Tuesday, December 29, 2015

My CHA Schedule and Huge News!!!

I hope all of you have had a super merry Christmas, full of blessings galore!  I sure have, and truthfully have been celebrating one of the best Christmas gifts ever,  after I received a call from a certain somebody asking me to be a part of some huge things!!! I am still pinching myself to see if I wake up from the sweetest dream ever. So here goes...OH MY GOSH...I will be demoing for Ranger along side of Tim Holtz, Wendy Vecchi, Dina Wakley, and Dyan Reaveley in the Ranger Ink Booth at the CHA Mega Show in Anaheim!!! Yes me!!! No one has ever been asked to do this until now!!! Can you believe it?!! I still can't! I am floored Tim asked me! I am humbled like never before! My mind is blown! I will probably be a bumbling idiot, and be fired after 10 minutes, so please please please wish me good thoughts!!! If you are at the show please come see me and give me a hug! I need moral support! 
And...OH MY GOSH...I am participating in the Ranger Designer Challenge at the show!!! To say I am thrilled is an understatement! I've always wanted to participate, and I've been up to my eyeballs drawing blueprints, testing, designing, engineering, and all that jazz, (Really I've been playing!!!) and hopefully by next week I will have a finished piece to display! ;0)
Thank you Tim Holtz (Everything craftily good has been because of you!) and Ranger Ink for having faith in me, and giving me this opportunity. Thank you to all the Signature Designers at Ranger for wishing me well and spurring me on, especially Wendy, who has always been a cheerleader for me!  I will do my best not to let you all down. 

AND...I will be participating in the Designer's in Action at the show, and will have a booth showcasing my work along with some of the greatest Designers in the industry. I can't wait to meet up with all of them again!

AND...I will be demoing in the Designer's in Action area for Maya Road showing a bunch of the new dies they have started making. 

AND...I will be demoing in the Scotty Booth for Eileen Hull, showing some of her new flower dies and a super new cool tool she has coming out. 

My CHA schedule is below and also on my calendar page, so if you are at the show, please come see me! I love to meet new people and make new connections, and love to see old friends again! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the support this year and past years, and thank you for all the good wishes for the upcoming CHA Mega Show!!!

2016 CHA Mega Show Schedule:

Designer's In Action Showcase
Exhibit Hall
The Artful Maven - Pedestal #7
Saturday, Jan. 9 - Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016
Items Displayed Everyday

Designer's In Action Demo
Exhibit Hall
Maya Road Dies
Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016
11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Demo for Ranger Ink
Exhibit Hall
Booth #621
Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016:  12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Monday, Jan. 11, 2016: 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Demo for Eileen Hull
Exhibit Hall
Scotty Booth #330
Saturday, Jan. 9, 2016: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2016: 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Designer's In Action Greeter
Exhibit Hall
Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016: 9:00 am - 10:00 am

I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!

