Wednesday, June 27, 2012

June Tag - Tags of 2012

I am cramming in these creations the last few days, and I am in under the wire finally getting to my June tag for Tim Holtz's tags of 2102. This month Tim showed us a technique to colorize a printed photo using the Ranger craft nibs. They are cool, and even better, they are re-usable... just rinse them out when you're done and they are ready to go again.

Thanks once again to the The Graphics Fairy for her free graphic--the vintage photo of the young girl holding some roses. I tried two types of photo paper to print on, but both smeared when I went to apply the ink. So I decided to print on Ranger's Specialty Stamping paper. Worked pretty good, only got minimal smearing, even though I dried it with my heat tool.

Anyways, I used Worn Lipstick and Forest Moss DI for the roses, Tattered Rose for the hairband, and Scattered Straw for her hair. I finished colorizing the edges of the photo with... what else, Vintage Photo, lol!! A few TH embellishments finish off my tag!

Goin' Whimsical

Here's a whimsical little card I made for the Inspiration Emporium's monthly challenge, entitled "Create A Little Sunshine." I took the challenge literally, as I have used a nice bright sun, stamped from a set from Our Crafty Lounge. I haven't had my Copics out in a while and I thought this was a chance to try them on the Ranger Specialty Stamping Paper. That paper is fantabulous!! Copics have a tendency to bleed through a lot of papers, as you know, but the Ranger paper holds up extremely well... takes stamped ink beautifully as we know, so stamping in black is a breeze. And then the absorption of the Copic ink is just right for blendability. Love it!!

Thanks to the Inspiration Emporium for the chance to win a $50 gift certificate!!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

CC2 - Week 10, plus a photo inspiration

Howdy bloggers and welcome back. Living on a horse farm as I do, we just had a bit of haying... this is generally the time all of your friends disappear, as no one EVER wants to help with this particular chore. As hay season is the summer months, and we generally end up having to bale on the hottest days EVER, I can relate. So, 400 bales of first cut hay are put up and my fingers are killing me.... but not so bad that I can't type, heheh.

Anyways, onto crafting for the week. We had a one-week extension on our entries for the CC2 Challenge (yay!) and as I was interested in entering a couple of other ones, I let my juices stew, so to speak, so I could combine things. And that worked out for me. One thing I have been trying is to sketch out my ideas (but I am by no means an artist) and then see how they come together. Works pretty good for me and I know, of course, that a lot of others do this as well, I just had never tried it until recently.

So, onto my project here. This time around for Studio L3 (CC2), the challenge was Tissue Flowers. This technique is found on page 37 of Tim's book. (Linda, I hope the temporary graveyard shifts aren't killin' ya too bad--hugs!!) This week the Funkie Junkie is sponsoring with a chance to win a $25 gift certificate (thanks!!) And coincidently, there is the Photo Inspiration challenge over at Frilly and Funkie, and then Simon Says Stamp wants us to show a Bit of Brown... so I did!!

For my entry, I finally got to use my new Dylusions sprays (Lemon Zest, Fresh Lime and Vibrant Turquoise) and some of the Spring Distress Inks (Squeezed Lemonade, Peacock and Peeled Paint). I sprayed and inked using a mask to separate the colors initially, then just inked and inked and inked...

I also sprayed my tissue flowers with the Dylusions sprays and then I added some brown with some vintage buttons, a brad and a Wendy Vecchi Blossom Bucket piece.

For the rest, I used some Turquoise and Cobalt Archival Ink for the background and the flowers; the stamps are from Tim Holtz (background), Dylusions (flower) and Wendy Vecchi (sentiment).

I hope you like it--it was fun to make!!

I am entering this is in the following challenges:

Monday, June 11, 2012

CC2 - Week 9 and other endeavours...

Hello bloggers... I hope none of you have gotten the late spring cold that has gone through my family the last few days. Wicked sore throat, body aches, and general bleah feelings. Not sleeping too well either, but hopefully some Nyquil will help tonight. Almost didn't have the energy to craft this weekend... almost, heheh.

So this week at the Studio L3 blog, the week 9 technique is an altered Pocket Watch, found on page 35 of Tim's book. Simon Says Stamp is sponsoring this week as well, with the lucky winner receiving a $25 SSS gift certificate. They are also having any Anything Goes challenge, yay! Also this fortnight, we have the Frilly and Funkie: Kraft and Twine challenge, as well as the Our Creative Corner: Your Favorite Tim Holtz technique.

For my pocket watch, I took a piece of an old map and cut it to fit the inside of watch. After applying some Vintage Photo Distress Ink, I glue it to the inside. For my butterfly, I used my distress markers in Wild Honey and Vintage Photo... they blended well for my monarch. I printed out "dare to fly" on the computer (wanted to use Tim's ChitChat stickers, but no word 'dare' is included), cut out the words and inked the edges with Tumbled Glass distress ink. Watch complete! Here is a closeup:

For my tag, I used a Kraft tag and a piece of Tim's Kraft resist. I glued the piece of resist to the tag, then inked the whole thing with Tumbled Glass Distress Stain. Love how the resist paper "resists" the stain! I then added some Broken China and Vintage photo ink with my blending tool. Distress Ink blending is by far my most used, favorite, Tim Holtz technique!!

I added some background stamps in Archival black, and a grunge fly and another butterfly from a set of Wendy Vecchi stamps, both of which were also blended with distress inks. An altered Vintaj blank stamped with the word Fly, some hand-dyed ribbon and some linen twine finish off my tag!

I am entering this in the following challenges:

Thursday, June 7, 2012

CC2 - Week 8

Wow - we are into June already! And up to week 8 of the Compendium of Curiosities 2 challenge already as well. This week's challenge was soo much fun and one of the first ones that I've done where my ideas just flowed... with a little help from the Master for inspiration thrown in!

The technique this week is called "Repurposed Packaging" and it is found on page 62 of Tim's book. As the lovely Linda mentions on her blog this week, I too have quite a stockpile of acetate packaging (mostly from Tim's Idealogy stuff, hehe) that I've saved. I recently bought several compartment-type plastic organizers and put all of my Ideology stuff in them, and I save a bunch of the packaging, so it came in handy this week.

For my tag, I ran a piece of the acetate through the Vagabond using the rivet texture fade. Then I applied AI in silver metallic (one of the mixatives) and then burnished it with some Archival black. Perfect metal sheeting!! I stamped the bottom portion of the black tag with Snow Cap pigment ink, and added a bunch of findings and some foil ribbon and voila! Steampunk baby...I love it!!

I am entering this in the following challenges: