Many years ago, my sister (-in-law), Judy, Retired2stamp, invited me to a Stampin' Up Party. I was drawn to the 6X6 recipe card swap our local group was doing and had wanted to scrapbook too. I wasn't really interested in card making because I had witnessed my brother (in-law) Ed fold up a handmade card and put it in his pocket. I almost fainted and I didn't even make the card. But after a few parties, I was hooked and now make more cards than I had ever thought I would. My most recent passions are ATCs, tags & altered art. As you look through my blog I hope you can see how I've grown in my crafting ability!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Discover - Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of 2016 Technique Remix - August

I can't believe it's only the middle of the month & our group was able to get together to make our tags!  The 2 techniques Tim used for his 12 tags of 2016 for August were brayered stain from July 2013 and frameworks from April 2014.  I've only used a brayer a few times so this was my favorite technique of the 2.  I made made 3 different backgrounds (which are below) & they all turned out different.

Following Tim's technique, I used mowed lawn stain, a small brayer#10 manila tagbrushed corduroy ink & walnut stain ink.

The middle tag was my 1st attempt & I didn't think I had enough color.  For the left tag, I think I was to heavy handed because I had a lot of "vertical lines".  The right tag was my final attempt & the one I used for my tag.  I could see some horizontal lines where the brayer ran out of ink but they weren't visible once I added the other elements.

Again following Tim's technique I used the lattice framework, grungepaper, antique linen paint, walnut stain ink, matte multi-mediumtextile surfaces, paperfoil & burlap.  For the silhouette I used cut 2 pieces of ivy from garden greens thinlet set & black cardstock. For embellishments I used words from botanical remnant rub-ons, nailheads, an arrow wrapped in burlap thread, a mirrored starblack soot paint, & crinkle ribbon in mowed lawn & burlap thread.

This is the 1st time I've worked with grungepaper & it was so easy to cut & work with.  Also I've never been a fan of rub-ons but Tim's are the best I've ever used.  They don't come off until you rub them.  Some rub-ons I've used come off so easy & I usually have part of them on every surface except where I want them.

These new techniques were very easy...hardest part about this tag was deciding on what colors & elements to use.  I've probably said it before but I just LOVE making these tags.


Thursday, August 11, 2016

August Birthday Wishes

Instead of birthday cards I decided to make tags for the Giggler's birthday girls! Judy & Robin both like tags Tim Holtz style!  Each tag is a little different but I used almost everything on both of them.

I use #10 tags & applied gesso
which made the colors very muted.  I placed a torn piece of tissue wrap
using matte multi-medium towards the edge.  For the background I blended peeled paint, festive berries, worn lipstick, & fossilized amber.  I added modeling paste using Tim's flourish stencil then sponged festive berries over top.  The sentiment is from Tim Holtz's French Memories Set stamped in black archival ink.  The butterflies  are stamped in wild honey then heat embossed.  I also used peeled paint with Tim's splatter stencil & on the left tag stamped an image from Classic #3 at the bottom. The edges are distressed then inked with frayed burlap.  I spritzed the entire tag with picket fence spray stain then once it dried spritzed it again with Perfect Pearls Biscotti.

Tim's crinkle ribbon is stamped with "happy birthday" from SU's Party with Cake set in black archival ink.  I smooshed the same colors that are on the tag on my craft sheet then sprayed with water & dragged the ribbon through the ink.  It was crumpled up & once dry I placed part of it over the tag. The remainder of the ribbon was used at the top in a double bow. I cut apart Zva taupe flourish pearls & added some to each tag & the right tag has a line of taupe pearls under the sentiment.  I had the flowers in my stash which matched perfectly!  I made the leaves by sponging peeled paint on CS then the veins are stamped from SU Gently Falling in peeled paint & punched using an SU punch.  I crumpled them up before adhering with a glue dot.

I love the delicate feminine look of these tags...should have made one for myself!!  TFL!

Enjoy the Ride!

