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Monday, May 30, 2011

Grungy Monday #9

Happy Memorial Day!
Today at Linda's Studio 3, the technique for Grungy Monday #9 is one I've never done before.  It's been fun and interesting to play with.   It's from 2007 and one of Tim Holtz's Christmas tags (Day #10) techniques.  Check it out and have some fun for yourself!
I haven't got a wide range of Adirondack Paint Dabbers and a few of mine were being contrary today--a bit thick and I was in more of a hurry to "play" than to thin them out with some warm water (Tim's tip).  I guess I figured I'll take care of those later so after I painted my tag with Black Dabber, I picked out Snow Cap, Sunset Orange and Watermelon to dab on and blend together.
I recently bought the Winged Things II CMS 025 set to do something with the man, but found I was drawn to using the boy with wings for this project.  So he was stamped with embossing ink, as well as the question marks from the World Traveller CMS 027 set.  
After I did all my dabbing, blending, etc.  I stamped with Ranger's Jet Back Archival ink the bingo numbers from the Game of Life CMS 036 and took a bingo token from Tim's Ideology line of Game Pieces.  I picked one to match a number from the stamp.  :-)
Stamped a bit more for background effects using  Bitty Grunge CMS 039 for the stars and scratches.  I also got out my scratching tool which is new to me.  I didn't feel very successful with it so I guess I'll need to practice a bit more with it.  Last, I felt my top left corner was a bit bare looking so I used Tim's Alterations Textured Fades Artful Muse Folder and spunged a bit of archival ink on top of that.  I also sponged my edges with Black Soot distressed ink.  I put final Ideology embellishments such as one of the Hinge Clips at the top of the tag and after dabbing Black paint dabber onto a game spinner, I applied it on top of the boy's hat.
Thanks for looking!
Stampin' Hugs,

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Sunday Stamper - Week 156 - Red, Red Wine

OK - third time is a charm!  This is my 3rd week to play with Hel's Sunday Stamper challenge.  Technically it's just passing by 11:45 PM here in Spring, Texas so I am really finished with mine on Saturday :-D  


I've been working most of the day in my craft room on some tags for a swap at the All Things Tim group.  But I got very ooey-gooey fingers from putting together grunge-flower roses and I needed a break.   


I checked her blog and Hels had put her challenge online and I couldn't resist pulling out stuff to see what I could come up with.  I absolutely love paint dabber resist, and the only item on this tag that isn't from Tim's line is the background stamp I used.  With all the Ideology hardware, grungy cardinal, etc, you can't see very much of  the stamp I used.  It's one I bought very early when I was learning to stamp back in 2001.

I used the Spun Sugar Distress Stain, and the rest were Distressed Ink pads.  Worn Lipstick, Fired Brick and Barn Door.  I stamped the bird with Crimson Archival Ink.  When I stamped the words again just to be able to cut the heart from Grunge paper, I used Crimson again.

Friday, May 27, 2011

All Things Tim Swap - Favorite Flower

Yesterday I had such a terrific mail day as you know if read yesterday's post.   And I badly needed it!  Work was a real corker - total stress all day long.  The mail was really fun to come home to and brought a smile to my weary soul ;-)

Now here's the second post I promised showing the fun ATCs I received.

On the Yahoo! Group - All Things Tim where we celebrate the art, style and products of Tim Holtz, I took part in my first swap there.  You needed to use the colors on your ATC of one of your favorite flowers.  I used the Crocus for inspiration with it's mainly purple colors and some orange on my ATCS.  (here at this post)

The ATCs above are from left to right from these talented ladies.  Sandy A. the swap organizer, Sandy N. and BrattyPaddy - love her screen name :-)

If you like All Things Tim then you really should consider joining the group.  There's a widget to the right that you can click on, hop on over and check it out!

Stampin' Hugs!

Everything Wendy Vecchi - Making Art Challenge #14

An essential aspect ...
The Everything Wendy Vecchi group is on Making Art Challenge #14.  The challenges go from Wednesday through the following Tuesday.   This week it was required to make an ATC on card with the ATC on it's side, i.e., landscape style.  You also had to use a chipboard circle somewhere.  The challenges are based on Wendy's books Make Art, Studio 490 Style.  This challenge is based on a page from book one, page 26.  You can't copy exactly what is shown but have to change up something in your arrangement.

