Friday, May 28, 2010


It's Friday and I've been busy getting ready for the holiday weekend. It's amazing the things that you clean when you have people coming over! Because let's face it - who likes to clean?

It's Friday which means another color challenge for Just for Fun! Today's color challenge is:

Gee I really wanted some Halloween stamps - but I don't have any so I made this manly card:
Classy Chassis

I added Pumice Stone and Rusty Hinge to the focal image to grunge up the white panel. The orange panel I took my blender tool and just "bopped" it here and there and then blended over the top with pumice stone.

So before the busy weekend takes over - take some time for yourself and see what the other JFF design team created this week:

Have a Great long holiday weekend!


The Stuff:
Stamps - All Just for Fun - Classy Chassis, '57 Chevy
Paper - Basic Grey
Ink - Jet Black Archival; Rusty Hinge, Pumice Stone, Black Soot Distress Ink (Ranger)
Other- Tiny Attacher, Film Strip Ribbon (idea-ology)

Wednesday, May 26, 2010


For some reason I love monochromatic cards - to me they look elegant! Now my favorite color is green but I love browns in a card. So following the ISC Creative Architect challenge to create a monochromatic card and use the Rustic Artsy Swirl set I created this:

I used the solid stamp from Flowers - Watercolor Effect to create the background and hand cut out the ones along the right hand side. The butterfly was blended with distress inks and I added some distress stickles, the swirl from the set was stamped on the bottom of the solid panel.

Here's a side view so that you can see the dimension:

My SIL thinks I'm crazy doing all the hand cutting - but I find it very relaxing!

Why not visit the other Creative Architects to see their Monochromatic creations:

Joanne Grzelak
Julie Warner
Karen Dunbrook

Hope you are finding time to create something today!


The Stuff:
Stamps - All Innovative Stamp Creations - Rustic Artsy Swirl, Flowers - Watercolor Effect, Words I
Inks - Coffee & Sepia Archival; Tea Dye, Antique Linen, Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain Distress Inks (all inks Ranger)
Other - Fleur DeLis (Spellbinders)

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

A Gift

The Innovative Stamp Creation Achitects’ were challenged to use the Passion Flower (BTW - it's on sale!) and create a slider box:


These slider boxes are easy to make and would be a great way to present a small gift or gift card to someone special.

I water colored the main Passion flower image using distressed inks and then a lot of blending with, again, distressed inks on the inchies and the box itself.

Now take a moment to get inspired by the other Creative Architects!

Joanne Grzelak
Julie Warner
Karen Dunbrook

Happy Creating!


The Stuff:
Stamp - Innovative Stamp Creations - Passion Flower
Inks- Coffee Archival; Rusty Hinge, Wild Honey, Straw, Bundled Sage, Forest Moss Distress Inks (Ranger)

Monday, May 24, 2010

Recipe Favorites

What do you enjoy most about stamping? Simply creating cards or making handmade gifts for others?

The Innovative Stamp Creation Achitects’ were challenged to use many of the oldie-goodie stamp sheets, such as Rustic Artsy Swirls, Flowers Watercolor Effect, & Passion Flower and create gifts you’d give a friend in need or just because!

So for today how about a simple recipe card and card holder? It started out as this:

And with a little paper and ink transformed into this:

A side view:

The drawer pull and lace flower at the top:

Holder with Recipe cards:

The simple recipe card:
Now just fill a small basket with the main ingredients needed, fill jelly jars with the dry ingredients and attached a recipe card and box and you have an awesome gift!

Now take a little time to go see what the other Creative Architect's made:

Joanne Grzelak
Julie Warner
Karen Dunbrook

Happy Creating!


The Stuff:
Stamps - All Innovative Stamp Creations - Flowers, Watercolor Effect; About Me; Butterflies
Ink - Craft White, Coffee, Vintage Photo (Ranger)
Other - Memo Pins (idea-ology), chalks, Drawer Pull

Friday, May 21, 2010

Have Tissue...

... paper? I used tissue paper on this project because as I've written before I don't have any turquoise paper and I needed turquoise for this week's Just for Fun color challenge:

I really like Rust - specifically the new Rusty Hinge Distress Ink and orange and blue are great complimentary colors... So:

This what I created. I tore a piece of paper to create the mask for the two sides of the card. The left side was stamped/embossed and blended with rust ink, the right stamped with the typewriter type background stamp. The flowers were created using Tim's Tattered Florals Sizzix die, smooshed and inked with some of the rust ink.

Now for my confession - I am a tissue paper hoarder! I save all the tissue paper that I get from gifts and, when I can get away with it, others gifts and I fold it nice and neat and reuse it! I had an entire closet filled with the stuff and forced myself to a limit of two boxes (that's a lot of tissue paper) and I had to make myself *gasp* purge some of it. I'm glad I kept the turquoise tissue paper!

Now click around and see what the other designers created for this color combination:

Sherry Cheever
Broni Holcombe
Kat Tucker (that's me)
Sandy Sandrus
Starla Nelson
Roni Johnson
Glenda Brooks
Beth Moore
Margarita Ybarra

Make sure you visit the Just For Fun® Blog and leave us a link to your own project!

Happy Creating!


