Using a few less loved ef’s

Once I got my ef’s out I realized there were many that just don’t get much attention. Plus I had seen a suggestion of using two folders on one bg. The gold is sticker paper run through the wonky squares then the cross dots ef’s. Destressed piece with brown ink pad swiped across. Edges are destressed with brown rust paste using deckle cut frame as mask. Cut a thin strip of the deckle frame and attached between strips. Top strip is kraft cs put through ef of chevrons. Cattails and sentiment are Silhouette cut on layering weight cs and adhered. All is mounted on white cs base. I was wanting to add bling in the right bottom corner but it just did not go with the rustic theme I ended up making.

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Mix It Up: Anything goes + Distressing

Let’s Squash It

What could be more fun than a new challenge site, than a new challenge site dedicated to embossing folders. EF are such un-sung heroes and it is about time someone decided to use them often.

This project actually started out to make a daisy chain stencil but when you cut 9×12 and tell the machine it is 8 1/2×11 somethings get cut off. So when this 4 mil stencil was to tiny to try to use and I had broken out a brand new cutting mat that was supper sticky I thought to try something new. I used my tape runner over the bits left on the cutting mat and then placed layering weight cs to pick them up. Placed the reverse mylar back down and attached purple tape to make a hinge. Lightly sprayed black cs with water and sent the new ef through the machine. Worked pretty good but I wanted the metal look, so I added a blob of silver acrylic paint directly on the black embossed cs and spread it thin with the edge of an old credit card. Trimmed the bg piece down, added black splatter and black ink along the edges and mounted on white cs base. The greenery is Silhouette cut and the silver tag was a birthday gift from a stamp buddy. Sentiment was stamped in black on white copy paper and attached to back of tag.

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Watercooler Wednesday: Anything Goes

Found out that homemade embossing folders are not going to be allowed at the Let’s Squash It Challenge.

Make you own Dragon

There was a challenge that asked to us a dragon. When I realized that I only had one and it was a very cutesy, I went on a quest to make my own. Stumbled on a site for Free SVG Images and found this dragon. Cut it out of 4 mil Mylar with Silhouette and placed the cutout on Text Vellum and sprayed shimmer spray. With the cutout covered with shimmer spray I just laid it down on a scrap of Text Vellum. Then the two facing images looked so cool side by side I went in that direction. Used the outline on one side with orange ink and sponging and the cutout on the other with the same ink and sponging. Trimmed and mounted on white cs base. Added rhinestone for eyes.

Tip: To get the pieces to match, use low tack tape on right side to align them in their full size. Then cut both at once with straight edge. Lay one side face down on glass surface and place cellophane tape along cut edge with half of the tape on the piece and the other half on glass. Gently remove from glass and place mirror side along cut edge. This is how I learned in drafting class in high school. That was awhile ago.

Feel free to use

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CAS Mix Up: Stencil Tone on Tone

Challenge Up Your Life: Dragon

Always Fun Challenges: Monster I guess a dragon can be considered a monster?

More with Shimmer Water Colors

I love plaid, always have and the brushes that Kathy sent me work perfectly for make them with my shimmer water color palette. Added the lines in black with a fine line gel pen. BG piece is pp and stamped flowers on kraft. Colored petals with white colored pencil then sprayed panel with clear shimmer spray to set the color. Mounted all on white cs base with black splatter and the sentiment is popped up after being cut on Silhouette. Each element has an ode to a stamp buddy. PP was a gift from Diana when she cleared out her stash with a move, Golda inspired me to use pencil because she is the queen of coloring with pencils for me. Lisa got me to pop up die cut sentiments, would not have thought of that on my own. And Gayle reminded me to use my kraft after seeing one of her dynamite creations. Thanks gals.

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CAS on Friday: Plaid

Purple Dragon

The good folks over at Challenge up you life challenge wanted a dragon. Seeing how this is the only one I have and I wanted to play some more with my new water colors I went for it. Plus my stash of get well is pretty small. After printing on Text Vellum and water coloring I masked off image and used water color tray to splatter bg. Added the horizon line with pencil and mounted left over checkered frame then attached all to white cs base.

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Challenge Up Your Life: Dragon