Monday, August 15, 2016

Bewildered Crazy Bird

     I've spent a fair bit of time admiring the Crazy Bird Phenom happen...hoping all the while to have a chance to try my hand at them!  You've got to hand it to Tim Holtz for finding particular niches and creating product that will allow all of us to fall into the pit of card making happiness.  Now, of course, there are several matching products that have followed after the Crazy Birds....and I intend to jump right into all of them!!
     Just in case you are wondering...this is the very first larger set.  And though I enjoy fussy cutting my images out immensely!...I definitely took advantage of the matching die-cuts that went along with the stamps.
     This is a regular A2 card - so I found a tag that was a more appropriate size then the ones on Tim's videos.  Then I proceeded to mess around with using my Alcohol Ink Applicator, the felt tip, several colors of Distress inks and some Distress Paint Dabber with the Harlequin stencil for the tag background.
     Not to mention...the cool, cool, cool, stamp borders by Dylusions!  Now I'm religiously buying all of them!...sigh...will it every end?
     I hope not!!!  HA HA!

What did I enjoy the most?

     Besides the obvious fun looking little guy up there...I would have to say the Dylusions borders!  Nothing looks right until you finish it off with just the right touches!  Now I have exploding brain about what to use them with next!

What did I learn?

    I may have colored my images with colored pencil on some good white cardstock - BUT - white cardstock did not work as well for the direct to paper inking!  Isn't that weird?  It's true.  When I spritzed my tag and background cardstock with water...the white made a leached look that did not add to the serendipity of the finish card.  Then I used a good cream smooth Cougar cardstock that totally reacted differently.  Plus - somehow the finish of the cardstock is different.
Unexplainable weirdness that I will not forget in my following endeavors!

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Supply List

Prismacolor Pencils

  • PC1008 Parma Violet
  • PC932 Violet
  • PC918 Orange
  • PC912 Apple Green
  • PC909 Grass Green
  • PC905 Aquamarine
Tim Holtz Distress Ink
  • Mowed Lawn
  • Salty Ocean
  • Wild Honey
  • Black Soot
  • Walnut Stain
  • Tim Holtz - Bird Crazy CMS212
  • Tim Holtz - Crazy Things CMS237
  • Tim Holtz - Crazy Talk CMS236
  • Dylusions - "Further Around the Edge" DYR34513
  • Tim Holtz Layering Stencil - Harlequin THS016
  • Tim Holtz Distress Paint - Mermaid Lagoon
  • Odorless Paint Thinner
  • Paper Stumps
  • Glossy Accents
  • White Paint Pen
  • Black Paint Pen
  • Penny Black Die - "Tagged" 51-007

Monday, December 21, 2015

Simply Made KaiserCraft Card

     I never thought that I would ever become a fan of stickers...and I don't think I am...but I'm starting to give it a chance - shall we say.  It certainly makes the card go faster - and it definitely adds easy elements.   I'm starting to think that maybe I have two minds about what kind of cards I'm into.  One for sure would be the "takes too much time and now I'm sweating!"  and one would be the "simply made" card that allows you to make several variations on a theme while using up the sticker sheet.

I love, love, love the pinkish paint peeling paper and will not be able to resist making some more cards with that.  Love it!  .....yes I do!

Just another way to look at the product list here.

     And here's another way to look at the card with a "coffee" background and a little distress.

Squeezed out a quick video too!  :)

Friday, August 7, 2015

Watercolor District - Card Two

One of my favorite things to do when I make a card is to include some kind of small gift inside.  I was so happy to see "Taylored Expressions" come out with  a set of stamps that was new and relevant to our daily lives.

I enjoy getting greetings online and seeing what's going on in Facebook...but when you get a card in the mail that someone made for you?...that's like a gift and a treasure to unwrap!

Add a gift card inside and you've made someone's day!


"Shoppes TF - 4339" by Art Impressions (unmounted)
"Small Packages" Sentiments by Taylored Expressions

Tombow Markers 

(numbers are correct - but the names aren't on the I just gave you a general idea)
  • #528 blue
  • #192 lt. green
  • #177 olive green
  • #N79 cement
  • #N55 dk gray
  • #879 dk brown
  • #027 muddy artichoke
  • #985 sunshiny yellow


  • Memento: Tuxedo Black


  • Waterbrush with Detail Tip


  • Stamp your images in Black dye based ink
  • Scribble Marker on a plate
  • Use a waterbrush to pick up the color
  • Color your images
  • use more water or less water to get varying shades

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