Friday, April 19, 2019

Alcohol Pearls Easter Egg Placecard Holders

Happy Good Friday everyone! I'm running behind lately due to a car wreck and all that that involved...I'm thankfully okay...but had one last Easter project to show you before the weekend that I finally finished last minute, using some new Tim Holtz goodies. I showed a sneak peek on Instragram a few weeks ago, but then life happened, so I didn't get back to it until this week, and then the kids came home early for Easter...a happy surprise.  I apologize for the less than stellar photos. I wish each and every one of you a blessed Easter!
I painted the eggs and the wooden bases with Tim's Antique Linen Distress Paint from Ranger, so the Alcohol Pearls and Ink would flow better and not soak up so quick.
I pounced on Smolder and Gold Mixative over them, and then added touches of Bundled Sage and Tumbled Glass  here and there for more of a vintage look.
I pounced on Lake Mist Alcohol Ink with the Pearls, and then flicked on Smolder (MY NEW FAV!) and Gold Mixative for a mottled look. Then I adhered the shredded book and eggs on the bases with Multi Matte Medium.
I have a LOVE of all things tableware, and the older the better. The dish above is from a set from the hub's Grandmother. I have never used them for Easter, so they were the inspiration behind this project. I purposely chose colors to keep in line with them. Tumbled Glass was the perfect blue. I trimmed Distress Heavystock to 2.5x3 inches, and used the Distress Spray Stain from the bottle and watercolored it on Distress Heavystock. I went around the edges of the cards with Gold Paint Dabber.
I used the cute cute Funny Farm images from Tim and Stamper's Anonymous, and stamped with Distress Embossing Ink and embossed with Gold Powder. I did cut the sentiments from the stamps, and a few eggs from the chicken one...I don't have a problem doing that. I place them all back on the stamp sheet the way they originally came so I don't lose the pieces. No fear!!!
I used four of Tim's new Archival Inks to stamp the Happy Easter sentiment from the Crazy Talk set, alternating the colors on the stamp. I did it upside down on the platform to make the stamp placement higher which is easier for me to get right. I know I'm strange!
I used Distress Paint and a waterbrush to color in parts of the embossed images.
I added the cards on the Memo Pins, and then poked holes in the tops of the eggs and pushed them in with a little Multi Matte Medium.
I love to do the table up for holidays and make them just a bit more special. Oops! Just noticed I forgot to add the silverware! I'm off to finish the table!
(Craft Sheet, Medium Paint Brush, Detail Paint Brush, Scissors, Craft Pick, Stamp Platform, Embossing Heat Tool)
-Craft Eggs, Wooden Candlestick Bases, Shredded Book Pages
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Paint: Antique Linen, Tumbled Glass, Bundled Sage, Mustard Seed, Broken China, Picked Raspberry, Victorian Velvet, Picket Fence
-Ranger Tim Holtz Alcohol Pearls: Smolder, Alchemy, Sublime, Tranquil, Enchanted
-Ranger Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink: Lake Mist
-Ranger Alcohol Ink Blending Tool
-Ranger Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink Blending Solution
-Ranger Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink Mixative: Gold
-Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Memo Pins
-Ranger Multi Matte Medium
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Mixed Media Heavy Stock
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Spray Stain: Tumbled Glass
-Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz Stamp Set: Funny Farm, Crazy Talk
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Embossing
-Ranger Embossing Powder: Gold
-Ranger Tim Holtz Archival Ink: Fossilized Amber, Peeled Paint, Mermaid Lagoon, Picked Raspberry
-Ranger Paint Dabber: Gold
-Ranger Detail Waterbrush
Thanks so much for hopping by! I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon...after Easter!!!

