Monday, 23 April 2012

Compendium of Curiosities 2, Challenge 2 and Simon Says Stamp and Show your favourite Word!

Today I am doing a project for both a Compendium of Curiosities 2, Challenge 2 and Simon Says Stamp and Show your favourite Word! killing two birds or should I say challenges with one stone!
Using page 58 of Tim Holtz's excellent new book I made a tag. Firstly I did wrinkle free distress technique using distress inks, tea dye, vintage photo and brushed cordroy. Using Tim Holtz's Stampers Anonymous stamp of pen nibs I stamped on the background. That was my background done. I now used the directions from page 58 to create a faux patina on the corners, the pen nib and an ornate plate from Tim Holtz's Idea-ology range.

Simon Says use your favourite word so I put the word "BELIEVE" in the ornate plate, because lets face it you don't get anywhere unless you "BELIEVE" in yourself. The word was a stamp from Stampers Anonymous Studio 490 - Its Face Art.

The flowers and leaves are from a packet I bought from a show last year, and I coloured in the ribbon with distress stains vintage photo and walnut stain from Tim Holtz. The faux patina is a really good technique, well worth buying the book for it. The colours on the tag are much richer in real life than show up in the photograph, and the flowers twinkle with the glitter that's on them.

Sunday, 22 April 2012

Sunday Stamper - Week 202 - Summer in the City

Summer colours is what Hel's is asking for after all this bad weather. We went out to Southport today and it was very sunny walking along Lord Street, and it inspired me to do these two tags.

I painted the tags with acrylic paint and marked them bottle tops, credit cards and Lego pieces. On the right hand edge I used different stamps from Dylusions stamps Around the Edge. I then used Paper Artsy Quaint Village for the upper tag and a Paper Artsy windmill for the lower tag.

I ripped out a page from an old dictionary and I stamped the two houses and the windmill and then coloured them in with watercolour pencils and blended them with a wet brush. The saying on the first tag is from Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz's Collection Urban Chic and the saying on the second tag is from Paper Artsy Love and Kisses 1.

I hope this brightens Hel's day as the trip to Southport did for us. Here's to the summer!!!

Friday, 20 April 2012

Sunday Stamper - Week 201 - Man of the World


To get some inspiration for this Sunday Stamper - Week 201 - Man of the World I firstly put out all of my stamps with men, machines, cars and cogs on them and I finally got the inspiration I needed from Cuttlebug's Clockworks. Using the Clockworks embossing folder I embossed the background using Tim Holtz's Kraft-Core Nostalgic Collection (in blue). To create the worn effect I sanded the embossed paper using Tim Holtz's sanding block.

I used the clock face from Tim Holtz's Bigz Die Weathered Clock in a rusty coloured Kraft-Core paper which I also sanded with the sanding block. The clock hands were made using Tim Holtz's Paper Stash Crowded Attic covered with glossy accents.

With the same rusty Kraft-Core paper I cut out a lower border using Steampunk edge die and sanded it with the sanding block.

I embellished the project using Tim Holtz's findings, Gears and Game Spinners.

Finally I stamped Edward from Hero Arts (2008) Exclusive Vintage Collection. He seemed like a Man of the World. This was a fun project and I am so pleased with it I think I'll make this into a birthday card for my dad.

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

A Compendium of Curiosities Volume 2 Challenge

For Studio L3's Challenge we were asked to do some technique from Tim Holtz's new book A Compendium of Curiosities Volume 2 Custom Foam Stamps page 66. I used Tim Holtz's Sizzix Alterations Bigz Die Sewing Room and Stampers Anonymous Haberdashery by Tim Holtz for the background. Thanks to the sponsor of the competition

I am also submitting this project to Simon Says Stamp and Show - Anything Goes challenge.

Friday, 13 April 2012

Simon Says Stamp and Show a Lord Tim Technique

Simon Says Stamp and Show a Lord Tim Technique. The background for this tag is shown on Tim Holtz's 12 tags of 2012- April. I used archival ink (coffee) and the Floral Frames Texture Fades Embossing Folders Set by Tim Holtz which I went over with distress ink dried marigold and I used vintage photo to go around the edge. I stamped out "Love" "Wish" and "Dream" from Stuff to Say by Stampers Anonymous which I coloured with distress ink. I did the ribbon with lots of different colours of distress stains  to match the tag . The two butterflies I learnt how to do them on my Creative Chemistry 101 by Tim Holtz online course, but it is also in his Compendium of Curiosities Volume 2 page 48.

I would also like to say thank you to the Simon Says Stamp and Show team for drawing me out to win the $50 prize. I have immediately been over to the Simon Says store and bought some Tim Holtz stamps that I can't get in the UK. Can't wait for them to arrive!!!!!!!

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Tim Holtz - 12 tags of 2012 - April

I have made this tag for Tim Holtz - 12 tags of 2012 - April, the instructions are on Tim Holtz's site. I followed the instructions for the background and I inked it with a number of distress inks: wild honey, dusty concord, broken china, seedless preserves and went around the edges with gathered twigs. I didn't have the twig and the bird Tim Holtz was using so I used the bird from Bigz Die Caged Bird with grungeboard and then stuck tissue tape by Tim Holtz over the bird and wing and coloured it in with alcohol inks pool and stonewashed by Ranger.

I used the Movers & Shappers Mini Branch and Leaf set by Tim Holtz to make two brancvhes and two leaves. I distressed them with distress ink gathered twigs and peeled paint. Finally I finished off the tag with the words "Bird" and "Fly" from PaperArtsy (HP1005EZ)

I really enjoyed making this because it's nice to be able to adapt Tim's design by using products from my stash. It was a great day because Tim Holtz's book a Compendium of Curiosities Volume 2 arrived today I can't wait to sit down and read it.

