Tim's Tags of 2015 - February

Since it is so late in the month, I decided not to do a Valentine's theme for Tim's February, 2015 tagI love butterflies - that will be my "love" theme for this tag.
However, I did follow Tim's tutorial for doing the collage background using snippets of paper from his 8x8 "Menagerie" paper pad, a bit of tissue tape, and one of the ideology tickets. I used a Brushed Corduroy marker instead of Black Soot to go around each of the bits of paper as I find it's not as harsh. 
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The butterfly is a kraft diecut from my stash which I covered with Brushed Pewter & Broken China distress paint, and Ranger Crackle glaze, along with some Pumice Stone distress ink.

The frame underneath is a Sizzix die, "Ornate Frames #2" that I cut from grungepaper. Then I sponged on Pumice Stone DI, and followed the technique for Rusted Grunge using Pumice Stone and Frayed Burlap distress embossing powder, sponged over with Broken China DI. I also added a bit of regular copper EP. I wanted the effect of weathered copper, though I'm not sure if I accomplished it. 

The embellishments at the top of the tag are a letter "B" chipboard diecut covered with Broken China DI and Wow Copper embossing powder. On the metal crown is a little felt bow (since Tim was working with felt hearts on his tag). It is part of TH "Mini Bunny & Bow" die set.  

On the bottom of the tag on the right side, I used Tim's Ideology Film Tape Ribbon to cover a little sticker. On the left side, the round butterfly is cut with my 1" punch from a sheet of images by Bottle Cap Inc., swiped with Broken China & Tea Dye DI, and covered with an acrylic dome.In my picture it is showing as more green than blue, but it IS blue in real life. Why do cameras do this? Lace cording is attached along the bottom (in place of Tim's little bit of lace on his tag).  The only thing I didn't do was the machine stitching.

Thanks for taking a peek at my tag!  


Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes

Finally some crafting...

The past few weeks have been hectic- snowstorm shovelling and minding my 27 month old grandson. His father works out West so I try to help out my daughter as much as I am able while he's away on his two week rotation shift. However, that leaves little time in my craft room, along with the fact my creative fairy has gone MIA. Twice I have sat at my table routing through stamps and reading blogs, only to get nothing done. Very frustrating!  After two afternoons, I managed to finish one, yes only one, card.  Hubby said good thing I'm not getting paid by the hour. LOL!

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I've had this little Inkadinkadoo stamp for quite some time and when looking through my dies, it fit perfectly in the Spellbinders Decorative Label 8. Stamped the image in Memories Rich Cocoa ink  and coloured with Copic Markers. I stamped a second image, coloured & cut out the coffee cup section, and raised it up with pop tape to add dimension. The little cup has crystal glaze over it to look like china. For the card I used my two favourite colour combos - blue/green and brown (like my blog damask background!)

The line of cups, coffee verse, beans and caffeine word stamps are unmounted rubber stamps from www.blockheadstamps.com that I won many years ago. I used a Tim Holtz Brushed Corduroy marker and spritzer tool (old one from Stampin'Up!) to spray 'dots' randomly over the background. Also used TH distress tool on the edges of the background paper, and Tea Dye distress ink.

The little doily is cut from vellum and sponged lightly with TH Tea Dye Distress ink (Cheery Lynn "Sophie's Heart" mini doily).  The coffee mug die by SimonSaysStamp is cut from a scrap of linen patterned paper, also lightly sponged with Tea Dye. I used a scrap of the paper from the image frame to fill in the heart section. Freehand fussy cut some "coffee steam" lines coming out of the mug.

So that's it. Not much different in the way of design. Hopefully creative fairy has found her way home!

Thanks for visiting and have a great weekend!



Make My Monday - Two Favourite Colours (blue/green & brown)

Addicted to Stamps - #132 Make your Mark (Copic Markers on image, Tim Holtz Brushed Corduroy marker spritzing, Tim Holtz Tea Dye Distress Ink sponging)

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge -Texture (layers, vellum, shiny crystal glaze, distressed edge)

Word Art Wednesday Anything Goes

Beautiful altered box from Marilyn

I received this beautiful altered box for my birthday, yesterday Feb. 2nd.,  from my crafting friend Marilyn of Crafts and Beyond blog . It must have taken many hours of work with all it's textures and embellishments. Inside was a bar of chocolate soap which smelled so good, I could have eaten it! LOL

Marilyn, dear thoughtful friend, it has a place of honour on my dresser. Thank you ever so much!!!!

Love and Hugs,

Compendium of Curiosities 3 - Challenge 21

The challenge on Linda Ledbetter's Compendium of Curiosities 3 is Rock Candy Glitter, using the technique on page 55 of Tim Holtz Compendium of Curiosities Book III.  One of the rules is to not post the actual technique, so you need the book to know what to do! I thought I was all out of Rock Candy as the jar looked empty. However checking once again, I found a very small amount left in the bottom. Now I know why I kept it in the first place - any tiny bit will work for something.

I was listening to the radio this morning and this song was playing,  "Don't Let the Sun Catch You Crying" by Gerry & The Pacemakers from 1964. It's always been one of my favourites - they don't make songs like that any more. Now I'm showing my age. LoL! Anyhow, I thought it would be a great theme for a tag...you never know where inspiration comes from.

I started by laying a torn book page layer on the right side of the tag. It is from Homer's The Odyssey (my daughter's old university book) and the section talks about Artemis, the Greek Goddess of Light. Unfortunately when I  stamped/embossed the sun image (Inkadinkado), this section got covered up. Next, I covered the tag with a layer of mod podge and let dry. Then I dabbed some Mustard Seed distress paint on the top half, and Broken China & Faded Jeans on the lower half which I smeared around the tag. Spritzed the blue section with water to make it look like rain coming down; dried with heat gun,

After this was all dry, I used Tim Holtz Sun Ray stencil sponged lightly with Spiced Marmalade DI. I shifted the stencil to cover the inked areas, then spritzed with Yellow Gold Shimmer Spray on the uninked areas. Very shimmery rays in real life! Stamped and embossed the sun, lightly went around each ray with white ink pen. Black Stickles glitter on the glasses.

For the verse, I used a few TH chit chat stickers, some peel off alphabet stickers, and a couple I hand wrote (let, catch). Each was sponged with Antique Linen DI, and I used a distress marker Brushed Corduroy to lightly draw around each sticker, smearing with my finger as I went. Tim's technique from his January 2015 tag.

For the bottom section, I masked over the yellow half and spritzed some Perfect Pearls Blue Patina along with Perfect Pearls. Let dry. Next I stamped/embossed the lady's face (an old unmounted stamp from my stash), added black Stickles glitter on her lips, and a line of rhinestones representing tears.  I used a raindrop stencil to lay down some embossing paste (coloured with Broken China distess refill ink). Once this was dry, I repositioned the stencil over the dried embossing paste and sponged some more Broken China adding the Rock Candy glitter following the technique in Tim's book on page 55.  This didn't work as well as I hoped because of the rough surface of the paste drops, but some did stick adding a bit of glimmer. It's a learning process!

A few gold and blue-green sequins adds dimension to the tag.  I wanted to keep this tag fairly simple, so didn't add any more embellishments except the ribbon at the top.

Well, this was a fun tag to do, and I'm getting a bit more comfortable using/colouring the embossing paste.

Finally, if you enter CCC3 challenge, there is another prize from Inspiration Emporium of $50 gift certificate. To be eligible to win, simply link your project to CCC3 and include a link to INSPIRATION EMPORIUM in your blog post.

Thanks for visiting my blog today!

Feb. 3, 2015


CCC3 #21 Rock Candy Distress Glitter

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