The Stuff:
Stamps - All Just for Fun - Plato's Friends, Typewriter Type, Sketchy Grid
Ink - Rusty Hinge, Broken China Distress Inks (Ranger)
Other - Tissue Paper, Tattered Florals Sizzix Die

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Chaos Swap Tags

I signed up for the Chaos swap on All Things Tim. For those of you who may not be familiar with the Chaos Boards that Tim did here is a link to his. I have the tag in the lower left hand corner - that's right the little one that is horizontal - that baby is 1 3/4 by 3 3/8! I also volunteered to take the last one in the 3rd group and I have the same tag.

So for group #1 - For the Birds

Started out with this bird charm and I made a mold with Ranger's Mold and Pour - my first attempt at using the Mold and Pour and I really like how it turned out:

Then filled the mold with black UTEE:

Then put some paint dabber onto the bird and the details really came out. Just a little, worked in with your fingers and then wiped off - quickly:

Finally the finished tag - For the Birds - I also put paint on one of Tim's ornate plates:

Now for Group #3 - Unlock

The Key Plate was cut from Grunge Board using Tim's Hardware Findings Sizzix Die (cuts like butter). I then sparingly and randomly pounced on Gold Acrylic Paint leaving the bubbles and some of the grunge showing. Hit it with a heat gun and then put Black Acrylic Paint over and wiped off right away and then hit with a wet towel - looks like old metal:

Added some of the Gold Paint Dabber to a key:

Then ink, stamp and hardware up - Unlock:

These were fun to make and I can't wait to see what all the other tags look like!

Happy Creating!

The Stuff:
Tag #1:
Stamp - Tim's Stampers Anonymous
Ink - Ranger - Black Archival; Distress Inks - Wild Honey, Rusty Hinge, Vintage Photo
Other - Juniper & Aqua Acrylic Paint Dabbers (Ranger), Mold and Pour, Black UTEE (Ranger); Type Charm, Washer, Mini Pin, Ornate Plate (idea-ology)

Tag #3:
Stamps - Tim's Stampers Anonymous; Unlock (Innovative Stamp Creations)
Ink - Ranger - Black Archival; Distress Inks - Forest Moss, Crushed Olive, Vintage Photo
Other - Black & Gold Paint Dabbers (Ranger), Hardware Findings Sizzix Die

Friday, May 14, 2010


Happy Friday everyone! Friday is Just For Fun's color challenge day - today's colors are

A pretty bright color palette for me! You know I'm more of a grungy girl - but challenges are good they make us stretch out of our comfort zone. And for me they make me pillage my studio to try to find something close to these colors.... Alcohol Ink to the rescue!

The butterfly background, flower and the "turquoise" band are glossy card stock with alcohol inks.

Now spend some time clicking around to see what the other designers came up with:

Just For Fun® Blog
KAT ( That's me)









Make sure you visit the Just For Fun® Blog and leave us a link to your own project!

Happy Creating!


The Stuff:

Stamps - All Just for Fun - Collection, Helen Keller

Other - Tattered Floral Die (Tim Holtz - Sizzix), Alcohol Inks (Ranger)

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Mother's Day Cards

Just poppin in for a quick update so that I can get myself back into better blogging habits (of course if I stopped reading vampire romance/mystery novels I would get more stuff done!)

This is the card that I made for my Mom for Mother's day:
The background is glossy card stock with Alcohol inks.

Here you can see the effect of the metallic mixative:

For my Mother-in-law:

This is a solid image stamp (you know the normal "blank" space is filled in) and I clear embossed the image and then used small pieces of my blending pads to color the image in with distress inks. You'll notice this card says "Thank You" - well I made two of these cards and I forgot to take a pic of the one that said Happy Mothers Day.

Happy Creating!

The stuff:
All stamps are Hero Arts (thanks for letting my borrow your stamps Suz!)

Friday, May 7, 2010

Grungy Beach

Hey - it's been an entire week since I uploaded... What have I been doing? Well except for a crop last weekend I could not tell you where my time has gone. Oh - wait I am re-reading all my Sookie Southern Vampire books... Yeah that's it!

But it is Friday and time for another Just for Fun Color Challenge. This week the colors are:
I like the Blue, Green and Orange color challenge and I added an extra challenge for myself - don't use flowers on this card. When I think of this color combination I naturally think flowers. So I looked at the JFF stamps that I have and used two that have not seen ink yet and I came up with:

Grungy Beach:

I really enjoyed making the background - water colored the Palm Tree, ink direct to paper for the sky and the sand, inked up the outer edge only of the Post Card Background stamp for around the edges and for the first time stamped with bubble wrap - see the orange circles. Who knew bubble wrap could be so much fun?

So sit back and click around and see what the offer JFF Designers have been up to:

Just For Fun® Blog
Kat Tucker ( you are here)
Sandy Sandrus


Sherry Cheever
Terre Fry


Make sure you visit the Just For Fun® Blog and leave us a link to your own project!

Have a fabulous Friday and spend some time getting inky today!


The Stuff:

Stamps - all Just for Fun - Swimmer Girl (not the real name), Palm Tree, Post Card Background

Ink - Coffee Archival, distress inks (Ranger)