Saturday, February 21, 2015

Inspiring Curiosity

Yes! Another Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge completed. If you haven't check out Linda Ledbetter's challenge, maybe you should. This  is Challenge #22 and uses the Dimensional Cutting Pad as shown in "A Compendium of Curiosities Volume III" by Tim Holtz. On page 62 you will find 6 detailed photos along with detailed instructions that walk you through, step by step, how to use the Dimensional Cutting Pad. At Linda's blog you will find the challenge details and 9 fabulous projects created by the Curiosity Crew using this technique. If you don't have a Dimensional Cutting Pad yet, you may want one after seeing what Linda and her crew created. Everything from cards & tags to an art journal page. There's even a home decor project for a fireplace mantel that doubles as an accordion album.

Challenge #22 is sponsored by The Funkie Junkie Boutique  who has provided a gift certificate to one lucky winner so they can go shopping at their excellent online boutique. They not only carry Tim Holtz products but have just about anything you need for your vintage projects. You can even set up a wish list (which I have)! There is also a special prize awarded (thanks to Tim and Mario!) to The Curiosity Crew's Choice and the lucky selectee not only wins an amazing prize package but also gets a banner for their blog. Too Cool!

I did something a little different this time. I started with a #12 size tag. At 5 1/8" x 10 1/2", this tag is huge compared to the size I usually use. Why so big you might ask? Two reasons. The first is I wanted to use at least one product, technique or idea from each crew member's tag that inspired me. I needed lots of room because they are very inspiring. The second is I love Wallflower Paper Stash and especially the page with the two birds side by side on the branch. With the #12 tag I had enough room to use the 12x12 size which has the largest image of the birds and still have room for my die cuts.

Lots of fun techniques here. Everything from Distress Ink, to Distress Markers, Tissue Tape and Remnant Rubs to Idea-ology, Stencils, Stamps to Die Cuts and Papers. That is real bird seed in the vial and I didn't have green felt so the leaves for the felt flower was die cut from white felt and colored with Lettuce Alcohol Ink and Blending Solution.

I always want to give thanks to Tim Holtz for all his amazing products, tutorials and ideas and to Mario for his hard work behind the scenes and his amazing BTS updates and to both for their generosity is making time in their busy schedule to share so much.

This week I also want to thank Linda, Anita, Annette, Candy, Cheryl, Hels, Marjie, Susan and Yvonne.

Even though I used something inspiring from everyone's project here, there are still plenty more ideas that I can use to jump start another project. You guys inspire me... all the time.

P.S. Linda's challenge is open through Friday, Feb 27.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Coffee Time!

I love coffee in the morning. Imagine a perfect day starting with a fresh brewed cup of coffee, on a quiet and peaceful balcony somewhere overlooking a gorgeous view and watching at a beautiful sunrise. At least that's what I was thinking of when reading about Mou Saha's Faber-Castell project challenge.

Mou Saha is a wonderful mixed media artist and she has an excellent blog, She also has a monthly challenge at Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft. The theme for this month is to create a project about your favorite beverage. I had a box that is the perfect size for my gelatos that I wanted to decorate so I decided to give it a try. You can find Mou's February challenge here.

I used gesso to prep the lid to the box. I used a little flourish stamp that came with a set of blue Faber-Castell Gelatos to heat emboss a repeating pattern across the surface and then gessoed over it again. This gave me a texture to allow the gelatos to pool. I used Coconut, various blues and purple to create an ombre. Once it was completely dry, lightly applying coconut over the raised areas helped to define the flourishes. Using Gold Champagne, Squid and Coconut, I sketched three large coffee beans on dark brown distress core'dinations paper then cut them out and glued them down.  Love the coverage, shimmer and shine. I used another ombre of Bannana, Bubble Gum, Metallic Mellon, Tangerine, Blood and Red Cherry for the letters. Then finished my project with a Gold Champagne banner behind the Coffee @ Sunrise banner.

