Monday, August 30, 2021

Autumn Card For Topflight Stamps

Hello Stamping Fans, this is my bi-weekly post for Topflight Stamps. Mixed Media Monday I will start off the week with our new theme- Fall/Autumn. I have some recycled fun for you. How many packaging tags have you saved? I have a lot!

Here is my Autumn tag. It is shimmery from the mica spray (hard to see on camera) & has lots of nummy texture. 

With fall right around the corner I HAD to get the newest Mica Sprays from Tim Holtz. They are sold in sets of 3 & have great packaging so that is the base to my card. 

I also had to swatch these shimmery babies out. They look so good! Love that mica spray look. Hard to see from the photo but just nummy shimmery goodness.

Let's get inky. Using the packaging, cover the words using some gesso just in case I missed a spot. You could also use a tag or make a card. Next up was a layer of crackle paste through a stencil. So many choices but a spider web would be a good one. The stencil at Topflight Stamps is a bit different but would work great. As always the links for the products are below. 

Set that aside to dry & stamp the mushrooms from EKC36 with Archival ink & cut them out. Color them with your favorite inks or pencils. Same goes with the quote, which you can also stamp onto patterned paper for extra fun. 

Now for some color, use the sprays randomly, keeping the color in the same spots so you don't make the colors muddy. Although the Flickering Candle & the Crooked Broomstick make a lovely brown. Add some back ground stamping once the background is dry. The edges were also distressed in French Navy. I also stamped my journal while I was at it... 2 birds...

All that is left is to assemble. For added interest the quote was distressed in Roasted Coffee & the edges curled to make it look like a parchment sign. I also popped a butterfly on at the last minute! Thanks for joining me today! Remember to hop over to the Topflight Blog for photos of the products & links, the links are also below.

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Saturday, August 28, 2021

Sneak Peak of Eileen Hull's Maker Forte Stamps!!!

Hello Eileen Hull Fans, we are so excited for the newest product release.. drum roll... stamps from Maker Forte!!


I made a Pocket Notebook that will hold all the stamp release images & also has spaces to put the actual elements from the sets. This way I can stay organized & know what set was released when etc. So it is a catalog/ephemera holder. I will have a full tutorial coming as we continue on with these monthly releases! 

I hope if you didn't see the Facebook Live release you take the time out to watch it. I had the pleasure of being a guest host & we just had a silly great time. You get to see live the samples etc & a demo by Eileen. Bonus me being distracting & "helpful". You can see the video here on replay!


You can go here to see the links to the samples from the Inspiration Team. 

This is a really fun release with such great inspiration I hope you get a chance to check it out!! You can buy these from Eileen's Etsy shop Maker Forte or ask your local store to bring them in!

Monday, August 16, 2021

Mixed Media Art Tag with AALL & Create.

Hello Inky Adventurers! Today for Topflight Stamps I am making a mixed media tag. If you follow me on Instagram (link on the right hand side of  my blog), I recently posted a group of background tags. Thought this would be the perfect opportunity to pull them out & finish one. *Affiliate- some of these companies have given me product to use, play & experiment with. The ideas are my own but I tend to work with companies whose products I like so enjoy the inspiration.  **some of these links are affiliate, I receive a small percentage from the company at no cost to you. This helps me deliver free content!

There are a number of mixed media techniques going on here but it was fairly easy to put this together as the background was already finished! 

 The tag started with Distress Oxide sprays in Broken China & Fired Brick as well as some Fossilized Amber. The tag was spritzed with water 1st & then spray was added. 

 Love me some washi tape!! Such a simple way to add dynamic images. Just put a few strips down. These are all by AALL & Create and there are a bunch more in the store.

Next up was of course some embossing powder. The side piece was done with Crystal Glaze a fun mix of blue greens & some specks of black & gold, so pretty. 

On a piece of parchment some of the background images were stamped in French Navy & Thundercloud Prism Ink. The gal focal image was stamped, then re-drawn with a heavier pen to help the image pop.  

She kind of reminds me of the main character from the TV show Blindspot who was tattooed all over. 

Added some background stamping with Cinnamon Swirl with the circle techno kinda piece. More embossing- the  arrow type piece in Crusty Copper. Then a piece of a shower pouf was cut out. I liked the idea of her being in a net of some kind. No idea why, just where my brain went, LOL. 

I also liked the idea of her wings being made from vellum. Copied the same technique as a few weeks ago, which you can see here. They were embossed using Dragon's Egg powder which is a pretty iridescent purple. 

All that was left was assembly. The pieces were layered wings 1st, then netting, then her body. I used Cosmic Shimmer glue which did the trick nicely. A few tiny staples were added with the tiny attatcher & some sari ribbon to finish it off. Thanks so much for joining me today. To see photos of the product you can go to my blog post on Topflight Stamps. There are also links for all the products below. Have a great day!


Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Beach Ornament for Eileen Hull

Hello Eileen Hull Fans, I am back! I took a wee break as family life needed some attention, but I am here as the Inspiration Team start a new month. This month we continue playing with the new Chapter 3 die cuts with the theme "Season's". That means any season is fair game. This summer has already flown by way to quickly for me so I am determined to stay in the season. Here is the team blog post.  *Affiliate- some of these companies have given me product to use, play & experiment with. The ideas are my own but I tend to work with companies whose products I like so enjoy the inspiration.  **some of these links are affiliate, I receive a small percentage from the company at no cost to you. This helps me deliver free content!

Therefore... drum roll... I introduce my summer beach ornament. Although to be fair anytime is the best time to head to the beach!

It is super hard to get a photo that does my beach ornament justice as it is long... so here is a close up of the main part of the ornament. There are a few, fun techniques on this one but I did try to keep it manageable so anyone can make one. I have a closer up pic at the end of the post.

Let's get started! I chose the awesome Romantic 8X8" paper line by Stamperia. It is filled with beautiful images of ocean animals. The circle is a little bigger then Eileen's Ornament Die but I knew the paper would need a backing anyway so I could make it work. 

Here is Eileen's die cut with the beige paper to show the difference in size to the Stamperia image. The paper would be too flimsy to be an ornament so mat board would need to be incorporated.

I fussy cut out the circle with that awesome doily edge. Then cut a circle out of plastic from a page protector, that would fit in the wreath shape. Then sewed 3/4 of the circle leaving the top open. Sequins, glass beads & sand were poured in. The top area was then sewn shut. As you can see did not do a very good sewing job, LOL. Don't worry I have a fix for that too. 

Next up was to cut out the wreath using Eileen's newest die cut. They were cut out of printed scrap book card stock. The paper has a bit of weight to it which helps when manipulating the image. They were then heat embossed using Tim Holtz's Distress Glaze in 2 of the newest colors, Prize Ribbon on the left & you can see the patterned paper on the right. This piece will be colored with the Salvaged Patina below. 

Love using embossing powder in general but the cool thing about Distress Glaze is it is translucent so you can see the image through it. Also gives you that epoxy look.

To cover up the sewing marks the wreath was cut up & layered to hide the mess I had made. Gives the ornament a more dynamic look anyway, so bonus. 

Next I cut another of the images, the dolphin, this time using Eileen's ornament die. 

I also cut one out of mat board, then glued the dolphin piece to it. This will  give the ornament strength. It was glued on the back of the turtle piece. The hanging thingy was cut using Sizzix Aluminum which is a sticker, adhered to mat board. I also cut out images from the paper pad, the word "Ocean", backing it on a piece of card board. Then glued this piece to a piece of patterned paper. There is room for me to write the beach name & vacation date.

Time to add some details. Using a shell that I picked up from our beach travels was a good start. It was colored with Distressed Oxide in Salvaged Patina. Once dry the high points were hit with Luster Wax in Gold. Love how it just changes the look of that shell. So great that it can be colored to match your project. 

All that was left was assembly. An eyelet was added to my word sign, & one to the bottom of the ornament being careful to get the eyelet into the mat board piece on the backside. Beads & a very cool turtle charm were also added. I love the idea of a hanging piece to the ornament. 

The shell was glued on using a foam square & the seagull brad was glued on the front as well. I was tempted to keep adding small beads around the shell but restrained myself. Very elegant ornament to commemorate my love of the beach. Now I just have to wait until December to hang it on my tree! Thanks so much for joining me today. I hope you hop over to Eileen's blog to see what my teammates have come up with & join Eileen on her Facebook Lives!


Monday, August 2, 2021

Art By Marlene Tag Fun

Hello Paper craft Fans, today we are going to make an Art By Marlene Tag for Topflight Stamps. Do you ever just want to play with some colorful paper & die cuts? Then this is the project for you. 

 Art By Marlene makes crafting super easy when you put her products together. Here is the cute, colorful tag I made using some of her newest So-Fish-Ticated line. 


Here is the handful of products used for this project. Did you know that Marlene has a cool Tab Tag book? That is what I used for the base of my project. 

Started with some of the fabulous collage paper & tore random pieces of paper, gluing it to the tag base. 

Next popped out some images from the Paper Elements pack. Over 250 eclectic colorful images to chose from! Played around with placement until I found an arrangement that I liked. Images were glued down easy peasy. 

Added a bit of stamping & distressed the edges of the tag, outlined the flowers too. A bit of ribbon & that was it! 
I do wish I had this set so I could have added the waves! Maybe next time.Thanks so much for joining me & I hope you have the time to take a crafty break.



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