Sunday, April 07, 2019

Tim Holtz Assemblage Clock Challenge - The Easter Bunny Family Chocolate Box

Hi there! Today, I have an Easter project to show you, and this one was another challenge from The Crafty Scrapper. Those of us participating were asked to use a Tim Holtz Idea-ology Assemblage Clock for Spring or Easter, so here is mine, along with Vignette pieces to make another chocolate can never have too much chocolate! Thank you Carolyn for asking me to participate, as I had a ball making this. Extra long post, so grab some chocolate... nom nom nom...enjoy!
Using the new Alcohol Pearls from Tim and Ranger...LOVE THEM!...I pounced on Tranquil and Celestial with an Alcohol Ink Blending Tool. Oh the sparkle! I did not use the glass from the clock so I will save that for another project.
Using Tim's Botanical Tissue Paper, Collage Matte Medium, and Collage Brush, I added the paper over the clock base and two bells. The Alcohol Pearls shown through wonderfully.
Using more of the Pearls, Smolder, Alchemy, Splendor, Sublime, Envy, and Mineral, I painted in the flowers and leaves with a paintbrush and Blending Solution. I also pounced on some Mushroom Alcohol Ink to the edges of the clock for a little more vintage feel.
I put the clock back together, and then covered the inside walls of the clock and the back piece with Tim's Wallpaper with a blue and orange flower motif. I painted some foam craft eggs with Alcohol Pearls as well, and layered those in a tiny basket with shredded book pages. 
Using a medium Vignette Box, I painted it will Glacier Ice Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylic Paint, and then dry brushed some Terracotta on. I added more Wallpaper to the sides of the box. I used the largest Vignette Panel instead of a medium because I needed a larger base for the clock and I wanted the overhang. I painted it with Magic Moss and then dry brushed Terracotta over it.
I die cut the Sizzix Timekeeper clock from Tim out of chipboard and painted it with Terracotta Fresco Finish, and the added Mineral Pearl over the hands. I attached it to the backing of the clock with Collage Medium after I inked the edges with Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink.
I painted more eggs with Celestial Pearl and then Glacier Ice Fresco Finish, and attached those to the bottom of the box for feet using Multi Matte. I had some mini metal bunnies in my stash that were yellow, and I painted those with Antique Linen Distress Paint followed by Smolder (I LOVE Smolder!). The rabbits were attached to the front right and right corner of the box.
I had brad latches in my stash from way back when, and I colored them with Mineral Pearl. I poked holes in the panel where the latches would go and pushed in the brads as far as I could, and then used pliers to further push them in and make them flush. I attached the the box to the lid with the latches.
I die cut all the Sizzix bunnies Tim has...the new Cottontail is the daddy, the mama from Easter Elements, and the baby from Bunny and Bow Movers and Shapers. I die cut two for the baby, three for the mama, and five for the daddy, and layered them up for extra thickness with Collage Medium. I painted them with Antique Linen.
The mama was a little too big for the inside of the clock where I wanted her so I had to trim her down some. I pounced over all three rabbits with Smolder Pearl for some shimmer. Then I added some detail painting to the trio with Distress Paint. I also added felt to the inside of the box. Not seen is a felt carrot that I stamped Happy Easter on with Tim's Crazy Talk. I attached the carrot to a cut popsicle stick for a sign. I adhered the clock to the panel with lots of Multi Matte Medium, and added on more shredded book pages and the eggs and sign.
I colored the bows for the rabbits with more Pearls and adhered them on with Collage Medium. I wanted them to have whiskers so I poked holes around their noses and threaded Tim's Craft Thread through and tied it in knots before trimming off, so they wouldn't come out. I love their whiskers and love Craft Thread!!! Then I added on the rabbits to the panel and in the clock. I colored the Crinkle Ribbon bow with Faded Jeans Distress Spray Stain and tied it on. I colored a mini butterfly from the Tiny Shapes Movers and Shapers with Terracotta and then Mineral and adhered it on. I added a few more eggs and then added the chocolate!
(Craft Sheet, Detail Paint Brush, Chipboard, Paper Trimmer, Scissors, Craft Pick, Pliers, Mini Screw Driver, Gray Detail Pen, Stamping Block) 
-Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Assemblage Clock, Botanical Collage Tissue Paper, Worn Wallpaper, Vignette Box, Vignette Panel, Crinkle Ribbon 
-Ranger Alcohol Ink Applicator with Felt 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Alcohol Pearls: Tranquil, Celestial, Smolder, Alchemy, Splendor, Sublime, Envy, Mineral 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink: Mushroom 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink Blending Solution 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Collage Medium: Matte 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Collage Brush 
-Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Bigz Die: Timekeeper, Easter Elements, Cottontail 
-Paper Artsy Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics: Translucent Terracotta, Opaque Glacier Ice, Opaque Magic Moss 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Brushed Corduroy 
-Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tool 
-Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Movers and Shapers: Mini Bunny and Bow Set, Tiny Shapes 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Ink: Antique Linen, Hickory Smoke, Victorian Velvet 
-Coats Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements Craft Thread: Antique Linen 
-Stamper's Anonymous Tim Holtz Stamp Set: Crazy Talk 
-Ranger Archival Ink: Jet Black 
-Ranger Wendy Vecchi Mica Spray: Pearl 
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Spray Stain: Faded Jeans
-Mini Craft Foam Easter Eggs, Mini Metal Bunnies, Mini Latch Brads, Mini Screws, Book Paper Shreds, Mini Woven Basket, Felt Carrot, Popsicle Stick, Round Metal Brad

