Its beginning to look a lot like….gift giving!

Happy Holidays!!!! With all the running around shopping, decorating, planning menus and party going – why not take a couple hours for yourself and create a special, handmade gift for someone special. This Tattered Angel says, “Always know in your heart that you are bigger than anything that can happen to you.” She would be perfect for a friend or relative going through a hard time, or just to let someone know you understand and are right there for them.

Join me on Sunday, December 18 at Stamp Antonio Arts to make this 6″ x 6″ wall hanging that will surely put a smile on someone’s face and in their heart. And, you get to spend time with some artsy friends!¬†You can even bring your own picture (no bigger than 1″ x 1″) and really personalize the angel.

The class is from 1 – 4 p.m. Call the store (210/764-7900) to sign up. Class size is limited so don’t wait until the last minute!

Hope to see you there.

Wishing everyone a glorious holiday with friends & family.

PS – if you are a Tim Holtz groupie, not only are we using quite a bit of Tim “goodness” in the Tattered Angel, but Carolyn Cowling and I will be teaching a tag class every Tueday following Tim’s 12 Tags of Christmas.¬†Remember what Tim says? His examples are just a jumping off point for your own creativity. And what a fun jump to take!

Colors of Fall Card Class at Stamp Antonio Arts

This month we will explore the gorgeous colors of fall using mainly the 3 new limited edition Distress Inks by Ranger. We’ll make 4 cards, with lots of paper piecing, stamping & embellishing.

Date is Saturday, October 22, 1:30 – 4:30. Would love to have you join in the fun and maybe even learn a new technique or two!

October ATC Class at Stamp Antonio Arts

This month’s ATC Class is all about Fall Colors. I’m using the new “limited edition” Distress Inks from Ranger. I adore these new colors. Class is limited to 8 students, so sign up early. We’ll be using some die cuts, embossing folders & great Graphic 45 paper, as well as some of Tim Holtz’s paper from his Seasonal Stack.

Charms, charms, charms!

Fun swap at All Things Tim Yahoo Group. I used Tim’s Fragments & Paper, added some beaded danglies & tada! Can’t wait to see the returns.

Innovative Stamp Creations New Release!

I’m a little late in uploading the new releases for Betsy at Innovative Stamp Creations. August was all about nature & friends. I love all the nature stamps from ISC and this month might just be my favorite!

“Best Wishes” uses the butterflies and words from Friendship II sheet. The butterflies were stamped with Colorbox black pigment ink & embossed with JudiKins EP. I cut them out and pop mounted them on scrapbook paper from BoBunny. The strip of butterflies on the right was punched (using a Martha Stewart punch) from the same paper and distressed with Ranger Distress Ink in Barn Door. The little “Best Wishes” was stamped on a distressed paper tag. Tim Holtz leaves added the right touch!

 

This beautiful image is also from the same Friendship II sheet. I stamped the image with Colorbox black pigment ink, embossed with clear EP. Lots of painting and embossing using Radiant Pearls & clear EP. “Moments of Friendship” is also from this sheet. I used a small tag, distressed with Ranger Distress Ink. The window is a die cut from Sizzix (Tim Holtz).

 

 

 

 

I was really inspired by Friendship Flowers II and the beautiful life-like images. First, the flower was stamped with Versamark on white Neenah bond and embossed with JukiKins pearl EP. Then, I used three colors of Ranger Alcohol Inks. After wiping with a damp paper towel, the flower really popped! The “Thanks” was mounted on a solid stamp from the Friendship II sheet on deep cranberry paper, inked with Versamark & embossed with clear EP. “Friend” is from the Friendship Flowers II sheet. I cut a tag using a Sizzix folder and did the same treatment as the Thanks panel. The words are stamped with Stazon on a heavy sage green paper and torn. Background paper almost has the look of suede but is scrapbook paper from DCVW. This sheet also has an Iris flower used on another card.