It's a lot of fun!  And as usual, I used several sets that I've used.  (In less than two months I went from not knowing anything about Wendy, finding the EWV group and now have -- er hmmm, maybe we better not go there on the number of sets I now own.  Let's just say Wendy's sets are like Lay's Potato Chips, you can't HAVE just ONE!

Don't take any wooden nickels!
I've got to go jump in the shower for work, so I'll probably edit this post later tonight with more details, but I just have to say I used Ranger's Antique Linen crackle paint on my chipboard circle, rubbed some Aged Mahogany Distress Ink over it and over stamped the nickel token in Ranger's Archival Jet Blank ink.

Stampin' Hugs!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Exciting Mail Day! I was a Winner!


Last week on the Everything Wendy Vecchi yahoo group I was the randomly chosen winner for the new member contest. It was to email the group and tell what you liked most about Wendy Vecchi style and stamps.

Check out my bootie there to the right that Lori our super group-Mom sent! Tim Holtz Ideology fragments, Maya Road chipboard and felt flowers. And one is a bit hidden in the center but I fell in love with at first sight is a really cool chipboard, postage-stamp shaped book. Awesome!

First when I found out I was the chosen winner I was crazy excited all morning . (You know, I'm usually one of those people that never wins a raffle, lottery, etc.)

Now I'm over the moon at all the goodies I now have to play with and make projects with my Studio 490 stamps sets designed by Wendy Vecchi.

How cool is that?!


P.S.  Check back tomorrow - I had some other cool mail from a swap to share!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

What's On Your Workdesk? Wednesday 103

Well, I've never taken part in the WOYWW before, but it seemed like a fun thing to do.  I'm trying to finish up my MAC #14 for the Everything Wendy Vecchi group, so that's what you will see in my final pictures.

First, here's my Big Shot, die cutting area - right close to where my laptop also is.  I have to apologize for the coke cans in the pic - I don't drink sodas anymore since I went on the "Eat Clean" kick last year and lost weight!  Those are set aside to get cut up with a floral die for a group project I'm helping put together for the monthly SASSSC group I meet with.  As you'll notice one of the many sets of Wendy Vecchi stamps I have that is hanging half off the desk.

Turning 180 degrees from the Big shot area and you see my main working area.  A table in the middle of room and a built in desk.  Yep!  More Wendy stamps are showing.  You also see my open drawer with my Distressed Inks handy.  I've been doing some DTP and blending - LUV IT!

Now here's my actual work area showing where I'm working on my ATC for the Making Art Challenge at Everything Wendy Vecchi yahoo group.  It's for MAC #14.  Not quite finished yet.

Well been at it for almost four hours since coming home from work and I need to get some sleep.  Alarm starts going off in about 6 hours - not enough sleep but we have a long, holiday weekend coming and I'll get some sleeping in time in then!  AND lots of Crafting I HOPE!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Diamonds and Pearls and Wendy - OH MY!

What a totally fun few days I've had -- starting Sunday when I checked out Hels' Sunday Stamper Challenge.  My thinking cap went right on and I knew I was going to use Wendy Vecchi's Studio 490 set:  Visions of Art.  I mean that girl is already decked out with jewelry so I just needed to embellish her style!   I used some pearl and clear rhinestone, glue-on "jewels" and I stamped her face again on grunge paper and then cut out the flower.  Colored with distress inks and then put Ranger's Glossy Accents on top for shine.  I used Ranger Adirondack pigment markers I have had forever and ever and colored her lips in Cranberry and gave her a touch of Denim eyeshadow on her lids. ;-)

While still pondering all I wanted to do with her on Monday -- after getting home from work (BOO! It's get in the way of crafting all day long ) -- I checked out Linda Elbourne's blog and saw I saw her post about the Simons Says Stamp and Show Challenge.  Be still my heart!  I knew I was going to enter this project for both when I finished.  (If I finished.)

TA DAA!  I have finally finished her on Wednesday evening.  I hope you like her and check further for more deets!

The Butterfly from Wendy's set, Nature's Art, was stamped on white Clearly For Art (this stuff is AWESOME!) with Archival Jet black ink from Ranger.  Dabbed Ranger's Alcohol inks and some blending solution until I was happy.  Heated and molded the wings a bit.  I added some miscellaneous yellow, glue-on rhinestones.

