Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Tim Holtz - 12 tags of 2012 - Feburary

I loved doing this tag for Tim Holtz- 12 tags of 2012 - February especially the honeycomb heart. Firstly, I stamped a text stamp with white acylic paint Dabber and dried it with a heat gun. I covered the tag with distress ink, spun sugar and victorian velvet and I removed the ink from the text with a wet cloth. I edged the tag with distress ink worn lipstick. I cut out some grungeboard using the Bigz die Love Struck which I coloured in with distress ink barn door, then I spread distress Stickles all over the Cherub and left it to dry. I coloured in the arrow with a silver Dabber. I punched out Martha Stewart's doily lace trim in Kraft paper. Next using my Vagabond I cut out two mini hearts in grungeboard. On the first heart I created a ruffle out of tissue tape. On the other heart I used honeycomb paper to give it a 3D appearance and then I joined the hearts together.

I dyed a ribbon using distress ink spun sugar and barn door. I added a trinket pin to which was attached tag with "CHERISH" written on it and some jewels. Finally I finished it off by attaching the cherub and arrow. All products were from Tim Holtz, Ranger and the Honeycomb paper is fom InkyAntics.

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

February Challenge- Hearts

I am doing this project for the Artistic Stamper February Challenge - Hearts. I bought a paper mache heart box about 1.5" wide and 1" deep which I painted in red, inside and out, and sprayed with glimmer mist to create a gold sheen. Next I put on the outside Tim Holtz locket key and placed a rose in the centre.

Firstly I put Tim Holtz Idea-ology "LOVE" Adage Ticket on the base inside the heart and then I got  a swivel clasp to which I attached the key (representing the key to my heart) a trinket pin saying "treasure" and a word stick saying "Kiss".

Sunday, 26 February 2012

Sunday Stamper - Week 194 - Got to Get You Into My Life

as soon as I heard it was about life I knew which stamp I was going to use.  I painted a 4"x4" canvas in journalling style. I printed out the Tim Holtz stamp on acetate with black StazOn ink and attatched it with a heart brad to the canvas, and finished it off with Prima flower and leaf with a brad.

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Simon Says Stamp and Show Take Your Pick ... London, Paris or New York!

Simon Says Stamp and Show Take Your Pick so I chose Paris because I have some Paris stamps in my stash. I chose the colours of the French flag, red, white and blue. The tag I did using the wrinkle free distress technique with fire brick, faded jeans and distressed stains picket fence. The background stamp was from Tim Holtz Papillon, the foreground was the Eiffel Tower from Tim Holtz French Market clear stamps using the colours of the French flag again.

 I also did some shrink plastics of the Eiffel Tower, two of which I attached to the ribbon that I had dyed with distressed stains fire brick, faded jeans and  picket fence.

Voila! the tag was finished. I had fun with the shrink plastic.

Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Grungy Monday 37: Tim Holtz Wearable Art!

For this challenge (Studio L3)  I decided to use my Tim Holtz pocket watch that I got for Christmas. I am calling it "Sewing Room". I used paper from Tim Holtz Crowded Attic 6"x 6" which you can see in the background and the 2" x 2" for inside the watch. Having put the paper inside the watch I decorated it with a Tim Holtz button and a mini pin. I used other embellishments from my stash, such as a sewing machine, coat hanger and a small meaasage plaque with the sentiment "Made for You". Once they were glued in place I secured the front of the pocket watch into position. Finally, I used a large jump ring threaded with a Tim Holtz large chain.
 I have always been a sewer and I felt that all these elements represented my Sewing Room and the watch certainly represented the hours I spent at my sewing machine over the 39  years since I started


Monday, 20 February 2012

Sunday Stamper - Week 193 - Stitch in Time

This week Hel's Blog Sunday Stamper - Week 193 - is a Stitch in Time. Using sewing as a starting point, I cut out the Bigz Die -  Sewing Room with my Vagabond which I distressed with vintage photo. I cut out a double sided adhesive sheet to the size of the dress former. I peeled off one side of the adhesive rectangle and then put material on it and put it all through my Vagabond using the Sewing Room die again. Once it was cut out, I removed the other side of the adhesive and stuck it onto the dress former. I  then put gathering stitches on a strip of material and gathered it to make a skirt and finished it off with a velvet ribbon, using some bling stick-ons for a necklace.

Moving onto the tag, I used the wrinkle free distress technique in tea dye distress ink. The stamps I used were from the Haberdashery (Stampers Anonymous) Tim Holtz in various colours of distressed inks. The black dress form was stamped in pigment ink and I used Tim Holtz Reflections stamp without any ink to remove ink and leave an impression.

I cut up some Tim Holtz tape measure after colouring it in with distressed stain, broken china and adhered it to the tag. I sewed around the tag and needle book. The spool was wrapped in Crafter's Cord and I pinned a small sewing machine embellishment  on a mini safety pin (Tim Holtz) .

For the ribbon I dyed it with distressed stain in broken china, threaded it through then voila it was finished.

