Feb 18, 2019

New Wendy Vecchi Make Art Stamps by Ranger Ink

Hello dear friends.  I was thrilled to be contacted by Ranger Ink to see if I would like to try out some of the new Wendy Vecchi products released at Creativation this year.  Most of you know that our lives have been turned upside down these days dealing with our daughter's cancer diagnosis, but between the craziness I found a day to make a few cards and am happy to share one with you today.  A quick update to let you know that Sydney's treatment has been extremely difficult on her, with one complication after another, BUT she is in remission!  Praise the Lord!  The next two years of treatments will to keep the leukemia from returning.  We truly appreciate your prayers during this time.

I shared my unboxing on Instagram HERE.   These are the six new colors of Make Art Blendable Dye Ink Pads.  I wanted to label the sides of mine and shared the steps HERE.  I've ordered the other colors and can't wait for them to arrive!

I've also been super excited about the new makeup style brushes folks are using for ink blending.  I ordered a very cheap set on Amazon for $7 (HERE).  I LOVE the results.  I made this blended panel using Potting Soil, Buttercup and Tea Rose Make Art Blendable Dye Ink Pads.

I used the same colors to stamp my flowers and butterfly from the Country Flowers set and cut them with the dies included in the set.  Seriously guys, what a great value these stamps, dies and stencil sets are!  The whole collection for $15 US.  I framed my panel with a border of Wendy's new washi tape.  As a final touch, I cut a piece of embossed 3D wood grain paper in the shape of a planter.  The sentiment was stamped from the A Million Thanks set.  A bit of twine finishes the card.

Thanks for looking and have a happy crafty day!  Hugs, Autumn

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*Though these products were given to me for free to use as promotional material, the opinions I've shared are my own.

Jan 24, 2019

Tim Holtz New Faceted Heart and Ideaology

Hi guys!  Thank you so much for your sweet comments on my projects for the Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 1 release.  I had so much fun using the Faceted Hearts die for my rusty heart tag shared HERE that I decided to do another sample.  For that tag I tried to mimic pieced sheet metal, then it occurred to me I could use the Mechanics 3D texture fade to cut my heart for "easy sheet metal".  :)  I wasn't sure how the embossed panel would die cut, or if it would flatten the embossing, but it worked beautifully since it is a padded Bigz die.

I cut the 3D Mechanics from Metallic Kraft Core and colored with Distress Crayons.  I should have shared this tip in the first post, but for easy assembly make sure to crease all of your score lines with a bone folder before gluing the Faceted Heart together.

I layered lots of Tim Holtz ephemera/Ideaology together over a Paper Stash base.  I love sanding and altering this faux ephemera, distressing the edges and adding little tears and folds to give it a more authentic look.

I finished my paper doll collage with a snippet that reminds me of my own sweet boys.  Oh how I love this boy image!  I'm super excited about the new paper dolls and ephemera Tim is releasing.  Find out more HERE.

Jan 22, 2019

Tim Holtz Large Stems Spring Green Leaves Card

Hello hello!  Today I'm sharing another card featuring the Tim Holtz Large Stems Bigz L die, as part of the new Chapter 1 Sizzix release.  Make sure to check out the full release HERE.  When I saw the leafy branch I envisioned a vivid green like the early spring leaves, my absolute favorite color in the world.  I ended up going a tad darker with my card because I can't seem to help myself in regards to grunging everything up!  LOL!

I cut two pieces and sponged them heavily with Distress Inks, stamped them with the script from the Entomology stamp set, then curled the leaves and glued the stems together, slighly offsetting the design.

For my background I dipped some of Tim's Paper Stash in Distress Inks, stamped another of Tim's script stamps, then added strips of tissue tape.  I double stitched around the edge of the panel and layered over a sheet of paper canvas.

I used Tim's Friendship Words dies to make my sentiment, both sponged to coordinate.  I wrapped thin jute around the panel and tied a bow to finish it off.  I have SO many ideas for the leaves alone in this die and can't wait to get back in the studio.  Here's to crafty days ahead!

Jan 21, 2019

Tim Holtz Large Stems Floral Card

Hello friends, my card posts for the Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 1 release continue.  And Oh. My. Goodness!  I am just CRAZY over the new Large Stems Bigz L die.  I always am one to make larger projects, so the size of these lovely stems made my heart leap for joy, let alone that the die is a Bigz die and will cut so many substrates.  What fun!

I had in mind to use Distress Oxides to watercolor one of the blossoms.  I cut it from watercolor paper, then cut a second image from fun foam to layer for extra dimension.

I chose some of Tim's Paper Stash pages to build my layers, sponging with one of his stencils and Tattered Rose Distress Ink.  I cut the window from the Stacked Baroque thinlet, then stitched my layers all together.

I used Shadow Script #2 as my sentiment.  This time of year thank you cards come in handy!  This card is such a soft design, but you could easily recreate with any of the three Large Stems images in a variety of colorways.  Have fun!

Jan 19, 2019

Tim Holtz Tattered Butterflies Vintage Card

Hello friends, I'm back today with another card I created for the Tim Holtz Sizzix Chapter 1 die cut launch.  Today's card features the AAAAAH-mazing Tattered Butterflies Bigz die.  I am absolutely CRAZY over this die and cannot wait to use it more.  I love that it is a solid die with lots of space to add mediums, patterns, or showcase a design within the butterfly design.  The two sizes are perfect.  I used the smaller butterfly for this card.  I wanted to make something very vintage and built a base with various Tim Holtz Paper Stash pages, tissue tape and ephemera. 

I cut the butterfly three times and inked with Distress Inks, then stamped with one of Tim's text stamps (from Entomology I think) then mounted them together with lots of foam between the layers, curling the wings for extra dimension.  I stitched the top butterfly down the  middle with a zig zag stitch, then repeated the stitching around the card base. 

Make sure to check out all of the amazing new dies on Tim's post HERE and visit Sizzix.com to purchase your favorites.  Hugs, Autumn

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