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, December 30, 2015

December 2015 Tag...Tim Holtz Style!

I love doing tags but this is the 1st time I've participated in Tim Holtz 12 tags of 2015.  I will definitely be doing all 12 next year!

The burlap is attached to the tag using double sided tape.  I chose the Poinsettia Stencil for my background with Fired Brick Stray Stain (didn't have my Candy Apple yet).  The stencil doesn't cover the entire tag but I centered it so the edges of the burlap were exposed & sprayed too. To get a distressed look I added Peeled Paint Distressed Ink with a blending tool around the edges & between the poinsettias.

Instead of a wreath, I decided to make a swag of holly leaves & long pine needles from the Holiday Greens Thinlits in Kraft-Core card stock.  They are sanded & adhered together using my favorite, Glossy Accents.

I applied Picket Fence Paint on the "festive" Typed Christmas Token so it was in the letters, let it dry for a minute then gently wiped most of the paint away from the surface with my finger. The token is attached to the sway using a Loop Pin.  The swag is attached to the tag using none other than Glossy Accents.

The bow is cut from Kraft-Core card stock using the Bow-Tied Decorative Strip Die & sanded to distress it.  I used the Tiny Attacher to assemble the bow & (again) Glossy Accents to adhere the center of the bow.  The bow is attached to the swag with glue dots so the loop pin shows.

The music, ticket & 24th are from a pack of Ephemera Festive & distressed with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink. I crumpled the ticket & stapled it to the music.  The Mirrored Star was distressed with Mushroom Alcohol Ink.  They are adhered to the tag with Glossy Accents.

The burlap covered the hole at the top of the tag so I used a punch to open it up.  The 12" piece of Crinkle Ribbon was dyed using Fired Brick Stain & crumpled up to dry.  After it dried, I looped the ribbon through the hole at the top.  The finishing touch was gold Stickles on the poinsettias & red Stickles for holly berries for a little bling.
I had so much fun making this tag....TFL!

SUPPLIES:  Burlap, Inkssentials Craft TagsScor-Tape Double Sided TapeStampers Anonymous Poinsettia Stencil,  Ranger Fired Brick Spray StainRanger Distressed Ink Peeled PaintRanger Ink Blending ToolAlterations Holiday Greens, Core'dinations Kraft Core Cardstock-Red, Light & Dark GreenRanger Glossy AccentsIdea-ology Sanding Grip, Ranger Distressed Picket Fence PaintIdea-ology Typed Tokens ChristmasIdea-ology Loop Pins,  Alterations Sizzix Bow-Tied Decorative Strip DieIdea-ology Tiny AttacherGlue Dots Mini RollIdea-ology Festive Ephemera PackRanger Distressed Frayed Burlap Ink PadsIdea-ology Mirrors StarsAdirondack Mushroom Alcohol InkMemory Keepers Crop-a-dile Hole Punch and Eyelet SetterIdea-ology Crinkle RibbonRanger Gold & Christmas Red Stickles.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Sweet Happy Birthday

This ATC was inspired by a project I did in a Clear Scraps class taught by Susan Frase at CKC Lancaster in July. The Clear Scraps Acrylic has a thin protective "skin" on both sides. Peel the "skin" off just prior to working on/or finishing your project.  The swirled background was done by putting 4 or 5 drops each of Zig Pink & Silver Alcohol Ink on a blending tool with a felt pad (but don't mix the colors).  I randomly pounced the blending tool on the back of the acrylic until the entire surface was covered with ink. The bright color shows through to the front of the card.  For the front of the ATC card, I peeled off the "skin" then stamped the music background with StazOn Jet Black. If you don't like how it was inked or stamped you can use non-acetone fingernail polish remover to take it off then re-ink or re-stamp. The embellishments are "Happy Birthday" peel off sticker, white lace, birthday girl from a free image site, birthday cake DSP (both punched out & distressed), swirly clip, silver flower, pink gem.  All the items are adhered to the acrylic using Zip Dry, other types of adhesives won't work on the acrylic. By the way Clear Scraps are made in the USA!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies:  Clear Scraps ATC Acrylic Cards ; Zig Alcohol Ink ; EK Tools 1" Square Punch ; StazOn Jet Black ; Beacon Zip Dry Glue ; Ranger Ink Blending Tool ; Tim Holtz Adiondack Alcohol Ink Blending Felt