Monday, April 30, 2012

CC2, Challenge 3

So we are on week #3 of the Compendium of Curiosities 2 challenge, and this week's technique is "Marbled Stains," found on page 46 of the book.

I first learned this technique during our wonderful online class with Tim Holtz, Creative Chemistry 101, and now that I have had a little more practice with it, I am getting better at it. The trick for me is to use LOTS of white!!

So for this little card, after I did the marbling, I ran the cardstock through my trusty Vagabond using Tim Holtz's music texture fade. Then I inked the raised areas with some blues and browns.

I made the branch and birds with Tim's Bird Branch die; I inked and embossed the branch with some Distress embossing powders. I also embossed the phrasing in black on a couple of banners from Tim's Tattered Banners die. A few embellishments from my stash and some custom-dyed trimmings complete my card!

Many thanks to Linda at Studio L3 for these weekly doses of fun, and a shout-out this week to eclectic Paperie for sponsoring this week's challenge!

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

Friday, April 27, 2012


I recieved my long-awaited Distress Markers last week! It took me until now to get them out to play, but it was worth the wait--they are verrrry addicting. I am not much for using markers to color directly on the paper, so the fact that you can blend these guys with a water pen is AMAZING!!

Here I used watercolor paper, but I did try the markers on Ranger's Specialty Stamping paper as well. I have to play with that paper alot more as is has some very unique properties. More on that paper at another time. On to the tag...

I used a bunch of different colors to watercolor the parts of the tag. Sometimes I mixed on the craft sheet and sometimes I colored directly onto the paper and then blended with the water pen. I always seem to overdo it when I work with an image of the sun. I am always trying to capture the elusive glow of the sun and the different colors of a sunset or sunrise... I'll get it one day.

Here is a close-up of the twine-wrapped pen nib and I even colored the tips of the pens on the stamp!

I am entering this in the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp: Anything Goes

Thursday, April 26, 2012


So often in life one word, good or bad, can change a day, a friendship, a marriage, an outlook. The word I cling to lately is Hope. There are three people in my life who have recently been diagnosed with cancer. I believe that they can beat back that dreaded disease and continue their journey in this wonderful world!! I will do my part in encouraging them to have that very strong and powerful thing: Hope.

Along those lines, I created this tag to showcase that word and am entering it in the Simon Says Stamp and Show: Your Favorite Word challenge.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Mini Journal

A few posts ago I mentioned I had always wanted to get some of Wendy Vecchi's Art Parts to alter. Well, I finally got my hands on some and here is my little journal. I love to use butterflies on a lot of projects, and this one was no exception. The Art Parts that I used were the small book covers, and I also used one of Tim Holtz's small ring binders on the inside.

For the cover, I used Tim's Kraft Resist paper, coloring it with Dusty Concord, Broken China, Peeled Paint and Wild Honey inks. The binding is Peeled Paint Distress Stain on Ranger's Stickyback Canvas. I found a few butterfly charms at the craft store, and I completed the cover with some Broken China-stained grungeboard letters.

I am entering this journal in the following challenges:

Eclectic Paperie's: Time for a New E-Team Blog Hop: A Journaling We Go!
A Seriously Creative Challenge Blog's: April Challenge: Sprays & Stains
CC101 Facebook Challenge: Anything Goes 

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

CC2, Challenge 2

This week's challenge over at Studio L3 is a technique called Faux Patina, and is found on page 58 of Tim's book. This is a fun technique and one of the things  that I like about working with Alcohol Inks is that if you don't like your result, you can start over by "erasing" with blending solution, hehe.

I didn't need to erase anything here, but I have to say I did get dabber happy--just pouncing my inks all over! To my altered timepiece, I added a very appropo sentiment as well as a couple of mini butterflies. Yep, those little black specks are butterflies! I cut them with Tim Holtz's mini butterfly Movers & Shapers die from Ranger's Shrink Plastic, heated 'em up and shrunk 'em down, then colored them black with alcohol ink. So cute and teeny!!

I am entering this tag in the Studio L3: Compendium of Curiosities, Challenge 2.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Repurposing Fun!

Another first for me here -- repurposing and/or upcycling are two new words to me and certainly I want to do my part in preserving this world for my son. So when I saw a challenge that would stretch my crafty skills AND give me a new perspective on re-using things, I decided to play along and created this Mother's Day basket of goodies.

This challenge was set forth by Anita Houston hostessing over at Frilly and Funkie. The name of the challenge is "RePurpose to UpCycle" and we were to use two re-purposed items in our creations.

Well I got into the fun, and have used five re-purposed items!! They were an empty 2-liter soda bottle, used tissue paper, an old atlas, an old glass brooch, and a paper shopping bag. Can you see those five items in the above picture before you follow along in the post?

Anyways, here is how this basket came together...

I found most of these instruction on a blog called Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. Starting with the clean, empty soda bottle, I printed out a template and taped it onto the bottle.

After cutting it out, it looked like this. I just had to finish cutting out the petals.

Then, using a tealight (see the link on the blog for instructions), I melted/formed the petals. It was actually pretty easy--the plastic melts very quickly so take your time if you try this. So far, so good.

Now I had to decide how I wanted to decorate it. I didn't much want to do decoupage, so I decided to use alcohol inks. But I painted it white first with an Adirondack Paint Dabber in Snow Cap.

While it was drying, I moved onto planning some embellishments. I have some of my late aunt's costume jewelry, and I wanted to use this brooch as part of this project, so the brooch kind of set the color scheme for me... yellows and greens.

