Wednesday, November 30, 2011

12 Tags of Christmas of 2010

I am positively giddy with anticipation for tomorrow's first tag! What am I talking about?  As if you didn't already know! Tim will start his 12 Tags of Christmas, beginning of course with day 1. How awesome is he to do this year after year! God broke the mold after He made Tim and Mario! If you haven't already watched his 'trailer" for this event, it is a must see. The man is a creative genius! This event has become a mini tradition of sorts for my darling daughter and me, and every night after dinner we try to recreate his tag in our style with what we have on hand. Oh who am I kidding? I run out to either of our craft stores searching frantically for the things he uses!!! However, before Tim starts his 12 Tags of Christmas 2011, I thought I would share with you the tags I created last year since I didn't have a blog then, before I start blogging about my tags this year. I did not do day 8, because I didn't have a mask, and I never went back to complete it after I did...lazy I know! You can also link back to his 2010 tags. Get ready to be "tagged" everyone!!!
Day 1
Day 2 ( wouldn't upload horizontally for some reason)
Day 3
Day 4
Day 5
Day 6
Day 7
Day 9

Day 10

Day 11

Day 12

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

A Diva's Christmas Tree

I am totally in the Christmas spirit now, and burning the midnight oil when I can to turn out Holiday goodness! I receive tons of unnecessary catalogs as I am sure all of you do, but one of which I love getting (okay...I have ordered a couple of things on sale) is the J. Peterman Company Catalog. It has so many drawings that inspire me often. I cut pictures from every one I get and paste them into my idea journal. Last month's catalog really caught my attention, and I decided to try my hand at it. It happens to also fit the criteria for two challenges, Simon Says Stamp and Show with "show some stars", and Our Creative Corner's (my first with them) "O Christmas Tree". I hope my tree qualifies as what they want for a tree anyway!!! And...I just found out about the Sunday Stamper's challenge "lucky stars", so I am putting this tag in that as well.

To make the tree coat I simply kept stamping with Tim's pine needle stamp until I had the shape I wanted, after I stamped Tim's dress form. I restamped several parts around the the collar and trim with a darker color ink, and then filled in with a green glaze pen.  The star is made from Grunge Paper and embossed with yellow distress powder and then again with gold powder. The shoes were free handed and then stamped on the pine needle stamp, followed by detail work with Smooch Ink. The caption is also embossed and filled in with more Smooch Ink. The rest is just bling and paper I made into tiny presents.

Vagabond Dies Used- Sizzix Star & Starbursts
Stamps Used- TH for Stampers Anonymous in Haberdashery and Santa's Wish; Inkadinkado in Warm Holiday Wishes (caption); flourish stamp by unknown; Diva stamp by Technique Tuesday; Handbag stamp by Hampton Art Studio G
Coloration Used- Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black; Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Electric Blue (background); TH for Ranger Distress Ink in Peeled Paint, Pine Needles, Tumbled Glass, Faded Jeans; TH for Ranger Distress Embossing Powder in Black Soot, Mustard Seed; Close To My Heart Embossing Powder in Gold; Inkssentials Enamel Accents in Black; Clearsnap Holding Smooch Ink in Gold and Green Apple; Ranger Stickles in Christmas Red and Golden Rod
Embellishments Used- TH Hanger Paper Clip; Paper and Rhinestones from Recollections; The Girls' Paperie Tinsel & Twig Market Trims Ribbon; Martha Stewart Crafts Red and Green Striped String

Monday, November 28, 2011

November ATC Swap

I was so excited today to receive my November ATC cards for the monthly ATC swap at the All Things Tim Yahoo Group! What a talented group of people we have. Thank you Sandy for hosting. Here are the cards I received.
This is from Florence McLean.
This is from Sandy A.
This is from Sandy Nolan.
This is from Pamela Preston. is mine again.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Stained Glass Window Or Metal?

I hope those of you that celebrate Thanksgiving had a wonderful day! Now that it is over, I  have been so busy trying to get Christmas decor up, and that has put me behind on crafting. I did manage to complete a challenge for Grungy Monday this week though. The challenge was to create something using Tim's technique for embossing metal and coloring it with Alcohol Ink like he did with his pumpkin challenge on the Ranger blog. This GM challenge is also being sponsored by Simon Says Stamp.

I wanted to create a stained glass effect, so after I die cut the word "hope" I embossed my metal piece with two of Tim's texture fades that looked like cracked glass. Next, I used three colors of Alcohol Ink as well as a coat of black Glimmer Mist to seep into the cracks to achieve this look. The frame and wall of the window were done by embossing with a wood grain texture fade. I also filled in the spaces of the word with Crackle Glossy Accents to further the look of stained glass. I wish the pictures better represented that. The black trim of the window was done using black enamel paint to give the look of lead. I love the angel stamp from Tim's newer Christmas line of stamps. I gave her a coat of Glimmer Mist after I colored her in. I also had a frame that was dropped and broken, and rather than throwing it away or purchasing new glass, I glued the frame back together, sanded and distress inked it, and attached this project. I love how it is 3D, and you can see and feel all the different textures going on, rather than being flat.

Paper Used- Ten Seconds Studio Silver Metal Sheet; craft and white card stock from my stash
Vagabond Materials Used- TH Alterations Texture Fades in wood, cracked glass, sun ray; TH Sizzix Die word Hope
Stamp Used- TH for Stamper's Anonymous in Joyful Song (angel)
Coloration Used- TH for Ranger Adirondack Alcohol Ink in Meadow, Sunshine Yellow, Red Pepper, Alcohol Blending Solution; Inkssentials Enamel Accents in Black and Crackle Accents; Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Black Magic and Dazzling Diamonds; Ranger Archival Ink in Jet Black; TH for Ranger Distress Ink in Brushed Corduroy, Walnut Stain, Fired Brick; Clearsnap Smooch Ink in white, silver, gold; Faber Castell Watercolor Pencil in flesh; Sakura Glaze Pen in brown

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

A Bagful of Thanks!

