Tuesday, February 16, 2016

February 12 Tags of 2016

Hello Blogger friends!!  It's been quite a while and I have been busy working away at my work table. I actually never stopped creating, just stopped sharing but thought I'd share a few projects I've been working on and  then see how I feel about posting again 🤔.

Today I'm sharing February's tag from Tim Holtz's Tags of 2016 series.  For this tag Tim mixed the Mono Print with the Embossed Texture Paste techniques.   I liked the idea of this tag and trying to make it my own wasn't too intimidating this month, honestly it should never be intimidating, only fun!

I chose to take the tag to a military theme when I was searching through the old photo booth Ideology papers.  This guy just spoke to me. Tim used some Distress stain on the base of the tag and I grabbed picket fence for something a bit different, it brightened the tag.   For the mono print technique I used the new colors Blueprint Sketch and Candied Apple Distress Inks on the Stars Layered Stencil.  I then used the Stripes Layered Stencil with Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink.

I applied the Ranger Texture paste through a TCW Rebekah Meier stencil called Inspired Words, using the BRAVE word, because that's what the men and women of our Military are, Brave, and for that I am very thankful!  I used Ranger's Liquid Platinum Embossing powder, I have loved that color ever since I saw Jennifer McGuire use it several years ago!

Next came all the embellishments'!!! My favorite part!  I don't know about you but I tend to buy the Ideology embellishments' and then put them away in my craft cabinet and/or plastic organizing tray and forget about them.  Very often because I fashion my embellishments' out of paper, I am often working with Graphic 45 papers and it's so easy to create beautiful embellies with them, silly me, I have so many great TH goodies to use!   So in my recent clean up I took all recent (past 18 month) Ideology goodies and grouped them together in a storage box, now I can just grab that box and have all of his wonderful designs at my fingertips!!!  Out came the photo corners, the Small talk and Chit Chat stickers, the vial labels and rub ons!! Lastly I created an medal of sorts.  I had just recently purchased the Prize Ribbon die on clearance but it was too big so I improvised, I pulled out the Mini Paper Rosettes Sizzlit die and ran a piece of yellow paper through the die, using just the round zig-zag piece of the set, I colored over it with a Zig Wink of Stella pen in Gold to give it some shimmer and attached a strip of Chipped Sapphire paper with notched ends underneath.  Topped it off with a Mirrored star which was dabbed with Mushroom Alcohol Ink, and popped the whole embellishment up with dimensional tape.

I choose the phrase "What seems ordinary is often the extraordinary"  because  many of these humble men and women who serve our country go to work day in and day out and may feel that they are just "doing their jobs."  I have a nephew who has been "doing his job" overseas for the past 6 months, sacrificing time away from his beautiful family which consists of a wonderful wife and  two absolutely adorable young boys ages 2 years and 6 months.  His SERVICE TO OUR CONTRY is not ordinary but EXTRAORDINARY!!!  So this is in honor of him and his fellow Marines.

Love you Bryan!!

Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, May 26, 2014

Wedding Ballons Fly Away

Yesterday I attended a beautiful wedding, set in the most idyllic setting, out in the country with a barn and a field of straw glowing in the background.  The wedding took place under a HUGE oak tree and the reception in the barn.  As the sun was setting they opened the two back doors and the bride and groom shared a lovely kiss with the sunlight shining in the backdrop!  It was like walking into a pinterest board!  They did not serve wedding cake, instead a local vendor with a teardrop trailer set up shop and fried the most delectable mini donuts!  So Cute!

So here is the card I made them.  The color inspiration came from their invites which I might add were adorable.  It had the cutest font.  At the wedding I saw that font all over the place, on tags, on handwritten sign...come to find out it was the bride's handwriting!!!  I guess there is software out in the big wide web that will turn your handwriting into a font and that's what they must have used for their invites, it was just adorable!  There's pictures on Instagram if I really piqued your curiosity you can check them out there under #castonjamboree.

Ok so here you go:

I used an adorable Penny Black cling stamp and inked it up with Studio Calico color theory dye ink in  Sunny Day and Coral Bay.  I added a Tim Holtz banner stamped with the Penny Black sentiment included with the image stamp using Momento Luxe in Gray Flannel.  I thought the grey would look softer than black and it was really nice.  I added a strip of Authentique paper to the top and some sequins dotted all around.  Had to hide a yucky smudge with one of them, won't say which one, but I think it turned out all right!

