Friday, November 30, 2012

Friday Feature - one last sunflower

Hello, friends.  It's Melody with another Friday Feature here on the Outlaw Women's blog.  I'm not sure where last week went, but I completely missed getting a post up.  It seems if I blink, another month is gone.  Is it really December tomorrow?

Today I made a card using one new die and a couple of older ones.  I just love using the wonderful dies that are available.  It saves so much time not having to cut things out by hand.  I recently purchased the tattered poinsettia die by Tim Holtz/Sizzix, so I wanted to put it to work, but not as a poinsettia.  Don't be surprised... I've always been somewhat of a rebel, with a need to be different.  I wanted a sunflower.  Although we don't have any snow on the ground yet, we have had some flurries, but I'm just not quite ready to leave autumn behind and face winter's cold and snow. 

My base card is kraft and everything else is die cut from a manila file folder.  I used a lot of ink to change the color, though. 

I die cut a vintage cabinet card and then embossed it with the bricked embossing folder.  I randomly added color with a foam ink applicator using tea dye, scattered straw, brushed corduroy, aged mahogany, and weathered wood distress inks, and then added vintage photo around the edges. 

For the sunflower, using the tattered poinsettia die, I cut two each of the small and medium flowers, the flower center and a few extra petals from the medium flower to use as leaves.  To color them, I pulled out mustard seed, peeled paint and vintage photo distress stains.  I also swiped the peeled paint over another piece of card stock, and then cut a stem from that.  I added some rusty hinge and vintage photo distress ink to the flower petals and vintage photo to the edges of the leaves.  To give the flower more dimension, I curled the petals a bit with my fingers, and also attached some dimensional foam tape underneath.  I used a black marker to add some veins on the leaves. 

For the sentiment, I die cut one of the styled labels, stamped the sentiment from Impression Obsession with jet black archival ink and then trimmed off the ends of the lable.  I wanted it to match the background piece, so I used a small square punch to remove a bit in each corner. 

A few extra details were added with black ink and 1/4" square punch outs.

I hope you enjoyed my card today.  Many of the products used can be purchased from Outlaw Women Scrapbook Emporium.  Thanks for stopping by. 

Monday, November 26, 2012

A Christmas Tile Gift

This is a great gift because it's easy, fun and inexpensive to create. It's also very useful and can be adapted for any season or for everyday use! The sentiment stamp set used in the cards at the beginning is by Hero Arts!

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Technique Tuesday ~ 12th Day of Christmas

For my Technique Tuesday this week, I'll share a tag I made from viewing Tim's 12 days of Christmas 2011. 
Last year, all of my tags were featured in a youtube video by the publisher of Rubber Road Adventures. 

Wish upon a Star Day 12
By Judy Cantrell
Sizzlits strip dies (Sizzix)
Clear words stamp (Stampers Anonymous)
Music stamp (Rubber Stampede)
Rock candy
Weathered wood
Snow cap
Manila 14 pt Heavy duty folder (Staples)
Seam binding 
Metal duck tape (Lowes)
Cherub (personal stash)
Cordless glue gun (Loctite)
Adornment Star (Tim Holtz)
Silver garland (Hobby Lobby)
Black card stock (Hobby Lobby)
White tissue paper (Hobby Lobby)
White card stock (Hobby Lobby)
Button (personal stash)
Scissors (personal stash)
Bead findings (personal stash)
Printed words
This is my 12th day of Tim’s 12 days of Christmas tags. I’m pleased how this tag turned out using Tim’s idea and then making it my own.
On this tag I used a vintage cherub that was originally made for wedding cakes from my personal stash of supplies bought before I started stamping in 1993. 
Judy Cantrell
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Monday, November 19, 2012

Clean and Simple, Assemblage and Assembly Lines!

This time of year, we do a lot of homemade gift-giving. A lot of us make our own cards to send to friends and family. Here is a video showing how to do a claen and simple handmade card and how to do a more involved assemblage card. The Toy Soldier assembly card is designed by Tammy Tutterow and you can see her original card here: 

Here are the measurements for my  Clean and Simple Retro Santa Card.

 Clean and Simple Retro Santa Card.

Card Base 5 x 7 prefolded card or 10 x 7 inch cardstock folded in the center.

Red Cardstock    6 3/4 x 4 3/4 inches

White Cardstock   6 3/8 x 4 1/4 inches.

Jenny Bowlin Cough Syrup Ink

Archival Black Ink

Tim Holtz Christmas Time CMS141 Stamp Set

Tammy's Toy Soldier Card

Kraft Cardstock

Dark Green Kraft Core Cardstock

Music Style Embossing Folder

Sizzix Toy Soldier Die

Sizzix Tattered Banners Die

Walnut Stain Distress Ink

Distress Stains Fired Brick, Picket Fence, Tea Dye, Black Soot, Metallic Stain Antique Bronze.