It was my turn to design the ATC for The Craft Shack's August ATC Club.  Of course August is the last hurrah of summer so I wanted to do something with a beach theme...what's better than an amusement park ride on the boardwalk?  I wanted to make a spinner card but nixed the idea when I realized I'd have to make the cars spin too!
The ferris wheel is from Taylored Expressions "Adventure Land" (retired). It's stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black on Elizabeth Crafts Design Soft Finish Card stock which is wonderful CS to work with. The image is colored with Copics (R27, R46, G17, B00, B06, Y35, C3).  I fussy cut it out so I could pop it up & added a star brad in the center.  I used the same CS for the background & blended tumbled glass for the sky & antique linen for the sand.  I used a black marker to ink the smallest "seaagull" on The Northwoods Birds stamp.  The boardwalk is a retired stamp from My Favorite Things "Western Backgrounds" stamped in vintage photo.  Once the ATC front was placed on the SU Brown Sugar distressed base I added the sentiment.  It's 1 line from a sentiment from the Taylored Expression set so I used a vintage photo marker to ink it & it's stamped on CS inked with tumbled glass then fussy cut it out.


Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Sending You...

I just love Jennifer McGuire's Faux Dimension with Stamps & Stencils Technique!  I did this for a birthday card in June but this time I taught it in a technique class at The Craft Shack.  Each month TCS offers classes using different techniques which includes making a 6X6 technique card with written instructions & a sample plus a finished project.  I won't give you detailed instructions here only what I used but you can click on the link above to watch Jennifer's video.

First I stamped the SU Whisper White card front with a sentiment from WPlus9 Sending, Hoping, Wishing (it has matching dies too!) in Memento Tuxedo Black Ink & VersaMark using a Mini Misti.  The Misti is perfect for this technique.  No need to move the stamps, just the card stock.  Then I lightly applied Stormy Sky Distress Ink.  This photo doesn't do the color's much more vibrant.  I used Tim Holtz's Flourish Stencil with more Stormy Sky Ink for tone on tone & topped it off with ColorBox Frost White Pigment Ink.  The Flourish Stencil is  really neat because it's repeats so even though it isn't wide enough to cover a card front you can move it to line it up!  I added small hearts from the SU 3 Heart Punch.  The card base is SU Pacific Point cardstock. The middle layer is SU Whisper White cut using 2 dies from Spellbinders Pierced Rectangles which is a set of 6.  The outer die will cut 5 1/4 X 4 & the inner die makes a pierced border.  Oh & I even ironed the embossing off!!

This really is not as hard as it looks (or sounds!).  I would recommend giving it a try & maybe use 2 ink colors.  


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Enjoy the Magic of Memories - Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of 2016 Technique Remix - July

Just put the finishing touches on my tag for Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of 2016 Technique Remix for July & I'll be getting together with our group to make theirs version tonight.  This month the remix is Watercolor Resist from July 2015 & Layered Words from April 2015.  I really loved doing them both!

Watercolor resist technique:  Since I'm a scrapbooker & take LOTS of photos, I decided on the camera from Tim's Travel Blueprint stamp set.  I used watercolor paper & stamped the camera with black archival ink.  I smushed fired brick & black soot inks on my craft mat & used a water brush to color the image.  After drying with a heat gun, I rubbed a small amount of distress mirco glaze over the camera to create the resist.  It did soak into the paper so I kept putting it on in light layers until my finger glided over the surface. Then I smushed stormy sky ink on my craft mat & with a water brush washed the ink over the entire piece of watercolor paper until it was blended light in some places & dark in others.  Once dry, I tore the the edges & inked them with frayed burlap using a blending tool.

Layered words technique:  It's amazing how many combinations of words you can come up with!  I decided on "enjoy the" from Adventure Words  & "magic of memories" from Holiday Words 2.  I started with a #10 manila tags & inked it with frayed burlap.  I arranged the block words on the tag, turning "of" sideways & taped them down before running the tag through the Big Shot. I don't have good luck with craft knives so I used my Fiskars trimmer to make the cuts above & below the block letters leaving 1/4" on each side.  I distressed  the edges & inked with walnut stain.

After sliding the stamped piece into place, I glued the watercolor paper to the tag.  I stamped faux stitching in black soot across the top & bottom of the water color paper.  I spattered ink over the entire tag by smushing Black Soot onto the craft mat & spritzing with water then dipping a splatter brush into the ink & tapping the brush handle over my hand.  The film strip ribbon was a perfect embellishment & after I slid it under the words so it would show through the words (& you can also see the word "flash" through the filmstrip at the top) I used my tiny attacher to hold it in place.  I had a small piece left over so I just tucked it in at the bottom & attached it the same way.  I used my Tim Holtz Design Ruler to measure for the holes for the hex fasteners.  If you've never used this ruler let me tell you it is AMAZING!!  You can measurer 2 ways & center at the same time plus it has holes so you'll have perfect spacing for brads! Before I cut "enjoy the" from red kraft core cardstock I ran a small piece through Xyron Sticker Maker.  This makes it easier for the small letters to adhere to the tag.  I placed the words on the tag so they are on both surfaces. The tiny camera charm is hung from the letter "E" with a loop pin. The last embellishment is three colors, red, light blue & black, of jute string.

