Thursday, December 31, 2015

Tim Inspired Christmas Tag

Hi. I'm here to share my second ever attempt at duplicating Tim Holtz's monthly tag tutorial. I really enjoyed doing this. I have never made a wreath before and even though I do not have the same products that Tim used I am very pleased with the result of this tag. Advice: when punching a hole in the burlap do not use a regular hole punch. It was easier to use it than get out my big bite, but it would not open back up. It got stuck because the burlap did not make a clean cut. I broke it trying to get it open. Lesson learned!


Punches: Martha Stewart Frond punch and Paper Blossoms Pine Branch
Ribbon: Christmas Washi Tape and Burlap Ribbon (tight weave)
Paper: Manilla Tag, Black Card, Color Coordinations 3 different shades of Green
Stamps: Tim Holtz  CMS155 Simple Sayings
Misc.: Small Bow and small Jingle Bells bought at Hobby Lobby, Mirrored Flower (since I didn't have a
           star), red jute twine, hot glue, Sanding block, Sewing Machine\thread
Stencil: Tim Holtz Floral Stencil ( layering stencil/THS032)
Ink: Fired Brick and Walnut Stain Distress, White (can't remember the brand), Mushroom Alcohol ink
Paint: White Acrylic Paint 

I am entering:  ATG   Holiday Hues   ATG

Friday, December 11, 2015

Angelic Christmas

Hello everyone. The Christmas Season is upon us and I made this quick CAS card for the Mojo Monday Challenge this week.

This card was made using some square scraps that I had leftover from when I made 72 of the Tim Holtz lantern dies. I had to cut them a little. I added burlap and ribbon. The sentiments are from Stampin' Up's Come to Bethlehem set. The angel is from a set that I received with my Quick Cards magazine subscription called Festive Silhouettes.  I inked the top white piece of cardstock with Ladybug Momento Ink (also used on the sentiments). The angel was stamped with Delicata Gold.

I am entering:  Sketch challenge  Anything Goes   CAS Christmas  Silver and Gold ATG with a stamp  Holidays   Christmas

Monday, December 7, 2015

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like Christmas At the LTSCB

December is here and that means that Christmas is just around the corner. For this challenge over at the LTSCB, we would like to see your Christmas creations. We have some great sponsors and would love to see what you create. Just remember to use some stamping and link back to our challenge blog. We are being sponsored by:

Prize: 3 images to winner

Prize: $10 GC to winner
The Paper Shelter :: Digital stamps, Papers, Printables, Scrapbooking, Greeting cards, Accesories and More!

Prize: 1 image to winner (the one DT used)

Here is the card I made. I received JRE on a Sled by Kith and Kim. After doing the background I cut it out by hand.

 Can you see the snowflakes that I stamped using Versa Mark Dazzle Frost? They are very light here and did not show up very well. The snowflakes were stamped and punched using products from Stampin Up. The back hill was made using my Creative Memories Decorative Trimmer. I then cut out small trees from my Memory Box Evergreen Landscape and Country Landscape and glued them to the back of it. I used Clear embossing powder to make the snow sparkle.

Materials Used:

Cardstock: Blue Coordinations and White
Stamps: Digital stamp JRE on a Sled by Kith and Kin and Stampin' Ups Flurry of Wishes set (sentiments and              snowflakes)
Inks: Copic Markers, Stampin' Ups Island Indigo ink, Versa Mark Dazzle Frost

Tools: Creative Memories 12" Decorative Trimmer, Stampin' Up Snow Flurry Punch

Dies: Memory Box Evergreen Landscape #98537, Memory Box Country Landscape #98239, Magnolia
         Doohickey Fir Trees

Embellishments: Sparkle N Sprinkle EP Sparkle semi-transparent embossing powder, Wink of Stella Clear
                         Glitter Brush pen, Texture paste, White Flowersoft, foam tape

Please join us for our challenge. We look forward to seeing your wonderful Christmas creations!

