The Colors Of Forever

This card project is an explosion of color. In fact, for a while I wondered if it was too much color. Everyone I showed it to seemed to like it; But I have to admit, this is way more color than I’m use to working with. Though, I suppose pushing one’s boundaries is a good thing–sometimes. What’s interesting to me, in particular, is the variations and types of color used in the card. From alcohol inks, metallic inks, color spritzes, and a bold background color–the colors give the card a sense of texture without the actual bulk of layers. This weekend, I played around with alcohol inks and surfaces quite a bit. This was one of the projects I worked on.

The cardstock base and ribbon is Stampin’ Up! in Dusty Durango (which is a very in your face color). The cardstock mat is a piece of Stampin’ Up! Glossy White cardstock (4″ x 5″) with the corners punched with a Martha Stewart poppy corner punch. I used a Tim Holtz alcohol ink applicator and felt pads to apply Ranger/Tim Holtz alcohol inks in Shell Pink, Red Pepper, Meadow, and Gold Metallic to create the splattered background. The floral die-cut is made from dotted Grungeboard that was cut with the Tim Holtz Alterations/Sizzix die called “Tattered Florals” and my Cuttlebug.

After I cut the floral piece, I used Clearsnap Smooch Spritz Ink in Cherry Ice and Gold Glow to add the color and sheen to the flower. After it was completely dry, I went back with some Smooch Ink in Gold Lame and highlighted the dotted portions of the flower. A few pearls, crystals and a sentiment later, I ended up with this card.






Caged Bird

For my second exploration with Tim Holtz’s new Alterations line, I decided to use the Sizzix Bigz die entitled “Caged Bird”. I also wanted to make a home décor piece instead of my usual card. I have to confess that I’m actually not through with this project, but I was so excited with the results thus far that I couldn’t wait to share it with you. I will be framing this in a thick dark wood frame as it is meant to be a small wall hanging.

The “Caged Bird” steel rule die will cut three pieces when run through your Sizzix Big Shot or ProvoCraft Cuttlebug. You will get the birdcage frame, the bird’s body on a branch, and a bird wing. Instead of working with cardstock (and since this was intended to be a home décor piece and needed to be a bit sturdier), I chose to use a piece of thick chipboard as my base and Tim Holtz Grungeboard to cut my pieces from. The chipboard is a very sturdy piece from a Die Cuts With A View (DCWV) assorted chip board stack. The 4″ x 6″ chipboard is covered on both sides with a textured cardstock in a dusty rose color. The Grungeboard was a 4″ x 6″ sheet as well, though it had a “dots” texture to it. I would have preferred a plain piece when I started, but in the end, the texture added some nice highlights to the elements.

With my Grungeboard pieces cut out via my trusty Cuttlebug, I used some Tim Holtz Distress Inks and my applicator to color the pieces. The cage was colored with Black Soot distress ink. The bird body and wing were colored with Mustard Seed; The legs and branch were colored with Walnut Stain. I was pleased with the look of the cage. The Black Soot gave it the look of an ornamental iron piece that had seen some use and wear. The bird’s body, however, just didn’t pop enough for me with just the inking. I decided my caged bird needed to be a focal point. I used some adhesive and canary yellow glitter to coat the body and wing. After they were completely dry, I used some Smooch ink to accent his eye and his beak.

One of the main reasons I chose to use Grungeboard was for the pliability and dimension of the material. All along, my theme was to have the bird “breaking out” of his cage to leap to his magical flight. That’s why I sort of threaded his body through some of the bars of the cage and made sure his wing was exposed from captivity. This type of manipulation would have been difficult without a material that had some give to it and did not permanently bend or crease. The wing and the cage are attached to the backdrop chipboard using Stampin’ Up! Stampin’ Dimensionals–which again emphasizes the dimensionality of the project.

The die for “Caged Bird” punches out five holes on the bottom of the cage as a decorative detail. In my mind, I had already pictured hanging some crystal chandelier drops from the holes. But as I worked on the project and developed the theme of the bird breaking out of his cage, I though some Tim Holtz typewriter key charms might be a better bet. With the sentiment of “FLY” in mind, I chose three charm backings and used the circular alphabet stickers for my word. Originally, I wanted all of the charms to be the creme color. However, I couldn’t find a “Y” in that coloration and had to use a black sticker. At first, I was disappointed with the look. But upon further study, I really like the off-kilter lettering. Not only does it tie into the cage color, but it sort of identifies that “breaking out” theme by achieving your goal no matter what it takes (like the wrong color letter). Once you place the letters in the charm frames, you use an adhesive acrylic bubble to cover the charm. I used some Tim Holtz jump rings to attach the charms to the cage. For the two holes that did not have dangles, I covered them with rhinestones.


The final touch on the project was the hanging chain atop the cage. Again, the chain is from Tim Holtz. I attached it to the cage with another jump ring. To anchor the chain, I chose a fabric and crystal covered brad from K & Co. to complete the look. I pierced a hole through the chipboard and inserted the brad. I think once I mount this piece in a frame, it’s really going to set off the look. I will try to remember to photograph the finished piece and share it with you later.






It’s A Bird…

Today simple and easy card features a die cut from the new licensed ProvoCraft Cricut cartridge ‘Superman’.

