Hi, I am Alessandra, mother of two wonderful boys, passionate about photography , art in general, drawing Mandalas, Temari balls, embroidery ,woodwork , and lately scrapbooking, making my own paper, cards, ephemera, junk journals, and everything that has to do with paper. I love creating and a challenge. Creating is my passion! Thanks for visiting, below I added some of my creations for any enquiry you can reach me at email@example.com , this website is under construction, thanks for you patience !
Hi guys, in my previous post I said I had made another card while working on my third Christmas card, below you can see the step by step on how I made this, it’s very simple and clean. I hope you like it!
Above you can see I chose the bold letter Stampers Anonymous stamp, which I absolutely love, with a stitched die I cut out a white rectangular card, the two will be put together after the next step which I will explain down below.
I placed my stitched card in the Tonic stamping station from Tim Holtz, with the stamp placed to cover the whole card.
Using the Plaid stamp from Stampers Anonymous and Archival red ink I stamped the white card, the Tonic stamping station is a blessing, you can stamp properly any card even not using the two magnet. I love it!
As I let the white card dry from the red ink I cut out another stitched same size card from the Tim Holtz Backdrop collection using the same die and my Sizzix Big Shot, I have placed the the white card already stamped in red back in my stamping station, this time I stamped with the bold letters using clear VersaMark watermark stamp pad, which is very sticky and in my opinion optimal to used embossing glaze, as you can see above out came out very nice and clear, the glaze is Distress Glaze Peeled Paint, then with a heating gun I embossed it, I love how it came out and it’s the same color as the second card. As you can see above I already I had an idea on what I was going to use for cutouts.
I decided to go with a cream card and cut another piece of background paper to place in the front.I glued the two together and set it aside to dry.
With my embossing and cutting machine I have used the Sizzix die set #661597 and cut two sets of leaves to add to the card.
I assembled the front of the card as you see in the picture above, I left the leaves white to give some contrast, I was able to insert them under the plaided card by using some scrapbook doubled adhesive squares which I got from SimonSaysStamp, fantastic products over there too.
Above you can see I chose some of the Tim Holtz cutouts to add to the inside of the card as a collage.
This is the inside of the card, collaging and glueing the four pieces together.
Above, you can see the assembled front of the card and I added few dew drops to give it depth and dimension ! Below you ca find the slideshow of step by step and also the the material I used. Thanks for visiting my blog, I’m truly grateful.
Hello friends, I finally started to work on my cards again, this is my third Christmas card, using Tim Holtz material is my favorite because you have endless possibilities . In the picture below I have sprayed a white heavy stock watercolor paper with Distress Peppermint Mica stain, let it dry and add drops of water to give it that watercolor effect , I have cut a frame using my Sizzix Big Shot with a stitched die, for this particular card I have used only the frame and saved the other stitched piece for another card coming up right after this one, after I have glued on the frame some Distress Mica Flakes, as that was drying, using a the stencil you see I added some stars covering the whole card, I used a metallic acrylic paint from Art Metallique. The stamp from Stampers Anonymous I ended up using it for the next card. Once I start a project I tend to change my mind and go as I see if I like it or not, and also because millions of ideas come popping in my head and I go along with it as I feel it. Bare with me, I will still show step by step.
Here below is the card with the stars stenciled on top of it, I decided to round the corners with a punch and using Distress Vintage Photo Ink I went around the whole card, I love the vintage look it give the card
I took a window frame from Tim Holtz Idea-Ology collection and covered it with White Gesso to cover a bit of the color.
The picture above speaks for itself, I just glued the window to the card after the gesso dried, I also rounded the corner of the green frame.
Above I added a Christmas Wreath and “Christmas Greeting” strip from Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Layers cut outs using a bit of glue to make them adhere to the window.
Above is the finished card, I did add two little stars on the window frame always from the Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Collection just to give it a little more spark, with a red and white string I made a small bow and glued it on the wreath, basically this was a collage more than everything but I enjoyed it a lot.
I decided this morning to change a bit my card, as more ideas come to mind, I tend to go back and add something more. Here I added a red background and stitched the two cards together, I also added some white acrylic paint to add a bit of snow effect.