Monday, November 30, 2015

It's a Scramble Blog Hop with LTSCB

Some parts of the world are experiencing cold weather and some are experiencing warm weather. Kinda scrambled, wouldn't you say?! The Love To Scrap! Challenge Blog is excited to bring you our "It's A Scramble" Blog Hop! We're being sponsored by the awesome River City Rubber Works! Come hop with us for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to their online store!

As you hop, collect letters at each stop and be sure to leave each designer some love. Once you have collected all the letters, unscramble them and email your guess to - then all the correct guesses will be entered into the drawing for the River City Rubber Works gift certificate!

All of the LTSCB designers are creating Anything Goes inspiration projects. Everyone participating in the blog hop is invited to link up an Anything Goes project for an EXTRA entry into the drawing! **Be sure to use the same email address to email your guess and to link up your project so we can make sure you're given two entries into the drawing!**

Please note that even though this is an Anything Goes challenge, our normal rules apply. :)

My card was created using a fantastic vintage-style image called Noel Bugle. I actually received both a colored and uncolored image which was great! I used the colored image and then covered it with Gold and Gunmetal Stickles. I used Green and Gunmetal on the tassels and cord and Green and Gold on the Noel and diamonds. I wanted my card to have a vintage look so I added Vintage Silver Frantage as a frame around the image. Tim Holtz Tinsel Ribbon gives a little more shine and is fitting since tinsel is used at Christmas. For added embellishing I chose another RCRW image from a set called Pine and Holly. This set also comes with both colored and uncolored images. I again used a colored holly image and cut it out by hand. It was a little tricky since it is so small and the leaves are so pointy. I used Xmas Red and Green Stickles to brighten it up. I cut 3 of them as you will see in the pictures. Square gems that I turned so that they would look like diamonds to match the image completes my embellishments. For an added vintage look I used Evergreen Bough and Vintage Photo on the edges of the cardstock. Here are the pics:

For those of you looking for the letters to unscramble, I have no letter-just a project. Have fun.

Here are your blog hop stops:

We hope you are enjoying the hop! If you get lost along the way or if you landed here in the middle of the hop and want to join in the fun, head on over to the Love To Scrap!Challenge Blog to read all the details and start from the beginning!

Happy Hopping!

Monday, November 16, 2015

LTSCB Challenge #66 Anything Goes

It's time for our monthly "Anything Goes" challenge over at the LTSCB. Our sponsors are:
Prize: $25 gift certificate to winner

Prize: 3 images of choice to winner

Prize: $7 gift certificate to winner

I couldn't decide what to do, so I finally settled on doing a page of my library pocket album. I have had this for several years and have never finished it. I've only done the covers and one other page, so it's high time I get on the ball. I call this album Nana's Brag Book. Originally I was going to fill it with pictures of grandchildren. I only have one granddaughter so she is my main focus of course. This is the first page of the album so I wanted to incorporate her name in it. The image that I chose to work with is called Morning Glories from Pickled Potpourri. It comes with 3 images. A large one of a group of flowers, a single morning glory, and a stem of leaves. I have used all three.

In hindsight, I wished that I would have embossed the black cardstock. I think it would have given a more elegant look to the page. I chose to use an acrylic tag for my image and use loose glitter instead of a coloring medium. I printed the image onto a transparency and adhered it to the front of the tag with a sheet of double-sided adhesive. The glitter was applied to the back of the tag using Glossy Accents. I did one color at a time and allowed it to dry a bit before brushing off the excess and doing the next color. When I was finished and it had dried some, I used the glossy accent to adhere it to a piece of gold mirrored paper. I had done a version of this technique a few years ago and love the look of the glitter against the mirror paper. It was a bit time consuming, but I really liked how it turned out. I used my Big Bite to punch a hole in the mirror paper where the tag's hole is so that I could put ribbon through it. I printed out the single flower and leaves onto white cardstock. I colored them with copics. I glittered the whole leaf image, but the flower lost all of its details when I tried to glitter it. I printed out a second one and after coloring it I applied my Wink of Stella clear glitter brush pen to it to add the sparkle. I then glittered the leaves and artist marks with the loose glitter and glossy accents. I glued the leaves onto the tag and used foam tape to mount the flower on top of them.

