Thursday, May 17, 2012

Blog Buzz of Garden Delights

Welcome to the Quietfire Design Garden Delights Blog Buzz! Quietfire Design would like to introduce you to their new Spring selection of rubber stamps! Each day designers will be posting brand new artwork they have created using the new rubber stamps. Visit each of their blogs on the day of their featured project, post a comment on their Blog Hop post and you will be eligible to win a grab bag of Quietfire Design rubber stamps valued at $50! Each Designer will randomly choose a winner from the comments on their own Blog Hop post, so make sure you’ve commented by midnight Friday, May 18th. Tell your friends! The complete set of new rubber stamps will remain on special at 20% off throughout the Blog Buzz!
All winners will be posted on the Quietfire Style blog on Sunday May 20th. If you are one of our lucky winners, please contact Suzanne privately with your snail mail address. (Her email address is in the sidebar of the Quietfire Style blog)

Here is our schedule: Monday, May 14th: Yogi,Holly
Tuesday, May 15th: Robyn, Dawn
Wednesday, May 16th: Wanda, Sherry
Thursday, May 17th: Monica (you are here), Terre
Friday, May 18th: Suzanne

Now, on to my project...  I've just recently succumbed to the lure of Distress Inks and have belatedly taken the Tim Holtz Creative Chemistry 101 online class. I have started altering some unnecessary pages in a garden journal using some of the techniques learned in this class and featuring the new Garden Delights stamps from Quietfire Design.


Create backgound using several colors of Distress Inks, Ink Blending Tools and Spritz and Flick Technique. As I wanted to allow the picture in the lower left corner to show, I created two pieces of background papers. Cut and emboss lower edge of both pieces with Spellbinders Classic Petal, and one of the Classic Decorative INSERTS Three. Cut a strip of paper and ink with Mustard Seed DI; tape behind cut edge on both backgrounds. Ink edges of journal page with Peeled Paint DI and attach background with double-sided tape. Print clip art of bee skep on cardstock and color with Prismacolor pencils. Tear edges and ink with Wild Honey DI and attach to page. Stamp The Hum of Bees on another piece of background with Archival Jet Black ink. Cut out using Spellbinders Lattice Rectangles. Attach to page with pop dots. Stamp bees with Archival ink and use a gel pen to create trails behind bees. Rub a very scant amount of Worn Lipstick around spots of the edges of the page to warm up the Peeled Paint.


Create 4 pieces of background paper with several colors of Distress Inks. Run each piece through a different Cuttlebug Embossing Folder. Use waterbrush and either DI reinkers or a bit of DI ink pressed onto craft sheet to highlight certain embossed elements. Tear edges and ink with Wild Honey DI and glue together. Ink edges of page with Peeled Paint DI and attach embossed backgrounds. Create a background using yellow, orange and red DI. Stamp Garden Delights oval and Love Lives Here using Archival ink. Cut out with Spellbinders Label 5 and attach to page.


Using one of the small elements from the Spellbinders Fleur de Lis Pendants to cut out five petals from a strip of paper inked with Mustard Seed DI. Stamp large bee on scrap inked with Spiced Marmalade DI. Tear out, inking edges. Assemble with craft glue to form a flower and attach to upper corner of page with a pop dot.


Create background using the Perfect Distress Mist Technique (Worn Lipstick, Spicy Marmalade and Mustard Seed). Do another piece using only Worn Lipstick. Make a wash of craft glue and water; use a waterbrush and add a spray of pressed flowers to large background. Use glue wash to adhere a piece of lace. After the glue dries past the tacky stage, press down on the flowers and lace with the back of a woodmounted stamp or other hard surface to get good contact with the paper. Repeat a couple times during the drying process. Stamp Remember saying on smaller background and cut out with Spellbinders Fleur de Lis Rectangle. Ink edges with Worn Lipstick. Attach with double-sided tape. Stamp portions of small flourish along bottom with Peeled Paint DI. Ink portion of Tim Holtz wire background and stamp across upper corner. I think this stamp looks like bees’ honeycombs. Stamp small bees across top. I just love this little bee! This page was hard to photograph due to the Perfect Pearls. The picture doesn’t due it justice.

