Sunday, May 31, 2015

Last Day for Tim's May 12 Tags of 2015

I'm not the only one to wait to the last day to post my version of Tim's May 12 Tags of 2015. Many of the blogs I follow were posting their May tag yesterday and today too.

I don't have some of the products Tim used. Of course not having a particular product doesn't mean I can't make Tim's tag. I just have to be more creative. So instead of Burlap (which really looks fun to work with) I used his Burlap Texture fade and a Kraft tag. There were a few other things I don't have but they are on my wish list. So I decided to throw caution to the wind and get creative.

I used Abandoned Coral and Spun Sugar stain on the ribbon. The Chit Chat letters are colored with Distress Markers. The foliage is from Tim's Christmas Cardinal die. The musical notes are Remnant Rubs. The Singing bird, the 45¢ and the Crown savings stamps are from the Thrift Shop ephemera pack but the Nests and Eggs image is clipped from the 3x3 designs in the Wallflower Paper Stash. The eggs are colored with a Cracked Pistachio Distress Marker. I also used Idea-ology embellishments.

One thing I have been busy working on this week is my collection portfolio. I love Tim's Wallflower Paper Stash so that's what I'm using for my folio.  I am making lots of little pockets to add throughout the pages. I decided that once I made my May tag I could turn it into a pocket too.

After I finished my tag, I made an little bag out of Melange Tissue Wrap and glued the tag to the front with glossy accents.
The back of the bag is reinforced with a sheet of cream cardstock. The card is cut the same size as the bag. I used the flourish stencil and applied Walnut Stain distress ink with the mini blending tool. The cardstock was larger than the stencil so I turned the stencil sideways so I could apply the ink edge to edge.  One thing I quickly discovered was that the pattern repeated from side to side, overlapping by about a 1/4".  If you look closely at the small picture of the stencil you'll see the edge of the stencil under my thumb and that the area already inked is lining up with the stencil after I repositioned it further down the card.

I used the Mini Baroque Movers and Shapers die to cut a topper for the card. I cut it in half, inked it up and glued it to the top of the card then glued the card to the back of the bag.

You can check out Tim's tag here.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

From Postbox Red Flowers to Wavy Hearts

First thing I want to share is how much I have enjoyed this month on the eP blog. I enjoy challenges, they bring out my crafty, creative side. Kim has given me the opportunity to work with some new products that I have not used before which made it a fun challenge. When I started thinking about my final project, I knew I wanted to make a scrapbook page about reading with my grandson, Jasper. If you want to see the tutorial, please hop on over to the eP blog.

When working on my projects each week, I tried to use mostly what Kim sent me along with things from my stash that she carries in her store. This was for two reasons. First, I know that when you show someone a new product and they like it they want to be able to find it. Second, Kim was very generous and sent me products to use for my guest designer posts. She also encouraged me to create anything I wanted and is she is super easy to work with. So of course, if you don't already shop here, I want to encourage you to check out  eclectic Paperie.

Thanks Kim for giving me a shot and if you ever want me to be a guest designer again just let me know. It's been fun.

Friday, May 22, 2015

CC3C 38 Alcohol Ink Ombre, Remembering the Moment

Here is my tag for Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge. If you are curious about Alcohol Ink and want to know more or even if you like working with them and just want some inspiration, you should check out this challenge. Linda Ledbetter and her Curiosity Crew create beautiful artwork for this bi-weekly challenge that promotes Tim Holtz's A Compendium of Curiosities Volume 3 and this week they all used the Alcohol Ink Ombre technique.

The background of my tag is created with Tim Holtz's Alcohol Ink on Gloss paper from Ranger. The technique is Alcohol Ink Ombre shown on page 57 of Tim's Volume 3 of A Compendium of Curiosities.

I've also used Wendy Veccki's Clearly for Art modeling film and Tim Holtz wood block Butterfly Stamp E1-1538 from Stampers Anonymous for the butterflies. I stamped the butterflies with Archival Jet Black ink on one side. On the other side of the film I used the Alcohol Ink Ombre technique. Then I cut out the butterflies and heated the modeling film with my heat tool and shaped it. Once it cools it holds the shape. You can heat it as many times as you need until you get the shape you want.

The other stamps I used are also from Stampers Anonymous, Urban Chic CMS086 and Mini Cirque CMS079.