Thanks for stopping by today everyone. Hopefully I'll be back soon with another Easter make.
I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!

Monday, April 01, 2019

Eileen Hull Birdie Darling Lighted Pedestal Birdhouse

That title was a mouth full! Happy April crafty people, and hopefully by now all of you are feeling Spring. Recently, Eileen Hull, announced that she has a new Educator Team in addition to her Inspiration Design Team. I am thrilled to be one of her Educators (Thanks Eileen!), and all that means is that I will be showing you (or teaching) new and different ways to use her Sizzix Dies through tutorials and classes. So today, I have a self step out tutorial for making this 'Birdie Darling Lighted Pedestal Robin Birdhouse', using four of Eileen's dies in a different way. I love using dies in ways they might not have been intended to's a challenge for me. It's a super long post so grab sustenance, and for those of you Eileen Hull lovers who are new here, I know it's a lot to see and read, but I relish the detail and the time it takes to create that. Hope you enjoy!
(Craft Sheet, Scissors, Die Cut Machine, Medium Paintbrush, Masking Tape, Crop-o-dile 1/4 Inch Corner Rounder and Punch, Pliers, Sanding Grip)
-Sizzix Eileen Hull Scoreboards XL Die: Cupcake Stand and Pennant, Trinket Box and Frame
-Sizzix Little Sizzles Mat Board: 6x13 Inch
-Ranger Adhesive Sheets
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Woodgrain Cardstock
-12x12 Scrap Cardstock
-Skor Tape: 1 Inch
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Collage Medium: Matte
-Tim Holtz Idea-ology: Aviary Collage Paper
-DecoArt Americana Decor Chalky Finish Paint
-Paper Artsy Fresco Finish Chalk Acrylics: Baltic Blue, Glacier Ice, Magic Moss, Mahogany, Zesty Zing, Terracotta, Mud Splat
-Faber-Castell Bold Pitt Pen: Warm Grey IV
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Crackle Paint:: Clear Rock Candy
-Ranger Wendy Vecchi Archival Ink: Tree Branch
-Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tool
-Ranger Multi Matte Medium
-Sizzix Eileen Hull Thinlits: Birds and Butterflies, Floral Arch and Words
-Ranger Tim Holtz Distress Mixed Media Heavystock
-Ranger Glossy Accents
-Egg Carton, Book Paper Shreds, Mini Craft Foam Eggs, Medium Craft Foam Egg, Wood Dowel or Golf Tee, Wood Knob, Metal Ornate Corners, Velcro Sticky Squares, Super Glue, 5 Micro Lights String with Lithium Battery Pack, Rubber Bands
Using Eileen's Trinket Box and Frame XL die and Mat Board (3 sheets), I die cut four of the box sides, four of the scored book ends (I show five, but only used four.), one of the box backs, one solid arch piece, and one arch piece with the oval cut out.
I trimmed the long side of the box sides (about 1/8 inch) to match the length of the scored pieces, so that they would fit together perfectly when assembled.
I affixed the box sides together using Skor Tape, and then only attached the box back to one of the boxes. I used the tabs on the backless box to attach it to the other box, so that now I have one wider and deeper box. I trimmed two of the scored pieces to fit the top and bottom of the box (about 1/2 inch), and saved the small scraps for a future project. I rounded the corners from the cut pieces using the 1/4 inch side of the Corner Chomper.
I cut 2.5 inches off a piece of 12x12 cardstock, and adhered it with Skor Tape around the box for more security and to strengthen the joint bonds of the two boxes, centering it on the top and wrapping it around both sides, with a tiny amount of overhang wrapped along the bottom. It won't be seen, so it doesn't matter if it doesn't cover the's only for strength.