Thanks for stopping by to view my creations. Don’t forget to visit all the other blogs in this hop (schedule above). The blog buzz started Monday and continues through tomorrow. You have until midnight tomorrow night, Pacific time, to comment on all of the participating blogs for chances to win prizes. Happy Buzzing and good luck!!

Hugs,

74 comments:

Bunnyfreak said...

Great backgrounds.

Alicia NDC said...

Love your colors and detailed techniques! Thank you!

joanieg said...

Your colors are so bright and cheery! Also liked all the various techniques you used. Thank You for sharing.

Judith said...

You've created some really interesting backgrounds. I especially like the one with 4 backgrounds run through the cuttlebug. The colours work really well.

nzillingworth said...

Love the colour. Yet can look delicate, think i have to play with this for some amazing effects. Which i could have done the Tom Holtz class, jealous to death lol

Kathy P said...

Your work is so vibrant and beautiful!

Judy said...

wow really pretty backgrounds, Loving this bee set!

marsha said...

Absolutely lovely! Every card design is gorgeous!
Hugs,
Marsha

Janet L. said...

Great projects!! I really liked the background techniques and colors you used. Thanks for the details of the techniques!

Chookarooni said...

a great project - love the colors!
Mary-Jane

Clare said...

I love your color choices, and the techniques you used. Very bright, Spring, cheery and refreshing! Like fruit punch!

Bonnie said...

What beautiful backgrounds you created. They are a perfect way to showcase these beautiful stamps. Lovely work!

Yogi said...

ALL 3 PAGES ARE BEAUTIFUL. LOVE THE VIBRANT COLORS, THEY MAKE ME SMILE
have a great day

artist in the attic said...

These are beautiful! Remind me of a watercolor painting...and the colors are so vibrant and happy! Perfect for garden journals!

bethann said...

great info, thanks for sharing.

Pat said...

Love the technique you used. Great idea.

Sandy said...

Wow what a collection of beautiful projects!!! I too have just recently discovered distress inks...I'm in love:)

Marjie Kemper said...

Beautiful! Love all your color blending.

Holly said...

Fantastic colours and thanks for giving so much technique information. These are all very pretty and showcase the stamps nicely.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing your talent with us. I can't wait to try and create something of my own. Love the backgrounds and use of the stamps.
Ruth

Robyn said...

these are my fav colors and love how you used your collage to highlight the quotes.
LOVE the bee trails and the flower with the big bee in the center.
Texture highlights the entire page rather than distract from it.

CraftyJo said...

Love the bright, happy colours here and thanks for sharing all that information.

Heather B said...

Lots of techniques I would love to try! Really nice!

JCM said...

I love your color combination and the beehive graphic is perfect with the sentiment. Thanks for the inspiration.

christi said...

what cool backgrounds. i love the little embellies and lace too. very cute.

Becky Dunham said...

Wow Monica! These are all absolutely gorgeous! I love how you created these backgrounds and those pressed flowers on the last one add such a lovely touch. I have not been able to fit these stains into my budget but they are high on my wish list :) Thanks for sharing!

Lynda M said...

Beautiful colours and sentiments. Distress inks are so versitile, need to play more with mine. Thanks for the ideas.

Lois Kennedy said...

Thanks for sharing so many techniques. Love your use of bright colors.

dmbennett said...

Lovely card. Love the background technique, I may have to try it.

wendy said...

Great to get ideas for adding something to an already created journal. Neat techniques.

Daphne said...

Such lovely creative designs, I love the yummy gelato ice cream colors you used.

Caryn S said...

Ooh pretty! I love the hues you used in your inked paper.

Linda Carson said...

Beautifully done! Love the bold colors you chose!

Lynne said...

Monica - You have been as busy as a bee! Thanks for sharing your projects and techniques. They are all lovely.

Stephenie said...