Here above you can see pictures of the finished card from different angles so you can see the sparkle of it, I hope you liked it. Thanks for visiting my blog.
Hi friends, I went MIA on my blog for personal reasons and because I am still learning a lot, below you can find my latest creations, I am not explaining how I went about it as I will do that when I resume my blog shortly, I am studying everyday , learning new techniques , and trying to create as much as possible, see you soon and happy thanksgiving to all of you out there! Grateful for all that I am learning!
Hello everyone, I went MIA for few days as I am very busy at the moment, but back now with another Halloween card as I am waiting for more material to be shipped to my door. This card started with a piece of mixed media paper sprayed with purple Distress Oxide by Tim Holtz, oxide is my favorite, it reacts with water so I can lift some color just by wetting the paper and using simple paper towel or a cloth. I did cut another piece of mixed media paper stained prior to this job as I was experimenting making my own aged looking paper. As I stated before I am very new to this new hobby/job, I do my best to learn everyday. As everything started to dry as I glued the two big pieces together, I gathered some material to play with! In the third picture, you can see some of the cut outs and ephemera from Tim Holtz collection I have. I stitched the two cards together with my sewing machine. I took a small piece of crafts card and sprayed it with some orange Distress Oxide and the edges of the big card and went all around with Vintage Photo Distress ink to give it a vintage look, I did this to all the pieces on this card. I stamped cobwebs and bats with soot Distress ink and embossed them with purple embossing powder. On a white piece of mixed media paper I stamped a pumpkin and fussy cut it after I embossed it then colored it with Carved Pumpkin Distress Ink and Old Paper Distress ink for the stem, I glued it to the card with two double sided sticky dots after it dried completely. Stitching the small craft card on one side of the card I wanted to appear like a small second card to be opened, under that I glued and used a paper fastener to adhere to the card, embellished the front with some ephemera and stamped the word “RIP” from StamperAnonymous alphanumeric stamps I have bought at the beginning of this endeavor ! Embossed that one too with purple embossing powder. The cloud at the top is from StampersAnonymous too. Just another simple card as I waiting patiently for my material to come in, still learning and using my imagination as much as I can with what I have in the house. Happy making, I hope you like it!
Hello everyone, I am continuing my practice with all the techniques I am studying on YouTube, the material I use is Tim Holtz mainly but I do use some of my personal items too. This card is made from three different pieces of paper, the bottom one is heavy paper cut form an envelope I received in the mail, I used the brown part to show I added Distress Vintage Photo all around it, light green paper a bit smaller is glued and stitched on top. Once the two pieces were dried together I used my splat box, made by me, to spray some Distress Orange Oxide on the four corners. Because I am experimenting with colors and stamps, I had a big piece of paper that I used to pick up all the colors I used in the past and I actually saved it because I liked what came out, so I decided to use that as my third and final piece to add to the card. I stamped two pumpkins from StampersAnonymous always from the Tim Holtz collection, then used Distress Glaze on them and embossed them, I actually was very happy on how they came out. Went on to stamp “TRICK OR TREAT” and “HAPPY HALLOWEEN” in black and embossed that too. Finally I cut two cats from the Tim Holtz collection thinlits dies from Sizzix and glued them in the corners. This card is very simple, but I can’t stress enough how I am still learning as I am going, my objective here is to keep going as I love to create so much. As I will practice and study all the techniques I hope to offer a bigger variety of my creations, I am still in the process of buying all the material I need, and believe me it is a lot. Thanks for visiting my blog, happy making!