For Keianna's name I just applied alphabet stickers and then covered them with glossy accents and glitter. I added some sequins for a bit more embellishment since it is so plain.

Please join us for our challenge. Just make sure that your project contains some form of stamping. I look forward to seeing your creations. Click the link in the sidebar to go to the challenge blog.  ATG with Loose Glitter, EP, or Flocking  Tag with ribbon or trim  Use any image   ATG

Monday, November 2, 2015

Bling it Girlfriend

Over at the Love To ScrapChallenge Blog we are having my favorite kind of challenge: Bling!!!
I love bling! Rhinestones, pearls, glitter, jewels, sequins-you name it I love it. We have 3 chances for you to earn great prizes from the following sponsors:

Limited Runs Stamps
Prize: 3 images to winner

Prize: 7 images to winner

Prize: $12 gift certificate
Normally, I would take this opportunity and go all out with a card full of dies, ribbons, flowers, and lots of bling. Unfortunately though I have been very busy. I did not have the time that I needed to do that. Instead, I just whipped up a CAS card, keeping it fairly simple:

 The image is called Flower Hat by Sami Stamps. She is quite the cutie. I just printed her on white cardstock and colored her with Distress Markers. I like my copics better, but they bleed through. As you can see, I had a mishap with my stickles. For some reason, it came running out of the bottle when I tipped it up. I don't know why-it's never done that before. A big drop dripped onto my paper. I tried to wipe it off but the color stayed. I just incorporated it the best way that I could by adding drops of stickles as additional bling. I used my Bow-It-All v2 to make a double loop double bow. I colored white pearls with a Ripe Persimmon Distress Marker and placed sequins around my cat. I used a pearl pen to add drops of "pearl" in the middle of the sequins. My sentiment is stamped with Rich Cocoa Momento ink.

I hope you will join us in our challenge. It is such a great one and easy to do. Please click the link in my sidebar to go to the challenge blog. Be sure to check out the rest of the DT posts for some great inspiration.
I am entering:

Monday, October 19, 2015

Gettin' my Groove on at the Love to Scrap Challenge Blog

It's time for Anything Goes over at Love to Scrap. Here are our fabulous sponsors:

Prize: 2 images of choice to winner

Doctor Digi

Stitchy Bear's Digi Outlet

Prize: $10 gift certificate

I found this adorable image at Stitchy Bear's Digi Outlet. It is called "Scrapping" and is by an artist called Digi Blessings. When I saw the sentiments that went with it, I knew I had to have it. It fits me to a tee! I just happen to win a fantastic prize from Stencil Girl so I decided to try my very first Mixed Media Canvas. I had all these ideas and thought it would go together fairly quickly (even though I had no idea what I was doing). I won a $25 gift certificate from Stencil Girl along with some great products by Art-C. 

One of the things I won was a tool called The Groove. I had never seen or heard of it before Stencil Girl's blog hop. It is such a nifty tool. I wanted to use the stuff I won. This is going to be loaded with pictures. 

My prize pack:

The Groove paints, inks, and sands. I tried painting the canvas and then using gesso on a stencil. I also used it to sand the edges of my canvas and grungepaper. It really did a fantastic job and was very easy to use and clean. 

