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lördag 8 maj 2021

At the Oscars

Hello and welcome, 

A couple of weeks ago I watched the Oscars award from Los Angeles on tv. And I was inspired to make a tag with that theme. Due to the pandemic it was a very special event, with a limited amount of attendants. I was inspired by the interior where the awards was held, the windows and the pastel colors on the decorative flowers.  I have used Tim Holtz products. 

I started with a Small Etcetera tag and glued a piece of the new Kraft stock to it with Distress collage medium. The tag is higher than the Kraft stock so I cut a piece from a second piece of Kraft stock and joined it together with the first at the bottom of the tag. I then sanded the edges. Then I used Distress texture paste opaque matte and the THS147 Deco arch stencil at the top of the tag. I wanted it to look like the windows.

The text “Oscars” is cut with 661815 Deco alphabet from sanded Metallic Kraft stock and also from the new Kraft stock which I also sanded. I inked the edges on the Metallic letters and glued the Kraft stock letters a little bit offset on the Metallic letters. Then I glued them to the background. All glued with Distress collage medium. 

I cut a piece of sanded Metallic Kraft stock and glued to the reinforcer. Then I inked it with Walnut stain Distress ink, and cut a piece of the new Idea-ology Velvet trims. I used my mini stapler to hold the trim together. I used some Alcohol ink in Mushroom on the staple. The flowers are from Idea-ology Boquet, which I have colored with a waterbrush and Distress inks. The leaves is from an old Sizzlits die, 659573 Spring greenery, cut from the new Kraft stock. Also sanded.

I cut the Piqture wheel with 668558 die, from Distress Kraft heavystock, inked the edges with Walnut stain Distress ink. I stamped the “countdown” stamp from CMS081 At the movies, on Distress mixed media heavystock with Alcohol ink in Jet black, inked the strip with the new Salvaged patina and Walnut stain Distress inks. Then I cut the strip in pieces and glued the numbers in the “windows” on the Piqture wheel. I also stamped the wheel with a small stamp from CMS412 Examinations. 
The word “Nominees” are cut from Metallic Kraft stock with another old Sizzlits die, Typeset, 657176. Then I painted the letters with Salvaged patina Distress paint, and then zip inked them with Walnut stain Distress ink. I glued the letters on a piece of sanded Kraft stock piece. I love the surface on the new Kraft stock. 
The ladies who are the “Nominees” for the Oscar for best actress are photos from Idea-ology, Photobooth, I glued them to chip board to get them more sturdy, and for some dimension. 
Here you can see the reinforcer and flowers. 


“Best actress” is done in the exact same way as the “Nominees” letters. The frame around is the leftover from when I cut the star border with the 3D embossing folder which I will describe further down. Here you can see that I used the “countdown” strip again. I stamped it on Mixed media heavystock and the I glued a Idea-ology Film strip over it. I used two hardware heads on each side of the strip. The hardware heads are colored with Alcohol ink in Mushroom. 
The starborder is cut from sanded Metallic Kraft stock with the 3D impresslits embossing folder Star trim  from Sizzix. I used the leftover as a frame, (described above). I used a layer of Salvaged patina Distress paint on the border and then I wiped some of it away. Then I used some Distress crayon in Walnut stain to “age” it a bit. I glued a Idea-ology Quote flair to the border.
“1930” is Idea-ology Numeric, which I painted with Salvaged patina Distress paint and then I used a waterbrush and Distress crayon in Walnut stain and painted over for an “aged” look. I did the same with the stars, but they was painted white and then I mixed Rusty hinge, Crackling campfire and Walnut stain crayons on top. 


It was really fun to make this tag.


I will try this tag over at Simon says stamps Monday challenge -Feminine. 

Take care, and thank you so much for visiting my blog.

/ Susanne 



söndag 25 april 2021

Possibility tag

Hello and welcome, 

Today I will show a tag made with Tim Holtz techniques and products. I was inspired by Simon says stamp challenge, Bright, Cheerful colors and Tim’s YouTube lives.

