Sunday, July 30, 2017

DTGD17nancylittrell Challenge

DTGD17 (Dare To Get Dirty) is a week packed with challenges and prizes for our Fan Club members. The event runs from July 28 through August 4th, with 5 or more challenges each day... so many Dirty Girls providing inspiration for an amazing week!

You must be a Fan Club member to join in the fun - Click Here  for the details on how to join!

I am hosting DTGD17nancylittrell today, July 30th until August 4th.   Here are my 3 sample projects. I would love to have you play along with my challenge or any of the other amazing challenges by current and alumni Dirty Dozen Girls.  I already have 15 samples in my DTGD17nancylittrell gallery by my very talented DD girl friends to peek your interest:-)

Using Sponged and heat EB tissue paper, Die Cut & Stamping

Using Alcohol Inks on Acetate and Die Cuts for 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" note cards!

Using Sponged tissue paper, Die Cuts and Stamping!

For More details if you are a Fan Club Member you can go to This Chat Thread to get a list with the details of all the daily challenges.  Do hope you can join in the fun!

This is our Dirty Dozen Girls yearly Inspirational Gift for our wonderful Fan Club Members! Happy Stamping my friends.  Hugs...

Here is the link to Loll's awesome Tissue Paper Techniques Video.  Such awesome tips!  Enjoy.

Friday, July 28, 2017

Rudolph Days Merriest Wishes

Finally getting into the mood to make Christmas Cards now that I have a stack of Alcohol Inks on Acetate Backgrounds. You will be seeing more of these backgrounds in the near future :-)  I need many more Christmas Cards.   I spent several hours yesterday playing with this technique with my twin,  Margie and childhood girlfriend, Sue.  We all finished the day with a stack of beauties :-)

My card is for the July Rudolph Days Challenge.  All the challenges are from the 25th of each month to the last day of each month.

Always Christmas Anything Goes !

I chose a 4" x 4" green Alcohol Ink Acetate Background with white tissue paper glued to back from my stash.  .  Then taped my ARTplorations "Holly Background" stencil over the Acetate with painters tape.  Used my palette knife to spread embossing paste thru the stencil.  Let dry completely.

Later in the day I die cut the center and popped up with fun foam.  Added a popped up stamped sentiment and glued the card front to a 4 1/4" x 4 1/4" card base.  Such a quick and easy card for the holidays.  Enjoy.

Stamps: SU Merriest Wishes (ret)
Paper: SU Thick Whisper White.  White Tissue Paper
Ink: Tim Holtz  Alcohol Inks.  Archival Black ink
Accessories: Acetate Sheet. Golden's Embossing Paste, Palette knife, fun foam, Alcohol Inks Acetate Background from my stash, SU Square die cuts.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Loving the CAS Mix Up Tissue Challenge :-)

I have been so inspired by our July CAS Mix Up Tissue Challenge!

Here is my 5th card for the challenge! Using Stamping + Stamped tissue paper + Die Cuts

Plus Close Up of Dazzling Diamond Glitter!

I used the stamping on tissue paper technique on my 5th card.  I stamped my STAMPlorations Trendy Spring Blooms flowers using Distress Oxide Inks onto the white tissue paper.  But then decided to scrunch up the tissue for more texture.  Of course, that covered up the detail of the flowers,  but I still got artsy color spots that sort of looked like flowers.

Next I painted Gel Medium onto my die cut acrylic sheet sprinkled with Dazzling Diamonds and trimmed the edges of tissue.  Let dry.  Very sparkly and pretty.

I then die cut my CUTplorations Trendy Spring Bloom Dies using Thick Whisper White CS and attached with fine tip glue pen.  I liked the spots of color behind the die cuts.

I finished my CAS design by adding a  Perfect Plum Cordinations CS frame, die cut frame and strip of Washi Tape.  Then a die cut hello, which had 2 layers.  Finally popping up my angled main image with fun foam.  

