Monday, December 29, 2014

Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2014-December and CC3C # 18 Pocket Pages

I can't believe 2014 is almost over...but I always look forward to the New Year with anticipation.  For my last post of 2014 I am submitting both my December tag (click here for Tim's) as well as my entry to the latest Compendium of Curiosities Challenge hosted by the talented Linda Ledbetter.

First things are a couple of pics of my tag.  I had to make do with the supplies I had on hand.  I really loved the use of the tea infuser to glitter!

Onto the CC3 Challenge #18 entry: Pocket Pages based on the book of the same name by Tim Holtz.
I have to confess that I never finished my worn cover because I struggled with how I would use it. The Curiosity Team posted some great inspirational works for this challenge and I thought I would use the pocket pages to organize my monthly tags for the Tim Holtz  12 tags of 2015.  I used this month's tag as an example of how I would organize my TAGS and TIPS book.   When you open the book my take on the monthly tag will be visable.

When you flip open the tag,...on the left, I have a small pic of Tim's inspiration as well as my favorite tip illustration...on the right is my thoughts on the tag techniques (what I would do again, wish list, ect).  I really think this will help me keep track of neat ideas and a running wish list as well as be a source of inspiration for future  projects.

Finally, I used the technique described in Tim's Book to create my flip pocket page...grab a book and give it a try.

The latest CC3C is sponsored by The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  They have a great sale going on now!

Have a Happy and Safe New Years...see you in 2015 :)

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Secret Santa visited A Vintage Journey

I have just spent the most enjoyable time over at A Vintage Journey visiting each of the Creative Team's blogs as they shared their Secret Santa gifts.  What a great idea and such great inspiration for us all.  There is also a special Christmas Giveaway...but the best part was visiting each blog and seeing all the the special attention to detail each Team member but into their thoughtful gift. Head on over for all the info.

Friday, December 19, 2014

CC3C #17 Woodlands and Tinsel Twine

It is a Friday night and that means I am scrambling to post my entry to the Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge hosted by the gracious Linda Ledbetter.  Tim Holtz is the talented author of the book by the same name. Challenge #17, Woodlands and Tinsel Twine can be found on page 60. This challenge is generously sponsored by Inspiration Emporium.

 I love Christmas...but what I like even WINTER.  Last year I got all caught up in the mercury glass craze for my winter decorations.  I love the vintage look with white candles.  I got an idea for this challenge... I would use the faux mercury glass technique on a globe candle holder and create a "window" for my woodland scene using the masking technique. This was the first time I tried the faux mercury glass technique and I look forward to trying it again but would use vinyl for the mask instead of and learn:)   I can't describe how I created my trees, but I did have a lot of fun with this challenge!

Thanks for stopping by and wishes for a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Friday, December 5, 2014

CC3C #16 Layering Stencil : Embossing

I have missed participating in the last several CC3 Challenges but am happy to play in the current challenge:  Layering stencils: Embossing  explained on page 50 of Tim Holtz's Compendium of Curiosities, Volume III.  You can find all the details here on our gracious hostess, Linda Ledbetter's blog.  This challenge is generously sponsored by Linda Coughlin at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  Without further is my entry...

I also would like to enter this tag in the FUSION challenge.
Thanks for stopping by :)

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2014-October

Happy Halloween!!! Just wanted to take a minute to submit my October tag.  Since Fall is my favorite season and Halloween my favorite holiday, you would think I had a big stash of crafty things like stamps and stencils...WRONG.  I found that I do not own even one pumpkin stamp, That being said, I was going to skip this month's challenge when I got the idea for a tag and wanted to try the techniques that Tim highlighted this month. I loved using the masking technique with the texture paste.  I had to improvise on the masking material but I was pleased with how it came out.  I also liked the effect of the Glossy Accent on the stamped/water colored image...what a great way to make your own embellishments.

 This tag is for my remind her that she should follow her dreams. She will meet up with many a naysayer throughout her life and she must believe in herself.  Thanks for stopping by :)

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Star Light...Star Bright

I love Fall and all the holidays that take place during the season...Halloween, Thanksgiving. However, I bought a star stamp from Impression Obsession that I have been wanting to play with and Hels Sheridan at Ink on My Fingers Sunday Stamper inspired me with her Catch a Falling Star Challenge.  I know black and gold are not traditional Christmas colors...but here is my first Christmas card of the season.  I used the star and sentiment stamps from Impression Obsession and the gold paper and embossing powder are from my stash.  The background was created with Tim Holtz's Paint Marbling Technique with Black Soot and Tarnished Brass Distress Paint.

