Valentine - Rusted Grunge Key

Today it's snowing, so it's a good day for crafting!  The snow is a bit wet and quite heavy causing it to stick to all the tree branches. There are two huge pine trees right outside the window by my craft table. They're so pretty to look at right now with the chickadees flitting amongst the branches.  

I'm up for another challenge and it's "Rusted Grunge" at Studio L3 (page 45 of Tim Holtz Compendium of Curiosities book). It's the first time I've tried this technique and I'm pleased with how it came out! I don't have the Tim Holtz key & lock alterations die, so I cut a vintage key from the Cricut October 31st cartridge out of grungepaper. I used Tea Dye Distress embossing powder and Brushed Corduroy Distress ink to cover the key.

This shaped card was cut from the Cricut "Christmas Cards"  winter seasonal cartridge on Design Studio at 10-1/2" x 4-3/4" and folded in half. On the pink script background paper, I sponged Tea Dye and Aged Mahogany Distress inks randomly, and also on the edges. The doily edge was stamped with Pumice Stone Distress Ink (border stamp from set "Tea at Elsies" by Kaisercraft). For the heart, I went to my paper scraps folder and found some coordinating prints to cut with Spellbinders Nestabilities heart & scalloped heart dies, also sponged on edges.The verse on the heart is from my new Tim Holtz "Love Struck" stamp collection inked in Aged Mahogany. I just got some new Tim Holtz Adage Tickets and picked out the Love one for my card - these are so cool! There are 96 to a booklet with many different words. The flourish stamp on top and bottom of card is by Inkadinkadoo.  Embellies are pearls, and heart & arrow rhinestones from the dollar store.

Jan. 08/2011


Studio L3 Compendium of Curiosities Challenge #26 - Rusted Grunge

Simon Says Jan.3 - Show newest stamp  My newest stamp set is Tim Holtz "Love Struck" collection - the verse on the heart

Crazy for Challenges #69 - Colour Photo Inspiration

Stampin' B's Challenge #92 - Something old, something new  (something old is Nesties Heart dies; something new is grunge technique, and Tim Holtz Adage Tickets)


  1. Oh I really like how you did this card all the different elements you'd added makes it so interesting .Great job on the "Rusted Grunge " . I need to get started on mine for this challenge .

  2. Beautiful card. Your rusty key works so well with it.

  3. This is GORGEOUS! I love the colors and all your little details are wonderful!

  4. Love it! The doily edge is so pretty, love the key and, of course, the pretty heart. Gorgeous!
    Thanks for joining the Stampin B's challenge this week.

  5. Beautifully done! Thanks for playing along with the Simon Says Stamp & Show Challenge Blog.

  6. Everything about this is really lovely - the stamped background, the shape, the colors and especially that new TH stamp - fabulous - I may have to get that one myself! So happy you could join in the fun with us this week at Simon Says Stamp and Show.

  7. Sharon, this is a sensational valentine! Every little detail is so perfectly thought out, and the rusted grunge key is great. I really love how you layered the heart with the scalloped edges. The contrast of soft pink with the earthy rust tones is lovely.

    Stay warm and dry and crafty!