Another fun tissue paper technique to share :-)   Be sure and check out the fabulous samples by our DT and our amazing Guest Designer Sue (Sue's Card Craft).  You still have until July 24th to join the CAS Mix Up tissue paper fun!  Happy tissue paper stamping my friends.  Hugs..

More Challenges: 

STAMPlorations: Never Ending Anything Goes

Stamps: STAMPlorations Trendy Spring Blooms
Paper: SU Thick Whisper White and Perfect Plum Cordinations (ret)
Inks: Tim Holtz Distress Oxides: Fossilized Amber, Spiced Marmalade, Peacock Feathers (new color) and Wilted Violet.
Accessories: CUTplorations Trendy Spring Blooms Dies, ATC Tag Builder Dies and Crazy Double Running Stitch Dies.  SU Greetings Dies, fine tip glue pen, washi tape (ret), Dazzling Diamonds Glitter.  Fun foam ($ store).  Golden's Gel Medium. Foam Brush. Tissue Paper.  Wink of Stella on die cuts.  Acrylic Sheet (can use window sheets) from Amazon..007 Clear Craft Plastic 12" x 12" (25). Heavy enough to heat emboss too.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Christmas in July Tissue Paper

My 4th card for this month's CAS Mix Up Tissue Challenge :-)  But celebrating Christmas this time!

Using Stamping, Alcohol Ink Acrylic Tissue Paper, Die Cuts

Who would guess that tissue paper techniques could be so much fun and creative :-) Not only I am loving the creativity and all my finished cards using my stack of tissue paper backgrounds,  but...our wonderful DT and GD Sue  are too.  And...our Gallery is growing daily!!!

My card was so easy.  I die cut the corner of  my card front using my Tim Holtz Sizzix Mixed Media Christmas Die set.  There are 2 more dies in the set for more future Christmas cards.

Next I placed my Alcohol Ink Acrylic Tissue Paper background from my stash behind the die cut card front.  Then I die cut SU Cucumber Crush CS using the same die again and inlaid the green leaves.  Worked great.

Next I die cut the Merry using a scrap piece of my background and stamped the christmas.  I plan to make more of these cards for Christmas.  I love the CAS design and still have plenty of Christmas colored backgrounds in my stash :-)

Here is the link to my 1st tissue paper card using the same background technique.  It has the detailed steps if you are interested.  

I am adding my card to a couple of Christmas in July Challenges.....

CAS Usual Fridays CFC 178 Christmas in July 

Christmas Card Challenge..CCC #17 Inspiration Photo or anything Christmas

Enjoy and you still have until the 24th to play along with our CAS Mix Up Challenge.  Hope you get to play along.  Hugs..

Stamps: SU Holly Jolly Greetings
Paper: SU Thick Whisper White and Cucumber Crush
Inks: Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink: Watermelon. Pinata Alcohol ink: Senorita Magenta. SU Cucumber Crush.
Accessories: Craft Mat, Foil, Blending Fluid, Acrylic Sheets, Golden's Gel Medium, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, White Tissue Paper, SU Fine Tip Glue Pen.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

CAS Watercolour Butterfly Reminder

Time already for our CAS Watercolour July Butterfly Reminder by all the DT and our GD Eunji (Stamper EunjoA)

My Butterflies Dream Card

Close Up of the Watercolouring, EB Paste and Glitter!

I am still having fun from June's CAS Mix Up Embossing Paste/Gel Challenge and could not resist after smooshing with Distress Inks my background...adding a stenciled fern using Embossing Paste. While the paste was still wet I sprinkled with Dazzling Diamonds Glitter.

While my fern was drying I used DOX scraps to punch out my butterflies.  I shaped with my bone folder and die cut the butterfly bodies and attached to the wings with glue.

Next I die cut my main image CUTplorations border and stamped my STAMPlorations sentiment using my MISTI and added 3 Nuvo drops.

I popped up my main image with fun foam and my butterflies with dimensionals.  Then attached to my Thick Whisper White CS.  I wish you could see all the pretty glitter.  A fun Summer time card.

Enjoy and hope you get to join us a CAS Watercolour.  You have until July 24th to play along.  Hugs.