Studio Multi Medium Matte

Crackled Accents

Stampabilities Vintage Type Lowercase Stamps Set

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Saturday, November 17, 2012

Saturday Special - Building a Butterfly Art Journal Spread

Hi everyone it's Saturday and today I have another Saturday Special for you all.. I call it Building a Butterfly..

I created my butterfly off of the spread on a 6x6 piece of Designer Paper that had butterflys on it. First I cut out a butterfly on my Cricut using Tim Holtz's Grunge Paper. I had to use the Heavy Duty Blade going through it four times. I used the program "Makes the Cut "to find the butterfly I wanted but I'm sure there are cartridges with butterflys on them. Or you can draw one and cut it out. I then used Gesso on the Butterfly Grunge Paper to give it some tooth and then painted it with White Acrylics Paint. You could leave off the Acrylics if you wanted to have a more grungy look..I cut the butterfly in two pieces.. Now my next layer to the butterfly was a paper bag that I traced the main butterfly slightly larger..  The layer underneath the paper bag was some more Designer Paper I found with the striped pattern on it.. Then I cut out some burlap in the shape of wings and added that. The adhesive I used for all was some Matt Medium..  I grabbed a doily at this point and cutting it into fourths . I added some Distress Walnut Stain Ink to it and then added that under the designer paper and burlap wings. Under all of this I scrunched up some dress pattern paper and stapled it into the shape of wings.. I scrunched it some more once the adhesive was dry.. I attached all of this to the 6x6 Designer Paper.. I added the lace on the bottom with a strip of pearls and pearls on the top....

I then prepared my Journal.. First I gesso'd the pages and then on the right hand side I used Claudine Hellmuth's "Painterly Pink" acrylic paint. I love her paints. They are so creamy. I put the Tim Holtz Butterfly Mask down onto the spread and painted around it.  I then painted the left side with the Claudine Hellmuth paint.

Once all was dry with some more Matt Medium I adhered my 6x6 DP with my butterfly attached to it. I scrunched the dress pattern paper a little bit more so it fit on the left side good.. I stamped around the spread with a Dylusions Border stamp (Around the Edge stamp set).. and added my words ,again with stamps.. To blend in my words and give them some pop I took some Black Soot Distress Ink and rubbed it around the words.. I also used the ink on the spread randomly to bring in the black.. 

To finish off my butterfly I added some Prima flowers, a key in between the wings and some burlap on the back of the key between the two wings. Then I took a Pitt Pen (size M) and added some pen work to the butterfly. 

This would look beautiful on a Canvas also.. 

This spread was a little different for me as it doesn't have my usual background stamps and it's way more plain then I usually do. What do they say "Less is more" LOL  It was hard for me to stop but I really wanted the Butterfly to be the main focal point without anything else.. 

Most all of my products are from Outlaw Women Scrapbook Emporium

Well that's it for today.. I had a ball creating this spread.

and it was out of my norm.. LOL

as Always 

Have fun Creating!


Friday, November 16, 2012

Friday Feature - no turkeys allowed

Hello, friends.  Melody here with another Friday Feature.  A year ago, Tim Holtz posted a tutorial on his blog for making turkeys from his rosette dies.  At the time, I didn't own any of the rosette dies.  But I absolutely adored his turkeys and knew that I wanted to make some, so that meant I needed to purchase those dies.  Well, I now have both of Tim's rosette dies, but I still haven't made any turkeys. 

Thinking about perhaps making some turkeys for the Thanksgiving table this year, I suddenly got the idea that I could use the same technique, but make a peacock instead.  I checked the internet for a picture of a peacock, so I'd get at least some of the features recognizable, and proceeded to make a peacock.  I followed Tim's instructions, using some blue and turquoise papers and sponging on some brilliant blue and pacific point ink. Since his template for the turkey head has parts that distinguish it as a turkey, I trimmed those off, and then used a copic marker to color it blue.  I could have used blue card stock, but that would have meant tracing and cutting a second head (lazy). 

I wasn't sure what to use for the tail feathers, but again wanted something that would be fairly quick and easy.  I decided to try one of the flowers from the tattered flowers die.  I cut three, not knowing how many 'feathers' I would need.  I sponged around the edges with pacific point ink.  For the dots, I pulled out a new pencil and used the eraser as a stamp.  Then I cut all the petals off the flowers.  On the end that would be glued, I squeezed the sides together so they could conform to the shape of the folds on the rosette, and then glued one feather to each of the outside folds.  Perfect peacock feathers!

