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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Steampunk Ella Sitting Pretty - InkStained Roni Altered Altoid Art Festival Blog Hop!

Hello Everyone!

Today we're celebrating my friend's 5th blog anniversary/birthday!   Congrats Roni on your awesome milestone!

 Roni of Ink Stains is hosting an Altered Altoid Art Festival blog hop today!  See the linky collection below to continue on your altered tin hop and check out Roni's post about the event here!  She's giving away prizes so come and join the fun!

Here's my altered altoids tin contribution to the festivities.  I used two altoids tins, a regular one and a 'Smalls' one too, which Roni graciously provided for me to alter. 

The star of my Steampunk themed tin is this gorgeous lady, Ella Sitting Pretty KG-041-T by Third Coast Rubber Stamps.  She's stamped on Strathmore Bristol Smooth heavy weight cardstock with Tuxedo Black Memento ink and fussy cut out.  I coloured her with the following Copic markers:
E000, 00, 01, 02, 13, 15, 43, V01, 06, BG02, 05, 07 and added some metallic gold details with a gel pen.

 I applied Tim Holtz Idea-ology Nostalgic Tissue Tape to the bottom edges of both tins and cut up pieces of Ranger Inkssentials adhesive back silver foil tape sheets to the lids.  I used a stylus to draw attention to the word 'Smalls' and other details on the tins that I liked and the lid of a pen to impress 'faux' rivets into the metal.  I then applied Jet Black StazOn re-inker to a piece of Cut & Dry foam and covered all the metal areas and then buffed away most of the black so it stayed in all the grooves.

 I then randomly applied Adirondack Alcohol Inks Current and Stream to both lids.  I adhered the small tin to the lid with E6000 adhesive and then Ella with Aleene's Fast Grab Glue with a pop dot behind her to prop her up.

 I had a ball adding all the various Steampunk-esque embellishments to my altered tins and plan to keep this one on my desk with all my loose embellies tucked inside!  I finished off the look with screw head brads, with the arms removed, adhered to the sides of the larger tin.  I love it!  FYI:  a lot of these embellies and loads more goodies are available at and Blockheads Paper Arts!

 Thank you so much for stopping by my blog today!  I hope you're having loads of fun hopping around Roni's Blog Hop Art Festival ;0)  See the linky collection below to continue on your adventure!
Happy Stamping!
I design for Blockheads Paper Arts * Third Coast Rubber Stamps * About Art Accents

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

CAS Christmas Tree Bauble Card - one day left in the CAS Blockheads Challenge!

Hello Everyone!

Blockheads Paper Arts' Clean and Simple challenge ends tomorrow, Nov 21.  Here's another example of the CAS technique to inspire you!

You can read all the details about how to enter the challenge and check out the challenge tutorial HERE!  There's two prizes up for grabs!  A $25 gift certificate if you enter the Blog Hop or 4 x 5.25 inch stamp set of your choice if you enter on the Blockheads' Facebook page!

For this super easy CAS Christmas Card I stamped the greenery with Forest Moss Distress ink and the baubles with Aged Mahogany Distress ink.

I drew in the hanging string lines with a black Copic Multliner pen and finished off each bauble with baker's twine bows.
I used the following exclusive Blockheads Paper Arts' stamps on this one:
Mouse Bauble - Figgy Puddy Mice
Holly Bauble - An Illustrated Christmas 
Greenery - Leaves set.

 I hope I've inspired you to create some Clean and Simple cards this season and I look forward to seeing your entries in the challenge ;0)  You can link up to the Blog Hop in the inlinkz collection below!

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Thanksgiving to all my USA readers!

I'm going to enter this one in the following challenges:
 Christmas Blog Challenge - Oh Baubles
Clearly I Stamp #64 Clean and Simple
 Paper Creators Crafts #1 All About Christmas
 The Crafty Pad #197 Its Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas
Crafty Bloggers Network #5 Christmas Anything Goes
Joyful Stamper - Inspire Me Fridays #85 Anything Goes

Happy Stamping!
I design for Blockheads Paper Arts * Third Coast Rubber Stamps * About Art Accents

Thursday, November 15, 2012

"Fox Riders" A White Shabby Chic Third Coast Card

Hello Everyone!

It's week 2 already of the White Shabby Chic challenge over at the Third Coast Creative Challenges Blog!

Here's my 2nd creation on the theme and hopefully provide you with some inspiration!  I encourage you all to give it a try and enter the challenge for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to Third Coast Rubber Stamps!  You do need to use at least one Third Coast rubber stamp to be eligible for the prize!

Fox Riders
a White Shabby Chic card

I used Third Coast's fantasy image called Fox Riders FT-218-J as the focal point of my white shabby chic project this week.  The image was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink on to a sheet of heavy weight Strathmore Bristol Smooth cardstock and fussy cut out with detail scissors.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

"Believe in Christmas" CAS #2 for Blockheads Paper Arts!

Hello Everyone!

Christmas is fast approaching and if you say every year that you want to make all your cards months in advance and end up rushing at the last minute then here's the perfect solution for you!  Create some Clean and Simple cards that are quick to make, super fun and very elegant too!

 Here's my second Clean and Simple project for Blockheads Paper Arts current Technique Challenge!
 If you missed my first CAS card, which is the taller one, you can click on the photo above to go to that post.

"Believe in Christmas" CAS #2

Monday, November 12, 2012

'Believe in Christmas' CAS #1 with Blockheads Paper Arts!

Hello Everyone!

It's Technique Challenge time again over at Blockheads Paper Arts!  This month we challenge you to create Clean and Simple (CAS) creations!  This technique is definitely a fan favourite but we know some of you really struggle too so don't worry coz Karen has a great CAS Tutorial for you and we, the design team, have some fabulous projects to inspire you too!  The challenge ends on Nov 21 so you've got plenty of time to play!

I've got two projects to share so far, one now and the other in a few days!  I've got a few more up my sleeve too so stay tuned ;0)

This one is "Believe in Christmas" CAS #1

Saturday, November 10, 2012

'Time To Dance' A White Shabby Chic Challenge with Third Coast!

Hello Everyone!

I'm hosting the new challenge over at Third Coast Creative Challenges and this one is
White Shabby Chic!

Here's my project demonstrating the theme!  I hope you'll come join us for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to Third Coast Rubber Stamps!

I enjoy playing with white on white layering of embossed and die cut cardstocks and particularly love the depth created by the play of shadows!  I used 3 different shades of white on this one!  You can have so much fun with this theme and its a great way to use up your off cuts from your cardstock stash too!