I haven't entered any challenges in a while so I thought I would give a few a shot again:

Thanks for stopping by!


Thursday, May 22, 2014

The May 12 tags Tags of 2014

Well I managed to finally make a tag using this months inspiration from Tim Holtz.   Here is his tag:

I really loved this months tag since one, it's so unique, 2, it involves using trinkets from your stash and three, I really enjoy composition.  I decided I wanted to do something a little different so I choose to do a Christmas themed tag, never too early to start preparing for Christmas right?  Also, since I don't have any of the new word-press folders I had to improvise, I used a small Sizzix embossing folder and used his inking technique by debossing my image.  Here's my results:


I used the Seasonal Stash papers from Ideology for my tiles.  It was fun to look through my dies to find the right sized Christmas die, I settled on the 25 from the Noel die that was released several years ago.  I love that font.  I decided to cover the numbers with fired brick Distress glitter.  I chose the background colors after I assembled the tags, that way I had a better idea of what colors would work best.  One other note, I used the larger Ranger tag for this, #10 I think.  Working with the bigger tag made this assemblage super easy.

As I was searching through my trinkets I squealed with delight when I found the skates!  I realized they would be a perfect addition hanging off the little knob!

I added mowed lawn to a Christmas word band and some Distress tarnished silver to a Christmas word token.

I had some wooden star embellishments and thought they would look beautiful covered with Pumice Distress Glitter!  I was not disappointed~

Lastly I added some of the Christmas Remnant rubs onto the debossed panel along with some corner Industrious stickers which I LOVE!

So that's my giant Christmas tag!  Go check out all the inspiration and instructions on Tim's blog and join in!

Thanks for taking a look!


Saturday, May 17, 2014

Compendium of Curiosities 3, Challenge #2

Hello!  I was so excited when Linda Ledbetter started up the third addition of the Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge based upon Tim Holt'z book, A Compendium of Curiosities #3.  This fortnight Linda and her fab designers are using the Distress Glitter techniques featured in Tim's book.  Here is my take on using the glitter:

I just recently ordered one of the new background stamps from Stampers Anonymous and it contained both the lace and this swirly marbled background stamp.  At first I would have thought that the lace background would be my favorite but upon working with this marbled stamped I am in love with it.  I used several shades of distress ink, peacock feathers, shabby shutters and mowed lawn, patted them onto my stamp randomly and then sprayed them with water, stamped it all onto some cold pressed water color paper.  Then I applied forrest moss onto my stamp and stamped over the mottled image.  I jus love the background.  It reminded me of a swirling ocean and then I was inspired to use the seahorse blueprint stamp from SA/Tim Holtz. 

I won't give you every detail of using the glitter but I will tell you how I got this seahorse to face a different direction.  I stamped it with Staz-On ink onto leftover clear packaging that comes with die cuts or clear boxes etc.  I then flipped the packaging over allowing for the image to be flipped,  I fussy cut it out and then added glitter in Peacock Feathers, Peeled Paint and Shabby Shutters, because of the sunlight the photo seemed to really changed those colors, seems they warmed up quite a bit in the light.  I cut a tattered banner from Tim's new Botanical papers and used a rub on.

I added die cuts from the Greenery dies which I cut out from paper that was inked up with various distress colors.  I added more Distress glitter in Peacock Feathers and Tumbled glass onto one of the sprigs.
Lastly I layered the piece onto a piece of Tim's Motif  kraft paper that had the dots on it, it reminded me of oxygen bubbles in the ocean.  I used some picket fence stain on the edges of a piece I cut down to 5x7.  I also added a strip of  Tim's Kraft Core Nostalgic collection paper to add a bit of contrast, behind the stamped piece.  The top of the stamped piece needed some balance so I added the new metal corners from Ideaology.

Lastly I  layered those die cuts onto a piece of cut cheese cloth and sprinkled on some random sequins that I recently won from a Pretty Pink Posh giveaway!  Other than the sequins and the cheesecloth  it turned out thatI used all Tim Holtz products!!  I love his stuff!

If you want to participate head on over to Linda Ledbetter's site and join in!

Thanks for Looking today!


