Distress Mania!

Have you ever had one of those projects that started out as one idea but became something completely different?  Well that was this card.  I made it for this week Lawnscaping Challenge Distress Mania!  Well it was mania alright, but in a good way.  Originally I was going to use distress inks to create a sunset and then add some clouds and the cute little Bon Voyage plane.  The gradient turned out great, but I wanted to do some experimenting with it so in the end I said Bon Voyage to the plane and clouds and went in a totally different direction.

I believe the only thing not distressed on this card is the twine.  I used Distress Inks on both the card base and the background panel.  The sides of the panel are distressed with my new Tim Holtz disressing tool.  The Canvas piece has both distress stain and distress inks applied to it.  And finally the leaves are embossed with Antique Linen Distress Embossing powder.  I also got to use my new Harvest Season Lawn Fawn set for the first time. 🙂
On another distress note…
I created this card over the weekend using distress stain with Tim Holtz Trimmings.  The trimmings come white which is nice because you can stain them to which ever color you want.  
Thanks for stopping by today… I’m headed into the woods tomorrow so I will be MIA this weekend.  And when I say “into the woods” I do mean literally.  I’m going on our annual cousins camping trip.  I believe this will be our 18th year and our group has grow to about 18 people (as us “kids” have grown up and gotten married). Should be fun.  Last year we had a kickball game, a corn hole tournament and of course some serious singing around the camp fire.  My family is full of musicians and singers, so it’s not your typical campfire singing, there are instruments and songbooks, we usually attract a crowd of other campers.  My mom even brings craft projects!  So keep you fingers crossed that it won’t be unbearably hot this weekend in NC.  I would rather not come back in the form of a puddle.  Hope you all have a fabulous weekend!  Stay Cool!
Update: Since Karen asked… this is a pic of our corn hole game.  Note all the “teams” watching and waiting their turn to play, the winners of each round went on to the next round, like NCAA basketball brackets. 🙂
Corn Hole tournament
(you might call it bean bag toss, or our neighbor called it “holy board”)
The bags are filled with corn, that is how it gets its name.
The goal is to get the bag to stay on the board for 1 pt. or go in the hole for 3 pts.
The corn creates a powder on the board when the bags fall which makes the game a bit trickier.
You Are A Blessing
Stamps: Lawn Fawn {harvest season}
Ink: Memento {tuxedo black}  Distress Ink {scattered straw, wild honey, spiced marmalade, fired brick, dusty concord, black soot & tea dye
Paper:  Neenah {solar white}  Papertrey Ink {kraft}
Other:  Distress Embossing Powder {antique linen}  Distress Stain {antique linen}  Papertrey Ink Button Twine {whtie} Tim Holtz Distressing Tool, Foam Adhesive
Happy Birthday Card
Stamps:  Lawn Fawn {year one} Papertrey Ink {fillable frames #5}
Ink:  Colorbox {frost white} Jenni Bowlin {stick candy}
Paper:  My Mind’s Eye {lime twist happy go lucky pad}  Papertrey Ink {raspberry fizz}
Other:  White Signo Pen, Tim Holtz Trimmings, Distress Stain {broken china} Embroidery Floss

13 thoughts on “Distress Mania!”

  1. Your cards are wonderful! The gradient and harvest season are just stunning together. Have fun camping this weekend. I hope it cools off for you and for us. I am so over this heat

  2. Chari both of these cards are STUNNING! I especially love the first one, your techniques are amazing and flawless!!! Thanks for always being fab inspiration, and have a BLAST this weekend!!! =)

  3. Your cards are BEAUTIFUL! Wow, Chari! You always impress me, but man, this time I'm just in total awe. The gradient on that first card is amazing. How did you get the color to come out so evenly on the second card's trim? It looks like it was professionally dyed.

    Have fun camping! It sounds like such a blast!

  4. CHARI! HEllO! These are masterpieces! I am in love with your first one. It could be framed and hung as art. And I love that you distressed the trimmings on the second card! That's amazing. I didn't even know he sold trimmings! FABULOUS job with the challenge! Have fun on your camping trip!! I can't wait to see some pictures from it. Sounds "interesting" to say the least!!!! 🙂

  5. This is absolutely AMAZING! I love the colors, canvas, twine wow! It is utterly fabulous! I don't have the harvest stamps, but they are one of my fave sets!

    The second card card is beautiful as well!! I haven't tried distress stains yet – they seem way cool!

    I hope you have a fun trip! Sounds awesome!

  6. WOW! The trimmings take color beautifully! That first card put me over the edge. I'm a sucker for fall and your distress ink background reminds me of a fall sunset…and the leaves, frayed fabric, sentiment and twine sealed the deal. Perfection in card form!

  7. Great cards! The distressing in the first one is perfect and I love the colors of the second one, so bright! The trim is wonderful! Have a great weekend! 🙂

  8. I love those Tim Holtz trimmings, too! They're wonderful. They look really good with distress stains 😉 Love your first card as well. You know I'm a total sucker for the water droplets look on Distress Ink. Lovely! Thank you for playing along with us at the Lawnscaping challenge blog!


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