lördag 10 augusti 2019

Asbjorn's garage

Hello and welcome,
I'm on my summer vacation and at the moment visiting the beautiful country of Norway. The card I’m showing today is for a friend who loves to spend time in his garage. He loves old cars and he owns an absolutely gorgeous hotrod from 1933 so my plan was to make a garage themed card for his Birthday.

It's also my design team project for Ally's Angels and the new challenge starting today. The theme is anything goes. There is a nice prize for the winner and the challenge runs for a month so you have plenty of time to enter.

I started by making the frame. I used one of the baseboard frames from Tim Holtz (TH) and covered it with gesso and when dry with white crackle paint. I die cut the small tag in watercolor paper, the pediment and the viewer in chipboard and treated them the same way as the frame. I then did the same way with the etcetera trims here used as a shelf below the frame. When completely dry I used just a little distress crayon hickory smoke and some water to make the crackles more visible.

I embossed and fussy cut one of the stamps from the TH stamp set road trip to use as a background inside the frame. I glued the viewer together with a hardware head in the middle of the stamp and glued it to the back of the frame. I also glued the tag in place on the side and let two charms hang from it with help of a jump ring.

All brown panels are made with watercolor paper (300g) and distress oxide sprays vintage photo, walnut stain and pumic stone. The edges are sanded. I made white panels to put behind each brown panel. I used two stencils from TH and one from Andy Skinner (oil). I embossed the tire tracks in white, it's also from the road trip stamp set. The oil drops are die cut in chipboard using the TH pipeline die and colored with distress inks ground espresso and black sooth.

When I had glued all my panels together I put the frame in place and the pediment on top. I then glued the etcetera trims just below the frame. Now I could start to decorate. I used two letters from idea-ology letterpress for Asbjorn's initials.  

I've used a lot of TH idea-ology like the stars, hardware heads, buckle, mini hardware pull, faucet knob and a paper doll. These are all favorites of mine and frequently used in my projects. I dig deep in my stash and found some other items to go with my project: screw, bulb, nut and a coil spring. I used white gesso to make them look distressed and go with my project. 

The car is from the TH stamp set elements of time and embossed in the colour cappuccino from Sparkle N Sprinkle. The car is in three layers. Beside the embossed one I stamped two more and fussy cut and glued them all together to get a thicker piece. It's then glued with 3d cushions. 

The base is made using the same watercolor paper as my panels and it's colored with distress oxide sprays both inside and on the back side.

Thank you for stopping by
Hugs, Lisa

Products used
Dies from Tim Holtz/Sizzix: tag, pediments, pipeline, voltage

From Tim Holtz/Ranger:
-distress oxide sprays vintage photo, walnut stain, pumic stone
-distress inks ground espresso, black sooth
-distress crayon hickory smoke

Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous:
- stamps from the sets Road trip CMS128 and Elements of time CMS038
- stencils: Schoolhouse THS011, Industrial THS051, Stitched THS099
- etcetera pinked trims chipboard 

Tim Holtz idea-ology: letterpress, mini hardware pull, hardware heads, buckle, faucet knob, stars, typed token, jump ring, frame, quote chip, paper doll

From stash: charms, bulb, nut, coil spring, small measurement

Stencil from Andy Skinner (oil)

White gesso from Finnabair
White crackle paint from DecoArt
Watercolor paper from Canson 300g
Embossing powder: white from WOW and cappuccino from Sparkle N Sprinkle

onsdag 10 juli 2019

Happy Birthday, Dad!

Hello and welcome...
My dad's Birthday is coming up soon so I've made this card for him. It's also my design team project for this month challenge at Ally's Angels the theme is anything goes. 

I started by making a background using watercolor paper and distress oxide sprays vintage photo, walnut stain and squeezed lemonade. I used distress ink black soot to ink the edges before sanding them. I used the mixed media die set 3 from Tim Holtz to make a brick stencil and then used it together with opaque texture paste from Ranger. I let the paste soak up some of the oxide spray colors from the background and then added distress oxide rusty hinge, ground espresso and black soot. When completely dry I sanded lightly on top.

I used Archival ink black and stamps from the distinguished and #hastags sets to stamp onto my background. I glued one of the idea-ology mini hardware pulls together with two hardware heads on top of the left hand side and colored it with some black gesso.

