Saturday, February 20, 2016

Darkroom Door ATC Swap - Tied Up With String

The Darkroom Door ATC swap for February was themed "Tied Up With String" and we were to use string somehow in our ATCs.  I wanted to do a Valentine theme, so a cut some hearts from very thin chipboard and colored them with Neocolors.  I stamped the sentiment on the margins of some vintage sheet music, tore it out, and attached it to my hearts.  On the background I used a stamp from Art De Fleur Vol 2 (in brown) and the Flourish texture stamp (in blue).  I punched holes in the heart and the background and threaded some twine through in cross stitches.

Here they are all packaged up and ready for their journey...

Thursday, January 28, 2016

REDlead Valentine Swap

Back again with another swap - this time it's RedLead Paperworks' Valentine swap, which included two sets of a tag, an ATC, and a little folder to hold them.
My first set included a cute couple from the Ancestors Collage Sheet 100.  Lots of sprays, papers, and embellies on this one, along with some stamping using the Love is the Music... stamp.
The ATC in this set uses a ticket image from the Valentines Tickets stamp.

The wings are die cut using Tim Holtz's Layered Angel Wings die from Sizzix.

Next up is a set using a lot of the same stamps and dies...


The image on the tag is from the Ancestors 48 collage sheet.


That cute little wooden key can be found here.  And an ATC for this set -


As a last little add-on, I made a couple of embellished paper clips.

I always enjoy REDleads' swaps!


Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Darkroom Door ATC Swap - Summer Lovin'

A new year of ATC swaps has begun at Darkroom Door, and this month's theme is Summer Lovin'.  As an antipodal swapper, I had fun with this one, since there is a snow-and-ice-covered landscape out my own window!
I used Darkroom Door's Seaside Vol 1 stamp set.  I watercolored the lighthouse background, and used Neocolors on the starfish and sand dollar. The seashell is colored with Copics.  A bit of distress-sprayed cheesecloth and a little photo from Darkroom Door's Seaside paper collection finish it off.

All ready to go.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

RedLead Christmas Ornament Swap

I love making Christmas ornaments, so of course I had to participate in RedLead's Christmas Ornament Swap.  We received two, 2-piece chipboard ornaments to alter.  For the first ornament, I used white paint, modeling paste, a star stencil and glitter to create the base.  The image is from RedLead Christmas Collage Sheet #27, with a background stamped using the O Christmas Tree stamp.  I embellished the ornament with some beads and baubles, a brass snowflake, a rustic snowflake that I painted and glittered, and some vintage trim. (Please excuse these horrible pictures - I had to take them with my phone because my camera was temporarily out of commission.)
For my second ornament I wanted to create a mercury-glass type of effect.  Don't know if I really succeeded but it does sparkle (more than my phone photo can show!).
The images (both in the center and the snowman charm) are from the same collage sheet (#27).  For the mercury glass effect I first used white crackle paint, then a layer of pewter rub-on paint, then clear gloss, into which I sprinkled silver glass glitter while it was still wet.  Here's the back:
Still not a good picture but maybe you can get the idea.  I added some more baubles to the bottom of this one too.  Here's the pair:

Can't wait to receive happy mail in return!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Motif Building with Papertrey Ink

I had a fun time participating in Papertrey Ink's Make It Monday #231: Motif Building.  There's a great tutorial on the PTI blog - basically you first choose a centerpiece image, then use a bunch of tiny images repetitively to create one larger image.  It's a great way to give some love to all of those teensy images that are included in your larger stamp sets.  It creates a folk art type of style, which I particularly love for Christmas.

Here are some more pics - I have the details about which sets I used at the bottom of the post.



Stamps used (all Papertrey Ink):
Both wreaths: Wreath for All Seasons
Birds, dotted heart: Feather Finery
Solid hearts, sentiment, circle heart in center of wreath: Love Lives Here
Greenery with bow: Two Feet Deep
Swirly embellishments: Calendar Basics