This challenge ends today but Mou has a new one the first Monday of each month. If you have any Faber-Castell products, these are both great blogs to find fun, creative and inspiring ways to use them

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Rock Candy Distress Glitter Wishes

Compendium of Curiosity Challenge # 21
Want a gorgeous sparkly background for your next project? Use Rock Candy Distress Glitter. If you've never used it before, check out Tim Holtz's Compendium of Curiosities Volume 3 pg 55 for a step by step picture tutorial. This is the technique the Curiosity Crew selected for Challenge #21 of Linda Ledbetter's CC3 Challenge. I wish I could capture the sparkle of the Rock Candy. You can't really tell from my photos but it is covering the wings on the tag.

I had participated in the last couple of challenges and decided to join in on this challenge too. I had fun with the technique and made 3 different backgrounds. I used basically the same colors and stamps but changed up which element got what color. Each background had things I liked about it and I finally picked one for my project only to change my mind half way through. Fortunately all of my elements hang from a couple of chains through the top of the tag so it was simple to switch out the background.

One of the things I wanted to do was use all the stamps from one stamp set on my project. I selected Tim Holtz Royal Script CMS016 from Stampers Anonymous. The colors of Distress Ink I used were Old Paper, Antique Linen, Victorian Velvet, Spun Sugar, Seedless Preserves, Dusty Concord, Weathered Wood and Peeled Paint.

I used Sizzix Premium Crease pad when cutting the tag out of vellum. It keeps the paper from tearing or cutting on the crease lines. I stamped the crown on the front of the Vellum and embossed with Ranger's Fine Detail Clear Embossing Powder. I used Spun Sugar Distress Marker to pick up Dusty Concord Distress Marker scribbled on the non stick craft sheet to color and blend the border on the back side of the vellum to frame it.
I wish you could see the sparkle!

The foil letters are die cut from Tim's Alterations Carnivale for WISH. They were then embossed with the embossing folder (also using the Premium Crease Pad) and painted with Spun Sugar Distress Paint. Once dry the letters were lightly sanded and inked with Victorian Velvet and heat set. Then I use Spun Sugar and Seedless Preserves to color a torn strip of manilla tag adding the letters to it and pop dotting the strip on top of the vellum under the crown.

I used silver mixative to alter the ball chain, fleur-de-lis and the jump rings so they would complement the pearls which had silver findings. I was able to easily cut the ball chain to the lengths I needed with Tim's tonic scissors and then add the pearls with the jump rings. I just punched small holes in the center top and bottom of the vellum and put everything together.

I started with the background on the left but switched to the one on the right.
The current challenge ends on Friday Feb 13th (which at the time of this post is tomorrow) and is sponsored by Inspiration Emporium.
Of course there is also a Curiosity Crew Pick who wins an amazing prize from Tim and Mario and the fun of playing along. As always I encourage you to check out the lovely inspiration at the challenge post here.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Looking forward to Spring with 12 tags of 2015 February

Tim's February tag has a Valentine theme and focuses on a collage technique using Glue N' Seal from Ranger and his Thrift Shop Ephemera pack. When Glue N' Seal first came out, it quickly became a must have for me. It is a great liquid adhesive that can also be used to prepare a surface and is a waterproof sealer.

My last post had a Valentine theme so I decided to go with spring for this tag. I love Tim's Wallflower Paper Stash from Idea-ology. I decided to use it and various stickers from my stash of Idea-ology to create my collage background. I followed Tim's directions to create my base. I really love the dimension the shading with the distress markers added. Tim used Black Soot but I decided to use Frayed Burlap for a softer look. Applying it over the dried Glue N' Seal makes blending easy. If you check out Tim's post you will see step by step how he creates his tag. Here is the link

I used Tim's Tattered Floral die to die cut the small flowers from white felt. The edges are lightly inked with the blending tool and Barn Door distress ink. The flower centers are Tim's mini brads painted with Mustard Seed Distress Paint. I used the poinsettia from the Mini Cardinal and Poinsettia mover and shaper die for the leaves. It is cut from green cardstock and then divided into 3 sections and inked, then tucked behind the flowers.

Blending with Distress Ink
My friend Mary Jane has Tim's Caged Bird Die. When she first got it she made me a die cut on white cardstock. I've been saving it for the perfect project. Using a robin from the Wallflower paper as a reference, I inked my bird using the round blending tool and Mini Distress Inks. I then added some details with the fine tip of the Distress Markers. The Industrious Frame is backed with blue pattern paper also from the Wallflower line. My robin reminds me of a spring morning and the felt flowers look like they are growing along the branch. The bird is on pop dots and there are tiny pop dots behind the flower petals. I used Distress Paint to add color to the Inspire token.

