queen of hearts...

I'm still playing around with my Distress Oxides and loving them. I experimented with a shipping tag, then over-stamped it with the Dear Ruby stamp by Tammy Tutterow... it makes a great background for just about everything.
It's wonderful size- large enough to completely cover a card front- also works beautifully on smaller pieces (like this shipping tag).
Here it became part of the background on another page in my blank art journal. The Happy Gram Flower Swag stamp's curve kind of mimicked the swirl of ink. I stamped onto white cardstock, colored it in with some Nuvo pens, fussy-cut the image and layered it into the mix of images, playing cards and mini labels. 
The golden crown was stamped onto foil paper and embellished with Nuvo Crystal Drops that added dimension to it's points. The crinkled seam binding is from my own Etsy shop and is my favorite thing to tie onto tags.

These smaller size collage pages come together rather quickly and are really very satisfying. It won't be long before my entire book will be filled with things that make my soul happy!


an interesting vice...

Last weekend I had a chance to play with paper and scissors for three days. That's right- THREE WHOLE DAYS! It was heaven.

Working full-time now has really played havoc with my creative time and this weekend was long overdue. Uninterrupted time with good friends, good food and good supplies- what more could a girl ask for?
Finally, a chance to get inky with the Distress Oxide ink pads that everyone is so crazy over. They are really, really fun! 

Here I used my gigantic Big Fabric stamp from Tammy Tutterow with some clear embossing to create a resist for the inks. It worked beautifully! I loved how one single stamp covered the entire page at once.
The excess ink wiped right off the glossy clear image of the lace. This was such a fun way to make a background!
With a brand spanking new journal to fill, I wasted no time in getting a little collage going inside.
Really, who doesn't prefer an interesting vice to a virtue that bores??


lookin' like a party...

Always in the mood for a piece of cake, today's project really hit the spot for me!
No, I didn't actually get to eat any, but... this was almost as good.
Target had the cutest little cupcake stands in their Dollar Spot so I picked up a couple. It was just the right size to stack a pair of paper mache boxes on top to make a 'cake'...

I covered the boxes with patterned paper and glued the small box on top of the larger one. They both still open up so if you wanted to slip a tiny something inside you could.
The fabulous bunting circling the cake layers is made up of something you might not have expected- I used the Shortie Tabs die set from Tammy Tutterow! Cut from lots of bright colors and gently inked with Distress Ink they were the perfect size for the larger bottom layer; I snipped off about 1/4" to make them fit the shorter top layer.
I slipped a die cut doily underneath the stack and a gold button on top. Of course, no project feels complete without some sparkly chenille stem and this gold/silver twist was perfect... 

That's all it took to make a dull stack of paper mache look like a party!


lucky 22...

Today's share is not a new idea but it's one I find myself returning to again and again.
Pattern tissue flowers. 
They're the perfect embellishment every time.
For these I used the Floweret Posies die from Tammy Tutterow and some old pattern tissue. Whenever I'm at a thrift store I grab up the old patterns so I've always got a stash of tissue. 
A single staple in the center holds it together, a little fluffing of the layers makes the flower come alive.
For this one I used a bingo chit with the number 22... because my baby girl turned 22 over the weekend! 
I don't know where the years have gone but I can't wait to see where they're headed...


suck it up, buttercup...

This saying has always cracked me up. I don't know quite why, it just does.
When I got my first glimpse at this stamp from Tammy Tutterow I immediately knew what I was going to make.
First thing I needed was a good background. These flat canvas boards make awesome bases. Paint is smeared on with fingers, dabbed at with baby wipes, splattered on... with a final wash of gesso covering all. I often think of gesso as the 'miracle worker' for collage- it softens and blends and mellows everything. Every time.
To create an all-over background I needed a stamp. This script stamp is great because not only is it the perfect size to make a card with just a single stamp, but it works well to create a larger size by simply stamping multiple times. I am completely in love with it's name- Dear Ruby.
I couldn't find my largest acrylic block (OK, in reality I was just too lazy to go look) BUT I had my Spellbinders die cut machine sitting right next to me so.... I used one of the clear plates from it to stamp with. It worked great!
With a combination of flowers fussy-cut from some paper, a few butterflies and a very pouty Little Miss I was on a roll.
This was probably one of the quickest collage pieces I've put together in a long time and the 'suck it up, buttercup' stamp was just the cherry on top! Stamped with archival ink onto a piece of tissue paper, matte medium brushed over the canvas perfectly blends the image with the background.
 Suck it up, Buttercup!

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