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!