Adding a challenge..

STAMPlorations Never Ending Anything Goes

Stamps: STAMPlorations "Live, Love, Laugh"

Inks: T.H. Distress Oxide Inks:Faded Jeans, Peacock Feathers.  T.H. Distress Inks:Broken China, Faded Jeans, Peacock Feathers, Scattered Straw and Mermaid Lagoon..spritzed and smooshed for watercolour background.

Paper: SU Thick Whisper White, Strathmore Mixed Media

Accessories: CUTplorations Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle Die.  Memory Box Effera Butterfly Wings (butterfly body).  SU Elegant and Bitty Butterfly Punches.  Cameo Fern Stencil  (gift from Loll).  MISTI.  SU Dazzling Diamonds.  Golden's Embossing Paste. Nuvo Chrystal's Glitter Drops. SU Fine Tip Glue Pen.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

French Marigold Tissue Technique Reminder

My CAS Mix Up Tissue Paper Reminder Card

Reminder Close Up

I LOVE this tissue paper technique and now have a stack of backgrounds using different Adirondack Alcohol Ink combos.  You will be seeing more cards in the future :-)

Supplies: Craft non stick mat, Acrylic Sheets..Amazon...007 Clear Craft Plastic 12"x12" 25 sheets..$10.00 (or Window Sheets), Aluminum Foil,  Adirondack Alcohol Inks, Blending Solution and 90% Rubbing Alcohol, White Tissue Paper, Golden's Gel Medium, (or Modge Podge), Sponge Brush, scissors, Dazzling Diamonds glitter (optional)

Step1: cut piece of aluminum foil approximately 8" x11" and lay on craft sheet.

Step 2: drizzle alcohol ink onto foil and spritz with Blending Solution or 90% rubbing alcohol. Alcohol Inks used: Sunshine Yellow, Sunset Orange and Watermelon.

Step 3: pre-cut acrylic sheets..I used 4" x 4" and 6" x 6" squares.  Smoosh onto spritzed alcohol inks until you are happy with results.  You can spritz more if inks dry too quickly. Lay aside piece to dry with alcohol side UP.   Can add more ink to foil to make more backgrounds.  I ended up with 4 large and 9 small backgrounds.

Do not throw away foil.  Can be used for another technique that I will share in a future post that I learned from my friend Christine :-)

Step 4: When piece dries use foam brush to Paint ON Alcohol Ink Side the  Gel Medium or Modge Podge  (optional..pinch of Dazzling Diamonds or fine glitter to lightly sprinkle onto wet glue) then scrunch up a pre-cut (6x6 or 8x8) White tissue paper and then open tissue leaving the scrunched wrinkles and place over wet glue.  Rub with your hands for good contact.  Turn over piece onto clean paper towel and press more with hands.  Carefully add more glue on edges if necessary.  If glue smudges appear on the acrylic side remove using paper towel and 90% rubbing alcohol.

Step 5: Set aside and let glue dry.  Then trim tissue with your scissors.  Check for more glue smudges and remove with alcohol.  Then you can stamp images or sentiments, etc using Stazon ink.  Other inks tend to smear....wonder how I know that...

Once you get the hang of the steps the technique is so easy and the results soooo beautiful and interesting.

I stamped my new STAMPlorations "French Marigold" flower using my MISTI and Stazon Black ink. Popped up with fun foam ($ store) and glued to SU Basic Black CS for a thin frame.  Then attached to SU Thick Whisper White CS tent fold card base.

I used my brand new Poppystamps "Scribble Thank You" Die,  cutting it out of SU Basic Black CS.

I wish you could see the pretty glitter from the SU Dazzling Diamonds.   The tissue adds a white glow to the background.  So gorgeous in real life.  I hope you get to try the technique too or any tissue paper technique and join the fun at July CAS Mix Up.  There are so many gorgeous samples by our DT and our Guest Designer, Sue (Sue's Card Craft) the Gallery is growing :-) 

Sorry about the long description,  but I have not found a video that really works for this technique.  

Hugs...LOVE the Stained Glass Look of Technique!

