Tim's Tag for April, 2014

I started this the day after Tim published his April tag and got most of it done; that is, except for the pinecone die roses. I have tried twice to create them and gave up! So this morning I made a tattered flower and added it to the bottom of the tag, along with a leafy flourish, and locket at the top.

I didn't have the strip die Tim used and had to improvise. I found a design on the Elegant Edges Cricut cartridge, placed 8 of them on the screen and "welded" to create a lattice pattern. Then cut it from grungeboard and followed the rest of the technique. Silver Mirror cardstock was used in place of the Tim's Mirror sheets.

April 10, 2014

Tim's Tag March 2014

I really like Tim's tag for March - it is pretty, a nice change from steampunk. As usual I had to improvise as I didn't have the large feather and bird nest stamps, so I chose to do a butterfly, bee and foliage theme.  Can't say that I'm a fan of the "smudged stamping" technique, but it was something new to learn! I'm also entering this in the Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Tag it!

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-Butterfly stamp Martha Stewart clear acrylic
-Bee stamp by Crafty Secrets Clear Art
-Bug trail dots by savystamps
-Astible #3872H Penny Black
- Figure and Plate stamps by 7Gypsies "Steampunk"
-Chicken wire stencil by Clear Scraps
-Tim Holtz tissue tape
-Crushed Olive, Forest Moss, Shabby Shutters, Rusty Hinge,
  Scattered Straw, Spiced Marmalade, Frayed Burlap, Walnut Stain distress inks
-Tim Holtz Type Key embellishment - I cut a dream word with a 1/2" punch and mounted inside the circle
-Gold thread Hemp twine, gold sheer ribbon

March 5/2014

Simon Says Challenge - Tag it


Valentine for Sister

I have so many critter stamps from Penny Black and I haven't used them for a few years. Time to bring them out and give them some love! LOL.   My sis and I both don't have phobias about little grey house mice and this one is cute binging on a cupcake.

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I coloured the image with copic markers and decorated the cupcakes with stickles glitter, pearl pen and crystal glaze. Also a bit of stickles glitter around the tag on the top of the box.  I cut out the image with a spellbinder die and sponged a bit of Spun Sugar distress ink around the edge.  It is popped up on a doily heart by Cottage Cutz (CC4x4-155) and also a round diecut doily that friend gave me last year.

The background paper layer of x's and o's (My Mind's Eye) was cut at the bottom with a heart border punch. Also added some paper flowers, a dotted ribbon bow, and some sparkly hearts for embellishments.


Penny Black & More February challenge: Make it Sparkle: Shiny pearl brad, glitter on the cupcakes & tag, three sparkly heart embellishments

Shabby Tea Room Week #204 All that Glitters in Love: (include burgundy, pink & red, heart, glitter) I used burgundy tiny paper flowers, cupcake & letters on background paper; pink and red in image, heart doily; glitter on cupcakes, tag and sparkly heart embellishments

Simon Says Wednesday challenge: Have a Heart : Heart Doily.

My Mind's Eye "All You Need is Love challenge:  My Mind's Eye paper "Love Me Pink Hex"

Tim's Tags February 2014

Got excited about doing Tim's Tag for February as the verse I chose really suits a certain friend. Hope she likes it!

I created my own stencil using a Spellbinders heart and a thicker piece of acrylic. I chose to place the stencil and use Tim's technique for the hearts only on the top part of the tag since the chalkboard verse covers a fair bit of the bottom. Verse stamp is by Tim Holtz " Way With Words" collection. It was an interesting technique to do the chalkboard effect!

I placed two glitter hearts, the smaller on top of the larger, at the centre bottom; a silver arrow and scalloped border (Tim's Industrious Stickers); and a silver heart locket tied with baker's twine for embellishments. I also stained seam binding ribbon with Brushed Corduroy and Aged Mahogancy distress ink for the top of the tag.


Thinking of you

This card is for a friend who slipped on the ice after visiting her mom on New Year's Day. She broke her leg in two places, is in a cast up to her knee and is immobile for 6 weeks - I hope it brightens her day!
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Stamps are Bold Bella Rose by Heartfelt Creations. I swiped Worn Lipstick, Aged Mahogany and Crushed Olive distress inks, along with dark green SU marker for the veins, directly on the rubber stamp, sprayed very lightly with water mist before stamping on white cardstock. I used the co-ordinating die to cut out the roses and leaves, along with a bit of fussy cutting.

Spellbinders Opulent Ovals dies are sponged lightly with Pumice Stone to "age". Verse is by Stamping Up embossed in gold E/P.

Background paper is by 7 Gypsies, distressed with TH distress tool, sponged with Pumice Stone distress ink and zig-zag machine stitched around the edge. Pearls, lace, ribbon and a crocheted "rose" with large pearl brad finishes the card.

I'm entering this in the Shabby Tea Room challenge "So Romantic, Roses". I know the colour is not like the picture - I'm not a pale pink gal, but my card has lots of roses.



The Shabby Tea Room - Week #200 So Romantic; Roses

Tim's Tag January 2014

Here is my take on Tim's January, 2014 tag.   Creating this tag and getting inky fingers is a great way to herald in the new stamping year.

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I didn't have Tim's timepiece die so had to improvise using a clock die from my stash. Also since I didn't have any of Tim's foil on hand, I embossed black cardstock with a Cuttlebug clock folder and brushed silver distress paint over the raised design. - sort of reverse what Tim did  (he used silver foil brushed with black distress paint). Then I covered it with clear acrylic before gluing on the silver clockface and hands.

