Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Tag Team Tag

While at a retreat a few months ago, my dear friend and owner of The Crafty Scrapper, Carolyn Ross, and I, decided we wanted to do a tag team tag! What's that you ask? That's when you do a technique on a tag as long as you have it, and then shout out 'switch' every few minutes, and then the other crafter takes it and does their bit on it. You continue to switch, not knowing where it's going or what it will look like, and not having any idea what comes next!!! It's crazy fun, and the ideas you get from one another are INSPIRING to say the least!!! We laughed so hard and had the greatest night of crafting! With that, this is what we ended up with, and our only rule was to use a lot of Wendy Vecchi goodness and Dina Wakley's Scribbly Birds! And, since this tag has a flower on it, I got Carolyn's permission to enter it into Wendy's Make Art Challenge for May, which is to use flowers.  We loved the tag so much, we made 12 of them and gave them to all the ladies at the retreat as gifts!  If you have an artsy buddy to craft and hang out with, I wholeheartedly suggest you try this! It's truly a blast! I seriously wish we had a video camera rolling while we created the first was crazy!
Let's see...Carolyn did the bird, embossing, and all the fussy know I hate to fussy cut! I did the background, the sentiment, the flower and leaves coloring, and the heart doodling. She definitely had the hardest parts!
We watercolored, we embossed, we stenciled, we stamped, we doodled, we inked, we cut, we glued, we used alcohol...(No drinking was involved in the making of this tag!), we used embossing paste, Distress Markers, Glossy Accents, Distress Reinkers, pens...the whole crafty kitchen sink went into these tags! I'm laughing now just thinking about it!
I think it took us about two hours to do the first one! BAHAHAHAHA!!! Then the rest of the night to do the rest!

I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon! And if that be with a friend, all the better!!!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

CC3C - Eroded Metallic

Happy happy crafty Saturday! So here's another challenge to get your crafty week going in the new Compendium of Curiosities III Challenge!!! Thanks for all the Alcohol Ink entries last about LOVE!!!  Thank you for inspiring us, and for all the wonderful comments!  The Curiosity Crew and I always love all of the entries!
This new challenge, number twenty-nine...WOW!... is using the Eroded Metallic Technique. Talk about super cool and super fun! You must try this one!!! Don't give up if it doesn't turn out like you want at first. Do several tags at once and take the best one. I promise you won't be disappointed with the technique once you get it down! People will really wonder how you did that.  Please play along so you can win some fabulous prizes donated by the ever generous Tim and Mario, and this challenge's sponsor, Inspiration Emporium!!! You will have two weeks to complete this challenge and link it up to the CC3Challenge site, and you can read all the rules here. Please take the time to visit every member of the Curiosity Crew (See below.) for not only some grungy, rusted goodness inspiration, but for a chance to win some extra goodies!
I've had a paper mache box sitting on my work desk for ages, so I thought this technique would work wonders on it, and it did! I LOVE how it came out, and the industrial yet feminine feel to the box was just how I envisioned it...that rarely happens.
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this technique! This box was totally transformed!
I added a layer of Glue N Seal to the whole box so that none of the paint layers would chip away.
I inked over the box and misted with water once it was dry, and then to preserve all the cool effects of the Distress and water, I lightly rubber a little of the new Distress Glaze over it to preserve the look. This stuff is awesome, and doesn't alter any of the Distress. I also used Alcohol Ink to age the metal pieces.
I trimmed the Wallflower Paper to fit inside the box.
I inked and crumpled up some of the paper for the inside.
I used the new Lace from Idea-ology, added a little Mushroom Alcohol Ink to it as well as Brushed Pewter and Cracked Pistachio Distress Stain. It look like vintage lace now. I also added Industrious Border Stickers to the lace, and then added on all the metal pieces.

AND...can you believe there are only five more challenges after this one??? Time flies when you are having crafting fun!!! I hope you join along on this will love the results even if it takes a little bit of practice.


I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!