Sunday, December 20, 2015

The Crafty Scrapper's 12 Days of Christmas Tags


Happy Sunday, and welcome to Day 11 of The Crafty Scrapper's 12 Tags of Christmas! Thanks for having me back Carolyn! Last year I made four tags for my day, so it was only right that I made four for this year...right?!! Before I get started, please read below for a chance to score some loot!
Each day, the commentors from each tag's post on The Crafty Scrapper's Facebook Page, are randomly drawn for a wonderful prize. Hope on over and comment over there too, and you might win.
To create this angel made from Tim's Deco Sheets, first die cut the Angel and new Feathered Wings with the Deco Sheets. Then emboss the Angel with the Poinsettia Pattern and Fancy Christmas Texture Fades.
Directly rub Wendy's Archival Ink in Tree Branch from Ranger over the Angel, and her Watering Can over the Wings. These are great colors to use over gold and silver items. Ink the edges of each with the same colors. Cut off the bottom of the Angels existing wings, and layer the new wings over the remaining top portion of the other wing with Multi Medium. Then use Stickles in red and green to accent the raised images on the Angel.
To make the Faux Mercury Glass on this Angel, first die cut pieces of Ranger's Silver Cardstock with the Angel and Wings. Pounce Mushroom Alcohol Ink over all the pieces creating blotches of the ink.
Stamp all the pieces with Specks first in Tree Branch, and then Cracks in Watering can. Dry with a heat tool. Again trim the bottom portion of the wings off.
Lay the piece in the Beaded Garland Texture Fade, and emboss. Layer the Wings on and adhere with Multi Medium. Use Bisque Liquid Pearls to adorn the Beaded Garland.
To create the Steampunk look Angel. Adhere Ranger's Silver Foil Tape Sheets to any cardstock. Die cut the Angel and Wings with it. Emboss the Angel with the Gears Texture Fade and the Wings with the Riveted Metal.
Shade Black Soot Distress Paint and then apply over all the pieces. Let sit for a few minutes, and then use a paper towel to wipe some off leaving the paint all around the raised images. Let dry. Rub Tree Branch over all the pieces to make the raised portions look golden. Again, trim the bottom portion of the existing wings, and layer the new wings on with Multi Medium. Let them dry, and then punch holes where the Hinge is to go. Adhere Tiny Fasteners through.
To create the Punched Tin Angel, pounce Mushroom Alcohol Ink all over Glossy Cardstock. Then pounce on a mixture of Silver and Pearl Mixative over this with the Alcohol Inking Tool. Die cut this with the Angel and Wings.
Emboss the pieces with the Sparkles Texture Fade.
Rub and Mini Collage Glue Stick over the raised images, then lay a golden Foil Sheet, shiny side up, over the glue. Rub with your finger and lift up several times over the raised images until some of the foil is transferred to them. Use a craft pick and self healing mat to punch holes around the Sparkle images. Then rub Tree Branch over the pieces. Again, trim off the bottom of the Angel's existing wing, and then lay on the new Wings with Multi Medium.
To create the backgrounds, use #10 sized Manila tags, and lay the Flourish Layering Stencil over them. Use a Mini Ink Blending Tool with clean foam, and absorb some Gold Paint, but not too wet. Stencil in some of the image, and then clean the foam with water. Absorb some Silver Paint and do the same in different spots until the tag is covered. Clean the stencil with water. Dry.
Ink over the tags with Distress Ink in Festive Berries, Bundled Sage and Twisted Citron. The paint will resist the ink. Flick water on to create water spots. Dry.
Stamp the sentiment with Jet Black Archival and sprinkle on Clear Embossing Powder. Heat to emboss it. Lay the Flourish Stencil back over the tag, and randomly apply Gold and Silver Embossing Paste through it matching up the bottom design to it. Clean the stencil with water. Let dry, and then ink the edges of the tags with Tree Branch.
Die cut two trees with the Woodland Thinlets using brown cardstock. Cut them in half horizontally. Use a piece for each tag and adhere to the bottom on the tags. Punch several pieces of different green cardstocks with the Juniper and Pine Paper Punches. Ink the edges of all the pieces with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink. Curl the ends of each piece and begin layering and adhering them over the tree die cut, keeping to the Christmas Tree Shape. Adhere the Angels to the top of the trees with Foam Tape.
Use pliers to bend a Memo Pin right at the point where the loop is in a right angle. Stick the Memo Pin down into the Foam Tape over the Angel's head to form a halo. Secure the bottom of the loop where it meets the tag with a little Multi Medium for security. Add Stickles to the halo and dots of it to the tree. Add ribbon tot he bottom of each Angel, and even adorn with more Stickles. Glue on charms, gears, pearls, etc., to each tree.
Here are links to all the other tags too, as well as some of the blogs from the designers. Hope on over and take a peak at some great Christmas work.
Day 1: Erica Hofstetter "Zunky Chic"
Day 2: Anita Scroggins "The Flamingo Chronicles"
Day 3: Carolyn Ross - Owner of The Crafty Scrapper AND My Bestie!!!
Day 4: Wendy Vecchi "Studio 490 Art"
Day 5: Ginger Cameron "Gingersnaps and Butterflies"
Day 6: Lori Souter
Day 7: Tina Covington "Live, Love, and Stamp"
Day 8: Laurie Baker
Day 9: Paula Cheney "One Lucky Day"
Day 10: Gena Glover "Handcrafted Dreams"
Day 11: Me
Day 12: Carolyn Ross

5 more days until Christmas...are you ready?  Thanks again for all the comments, and I will be back after Christmas with some HUGE news!!! I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!

Friday, December 18, 2015

12 Tags of 2015 - December

The last tag of the year...sad huh? I am so hoping Tim continues on for next year! I've enjoyed doing these and looking at all the other tags that you all have made. It's always so inspirational. Here is my version of Tim's December Tag for 2015.
I loved Tim's tag so much, so I pretty much kept everything the same, but I changed the wreath into a tree, because I just finished watching It's a Wonderful Life. I love the ending so much when they ring the bell so an Angel can get their wings.
I tried to make an old fashioned popcorn and cranberry garland, so I used Liquid Pearls to help me along. It's not the best, but it was fun. I even added one little bell so that when it rings....
Instead of using the jingle bells, I used the yuletide brads the way Tim did.
Thanks again for all the comments, especially on last month's November Turkey Tag. I appreciate all of you!


I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!