Sunday, May 18, 2014

Compendium of Curiosities III Challenge 2


IMG_5739I have finally been able to create something for the second challenge over on Linda Ledbetter's Blog. This time the challenge was Distress Glitter found on page 56 of Tim’s book. The challenge is being sponsored by The Funkie Junkie Boutique so if you need any supplies be sure to check the site out.

When I sat down to work on my project my first thought was to make a card but after the work began, I ended up with this 4 by 4 canvas. I began by cutting a seahorse out of grunge paper then coloring it with Peacock Feathers ink and distress glitter. While that dried, I stamped the sea anemone with Tea Dye randomly on the pp. Next I mixed Antique Linen and  Peeled Paint distress glitter together to resemble sand on the ocean bottom. Using Glossy Accents, I swirled it along the bottom of the paper and applied the glitter. I sponged Tea Dye ink around the outer edge of the square. For the final touches, I added netting, a strip of pp, Robin’s Nest dots (for bubble and the eye) and actual shells found in the ocean. Living in Daytona Beach, there is no shortage of shells Winking smile

Here is the completed canvas: IMG_5731

If you like my little canvas, I would love to hear your comments.  Thanks for stopping by and have a great week!

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

A Tim Tag for CC3C

When I say it has been awhile since I have posted, it’s been awhile! Four years…. A lot has happened in that time – a house fire, having a new home built, acquired two new Chihuahuas and soon to be empty nesters. But that is a post for another time.

I heard about this Compendium of Curiosities Challenge 3 from following Tim Holtz on Instagram. New challenges will be posted every two weeks. This first challenge is called paint marbling and it is sponsored by Inspiration Emporium. I needed to make something for our oldest son’s birthday. This depicts Charlie so well. He loves photography and is going to school for illustration and design.

tag for charlieI began with using Tumbled Glass, Bundled Sage and Spiced Marmalade for the marbling. I sponged Vintage Photo around the outer edge of the tag. Stamps and embellishments are by Tim Holtz as well. I must admit, that I put the tag into a card by Blue Mountain Arts that brought tears to my eyes when it spoke about the bond between a Mother and her son!

I can’t wait to see all the other creations by those participating. I love picking up new tips as I read through their blogs.

Happy Creating!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Flower Soft Birthday



I know it has been awhile since I posted. I have been occupied with family things and also my card making mojo has gone on an extended vacation. Cards for fun don’t exist right now, but cards for birthdays still have to be made. I took the easy route, and made this using Flower Soft 3-D elements. This is from the Spring window collection. I made it for my sister and hopefully by now she has received it. These are very easy to put together, just cut, apply foam tape and glue flower soft down. Here is a close-up:


There are three layers to the window. As I wrote to  my sister, who has a window without a screen? Not down here in the South I tell ya. I would also love a garden like this to look at. Chuck has a green thumb, but so far, my view isn’t this. I did make another one of these in a different season for a certain store owner, but the darn camera batteries are dead and I can’t find anything to steal them from.

Oh well, another exciting week ahead…two council meetings this week, Hurricane Igor 2200 miles out to sea and heading west (the models show it curving north, we will wait to see) and I am on the hunt to find a cheater recipe for PF Chang’s lettuce wraps! Til next time… Live, Love, Laugh

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Groovy Snowpeople

I spent the day playing with snowmen (and women). With it being so hot here in Florida, it was nice to use stamps that gave me the feel that it was actually colder outside. This month at the Make It, Take It Claire is spotlighting some of the new sets from JustRite. (click on any picture to see a larger image)


The card above is the one I will be teaching. I began by using my Labels 12 die and cut a shape through the patterned paper and cardstock. I stamped the image with Memento ink and colored with Prisma pencils and gamesol. The pp is from Bo Bunny and it really glitters. A few strips of cardstock and some cream ribbon from May Arts are across the top. I used metallic pens on the hat and snowflake for some bling. The small snowflakes are from Hero Arts.

Claire likes us to prepare an alternate card to show the versatility of the stamp or set in this case. The following are the other stamps in the Groovy Snowman set:



The top left was made with a scalloped card by Paper Cuts. I colored the image with Copics. The outer ring is popped up on foam squares and the bow is made with some red cord. The card on the right used some Basic Gray Eskimo Kisses paper. The image is also colored with Copics. I layered a few scalloped circles under the image and each one is popped on foam squares. I found a bit of old SEI ribbon and was determined to use it on this card so I made a few loops and added a snowflake in the middle to hold it together.


