Sunday, November 27, 2016

November 2016 Tim Tag

I've been sick pretty much all month with an awful sinus infection and nasty cough, and all the medication has really knocked me for a loop!  Between the antibiotics, steroids, cough syrups and inhaler, I don't know if I'm coming or going.  I've really been jonesin' to get my craftin' on, but I couldn't because all the meds gave me the shakes.  Feeling a little better today, so I gave the Tim tag a whirl.  You can see Tim's original tag here with all the instructions so you can make your own. 

I started out by adding some rub-ons to a manilla tag.

I chose 6 Distress Spray Stains and covered the tag.

After misting with some water, the colors blended nicely.

Next, I distressed the edges around the tag with my distresser tool.

I stamped the Blueprint Leaf onto some Distress Watercolor paper, colored with the Distress Markers and my Detail Water Brush.  I used the mister tool to get some Ground Espresso splatter.

I used tbe coordinating die to cut out my leaf.

I cut the word 'NATURE' into a piece of cork, and saved the letters.  They'll come in handy on another project.

I tore some corrugated a little bigger than my cork word, and added Walnut Distress Ink to both.

I filled in the edges of my leaf with black marker so my leaf would stand out better.

After a couple brads, and some Fossilized Amber Crinkle Ribbon, this deed's done!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Chicago: Ministry of Mixology

I'm excited to finally get two of my projects on the wall from the Chicago Ministry of Mixology event in October with Andy Skinner and Tracy Weinzapfel.  Love, love, love them! 

As many of you know, I'm an ink girl, and paints are a relatively new medium for me.  I've taken classes with Seth Apter, Sue Pellitier, Jodi Ohl, and some Paint Nite events, to name a few.  I love the freedom of adding layers of color! 
I love the background of this piece, even tho it's not quite the caliber of Seth Apter color layers, but I'm very happy with it.

This piece was taught by Tracy.  Who knew I'd be able to paint around those flowers with a paintbrush, and do those fine details?!  Certainly not me!  Thanks Tracy for giving me the little extra attention I needed to boost my confidence!

Friday, October 28, 2016

October 2016 Tim Tag

Happy Halloween people!!  I usually don't do my tags with the holiday themes.  I still do the techniques, but I make the tag my own.  I've had Frankie here for a while now, and he looked so delicious with the embossed foil, I had to try it!  You can see Tim's tag here, with all the instructions to make your own and play along!

I had a little baggie of watch or clock parts in my stash, and a couple of pieces made for good bolts on Frankie's neck.

I chose a tan color for his hair, and more of a rust color for his scars.

I chose one of Tim's Halloween words to embellish with.  I cut it out six times!  I layered 5 orange pieces, and offset a base layer of gray.  After distressing with some ink, I covered the whole thing with Glossy Accents.

Thanks for visiting!

Friday, September 30, 2016

September 2016 Tim Tag

Quick post to get my September 2016 Tim Tag posted on Tim's website.  I had made the tag about 2-3 weeks ago, but I've been extraordinarily busy this month, and I'm just under the wire again.

I pretty much did the same as Tim, because I love the colors, and this stamp set seems like it was made just for this technique.  I added my own touch with embellishments.  You can see Tim's tag here, with all the instructions.  Every month when you post your Tim inspired creation to his website, he chooses about 10 winners for prizes!

Here are some detail pics:

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Nuvo Crystal Drops

I'm home after another fabulous weekend at the Scrapbook Expo in Somerset, NJ.  My bestie, Andrea Frank, and I have been attending since 2005, long before it became the Expo.  It's my favorite weekend of the year, filled with scrapping, shopping, classes, demos, make 'n takes, collecting buttons, old & new friends.  One of the things I was most looking forward to seeing demoed were the Nuvo Crystal Drops, and they didn't disappoint!  I headed right over to the Sparkle 'n Sprinkle booth, and there they were, in all their glory!  Sharon was at the demo table, and she showed me a lot more than just the Crystal Drops.  Oy!  My wallet!  lol  Anyways, I ended up buying the full set of Glossy colors, and the full set of Pearls/Metallics.  I couldn't wait to get home to create color charts.  After searching the web, and having no luck, I decided to create my own, so here they are.  I don't know how to post the files here for you to print out, so if you'd like my file, comment below with your email and I'll send them to you.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Creative Chemistry 103

It's been a busy & hectic summer, so I just got started on my Tim Holtz Creative Chemistry 103 classes yesterday.  I usually take my time to enjoy my online classes, but I wanted to do some classes while they were actually running for a change.  Yesterday was Day 5, Alcohol Ink on Yupo, so I decided to start with that so I can post in the gallery.

I had so much fun making my tags, that I even went a little further and created bigger pieces to put on cards.  I'll have to post those when I'm done with them.  In the meantime, here are my technique tags:

Faded Layers

Alcohol Ink Painting

Splattered Flowers.  So much fun, I made another!

Splattered Flowers

Stamp Resist

Texture Resist

Liquid Landscapes

I'm going kayaking with Rick tomorrow, so hopefully, when we're done, I'll still have some mojo, and I take more classes!

