Wednesday, February 14, 2018


Happy Valentine's Day everyone!  I am so excited to share the news that I was this week's winner for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge-Love is in the Air!

Now to share my project for this week's SSS Monday Challenge:Take Note.

I started this project by making several backgrounds with my new Ken Oliver Colorbursts- I just received the Brutus Monroe colors!

I used layering stencils atop the colorful background- using some Distress Black Soot Ink and also Picket Fence Distress spray stain.  Added a bit of Tim Holtz design tape too.

For the "note" on the card I used the Torn Paper/Notebook On the Edge Die to create the piece of torn notebook paper from Distress Heavystock aged with Antique Linen distress ink.  

The paper was stamped with a Tim Holtz background stamp- lightly inked with black soot.  The quote was stamped in Versafine Black and clear heat embossed.  For a bit more texture and dimension I added some flecks of Picket Fence Distress spray with a paint brush. 

The Idea-ology clip was distressed with an assortment of Distress embossing powder to give it an aged look.

This same technique was used on the pen nib to get the same texture.

This project was so much fun to put together! 
Thanks for stopping by today.
Embrace Imperfection

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Cupid's Arrow

Happy Saturday all! Wanted to get a quick post off before heading out to work today.  Today's project features another background created with Ken Oliver Colorburst, this time combined with Tim Holtz layering stencils.

Overtop of this gorgeous Colorburst background, I used the Tim Holtz Heartstruck layering stencil with Picket Fence Distress Spray stain.

The cupid silhouette was cut from Simon Says Stamp Black card stock and stamped with the Tim Holtz Ledger stamp in Hero Arts Unicorn White pigment ink for some added interest. 

The heart was cut from corrugated card  and colored with Distress Spray stain -love the texture here! I also splattered a bit of the Picket Fence Distress Stain onto the heart !

Both cut outs are from Tim's Lovestruck Bigz die.

I added an Idea-ology arrow and some chit chat stickers for the sentiment.
I hope you have enjoyed my Valentine series over the past few weeks! I will be entering this project into the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and the Funkie Junkie Boutique Frilly and Funky Challenge!

Here's a look at all three of my inky projects from this week!

Embrace Imperfection!

Thursday, February 8, 2018

It Must Be Love

Hello fellow crafters! Hope everyone is having a fantastic Thursday!  Yesterday I spent the day in the studio, first making some fun backgrounds with Ken Oliver Colorburst and then I tried out the new Tim Holtz  Ranger Distress Resist Spray!  This product is so addictive.  From these backgrounds I created a card for the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: It Must Be Love! 

For the background I sprayed the Distress Resist Spray through a My Favorite Things stencil (Graduated Hearts) and then sprayed several colors of Distress Spray Stain over top.  To add additional dimension I used a few more stencils with Distress Ink to add layers to the background. The additional layers, though subtle, really make this background pop.

For the focal image I used Tim Holtz Valentine blueprint stamps, stamped with Versafine black and clear heat embossed. I wanted to be sure to get a dark image over the resist background.  The "14" portion of the stamp was then stamped again and watercolored with Distress Markers.

  I am also entering this project into the Funky Junkie Boutique's Frilly and Funkie Challenge. A few embellishments were added, including the LOVE ticket- (as the Frilly and Funky Challenge requires the word LOVE appear in the project!

Come join in on the fun for the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge this week!
Embrace Imperfection!

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Love is in the Air

Happy Wednesday fellow crafters! I have received so many new products over the past few days I need an entire week in the studio to play! Today I decided to use my new (new to me) Ken Oliver Colorbust to create some fun backgrounds to use later in other cards.  I did end up using one of the backgrounds for the card I am sharing today for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Love is in the Air. 
First here's a peek at some of the backgrounds I made using Ken's Spritz and Sprinkle technique.  I added my own flair to the technique by using some of the water reactive properties of the Colorburst to create some interesting textures on my backgrounds as well. 
 I have to say I am in love with this product, the colors are gorgeous.  I used Tim Holtz's watercolor paper and some Bristol smooth card stock today for my backgrounds.  Waiting on an order of Ken's Watercolor Media paper to see the differences in the surfaces. The Colorburst is definitely brighter on the Bristol paper but it doesn't take as much water as the watercolor paper of course.

The background I chose for my card project is not pictured above but to create it I used some warm colors from the Colorburst palette and then added Distress Ink over top with a stencil for some depth.  I stamped in Archival Black Soot the Tim Holtz Stamp  Ledger Script over the entire background.

I love the combination of colors here and by combining some Distress colors with the Colorburst background it just made the background really pop.
I used a sentiment from Tim's  From the Heart set as my focal point- heat embossed with clear embossing powder over black Versafine ink.  

Added a few embellishments from the Ideology line and a heart I made from grungeboard covered with crackle paint and Distress stain.

Embrace Imperfection!

Monday, January 29, 2018

Tag It- Using Tim Holtz Distress Micro Glaze Resist

Morning all! I was playing in the studio this weekend using Tim Holtz's Distress Micro Glaze Resist technique (from Creative Chemistry 103).  I love working with stencils, inks and tags so this is right up my alley! Also this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is Tag It so I decided to join in there also!

I also challenged myself to use my new Side Orders from Tim and Sizzix along with my Side Kick Machine. Love this little guy!

The backgrounds are  layered using Tim's stencils and micro glaze along with Distress Ink Sprays. I also added an additional layer with stencils and Ground Espresso Distress Ink.

Then I added some of the cute shapes from the Side Order Love- and grunged them up of course. For a finishing touch I splashed some Picket Fence Distress paint over top.
Love this technique and the depth you can get with all the layering!

Embrace Imperfection 

Friday, January 26, 2018

More from My Favorite Things...

Still playing with all my new My Favorite Things new releases-making Valentine's Day cards.  Here's another card using the fun Monster Sized stamp and die set. I may be addicted to these critters.  I have them peeking out of the MFT Peek A BooStriped Heart die.

For the next card I used the MFTValentine Wishes Stamp set- heat embossed onto a watercolor background created with Tim Holtz  Ranger Distress Crayons. I also used some Ranger Distress ink and stencils (MFT Full of Heart and Simon Says Stamp Falling Hearts) to layer atop the watercolor to add some interest and dimension.

It was so much fun making these card- I mass produced a bunch of the Valentine Wishes to send out to my friends and loved ones!

Hope you enjoyed today's projects and I will be entering these as well into the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge- Layering.  Come join in the fun!

Embrace Imperfection 

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Layering

Hello all! It has been a long time since I have posted on my blog, but I am excited to get back into the swing of things.  Now that we are officially settled here in South Carolina and my studio is rebuilt I am ready to share some fun projects, inspiration and tutorials with y'all.
For today's post I am featuring a Valentine's Day card that I made for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Layering.  It features My Favorite Things stamp Monster Sized-love these cute monsters!

I stamped the background using two of the little monsters from the set and then colored them with Copic markers.  I layered the one "red" monster atop one of the stamped images for some depth and added some google eyes as well.

I then stamped the sentiment "Sending Monster sized Love" onto Simon Says Stamp black card stock  and white heat embossed it. I again layered this atop the middle of the card front with some dimensional foam tape.
To add a bit more interest to the white background areas I used the Tim Holtz Distress Marker Sprayer and the Candied Apple Distress Marker to add some fine mists of ink in these areas.
I just love this stamp set and stay tuned here on my blog for some additional projects for Valentine's Day using these as well as other stamps from the MFT new release.

Embrace Imperfection