For this card project, I chose a base cardstock from Die Cuts With A View (DCWV) ‘Modern Loft’ paper stack. As this was obviously going to be a masculine-inspired card, I thought the brick pattern was reminiscent of a background panel one might see in an actual comic strip. I used a Chai Tea stain to ink the edge of my cardstock, which was cut to 5 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ and scored at 4 1/4″ to form an A2 sized card. The corners were clipped using my Stampin’ Up! tag corner punch.

The diecut was cut on my Cricut Expression at 4 1/2″. I did shadow cut with Bazzill corduroy textured cardstock in Raven. For the layering pieces, I cut them out of Bazzill corduroy textured cardstock in Snow. The reason I cut the layering pieces out of white cardstock is that I wanted to use my Copic Sketch markers to “color” in the face and hair details. I think the handcoloring gives the diecut a bit more “pop” and comic book realism (than if I had just used corresponding colored cardstock). I used a blend of E00 (Skin White), E11 (Barely Beige), E13 (Light Suntan) and E15 (Dark Suntan) for the facial features and shading. I used B29 (Ultramarine) for the hair highlight. I also went back in with a Copic Atyou Spica Glitter pen in Sky Blue to add a little oomph to Superman’s locks. (He is a SUPER hero after all, lol.) Finally, to achieve those come-hither baby blues, I used Clearsnap Smooch metallic ink in Azure for intensity and sparkle. (Am I the only one fanning myself!? Wait, don’t answer that.) The sentiment stamp is from Unity Stamp Co. and seemed appropriate. It was stamped using Tsukineko Memento ink in Tuxedo Black.




‘Superman’ is a terrific addition to your Cricut cartridge library if you have men in your life–big or little. It’s also a terrific resource for themed parties and decorations–as it includes three-dimensional character boxes, banners, party favors, Clark Kent spectacles, treat bags and much more. Of course, it features several variations on that fabulous Superman logo and a complete font set.

Now, I must be off. (I have to go figure out what size I need to cut my Clark Kent glasses at. Don’t judge. Or at least, don’t tell me.)

Trust me. I know.

Raining Inspiration

This morning the loud crack and roar as thunder and lightning dueled in the black sky was my wake-up call…literally. What followed was a very rare downpour to clear the dust away for the morning’s arrival.

I’ve been told I’m strange. (Whoa, big surprise there!?) I’m one of the (apparently) few people that is inspired by dark and gloomy weather. Unfortunately, I live in the middle of a desert. So, dark and gloomy are rare visitors. I’ve always wondered if I shouldn’t be living in Seattle, but I digress. Something about dark, overcast days really gets my creative juices flowing. It inspires me to write–and craft.

Here are a few of the cards I made in a thunderstorm of inspiration:

(base cardstock: Stardream Fuse Mica in Azalea; mat cardstock: Core’dinations in Love Potion; Cuttlebug folder: Floral Fantasy; ribbon: American Crafts; sentiment: Papertrey Ink Mega Mixed Messages; ink: Tsukineko Staz-On Jet Black; accent: Sakura Glaze Pen in Black, Clearsnap Smooch Pearlized Accent Ink in Siren; distressed with Basic Grey file set)


(base cardstock: Stardream Fuse Mica in Kunzite; mat cardstock: Die Cuts With A View La Creme; stamps: Papertrey Ink Floral Frenzy set; accent: Sakura Glaze Pen in Black; punches: corner rounders; EK Success & Stampin’Up!)


(base cardstock: Stardream Fuse Mica in Lapis; mat cardstock: Core’dinations in Love Potion; Cuttlebug folder: D’vine Swirls; stamps: Stampin’ Up! Crazy For Cupcakes (#111618); inks: Stampin’ Up! Stampin’ Write Markers (#105541), Clearsnap Smooch Pearlized Accent Inks in Azure, Gold Lamé, Green Apple, Silver Fox, and Siren; distressed with Basic Grey file set)


(base cardstock: Stardream Fuse Mica in Fairway; mat cardstocks: Stardream Fuse Mica in Gold, Stampin’ Up! Whisper White (#100730); stamps: Kitchen Sink Stamps Multi-Step Lilies; inks: Tsukineko Memento Ink in Pear Tart, Bamboo Leaves, Cottage Ivy, Dandelion, Tuxedo Black, and Potter’s Clay)


(base cardstock: Die Cuts With A View Tahiti Beach; mat cardstocks: Stardream Fuse Mica in Lapis, Stampin’ Up! Whisper White (#100730); stamps: Basic Grey Ambrosia Halvah set; inks: Tsukineko Memento in Danube Blue and Bahama Blue, Palette Ink in New Canvas; punches: Stampin’ Up! Corner Rounder (#109047) and Tag Corner (#107215))


(base cardstock: Stardream Fuse Mica in Aquamarine; mat cardstocks: Papertrey Ink Hodge Podge Collection, Stampin’ Up! Whisper White (#100730); stamps: Clearsnap Rollograph Wheel Chinese Noodles; inks: Stampin’ Up! Brilliant Blue Stampin’ Around Cartridge (#100871), embellishment: K & Co Layered Accent from Wild Raspberry Collection; accent: Stampin’ Up! Stampin’ Write Marker in Night Of Navy (#100069))

I had a few more, but I think you get the idea! 🙂 I love these bursts of creativity and inspiration! The problem is sustaining them. So, no matter what weather you awake to…Keep Creating & Crafting!