Monday, April 6, 2015

Make-Art-Challenge-Blog: Archival Reinkers


Tanya & I were busy again in the studio, and today we worked on some cards for the Make-Art-Challenge-Blog with Wendy Vecchi.  I won last month's challenge ... let's see if I can do it again!  You can check out the blog by clicking here, and get in on the fun.  If you sign up on Bloglovin', you'll get a notification each month for the new challenge.  This month's prize is Wendy Vecchi products from Stamper's Anonymous!

The challenge is to use the Archival reinkers, so what better way than to do Wendy's alcohol/reinker technique?  We each started out with 8 pieces of Ranger's Specialty Stamping Paper.  We played with all of Wendy's colors and created all kinds of backgrounds.  I finished first, and Tanya still had 3 more to make.

We started to make cards, and I spent the rest of the morning working on this one, where Tanya got 3 done!  We decided I'm quicker at backgrounds, and she's quicker at embellishing.  lol


This particular piece is probably the one that looks the least like her famed technique, because I only used one color, Dandelion.  You can see a little of the layers on the left side.


I used an old set by Wendy called Just Sew Artsy LCS028.  The saying is from another old set, Seriously Art LCS034.  The saying in stamped on one of the other backgrounds I made with the reinkers ... I believe Dandelion, Leaf Green and Red Geranium.  I stitched it onto my card, but the scalloped stitches are from a stamp.

Below, are the 3 cards Tanya made:






I'm trying to get her to start posting what she makes on Pinterest so she can enter these challenges too.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

April 2015 Tim Tag




Happy Easter!  Tanya is here for a few days visiting my son, so after our family dinner with the Curleys at Legal Seafood, Tanya & I decided to make the latest Tim Tag!  Every month Tim creates a tag chock full of techniques, and he gives step by step instruction with pics so you can try all the techniques.

This month's tag is so gorgeous, we pretty much copied it exactly.  We used the same stamps & colors as Tim, but we had to get creative with the sayings since I still haven't received my script or block words yet.  You can see Tim's tag, with all the instructions here on his blog.


Here's a close up of the beautiful watercolor coloring on the flowers.


I got a new Brother sewing machine for Christmas that I could dedicate just to paper crafts, and we took it for the first test drive tonight!  Somehow, I ended up with a small zig zag stitch, but we loved it some much, Tanya did it on hers as well.  It was a little tricky around the corners, and a little tense, but it came out great!

Here's Tanya's tag ...
 

Her background came out with larger bursts of color, and I think it looks magnificent with the pink flowers!


Beautiful coloring on her flowers!


She's giving this tag to her cousin, so she chose "forever family", cause Chantal can't get rid of her!  haha

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Winner for Masking Challenge


I entered this card into the Masking challenge at A Blog Named Hero (sponsored by Simon Says Stamp), and I just found out I won!  I'll be receiving a generous $25 Gift Certificate to www.simonsaysstamp.com

I really enjoyed making this card.  It was the first time I tried using Frisket Masking Fluid.  I chose a small, simple stamp design to try it out (Dina Wakley stamps by Ranger), and I just love how it turned out!  You'll be sure to see more cards like these in my future!
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