Fabulous Finds Friday — Fireworks! and Goosebumps

(Warning — long post!!!)

I’ve recently been playing with color misters.  This week, I tried the new Fireworks! sprays from Tsukineko. The spray bottles are small (only .05  oz.) but pack a lot of punch. The water-based sprays come in 24 Memento colors and have a delicious dash of shimmer. (Also shown: Goosebumps, a clear texturing spray.)

So let’s spray! I started by spritzing Fireworks! on scrap cardstock cut to ATC size (using this handy tool from European Papers — a great source for everything ATC). Be sure to spray in a “spray box.” (I used the nifty Color Catcher from Clearsnap.)

Here’s the finished ATC:

(Stamps by Purnima Girouard for Stampington & Co.)

Naturally, when you spray there is spray leftovers. Can’t let all that extra spritzy goodness just dry up, right? So I took a piece of ATC-sized watercolor paper and smooshed it into the overspray:

I repeated this process a few more times, using cornflower blue and then walnut antique spray (also from Tsukineko.) The darker colors took over, but I liked the aged look.

I played some more, and finally stamped:

(copper embossed images by Judikins; quote from Tweety Jill; butterfly punch from Martha Stewart, text stamp from Hero Arts)

Then I started playing around with the Goosebumps, and went a little crazy, spraying the Goosebumps on cardstock and then on a piece of scrap plastic, as seen here:

When the Goosebumps dried, I covered the left half of the sheet with Clearsnap’s Smooch pearlized paints and the other half I covered with Ranger alcohol inks. Here’s a close-up to show you the texture from the Goosebumps:

I punched flowers using a Tim Holtz die and my Sizzix Big Kick:

The flower looked too flat to me (and it was too big for the ATC), so I CAREFULLY and gently warmed it with my heat tool (holding the flower with a tweezer) just until the plastic softened and started to curl.

I affixed the flower to my stamped ATC using a Glue Dot, then added Judikins’ Diamond Glaze and beads to the center. Here is the finished ATC:

(TIP: I used Judikins’ Tidy Tray to catch those teensy beads. The plastic tray has a spout. Background stamp by Stamper’s Anonymous; sentimet and frame by Technique Tuesday.)

Tired yet? Wait, I’m not done playing! This time I spritzed a bit of Fireworks! directly on my craft sheet, which was placed in my Color Catcher:

Smooshed the ATC around to pick up the color and here we have it:

(stamps: Prickley Pear)

Before putting away my spray box, I sprayed cornflower blue, cherry blossom and walnut ink antiquing sprays and added a spritz or two of Ink Potion No. 9 blending solution, all by Tsukineko. And so I leave you with this:

(All images: Tweety Jill.)

Whew! Thanks for sticking around so long!

Fabulous Finds Friday — Down the Rabbit Hole

Collage…. Alice in Wonderland images…  ATCs… These are a few of my favorite things, so imagine my delight to find them all together in the new collage packs and stamp sets by Tweety Jill.*

You can have Alice and her friends in many forms. The collage pack includes beautifully colored papers and images; there’s another set with ATC-sized papers; and, of course, there are rubber stamps. Six different sets! Yowza! The rubber images, mounted on cling, come in a neat plastic case. (One set is just sayings from the Lewis Carroll classic story.)

I made a set of ATCs using the papers and stamps. But I have decided to punch holes in the tops, turn them into gift tags, and give them to a friend who loves all things Alice.

Take a look:

And here’s a close-up:

For more information, visit www.tweetyjill.com.

(*disclaimer – these sets were a gift from Tweety Jill herself.)

Down the Rabbit Hole with Jill

In my Fabulous Finds Friday I talked about the new Alice in Wonderland images from Tweety Jill. Owner Jill Haglund was kind enough to send me some photos so you can see the full cuteness of these images!



Thanks, Jill!

For more, go to www.tweetyjill.com

Fabulous Finds Friday — Tweety Jill

collage, tweety jill paper

I first came across Tweety Jill Publications as a newish stamper — I learned a lot from her books, especially “Fresh Techniques for Rubber Stamping.”  She also inspired me to try altered art and collage.

So imagine my delight when Tweety Jill (Jill Haglund, author/designer/artist/all-around-neat-lady) came out with collage papers and kits that took the guesswork out of collage.

In the European Collection (shown above), she put together a beautiful selection of papers and images. In fact, the double sided papers are so yummy, I had a hard time using them at all, let alone choosing which side to showcase! There are lush patterns, such as marbled-looking pieces, and pages with words, musical notes, etc. There are also smaller images, such as butterflies, that can be cut out and added as focal points. Tweety Jill makes it easy to collage.

To sweeten the deal, Jill soon introduced unmounted stamp sets — Journey to France, Vintage Collage, By the Sea, the adorable Rodeo Sweethearts …. that made perfect focal images for the papers. Her newest new line of stamps feature  Alice in Wonderland. And I thought her sets couldn’t get much better!

Until I catch up with the new Tweety Jill items, I have to make do with the older stuff (which is not too shabby!). Here are some of my early attempts to combine Tweety Jill papers and images: 

tweety jill rooster collage

tweety jill paris collage

tweety jill butterfly collage

To see the entire collection, visit www.tweetyjill.com (and don’t forget to click on to her blog for inspiration.)