In January Tim Holtz tweeted:
"2015 is the year to make time for yourself each month to do something creative! the #12tagsof2015 is the perfect way to start - full tutorial on the blog... #timholtz"
 Thanks for the Inspiration Tim!

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Do something different everyday.

Tim Holtz January tag is gorgeous as usual. If you haven't seen his tag you can check it out here

For this project I used Tim's techniques but also decided to use some ideas from Paula Cheney at One Lucky Day.

Paula created and posted a calendar back in October and it is gorgeous. When I was looking at Tim's January Tag for 2015 it reminded me of Paula's calendar. Instead of creating a tag I worked on a wood base and created a calendar (Paula's idea) but otherwise followed Tim's step by step process. I printed Paula's calendar pages that I downloaded from her blog. Paula started with a wood base but her technique and look is totally different. If you have thought of making a desk calendar you should check it out.  Here is the link

Tim's Chit Chat letters came with 2 white sheets and 2 kraft. The white words are randomly place for inspiration for this coming year. I used the kraft words to create the phrase "Do Something Different Everyday and at the bottom right corner "Embrace Imperfection" To remind me to loosen up a little and look for adventure every day.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Distress Watercoloring – Love at First Sight!

When Tim Holtz first introduced his Distress Markers I instantly fell in love with them. I have never been in love with markers before. I've met some I really liked, but not "Loved". I was happy to see the CC3 challenge #20 was for Tim's Distress Watercoloring – Part 2. Using not only his Distress Markers but also the Spritzer tool. Another tool I had to have because you can use it with the Distress Markers, which of course I love.

A quick note about the challenge. Linda Ledbetter is the host. The challenge runs two weeks and is to create something using a technique Linda selects from Tim Holtz's book "A Compendium of Curisosities Volume 3" (I can't explain how I did the technique because You need to work from your own copy to participate). Challenge #20's sponsor is The Funkie Junkie Boutique a fun online store with amazing products and fantastic prices. Some lucky participant will win a $25 gift certificate to her store and yes, she is accepting pre-orders for the new Cracked Pistachio. There will also be a special prize from Tim and Mario awarded to the Curiosity Crew's pick! YAY! You can get a ton of inspiration from Tim's books and also the Curiosity Crew Members each have a inspirational piece on Linda's blog with links to their own blog too. So much amazing talent.

Now back to my entry.

So with all this love, I guess you can see why I picked out the Love Conversation Hearts from  Tim's Mini Blueprint 2 CMS146 set. I stamped out th heart 6 times and started playing around with different colors just to get an idea of what color I might like to use for my card. Before I knew it I decided I liked the way it look with the 6 hearts and that it would be focal point of a card. I followed the instructions from Tim's Compendium of Curiosities Volume 3 to finish the panel (You'll have to check out page 40 in his book for the details).

I checked my stash and found I didn't have any paper I liked for the background so that led me to make my own pattern paper. Using the Love ticket stamp (Love Struck CMS0820) and Crimson Archival Ink I stamped the ticket repeatedly at an angle on a sheet of Idea-ology Kraft Glassine paper. I used Clear Fine Detail Embossing powder (Ranger) and heat embossed the ink. You can stamp with pigment ink on the glassine and use a heat tool to bake in the color but I love the look of the embossing powder. I used a 4.5 by 6.25 card base which is a little larger than standard size so more of this fun background would show.

The stitching the red and white x's across the top was easy to space out using Tim's ruler. Pearl mixative gave the Idea-ology tassels a softer more romantic look. I love the sound the tassels make when I shake the card. I decided to finish off with the Love ticket stamped on water color paper again using the technique on page 40 and added another tassel. The only thing was that the ticket says Good Date Sold Only. Since this had quickly turned into a Valentine for my husband, I wanted a message that wasn't limited to one day, I used a Picket Fence Distress Marker to cover up the date sold only (scary) text and found the word forever in a pack of Botanical Remnant Rubs. Perfect! Now he will know I'll admit I Love Him forever.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Inspired by CC3

Inspired by Compendium of Curiosities 3, Tim, Mario, Linda and the Curiosity Crew!


spread your wings

take flight

Sometimes it takes me a while to get back into creating. I love to spend time with my inks, stamps, papers and just about everything in my stash. Getting started on a project is the hardest part. One reason why I love the bi-weekly challenges at Linda Ledbetter's blog is that they can get me started when I've been away too long.