I die cut the pipes in chipboard using the pipeline die from Tim Holtz and used distress oxides vintage photo, walnut stain and squeezed lemonade. I then added some grit paste mixed with distress paint black soot on top. I inked the edges and the grit paste using distress ink black soot and then sanded the edges. The wheel and other black chipboard details are colored with black gesso then sanded.

I die cut the voltage die in watercolor paper and colored it the same way as I did my background. I used distress ink black soot to ink the edges and then sanded them. I stamped the number scale from the professor stamp set with archival ink black.

I colored the tag the same way as my background and I die cut 'DAD' in chipboard using the deco die and covered the letters completely in black gesso then sanded them. I glued four idea-logy hardware heads, one on each corner. The text is from the distinguished stamp set. I finished by cutting a short piece of a ball chain and added it to the tag.

To create the small heart I used the faceted heart die from Tim Holtz. I used watercolor paper and colored with distress oxide sprays squeezed lemonade and a touch of vintage photo. The edges are inked in black soot. I manage to put a jump ring on the top of the heart so I could use a swivel clasp to hang the heart from the pipe. I attached a typed token and a story stick metal embellishments to the chain.

The base of my card is kraft and I then have a panel I created using watercolor paper and distress paints, stencils and crackle glaze and on top of that a panel with corrugated cardboard covered in clear gesso and then colored with distress ink black soot. My oxide spray background is glued on top of the corrugated cardboard.

Thank you so much for stopping by today
Hugs, Lisa

Products used
Tim Holtz/Sizzix dies: voltage, pipeline, tag, faceted heart, mixed media set 3 (661175), deco 

Tim Holtz idea-ology: mini hardware pull, hardware heads, swivel clasp, jump ring, typed token, ball chain, story stick

Tim Holtz/Ranger:
- Distress paint black soot 
- Distress oxide sprays vintage photo, walnut stain, squeezed lemonade
- Distress oxides vintage photo, rusty hinge, black soot, ground espresso
- Distress ink black soot
- Opaque texture paste

Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous: distinguished CMS371, #hastags CMS183, professor CMS373

Watercolor paper
Corrugated cardboard

SASPC summer special challenge (steampunk & industrial)

måndag 10 juni 2019

Butterfly card

Hello and welcome,
This is my design team project for this month challenge at Ally's Angels with the theme anything goes. It's a birthday card with lots of Tim Holtz (TH) products.

I started by covering a baseboard frame from TH completely in black gesso and then sanded it. I made a background for the frame using watercolor paper and distress oxides. I then run it through my cuttlebug using Tim Holtz 3D impresslits foundry (a favorite) and then finished it by using distress crayons in rusty hinge, iced spruced and black sooth.

I then die cut the big pocket watch frame in chipboard and covered it completely in black gesso and sanded the edges. I die cut steampunk parts also in chipboard and covered the smaller parts in black gesso and the big frame in distress paint tarnished brass and sanded all the edges. To take away a bit of the bright gold of the tarnished brass I used distress ink and crayons in black sooth. The clock is made with a stamp from the TH set curiosities (CMS104), watercolor paper and distress oxides and crayons. I used a game spinner and one of the hardware heads from TH for the center of the clock. I used 3d tape and glue to mount the frame, oxide background and the die cuts together.

The butterflies are made with the TH die and matching embossing folder butterfly duo then colored using oxides in vintage photo, cracked pistachio and fired brick. I then used distress paint tarnished brass, distress ink/crayons in black sooth and put a story stick on top. 

All metal decorations used are from TH and either colored with distress paint tarnished brass and crayons black sooth or with just black gesso (the stars and the game spinner). The happy birthday sentiment is from the TH set crazy talk (CMS236) embossed in frayed burlap on watercolor paper covered in black gesso. I so like the matte surface that I get using black gesso. I also like sanding it to get a more distressed look. 

I die cut the mini clock key in chipboard and covered it in distress paint tarnished brass and then sanded the edges and used some distress ink and crayons in black soot on top. The text stamp on the side is from the TH stamp set correspondence (CMS225) and embossed in black. Stars covered with black gesso. Adornments foundry and hardware heads on the bottom of the frame.