I had a beautiful pack of designer paper from K & Company called Sera sera.  (Kick myself for only buying one pack at the time! Agh!)  I put it on a piece of retired SU! book board that was 5" x 7-1/2" (12.7 cm x 19.1 cm).  I used the Hanging Sign from Tim Holtz's Alterations Sizzix die and cut it out of grunge paper.  Put some more DP on that and stamped with Her Style was Sassy... from Wendy's set A Form of Art  (NOTE:  All of Wendy's sets are from Studio 490 and on the Simon Says Stamp shopping site.)  And of course, the crowning achievement -- using Tim's Ideology Swivel Clasps.

Looking forward to the next challenge from Hels and company.

Stampin' Hugs!

Monday, May 23, 2011

Grungy Monday #8

Today at Linda Ledbetter's blog, Studio L3, the Grungy Monday challenge #8 truly is one of my favorite techniques.  It brings back fond memories of when I was first learning to stamp and when I first saw Tim's first DVD, I remember him demonstrating this technique here.
I used watercolor paper, distressed inks in Forest Moss, Bundled Sage, Pine Needles, Stormy Sky, Aged Mahogany and Rusty Hinge.  The trunk of my tree was done with Expresso from my still good, but old Adirondack dye ink pad.  (I've had them 8 years! AND they're still fresh at stamping - I've hardly used the re-inkers I bought at the time.


Stamp sets used:   Tree from Just Believe CMS 031, the weeds/foliage from Spring Spring CMS 084, butterfly from Shabby French, CMS 087, and the word stamps from Urban Chic CMS 084.


Thanks for stopping by and looking!


Stampin' Hugs!

Friday, May 20, 2011

What an Amazing Story

I just liked this story when I saw it - hope you do too!

Man finds money in new home!  http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20110520/ap_on_fe_st/us_found_money


It's nice to know there are still some honest people in the world.  


Paradise Starts ... With a Tag

I absolutely love making tags.  I think it is because I have always loved DTP (direct-to-paper) techniques with ink.  Whether I'm needing some inspiration for a project or just wanting to mess about in my craft room, I usually start playing with tags.  This one is a mixture of products -- and of course, the presence of Tim Holtz is present -- he almost always is! :-)  
His influence is there with the distressed inks, the flower I made from his Grunge Paper and Alterations die Tattered Florals and some Ideology hardware in the right top corner.  The swirls were from two stamps - one from Stampabilities and Paper Inspirations.  I bought these two at a Hobby Lobby when shopping for more of Tim's Ideology goodies last month.  The ribbon yarn is just something I've had in my stash for a few years.
Happy Stamping, Y'all!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Everything Wendy Vecchi - Marking Art Challenge #13

The Everything Wendy Vecchi group is on Making Art Challenge #13.  The challenges go from Wednesday through the following Tuesday.  (As you can see from yesterday's blog entry, I was pushing last week's challenge to the edge .  Well, on this one, I am not the "earliest bird", but at least I won't be sweating this challenge next Tuesday! ).  This week the challenge incorporates the brushless watercolor technique and has to be a card.   

My entry uses Tim Holtz designer paper and Wendy's stamps and leaves from the Studio 490 sets: Nature's Art LCS009, Be Happy..Make Art LCS035, and Botanical Art LCS037.   Of course, I used Ranger's Distressed Inks and their Archival Ink in Jet Black for the sentiment.

Wendy is known for saying "Make Art" and I think the sentiment stamp I picked from her Seriously Art LCS034 set is the perfect expression of it!

I hope you like this card!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Everything Wendy Vecchi - Marking Art Challenge #12

The Everything Wendy Vecchi group is on Making Art Challenge #12.  You had to make a card that incorporated stamping on designer paper and use of a book plate.  My entry uses Tim Holtz designer paper and the stamps and Art Parts bookplate are products of THE Wendy Vecchi.  I used a combination of Ranger inks.  Archival in Black and Coffee for the words and tree.  Forest Moss distressed ink and Adirondack Red Pepper pigment ink for the flowers.  The butterfly was stamped in Butterscotch pigment ink and embossed with clear embossing powder.  On the book plate, I used the Walnut Distress Stain and dabbed on some Adirondack Gold paint dabber for accenting.
I hope you like it!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Joining in on Hels' Camo Challenge

I was SO excited to take part in Hels Sheridan's challenge.  She's become one of my favorite people whose blogs I check daily.  
Getting onto the challenge here is my entry:
All stamps from Tim Holtz's Collection.  The main one here is Artful Artifacts CMS 080 and I used 3 of the 4 stamps from this set.  On Watercolour paper:  Lots of Ranger Distressed Inks in shades of brown and green -- although I think Crushed Olive comes out a bit yellow-ish.  I coloured the guys eyes with Bundled Sage and some Walnut Stain for his hair.  An Ideology Muse token says Courageous to go with the stamp from Stuff to Say CMS 110.  And my beloved Grunge paper was cut with the Iron Gate Alterations die.