Linda hosts the Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge. She picks a technique from Tim Holtz's Compendium of Curiosities Vol III, then she and her amazing Curiosity Crew members create amazing art that is wonderfully inspiring using the selected technique. The current challenge is sponsored by Inspiration Emporium who are generously donating a $50 gift certificate for Linda to give away. Tim and Mario have also donated amazing products for a special prize. (More reasons to create something.) So 2 lucky people will be very excited when the winners are announced! All the details can be found on Linda's blog here. Challenge # 19 is Frayed Fabric and detailed instructions can be found on page 66 of Tim's book. This challenge is open through tomorrow Friday January 16.

Frayed Fabric technique from CC3 pg 66
I have been wanting some of Tim's Eclectic Elements fabric and needed some for this challenge, so I picked Tim's 12x12 Traveler's pack. I am so glad I did. I love the feel of this fabric, enjoyed working with it, and I have plenty left for future projects. I wasn't sure exactly what I wanted to do so I just jumped in following Tim Holtz's directions and made two tag bases. Once they were completed, I decided to work with the butterfly tag and save the postmark tag for a later project. I got out my stash and started playing. I laid a large oval fragment on top of the reverse side of another piece of the butterfly fabric. It was still easy to see the butterfly and use it as a guide to apply alcohol ink. Once I had the colors like I wanted I applied glossy accents to the fragment on the same side as the alcohol ink. I pressed it down firmly onto the front side of the fabric and slid it around gently to line up the inked areas with the butterfly and get a smooth even coat. After the glossy accents dried I trimmed off the excess fabric with scissors. You may have seen Tim use this technique in the past with paper when his fragments first came out. If not and you have his original Compendium of Curiosities (the first book) you can check out Tinted Vision Fragments pg 55 and Fragment Basics pg 62. The only difference is you are using fabric instead of paper, and I recommend working on your non-stick craft mat. Once the fragment was trimmed out I added some of Tim's rub-ons to the surface of the fragment. I melted some Platinum UTEE in Ranger's melting pot and dipped the edges of the fragment in the melted UTEE to get the faux soldered edge. I thought the color went well with the Idea-ology leaves so I left them the original color.

I diecut a ticket from the wildflower paper line, used the hearts embossing folder, mini distress inks and another butterfly rub-on. The word inspired is also from the same rub-on set but created by taking the d off of dream and adding it to the end of the word inspire. I layered another ticket diecut from foil and grungeboard using painted industrial technique and layered it underneath, stapled them together with the mini fastener and then added it to the top of the tag, tucking it behind the strip of fabric. You may remember the Painted Industrial Technique from July when I used it  for Challenge #7 to create a box to display my tags. If you want to see it again you can check it out here.

The details!
For the Volume 3 embellishment I used the # 3 paper clip an added an image of Tim's book. The 3 was a little lost with the fabric showing through so I colored a small piece of white paper using Distress Markers in Broken China and Tumbled Glass then used Faded Jeans Distress Stickles to glue it to the back of the clip behind the 3. I used Tim's Shattered Stains technique (Compendium of Curiosities Volume II, pg 48) on the Grungeboard heart. I added a butterfly rub-on to the sticker on the brad before adding the epoxy dome then applied the word fly on top of the epoxy.

With the holidays and a part time seasonal job, it had been way too long since I've been visiting my usual blogs and websites I follow, much less created anything. So I decided to see what the challenge was at Linda Ledbetter's. I was glad I did. I had fun, tried something new and now I have a new tag and I'm creating again. Linda is a wonderful source of inspiration and creativity. She is an amazing photographer, has some great tutorials on a variety of subjects and of course she is (like me) also a big fan of Tim Holtz. So if you haven't been by her blog yet be sure to check her out. Besides the wonderful inspiration, you'll also get to meet Violet. She's adorable!

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