Funkie Junkie Boutique is the sponsor of Challenge 28. I've shopped with Linda before and she has great selection and prices. Of course she has wonderful customer service too. There is also a chance to win a special prize (donated by Tim Holtz and Mario Rossi) awarded to the Curiosity Crew's Choice. Check out all the details at Linda's blog. This challenge ends tonight at midnight but a new one will start tomorrow.

I love the challenge and I love Tim's book. Of course I'm not the only one. There are quite a few talented artist that link their artwork to CC3C so If you are looking for inspiration you will find it just a click away.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Botanical Sketch CMS215 and Cracked Pistachio

Hello everyone! Welcome to another Wednesday and my third post as guest designer at the eclectic Paperie blog.  This week I've used my favorite stamp, Tim Holtz Botanical Sketch CMS216 from Stampers Anonymous, along with Cracked Pistachio Distress Paint, Faber-Castell Gelatos, BoBunny Stickable Stencils and BoBunny Glitter Paste. Please be sure to visit the eP blog post to check out the tutorial at

While you're there, please check out some of the other post at  eclectic Paperie's blog and also their shop.

Be sure to let me know what you think. Comments and questions are always welcome. Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Fun Trophy Cup Photo Holder

For week number 2 as Guest Designer on the eclectic Paperie Blog I altered one of Tim Holtz Idea-ology Trophy Cups to create a photo holder for these fun little Fuji Film Instax Mini photos! It was fun and easy to make. Hop on over the eclectic Paperie blog to see the tutorial and be sure to leave a comment! Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Curious how Time Flies CC3C 27

Another Friday night and another late night post. Just finished a tag for CC3C #27 Embossing Diffusers. Loved working on this project. I don't use my embossing folders nearly enough and although I have played around with my diffusers I hadn't created anything with them until this tag. If you follow my blog or are a participant in the CC3C you know that every other week Linda Ledbetter issues a challenge based on a technique in Tim's book and if you participate you might win a prize! I have won in the past and let me tell you I love getting happy mail.

Challenge #27 is Embossing Diffusers on page 61 of A Compendium of Curiosities Vol 3. The sponsor is Inspiration Emporium and of course a special prize is awarded to the Curiosity Crews' Choice from Tim and Mario. You can also see some inspiring creations by the Curiosity Crew.

Once you checked out the technique in Tim's book you'll understand how I started my tag. Now I did ink up parts of my embossing folder with Distress Ink before embossing but I can't go into detail about that because of the rules of the challenge. But after the technique I did a little blending with Distress Inks and then added some Distress Rock Candy Crackle Paint over the entire tag. Once the crackle is dry the Live the Life You've Imagined sentiment from Creative Muse CMS046  is stamped with Jet Black Archival Ink. Then I stamped the heart from Love Struck CMS082 repeatedly to add interest to the background. Both stamp sets are from Tim's line from Stamper's Anonymous. I used Ranger Ink Archival Inks because they will dry on slick surfaces such as Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint.

Several years ago, Tim had shown us how to create an alcohol ink palette by dropping alcohol ink into the wells of a palette and letting it dry then using the refillable pen filled with blending solution and color with it. I used my pen and Terra Cotta alcohol ink from my palette to color in the one heart stamped on the background and the Idea-ology heart hanging from the pin on the ribbon and the page corner on the lower right corner of the tag. Cherish on the idea-ology tag is highlighted in Cracked Pistachio Distress Paint the Idea-ology foliage is unaltered.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Wednesdays in May at eP

I'm really excited to be the guest designer at the eclectic Paperie blog for the month of May! As I mentioned in my last post, I will be posting a new project on the eP blog every Wednesday this month. Here is my project for my first post as guest designer. I hope you like it. I had fun using some products I haven't used before along with a few of my favorite ones. If you want to see more about how I used stencils, paste and paint (and a few more things) to transformed the cover of this kraft board book from plain to bright and cheery check out the post at
I hope you'll hop over and let Kim know I sent you! 

Monday, May 4, 2015

Exciting News for May!

Every Wednesday in  May!

I'm really excited to announce that I am going to be the guest designer at eclectic Paperie's blog for the month of May! I will be posting a new project on the eP blog every Wednesday this month.

I will be working with some fun products, many that I've never used before, so it's sure to be interesting. You don't have to wait until Wednesday. Visit Kim's blog at for some wonderful inspiration.

In the meantime here is a cover I created for my Tim Holtz Stencils. Rangers #10 tags are the perfect size to protect my stencils. I used my mini blending tool and some Distress Inks, a little texture paste with embossing powder, some of Tim's tissue tape, a few Remnant Rubs, stencils and a lot of fun!

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