I cut two pieces of Tim Holtz Idea-ology Collage Tissue Paper in Aviary about 1/2 inch bigger on all sides than the arched pieces. I collaged the pieces on using Distress Matte Collage Medium from Tim and Ranger, wrapping the overage on the back, and tearing a center on the framed arch piece, wrapping it around the back as well. I decided I liked the words 'Birdie Darling', so I added those along the top of the framed arch piece...perfect title I think. I let these dry, and then inked the edges with Wendy Vecchi's Tree Branch Archival from Ranger with an Ink Blending Tool, and then I set these aside for later.
Instead of folding these scored book end pieces like they are intended for, I decided they would be wood wainscoting. I used a Gray Permanent India Ink Pitt Pen from Faber-Castell to draw over the scored lines so I wouldn't lose sight of them in the next part...the fun part!
I decided to go with an old technique of  'paint and rip off' for an organic look that works on paper products. It's always iffy to do as you never know if you will tear your project, but I never have and always like the results. I mixed a little Glacier Ice Fresco Finish Chalk Paint with Baltic Blue, and painted streaks on. Then I added strips of masking tape and ripped them off like a band-aid. LOVE the results! It gives you an instant vintage peeling paint look.
I kept adding layers of paint streaks with more Fresco Finish Paints in Magic Moss, Mahogany, Zesty Zing, and Terracota, adhering and ripping off masking tape in between colors.
Then I really went crazy with the tape, and added and pulled off so much to finally pull off a thin layer of paper below...just what I wanted to happen to add to that peeling paint look.
Everywhere the paper came off I added touches of white chalk paint and Terracota around the edges. It was perfect, and looks authentic.
Using another XL die, the Cupcake Stand and Pennant, I only die cut the legs of the stand, but I die cut two pieces using Mat Board, and four pieces using Tim Holtz Distress Woodgrain Cardstock.
I adhered the Woodgrain Cardstock to both sides of each leg using Collage Medium, and then paint the legs, both sides, with Mud Splat. Once that dried, I dry brush painted White Chalk Paint to the edges and parts of the center of the legs. Then I rubbed Tree Branch Archival over the legs, straight from the pad, to bring out the woodgrain texture from the paper.
I retraced over the lines on the peeling paint planks for more depth, and inked the edges of them and the pedestal legs with more Tree Branch Archival. Then I pulled out an oldie but a goodie, Distress Rock Candy Crackle, and gave all these pieces, especially the peeling paint planks a nice coat of crackle, and let these dry. Why? I like the texture, the crackle, and the sheen it really makes for more of an aged look as well. Once the legs were dry, I added Multi Medium to the joint slits and slipped them together. I had to use a little more effort as they were thicker than just regular Mat Board, so keep that in mind if you are doing the same. I used rubber bands to hold them in place exactly as I wanted them to dry.
I felt that the legs needed a little bit more...go I decided to add some filigree corner pieces to the leg ends for more of a vintage look using pliers to bend them to fit and Multi Medium for extra security. I did have a slight problem of the legs not being totally flush and wobbling, and I can't use a sugar packet to make it right, so I just trimmed them until there was no wobble. I didn't like the look of the copper finish on the corners for this project, so I did add a little Baltic Blue and Mud Splat to the corners.
I added Skor Tape to the back of the painted planks, and added those on the box. I used mini foam craft eggs and painted them with a mixture of Baltic Blue and Glacier Ice, adding flicks of Mud Splat. I needed a nest for the eggs so I used a paper egg carton, and cut off one of the bowls and trimmed it down to size. I painted it with Mud Splat and then layered in some shredded book pages with Multi Medium to give it a good nest look. Then I adhered the nest and eggs in the box with Multi Matte.
