided to use some of LINDSAY'S STAMP STUFF's cute digi stamps on a few of the wood blocks. I chose the doodle ladybug for one block, the dragonfly for another and the "If friends were flowers, I'd pick you" sentiment from her DOODLEFLOWERS stamp set. For the ladybug, I base coated the block of wood, printed the stamp to size and traced it onto the block and painted the red parts, then outlined with the black. The dragonfly was done the same way, only I added a rubber stamped (impression obsession) sentiment at the bottom. For the sentiment block, I again base coated the block, then printed the sentiment on gingham paper, glued it onto the block then adhered the prima flowers and leaves with pop dots. I decided that my new creations needed a little bit of distressing, so I broke out the Dremel tool and sanded the edges of each piece. I painted the clay pots and then distressed them with Tim Holtz's vintage photo ink. I also added it to the edges of a some of the flowers and hearts.
I had so much fun making these projects! Be looking for more of these chunky wood projects soon, as I am continuing to put the finishing touches on them (remember, there was a whole box of them). Be sure to check out Lindsay's digi stamps at her at MyGraficO and Lindsay's Stamp Stuff ShopHandmade shops. Also click HERE to go to her blog and see what she is giving away for today's freebie and see what the spectacular design team has for you today. And remember, you can use stamps for so much more than cards! You are only limited by your imagination!