Tuesday, March 31, 2015

12 Tags of 2015 - March

I finally had a chance to play along with Tim's 12 Tags!  I love the tags he makes, and usually have most of the things he uses, but don't always have the time.  I had a special someone I wanted to send this to, and I really love how it turned out!  You can check out all of the details on Tim's blog.  This one was a little tricky with the use of the texture paste and embossing powder.  This is actually my second attempt, because the first one didn't look so good!
I wanted to make this more of a card than just a tag, so I monoprinted a second tag and used one of Tim's handwritten sentiment stamps.  Of course, I had to add a little sparkle with some Glimmer mist!
I assembled my card with the ribbon, and here's how it looked once it was together.
Thanks for checking it out!  Can't wait to see what Tim has in store for April!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Compendium of Curiosities 3, Challenge 14

The next challenge is colored crackle.  I had a ton of fun with this one!  So many different ways to use this technique, but I decided to go with a Fall/Gratitude theme.  Here's my finished project:

I wanted to add lots of layers and a lot of texture.  The frame was a four dollar find at Michael's, can't beat a bargain!  I used Antique Bronze Distress Spray on the background paper, and on the leaf.  Love the little extra touch of glitz!  The Trellis framework die was cut from grungeboard, and painted and then distressed with ink.  I used cork, vintage foil, and paint to adorn the pieces inside. 
Here's a close up of the leaf, it was mounted on a cabinet card.
I used a piece of Wallflower paper for the background, and thought it needed a little extra something, so I used the Clockworks layering stencil to add some extra interest to it.
The Funkie Junkie is the sponsor of this challenge.  Thanks for looking!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Compendium of Curiosities 3, Challenge 13

I'm so excited to finally be participating in one of the challenges for Tim Holtz's Compendium of Curiosities 3 book.  I purchased his book several months ago with the intention of playing along with the challenges, but things kept getting in the way.  Until now!  This challenge was to use a product, one of his worn covers.  I chose the Composition Worn Cover as my base.
I started by coloring the fabric on the cover with Evergreen Bough Distress Ink.  I originally intended to add "Tags" to the cover as well, but it just didn't look right, so I stuck with my Big Ticket Die and the butterflies from French Flight.  I love the simplicity of it, as well as the addition of the word band.  It's hard to tell from the photo, but the butterflies are attached to the symphony paper with dimensionals, and they were given a touch of Wink of Stella for some twinkle!  A girl has to have some sparkle!
Here's a close-up of the spine of my book, I colored some seam binding with Evergreen Bough and Seedless Preserves. I added a Muse Token which states Knowledge.  This last weekend I took a class with Tammy Tutterow, and she talked about choosing embellishments with some meaning to you, I thought the K was great for the Knowledge I've gained while using distress products, and it's my first initial too!

Here's the inside of the book, I was inspired by Marjie's project, and loved how she designed the inside of her cover.  I used a combo of Distress Paint and inks, and also made my spray with Distress re-inkers and alcohol.  I used the Harlequin and Gothic layering stencils as well.  I love the "texture" created with the different techniques!
Here's a close-up of one of the quotes and detail of the layers:
Be sure to check out the other entries Compendium of Curiosities 3.  Inspiration Emporium has generously sponsored this challenge.  Check out all of the fun supplies they offer!


Sunday, October 19, 2014

12 Tags of 2014 - October Edition

Well, a lot of you know the infatuation I have with anything "Tim Holtz", specifically products of course!  I believe Tim has created a monthly tag for the last three years, and I can't wait for the first of the month to see what he's come up with this time!  Here's his October tag:
I have had very good intentions of playing along, and even wanted to create a book to hold the tags in, but this is the first one I've actually done within the same month!  Tim used his new Distress Stain Sprays on the tag, and I'll really didn't want to like them, because it would be just one more thing I would have to have, and unfortunately, I liked them!  I didn't have the exact products and stamps Tim used, but I'm proud of myself for improvising and not thinking I had to run out and purchase the exact same things!  Not that I don't already own quite a good stash anyway!  Here's my finished tag:
I really love how it turned out!  It was fun using the texture paste with the layering stencil for the background, and my color isn't quite the same, but sometimes I like just the first layer of color, and worry by adding more I'll muddy it and ruin the affect.  I used the Halloween Blueprint stamp set, and had to improvise with my accessories at the top.  I used Black Soot Distress Paint to tone down my Silver Tinsel, but learned in my class with Tammy Tutterow today I could have used alcohol ink with better results.  I'm still happy with it, and really excited to participate in the same month!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Papertrey S.A.F. 2014

We had such a fantastic time stamping during the festivities today!  I'm so grateful to have some amazing friends who could join me in my stamping room and play along with the challenges!  This is our 3rd year in a row to get together on Stamp-a-faire day, and I look forward to many more!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

PTI - 1960's

Now it's time for the mod 60's!  This one was definitely out of my wheel house!  Not at all what I usually stamp, but I'm happy with the results!  I did a "Google" search for colors of the 60's and came up with this color scheme:

PTI- 1940'S

This was a fun challenge to do!  Loved building a background with such fun stamps and even more fun colors!  I basically copied Betsy's example, but changed up a color or two!  Betsy said her design was fashioned after vintage tablecloths, and you can totally see her vision!