Thursday, August 22, 2013

DTGD in Review

Hello! I'm sharing a card I made recently for the Dare To Get Dirty challenges on Splitcoast. The DTGD challenges have closed, but you can look forward to next year's. It's a GREAT time with awesome challenges. All you have to do is be a member of the site and you get access to play those challenges, plus lots of other goodies, like the monthly Fan Gallery. I'll be having a series of posts recapping cards I made for that set of challenges.

I used one of my favorite Tim Holtz sets (by Stamper's Anonymous), Sewing Blueprints, for this card. I covered the image with thick embossing powder, then stitched it to the card base with my Janome machine. I colored the image with Copic markers.

The paper is Lost & Found, Union Square, so awesome by My Mind's Eye and I added some faux stitching with Gina K Designs Nana's Needlework set illustrated by Nina Brackett. The sentiment is from that set, too.

Find a way to stitch something on your next project. It's sew much fun! (Sorry, you knew I had to say that!)

Ta for now,


Friday, August 16, 2013

Challenge Your Muse

Hi there - I'm hosting another challenge in the Mix-Abilities forum at Splitcoaststampers. This week I'm challenging you to Crack your project, then Stitch it. There are so many ways to go with this challenge!

Here are some things you can think about using when you do the crackle and stitching challenge.

Here's my process in creating the white glue crackle technique for a background piece on my card.

It's important to consider the direction you want your cracks to go in. Be sure you apply your glue in one direction, and the second coat of acrylic paint in the other direction for best results.

You can use any stamp image (or draw your own) that you want. Just stamp on the BACK of your project, and poke the holes to embroider.

This is a close up of the front of the card with my stitching. Below is the finished card. I love this look!

Below is another card I created for this challenge. The crack occurs when you apply a thick layer of Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (or multiple layers of clear embossing powder), place it in the freezer for 2-3 minutes, then bend it. I rubbed a little walnut stain in the crevices to help it show up, but you could also use metallic rubs and similar product.

The stitch part (which I'm not extremely happy with) are little French knots on all the snow dots falling around the snowman.

This piece, an Artist Trading Card, shows a strip of tulle fabric that I 'cracked' by tearing a strip off. I applied an inked stamp image from Tim Holtz's collection for the faux stitching down the left side and along the bottom. The step-by-step of this process is can be found on the Brutal Busy post.

I hope this post gives you some ideas, and I really would love to see your work. You can post it (for free) on the SplitcoastStampers' website. Be sure to use the MIX29 tag so I can see it!

Have a great day!

Friday, August 9, 2013

Newton's Nook Challenge

My dear friend, Mere, whom you probably know as Crafty Math Chick, introduced me to a relatively new stamp company called Newton's Nook Designs. They are having a challenge using a sketch, and they have a free digital image available, too! Here's my take on their challenge:

I used some My Mind's Eye paper, some cool flower and brad elements, and one of my new Tonic punches (which aren't really that new, just new to me!). I love these colors, and Newton's Nook images are really cute. You should check them out!

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