Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Black and White with a Pop of Color

Hello everyone and thanks for coming by again today. 
Wednesday's always mark  new challenge over at Stampotique Designer's Challege Blog and this week our sweet and wonderful Kay Wallace has chosen our theme.

The new theme is Black and White with a Pop of Color and I love this theme. Black and white is sometimes hard to do but it sure is fun.

For this theme I wanted to do a Zentangle, I love zentangle but I have only occasionally tried to do them. I have always been a doodler, even back in school. We had to wrap our books in brown paper bags to cover them and I would always draw on my covers. Brown paper! Who likes that? haha!

I used Stampotique Stamp

Night - By Artist Magda Polakow

I love this stamp, it's so cool

I included one of my favorite Bible verses on this two page journal spread

If you have time make sure to stop by my post over at Stampotique's Designer's Blog there are loads of great ideas on the blog there

Have a wonderful day!

Friday, July 25, 2014

CC3C #7 - Painted Industrial

Hello everyone and thanks for coming by once again. Today's project is based upon Linda Leddbetter's Compendium of Curiosities 3 challenge number 7. 

This Challenge is based upon Tim's 3rd book and this particular challenge is on page 46. It is called Painted Industrial
Once winner will win a prize pack directly from Tim and 
Mario!! They are always so generous!
AND... one winner will win 50.00 gift card for Inspiration Emporium

For my project today I wanted to do a canvas so I began by using a few colors of distress paint to color my background

I also used lots of Tim's dies and papers and other products to create everything on this project. 
Here is my finished canvas

This is what my canvas looked like before I added everything

And here are some photos of my canvas after everything was added

 I hope you like my creation and thank you so much for coming by the blog today.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Red, White and Beautiful - Artist Trading Block

Hello all, today there is a new post over at The Artist On The Block so make sure to check out all the great inspiration that the design team has created.

There is also a fun challenge over at Eileen Hull's blog, The Art with Heart Challenges run monthly and this month it's all about "Red, White and Beautiful" give us your best red, white and blue creations. I really encourage you to take part in these fun challenges, you can win a great prize package from Eileen and Sizzix and what better way to expand your crafty tools!

I decided to create my Artist Trading Block in the Red, White and Beautiful theme this time and what fun it was!
I didn't want to go with the traditional firework or Americana theme so I went with a "love" theme.

So for starters I created a background using torn tissue paper 
Once that was dry I used Tim's Distress paints to add the blue color

I drew and painted the heart on the front with Faber Castell red Gelatos, water and a paintbrush, I like the look of the gelatos because you can still see some of the background tissue paper through it

The flowers were created with Tim's tattered floral movers and shapers dies and the tissue paper
I picked up bits and pieces of paint with the tissue paper, set aside to dry and then cut the flowers with the dies
(I forgot to photograph sorry but here are some photos of my finished flower)
I accidentally got black paint on this one but I kinda liked it so I left it. :)

I also colored the flower center button with Alcohol inks, they were white to begin with

I had some firecracker red yarn that I glued around my base and whalla!!

Here are some photos

The heart that is on the very top of this ATB was made and sent to me by my wonderful friend Terri, she's awesome! I knew it was perfect for this creations.

Thanks for coming by, I hope you have enjoyed my creation and make sure to check out the Art With Heart challenge over at Eileen's Blog
Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

It's Wednesday Again

Hello and thanks for coming by this merry Wednesday. 

Wednesday means that there is a new challenge over at Stampotique Designer Challenge Blog 

Our hostess this week is Gez and she has asked us to do something in the theme "Christmas in July" 

Here is a sneak peek at what I have created

Head on over to the Stampotique Designer's Blog to see my entire creation

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!!