Saturday, August 31, 2013

Hiding In My Craft Room - Freestyle

This week we are going Freestyle with our creations...I love these weeks where I can pull out a picture and just scrap whatever I want, of course I don't need anyone's permission but it's fun to be able to share it with you all on behalf of HIMCR.

I found these two photos f my daughters just being goofy in the local Claire's.  I adore the Graphic45 Le Cirque papers and love finding any good reason to use them.

I just could not leave out the photo of my hubby, the leader of this three ring silly circus!

Here are all the fun embellishments I added to the page

So fun!  Please stop by  and join us this week...we want to see your freestyle projects!

Thanks for stopping by and Blessings to you my friends,

Friday, August 30, 2013

August 12 Tags of 2013

Well it seems I have finished my tags in the nick of time, it's still August!
This month's Tags of 2013 technique by Tim Holtz is masking.  I've masked before but I thought I'd give it a whirl using these me of the  inspiration Tim provided.

I've never actually made a tag based on the techniques/inspiration that Tim has provided with his "12 tags of" series.  Although I've tried lots of the stamping techniques he has taught, own a ton of his products,  yes I do mean a ton, I'm not exaggerating here!  I've even taken his Creative Chemistry class...I've just never submitted any of my samples onto his blog so I'm felling a bit intimidated here!

I started by using the technique of swiping my tag through two stains which are placed side by side on the craft sheet.  He used Brushed Corderoy and Pumice Stone, I substituted Weathered Wood for Pumice Stone since its like the one color of stain I don't own, of course!   You can really see the contrast nicely on the balloon tag.

I used his Travel theme as inspiration for this tag, I stamped and masked several balloons from a Hampton Arts hot air balloon set.  I used three different shades of Archival Inks for interest...after I masked the balloons and stamped and masked the Post Card sentiment (Glitz), I stamped another Glitz stamp of the map on the bottom of the tag in Archival Ink in The shade of Sepia.  I also stamped over the large masked balloon with a Inspired By Stamping cancelled postage stamp.  I then stamped over the large balloon image with the flying birds in embossing ink and melted black embossing powder.  I like how it gave the tag a little dimension. I topped it with some black twine, some woven ribbon and a long Seven Gypsies safety pin.  The edges were inked with Distress Ink in Weathered wood, the brushed Corderoy and Gathered Twigs (after I distressed the edges with the distressing tool)

Next tag was actually the one I began first.  I used the same stain combo to begin with but stamped it all with Stampers Anonymous stamps.  The only stamps I made masks for we're the little girl and the old fashioned camera.  

The little girl was stamped with Distress Paint in Spin Sugar and Brushed Corderoy for her hair and face.  I just applied the paint directly onto the stamp.  The dress did not have enough contrast so I used my Distress Markers in Worn Lipstick to stamp the dress again.  I like the shadows it created.  

I used the film strip stamp twice on the bottom in black Archival Ink and staggered them, I then carefully partially inked the distinguished gentlemen (I don't know what their named, that's what I like to call them!) in Sepia Archival ink and placed them within the blank spaces of the film strip.

I then stamped the Sentiment "The world of reality has it's limitations, but the world of imagination is boundless". I thought it was perfect to pair that with these photo stamps, the photograph is often steeped in reality yet when you get creative with your photos the limits are erased.  Well I used a embossing powder called...... Which was probably too chunky for my stamp so I got a lot of blurred words. My only hope seemed to cover the words with some chit chat stickers and hope that you all could make out the somewhat clearer words...I love the look!  Another example of a mistake turned around for creativity sake!  I won't bore you with any more details of this tag, just ask if you have any questions about the rest of the products I used.

Ok so I know this is pretty wordy and long but I'm gonna post one final photo

I will be entering this into the following challenges;

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my tags!!!!



Monday, August 19, 2013

Tea Time

 Hello and Happy Monday!  Why is it happy you may ask...well my kids begin school at the end if the week and boy are we all ready!  This week at  Tammy's Scrapin  Corner we are playing with our food, no seriously we are playing with food images!

I choose this cute tea cup image which has a corresponding sentiment I placed inside from Eureka Stamps.

After I colored in the images itch Copic Markers  I made a mask with a second image that I printed and fussy cut.  On top of that I stamped the doily pattern from Hero Arts in Majestic Blue from Archival Versafine  ink,  the pattern reminded me of a tea cup.  I recently purchased this stamp at a fabulous little Art/Crafting store I found in Santa Barbara during a recent shopping trip with my oldest daughter, Santa Barbara is only about a 90 minute drive south of me.  

I layered it with some Navy Mettalic cardstock and papers from a 6x6 paper pack called Little Azalea - Embellish by Dena picked up at JoAnns.  I Die cut the tag using  the Sizzix Tim Holts Tiny Tag die which I stamped with a Recollections Blessing stamp.  I added some beads onto a cork stick pin and stuck it into the cup as a tea stirrer.  Some ribbon and pearls and finished the inside with the sentiment colored over with my Copic Markers.

Be sure to come on by and link up your creation for a chance to win  some Eureka images at 

I will be entering this card into the following challenges:

Thanks for stopping by this week!  


Saturday, August 17, 2013

HIMCR - Chalkboard Prayer Journal

My oh my has this summer gone by fast!  I can't believe my kids are starting school in a week!  In the mean time I've been really having a hard time getting to my craft table this summer but alas I made this little book for this weeks challenge at HIMCR.  Our theme this week is stitching, real or faux...I chose faux

I started with a stamp set from The Crafts Meow called Stitched Flowers.  I paper pieced it and used my Copics to color the buttons inside the flower centers.  I also used my Distress Pads to add colors onto the background after I masked the flowers.  The top Sentiment is a Scripture from another TCM stamp set.

