Having SUCH fun with these Tim Holtz images. They make me laugh just to work with them.
Fun things from friends. It was fun to receive this package of goodies in the mail. I love stamping friends. When we are done with a technique or we find we are not using some supplies we pass them on to others. I was so excited to get all these stencils. I had to use that ivy one because it just looked so cute.
I grabbed my paste and went to work. Then I liked how it looked and it reminded me of this very old Stampin’ Up set with the grapes and leaves.
I used my new Walnut Stain glossy pearl pen to make the embellishments.
Oh my goodness, that reminds me. I HAVE to tell you about Betty’s Creative Studio. I was in NC with my stamping friend and she said we MUST go to Betty’s while you are here. I have never seen a store so packed full of stamping goodies. Go to her site and scroll down to click on Last Chance items and you can purchase Tim Holtz stencils for $2.75. Betty’s prices are the best of any stamping site around. You will want to check out all the goodies in her on-line store. But if you EVER get to Greensboro, NC you must stop in and meet Betty. They have an entire back room dedicated to pre-owned stamping items and they are CHEAP. You see all those stencils above? Those came from a friend but Betty would have things like that packaged all together and sell them for $2.00. I got the most beautiful water color sets from Germany and Italy along with some spray mist bottles and palettes for mixing paints all for $4.00. what a deal. I got a TON of other things too and you’ll just see me filtering things in over the weeks. Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate you. I enjoyed my trip but it’s fun to be stamping back in my own stamping room where I know what I have and where everything is.
To help Princess Judy bring back vellum, I chose to use a full card size sheet of printed vellum for this creation. I have been seeing a few of these vellum pieces with the die cutting into the vellum and then letting a piece of patterned paper show throw the peek a boo holes. Thought I would try it with this one. It wasn’t what I had in mind when I started out as I thought I had a pink piece of vellum like this. But in the spirit of using up what I have I went with this design. The only thought process I had when starting this was using this heart die and using pink vellum. Oh well, you can see where this ended up. So I was very pleased with little Mr. Hedgie holding onto that sparkling heart bling and to bring a bit of life to the overall image I colored all the other blings with a copic marker. NOW, I like it. --Mr. Hedgie had a surgery as he was holding on to a basket of flowers with his left hand and also had a butterfly friend he was trying to entice with that hand that now holds the pretty heart of bling. --gamsol colored with koh-i-noor pencils
and Hooray and Heart, just like the last post. Using the Simon hearts die cuts and more from that wonderful Simon Kit from way back in 2012. I still have pieces of it left. It really was a fabulous kit. This is of course going to be added to the gallery at Simon Says Monday
So I will be away from Dear Hubs on Valentine’s Day which is no big deal. We don’t do the obligatory holidays and we have a valentine card that we keep passing back to one another for several years now. but since I hope hope hope (there’s three more H’s for you.) I will be in NC and some sunshine for that week, anyhooooo, I thought I would go ahead and make him a card beside. Maybe the mailman can surprise him.
These sweet little critters were another GoodWill purchase. I love when I find bargains like these. These little images are so cute and being open lined they worked perfectly for this application.
Still re-visiting my Stenciled class. This video was on using water colors to paint over your stencils. While I knew you could do it I just forget all the fun things you can do with stencils for different looks. I used Michaels Water Color paper and wet the surface first then used a broad brush to swipe color from my Kraft mat where I had scribbled with some distress markers.
I let it dry by my furnace register while I got a pot of Pinto Beans started. It sure smells good in here.
When I came back the rest of this card just popped into my head and voila` a Star is born. I stamped, colored with pencils and blender pen, cut out and pasted down the images. I had first stamped the trio of tulips onto the water colored panel so I would know where to place them.
I am so happy I thought to revisit that Stenciled class from On Line Card Classes. I had forgotten about this technique and look what a beauty. This was so easy, I think I need to make about a dozen more. But I often say that and in reality, I like creating NEW things and rarely go back and visit a card I have already made. but maybe this one, I will.
I simply sponged over a Dream Weavers stencil with a couple of distress inks. I added the MFT tag that I embossed with retired MFP stamps. Added a gold ribbon and a couple of enamel dots and a clear sequin (also MFT die) to finish it off.
I love how you can still see the pretty holly through the embossed tag. I really made this for Merry Monday to use Carolers or Music on your card but I didn’t get it loaded to their gallery in time to count. However where it really counts is; I have another beautiful Christmas card to add to my stash.