Here is my canvas:

I was messing around and thought this black and white photo looked cool:

 I have fallen in love with the concept of Art Journaling and mixed media. I have found some incredible blogs. Although I do not have the time or artistic ability, I wanted to try my hand at my own type of Art Journaling using a canvas instead of an actual journal. As you can see my canvas is full of different things. I wanted it to tell a story about me. I am left-handed so I included the left-handed stencil. I like script background, bling, and glitter so I incorporated those also. Teal is one of my favorite colors but I wanted the hand and "face" to be flesh colored. I love glitter, hence the glittery leaves and stickles on the flowers. I gave everything a final mist of Mr. Huey's Shine for a shimmery appeal. I tore the flowers apart and replaced the stamens with Rhinestones and a Tim Holtz Accoutrement button. I sanded the edges and inked them with Vintage Photo. The flowers started out cream colored. I sprayed them with Ritzy Ditz Glimmer mist. The butterflies are cut out of an aluminum can.

I used all 3 image sentiments. One of them is very small on the mouse's scrapbook page.

11X14 canvas
Paints: Gesso and Acrylic Paints by USArt Quest (Cobalt Turquoise Hue and Wheat), Americana (Baby Pink
            and Bubblegum Pink), and Basics (Quinacridone Magenta)
Heavy Artist Gel (mixed with the Cobalt Turquoise paint)
Texture Paste (mixed with the Cobalt Turquoise paint)
Grunge Paper (painted with the Cobalt Turquoise)
6x6 Stencils from Stencil Girl: Mystique, Rembrandt's Words Small, Succulents, and Journaling Left Hand
Embellies: Glitter pine pick and Flowers bought from Pat Catan's, Rhinestones, Tim Holtz Accoutrement button,
                 Crystal Heart Pick by Darice, Twine by Art-C, Glass bottle by Art-C filled with random glitter from 
                 my stash, Charm, Butterflies made from Aluminum Arizona Tea can
Dies: Lifestyle Crafts Nesting Eyelet die and Filigree Butterfly dies by Cottage Cutz
Adhesives: Glue and Seal by Inksential, Hot Glue, and Glossy Accents
Tim Holtz musical Tissue paper
Vintage Photo Distress ink
Glimmer Mists: Turquoise Ritzy Ditz spray by PK Glitz and Mr. Huey's Shine
Digi image: Scrapping by Digi Blessings colored with copics
Crystal Stickles

I hope that you will join us by participating in our challenge. Please head over to the LTSCB by clicking the link in my sidebar for more great inspiration and to enter your project in our challenge.

I am entering the following: Use a hand colored image Art Journaling with Tim (Tim inspired with the Tim Holtz tissue paper, grungepaper, and Accoutrement button; sanding the edges and applying Vintage Photo ink to the edges for a distressed look. Tim also likes to use stencils and embossing pastes. I used 4 stencils and gel (which is like embossing paste) and texture paste. I don't have Ditress sprays but I know Tim uses them. I sprayed too, only I used a different product)  Pink or Breast Cancer Awareness

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

No Tricks Just Treats

Today I am posting a little treat bucket that I decorated for my guardian angel at church. Our guardian angel program is one in which the adult participants are given the name of a child in Junior High and High School. We pray for them daily and occasionally provide small gifts or cards to let them know that they are being thought of and prayed for. My husband and I are blessed to be praying for a lovely young lady in Jr. High.

Although we typically do not celebrate Halloween I couldn't resist the chance to use this Eleanor and Pickles image Ve Vant Candy from Lacy Sunshine. I just adore Heather's images.

My teen loves pink and glitter, so I tried to incorporate both. The pumpkin image is part of one called Pumpkin Topiary by Scribbles Designs. I cropped the image down to just the top pumpkin. I resized and printed 3 different ones, colored and fussy cut them all. I added clear embossing glitter from Sparkle N Sprinkle to them to make them more sturdy. I made a spider from a button and jute. The black legs didn't show up so I put some pink stickles on them to make them more visible. I stamped the words No Tricks Just Treats on a Tim Holtz Acrylic shape and added embossing glitter to the back of it.