Sunday, January 12, 2014

January's 12 Tags of 2014

Happy New Year to all!  I'm excited to see what the new year will bring creatively!  I actually created the January tag right after Tim posted the tutorial but was to busy packing for a last minute cruise.  Got some fun inspiration while on Catalina Island, we took a tour of the "Casino" and it was so interesting!  Tons of Vintage inspiration from the 20's and 30's, I see me using the new Graphic45 Sea  inspired line for some layouts!  I digress.... Here's my take on the January tag:

I chose to use a Graphic45 kraft paper  I just recently found at Michael's, it was a 5x5 pad, I used my Gears Bigz die to cut the tag, then distressed it with inks and it was good to go.  I used the Metallic distress paint on foil in Tarnished brass and then roughed it up good with the Tonic scratcher and pick, so fun!

For the inside I used a gears texture fade, but it was a different one than Tim used, I then cut gears out with my Sizzix gear die ,  I passed some of the dies, which were covered with foil, through the texture fade with all the mini gears.  It's got a lot going on, but I like it that way.  The word time was spelled out with a combo of mini scrabble tiles and some letter tiles which I picked up at a Vintage Show which took place in San Luis Obispo in November, such fun, so many awesome finds!
It spells out Time 4 me, the 4 coming from Tim Holtz ruler tape.  Part of the tag challenge was to incorporate a goal of sorts for 2014, so including the ticket you get "Play Time 4 Me"!

You can enter your own tag and find directions on Tim's blog Here

Thank you for looking!



Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Merry Belated Christmas

Boy oh boy am I behind!  Just wanted to share a few Christmas projects, including the December 12th tag of 2013 from Tim Holtz.  I intend to actually participate in all 12 in 2014.

Used transparent packaging with the frosted film since I didn't have any art parts 
Loved the frosted film technique, wish you could see it better!

Sent this to Missionary friends in Belieze

Love the skates!

Hope you had a lovely holiday!  Thanks for looking!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

I'm back! - Graphic 45 Typology Caddy

Hello Friends,
I'm back from a bit of a break from blogging.  Family life, health issues and a vacation kinda swamped me for a bit but I'm re-energized and feeling my creative mojo returning!  I took the Tim Holtz Creative Chemistry (click here) 102 and it was really amazing!  I think the techniques were even more fabulous then his CC101 class, which is pretty awesome too!

Today I am showing y'all a project that has been in my head and on my desk for quite a while now.  When I first saw the Graphic45 Typology stack I just had to have it, the bright colors, the type-set, the quotes....all so terrific!  I found a wood caddy at a second hand store which is very close to my house, in my semi-rural little town of Nipomo.  I picked it up about a week before I saw the Typology line and immediately KNEW that it needed to be altered with those papers!  I of course had to wait for my papers to arrive and then I could get to work.  I then came across another small set-back..the bottom had little round ball/feet and the box just screamed to have the Tim Holtz Alterarions Pully wheels to be added!  So then I was on a mission to all of the local stores to find it, no I ordered it from Simon Says Stamp and waited again.  It does not end there,  Halloween and another G45 project interrupted this project, mostly because I wanted to give that project as a gift.  Well I finally got to finish this project up and just in the nick of time..Graphic 45 Facebook page has a contest this month asking for photos of Typology projects you have it, my finished Typology Caddy which now sits on my Work table and holds all of my small "go-to" favorite tools!

WARNING:  this is picture heavy!

Here is the "front" 

 One of the sides and some hanging Chipboard tags

Here's the pully wheel, using one of the new alcohol techniques taught by Tim Holtz in CC102,
The lower right photo is of the back of the caddy, a collage of quotes

Top: The other side piece, featuring my initials
Bottom:  Close up looking at the screen front, you can see the TP rolls I covered to keep evereything in order

Used my Cricut and the Sentimentals cartridge to create the inkwell and plume.

A view from the top, featuring all of the TP rolls each one covered and painted on the interior.  I still need 2 more to total 18!  They keep everything organized very nicely (and cheaply)!

One last peek of the front and back.

I used letters and numbers that had significance to me  That is part of the fun of this line of paper, so many different aspects of the papers can be featured and they combine with other paperlines seamlessly!  I managed to even use Dorothy and Land of Oz papers!

I will be entering this into Simon Says Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge  and onto the Graphic45 Facebook Page.

Thanks for stopping by, and please leave me a comment and tell me what you think of my new "baby"!