I've used black cardstock for the base and the brown background paper is from TH paper stash collage and the text stamps 'it's a party' and 'it's your birthday' are both from the TH set crazy talk (CMS236) embossed in black. Ball chain and typed token on the top of the right hand side colored with distress paint tarnished brass and distress crayon black soot.

My next layer is corrugated cardboard with distress paint tarnished brass and when completely dry I used quite a lot of distress ink/crayons in black soot on top. I then glued the baseboard frame included the oxide background on top of the corrugated cardboard and finished by adding die cuts and decorations.

Have a wonderful day and thanks for stopping by
Hugs, Lisa

List of products used
- Tim Holtz/Sizzix dies: mini clock key, butterfly duo, pocket watch frame
- Tim Holtz/Sizzix 3d impresslits: foundry
- Tim Holtz/Sizzix embossing folder: the matching folder to the butterfly duo die
- distress paint tarnished brass
- distress oxides vintage photo, cracked pistachio, pumice stone, iced spruce, fired brick
- distress ink black soot
- distress crayon black soot, iced spruce, rusty hinge
- Tim Holtz/Ranger: embossing powder frayed burlap
- Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous stamp set: correspondence (CMS225) crazy talk (CMS236) curiosities (CMS104)
- Tim Holtz idea-ology: baseboard frame, adornments stars, hardware heads, ball chain, typed token, adornments foundry, story stick, game spinner
- brown background paper from Tim Holtz idea-ology paper pad collage
- watercolor paper
- corrugated cardboard
- chipboard
- black cardstock


fredag 10 maj 2019

Birthday card for Gunnar

Hello and welcome,

Time again for a new challenge at Ally's Angels and the theme anything goes. My DT work is this Birthday card made for our friend Gunnar using a lot of Tim Holtz goodies and one of my favorite Seth Apter die. The card is quite large, approx 15x20 cm/6x8 inches.

My card consists of 5 layers and the base. Two made of corrugated paper and three made of watercolor paper with distress oxides and/or fluid acrylic paints and crackle glaze or crackle paint. The base is made of watercolor paper and colored with distress oxides both inside and out.

I've used my sewing machine.
Text stamps and star stamp from Tim Holtz

I used the pocket watch frame die, distress oxides and then weathered wood crackle medium and crackle glaze. The decoration you can see at the corner on the right hand side of the dark brown panel is recycled from a studded tire from a car. The chipboard piece at the top I made matte black using black gesso then sanded the edges and I've used label letters to write Gunnar inside.

I die cut the middle part of my Seth Apter die Spokes five times and glued them together, applied a layer of gesso and then texture paste from Ranger and fluid acrylic paints using my fingers at first and then a small brush for details.

To create the dark brown panel I started with watercolor paper and distress oxides. I then used the TH embossing folder mechanics more oxides and then weathered wood crackle medium and crackle glaze from DecoArt. I finished by applying one layer of black acrylic paint then rubbed off with cloth and stamped the larger version of the stamp I used for the tag but in yellow.

Paper doll and metall decorations from Tim Holtz. I applied fluid acrylic paint on the stars and let dry completely and then finished with a touch of distress crayon black sooth. The paper doll got some colour with distress marker antique linen and scattered straw.

The light yellow panel is made with watercolor paper, gesso, white crackle paint and fluid acrylic paints and then distress crayons. The numbers at the bottom are made with one of TH mixed media die sets and texture paste from Ranger mixed with fluid acrylic paints in raw umber and black. 

The wooden letterpress numbers I used for 50 are from TH and a favorite of mine. They are part of a complete alphabet and number set. I've had them for a long time but never used any of them because I like them so much and don't want to separate from them, lol. I think Gunnar doesn't know how lucky he is getting these on his card, lol.

This is the inside of my card. I started with watercolor paper and used my distress oxides to create the background. I then added stamps and used the mixed media die 6 set, texture paste and acrylic paints to create the hand on the left hand side. 