I also needed something to make the handle, so I grabbed some shopping bags... I liked the weight of the white, so I went with that. I cut the bag into 3/4" strips and used Peeled Paint Distress Stain to color them.

Now with the paint dry, I went back to the basket and applied Lettuce, Sunshine Yellow and Pearl mixative alcohol inks over the paint. I didn't want the little fibers that often come off the alcohol ink felt pads, so I used Ranger's Cut and Dry foam instead. Worked great except it does soak up a bit of extra ink... no worries though as there were no fibers!!

(I did go back later and add some Stream alcohol ink as my scheme went to needing some blue).

Then I taped the two handles together and wrapped my strips of stained paper around the plastic. I had managed to separate the brooch into two equal pieces, so I punched a hole on either side of my basket with my Crop-A-Dile and inserted the two pieces. Looking good so far!

Now for some more embellishments: flowers made from a map of the Earth!! This old atlas came in handy as I made a bunch of flowers using Tim Holtz's Tattered Flowers die. I used the smallest flower and attached three flowers together with a brad.

They went on the handle... see why I needed the blue??

Next I made some colored tissue paper using some old tissue (I always save this stuff from any gifts we get, lol) and sprayed it with Distress Reinker mist. Colors were Broken China, Peeled Paint, and Wild Honey mixed with some Gold Perfect Pearls. I dried it with my heat tool--cool!

For my finishing touches, I wrapped two bars of lavender soap in the tissue, adding some vintage labels and ribbon. Then I printed "Happy Mother's Day" on some cardstock and punched it out, inked it and attached it to a pen. I also added a mini-notebook and a nail file. Fini!!

I am entering this in the Frilly and Funky Challenge as well as Simon Says Stamp and Show.... Anything Goes!, Recycle - Reuse - Renew, Recycling with Sonia Suprabha Venugopal!, Anything But a Card, and Artful Times: Sea of Greens challenges.

Friday, April 13, 2012

No Graduation Blues Here...

Since I graduated from Creative Chemistry 101, I haven't had much time to let my skills rust, and today was no exception with the kickoff of Studio L3's new challenge - A Compendium of Curiosities 2. This challenge will be weekly (yay!!) as we complete one technique from Tim Holtz's new book, A Compendium of Curiosities 2. This week we used the technique from page 66 (not allowed to say how to do it, per challenge rules) called Custom Foam Stamps.

Thanks to Studio L3 for a fun start and also to Simon Says Stamp for helping sponsor, too! Can't wait for next week!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

'Dressing' It Up

I just absolutely love Tim's "Sewing Room" die... the dress form, spool and button are so versatile. I used several of the techniques I learned during Creative Chemistry, most notably the Perfect Distress Technique, utilizing Perfect Pearls, as well as the Wrinkle Free Background Technique with Distress Stains. I also used Distress Stains on the Sticky Back Canvas for the dress form. I wish my real-life dress form was so fashionable!!!

I am entering this tag in the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp and Show a Lord Tim Technique (Perfect Distress, Wrinkle Free)

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Happy Easter and another Challenge

This week's challenge from Simon Says Stamp is inspired by an artist by the name of Wendy Vecchi. I had heard of her before, and I had always wanted to get some of her Art Parts to work with. So... when I saw the challenge this week, I was determined to give it a go!

For the Challenge, I took inspiration from Wendy's use of Distress Stains and Perfect Pearls. She demonstrated a technique on her blog whereby using two pieces of Ranger Manila cardstock, water and Distress Stains, we created two nearly identical backgrounds. No wasting of ink here! To finish and seal, I sprayed the pieces with Bronze Perfect Pearls mist.

 Then I diecut them using the TH Tattered Florals die and layered them with a great TH button. I didn't have any Art Parts for the stem, so I handcut some TH Grungeboard, then painted it with black Adirondack paint, then stamped it with gold archival ink... SWEET!!

I cannot wait to order some of Wendy's stuff, because now I realize I don't always have to work with paper... I can play with other media... liking that alot!!

Happy Easter To All!!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Stretching My Skills A Bit!

I drew out all the stops here in creating another challenge card. I was in chemical overload combining alot of techniques from Creative Chemistry to make a card for the Frilly and Funkie "I'll Take Your Word For It" challenge. I used lots of Distress Ink,Stain & Crackle Paint, Adirondack Paint Dabbers, Perfect Pearls and some Tim Holtz stamps and texture fades.  It sure was fun to make!!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Vintage Challenge - Frilly and Funkie

Quick link to another challenge... Your Favorite Vintage Style. Mine would be funky here!

Another Challenge!

Hero Arts is running the Challenge #1!!! PLAY FAVORITES... I have a lot of Hero Arts stamps, as those are what I first started using when I started stamping and I held onto most of them. I love this Stencil Flower as it just begs to be colored. Today I embossed it in black, then used Twinkling H20's to color it. Not sure the camera catches the twinkle, though.

I also used the Hero Arts background stamp, Magical Background, and the sentiment is Hero Arts as well. The card paper is Stampin' Up!'s Cajun Craze, and I used Distress Stains in Antique Linen and Wild Honey to make the background mat. The background is stamped in Tea Dye Distress Ink.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

12 Tags of 2012 - April

Well, I cannot believe Professor Tim Holtz, after completing 2 weeks of Creative Chemistry, had the time to create the April 2012 tag... but he did! Here is my take. I didn't have the exact items he used, but I came very close. I am getting more comfortable with my colors, that is for sure!! Enjoy!!