Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Brushless Watercolor

The new Compendium Of Curiosities II Challenge is "brushless watercolor" over at Studio L3.  I know I say it every week, but I think this is my new favorite Tim technique. Actually, I have loved doing this technique ever since I received my Distress Markers. If you haven't picked up CCII yet, you really are missing out on some of the best techniques in paper crafting. It's way less than $1.00 per that is a bargain, and talk about a learning process!  And...Eclectic Paperie is sponsoring this challenge as well, so there is a prize involved for some RANDOM participant. I love that it is random, and that the winner is not based on their project. Everyone is just participating to learn the technique and enrich themselves. That is what makes this so unique. That is what makes paper crafting so enjoyable to me...sharing  and learning in everybody else's work! Thank you Linda, and thank you Tim! However, I do love competing challenges as you well know...guess I'm a lover and a fighter!!!
I am also sending this to another no winner challenge....The Blogger's Challenge for "green, brown, and a neutral".

I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Dare To Live!

Here's more from Artistic Outpost's new release Kudzu Kafe. I thought the image of the little girl would look great in pink while using AO's Quote & Quoteables sentiment from Audrey, in the background, thus honoring a breast cancer victim or survivor.  The Kudzu sentiment further enhances this theme, and is perfect to use for that someone in your life who is struggling and needs encouragement during a seriously difficult time.
Since there is so much to read on this tag, I am submitting this to Hels Sheridan's Sunday Stamper challenge of "words".
From My Stash: black and pink cardstock

I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Housework Is Overrated

The new challenge at Everything Wendy Vecchi Yahoo Group is "a tag with a house on it", from Wendy's Book 3.  I just have to say that I have enjoyed the challenges there immensely. They really bring on creative thinking.
From My Stash- ribbons, snap, black cardstock, kraft cardstock, silver and bird charm

I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!

Saturday, May 26, 2012


Happy Saturday everyone! This week at Our Creative Corner, Susan Butler of Scrumplescrunch, is hosting. Susan's theme is unequivocally "Shabby Chic".  This means the shabby part of vintage! The challenge requires you to pull elements together, the more old and worn or distressed the elements or images are, the better. Think muted colors, layers, roses, burlap, and pearls.  You do not have to use all of these elements, or any for that matter.  The effect you are aiming for is a soft warm palette. 
If you need inspiration, please visit the other Design Team's blogs, and check out their shabby-licious creations!
Linda Coughlin- The Funkie Junkie
Vicki Burdick- It's a Stamp Thing
Sue Butler- Scrumplescrunch
Ann Marie Hile- Stampin' Anne
Wendy Janson-  It's All About Stamping
Marcy Kaminski - En Papillote Arts
Holly Kean- Kean On Paper
Irena Kowalczyk (aka Rudlis) - Love, Life and Crafts
Meihsia Liu- Simply Paper Crafts
Tui Nathan- Stampin Time
Lori Rider- The Diva Stamper
Kristin Tierney- Lilly Beth Boutique
Sharon Wheet- Designs by Sharon
I have taken many classes in my creative lifetime. One such class was how to make a mini book (about the size of an ATC) out of one sheet of 12x12 paper. I can't tell you how many of these I have made since. They are great for teacher gifts or for the doting Mother or Grandmother. This was one that I never finished. The paper used is from one of my favorite lines gcd Studios.

From My Stash: lace, blue twill tape, sheer ribbon
gcd Studios - retired paper (Tina Higgins - Ella Blue Collection)
Prima - madrigal Blossom White Librett
Recollections - pearl trim
I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

12 Tags Of 2012 - May

Another month has gone by, and another tag has been created by Tim. I totally love this one, because of all the sewing elements, it's very feminine. Way to go Tim!
I decided to change up the tissue background to meet the requirements for the Compendium of Curiosities II Challenge of "tissue wrap collage".  This week's challenge is sponsored by the Funkie Junkie cool!!!
From My Stash:  red velvet, black satin ribbon, wooden beads, button

 I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Remember: Memorial Day

TWO POSTS IN ONE DAY! To see the Artistic Outpost May Release Set, Kudzu Kafe, please view it here