Hi friends, I finally got some Christmas material from the Tim Holtz Collection and started working on my first card. Still in the process of learning and experimenting with different media I have never used before. I found some grungy Christmas paper at Michael’s, I love it because it’s red and black, kind of different I thought, and I like it very much. I took a brown craft card and glued the paper to it. While that was drying I made a bow, two from paper one from lace, the bow is very simple to do with few foldings, I punched a hole and added a Christmas token with a white paper fastener, once dry I sprayed it with Mica Spray Tarnished Brass. I cut with my Sizzix Machine some snow flakes, I used Tim Holtz Thinlits #661519, sprayed those with mica spray mentioned before, I wasn’t too happy with the look, but as I work new ideas, sometime too many, come to mind. I let that sit for a minute and concentrated con the card. I didn’t like the brown card stock so I measured a white piece of mixed media paper to fit the inside of the card and glued it on it, waited until it dried and sprayed more Mica Spray to almost give it a dirty grungy look. I stamped Santa’s face and “MERRY Christmas” on a different piece of paper and using Distress Ink Vintage Photo I stained the three pieces all around the edges, just to give it a distress vintage look, cut some branches and leaves with different colored card stock from Sizzix Thinlits Dies #661597 Tim Holtz collection, sprayed those with Mica Spray too. Glued and assembled the card by tucking the branches behind Santa’s Face and on the other page I wanted to add a strip of the covering paper to break all that white I had, glued “MERRY Christmas” with the cuts on the strip. Back to the front of the card, I took a strip of cardboard, sprayed that with Mica again, glued the ribbon on top and let that dry, the snowflakes were not convincing me, I thought the sparkle was missing even with the Mica spray, so I sprayed some Distress Resist spray on them and added Mica Flakes, I loved the result. Glued the strip with the ribbon on the front of the card in an angle and added the snow flakes to it, I also stamped “DEC 25” to the front to add a little more grunge, using black soot Distress Ink and embossing powder to give it texture, same procedure for the inside of the card for Santa and MERRY Christmas. I went all around the card using Distress Vintage Photo Ink for the last look and added some metal corners to the card, last but not least was adding a little bit of white and red floss to brighten up a bit. Hope you like it. It’s a lot of fun and I am a beginner but I am having a blast creating, I have a Lot to learn, still watching all the Tim Holtz videos and taking notes. Happy creating ! Give it a try!
Hi guys, another Halloween Card for me as I’m practicing with colors and my imagination . This is a long tag, I cut a piece of cardboard from a box I had in the house, glued on it a piece of paper I made myself, you can barely notice because of the colored paper on top leaving only two strips on the top and bottom , you can see a bit of it on the two strips at the bottom where I stitched pieces of paper together . The paper I made is just a white page of Watercolor paper tea stained black tea, as the paper was drying I gently smeared a gray chalk I have in the house and I was using to color my Mandalas. Little did I know it came out like an old looking piece of paper. For the colored paper I experimented with Distress Inks and Oxide from the Tim Holtz collection, I used the method Tim shows in one of his videos, I am learning so much, I used also some Oxide spray, using water from a sprayer and blending everything together, I was very happy with what came out, it’s a blend of colors that looks like orange with green but very grungy. I stamped on a scrap of the same paper a pumpkin and cut it to fit on the neck of the paper doll, that is why this card could be called Ms. Pumpkin! I embossed the head with embossing powder , glued it on top of the paper doll, then I added a frame around the head, before gluing the frame I embossed it with Tim Holtz glaze, stamped and embossed ” Ms” “P” “HELLO PUMPKIN” and assembled the card. Ms P is holding a book in one hand and her spider purse. The number 31 was glued on a token I found at the dollar store, you can really find lots of craft items there that cam be used for scrapbooking and junk journals, that token was the perfect size for the ephemera from Tim Holtz Idea-Ology collection, all the ephemera on this card comes from his collection, I love his products! I stitched some funky stitches on one side of the card with orange floss, then covered the back of this big long tag with some country fabric I had in the house, I used to quilt so I have a ton of fabric in the house, once in a while I still quilt. I frayed the fabric before gluing it to the back. Unfortunately I did not take step by step pictures because for me this one was actually an experiment as I am learning all the techniques of this beautiful form of art. I definitely love what came out.
