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!

PTI - 1920's

Well, we skipped the Regency Era, it just wasn't coming very easy, so we'll go back to it later!  Now on to the 1920's!  Love this one so much!  The die created for the rhinestone embellie is really cool!  This was one of the sets I was super excited about when I saw the kit. Show me a girl who doesn't like a little/lot of bling! I pretty much copied Heather's design, the one thing I added was a black mat around the edge, I just think it is really striking with this addition!

PTI - Renaissance Era

This was a tough challenge for me, I had a little difficulty with the wax seal, but in the end, I think it turned out ok!  I do love the colors of this kit, and really love the die set in it as well!

PTI - Ancient Rome

Our next challenge is Mock Mosaics.  Susan and I changed things up a bit with the die and cut a "stencil" from paper for the mosaic portion.  I stamped the butterflies first, used Versamark ink and clear embossing powder with the stencil and it all came together perfectly!  I used the Life is Beautiful stamp set, and the mosaic die from the PTI kit, along with PTI Wet Paint Cuts dies to
finish if off.

PTI Morning Timer Challenge

Loved this challenge! We had a choice of several layouts and several color combos, the card is to be completed in 20 minutes.  I probably could have made 2 of the same card and still had a little time left! Love it!

The colors used are Summer Sunset, Limeade Ice, Terracotta Tile, Smoky Shadow & Soft Stone. Great layout, super easy to put together, and turned out really cute!


Stamp-A-Faire Opening Activites!
So excited for this day to be here!  We are starting all of the fun activities that Papertrey has in store for us.  Here's a pic of the little giftie items I have for my friends who are joining me for this fun event!
The theme is traveling, so the gable box is an assortment of candies from year's past.  The purple sheet you see is a Candy Travel log which gives the history of some of the candies in their box.  They also received a luggage tag, embellished notebook and pen!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Paper Pumpkin

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Sunday, January 5, 2014

2014 Memories Jar

Hello Everyone!  Just thought I would pop on to show you a quick project I made to start the new year off!  This was an idea I had seen on Pinterest, but fancied it up quite a bit because I wanted it to be gift worthy!  Sorry, it's not my best picture skills, but I forgot to take a pic before I left home.
So, the jar is just a quart canning jar, I used a die to cut a piece of pattern paper for the lid, and then used SU! Banner dies to cut my Rich Razzleberry and Pool Party papers, and also added a little splash of color with some retired SU patterned paper.  I printed the "instructions" on the Pool Party and then die cut it with the die.  This is the what it says:
Starting January 1st, write
 good things that happen to
 you on little pieces of paper:
µ  Surprise Gifts
µ  Accomplished goals
µ  The beauty of nature
µ  “LOL” moments
µ  Memories worth saving
µ  Daily blessings
On December 31st, open the jar
 and read all of the amazing
 things that happened to you in 2014!