Monday, August 31, 2015

Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015-August

Just a quick post to display my August tag.  You can find the step by step instructions by Tim Holtz here.  Although I used  my Cricut to cut the words...I followed the remaining instructions for the background closely.  My tag celebrates events in my daughter's senior year of high school.  One of  the Bird Crazy gang is all decked out in football gear during Spirit Week.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by :) Kim

Monday, August 24, 2015

"Crazy" Birds Go Back to School

I, like everyone else,  have fallen in love Tim Holtz Bird Crazy stamps and dies.  I have chosen to make them my daughter's senior year mascots.  Today was her last 1st  day of  school...a thought that made her Mom a little melancholy :(

 So to brighten up the day, I made her and my "stepdaughter" tags to kick off the new year starring the Bird Crazy gang.

I made the background using Sunshine Yellow and Botanical Alcohol Inks to make a splatter effect as described in Tim Holtz's Compendium of Curiosities Vol I on page 52.  I 'll bet you can't guess my daughter's school colors ;)  I stamped a school bus and ruler as well as members of the Bird Crazy family in Jet Black Archival Ink.  I also stamped the date using a date stamper.  I used springs to make the bird's eyes pop...

I finished off the tags by mounting the glossy cardstock on black cardstock and tying a bow from black/white striped paper string.  My husband and I added a note on the back with wishes for a great day!  I wish to enter my tags in Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Back to School,

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day :) Kim

Friday, August 14, 2015

CC3C #34 Layering Stencil: Monoprint

Hard to believe that we have worked all the way through Tim's book, Compendium of Curiosities Volume III.  I have enjoyed trying all the new techniques, and I am thankful not only to the Curiosity Crew, but also to all the participants for their inspiration and encouragement.  Linda Ledbetter our talented and gracious hostess has led us through all 34 challenges over the past 16 months...thanks to her for all her hard work and talent.

Now on to my can find instruction on the technique on page 48 of Tim's aforementioned book and all the rules and inspiration over at Linda's blog.  Tim and Mario have donated a terrific prize pack and Linda Coughlin over at The Funkie Junkie Boutique is the generous sponsor for this challenge.

I have been waiting for just the right occasion to use Dyan Reaveley's Skull stencil.  I bought the stencil with my eldest daughter in mind.  We have spent the evening packing her up to go back to college in the morning and I always like to make an inspirational card or tag to send along.  You may think that the skull stencil is inappropriate for an inspirational anything...but it works if the person you are making it for is studying to be a Forensic Anthropologist :)  What a great technique to make a background.  My bottles are cut from Wendy Vecchi's Clearly for Art using Tim's Apothecary Bottles.  I tinted them with Mermaid and Indigo Alcohol Ink and used a heating tool to give them some shape.  I love the way the background is visible through the bottles...a happy surprise.

I finished off the tag with a stamp from Tim to get her through the year and added some jute and a skull from my stash.

I have truly enjoyed playing along these past 16 months and look forward to Volume IV and perhaps another Challenge series.  Have a great weekend! :)

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Summer Flowers

What would summer be without flowers?  I find it hard to believe that any plant life can survive in the hot weather conditions we have had in North Carolina...but somehow they persevere.  Recently three of my co-workers have moved on  to new adventures.  I fashioned three cards using Tim Holtz's Flower Garden stamp set to wish them well on their journey. I used a technique from Tim's Compendium of Curiosities Volume I, Dabber Resist, to create the cards.  Each background is shaded with various  Distress Ink colors and finished off with water drops to give it some additional interest.

For the first card I used Fossilized Amber and Vintage Photo initially...Yuk!  Then I added Mermaid Lagoon to create this interesting shade of green.

 On the second card I used Victorian Velvet, Pickled Raspberry, Frayed Burlap and Aged Mahogany.


Finally, the third card background was inked with Dusty Concord, Faded Jeans, and Frayed Burlap.

Hope you like my summer flowers.  I am so looking forward to the coolness of fall and the colors of the changing leaves.  :)

I would like to enter my cards in the Country View Challenges-Summertime