Well hope you enjoyed how I did my version of Tim's July tag!!  TFL!!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Dressmaker- Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of 2016 Technique Remix - June

Wow...we're half way through the year & that means only 6 more tags for 2016! Time sure flies when you're having fun & Tim's June Technique Remix is no exception. This month Tim used Tissue Wrap Collage from January 2015 & Stencil Plaid from June 2015.   Below are some things I tried that worked & didn't work.  Also a group of us get together to do Tim's tags each month & since yesterday was National Selfie Day we took a selfie so for fun I included it below.

Tissue Wrap Collage: I wanted to use different dies & background stamps. The only big challenge was finding a die that fit the larger size tag we use. Most of the Bigz dies have different pieces & because of the way they are arranged on the die it would cut out pieces from our tag that we didn't want. I think you could get around it with some of the dies by cutting before putting the tissue on then replacing the pieces that you didn't want cut out.  Once the tissue was on it would cover the piecing up.  I decided to use the Dress Form Die but I cut it from card stock then traced it on the tag & cut it out by hand. Some of the girls used Movers & Shapers & one even used WPlus9 quilt dies. We didn't have any of the Substrate Sheets so we used a tag but from there we followed Tim's directions by stamping on the tissue, etc.

Supplies: Ranger #10 tag, Idea-ology Plain Tissue Wrap, Ranger Black Archival Ink, Hero Art Script Stamp, Bo-bunny Stitches Stamps, Stamper's Anonymous Random Thoughts Stamp Set, Papertrey Ink Quilter's Sampler Stamp Set, Ranger Distress Vintage Collage Medium, Ranger Collage Brush Set, BigZ Dress Form Die

Stencil Plaid Technique: I was afraid I'd ruin the textile sheet so I decided to practice the technique on a piece of card stock first...well it looked terrible! I finally just took the plunge & it was perfect because the textile absorbs the ink. I used the mini ink pads to ink the stencil but decided to try using the markers. I felt I had more control over applying the ink with the markers. I also didn't need to use a full sheet of the textile.  After I put the 2 tags together using matte medium I used a distresser & ink the edges & crinkles.

Supplies: Ranger #10 tag, Stampers Anonymous Stencil Stripes, Idea-ology Textile Surfaces, Ranger Distress Markers Black Soot, Walnut Stain, Fired Brick Markers, Ranger Distress Sprayer, Ranger Multi Medium MatteTonic Paper DistresserRanger Walnut Stain Mini Ink Pad

To embellish my tag I used a lot of things from my stash...buttons, a slide with sheer black ribbon, Idea-ology Occasions Small Tall Stickers outlined with a Black Soot Marker, metal scissors on a Idea-ology Loop Pin, a tag made with Stampers-anonymous Adverts Stamp Set with a Maya Road stick pin through it then stapled on the tag using Idea-ology Tiny Attacher, a resin flower inked with Adirondack Mushroom Alcohol Ink & Adirondack Cranberry Alcohol Ink, a piece of ribbon with a Idea-ology safety pin through it.

National Selfie Day:  Here are the Gigglers (minus 1 who had to leave before we took the selfie) who make Tim's tag each month at The Craft Shack. Although we follow Tim's techniques we each have our own style & ideas for our tags.  We love doing them & learning new ways to use Tim's products but the best part is making them together!  From left to right is Lisa, me, Mary Ann, Judy & Susan.  Robin was home sleeping by the time this was taken...LOL!

Well until next month...TFL!!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Wedding Congratulations

This was a quick card I did for a friend's son's wedding.  The card base is SU Brown Sugar CS & the card front is popped up.  The dress & sentiment are stamped in SU Brown Sugar Ink from SU's Love & Laughter.  I used the SU Modern Punch with mini Taupe pearls as accents. 

What's special about this card is the lace is from their wedding invitation.  TLF!