I was so excited that it actually turned out like what I had in mind!  That doesn't happen too often.  One change I might make, if I make another one, would be to add another row of feathers attached to the middle rosette, but since I already had that part all glued together, it would have been difficult to insert the feathers between the rosettes, so I opted to leave it with just a single row.  It's possible that a second row of feathers is too much.  At this point, I just don't know and can't quite visualize how it would look, and whether or not I would like it. 

Although you can't see it, I die cut a scallop circle and added it on the back to finish it off and cover the ends of the feathers where they are attached. 

Some of the products for making this project can be found at the OSWE store

I hope you enjoyed my project.  Thanks for stopping by. 

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Art Journal Page

Today, I'll share an art journal page I made Jan 2006. Stamps from my stash.


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Wednesday Women presents Ornament Tutorial

 Let's Welcome Cindy Pointe as our Guest Artist on 

Wednesday Women!

You can find many of these supplies here: OWSE 

This is the same glass ornament  (with flat sides) that I used last year but with a new technique, which I'll detail below. The center poinsettia is actually paper, made from card stock using my POINSETTIA SVG file. 

You can use any glass ornament but I prefer these flat sided ones as it is so easy to decorate them. For the poinsettia ornament I used strips of poinsettia printed tissue paper which I ripped into small pieces and then glued to the ornament with Glossy Accents. Once the ornament is fully covered with the tissue paper, I went back over it with a thin layer of Glossy Accents. Now to decorate the ornament! 

Shown above are the pieces for the ornament. I cut the poinsettia layers using three shades of red cardstock. The darkest shade for the bottom and the lightest for the top layer. The leaves were cut from two shades of green cardstock. The gold medallion sticker came from a garage sale find and was the inspiration for this ornament's design.
Since the tissue paper had flecks of gold in it and the paper medallion was gold, the silver top on this ornament just wasn't going to do. So I brought out my Gold Mixatives alcohol ink and changed the color. After it was dry, I used some GA over it to make it shiny again.

To make the poinsettia lifelike, I got out my Distress Markers and the water pen. I edged the pieces with the brush end of Walnut Stain and Fired Brick, using the water pen to soften the lines. Notice the dark spot in the center of the largest red piece? That shadowing gave dimension to the bottom layer. I did the same thing on the middle piece, although it is lighter and doesn't show up to well in the photo. Once dry, I went over the pieces with the DM's fine point, adding the leaf veins. Once dry, I bent and curled each petal to give them dimension. I put the flower together using GA and then added Gold Stickles stamens to the center. I added more Stickles (Gold, Red, Green, Clear) here and there on the petals.
I attached the medallion using GA and once dry I used my finger tips to rub gold acrylic paint lightly over the entire surface of the ornament. Not to cover it, just to add gold here and there. It brings down the brightness of the tissue paper and gives an "antiqued" look. I used a round pop dot in the center of the medallion and stuck on the it even more dimension. Finally I added gold Stickles dots on the points of the medallion. I think it has a very vintage Victorian look!

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Saturday Special - My First completed Christmas Card

Well I've started creating my Christmas Cards for this year. I usually make a few of one kind , a few of another and so on. I just can't sit and do 30 of one kind like so many Ladies do. My Anxiety level get's too high doing the same thing over and over. Dum huh?

Well anywho I have created one of the Cards I'll be sending out. I'll make about 8 of these card. I've got five more to go. LOL

This Card is a little Cutey and very easy to create.

You make three at a time by cutting a 12x12 piece of Kraft
Cardstock ..

First cut it at 11 inches then turn it and 

three 3 inches wide.

Fold this to make your card base.

Take a Strip 12 inches long and 1 1\2 inches wide of Christmas Paper

Then take another piece of Christmas Paper and do the same

With this piece take a punch.

I used a Fiscars Scallop punch and punch your border.

Cut into three pieces

Take on of the first Christmas Paper
and the scalloped edge paper and put them together

Adhere this to your card base.

The take your Salutation. In my case it was "Bliss"

I inked it up with Versamark

I stamped "Bliss" towards the top and a little bit in.

Pour some White Embossing Powder on it
and heat embossed it.

Then I cut three different shapes of Trees with my Cricut. You can do this by hand also.

The size of the Trees are two inches high.

It took a little bit of playing with my Cricut to get the right size for the card. LOL

If you were doing a whole lot of these cards now would be the time to cut out all your trees of three different kinds.
Using three different Christmas Patterned Paper.

I then took some Walnut Stain Distress Ink and a Blending Tool
and went around the edges of the trees.

I took my first tree and adhered it with a glue stick right onto the card.

Lately I have been using a glue stick for most everything. 

I'm tired of tape not sticking after awhile.

I usually use the Tom Bow tape but must of gotten a bad batch as it's not sticking well.

I also have an ATC gun but that's a whole story in itself how I struggle with that. ROFL!!

so anywho I used the glue stick and down she went onto the paper

at about the middle of the word "Bliss" and over to the left some.

