Sunday, February 23, 2014

Fleur de Lis Gears

I won at IO!  I was so excited -  it's so nice to get some new goodies and not have my husband glower (yes, much like Twilight's Edward - he glowers) when a new package arrives at the front door.  It was a lot of fun to create projects for the Impression Obsession Birthday Challenge.  Hopefully this will continue to motivate me to use my wonderful (and as my 9 year old would say, "AWESOME") craft collection.

I thought I'd share another recent card I made.  It's very different than my usual cards.  I'd almost call it grungy. I was going for steampunk with the gears but it didn't quite work out the way I'd envisioned.

The gears were cut from white card stock, colored with distress ink, sprayed with shimmer spritz, and then dusted with pearl ex to add more luster.   I tried to make them look metallic and old.  The leafy tree branch was coated with Tsukineko Shimmer Spritz too so it shines.

Thanks for looking!

Tim Holtz Stamps
Impression Obsession Leafy Branch
Marianne Designs Ribbon Weaving (for the flower)
Spellbinders Sprightly Sprocket
Spellbinders Fleur de lis Accents
Spellbinders Labels Eight
Spellbinders A2 Curved Matting Basics B
Tim Holtz distress ink
Shimmer spritz
Pearl-Ex powder (to add luster to the gears)

Thursday, February 20, 2014

IO Provance Window

Hello friends and welcome to my blog!  Instead of simply collecting dies, stamps and paper, lately I've been using my stash.  If I'm going to prove to my husband that I'm not just the proud owner of a wonderful craft collection, I thought I'd finally start using the blog he helped me create a few years ago. 

This is my first time using IO's window die. I'm not sure the photo shows it but the window has a piece of clear plastic on the inside for glass.  I used a lot of foam tape to add dimension. The shutters are popped higher on the sides so they look as though they are partially open. 

The roses were created using Impression Obsession's Spiral Flowers die.  Before rolling them with my quilling tool I sprayed the roses with red smooch spritz and the spray was enough to color the white die cuts.  It's difficult to see but they do shimmer. Then I formed the roses using a quilling tool.  I colored the white organdy ribbon red with some leftover spritz on my craft mat.

I cut the leaves from Impression Obsession's leafy branch die and colored them with Copics. I punched a piece of yellow cardstock with the scalloped EK success punch and then rolled the paper through my crimper before adhering it to the inside of the window.

I used Distress Ink on the window, shutters and flower box and used Kraft paper (that I brushed with more distress ink) for the background.

Impression Obsession Spiral Flowers 
Impression Obsession Leafy Branch
Impression Obsession Window with Shutter
Tim Holtz Distress Ink, Kraft Paper, Smooch Spritz Red,
Ribbon, Clear plastic scrap, Quilling Tool, Crimping Tool

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