*NOTE: I should have attached the light before doing this part, so keep that in mind if you are doing this.* I cut a golf tee about 3 inches long (you can use a dowel) and I painted it with Mud Splat. I made a hole at the bottom center of the framed arch piece with a Crop-O-Dile, and I inserted the stick into the hole with a little Multi Medium, then I attached both arch pieces to the box, and covered up the stick on the inside with more shredded book pages. I also painted a wooden drawer pull with a mixture of the Glacier Ice and Baltic Blue, then I adhered it to the top of the box with Multi Matte.
Using Eileen's Bird and Butterfly Thinlit, I die cut the bird with Distress Mixed Media Heavystock three times and layered them together with Multi Matte. I like it thicker to paint on for the next part.
I painted the bird to look like a Robin using Terracotta, Mud Splat, and White Chalk Paint. Once dried, I adhered the wing on, and adhered the bird into the nest with Multi Matte.
I die cut seven of the Floral Arches with Heavystock and seven of the flowers from Eileen's Floral Arch and Words Thinlit.
I thought I would save time by inserted the arches and flowers back in the negative parts of the cut and then paint them in with Zesty Zing, Terracotta, and Magic Moss, which it did save time, but I let it dry and they stuck. So note to self and to you, punch them out before they dry. I had to use scissors to help me get them out. Then I adhered the arches to the sides and front of the box like they were climbing plants. I put the flowers on the end of the paintbrush and folded them around the ends giving them a cupped shape, and then I adhered them on with Multi Matte. I painted the centers of the flowers with Zesty Zing. Then I adhered the pedestal base to the bottom of the box with Multi Matte, again using rubber bands to secure it in place until dry.
I knew the birdhouse needed something else, as there was so much space inside, so I stared at this thing for several days and devised a plan to add a light inside. The problem was, I already sealed and attached everything and I didn't want to tear the house up to add anything. So I decided to use lights that had a thin enough battery pack that could easily be attached without breaking anything, and that meant micro light with CR-32 Lithium Batteries. The battery pack is only two inches long, an inch wide, and 1/8 inch thick...perfect for this, but the least amount of lights I could find was 10. I thought 10 lights were too bright, so I cut the last five off, and the lights still work!!! Keep that in mind for future projects! I added sticky Velcro Squares to the middle back of the battery pack and had it ready to attach. I sanded down the bottom part of a larger craft egg for a flat part to make attaching much easier, and then painted it, again with a mixture of Glacier and Baltic, and added dots of the Mud Splat.
I added a strip of Skor Tape to the back of the egg to help hold and guide the wired lights, and then wound the wire around the egg, pulling it tight. It worked perfect. Then I attached the Velcro battery pack to the inside of the right wall of the house, and used super glue to attach the egg to the center roof of the house.The rest of wire hid itself, as I looped it up and twisted it tight against itself. Now finally, the house was finished!
Lights off.
Lights on! Here you can see the battery pack attached to the right side.
And there you go! A big thank you again to Eileen for having me join along in her journey! Happy Spring everyone!
I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!