Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Creative Jumstart 2016

I've been MIA on the blog but am back today. I have joined a workshop put on by Nathalie Kalbach called Creative Jumpstart 2016. It is a one-of-a-kind online event to kick your creativity into high gear in January 2016.  I am learning techniques, discovering new materials, and connecting with other artists and crafters. Throughout January we get 25 downloadable videos from 24 featured artists-jumpstarters. The theme this year is Art In Translation. The first master artist I learned about was Henri Matisse. After watching a video by one of my favorite jumpstarters - Rae Missigman - I attempted her style. Here's what I came up with:


I learned a lot of different techniques and it was a lot of fun!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge #29

I've finished the next challenge of the Curiosity Crew. It is a technique-based challenge called Eroded Metallic. It took a few tries to get my tag to look as good as I wanted it to but I love trying new techniques! You can learn how to do this yourself from Tim Holtz’s tutorial on page 44 of his latest book of techniques -  A Compendium of Curiosities, Vol.3. Check out the rules for joining the challenge at the Challenge-faq.

Prizes include an awesome assortment of Tim’s products (courtesy of Tim himself and Mario Rossi, his Logistic Director) for a “Curiosity Crew’s Choice” winner and for this round Inspiration Emporium is back with another fantastic $50 shopping spree for one random winner.

Here you will see other examples of this technique that were created by Linda Ledbetter and the rest of the Curiosity Crew.

This is my creation:

I first painted Broken China and Mowed Lawn Distress Paint onto the manilla tag and let that dry. I then applied the Eroded Metallic technique using Antiqued Bronze and let that set. Onto the 2 corners of the tag, I glued Large Antiqued Copper Triangle Filigree pieces (that I chose with my credit from the Funkie Junkie Boutique! Awesome pieces!) The flowers and leaves were from my stash - probably Prima. The gentleman in the square is a piece I made at a workshop I attended at She Scrapbooks in The Villages, FL a few months ago. We used old film slides, without the film, antiqued them, put lace bits on them with gesso and glued on a cut out photo from a magazine. I attached this to the tag then attached the "Wanted" notice that I cut off a paper shopping bag I also got from She Scrapbooks. This little ad made me giggle. The person who placed the ad assures the woman she will have quality help in the kitchen. LOL! I antiqued it a little by rubbing on some Walnut Stain. I added some bling, tied on a ribbon, and inked the edges of the tag to complete the look. I hope you enjoy it!

Monday, May 18, 2015

Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge #28! Monkey!

Another tag for Tim Holtz's Challenge #28! This challenge is the Alcohol Ink Ombre technique, once again a new technique for me! Check out Tim’s tutorial on page 57 of  A Compendium of Curiosities, Vol.3 to see the technique demonstrated.  If you don’t have the book, you can order one directly from Tim, who will be glad to autograph it for you. 

I made several tags for this challenge (it was so much fun!) and decided to enter a 2nd tag. This one contains a currently popular quote. ;)
For this tag I used Adirondack Ink Ginger, Caramel and Latte for the Ombre technique. I then added the quote from Tim Holtz's Life Quotes stamp set. (I know a lot of monkeys... Just sayin'.) The ombre rope is made using a neat embellishment I found called Sticky Stitches. It's made by Colorbok - Remember When and this is from the Primary Colors set. I had the cute monkeys and bananas in my stash. These were made by Creative Imaginations - Debbie Mumm. I popped on a butterfly, a feather and some flowers from my stash to finish it off. I hope you enjoy it. :)

And, as always, a “Curiosity Crew’s Choice” winner will receive an awesome assortment of Tim’s products, courtesy of Tim himself and Mario Rossi, his Logistic Director. 

The Funkie Junkie Boutique is the sponsor of this challenge and is offering a fabulous $25 shopping spree for one lucky CC3C entrant! To be eligible to win, simply link your project to Challenge #28 at Studio L3's Blog and include a link to The Funkie Junkie Boutique in your blog post. 


Keep on creating!!
 

Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge #28! Inky Blues!

Time for Tim Holtz's Challenge #28! This challenge is the Alcohol Ink Ombre technique, once again a new technique for me! Check out Tim’s tutorial on page 57 of  A Compendium of Curiosities, Vol.3 to see the technique demonstrated.  If you don’t have the book, you can order one directly from Tim, who will be glad to autograph it for you. 