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!!
 The All Things Tim Yahoo Group has a monthly Artist Trading Card swap that anyone in the group can join in any given month. For November you had to make a Giving Thanks ATC with a "T" on it, paying homage to Tim, as well as a TH trinket of some sort, and the rest was up to me. My ATC also qualifies for Simon Says Stamp and Show's challenge of making something with a "ticket". My ticket reads, "Gratitude: To be thankful.". Not only am I thankful to Tim and all his darkside ways, I have a never ending shopping bag full of blessings that I am thankful for...too many to list...with all credit of course, going to the Lord. Very near the top of that list is this blog and all those who have read and commented. It has given me a new spring in my step. So thank you everyone from the bottom of my heart! May you have a beautiful and bountiful Thanksgiving!!!
Paper Used- My Mind's Eye The Spider's Web; TH Idea-ology Seasonal Paper Stash; TH Idea-ology Seasonal Salvage Stickers; craft paper; Fabric Trading Cards in Burlap
Stamps Used- Darcie's Cling Mounted Rubber Stamp Set (thankful pumpkin); TH for Stamper's Anonymous Odds and Ends (blank ticket); Donna Downey for Unity Stamp Company Advent (gratitude verse); Hero Arts Clings Spoon and Fork (stamped on recipe images)
Coloration Used- TH for Ranger Distress Ink in Iced Spruce, Gathered Twigs, Brushed Corduroy, Spiced Marmalade; Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Iridescent Gold; TH for Ranger Distress Stain in Vintage Photo; TH for Ranger Distress Crackle Paint in Rock Candy; Ranger Adirondack Paint Dabber in Pitch Black; Sakura Glaze Pen in orange
Embellishments Used: TH Idea-ology flower parts & paper clip; type grunge letters (TH Tutorial) made from grunge board and canvas letters; wired string for bag handle

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

SteamPunk Tag Swap Arrivals!!!

I just got home late last night from New York City, where I attended Debby Schuh's class and tour of the City. It was a fantastic time, but more on that later. When I saw the very large pile that was my mail, I wearily noticed a padded, manila colored envelope sticking out from the bottom of the stack. I knew instantly that it was all the tags from the All Things Tim SteamPunk Swap. Talk about impressive! I am in a group with the most amazingly talented people! You can see for yourself.
Elena Vigil-Forinas (Amazing bright color!)
Eileen Bellomo (Inspiring and the color and texture were fantastic!)
Jason Melford Pettigrew (WOW!!! Phrase, texture, and color are amazing!) 
Susan Fraser (Detail upon detail, and so many components and textures...WOW! And the charm is impressive! Loved the envelope classy!)
Gloria Alexander (Holy cow...all the layers were phenomenal! A real piece of art!)
Lisa Suri Peralta (Your first tag ever was spectacular! The balloon with all the stitching and rosettes is a WOW!!!)
Lynn Potocki (Your innovation is to be applauded! Loved all the metal and detail. Also...the charm was dislodged, probably in shipping, so I tried to reconnect it best I could and I added a jump ring and safety pin. I apologize because I know I goofed it up, but the pieces of the charm were great, especially the watch part eye!)
Mine again.
Thank you so much everyone for sharing your very creative and beautiful artwork! I am thrilled to have received it!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

From Texas to NYC!!!

I am off to NYC for Debby Schuh's class and tour, and I am so stoked to go!!! I decided to make ATC's for the class and of course bring them a little taste of Texas...some Susie's South Forty Texas Trash! I hope I don't offend anyone with my ATC and warped sense of humor, but I always find the stereotypes of what some think a Texan or New Yorker are hilarious, so I decided to go with it. The background of these were from old postcards of each state that I photocopied. The pictures were so cool and had a vintage feel and look to them so I did not want to cut them up. I will be blogging all about my time there so I can share it with y'all...hehehe!!!

First Design...I can't wait for someone to ask me what Chukka's are!
Second Design

Back of those red soles!!!

Masked Dove Sympathy Card

I needed to make a sympathy card for a friend and decided to make one that qualified for Grungy Monday which uses the technique of masking and misting from Tim's 12 Tags of Christmas Day 6 from 2007. I didn't even know about Tim or his 12 Days of Tags back then, but I love the look of his blogging from that time, because it has so much detail more so than than now, probably because we were all learning the terminology or technique in the beginning. It was so cool to see the difference, and refresh the memory. Isn't he wonderful for doing all this work to bring more joy at Christmastime? Thanks Linda (StudioL3) for taking us back in time!
This is a Tattered Angels mask but I had to use spray adhesive to make it stick.

I taped a paper shield to the other side to keep it clean using Tim's tape which is easily removable.
Sprayed with Perfect Pearls mist in Blue Patina and Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Electric Blue.
I inked around dove with Tumbled Glass and Faded Jeans.

I poured water into my hands from a Mini Mister and sprinkled it onto the card, causing water droplet images.
I misted with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Silver Sugar, angling the bottle to create large droplets.

I die cut a bookplate from Grungeboard using Tim's die Tag & Bookplates. Then coated it with Silver Paint Dabber.
This was ran through Vagabond using the Checkerboard Texture Fade.

Next, I misted it with Tattered Angels Black Magic and let it set a few minutes to really seep into the cracks.
I applied Perfect Pearls Blue Patina onto alternating squares of the checkboard pattern.

On the inside piece that fits into the frame, I double coated it with White Picket Fence Distress Stain. When it dried I stamped my sentiment.
2 brads were placed into the holes and a thick layer of Glossy Accents was added to give the illusion of glass.