Saturday, July 19, 2014

12 Tags of 2014 - July - Altered Trading Block

Hello all, welcome back to the blog. For today's post I have been working on the 12 Tags of 2014 for July

Make sure to check out Tim's blog for the awesome tutorial

So for this month's tag I had such a great time making the postcards (remember I'm doing postcards each month?) that I thought, this would make a perfect Artist Trading Block too, there has been an Artist Trading Block Craze lately, thanks to Eileen Hull and Sizzix for making these, they are so fun to play with.
If your curious make sure to check out the Artist On The Block Blog  for some fun and amazing ideas and inspiration

I must say that Tim really put so many techniques into this month's tag and I had such a great time experimenting.

For the background I started with my postcards and they turned out so beautiful, I just love the way the layering of Distress paint and distress inks and up looking like water

I didn't take many photos of my process because Tim explains it all on his site HERE but I did take loads of photos of the finished postcards and Artist Trading Block

For the Top side and back side of my block I used the "Waves" embossing folder and the other sides I used the "bubble" folder

Of course I had to do my postcards as well 

I just really love how these turned out, I think this month is my very favorite of this year's tags so far

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Inspiration From a Favorite Book

There is a challenge over at Stampotique's Designers Challenge Blog
Our hostess this week is The amazing France Papillon
She has chosen the theme "Inspiration from a Favorite Book"

There are so many book that I like but one of my favorites is "Pride and Prejudice" I just love how Mr Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet are so proud and once they learn to let that pride go they find love

So I decided to use a quote from the book
I also used Stampotique Stamp:

Lovelyarthesound - By Artist Daniel Torrente

To get started I used some tissue paper and glued it onto my manilla card stock, I crumpled it up as I went

Once dry, I used distress ink and went over the tissue paper lightly, this really made that texture pop off my postcard

I then used a Crafter's Workshop stencil and some archival ink to add some more interest to my background

(the next few steps who not photographed, sorry)
I stamped my image onto vellum and heat embossed him and ran him through the Xyron so he would stick easily.
I had this heart made of felt and also ran that through the Xyron machine

I wrote my quote onto white paper and placed it where I thought it would look best
Lastly I did a little stitched through my heart

Here is my finished postcard...

We would love to see your creations over at the Designers Challenge Blog and who knows, you may win the 30.00 gift card for the shop.
Have a wonderful day!!

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Compendium of Curiosities #6 Altered Burlap Panels

Hello all and welcome back to the blog. Today I was working on the new Compendium of Curiosities challenge. Hosted by the lovely Linda Ledbetter

This time the curiosity crew are working on page 37 of Tim's 3rd Book. That focuses on Altered Burlap Panels and Tim takes us through putting one together, it's super fun

For my canvas I decided that I was going to work out of my "ephemera" drawer

This is a drawer that is right next to my working desk and I throw just about every piece of extra paper or die cut or just whatever in here. Every now and then when I need something I rummage through the drawer. For this project I decided that everything I put on this canvas (besides the tissue paper and idea-ology pieces)  will come out of this drawer. 
I used alcohol ink along with plastic packaging for my butterfly wings, I wanted you to be able to see through them but also have them POP a little bit
For the butterfly I used Tim's Fanciful Flight die

Check out how that butterfly came out

After using a ton of Tim Holtz products (lol) I finished with this creation

I just love it, I think it was fun to challenge myself to use things that were in my ephemera drawer
I also love how the butterfly wings turned out like a stained glass window, you can see right through them

This was a fun project, make sure you join in as well. There is always a wonderful prize from Tim and Mario themselves and The Funky Junkie Boutique is also giving away a $25 shopping spree to one lucky winner.


Friday, July 11, 2014

A Simple "Hi"

Good day everyone, I hope your having a wonderful day and staying cool. Here in Colorado we have been in a bit of a heat wave. 
I am staying cool in doors and working on some crafting. There are a few challenges out there in blog land that I want to participate in so I'm in my craft room creating

My project today is Tim Holtz inspired, I have been seeing all the new products from Tim that are coming out this summer and I'm always fascinated by Tim and his many talents for designing
To begin I started by cutting a card with Eileen Hull's Sizzix  Garden Gate Die I used red card stock for the base (cut two of those, one for the front of the card and one for the back) and white for the picket fence portion. This die is designed for an album but today I'm using it to make a card
I then cut and embossed my layered butterfly, I used yellow distress card stock for that so I could rough it up after embossing. 
I used Rusty Hinge distress ink to add some color to my butterfly and also really make those embossed areas POP out