To make it a little prayer book I took a sheet of design paper that was rather thick, cut the 12x12 sheet in half and scored it down the center and then one quarter inch on either side.  I cut the new DCWV Chalkboard papers in the pale blue chalkboard and dark brown chalkboard down to about 5.75 by 5.75 alternated them and slipped them into the middle of all that scoring, oh I also scored them all down one side about 1/4", it was that side I slipped into the fold side.  I stapled them with the Tim Holtz Tiny Attatcher into the little book,  then used my 1.5" score tape to adhere my artwork to the front.  VoilA!  A little book!  After the fact I felt the pages looked too bare so I edged them with a white chalk ink pad and then stamped the corners with a little decorative stamp that was a part of the scripture set.  

Now I have a sweet little book to jot my prayer requests down and then watch The Lord work as I trust Him with what concerns me.

I will be entering this into the following challenges:

Thank you for stopping by, I really appreciate you taking the time to check out my art!



Monday, August 12, 2013

A Rollerskating Zombie???

 Hello Friends, happy Monday!  This week I actually get to start my week off with some fun, we are taking the boat out to the lake today...we are meeting my daughters youth group so we will be spending the day with some happy teenagers!

Speaking of teenage fun I thought this digi fits in nicely with our theme at Tammy's Scrapin Corner, Sports.  This digi is from Saturated Canary and it's called Roller Skating Zombie.  If this wasn't designed for a teen than I just don't know what else to say!


Paper: DCWV- Stack
Coordination yellow card stock
Provo embossing folder (dice)
Washi Tape
Liquid Pearls, Daffodil and
Copic Markers
I will be entering this into the following challenges: - Anything Goes - Anything Funny Goes - make it pop...layering - monthly inky party - Anything Goes - Anything Goes 
Anything Goes F - flowers on background paper, freaky girl - spots, dots & Circles - heavy on the embellishments

Thank you for stopping by, I really appreciate you taking the time to check out my art!


Sunday, August 11, 2013

Art Deco - Two for the Price of One

  This week me and my Pink team mates at Ecclectic Elapu are playing with the Art Deco theme.  I did a bit of a variation on that by showcasing fashion from that period, which has that Art Deco feel to it.  

I created an ATC and I spruced up an extra box from a configurations box with a little decorated ticket.

For the ATC  I used the Graphics 45 a Ladies Diary collection and a couple of stamps, the flowers are from Le Blanche and the style word is from one of the G45 Ladies Diary stamp sets.  I fussy cut the beautiful lady from one if the papers and set her on a piece of striped Washi tape and another fussy cut from the Ladies Diary stack, I think it was from a boarder.  The flowers were colored in with some colored pencils.

This little ticket was one of several in a row, I stamped the row with a Graphic45 Fashionista stamp and used my Distress markers to color her.  I added a little seam binding ribbon and a matching button.   I used some real watch gears to embellish the ticket and some tiny black half back pearls for the lady's necklace.   Tiny details are some of my favorite things!

Please come on by and share your Art Deco creation with us this week ;

I will be entering this into the following challenges;

Thank you for stopping by, I really appreciate you taking the time to check out my art!


Saturday, August 10, 2013

Prayer Box

  Hello friends...I had fun this week taking the box my husbands cell phone came in and altering it.  This week at Hiding In My Craftroom is Super Scraps Saturday but we were given some digi images to play with from Scrapbook Stamp Society, If we wanted to use them, so I did.  I came across a very sturdy box that my husbands smartphone/mini tablet came in and I thought this would make the perfect prayer box.  Just write down those troubles and give them up to Jesus.  A good friend of mine asked if she could host her Bunko group at my home last night.  We had a great time and I offered up this little box as one of the prizes.  Turns out that very same friend is the one who won the box!

I colored the image with my Copics, and covered my box with a coat of Tattered Angels paint/glitter/glaze in Garden Green.  I added paper from the DCWV Mariposa Stack
 And lots of scraps of ribbon, lace and embellishments from my own pile of scraps.  The cluster of flowers is actually made with crepe paper that I then sponged some Distress inks and  used my Copics to release ink into the center of the crepe paper roses.  

I stamped the Verve scripture stamp, "Cast all your cares on Him, for He cares for you"  onto the papers on the box.   I used a Melissa Frances mini frame with it.    I also embellished the box with Prima lace and some Tim Holtz seam binding that I dyed with Distress Stain in Weathered Wood.  Lastly I had some Jolee Mini mushroom paper embellishments that I added  some extra paints and glitter to.  Speaking of glitter, it was a blast to add all kinds of Sticlkes and Distress Stickles to the digi image.

Be sure to stop by to show us your creation!

Thank you for stopping by, I really appreciate you taking the time to check out my art!


Monday, August 5, 2013

And all that JAZZ

And All that JAZZ....this week at Tammy's Scrappin Corner our theme is Music.  Using Anything Goes image from QKR I had some fun using these two singing cats:

I thought these singing cats were the perfect excuse to break out the Graphic45 Curtain Call stack.  I could imagine these two friends putting on their own little show in the alley behind the club!  I also used a strip of round metal embellishments from K&Company.  Be sure to stop by and show us your creation this week.

I will be entering this into the following challenges: - Shabby Chic/Vintage - Vintage Creations -Anything Goes - square card (it's a perfect square when closed)

Thank you for stopping by, I really appreciate you taking the time to check out my art!