Saturday, February 28, 2015

February Tag of 2015

Once again Tim Holtz inspired us with his Tag of February.  For my tag February Tag of 2015- I improvised a "home" picture instead of the stitched felt heart. I'm still really liking the shadow effect on the edges of ephemera covered with glue and seal and accented with smudged black distress marker. I also used metal lace stickers instead of fabric lace. "Hoping" for boundlessness and ultimate home. Home/hearth a place of love and ultimate acceptance and belonging.  I accentuated the home ephemera with picked raspberry distress ink on the sky to draw the eye.  To have a heart element, I used a new die cut from Memory Box called Loving Heart Arch which I cut into two pieces for accents.  To make the hearts pop, I colored them with distress marker and then filled the space with glossy accents.  

Friday, February 13, 2015

Variations on a Valentine

I fell in love with the Memory Box Heart die.  I chose to create variations on a theme for my valentines this year. Each person had an individualized color and paper scheme to their personality or likings.  Here are two examples.  I forgot to take photos when I was finished with the others so I could get them in the mail (doh).  I might add some bling to the card for some added dimension and sparkle-- but otherwise I'm very pleased with how these turned out.  



Friday, February 6, 2015

Online Card Classes- Clean and Simple Cards 4- Day 3


Day 3-Inked Backgrounds 
My favorite technique this day was Velveteen Stamping by Karolyn Loncon.  In this technique you use   white pigment ink with a large background stamp and use a dye ink or hybrid ink to stamp over it. To accent my cards I used Elizabeth Craft Designs glitter to accent colors used on the borders and add a bit of sparkle.




Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Online Card Classes- Clean & Simple Card Making 4- Day 1

Online Card Classes Clean & Simple Card Making 4 ~
Day 1~ Heat Embossing Techniques

No matter how many craft supplies I get it always seems like I'm missing items and I discover which ones they are when I take a class.  Clean & Simple Cards 4 was no exception.

Techniques on Day one focused on heat embossing.  Of all the techniques I felt most successful doing the Faux Ceramic Tile.  I didn't have the mat board- so I used card stock instead.  Next time around I will probably add a layer of fun foam to get the depth or get the mat board material.  For these cards, I had to emboss my die rather than die cut into a non-cuttable surface.  I was still able to do the multiple layers of super fine embossing powder.  I was limited on small 2x2 size dies- but I was able to use my Spellbinders Bird Sanctuary die. The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp/Mama Elephant Summer Garden "Thinking of You."

Saturday, January 31, 2015

12 tags of 2015- January

January 2015 Tag- Taking inspiration from Tim Holtz and using his products in new ways.  This is my first completed project of the new year. The words I chose are from an intention journal entry at the beginning of the year.  I like to start the year with the symbol of a bird.  It reminds me of my dearest friend and soul sister Julie and represents hope and perspective.  My overall intention for the year is to Create and Be Renewed.  Being renewed is to hope, inspire, smile, laugh, have a soulful living heart, to discover and dream, creating my soul self and embracing magic.

I live in Maui so January doesn't really have winter--- I chose blues and greens that remind me of the island and bronze for its warmth. The colors ended up less vibrant than when I started but I thought Tim would love that aspect.  It felt good to improvise for some materials that I didn't have such as the printed tissue paper- I used one of my music stamps on blank tissue for my bottom layer.  I'm not ecstatic about the glitter on the letters-- but I think if I had the larger ones it would have created more impact.  I really like how using the glue in seal over the chit chat stickers allowed for shadowing with a distress marker around the words.  I also love the ribbon on the tag- it started out as white satin but after spritzing it with salty ocean and peeled paint distress stain viola.  I love the two tone effect.  I think that my favorite part of this project was the shadow effect on the chit chat words. All in all a fun endeavor.  

January Tag of 2015






























Materials Used:
Distress Paint- Salty Ocean, Peeled Paint, Bundled Sage, Mowed Lawn and Picket Fence
Distress Stain- Peeled Paint, Vintage Photo
Distress Glitter-Tarnished Brass
Glue N'Seal
Glossy Accents
Idea-ology Adornments Nature-Bird
Idea-ology- Chit Chat Stickers
Idea-ology Alpha Parts Newsprint
Tissue Paper
Music Stamp
Distress Marker- black soot
Water Mini Mister
Co'ordinations Sander Block
Satin Ribbon

Sunday, September 21, 2014

In Defense of Clutter----Stacker not a Slacker

In further support of Seth Apter's Studio Table Reveals, I wanted to post this article In Defense of Clutter-- I had it on my fridge for probably 14-years.  It was given to me by a friend so I don't have the original source material to site- no copyright infringement is intended.  Celebrate our curiously cluttered tables and optimism of ideas laying around to be started or finished.