DP: Fall 8 1/2 x 11 pack DCWV, green chevron by My Minds Eye, Glitter paper from Michaels
Digi Images: Eleanor and Pickles Ve Vant Candy by Lacy Sunshine, Pumpkin Topiary from Scribbles
                    Designs printed on white cardstock and colored with Copics
Dies: Tim Holtz mini rosettes by Sizzix and I can't remember what I used on the lid but it is probably a
         Spellbinders die
Embellies and misc: Burlap Ribbon; Tim Holtz Acrylic shape and jump ring; orange ribbon; button and black
                              jute for spider; Glossy Accents and liquid pearls on glasses; wink of stella glitter brushes
                               pink, black, and clear; Eucalyptus and Cotton Candy Stickles, Clear embossing glitter
                               from Sparkle and Sprinkle, Meadow Embossing Glitter from PK Glitz (no longer in
Adhesives: Glossy Accents, foam tape, and Zots glue dots

I hope you enjoyed seeing my latest creation.

I am entering the following:    Monster Mash (anything creepy for Halloween)     Use a die/dies    Anything Goes with an image  Anything Goes with digi images   Anything Goes   Halloween     Witches, Ghouls, and Goblins (Halloween)    DCC1014-Pumpkin Time  Anything Goes or Halloween    Halloween Decoration

Monday, October 5, 2015

Use Lace or Ribbon at LTSCB

Welcome to another fun challenge over at the Love to Scrap Challenge Blog. This time around we want to see your fabulous stamping with some ribbon or lace added to your creation. Again we have some wonderful sponsors with fantastic prizes!

Prize: 20% off website certificate to winner

Prize: 2 images of choice to winner

 Prize: $10 gift certificate

I chose for this this challenge SLS image Goth Girl with Top Hat. She is colored with Copics and PrismaColor pencils. I love seeing steampunk creations, but it is not something that I am good at doing myself. Still, I like to experiment sometimes. There are some great embellishments that go with steampunk creations, but if you are like me you hate running the risk of putting all that money into something that someone will just throw away. So many people that I know just are not sentimental  and do not look at cards as the pieces of art that they are. They get them, keep them a few days and throw them away. I don’t want to spend money on something that will be thrown away.

My card is my first double gate fold. I used the tutorial over at Split Coast Stampers. The Tim Holtz paper reminds me of the tags with the sizes on them that manufacturers used to put in these kind of hats. Check out the little piece of ribbon that I used as a hat band. That took a little work lol. I had to paper piece the hat. I also used the side piece of DP as a pocket. I cut down a Doohickey tag and stuck it in. For the hat on the inside I had to draw a base so that it did not have any hair or face. I glued the image onto the base and then popped the brim with foam tape. I also used Glossy Accent on the glasses.

Anyway, here is the card that I made.

Papers: Black cardstock, gray cardstock, DCWV Tattered Time stack, Tim Holtz Ideaolgy Crowded
             Attic stack, and a piece of unknown script paper from my scraps.
Stamps: SLS Goth Girl with Top Hat Digi Stamp SLS Lines and "Hi There" from Hanging Around 
              set by Just Right 
Inks: Black Archival, Momento Grape Jelly, and Dusty Concorde Distress
Pencils: PrismaColor with blender and some Gamisol 
Markers: Copics E0000, E00 and E11 for skin
Dies:Magnolia Doohickey Tag, Lifestyle Crafts Nesting Frames 3, and Spellbinders Sprightly Sprockets set
Embellies: Prima Flowers (Laraine Black Tie) , Black Lace, Black Glitter Ribbon, USArt Quest                          GoldenGlitz, Large Rhinestones, Tim Holtz Memo Pin, Silver bead spray (Found in                            wedding aisle at Crafts 2000/Pat Catan's), Metal Ball Chain, Wink of Stella Clear Brush                       Pen, Gellyroll Stardust Clear pen, Sparkle and Sprinkle Embossing Powder Purple Sparkle

Hope to see your great creations! Click the link in the sidebar to join in and check out the other great creations by our fantastic DT.

I am entering:  Use A Die/Dies   Halloween (not really sure if this qualifies, but she looks Halloweeny)  Fairies/Angels (Do the wings qualify?)