For the fourth image, I made this tag inspired by Tim Holtz. I stamped the images with Vintage Sepia ink. Other than the snowman, the images are from Inkadinkadoo. Using a blending tool, I sponged Fired Brick, Antique Linen, Bundled Sage, Tea Dye and Walnut Stain. I distressed the edges with my TH tool and rubbed the Walnut Stain along the edge. I added a tree brad, stickles in Holly and Christmas Red and fiber (the fiber looked so much better than the white string that came on the tag).

My goal was to show how versatile the stamps are with the four different looks I created. Hopefully it was achieved :)

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Sweet Tilda in a challenge

 After not working in my craft area for a few days, I got to missing it! I spent some time last night browsing on the blogs and my favorite sites and decided I wanted to play in a few challenges.

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I began with the color challenge given by Kerry here on her blog. Now that I had a color scheme, the next step was a layout. That was found on SCS in their Dare to Get Dirty weeklong challenges for Fan Club members. Since I most always add a few flowers, I decided to enter the new challenge blog at Wild Orchid Crafts. Now that you have those details, here is the finished product:


The image is Sweet Tilda by Magnolia, the sentiment is by Verve. The flowers and lace are from Wild Orchid Crafts. The patterned paper is from DCWV Linen Closet (I thought that went well with the colors Kerry choose). The bottom blueish flower was colored with copic marker BG72 so it would match. I added a few pearls and stickles to glam it up a bit. Here are the markers I used to color the image:100_2216 That is about it for now. If you have any questions, please feel free to leave me a comment and I will get back to you. Thanks for stopping by today!

Monday, July 12, 2010

Little Pieces of Quiet

 When I first saw this image, I knew I would get it to make a card for my sister. She has two little boys who are constantly around her demanding her attention. I colored this one to resemble her youngest who is 4.


One thing about close-ups, you can see the tiny spots I miss when coloring :) I stamped him (Penny Black image) with Memento ink and colored him with these markers:


I saw that the challenge this past Saturday on the Penny Black Challenge site was a sketch challenge so that is where my layout came from. It is a 6 by 6 square card (no worries as I will hand her the card Wednesday night) made with Bazzill cardstock. The patterned paper is new Basic Grey Oliver (brads too). I used my Nestie circle, scalloped circle and tiny tag sets to cut out my image. For the bottom piece I used my SU scalloped border punch. 100_2208

The inside has the sentiment that reads “Just working on that piece of quiet you said you wanted.” I think she will like it. How can you stay upset with someone that cute?

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Revisiting Thinking Inking week 1

 A good friend of mine has decided to revisit the Thinking Inking Challenge from last year. Originally posted by Jennifer McGuire last year on 2peas, Jan (Far North) has brought the challenge back to life this summer. To get all the information in case you would like to follow along, click here and it will take you to Jan’s challenge post.


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The challenge is centered around using Distress Inks which I have plenty of. They sit there quietly stacked on top of each other with their neat label affixed. Sadly, they don’t come out very often to play. With my creative mojo absent lately, I thought this would be a stress-free venture.  The first three videos are the basics of what the inks are capable of. My tag is fairly simple. I used the following inks on it: Black Soot, Wild Honey, Broken China and Bundled Sage. I took the picture so you could see the full image on the stamp. I stamped and embossed the image with clear powder first. After using the blending tool to apply the inks, I spritzed the tag with water, but I guess not enough because I don’t really see the splotches. Next I sprinkled Kiwi perfect pearls and hit it with the heat gun.  I choose the sentiment to go along with the butterfly image because what better to represent a change than a butterfly! I stamped partial images of the stamp on the tag and added a few black rhinestones. The flower began as a white flower but I sponged broken china and bundled sage so it would match the tag. I also sponged ink on my twine for the top of the tag.

While my card mojo is on hiatus, I am busy with my cross-stitching. I am about to begin an afghan. Guess what design will be on it? Butterflies! I have been eyeing the Zweigart Butterfly Garden kit in magazines these last few months. I refused to pay the $80. After doing a google search, I found the booklet for $9, only had to buy 8 colors of yarn (i have a huge stash of colors that I never got rid of) and got the afghan at Joann’s with my 40% coupon for $17.99! I was stoked. If I finish it by Christmas, it will be my present to myself :)