 It's time for the 'funkie' side to be shown at Frilly & Funkie's fortnightly challenge of "stencils & masks", hosted by the uber talented Marjie Kemper of  She Who Stamps And Scraps. In case you have missed it, Marjie challenges you to use stencils or masks in your artwork.  Use a purchased item or create your own stencil or mask using positive/negative space from die-cuts, stamps, or punches. You still have a week  (May 29th) left to participate and upload your project. We can't wait to see your creations! And, if you need a little inspiration please visit the other members of the Design Team and ogle over their fantastic creations.
Linda Coughlin - The Funkie Junkie
Marjie Kemper - She Who Stamps and Scraps 
Teresa Kline - Paperie Blooms
Terry Horrall -  Terry's Work In Progress 
Sue Carrington - Stamping Sue Style 
Tammy Roberts - Paperie Sweetness
Since Memorial Day is just around the corner, I decided to make a tag to mark this extremely important occasion in the United States. My step father serve in WWII, Korea (where he was a prisoner of war), and Viet Nam. He is one of few still alive who have done so, so this tag is in honor of him and those who have served our country.
I decided to create my own mask of sorts by taping off an area that I didn't want my stencil misting to mar.
I misted Dylusions Ink Spray onto a sewing stitches stencil to create some funky stripes.
I removed the tape, and then blocked off the stripes so I could mist the blank space with Dylusions to create a blue field.
I did not want this is be a clean stenciled image, because I wanted this to be symbolic and war is not clean, so I misted this with water to create a water color effect.
I used a stencil with circles of dots to mimic stars, and I painted over it with Snow Cap Dabber.
I used Tim's Americana Silhouettes Stamp Set and the dabber to create a larger star and more definitive stripes
I stamped all the words from this except the July 4, using Pumice Stone, so the images didn't overpower the flag.
I support the DAV and they send me cards and stickers. One of the cards had this image that I loved, so I distressed and inked it, to be used as my focal image on the tag. I wrote 'remember' on it with a Glaze Pen, and covered the sentiment with Crackle Accents.
I am also submitting this tag to the Sunday Stamper for "circles", Simon Says Stamp & Show's Challenge of "summer holidays", and  Artistic Stamper Creative Team Blog challenge of "spots & stripes".


I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!

Artistic Outpost's May Release

It's a good day crafty folk! Artistic Outpost just released their new stamp set for May called Kudzu Kafe.  Just in time for summer stamping, this Southern inspired collection pays homage to the lazy days of summer. This collection was inspired by a vintage kudzu seed packet that Robyn picked up from a flea market.  It's kind of ironic to her because kudzu is like the plague to many that live in the Southern part of the US.  It grows in the fields along most country roads and it covers EVERYTHING.  The nostalgic images feature a roadside cafe, children from the early 1900's, and Thoreau sentiments that all will easily mix and stylistically go with so many of our other collections. Talk about vintage loveliness at it's best. The details are fabulous, especially when stamped on Specialty Stamping Paper. This stamp collection measure 8.5" x 5.5". It is available unmounted as a sheet of beautiful red rubber, or you can have it mounted for you on cling foam. The mounted stamp set comes with a plastic index sheet/card for ease of storage.
I decided to do a matching set of sorts. I just love the Lined Image (yes I'm strange). I just think there are so many uses for here as the grass/road. It would be awesome as siding on a building, a design on clothing, hair, journaling lines, rows of crops on a farm, waves on a calm ocean...I could go on and on.  
Born To Stand Out: Having a comical sentiment on a vintage image like this makes me happy. I love all those cards with the older people on it with funny quotes. All the images on both cards are from Kudzu Kafe and Serenity and are stamped in Jet Black Archival onto kraft paper. They are all colored in with Distress Markers or water colored with Distress Ink. The sentiments are from Think and Wonder.

Fun Is Good: This card was done basically the same way as the first, except the sign. I wanted to create a rusted and vintage looking sign, highlighting my favorite thing...homemade ice cream. I used Antiquities Rust Embossing Powder over silver embossing on top of Tim's Hanging Sign Die. Chain and jump rings attached the stained wooden veneer sign. It was stamped in Jet Black Archival and colored in with Distress Markers.

Kudzu Kafe

Please visit all the other Design Team Members and have a gander at all their beautiful creations.


I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

April ATC's Received

I love my happy mail!!! Have I mentioned how much I love swapping?!? Here is what I got back for April.

All Things Tim Yahoo Group
(blended spritz & flick)
Sue Burland (The shine from the mist is to craft for!!! I wish the picture showed the true colors here...gorgeous purple and pink sky.)
Sandy Nolan (This is flicked with Perfect Peals, but the shine is not picking up in the photo. Wonderful texture with the embossing...dry and wet.)
Stephen Jew (This man has it down!!! Gorgeous shine from flicked mist. Love the charm embellishment. )
Claudine Criner (I have to apologize immensely Claudine. I had your card standing up so I could admire and enjoy it, but I bumped my table and down it came into a puddle of Colorwash, where seam binding was dying. I am so sorry, but I still love it so. Gorgeous color and design love love the bird.) is mine again.
Creative Block-Stamper's Anonymous Yahoo Group
(grungy style)

Susan Salyer (Love the looks like weathered wood. The roses are a wonderful textural feature as is the raffia string.)
Sandy A. (That butterfly is amazing! Umbrella Man always looks great, and especially upon this fab background.)
Jaimie Sander (This heart image on image is wonderful, and I love the way you interjected the word inspire.) is mine. In case you missed the tutorial, you can see it here.
 I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!