Don't put it too far over because now your going to take a second tree and with those sticky two sided adhesive stick up thingys.

What in the world are they called?

Not glue dots? anyone know what their called to give that 3d look.

I am totally Blank!! LMAO!!
Oh yeah Pop Dots!! No? well someone paleese tell me what
they are called! LOL

I used those on the back of the two remaining trees so they would have that 3d look..

One tree I put to the left of the first tree almost onto the edge
and the last tree I put to the right of the first tree and on the bottom edge of the Christmas Paper.

This gives the Trees the effect of being grouped but sticking out some..

boy am I at a loss for words describing this. LMAO!!

Once I got my trees on I took my Corner Chomper and did all four corners.

I then took my White Signo Pen and created faux stitching around the card.

On the inside of the card I stamp "Merry Christmas"

Simple and Easy and great for Assembly Line work..

Like I said above I have three done as you work in three's. LOL

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Except the White Signo Pen was bought at

Have fun if you are going to create this card.
I think it's a great little card and perfect for Christmas!


Friday, November 9, 2012

Friday Feature - Christmas cards

Hi, it's Melody here.  I meant to get my post up last night, ready to go live around midnight, but my card just wasn't working for me. It just seemed to be missing something, but I'm going to show it to you anyway along with the second one, which I like.  Then, after I finished the second card, I went to take photos and found that my camera had a dead battery, so I had to wait for it to recharge. 

I've been seeing cards with some cute fun trees made from a folded half circle.  I've seen instructions using a pattern, but that was a little tricky to do.  I was really happy when I found one that can be done without a pattern and is really easy.  Because there is no pattern, it can also be made any size you want.  Rather than reinvent the wheel so to speak, I'm just going to give you a link to the tutorial that I used.  You may need to join this site to view the tutorial, but it's free. 

folded christmas tree

For my background, I made a stencil with some clear packaging, using the Tim Holtz tattered poinsettia Sizzix Bigz die.  I'm not sure why, but when I ran the plastic through the die cutter, it split and I had to use some clear packaging tape to fix it, but it still worked fine.  Then I used my stencil to sponge peeled paint distress ink on my card stock.  I love the look it gave me. 
I really didn't like all the empty space on the sentiment panel, so that was the biggest change I made. 

This one is so much more balanced and I like the paper better than the bright red. 

I made my trees using ivory card stock.  One is sponged with peeled paint and the other with vintage photo distress ink.  On the second card, I used the star portion of punchinella stencil with a damp sponge for a very subtle pattern on the trees.  Some details were added with a black marker. 

On card one, I used red card stock and on the second, some pattern paper from Pink Paislee.  I also used only half of the styled labels die cut on card two and really like that one much better. 

Some of the products used can be purchased from Outlaw Women Scrapbook Emporium

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Sharing Technique Again

 I've shared many technique here on OWSE and was looking at some that has over 100 hits. This is one and I thought it was worth sharing again.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Poinsettias and Star Bright

Today, I am sharing with you 3 more new dies from Tim Holtz!

Here are two photos of the poinsettia I made in the video. I decided to emboss the outer ends of the leaves with Ranger's sticky Embossing Powder and pour Ranger Clear Rock Candy Dry Glitter over it looks ice encrusted! Too cool!

Don't forget to look for these dies, the Graphics 45 paper and the Embossing Dabber, Sticky Embossing Powder and the Clear Rock Candy Dry Glitter at

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Saturday Special - Collage Stamping

It's Saturday and I have a Saturday Special for everyone. Collage Stamping is very easy and a lot of fun. You layer your stamps one over the other.

For this card I started out with Antique Linen Distress Ink and stamped a Text Stamp..

 Then over that I stamped this beautiful Lace Border Stamp by Donna Salazar. I used Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink and using the same Ink I stamped my bushes or thistle is what I call it. LOL .. 

I then inked the edges also with Brushed Corduroy.. Because Distress Inks stay wet for a long time I used my heat tool to dry the inks as I was going to Emboss on my next step. I took two butterflies and put them onto my stamping block positioning them the way I wanted them to appear on my paper.. I used Black Soot Distress Ink.. You can emboss with Distress inks because of the fact of them staying wet for a long time. 

Once I stamped the butterfly's I pour clear embossing powder on them and using my heat tool I embossed them..After that had dried I took a dauber and with Worn Lipstick Distress Ink I went gingerly around the butterflies to give them a pop of color.. I then distressed the edges of the paper with a Tim Holtz distress tool and added Vintage Photo Distress Ink to now distressed edges...

 I then put my card together embellishing with a Prima Flower and some bling. 

I love Collage Stamping as it can give you some beautiful

Give it a try..

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