Hello friends, this card was a lot of fun, as I am experimenting with colors and inks, stamps and embellishments, I am learning new things every week that goes by. The products I have used for this card all come from Tim Holtz collection, I love them. First step was choosing the paper, I have a lot to learn about that too, I have used a mixed media paper , folded in half and glued together, I have sprayed the card with the Distress Oxides for Halloween, orange purple and green, and played with a bit of water on it, after drying it I stitched all around the card with black floss. The stamps applied in the corners are from Stampers Anonymous, you can see I was experimenting with inks by the squares you see in the picture, I am new to this form of art so I am learning as I am going, making mistakes here and there! For the first time ever I have used my Sizzix machine and cut two pumpkins, the two ghosts, the web and the spider on the window frame, I am fixated with windows for some reason, I think they look really cool on a card, adding that depth and dimension to it. I have inked the pumpkins with Distress Black Soot and orange, the two ghosts with Distress Hickory smoke, the cobweb with the same black as the pumpkin, I will list the material at the end of this paragraph. Glued the two ghosts in the middle of the card, in a way that they could be somewhat visible through the window frame, I glued the web and the spider on the window first, let that dry, then added that to the card, glued the pumpkins on the corners of the card opposite to the stamps, added two stamps “HAPPY HALLOWEEN” and “SPOOKY!” at the end, and used embossing powder for texture, same as the other two stamps. Last was the number 31 on the window in the middle.
LIST OF MATERIAL : Stamps from Stamper Anonymous CMS397, Distress inks, black soot, carved pumpkin, vintage photo, and hickory smoke, Distress Oxides green, orange and purple, windows frame from Tim Holtz Idea-Ology collection, stamps from Tim Holtz Idea-Ology collection, Sizzix Thinlits #664209, Tim Holtz Idea-Ology ephemera, everything on this card is from Tim Holtz collection beside the paper.
Hey there! This card came out from a mistake. I was going to start a Christmas card and experimenting with colors, playing with paper and textures, mixing Tim Holtz Distress Oxide and Distress ink pads. For this I used Vintage Photo and Mustard Seed Distress Oxide, Vintage Photo and Candied Apple Distress Ink, for me this is a learning process as I am very new to this Art, overall I’m not too discontent with what came out, it was a mistake that turned into a card. I used heavy card stock paper, made some of the corner you see by cutting them with special scissors, I made a tag and added metal corners, and glued it to one side of the card, added stamps form Stamper Anonymous, and used embossing powder on them, I didn’t take any picture beside this one below, because I was just experimenting, I realized how much learning there is to do, all last night I was studying Tim Holtz YouTube channel for tutorials, this artist is such an inspiration and for me a genius! I added at the end some styrofoam pearls coated with Mixative Rose Gold alcohol ink to give a bit of shine. I will be going away for 3 days to the White Mountains in NH and will bring with me only my iPad to watch the tutorials on YouTube , time to study ! I will be back Monday and start working again…Happy Creating to all of you!
Welcome to the house of the renowned world entomologist Mr & Mrs Bugs, it’s October 31st, they are world travelers! Again this card was a lot of fun but a little challenging , but I finished anyways and I am very pleased with it. I took two very heavy pieces of card stock and covered them with green paper after I sprayed them with Tim Holtz distress oxide, while they were drying I folded two pieces of lace and glued them together with double sided clear tape, I added embossing powder so it stuck to the folded lace. I stamped a window, added a small wreath with embellishments I made and glued it to the front of the card with a hot glue gun. As you open the card, I stamped on the left side a script about entomology, the stamp is from Stamper Anonymous, Tim Holtz collection. In the middle of the script I added a strip of felt and sewed on a piece of paper which I cut from a package of goodies from Tim Holtz Idea-Ology products, I don’t throw away anything, the world “Halloween” on the wreath comes from that too. A tag with their name, bugs stamped and embossed with embossing powder to give it texture. inside the strip of paper in the middle of the script added a sticker with word “Explore” always from Tim Holtz Idea-Ology collection , I slid in the tag, a page of my husband’s old passport, a tag with an old postcard cutout, and a 100 Francs bill which is real by the way. To close the card on the left side I added a metal hinge that I had in the house , covered the holes with orange paper fasteners on both sides. On the right side I glued Tim Holtz paper dolls, colored the flower of the bride and the gloves and bowtie of the groom, poked two holes and slid in a string to eventually close the card. Most of the material is Tim Holtz but I used items found in my house, being an artist I have a ton of material laying around and usable for scrapbooking or any other form of art. Enjoy the card and create everyday , it’s fun and very rewarding , in case you go visit Mr & Mrs Bugs, watch out for insects everywhere 😉 I wanted to put a witch hat on Mrs Bugs head to add a bit of comical content ! Enjoy ….