Thursday, 16 February 2012

Sunday Stamper - Week 192 - I Will Always Love You

This is the Valentine card I made for my husband. I started with Tim Holtz Alterations Big Die - Styled Labels which I distressed with Iced Spruce distressing ink. I used the word "Love" from Sizzlets decorative strips Once Upon a Time, covered with Glossy Accents. I finshed the label with two hearts that I had punched out of red paper. I chose a sparkly background paper from my stash and used Martha Stewart's punches "Loop" to give the paper a decorative edge. I used Tim Holtz Kraft-core Nostalgic Collection for the card itself. I also used Kraft-core paper, in a different shade, for the banner, stamped with "I will love you, FOREVER AND A DAY" from Studio 490- Sentimental Art. I also used the same stamp for the message inside the card.

My husband loved the card and we had a lovely romantic day together.

Sunday, 12 February 2012

Fun with Wendy Vecchi Studio 490

My last post showed a spool for the Sunday Stamper - Week 191 challenge. The following photographs are of projects I did before the Sunday Stamper challenge.

This project was a version of the one Hels demonstrated on the Create and Craft channel using Art Parts from the Sample Pack, the Leaves Pack and the Flowers Pack. The background was made with Tim Holtz papers (Lost and Found) and then embellished with two bottles from 7 Gypsies. I left the letters visible as by chance they came out as our initials, Carol and Martin.

This is my second project from the Sample Pack and Flower Pack. For the background I again used Tim Holtz papers (Lost and Found) and I stamped Studio 490 Live and Make Art list of words. I used the same technique on the frame, which I sprayed with glimmer mist. For the flower I used paper from my stash which I glimmer misted. The stalk and leaves were coloured with distressed ink. A button was used for the centre of the flower.

After completing Hels Sunday Stamper - Week 191 spool I decided to make a smaller spool. I used the lace stamp from Sentimental Art (Studio 490) inked with the Ranger acrylic paint Pearl dabber on a white card (be sure to clean your stamp immediately).  Once it was dry I applied chipped saphire distressed ink by Tim Holtz to the stamped image  and used the card to cover the spool. I used a leaf out of the Leaf Pack and a stalk out of the Sample Pack, which I cut in half. I wanted it to be a brighter green so I embossed them with green embossing powder. I made the flowers with a Tim Holtz technique, using tattered roses from his big dies with Tim Holtz paper Vintage Shabby (2x2) and I found some lovely butterflies from Anita's. The rear butterflies were placed on clear modelling film shown in  (Sunday Stamper - Week 191)

I really love these Wendy Vecchi Art Parts and enjoy making them. I am sure I'll be putting up some more up in the near future.

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Sunday Stamper - Week 191 - Heart On My Sleeve

On Hel's Blog Sunday Stamper she showed some lovely cards that she had made for a Create and Craft show, I didn't have any cards to make because they were all up at my caravan, so I decided to make something different. The last time she was on Create and Craft demonstrating Studio 490 products I bought a Sample Pack of Art Parts (Wendy Vecchi) and a stamp set "Live and Make Art" and I decided to use them for my Sunday Stamper project.

I decided to make a spool with flowers, leaves and hearts.  Firstly I covered parts of the spool from the Sample Pack in paper and then assembled it. As I was looking at it I thought that it would look nicer by adding some lace from my stash.

I glued some paper onto the Modeling Film from Studio 490, stamped out the two flowers from "Live and Make Art" and then cut them out. The Modeling Film has a special quality that when heated up the petals or leaves can be repositioned making a more 3D appearance.

Using the same method I produced the leaves using Dylusions "Around the Edge" stamps and the hearts from a stamp I found in my stash. I assembled them together to make a pleasing flower arrangement. I felt as though it needed a little something extra so I added a couple of pre-cut hearts.

Looking at it from the left.

And looking at it from the right.

I have to thank Hels for her Create and Craft demonstration because I wouldn't have been able to do this project without it. Thanks Hels! Good teacher.

Saturday, 4 February 2012

Sunday Stamper - Week 190 - I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles

My mother taught me this technique of blowing inky bubbles through a straw. I used a saucer filled with washing-up liquid, ink and water. I blew into the mixture through a straw to make the bubbles. I placed my tag onto the bubbles to create a bubble pattern.

These are the tags I created.

On the tan tag I stamped Silhouette Grass by Hero Arts, then I used a journaling ticket from Tim Holtz and stamped the sentiment "live in the moment and make it so beautiful that it will be worth remembering" (Urban Chic). The ticket was  then stapeled onto the tag using my mini-stapeler. It was completed by dying a ribbon to match the tag.

I enjoyed doing this tag so much that I did another one. I stamped Love Bugs (or as we say Ladybirds) from Stamps by Judith in black and then I coloured them in using water coloured pens.

This was a really fun project. I loved playing with the inky bubbles technique. 

Thursday, 2 February 2012

Kate Crane's 2012 366 challenge - February

This month I coloured the paper using a credit card to scrap the paint onto the paper. First I used red, then pink and then white, although the white appeared as a lighter pink. I sprayed Glimmer Mist in Candy Apple Red to make the page sparkle. I used heart printed lilac paper because it's the month of love and I distressed the edges with distressed ink's - milled lavender.

I stamped the words "February 2012 and Leap Year" and the hearts were done using a stamp that was free in the Craft Stamper magazine.

When we were courting my husaband used to draw pictures of Snoopy for me on our study notes when we were at university together. I came across these Snoopy stamps and I used them to make him a Valentine's card because I thought it would bring back lovely memoriesof those early days together and he was really touched by the sentiment.
Now all that is left is for me to fill in each day on the calender.
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