I started to cut a tag from Distress white Heavystock, with Sizzix die 656938, Tag & Bookplates. One of my most used dies. I inked my craft mat with Kitsch flamingo Distress ink and water and layered til I was satisfied. Then I used Tim’s Microglaze technique with stencil THS058 Countdown, and Distress spray Carved pumpkin, Distress Oxide sprays Picked raspberry and Spiced marmalade. 

Then I used the same stencil and Crackling campfire Distress ink on the top part of the tag. I also stitched around the edges with my sewing machine after I inked all the edges with Distress ink Crackling campfire. Next step was the white embossed parts, using white embossing powder and CMS328 Entomology stamps and Distress embossing ink. The last step was the black stamped images, using Archival ink Jet black and CMS 225 Correspondence stamps. 
The “Specimen” word is a remnant tub from “Specimen”. 
I also used a Quote chip which I sanded and inked with Distress ink Crackling campfire. 

The dragonfly is from Tim’s new set “Funky insects”. I cut it out from Distress White heavystock and then used my Distress inks for the colors. I also glued a Idea-ology Transparent wing between the second and third layer of the insect. I first heated the transparent wings with my heat tool and bend them a little bit, for dimension. 
I glued the tag to a white card blank which I made from regular white cardstock. 
Here you can see the numbers in the background from the Microglaze technique and also some of the white embossed stamps. You can also see the difference between Distress spray stain and Distress Oxide
spray. I used Spray stain on the top and bottom of the tag and Oxide spray in the middle. 
I love the look from the Microglaze technique.

I spritzed some water on the pieces I colored for the dragonfly.

I will try this tag in the “Bright, Cheerful colors” challenge over at Simon says stamp Monday challenge .

Thank you very much for visiting my blog today, 

Take care, 
/ Susanne



söndag 11 april 2021

Aloha tag

Hello and welcome, 

This is a tag made with Tim Holtz products and especially the Sizzix die 661207, Tropical, which I have had in my stash for a while and not used very much. I love these tropical flowers and I love to travel, so why not make a tag with Hawaii theme. We have never been to Hawaii, but who knows, some day🙂. 

I started with a small Etcetera tag and painted it with gesso all over. Then I used Distress Crackle paste through the THS 138 Bubbles stencil and let dry. Inked the edges with Walnut stain Distress ink. 
Then I “smooshed” Distress ink and Oxides on my craft mat, and spritzed water, then I used a paintbrush to add the ink’s to the tag. I also used some Distress sprays. I used more blue tones for the “sky” and more turquoise for the bottom of the tag. I stamped the reinforcer with a stamp from CMS225 Correspondence. 
I made a couple of backgrounds with Distress ink’s and Oxides on Distress White heavystock and diecut the palm tree and all the flowers an leaves. Mounted them together. 
The small tag is from 667188 Tiny tabs & tags, cut from Distress white heavystock. Inked and then I wrote “Hawaii” and the stitches with a thin black marker. 
The suitcase is made from Cracked leather cardstock, 664439 Baggage claim die, using the technique Tim has shown in some of his FB lives. With sprays and then using a brayer with acrylic paint to highlight the texture, finally som Resist spray on top. 
The three “ladies” is a Found relatives - Occasions, card, which I have colored with Distress crayons. I also used a stamp from CMS 225 Correspondence in the top right corner. I then mounted the card on chip board for more depth, and glued it to the background with Distress collage medium.
Then I placed and layered all the flowers, the palm and leaves and glued them to the tag. All these pieces are inked on the edges with Walnut stain Distress ink. 
The “Aloha” text is cut from Woodgrain cardstock and inked the same way as the suitcase accept from the Resist spray. I wanted the letters to be matte. That are also cut from chip board and then glued together with the woo grain letters to get some more dimension. I used the 664218, Handmade alphabet die. 
The “ Make a wish” is a Quote chip which I have sanded the edges on and then inked with Walnut stain Distress ink. I glued the Quote chip to a piece of Woodgrain cardstock, treated the same as for the “Aloha” letters. Then I painted a Tiny clip with Stormy sky Distress paint, and then used Walnut stain Distress crayon on it to make it look more Distressed. I put the clip on the “ Make a wish” piece. 
The buckles on the suitcase are cut from sanded Metallic Kraft stock, and the strap is from sanded Blackout Kraft stock. 