Beautiful pages, each distinct but part of a theme!! TFS!

Anonymous said...

Absolutely love the rainbow colors of your creations! Gonna have to do some copying of your artwork! Nelda neldamc 765@ charter.net

Boo Martin said...

Monica,

Great work with the distressed inks. The blending is so pretty. My fav. is the one with the beehive.

Boo boogmartin1@gmail.com

Sher said...

I love the distress inks too. Wow. You did an amazing job. Thanks for sharing your techniques.

Laureen said...

Love the backgrounds. Great job on the card.

gail robinson said...

your background colors and techniques are amazing. great job.

Evelyn Dawson said...

I haven't done Tim's class yet - you have inspired me! The colors are lucious and fun! Course I got distracted by the cat on your side bar!

Dee in N.H. said...

Your pages are so colorful and warm! I love them!

June said...

You have done a spectacular job with those Distress inks. Lovely project.

Beach Girl 115 said...

I love your beautiful cards. The distress ink backgrounds shout "spring" and they set off the Garden Delights stamps so well.

Diane S. said...

I love the colors you have created! What beautiful inspiration! Thanks for sharing

AJ Scrapbooking and Cards said...

Beautiful Colors. I love the colors and the diffrent crafts you've made. I really love your last one. The flowers, colors and flies are perfect. TFS AJ~

Amy said...

Very cool use of color washes to create these gorgeous cards!

Amy

McStamper said...

Lovely design, Monica. Great colors.

Mary Esther said...

Thank you for sharing your beautiful projects!

scootsv said...

What beautiful bright colors! Anyone would love this!

Wanda H said...

Beautiful pages, Monica!!!!

SherylH said...

Beautiful projects, particularly the last one using the Perfect Mist technique.

SharonH said...

I really like the first and the third cards. I think my problem with the second was is that I can't see the embossing. This is probably due to the fact that a camera can't pick up subtle details.

Charmaine Stack said...

Great backgrounds and informative post. Love the glue wash info and lace. I hope you enjoyed CC101 as much as I did!

cal8007 said...

I took Tim's class too - Haven't made enough cards with what I learned - family life got in the way! Just loved what you did with your spritzing and stamps! Those quotes are awesome!!

Thanks for the chance to win!

Carmen L

Francie (Montreal) said...

Beautiful vibrant colours to set of the lovely sentiments.

Craftgirl said...

Love your vibrant backgrounds too.
Carol

Deb said...

love the colors you used for the designs! so spring like and so vibrant. thanks for a chance to win some wonderful stamps

Anonymous said...

What a bright and colourful design. A garden delight on a summer`s day.
Margriet

Ratty Hugs said...

This is a breathtaking design. Thanks for sharing it.
alsmouse ~C8> Ratty Hugs

BarbaraW said...

Your backgrounds are beautiful and show off the stamps gorgeously.

Pat said...

Great job with the colored BG's. They look good enough to eat! lol YOur work is great.
Hugs, Pat

Pat said...

Great job with the colored BG's. They look good enough to eat! lol YOur work is great.
Hugs, Pat

Sandie R said...

Wonderful project Monica. Love the colours

ramona said...

As all those people before me commented: you use interesting background techniques and colours. I never dare to really dig into the colour palette myself...

Froggietalks said...

Gorgeous art Monica!

Stella Bergeron said...

Very cute

Therese said...

What beautifully bright journal pages!! The quotes are so appropriate!!

Therese
www.tmalakart.blogspot.ca

GHB said...

Those inks never stop to amaze me. Always the same principle yet such varied results.

Beth Norman said...

Wowza, what a fabulous, and I mean fabulous page. You rock! Thank you for visiting my blog and cheering me on. Many hugs,

Beth

Karen said...

These are great backgrounds: Beautiful colours.
Thanks for visiting my blog and enabling me to find yours :)

Debbie L. said...

Your creations are beautiful and I love what you have done with the distress inks...

Youlandafzhz said...

Great job with the colored BG's. They look good enough to eat! lol YOur work is great. Hugs, Pat

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