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Sunday Stamper - Week 200 - I Got Your Number

You want to play some Bingo?

For this project I took some 5" x 7" canvas board and painted it with Dylusions acrylic paints: yellow, teal, cornflower, lagoon and white (no longer available). I then used Tim Holtz's Mixed Media Stamps by Stampers Anonymous, honeycomb and dots with lines, with yellow, lagoon and purple acrylic paints. I wasn't too happy with the effect so I used my Glimmer Mists, juniper and lemon zest. This gave it a more pleasing appearamce. I still hadn't decided on my design apart from wanting it to fit with the Sunday Stamper - Week 200 - I Got Your Number theme.
I started by stamping in black the numbers from Stuff to Say by Tin Holtz's Stampers Anonymous, then I got the idea of doing bingo cards from Tim Holtz's Lost and Found papers. I cut out the words "Bingo" twice in different colours from the paper and also cut out the various numbers available. Now I had a theme going.

I put on a Tim Holtz word stick which said "PLAY" and a Tim Holtz Idea-ology clock.  I took some Idea-ology numerals and decided to emboss them with embossing powder "eggplant" to make them fit in with the colour scheme. I finished by putting some faux screw brads in the corners. 

When I finally had my idea for a theme "Numbers" I really enjoyed myself doing this project. Well done to Hels on her 200th Sunday Stampers anniversary, how does she come up with all these ideas every Sunday?  You inspire me...

Monday, 9 April 2012

30th Anniversary Card

This weekend was our 30th anniversary so I decided to make my husband a card based on the film "The Girl with the Pearl Earring", a movie and book we both enjoyed. I had some paper from graphic 45 Renaissance Faire Collection which showed the Girl with the Pearl Earring so I thought I would base the card on it. I cut it out and I cut some flowers out from the same sheet and glued it to the stepper card.

I attcahed a Tim Holtz's Word Stick "Life" and used his One Upon a Time Aphabet Set to create the words "30 Years"

Saturday, 7 April 2012

Simon Says Stamp and Show ... Some Inspiration Studio 490!

This is a very special weekend for my husband and me as we are celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary. How the time has flown by! My husband wanted to buy me a pearl gift and I decided I would like a pearl ring since I still wear the ear rings that he bought me when we were 19 year old students. (I am pretty cheap to maintain. Apart from my craft supplies..... )

I started with the large ring from Art Parts sample pack. I cut out a piece of card, the size of the ring and stamped it with Studio 490 Sentimental Art with the lace stamp and Dabber acrylic paint Pearl. I dried the paint and then I went over it with several distress inks, Fired Brick, Barn Door and Festive Berries with my distress tool. The rim of the ring I also painted with Dabber in pearl and then attached the background card to the ring.

I used two Art Part leaves which I distressed with distress ink Pine Needles. The flower came from Art Parts Florals and I covered it with paper from Tim Holtz's Lost and Found, I put a pearl button from the Tim Holtz's Idea-ology Accoutrements Fanciful in the centre of the flower. Using my hot glue gun I glued the two leaves and the flower to the rim. Around the rim, I embelished it with stick on pearls.

I completed the project with a photograph of my pearl ring and a sentiment from Sentimental Art "I will love you forever and a day". We are so chuffed to have been married for thirty years.

This is my entry for Simon Says Stamp and Show ... Some Inspiration Studio 490!

Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Word Birds

From an article in Cloth Paper Scissors magazine Jan/Feb by Ann Ellis I made these birds.

I saw these on Kate Crane's blog but she had made them slightly different to Ann Ellis's original birds but I think Kate's were better, she had made them with journaling marks and had sewn them around the edge.
I bought the magazine hoping to get a template for them but she recommended hand drawing the birds.

Sunday Stamper - Week 199 - On the Road Again

The Formula One Circus is On the Road Again for 2012 but this year with added spice. My eldest son has just got a job as a CFD Aerodynamicist for the McLaren Formula One team. It's been his dream since he was 14 to be an engineer in Formula One so we are so happy for him. My husband has been a life long fan of Formula One so it's no surprise that my son took an keen interest in the sport.
I decide to make him an art journaling congratulations card with my new stepper card. I bought a Formula One magazine and cut out the McLaren team pictures and glued them onto the stepper card.

The inside showed Silverstone circuit with the McLaren stats.

Not forgetting the two drivers, Lewis hamilton and Jenson Button. As you can see from the photographs I did some journaling marks with Lego pieces to represent the wheels and tyre tracks. I didn't fill in the journaling at that stage but I put personal messages to my son around the pictures later.

He is so excited about starting his job and all the family are very proud of him. Go McLaren...

Sunday, 1 April 2012

Kate Crane's 2012 366 challenge - April

Yes its a new month of Kate Cranes 2012 366 Challenge so it's time to make my April page. I started with painting my page in Dylusions Acrylic Paints pink, yellow and white blending them together with a brush. I then used a Crafter's Workshop template, flowers and used white paint on cut and dry foam to create the image, 3 or 4 times.

I used bottle tops and Lego to make marks on the page and then cut out various papers for each day of the month. I thought they were too big so I trimmed them with wavy edge scissors to make them a better size.

Next, I stamped APRIL with one of my alphabet stamps.

I now drew the outline of some flowers from the Crafter's Workshop template I had used earlier and finished the project with Dylusions stamps Around the Edge little leaves and little Easter Chicks stamp from my stash linking the background and the forground together

Now I'll show you my completed March page:

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