 

 

 

 

 

Nature’s Beauty sheet has two of the same image, one larger than the other. This card shows the large image. I stamped the image on Neenah white bond with Adirondak Brown and used 4 colors of Distress Ink. Stamped the image a second time using 3 different colors of Distress Ink and spritzed with water. I love using the faux watercolor technique. I cut out the two leaves and pop dotted them on the large stamped panel. Two tags (cut from a Sizzix folder) were distressed and I added a piece of the leaf from the Iris stamp – all in Stazon. The ribbon ws also colored with Distress Inks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This card is from the same sheet as the previous one, using the smaller image. The background paper is from BoBunny Jungle sheet, I used Vintage Photo Distress Ink on the edges. The main image was stamped with Adirondak Brown Archival Ink and colored using watercolor crayons. I then added Glossy Accents to the two main leaves. I cut a piece of heavy-weight copper paper with a Martha Steward punch and mounted both on a dark green panel. The little copper leaf was once a brad. I cut off the brad thingies (whatever they are called!) and glued on with Glossy Accents.

 

 

 

 

 

This tag was SO much fun to make. It is a large, standard “Tim Holtz” tag. I stamped Background Series “This and That” with Versamark & embossed with clear EP. Distressed the entire tag with Blue China Distress Ink and then distressed the edges with Vintage Photo. The flowers are from Ganzia – African Daisy Sheet. There are 4 different sized Daisys along with some great sentiments. I used my Distress Stains directly on the stamp and stamped on Neenah white paper. No spritzing needed! The watercolor effect is so cool. I cut out each flower and then lightly cut down each petal, curling the edges. I pop-dotted the flowers for a more dimentional effect. A little pearl in the center also. At the bottom of the tag, I used a Tim Holtz Trimming Ruffle, edged with Worn Lipstick Distress Stain. “Thankful for all you do” was stamped on heavy mulberry paper with Worn Lipstick and torn out. I used a Tim Holtz “Pin”, Bird & brad at the edge. The top of the tag has multiple paper flowers from Hero Arts, with little pearls added.

 

 

A beauty in blue. I love this Iris stamp from the Friendship Flowers II sheet. I guess I was into soft colors for this release because the blue for the Iris really called to me. I used a medium blue cardstock for the background, run through a Sizzix folder, lightly inked with Versamark and embossed with clear EP.

I stamped the flower on white CS with Versamark and embossed with a light blue embossing powder. Have no idea where the powder came from – one of those “Oh, I’ve had that forever” moments. I did this twice. I cut out 3 petals and popped them on top of the main image. The solid carstock behind the flower is the cutout from the window used on a previous card. Re-use, recycle! “Just for you” is from the Friendship II sheet, stamped with Stazon. I used Claudine Helmuth light blue acrylic paint on the back of the Tim Holtz Fragment and dusted on some Perfect Pearls. A little blue ribbon added. This was a nice, quick and I think a beautiful card!

Check out Betsy’s website for a real diversity in stamps! She also carries all of Ranger’s products, plus a lot more!

 

Stay tuned….I have an ATC class coming up next week at Stamp Antonio – I’ll post those sometime over the weekend. Also will post pics of our newest furbabies. 2 little kittens and an adorable chow/doberman mix puppy. Feels good to rescue!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stamp Antonio Card Class August 28!

Sentiments from the Heart

Come join the fun this Sunday, 8/28 for my next card class. We will be doing “Sentiments from the Heart”

New Release Sneak Peek…

If you love whimsy and doodles, the June release from Innovative Stamp Creations should more than satisfy your craving for new stamps! From Whimsical Sunflowers to Bird Houses, there are infinite possibilities to let your muse run wild.

I’m just sharing one of designs for Whimsical Sunflowers, below. I used some “doodle” 12×12 paper to stamp the sunflower and die cut flowers. Adding crumpled paper bag & Distress Ink makes this look playful. Of course I had to add a little bling to the flowers.

Stay tuned for more designs!

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