Sunday, July 31, 2016

July 2106 Tim Tag

It's been an extremely busy summer so far.  Andrea & I went on our Quick Quotes scrapbooking Baltic Sea cruise at the beginning of the summer, my two fabulous great-nephews have been visiting from Arizona, I had a Wendy Vecchi class in Connecticut, family parties, new babies, busy, busy, busy!  And, Rick & I just scheduled a trip to Vegas for August!

Since today is the last day of my birthday month, I guilted Kelly into making the July tag with me.  You can see Tim's original tag here complete with all the instructions to make your own. The poor girl just gets too frustrated with Tim's details!  lol  Kelly's tag is the flower on the left, and mine is the air mail stamp on the right.

My tag

My sewing machine wasn't cooperating with the thickness of the papers, so we had to get creative.  I just wrapped around some Linen Thread by Stampin' Up!

I colored Tim's burlap ribbon with the Evergreen Bough Distress Spray Stain, dried, and frayed the edges.  I also found a cute little Eiffel Tower charm to hang from my Linen Thread.

Kelly did absolutely beautiful coloring on her flower!

She really got frustrated cutting the letters until I introduced her to the Precision Cutting Plate by Sizzix.  Then, she had trouble getting her watercolor cardstock in through the slits with the distressed edges, so I had to baby it through for her.  She used some washi tape for her details.

She adorned the tag with one of Tim's Idea-ology arrows, and liked the simplicity of the tag without adding a ribbon.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Huge Sizzix Giveaway!

Quick post about a giveaway you don't want to miss!  Sizzix has an awesome giveaway going on where 5 winners will receive a Big Shot bundle plus accessories!  Click here for details.

May 2016 Tim Tag

Greetings and happy Memorial Day!  Thanks to all our service men & women for everything!

I created my May tag very early in the month, but I never got around to blogging about it.  I also almost missed the cutoff to post on Tim's blog!  Yikes!  You can see Tim's tutorial on his blog here, where he posts a new tag on the first of every month!  Every month people ... this man's a machine!  An extraordinarily talented machine.  This is Tim's tag:

The technique was to put down some tissue tape, and stamp a focal image.  Then, color the tag, add some embossing tape, more stamping, and flowers.  Tim used his Tiny Tattered Florals die/tool, but instead of using that, I created some flowers using some batting (of all things), and some Distress Spray Stains.  They came out too stinkin' cute!

I added some leaves cut from muslin and inked with Distress Inks.  I couldn't resist adding some small pearls to the centers.

Here's a close up of the flowers.  Adorbs.

I added a little stamping to the top left corner with one of Tim's new background stamps.

This shot shoes the gold embossing paste.  I also added a saying from Tim's Small Talk, and cut it apart.

Only two days until June's tag!  Can't wait!

Friday, April 15, 2016

First Tim Tag of the Year

***Exciting news!***

 Just found out this tag won on Tim's blog! 

 This makes me a 4th time winner! 

My craft table has been piled high with stuff since I hosted my family Christmas party here  Can you guess where I hid all the loose miscellaneous stuff while cleaning up for my guests?  You guessed it!  My husband also had to get to the sump pump down here in my studio, so he cleaned out that part of the room and just piled everything on the floor.  Well, after weeks of cleaning things up, I finally got my table and floor cleaned up (well, you can walk again, lol), so I had another playdate with my friends Grace & Mercedes.  We haven't been able to work on any of Tim's tag this year, so we decided to just start with the current month:  April.  

Here's what Tim's tag looks like, and you can get all his instructions on his blog here.  I'm also going to add this tag for a couple of challenges:
Addicted to CAS:  Inlaid Dies
Simon Says Stamp:  Work It Wednesday
and, of course, Tim's Blog

We did the Paint Resist technique.  I used one of Tim's new Ledger background stamps with Antique Linen Distress Paint for my resist.  Then, I sprayed some Dusty Concord, Shaded Lilac and Twisted Citron Distress Ink Sprays and heated to dry.  I added some stamping using one of Wendy Vecchi's earlier sets, and some of Tim's Rub-Ons.

For my dimensional element, I added one of Tim's Idea-ology arrows, one of his cute little paper clips, and a charm.

The paper I used for my mosaic flower was from one of Tim's older paper collections.  I used Antique Linen Distress Embossing Powder for my faux grout, and then "painted" all the pieces of paper with Glossy Accents.  I edged the Tattered Flower with Wendy Vecchi's Orange Blossom Archival Ink, and also added some around the edges of the tag.

The leaf stamp was just a solid image, so I added some fine black pen work around the leaves, and then added some dots with a very fine white paint pen.

We were all very creative, and did entirely our own interpretations of Tim's tag.

Mercedes tag:  Using Tim's papers, she cut out bottle caps and a Nebraska license plate to decorate her butterfly.

She couldn't decide on the purple, or the green ruffled ribbon, so she used both!

She added a rub-on, and finished it off with the Giggle tag.

Grace's winged heart came out soft and lovely.

We always have so much fun creating these tags.  We're going to try and get together more often!