I will try this tag in the Simon says stamp Monday challenge - Layer it

Thank you so much for visiting today, take care.

/ Susanne. 



tisdag 30 mars 2021

Mickey card

Hello and welcome, 

Today I will show a card that I have made for my dear brother. We love Disney and especially Mickey and Minnie, so I thought why not make a Mickey card. 

I remember a card that Emma Williams made some years ago where she used the Tim Holtz Stitched circle dies for a Mickey card. I was inspired by that card and wanted to make my own take. 

I started with the background, a Mixed media heavystock piece. Then I used different Distress inks and Oxides in red tones on the background. Dipped and dried and spritzed some water and finally dried again. Then I took the THS 003 stencil and some used. Tim Holtz Micro glaze technique. After the Micro glaze I used Walnut Stain Distress ink and reinker. I love that technique. I used my sewing machine and stitched around the edges. I also used the Star stencil in the Stamptember 2019 kit and used the same technique as above, but these stars are not easy to see. 

I also used some transparent Grit paste on random places around the edges, and some Walnut stain Distress crayon. 

Time for the Mickey head, I die cut circles from Mixed media heavystock with the 662229 Stitched circles die and then I used the 3D Texture fade Foundry to get that texture. Then I used Hickory smoke and Black soot to “ink” the head with. I used Black Distress crayon around all the circles. 

The heart is also cut from Distress mixed media heavystock and “inked” with different red Distress Ink’s and spritzed water. Dried between layers and repeated until I was satisfied. I cut the heart from the Faceted heart die, 664156. Then I took some sewing tread and wired around the heart. I also glued some hardware heads on the heart. 

The small stars on the background is die cut from sanded Metallic Kraft stock using the dies 660226 Shape strips and 662421 Snowglobe #2.
I also stamped “15 12” from CMS358 Music & Advert on black sanded Kraft cardstock with white embossing powder.
Fastened it with a idea-ology Index clip.

I think “Believe in the magic” is a very suitable text for a Disney themed card, so I used the CMS424 Tiny text, stamped with embossing ink and Platinum embossing powder on black sanded Kraft cardstock. I adhered them with 3D foam adhesive. 
The “Mickey” text is die cut both from Mixed media heavystock inked with yellow and red Distress inks, with 661815 Bigz XL, Deco alphabet. After cut I inked the edges on all letters with Walnut stain Distress ink and glued them together a little bit offset. Then I highlighted the letters with a white Posca pen. 
I painted two Adornment stars with yellow acrylic paint. And then I used a red “wash” over the yellow and finally a brown “wash”. Then I glued the stars on each side of the “Mickey” text. 
Finally I layered the card on yellow sanded Kraft cardstock (with Walnut stain inked edges), and then another layer, black sanded Kraft cardstock. All mounted with 3D foam for dimension. 

Thank you so much for following along, 

Have a nice evening, 
/Susanne 





söndag 21 mars 2021

Rusty Bunnies

Hello and welcome, 

Time for some bunnies! 

First a little story from where I got the inspiration for this card. Me and my friend did a trip to New York many years ago. We both had some wishes what we would like to see and do and my wishes was to see Wayne Gretzky play icehockey (yes I said many years ago) in Madison square garden and to visit a church in Harlem to listen to gospel. My friends wishes was to visit an art museum and a Thai food restaurant. At that time we didn’t have any Thai food restaurants in Sweden, at least not in our area. We did all this and lots of more things. One thing was to visit the American museum of natural history, and in one department the showcased real “stuffed” animal, a little creepy but that was how it was, and from there I got the inspiration for this card. Weird? Yes a little maybe, but you can get inspiration from anywhere, right?!

Now over to the card, I started with a piece of watercolor paper and some Distress texture paste. I used the Tim Holtz stencil THS 129, Decayed, in random places. Then I used Distress Oxide sprays over it all. I also stamped some words with CMS225 Correspondence and CMS339 Mail art. I stitched around the edges with my sewing machine. I also inked the edges with Walnut stain Distress ink.

Then for the next layer, I used some Distress inks in turquoise tones and then Die cut with the 663086 Tangled twigs.