Adding to more challenges

STAMPlorations Never Ending Anything Goes: 

STAMPlorations July Theme and Sketch.  I did the Theme: Stamps and Warm Colors

Poppystamps PSC#34 Just Bling It!

Monday, July 10, 2017

CAS Watercolour July Butterfly Challenge

Playing again in the CAS Watercolour Butterfly Challenge.

Who can resist butterflies?  They are everywhere the month of July.  They love all our flowers this time of year.  The colors, shapes and sizes are so beautiful.  Can't say I have ever seen a butterfly like the colors I chose,  but I really wanted to try the Bister Powders that my girlfriend Christine shared with me at our Retreat in May.

What do you think?   Kind of an artsy look for my butterflies and background?

I took a piece of Mixed Media paper and lightly sprinkled on the blue Bister and spritzed with water. Let dry and then did the same with the black Bister.  I really liked the background.

I then die cut my stitched circle and punched out the butterflies with my Bister background and again with SU Basic Grey CS.

Next I shaped the butterflies using my bone folder and attached the butterfly layers using my SU fine tip glue pen.  I added drops of Nuvo white blizzard drops to the butterflies and set aside to dry.

Then I die cut my card front and added a fussy cut layer.  I attached the circle layers using fun foam and added to card front.

I attached my 3 butterflies and added the stamped and fussy cut sentiment to the circle background.  I am not sure it is a favorite card,  but I do like it.  I will definitely be using the Bister's again.  Thank you Christine for sharing.  It will last me a long time.  A tiny bit goes a long way :-)

Be sure and check out all the awesome CAS Watercolour Butterfly cards from the DT and our GD. You have until July 24th to join the fun.  Enjoy your Summer & Butterflies!  Hugs..

Another Challenge:

STAMPlorations: Never Ending  Anything Goes.

Stamps: STAMPlorations Trendy Butterflies (sentiment)
Paper: SU Thick Whisper White.  Strathmore Mixed Media, SU Basic Grey CS
Inks: Bister watercolour powders, Archival Black
Accessories: SU Butterfly Punches, CUTplorations Crazy Double Running Stitch Die, Memory Box Stitched circles, Nuvo White Blizzard Drops, SU fine tip glue pen, fun foam ($ store)

Friday, July 7, 2017

CAS Mix Up July Tissue Paper

I am playing along again with the July CAS Mix Up Tissue Paper Challenge.

The DT has discovered there are so many fun techniques using Tissue Paper. I smooshed using Distress Oxides onto  Deli Paper.  Let dry between layers and smooshed again...several times until I got the background I liked.

Here is my finished card using my background.

I did not glue my background onto a piece of cardstock.  I just tucked the sides under and added scotch tape.  I liked the added texture.

I die cut a frame using Shimmery White CS and attached the tissue background then popped up with fun foam.

Next I die cut my "happy" twice for extra thickness and stamped the birthday using Archival Black ink and added a few sequins.  Then I attached my card front to Very Vanilla CS.  The Shimmery White CS looks best with vanilla because it is an off white. I love the subtle shimmer.

That was easy and I loved the texture from the tissue paper and layered Distress Oxide Inks.

I did not use a video for my card technique.  Just did my normal smooshing technique and instead of watercolor paper I used deli paper :-)

Be sure and check out the amazing cards, techniques and videos on the CAS Mix Up Challenge.  You will definitely be inspired ! You have until July 24th to play along.  Happy Stamping..Hugs..

Adding to more challenges:

STAMPlorations: Never Ending

Stamps: SU Birthday Blossoms
Paper: SU Very Vanilla and Shimmery White CS
Inks: Tim Holtz Distress Oxides: Fossilized Amber, Broken China, Wilted Violet, Worn Lipstick, Cracked Pistachio, Faded Jeans.
Accessories: Craft Mat, Memory Box Stitched Rectangle Die, CUTplorations Happy Word Die, fun foam ($ store), scotch tape, sequins, SU fine tip glue pen.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

CAS Watercolour Butterfly Challenge

Time for the CAS Watercolour Butterfly Challenge!