The numbers were cut with Tim's alteration strip die "Once Upon a Time" from black kraft core Co-ordination paper with edges sanded to reveal the kraft.  I've been hoarding some black German foil paper for two years, and finally decided to use some on the top and bottom edges. It's sort of lacey, but not feminine.

EEKS!!! After I published this to my blog, I noticed something. In case you were wondering what "TODFIY"is...... (the word on the timepiece), it is TODAY.  I took several shots at different angles, and they all came out the same. I even asked my husband to read the words- he got them right, and then seeing my face, wanted to know what was wrong. After I pointed it out, he said he could see what I was talking about. It must be a Murphy's Law that you notice these things AFTER everything is glued down! (wink!). They are little stickers called Bookworks by EK Success.

Hubby sort of hinted his old bookmark that I made two years ago is getting shabby, so I'm giving him this one.


Tim Holtz 12 tags of 2014

Perfume Bottles

I recently got a new stamp from Stampendous called "Three Gifts". This is a card I made for a friend's birthday on Dec. 30th.

I stamped the image with Versamark and embossed with fine detail black EP. Then I coloured the bottles with copic markers and covered with Crystal Glaze to look like glass. The toppers are covered with Stickles glitter and rhinestones making them very blingy!. The image was cut with a fancy Spellbindinder rectangle die, layered on silver flowered paper, black Bazzill, and lightly sponged with TH Broken China distress ink.

I cut a small paper doily in half and placed each half on opposite corners, and also added a fancy "D" silver brad for embellishment.

This card is being mailed international so I didn't want it to be too bulky. Thanks to a recent announcement by Canada Post, our mailing rates are going through the roof! In March,2014 a regular letter will be $1.00 for the stamp. Crazy!

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December 20, 2013


Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Bling

Christmas card for my nephew

My nephew, who is now 24, always expects a handmade Christmas card each year. You see when he was much younger, he used to enjoy stamping with me - he had quite a creative side and would make a card for his mom, while I was working on whatever.  So he appreciates the work that goes into them.

Last year I bought Tim Holtz' Christmas word background stamp on sale after the holiday, and this year got the coordinating embossing folder.

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I inked the stamp with TH Festive Berries and Pine Needles distress ink, stamped on printed seasonal paper by Bo Bunny, then aligned the stamped words in the embossing folder and ran it through  my Sizzix Vintage machine.  I touched up the raised parts with a bit more ink using a TH blender foam and handle.

The santa is a TH cling stamp coloured with copic markers, Stickles "Star Dust" glitter for dimension, and TH Tea Dye distress ink around the edges. It is popped up with foam tape.

The santa's list is from a vintage set of 9 tiny cards by October Afternoon ("Very Merry Wild Cards" #DC-128) I've had in my stash for a couple of years.   Added some Tea Dye ink around the edges to age, and a red brad to hold in place. 

A Christmas star tied with coloured string finishes the embellishment.

Dec. 15, 2013

Challenge: Chocolate, Coffee & Cards - #54 Happy Holidays

Snow Scene

I saw a tutorial by Heather Telford on the Penny Black blog the other day for a snow scene, and decided to give it a try.  I adapted the tutorial by using the supplies I have on hand; for example, instead of using Miskit on watercolour paper for the "snow", after the scene was done on regular cardstock I spritzed with Perfect Pearls mist. I like that it gives a bit of glimmer to the snow spots.

 I used Tim Holtz distress inks Spun Sugar, Chipped Sapphire, Faded Jeans,  Tumbled Glass for the sky and snow hills, along with Pumice Stone for the trees in the background. Regular black Archival ink for the foreground trees. Instead of the Penny Black branch, I used a tree from an older Stampin' Up set. After I stamped them, I didn't realize the rubber had shifted on the wood block, so they came out a little crooked. It has to be years since I last used this set! Well, I can pretend there was a strong northeast wind on a stormy, wintery night.  tee hee hee. Tim Holtz Rock Candy stickles glitter was dabbed on the branches for  some icy glitz!

Added a verse with the Spellbinders Fancy Ribbon Tag set and a sheer ribbon, as well as a silver snowflake. There is also a bit of Stickles Star Dust glitter on the tree branches for extra shimmer.

This card was quite easy to do actually, and would be good to do in multiples. Have to remember it for next year!
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Dec. 14, 2013


Make My Monday - Frosty Theme

Allsorts - Snowflakes

Simple Christmas Cards

Here are two simple Christmas cards I made in multiples of five to send. My daughter and one year old grandson had been visiting for 10 days which left little time in my craft room to play and be fussy with cards this year. They have few embellishments so they can go for the regular postage rate.

The first one uses a new die by Impression Obsession  DIE-079-U.  There are four birch trees and two birds posing in opposite directions.  When I first cut the tree from vanilla cardstock, I thought they looked too plain. So using a few Tim Holtz distress inks (tea dye; brushed corduroy; pumice stone; antique linen) swiped randomly across the trees, with some accents of a white gel pen and black Micro pen, I think the trees now look like they have birch bark on them.

I stamped some snowflakes with Versamark and coated with Wow platinum embossing powder. Tied some red string around the panel and stamped the greeting on the bottom.
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The second card has a tree die by Memory Box #98405. I cut it out of green shimmery cardstock and added gold stickles to the stars. The white triangle behind the tree is a Spellbinders pennant die.  Verse is stamped on white c/s, cut & embossed with a Just Rite label die, and blended TH Evergreen Bough around the edges.
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Dec. 10, 2013