I cut some flowers out of white card stock using Tim's mini tattered floral movers and shapers
I used distress stains in various colors to color my flowers

I then used Tim's  Mixed Media stamp set to stamp onto my card background and also my flowers

I went around my edges with distress ink in order to grunge things up a bit.
I used distress stain to color my ribbon for my bow (sorry didn't photograph that step)

I used various Idea-ology trinkets Custom Fasteners to create my flower centers and added a Chain Tassel to the bow. I used the Memo Pin to adhere to paper with the word "Hi"

Here are a few photos of my finished card

I am entering this card into three challenges today -

The first challenge is over at A Vintage Journey and this week they are asking us to use some "Dies and Distress" they are a Tim Holtz themed challenge site so anything in that style is 
A-ok. The sponsor this month is Country View Crafts and the winner will win a 10.00 gift card

The Next Challenge is from Frilly and Funky and their challenge theme is "Summer Heat" they are asking us to remember the colors, red, orange and yellow and also add a  summer bloom somewhere in our projects - the winner will win a 25.00 gift card to The Funky Junky Boutique

Lastly the challenge over at Our Creative Corner this month is "Homemade Flowers & Hand Died Ribbon" - Their sponsor this month is Ninecrane Designs and you could win a voucher to shop

Thanks so much for coming by, I hope you have enjoyed my tutorial. 
Have a happy day!!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Using Magazine or Newspaper - SDC155

Hello all, it's that time again, time for another challenge over at 
Stampotique Designers Challenge. This week our wonderfully talented Magda Polakow is our hostess and she has chosen the theme "Use a piece of magazine or newspaper"
You would think this would be an easy challenge
but for me, I don't use newspaper or magazines
very much. I mostly use stamps in my backgrounds
so this was tough for me.

Needless to say I scoured over my newspaper from the passed few days looking for a good piece.

I found something in the Michael's add of all places haha! 

SO I decided to make a postcard for my piece and I went with the following Stampotique Stamps:

Hazel Jester - By artist Linda Peterson
Clothes Text - Also by artist Linda Peterson

I used a piece of printed card stock for my background and added the "flowery" piece of newspaper that I tore out of my Michael's add
This is what it looked like from the start

I then added some painting and washi tape
I heat embossed my text and Hazel and colored them with colored pencils (I made my Hazel a bumblebee to show her in a costume)
Lastly - I added a flower with a button center

Here is my finished postcard

Because Bees like flowers I just love my magazine piece in the background there. 
I hope you have enjoyed my project for today, please come by the Stampotique Designers Blog and check out my post there and while your there you can check out previous posts from designers. There are some awesome ideas and truly creative projects! 

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Happy 4th!! - Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge 5

Hello all and Happy 4th Of July to you!!! 

4th of July has always been so special to my family because it is also my Mother's Birthday. Each year she gets to celebrate her birthday along with fireworks!

This year I wanted to make my Mom something special so I put together this multi page card for her. My siblings and I will each sign the last page

I also wanted to use this project for my entry at
Studio L3 - For the Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge 5
This challenge is located on page 39 of Tim's 3rd book and is called "Distress Watercoloring - Part 1"
You can always buy Tim's book here if you don't already have a copy.
You can also win a prize package directly from Tim and Mario themselves and there is also a wonderful 25.00 gift card from The Funkie Junkie Boutique

I also realized that my card fits into another challenge over at A Vintage Journey - This is their 9th challenge and the theme is "Use every stamp in a set" 
The stamp set I used was Tim's Americana Blueprint Set and I also used the cupcake stamp from the set Birthday Blueprint
Tim Holtz has really influenced my creation here because it's mostly grungy and vintage looking and I just love Tim's style!! Tim is inspiring in everything that he does, his mind works in so many great ways and I just love to learn from his blog, his classes and videos.

For this challenge I used a few of the Jumbo Tags by Ranger for my base and I wanted to create a "book" type birthday card with these

These are the distress marker colors I used with a few others thrown in here and there

I also used Tim's remnant rubs and also some industrial letters

Here are the stamped images for each page after I used Tim's watercolor technique, I wanted a vintage look

I also used Tim's paper behind each image to create a nice background for each
Here is my finished card/book

Front with ribbon
(I used Tim's Word Play Die for the number 4)

First page, My Mom will be 68 years old this year
(notice the remnant rubs too?)

Second page
(Tim Holtz simple sayings stamp set was used for the words)

Back cover, this is where we will all sign the card

I hope you have enjoyed my card and make sure to check out those challenges mentioned above!! Fun! 
Happy 4th!!!