Now I think I will go carve a pumpkin or jump in a pile of leaves:)
Happy Fall and thanks for stopping by

Friday, October 10, 2014

CC3C #12 Distress Photo Tinting

Good evening...I am here to post my entry to The Compendium of Curiosities Challenge III  #12, Distress Photo Tinting based on the Tim Holtz book of the same name and hosted by the gracious Linda Ledbetter.    The Funkie Junkie Boutique is the sponsor of this challenge thanks to the generous Linda Coughlin.

So I am still working on my daughter's graduation album...and she graduated in 2013.  My entry is the back cover of the album.  I snapped this pic one day when I was coming down the stairs and saw my daughter's graduation gown hanging ready for the evening's ceremony.  I was never sure what I would do with photo. Although it is the symbol of the end of a high school career, it is also the beginning of a new chapter in her life.  I used the technique to highlight the yellow Beta Club sash and utilized the green card stock to represent the color of the gown.  Two more pages and the album will be complete.  Thanks for stopping by :)

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Road Trip

One of my favorite things is going on a road trip...the best are the spur of the moment ones, when you grab just what you need, stuff it in a bag, and are off on an adventure.  That is the inspiration for my card.

I started by using a tag with tissue tape that I had rejected from a previous project. I used Spiced Marmalade, Picked Raspberry and Mowed Lawn Distress Ink for the background. I used Tim Holtz's technique to create a rust effect with his Distress Embossing Powder on the Mini Old Jalopy die and around the edges of the card.  I utilized  Tim's Compass Coin and Game Spinner to guide my jalopy across the map stamped tag and attached all to a background of hunter green cardstock and a kraft card,  I look forward to my next road trip...who knows where it will take me.

I would like to enter my card in the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge  Transport It
Our Creative Corner  Go Rustic

Monday, September 29, 2014

Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2014-September

I am running down to the wire as usual...:)  I had the majority of my tag completed last week and then the daily grind of life got in the way.

I tried twice to achieve the "faded layers" effect that Tim so wonderfully demonstrated in his tutorial.  My first problem is that I don't own any real "light" alcohol ink colors.  My first attempt was with Latte and the Burlap stencil...not too bad, but I was not I set it aside for a later project.  My second attempt was with Butterscotch and the bubble stencil...probably still too dark for the technique, but I loved the color and decided to go with it.  If you squint you can see the faded bubbles in the center of the tag.  I chose to use Tim's balloon stamp and various remnant rubs focusing on life's adventures.  I made my two strips of alcohol ink color combinations and cut out birds by free hand.  I used alcohol ink alone to create the smeared effect on the birds and then set them in flight in a rainbow pattern on my tag.  

Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, September 26, 2014

CC3C #11 Effect Powders

I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to participate this go around.  I searched the local craft stores for Tim's Distress no avail.  I placed an order with this week's challenge sponsor Inspiration Emporium and they got my order to me lickety-split.  Of course, I am speaking about the Compendium of Curiosities Challenge hosted by Linda Ledbetter and celebrating Volume III of the book by the same name by Tim Holtz.  My tag celebrates my favorite season and I loved how the technique highlighted in this challenged, Effect Powders, on page 52, complimented the fall colors.

Friday, September 12, 2014

CC3C #10 Assemblage Clock

Here with my entry for the Compendium of Curiosities #3 Challenge graciously hosted by Linda Ledbetter and celebrating the book of the same name by Tim Holtz.  This challenge is generously sponsored by Linda Coughlin, the owner of  The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  I made my clock to compliment my photo tree that sits on my mantle.
Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, August 29, 2014

CC3C #9 Stamps and Framelits

Hard to believe that we are on Challenge #9.  I re-purposed a journal we had around the house and claimed it for my very own.  I used the technique described in Tim Holtz's  A Compendium of Curiosities, Volume III on page 63.  The Challenge is hosted by non other than the lovely and talented Linda Ledbetter and generously sponsored this week by Inspiration Emporium.

Thanks for stopping by :)

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2014-August

So I sat down today to work on my August tag.  Tim's instruction was to follow our creative muse.  I had the idea that I would use the tag as a part of a card for my youngest daughter's first day of school.  She had just mentioned that she liked the color combination of orange, brown, and blue. So I gathered the appropriate colors of distress ink.   Unfortunately, or fortunately as things go, the color combination produced a green gold effect which happen to be the colors of my daughter's school.  I found a stamp sentiment to remind her that these were indeed the "Best of Times" and added a distressed flower that I had made for another project.  I dyed ribbon to match and placed the tag at an angle on coordinating card stock.  All in all, I liked how the tag turned card turned out and it will be at the breakfast table tomorrow morning waiting for her.

Thanks for stopping by :)

Friday, August 15, 2014

CC3C # 8 Faded Layers

WOW!....what a cool techniques.  I am referring to the Faded Layers technique featured on page 58 of Tim Holtz's Compendium of Curiosities Volume 3.  Linda Ledbetter serves as the hostess of the CC3 Challenge featuring the different techniques featured in Tim's book.  This week is I used the technique on the background of a card I created for my daughter who is headed back to college.  Thanks to Linda Coughlin of  The Funkie Junkie Boutique for sponsoring Challenge #8.

