Thursday, November 29, 2012

Reflective Snowmen

Hi all!  I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  I was out of town visiting family, so I'm doing double duty playing catch-up.  This is my tag for Tim's November 12 Tags of 2012, for Linda's Compendium of Curiosities II Challenge #30, and for Simon Say Stamp's Challenge this week...Anything Goes! 

Linda has chosen 'Reflective Imagery' for this week's challenge.  You can find all the deets on page 55 of Tim's latest book, Compendium of Curiosities Vol II .  I'd love to share this awesome technique with you, but out of respect to Tim, you'll have to buy the book for all the juicy details.  (btw, totally worth it!).

I can, however, share how I created my November tag!  Using the Tag and Bookplates die, I cut a tag out heavy white cardstock.  I used Versamark on a Hero Arts stamp and embossed it with clear embossing powder.  I didn't iron it like Tim did because I don't have a craft-dedicated iron.  I used Tumbled Glass and Fades Jeans Distress Ink to color the tag, then distressed and inked the edges, then flicked it all with water (always love those results!).  I cut 'Wishes' from Tim's Typeset die, then covered the letters with Faded Jeans Distress Stickles.

I've been loving sparkly blue this season, which you've probably gathered if you've seen some of my previous creations.  I think I must be in need of some icy coldness, because I really want the opportunity to bundle up in a blanket and usher in my creative holiday spirit!

Thanks for stopping by!  Tomorrow kicks off week 31!  See you there :)

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

CC2 Challenge #29

Hi all!  Cruising right along!  This week Linda has chosen the Texture Fade technique for our Compendium of Curiosities Vol II challenge.  You can find all the how-to's on page 64 of Tim's book of the same name.

I'm also entering this in Frilly and Funkie's challenge, Metal and Chipboard.  The chipboard is what I embossed, and the cool, metal snowflake I purchased from their Funkie Junkie Boutique.  .

I had a hard time capturing the true colors of this card.  It's so much brighter IRL.  The seam binding isn't black, but navy blue.  And I painted the snowflake with Snow Cap Paint Dabber, so it really is white.  Hmmm...maybe it's time I read my camera manual.  But that would take away from crafting time...nah.  I'm sure you all understand ;)

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Stampotique Designers Challenge SDC 74

Hello crafty peeps!  Nellie is the hostess this week for the Stampotique Designers Challenge and has chosen 'Nature' as the theme.  I really miss the changing of the leaves, living so far south now, so I love to re-create my fond memories. 

I embossed a piece of cardstock with Tim Holtz's new Textured Leaves Embossing Folder.  I inked it up with Wild Honey, Rusty Hinge, Barn Door and Gathered Twigs Distress Inks.  I cut an old file folder with the Branch Tree die, and I cut out Stampotique's 'Kitty' stamp.  It's a pretty simple card, but reminds me of my white cat, Thomas, I had growing up.

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Thursday, November 15, 2012

CC2 Challenge #28

Hello!  Week 28 already??!!  It's all going by so fast, but oh so fun!  This week on Studio 3's Compendium of Curiosities Vol II challenge, the technique is Reflections Stamping.  You can find out all the how-to's on page 65 of Tim's latest book of the same name. 
The wonderful folks at Simon Says Stamp are sponsoring this week's challenge!

For my tag, I stamped Dyan's pine sprig for my background using Archival Ink in Olive.  Not sure if I inked the background with Shabby Shutters or Peeled Paint (probably both).  The ornament and greenery are cut from Tim's dies.  I cut chipboard from his Wordplay die for the 25, painted it with the Cranberry Paint Dabber, then covered it with Fired Brick Distress Stickles and Glossy Accents.  I went around the ornament with Ice Stickles, (Crystal or Diamond), and since I'm addicted to the new dry Rock Candy Stickles, I poured it all over the ornament.  I love the frosty look it has!

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Stampotique Challenge! SDC 73

Hello!  This week's challenge over on the Stampotique blog calls for a hanging decoration for the home.  I've been wanting to use my Tree Topper stamp and this gave me the inspiration to do so.  I just love this stamp, the little angel is soooo cute! 

I recently received an email from Cloth Paper and Scissors with gift project tutorials, and I fell in love with the Snowmen gift pockets made by Melony Bradley.  I've had a pocket I cut out from an old pair of jeans just waiting to be altered.  I painted it with Ranger's Snow Cap dabber and used a Snow Writer for the snow and flakes, then sprinkled it with glass glitter.  The fringe/yarn is Martha Stewart's.  Wrapped some wire and viola!

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

CC2C #27 and Tic Tac Toe

Hi all!  This week I created a tag for two challenges:  Linda Ledbetter's Studio 3 Compendium of Curiosities Vol II week 27, and Linda Coughlin's Frilly and Funkie, Tic Tac Toe.

This week's CC2C technique is another palette creation, this time with Alcohol Inks.  You can find out all the how-to's on page 52 of Tim's latest book of the same name.

This week's challenge is sponsored by Linda C. at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  You should check out her store, such a great selection of unique items!  And over at the Frilly and Funkie blog, her challenge involves this Tic Tac Toe grid...

We are to pick any line of techniques to use in our project.  I chose Metal, Alcohol Inks and Glitter.  I used Tim's technique in his October tag of 2012, covering the tag with his tissue paper (great stuff!) and scrunching it a bit.  I inked over it with Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink, hit the distressed edges with Gathered Twigs, then added a layer of Rock Candy Stickles.  I wanted more bling, so I sprinkled his new dry Rock Candy Stickles over it while it was still wet...yummy!  I used the CC2C technique above to color his cool, new poinsettas, and the tinsel I was lucky enough to get from his etsy shop last Christmas.  The ribbons are from my stash.

I'm pretty happy with it.  Hope my Mom is too, as it will join last year's 12 Tags of Christmas on her tree.  (and if you're reading this, Mom...surprise! ;))
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