Then I cut a piece of blue Metallic Kraftstock, ran it through my Big shot with the Tim Holtz 3D embossingfolder Foundry. Then I sanded the piece. 

Time for the bunnies, they are diecut from a Distress Oxide sprayed watercolor background, with the Sizzix die 664421, Bunny hop. I used some Grit paste random on the edges, then some Distress crayon in Walnut stain, Rusty hinge and Peacock feathers to get that rusty look. I wired a steel wire around the blue layer, than attached the bunnies with some idea-ology mini fasteners. 

It’s difficult to see on the photos, but when I mounted the blue layer of cardstock above the other layers I curved it slightly to get some more depth on the card. I put some chipboard pieces glued together under it. 
I sanded a Quote chip, inked it with Distress ink and then crayons on the edges and drilled holes in the ends and mounted it with steel wire to the card. 

I used Walnut Stain Embossing glaze on a Story stick, then some Antique linen Distress crayon to get the number more visible. Attached with a long fastener. 

The small tags are cut from Distress Mixed media heavystock, with 657188, Tiny tabs and tags, inked and stamped using the small numbers from CMS 225 Correspondence. fastened with long fasteners. 
I mounted the above described layers on a piece of inked cardboard, then to a card blank. I used 3D foam between the layers to get dimension. 


I will try this card in the Simon says stamp Monday challenge - Recycle. I have recycled the cardboard background from and old shoe box and the steel wire. 

Thanks for visiting and have a nice day, 
/ Susanne 

söndag 21 februari 2021

Card for my lovely husband

Hello and welcome, 

This card is made for my lovely husband. 

All made with Tim Holtz products. I started with a panel cut from Metallic Kraft stock in gold. Then I wanted to try a technique showed by Stacy Hutchinson (Stacy’s blog) and Tim. I used Glitch 1 and 2 stampset CMS403 and 404, embossing ink and Platinum embossing powder. After heated, Distress crayon in Walnut Stain above and then smudge the crayon out. It gives a very cool effect and texture. 

Then I used the Digits stencil THS145, Crackle paste and Speckled egg embossing glaze. Let dry, then heat set with my Ranger heat tool. I also stitched around the edges with my sewing machine. 

“The world....” stamp is from CMS394 Tiny text, stamped on a piece of Speckled egg inked paper with embossing ink and the Platinum embossing powder. Then I mounted it with 3D foam on a piece of sanded Kraft cardstock. 
I diecut the Globe 660214 from sanded Kraft cardstock. Then I cut a piece of steel wire and threaded it through some of the holes in the Globe for texture. I used embossing pen and Speckled egg embossing glaze on the Paperdolls jacket, and colored the rest of him with Distress crayons and a waterbrush. 
I cut a piece of Mixed media heavystock and took the same stencil as above, used the  Microglaze technique and Distress Oxides, that became the background for the “cross” stamp from the Glitch set. I then cut it out. Placed the Paperdoll on it. Took a Ruler piece from Idea-ology and treated it with Embossing glaze and Distress crayon. On the ruler piece I glued a Adornment star that I have painted with red acrylic paint and a wash of brown acrylic paint. 
I cut a Star trim with the 3D embossing folder from Metallic Kraft stock, used Distress crayon in Walnut Stain on it. I sanded a Milk cap, inked the edges and then I took a very thin layer of Weathered wood Distress paint on my craft mat, then “dipped” the Number block (1) in the paint, then I used a stamp from CMS337 Ticket booth with Jet black Archival ink. This technique is one I have learnt from a class by Tim. Love the look. 
The Thought token is embossed with embossing glaze in Speckled egg, then I used Distress crayon in Antique linen. It is fastened on the Number block with a hardware piece. 
In the top left corner I put some Type chips, spelling my husband’s name. I attached them with mini fasteners and a Tiny clip, treated the same way as the Adornment star. 
I then layered the card on a sanded Kraft cardstock panel, a inked cardboard and then on a black card blank, all with 3D foam between for dimension. 

I will try this card in the “Add som texture” challenge over at Simon says stamp Monday Challenge blog.

Thank you so much for visiting me, take care! 

/Susanne