Thanks for stopping by :)

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Faux Luggage Tag

When I think about traveling to far away places...I think of packing in a suitcase made of worn leather. What  a  GREAT  smell.!  I took a stab at creating a tag to represent an old luggage tag using Tim Holtz Vintage  Photo Distress Ink combined with Broken China Distress Paint and Weathered Wood Distress Ink.  I used scrapes of brown suede paper and thin plastic along with the distress stamped image to make my tag.

I wish to enter my tag in the Vintage Travel Challenge over at Frilly and Funkie. 
 Thanks for stopping by today

Friday, August 1, 2014

CC3C #7 Painted Industrial

It's late on a Friday night and I am once again waiting until the last minute to post my entry to the Compendium of Curiosities Challenge hosted by the talented Linda Ledbetter.  This challenge features the Painted Industrial technique described on page 46 of Tim Holtz's book of the same name and is generously sponsored by:

Inspiration Emporium $50 Gift Certificate

I started this project with no end product in mind.  I used the Flourish Texture Fade with the Painted Industrial technique and accented it with a faux tea rose from a previous challenge. I chose the Word Band, "Life is about creating yourself" and realized that this would make a perfect card for my boss and mentor who has chosen a new career path.  Sometimes things happen the way they are suppose to :)

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The Journey

My family just returned from a restful vacation at the beach.  We had the opportunity to visit the Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center in Topsail Island, NC.  We were able to meet the patients up close and hear their stories. So you can understand why a sea turtle had to be the star of my tag. I loved making the "sand"!  I would like to enter this as my July tag in Tim Holtz's 12 tags of 2014 and also in Frilly and Funkie's Cool Water Challenge.

Friday, July 18, 2014

CC3C #6

I chose a personal focus for Tim Holtz's A Compendium of Curiosities Challenge #6 Altered Burlap Panel Technique found on page 37 and hosted by Linda Ledbetter.  I have been involved in Girl Scouting for most of life, both as a girl and as an adult sharing the experience with my daughters.  This latest challenge is generously sponsored by Linda Coughlin at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Everything is coming up...yellow.

I worked on a card today....I am not sure who it is for or what the occasion...but I wanted it to be yellow and  I wanted to use the Tim Holtz Honeycomb stencil.  Yellow because it is my favorite color and the honeycomb stencil because the I love the effect.  My end product is a yellow monochromatic simple card that allowed me to experiment with both layering stencils and the Tim Holtz Sizzix Tattered Florals die.  I am entering this in the Country View Stencil It Challenge and the Frilly and Funky Summer Heat Challenge.

Thanks for stopping by

Friday, July 4, 2014

CC3C #5

Here is my entry in to the Compendium of Curiosities Challenge #5  hosted by Linda Ledbetter.  I created this card using the Distress Watercoloring  (Part 1) technique found on page 39 of Tim Holtz's A Compendium of Curiosities, Volume III.   Challenge #5 is generously sponsored  by Inspiration Emporium.

Thanks to Gina of Gina K. Designs, LLC for her tutorial on the gatefold card with a twist.

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2014-June

I had fun playing with the watercolor monoprint technique using Tim's new mini distress inks.  I used Mini Distress Ink Pad Kit #1 and loved how the bright colors just popped.  The Rays Stencil is one of my favorite, probably because I am such a morning person. Tim mentioned in his tutorial that you would have to play with the amount of water in this technique.  I think a bit more water misted on the fired-brick would have allowed the colors to blend better, but I loved how the mustard seed and spiced marmalade blended.  I am not a big butterfly person, so I used the watercolor technique with the blending brush to shade the finger stamp to point me in the right direction.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

CC3C #4

I had a lot of fun working with the stencil layering technique using  texture paste featured  in Tim Holtz's A  Compendium of Curiosities Volume # 3, page 49.  I will admit that I found the technique challenging, and the finished product looks very different from its earliest version.  I have been reading on various blogs that there are no mistakes...only happy accidents.  I experienced many happy accidents :).  I used the technique to make my husband's Father's Day card.  This challenge is generously sponsored by The Funkie Junkie Boutique . I am also entering this card in the Country View Challenge "Only Men Allowed".

Friday, June 6, 2014

CC3C #3

Nothing like waiting to the last minute.  Here is my entry for Challenge #3 sponsored by Inspiration Emporium.

Friday, May 23, 2014

CC3C #2

I am so excited to enter the Tim Holtz Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge 2, hosted by Linda Ledbetter and sponsored by The Funky Junkie Boutique!