On the other page I started with and unknown stencil from stash and then stamped with TH stamps to create like a frame around my corrugated paper. I die cut the rectangle (TH die 662694) in watercolor paper and used my distress oxides. I then decorated with film strip ribbon, stamps, tickets (CMS337 and ticket booth die) and metal decorations. Finished with the chip quote enjoy the journey

A close up of the inside. I used the TH alphabet die word play to cut out 50 and treated them the same way as the Seth Apter spokes die cut above using texture paste and fluid acrylic paints. On the empty space beneath #happybirthday we wrote our Birthday greetings to Gunnar.

Materials used:
-Seth Apter/Spellbinder die: Spokes
-Tim Holtz/Sizzix dies: tags, pocket watch frame and key, mixed media 6, word play alphabet, ticket booth
-Distress crayons: black sooth
-Distress oxides: antique linen, scattered straw, ground espresso, frayed burlap, walnut stain, black sooth
-Texture paste from Ranger
-3D impresslits mechanics from Tim Holtz/Sizzix
-Distress paint: black sooth
-Distress marker: antique linen, scattered straw
-Stamps from Tim Holtz/Stampers anonymous: CMS038, CMS183, CMS090, CMS089, CMS225 CMS236, CMS238, CMS293, CMS337, CMS339
-Paper doll, quote chip, label letters from Tim Holtz
-Idea-ology: arrow, stars, letterpress, measurement, quote tokens, story sticks, typed token, filmstrip ribbon, swivel clasp
-Acrylic fluid paints from DecoArt: titan buff, yellow oxide, raw umber
-Crackle glaze, crackle paint and Americana Weathered Wood crackle medium from DecoArt
-Watercolor paper: 180gsm and 300gsm
-Corrugated paper from stash

I will try my luck in the following challenge

Thank you for stopping by

fredag 19 april 2019

Etcetera tag with Tim Holtz goodies

Hello and welcome, hope you are well.

Spring has finally arrived and it feels good. I had some time to create so decided to use the etcetera tag and some other goodies from Tim Holtz.

I started by applying a layer of gesso and when dried I applied crackle paint and used my distress stain in walnut stain and some oxides followed by a layer of antiquing cream from DecoArt. I then used distress crayons in black sooth and some distress ink walnut stain.

Here a close up of the crackles. Stencil used here is 'THS051 industrial' and idea-ology metal decorations from Tim Holtz. 

The tag is made with watercolor paper and distress inks and oxides, I then stamped randomly using background stamps and then used 3D impresslits foundry and some more distress oxides. Then embossed the numbers using WOW embossing powder. Behind the tag I put some corrugated paper.

Tickets made with stamps and matching die 'ticket booth' and also the mini clipboard top is die cut in watercolor paper colored using distress inks and oxides. The stamp 'handle with care' is from the set correspondence.

Paper doll from Tim Holtz and behind him I have used a stamp from the new set 'the professor' stamped in black colored using distress oxide peacock feathers and walnut stain then fussy cut.

Materials used:
- etcetera thickboard tag small, Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz
- gesso, Finnabair/Prima
- watercolor paper
- corrugated paper 
- distress oxides walnut stain, antique linen, ground espresso, antique linen, fossilized amber, Rangers/Tim Holtz
- distress ink walnut stain, Ranger/Tim Holtz
- distress stain walnut stain, Ranger/Tim Holtz
- antiquing cream raw umber, DecoArt
- crackle paint, DecoArt
- distress crayons black sooth, Ranger/Tim Holtz
- fluid acrylic paint cobalt teal hue, DecoArt
- stencils THS011 schoolhouse, THS051 industrial, Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz
- dies mini clipboard top, tag, ticket booth, steampunk parts, Sizzix/Tim Holtz
- 3D impresslits foundry, Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz
- stamp set CMS089 bitty grunge, CMS225 correspondence, CMS337 ticket booth, CMS339 mailer, CMS373 the professor, Stampers Anonymous/Tim Holtz
- Tim Holtz idea-ology arrows, foundry, typed token, buckle, measurement, paper doll
- embossing powder cobalt teal hue, WOW

Thanks for stopping by

onsdag 10 april 2019

A canvas made for a dental practice

Hello and welcome,

I'm back with a canvas as my DT work for this month challenge at Ally's Angels. The theme is anything goes.

