Jun 17, 2018

Tim Holtz Tropical Handmade Flower Garden Card

This is the day that the Lord has made!  I hope you are well this Sunday morning.  I'm taking some much needed time away from work and our family is planning a little trip to the coast.  Thank you so much for your sweet comments and prayers.  Everyone is healthy again and I think some fun in the sun is just what the doctor ordered at this point.  Today's card features a flower I made for my friend Carol's Instagram party a while back.  She videoed me while we were together and shared it in her feed HERE.

The flower reminded me of this beautiful tropical plant I photographed last year at the beach so I decided to pair it with greens from the Tropical die set.  I played and played and ended up adding this sweet "garden club" lady who reminds me of someone special.  I cut the Archway die to frame her and layered with a piece of Worn Wallpaper.

My favorite part about making flowers like this one is that you don't need stamen!  

I was really pleased with this lush combination.  Mostly, with the colors I developed for the leaves.  I used a surprising combo of Bundled Sage and Evergreen Bough Distress Inks with Iced Spruce Distress Oxide.  The flower was dyed with Wilted Violet and Milled Lavender.

My main background panel is watercolor paper with two opposite corners cut with Tim's new Mixed Media #5 thinlet die.  I wanted a subtle pattern, as not to compete with the flower.  To stain the edges I made a very watery bath of Wilted Violet then spritzed my paper heavily with water and ran the edges through the bath.  The ink bleeds inward and gives a lovely, soft edging.  I blotted with my baby wipe for an even softer look.  I lightly sponged a second sheet for a backing, then die cut the archway.  I added soft stamping in the other corners with Milled Lavender using the label from the Victorian stamp set.

I mounted my Small Talk sentiment onto scraps of the Worn Wallpaper and layered over Tim's beautiful crocheted lace.  And there you have it, Mrs. Lucy arranging her flowers in her garden club finery...

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Jun 14, 2018

Tim Holtz Dress Form Stamp Vintage Card and GIVEAWAY winner!

Hi again!  I'm back today with another Tim Holtz card I made with the many background pieces I worked on while at the lake with my bud Sara Emily.  Sara had tons of Tim's new stamps and shared them so generously with me.  I made this one particular background that I just loved so much.  It is the one in the upper right hand corner (that I mostly covered up).  I inked my panel with Frayed Burlap DI, then dipped in Antique Mahogany Distress Oxide.  This is my favorite new color of DOX!  It is just red enough and just brown enough and I love it so!  I embossed Tim's new Batik stamp over it in gold.

I dug and dug through my Tim Holtz paper pads and finally found a tiny section with some pink on it!  LOL!  I guess pink isn't Tim's favorite color, lol!  But I had pink and brown in mind and was determined!  I layered with a few buttons and a handmade flower.  This one is simply punched from scrap inky paper using the Spiky Floral punch.  I love this punch so much and it makes light work of flower making for sure.

I sponged a Quote Chip and layered with a printed ruler that came with a tiny sewing kit.  :)  I tucked a die cut doily in for contrast.

I needed some dimension, so I wrapped my bakers twine around my card three times and formed a loopy bow.  I embossed my dress form image in bronze powder onto a piece of the printed paper.  I sponged the area around the dress forms with both Frayed Burlap and Tattered Rose inks to make the image pop.  I gave this card to my dear friend Bonnie for her birthday and she and I both thought the sponging resembled fabric, weird huh!?  I guess it's the stitched edge.  :)  I hope you like the design and will get your scraps out and play today. 

Now onto the winner of my 3rd blogaversary giveaway...

That's Becca Sadler!!!  Congratulations Becca and thanks so much for your sweet comment.  Please email me at teamclark@rocketmail.com with your address to claim your prize.

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Jun 11, 2018

Garden Bees Tim Holtz Botanical Distress Oxide Card

Hiya friends!  I hope you had a chance to see my foiling tutorial and cards at Frilly and Funkie this weekend.  If not, make sure to hop on over HERE for a closer look.

Today's card was just a bit of wild play with some favorite Tim Holtz products.  I started with an inky background panel I made with Sara Emily at the lake.  This one was inked with Frayed Burlap DI and Fossilized Amber DOX.  I stamped the ledger in Walnut Stain DOX and the leaves from Tim's new Botanical stamp in Fossilized Amber, then sponged the edges of the panel with Vintage Photo DOX.

I fussy cut the Garden Illustrations image, which I had embossed in Watering Can, then watercolored it with a variety of DIs.  I inked up a little tag and stamped it with an older stamp from Tim's Floral Tattoo set (an all time favorite).  I used Fossilized Amber to stamp and spritzed the rubber before making the impression.  I love the effect it gives!

I added lots of messy stitching with my machine.  I have finally got my machine settings figured out to work on paper consistantly.  The trick for me is using a longer stitch length.  And definitely sew a single layer of paper at a time.

I used Tim's numbers over layers of tissue tape.  Oh I love these!

Now, most of these stamps belong to SE and I used them while I was with her.  And neither of us have the new Entomology set.  So I dug through my stash of vintage wood mounted stamps and found this little beauty.  I die cut the honeycomb from the MM thinlets to coordinate with him.

All these years I didn't realize there was a small talk set that wasn't for holidays - doh!  I just picked up the small talk sentiments and love them so much, especially this phrase.  I really needed this reminder and hope you did too and will be encouraged.  Just remember, we're not there yet, but at least we're on our way...

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