Enjoy my CAS Watercoloured with Distress Oxide Inks,  Butterfly Card.

I wanted to try a rainbow color combo using my T.H. Distress Oxide Inks.  I cut 7, 3" x 3" squares of Strathmore Mixed Media paper.  Next smooshed six squares using only one DOX ink on each square of paper.  Then swiped one ink pad onto my Craft Mat, spritzed with water and then smooshed with the pre-cut paper until the entire piece was filled with the one color of ink.

I used these DOX inks: Worn Lipstick, Spiced Marmalade, Cracked Pistachio, Faded Jeans, Broken China and Wilted Violet.

After pieces dried I punched out my 6 butterflies using my SU Bitty Butterfly punch. Next I made one more smooshed piece using all six DOX inks to use for the Poppystamps "Scribble Thank You" die cut sentiment.

I die cut the SU Whisper White 3" x 4" rectangle using my Memory Box Stitched Rectangles Die.   Next I attached a piece of fun foam ($ store) on the rectangle.  Die Cut the Thank You using the smooshed with 6 DOX inks piece.  Added SU Fine Tip Glue Pen to foam, which showed under the die cut sentiment and then inlaid the Thank You (like a puzzle).  Weighted down with an acrylic block until glue dried.

Next I used my bone folder to form the butterflies,  added SU tiny pearls and 3M foam tape to the back of butterflies to attach to my main image.

The last step was to attach the popped up main image to my SU Thick Whisper White card base.  I really liked the rainbow Distress Oxide Ink colors and CAS watercolour design.

Be sure and check out the CAS Watercolour challenge with gorgeous butterfly cards by our very talented Design Team and Guest Designer Eunji (Stamper EunjoA). You have until July 24th to join the fun!  Hugs...

Supplies: Included in Description.

Saturday, July 1, 2017

CAS Mix Up July Tissue Paper

Time for our CAS Mix Up Stamping + Tissue Paper + Your Choice Challenge.  There are many creative samples by our Design Team and Guest Designer, Sue (Sue's Card Craft) at our CAS Mix Up July Challenge. Be sure and check out the helpful YouTube Videos also. Loll's new Tissue Paper Watercolouring and Techniques YouTube Video just went Live.  It is Great!

Stamping + Tissue Paper Background + Die Cuts and Metallic Silver Thread

I was inspired by this White Tree Acrylic Painting Video by StudioSilverCreek.  I only used the part on how to create a Tissue Paper Background,  but the entire YouTube video (5:19) is worth watching.

I used a flat paint brush to cover a piece of Mixed Media paper with a thick layer of white Gesso and while Gesso was wet I laid a piece of scrunched white tissue paper over the Gesso using a brayer to securely attach the tissue.  Then let dry completely.

I dropped blue acrylic paint in my palette and spritzed with water.  Took my flat paint brush and brushed the paint quickly over the tissue.  Then wiped off the excess paint with a paper towel.  Let dry and done.  Such a fun inky and quick tissue technique.

My background reminded me of water, so I got out my Memory Box "Big Splash Border" Die.  I kept with my blue and white color combo and love how the texture from the tissue paper shows thru the die cut image.  My Memory Box Stitched Rectangles Dies kept the framing very simple.

I then added Silver Metallic Thread and attached foam tape to pop up the layers.  Next I stamped the sentiment onto the card base.

Enjoy and please do join us with your Tissue Paper cards.  You have until July 24th to play. Don't forget to check out the CAS Mix Up Tissue Paper Challenge for fabulous samples by the Design Team, and Guest Designer, Sue.  Happy 4th of July to the USA!

Stamps: SU It's Your Birthday (ret)
Paper: SU Thick Whisper White, White Tissue Paper, Strathmore Mixed Media
Inks: Acrylic Blue Paint, SU Pacific Point
Accessories: Memory Box "Big Splash Border" and "Stitched Rectangles"  Dies, flat paint brush, Golden's Thick White Gesso, brayer, SU silver metallic thread.