I had a lot of fun creating this piece which again is dental related, the same as a card I posted earlier. As I work at a dental practice and my colleagues at another dental practice we collaborate with are celebrating 15 years in the business I wanted to make them a canvas to honor this occasion.

I asked my boss if I could use some retired dental instruments from work. I also wanted a tooth on my canvas so my hubby made one out of balsa wood (just the crown) and we found a big screw in our basement which we used to make this look like a dental implant with a dental crown on top. Hope this doesn't scare you too much....

I've tried to make all those scary instruments look less scary by adding lots of flowers, butterflies and other decorations, so I hope you like it despite all the scary stuff. 

I used one of my number stencils in the center of my canvas with Rangers opaque texture paste and then corrugated cardboard to make two panels, one on each side. I then applied some Finnabair graphite texture paste randomly on top. Metal decorations from Finnabair, retired dental instruments from work, an old tooth brush and some scrap metal and other decorations from stash. Cotton lace on the edges. Then covered everything with black gesso and then some metallic acrylic paint in gold to highlight details.

A close up of the "tooth" 

 This toothbrush really has seen its best days, lol. My hubby has used it to clean his radio controlled cars from mudd and oil...

Flowers, leaves and butterflies from Finnabair/Prima

Products used:
- canvas 15x20cm
- gesso: clear, black
- corrugated cardboard
- number stencil from stash
- opaque texture paste from Ranger
- texture paste, graphite from Finnabair/Prima
- heavy body gel from Finnabair/Prima
- metal decorations from Finnabair/Prima
- retired dental instruments from work
- old toothbrush
- dental drills
- metal decorations and scrap metal from stash
- cotton lace from stash
- metallic acrylic paint in gold from Finnabair/Prima
- numbers (15) die cut from the Tim Holtz/Sizzix die word play

Hugs, Lisa


söndag 10 mars 2019


Hello and welcome,

Here the winter is back. We had a few days earlier with warmer temperatures and snow melting and I even heard the bird singing their spring song. Hope it will come back soon.

Time for a new challenge at Ally's Angels and the theme is always anything goes. As usual there is a nice prize for a lucky winner. I've made this card using products from Tim Holtz and DecoArt.

Panels are made with watercolor paper, oxide inks or fluid acrylic paints and crackle paint/glaze. A favorite to use is corrugated paper this time used as the base and also for part of the voltage die cut.

I used distress marker pine needle and tattered rose to colour the paper doll. Metal decorations from Tim Holtz with acrylic paint and distress crayons. 

To create the yellow-green panel I first used oxide inks on watercolor paper then the 3D folder foundry from Tim Holtz and more oxides. I then used Americana weathered wood crackle medium and then crackle glaze, both from DecoArt. Finished by applying one layer of black acrylic paint and rubbed off with cloth.

I've only used this die 'voltage' from Tim Holtz once before but it's already a favorite. I used crackle paint, yellow fluid acrylic paint and distress ink black soot. For the corrugated part I first used clear gesso, distress paint weathered wood and then metallic lustre black shimmer from Deco Art. The black paper behind the stars is coredination cardstock with white core.

Metal decoration with numbers from Tim Holtz with a layer of green acrylic paint from DecoArt rubbed off with cloth then a layer of distress paint black soot and sanded.

Another close up. The key I think is from Michaels or Hobby Lobby. The '517' metal decoration is from Tim Holtz. I used acrylic paint to colour them.

Materials used:
-Distress oxides: peeled paint, black sooth
-Distress ink: black soot
-Distress crayons: black soot
-Distress marker: pine needle, tattered rose (for the paper doll)
-Distress paint: black soot, weathered wood
-3D impresslits from Tim Holtz/Sizzix: foundry
-Metal decorations from Tim Holtz except for the key from I think Michaels or Hobby Lobby
-Film strip ribbon from Tim Holtz
-Die: voltage from Tim Holtz/sizzix
-Paper doll from Tim Holtz
-From DecoArt: crackle glaze, grackle paint, americana weathered wood crackle medium and metallic lustre in black shimmer
-DecoArt fluid acrylic paints: yellow oxide, blue green light, burnt umber, paynes grey, titan buff
-Watercolor paper
-Corrugated paper
-Clear gesso
-Metal wire


Thank you for stopping by today