I chose wonderful inky blues for this tag:
I started out using the technique as described in the book with Adirondak Ink colors Indigo, Denim and Mermaid. I then stamped half of Quentin's face on the side. He's from Prima's - Jamie Dougherty collection. I added Impression Obsession's Yvonne Blair's 3 Stars stamp fading down the length of the tag. I then stamped Tim Holtz's Life Quotes at the bottom. I used Jet Black Archival Ink for stamping. After it was all good and dry I wrapped a frayed ribbon around the tag near the bottom and topped it with flowers and leaves from my stash. I inked up the arrow with a statement and stuck it near the top. This was from an old Creative Memories collection I had in my stash. I then added Tim Holtz Mini Gears and topped the whole thing with some twine and a little bling. To finish it off, I bordered the tag with black cardstock.

A “Curiosity Crew’s Choice” winner will receive an awesome assortment of Tim’s products, courtesy of Tim himself and Mario Rossi, his Logistic Director. 

The Funkie Junkie Boutique is the sponsor of this challenge and is offering a fabulous $25 shopping spree for one lucky CC3C entrant! To be eligible to win, simply link your project to Challenge #28 at Studio L3's Blog and include a link to The Funkie Junkie Boutique in your blog post.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge #27!

Time for Challenge #27! This new challenge introduces Tim’s Sizzix Alterations Embossing Diffusers. I had never used one so I had to order one before I could practice with it. LOL. It's a neat little thing that allows you to selectively emboss areas of your cards. Check out Tim’s tutorial on page 61 of  A Compendium of Curiosities, Vol.3 to see them in action.  If you don’t have the book, you can order one directly from Tim, who will be glad to autograph it for you. 

A “Curiosity Crew’s Choice” winner will receive an awesome assortment of Tim’s products, courtesy of Tim himself and Mario Rossi, his Logistic Director. 

Inspiration Emporium sponsors all the odd-numbered challenges, and they’re back with another fantastic FIFTY DOLLAR SHOPPING SPREE for one lucky CC3C entrant! To be eligible to win, simply link your project to Challenge #27 at Studio L3's Blog and include a link to Inspiration Emporium in your blog post. And, if you’re ready to shop right now, you’re welcome to use the coupon code STUDIOL3 for a 10% discount on your order.

On to my submission! I made a relatively simple baby boy card. My family had several babies born last year and another two are on the way this year! I also have a friend having a baby girl soon. I didn't have a baby girl stamp so I hope someone has a boy! lol. 
 
 I used my cute little purse embosser (Texture Boutique) for this project.


I started with textured cardstock form Colorbok - Cool Earth Tones. I embossed with the Lace embossing folder from Lifestyle Crafts and diffused using Tim Holtz's Sizzix Embossing Diffuser Set #1, Oval #2. I lightly ran Distress Stain - picket fence - over the embossing so it would stand out more. I also used picket fence Distress Marker to outline the oval. I added the heart shaped button from The Paper Studio Gemstones collection, the swirly stickers are from Momenta and the ribbon is from Michael's Celebrate It - Basic Narrows.

Off to clean the house now. My DS #1, his girlfriend and best buddy are flying down this evening! So excited to see them! It's bittersweet though as on Saturday they will be driving back to Indiana and taking DS #2 with them for the summer. Proud of DS #2 for finishing his first year of college! 

Thanks for stopping by!






Sunday, May 3, 2015

Beach Mini Album

My brother and his wife love the beach. So, for her birthday, I made this cute mini-album. I used a kit from Bo Bunny. It was a lot of fun and turned out really cute, I think. 







I ended up having to add some heavy card stock to the back of the H cuz it became too floppy.

Even though her birthday was in January, Happy Birthday to Joanne! :)


Sunday, April 26, 2015

What I'm Working On

I thought I would share some things I have been working on.

Here's a tag using a new stamp I found on clearance at Hobby Lobby.
I used Tim Holz Mowed Lawn Distress Ink on the stamp and edged the tag with Tea Dye Ink. I used Black Soot on the Three Stars stamp from Quirky Girl by Yvonne Blair. Flowers are from Prima and bling from Recollections. Jolees Boutique Spring Bird Sticker is on there as well. I think I will add a ribbon to separate the two areas - it needs more....

At the retreat last weekend, I made these 2 layouts using an old kit I had. It was the February 2013 Kit Of The Month from My Craft Channel called All Because 2 People Fell In Love.
 This pic was taken at a company Christmas party about 3 years ago.

This photo was taken about 8 years ago.  What a difference 5 years make. lol.

It's so nice of My Craft Channel to send me emails about their bargains. ;)

Today I have been working on making tags for the Tag Exchange Group I recently joined. It's a 4th of July theme. I think they'll look good on my "holiday" tree. :)