Cheers, y'all!

Simon Says Stamp and Show ... So I Did!

I check almost daily at THE Linda Elbourne's blog and loved her entry today for the new weekly theme over at Simon Says Stamp and Show ... this week they are asking everybody to share old wive's tales! 
I did this tag up ... it kept running through my head something we used to say -- and avoid doing as kids -- stepping on sidewalk cracks!  Can you guess what it is or do you have to peek? 
 

Enjoy!

Grungy Monday #7


I'm addicted to Grungy Monday at Linda Ledbetter's blog. It's truly a lot of fun to do and this one just flowed for me. The technique is color blocking and can be found here. I'm afraid clicking on some of the other entries last week inspired me to hunt down and bag Tim's set Life Adventure #CMS077. I used every stamp in the set!

I masked my elephant before I did the technique and stamping. After I removed the mask, I pounced Pumice Stone distressed ink over his body. Such a perfect color for his hide, don't you think? Added an Ideology Muse Token over the "ball" of the sun stamp (it says Wonderful). Used some hitch fasteners at the bottom to attach my word. I am no "beader", but somehow managed to string these beads I bought on a whim a very long time ago for their African Safari look.

Happy Stampin' Y'all!

Post Card from Paris

At the OWSE yahoo group they had a Post Cards from Paris Swap.  This was my second attempt at getting something done for it and I went 3-Dimensional and liked it a whole lot better.  It's made from Wendy Vecchi's Art Parts frames (I got mine from Blue Moon Scrapbooking - love them!).  Tim Holtz designer paper and the Steam Punk guys and also the postmark & flourishes from one of the acrylic sets of Tim's.   I used Claudine Hellmuth's Studio Paint in Blank Canvas and then used some Distress Inks in Worn Lipstick, Wild Honey and Weathered Wood on the frame.  I also used a dimensional Eiffel Tower and fleur de lis from a package I bought a few years ago by Etcetera (Provocrafts).

Do you like it?

Find Delight ATC

I made an ATC for a new friend on the OWSE and EWV groups.  We decided to try out swapping ATCs with each other.  I love this word stamp from the Wendy Vecchi set Dimensional Rose Art.  
I hope Dekida will like it.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Flying ATCs

These are the ATCs I made for the May ATC Swap at All Things Tim yahoo group.
I used the Tim Holtz Air Travel set and stamped the airplane onto shrink plastic.  (How fun to watch it twist and turn and then flatten out again when it has finished shrinking!)  The map from this set is used also.  Also used Tim Holtz Ideology Philosophy Tags, Wander, Journey and Imagine.


I hope you enjoy looking and thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Grungy Monday #6

I've been admiring Linda Ledbetter's blog for several weeks now.  And I can thank her that through her links I found the All Things Tim yahoo group.  I've been wanting to participate in some of her weekly technique challenges for awhile now and I finally have an entry to submit.

I made a card and it looks dark in the photo.  It's much more pastel and shiny when you see the background up close.  I used paint dabbers with Sail Boat Blue, Pearl and Mountain Rose, distress inks in Victorian Velvet, Spun Sugar and Milled Lavendar.  I edged it with Broken China.

I've been in love with this set (Air Travel, CMS #102)  since I bought it about three weeks ago at Novel Approach in Friendswood, Texas.  It's an hour for me to get there but they are the only local source I have for Tim's line of Stamper's Anonymous stamps.
Here's the link for the technique to follow on Tim Holtz's blog.

Have a great day!

Monday, May 9, 2011

Everything Wendy Vecchi - Marking Art Challenge #11

I first discovered Wendy Vecchi and her artistic goodness in early April.  I KNOW!!  What rock have I been hiding under?  I found the Everything Wendy Vecchi yahoo group, emailed Wendy to purchase her books and I am so totally hooked now on her stamps, Art Parts and style of art.


The group has regular challenges called Making Art Challenges and here's my first entry for MAC #11.


Hope you like it!  


Have to head back to work - I just popped home for a quick lunch break and to upload my photo.  Have a Creative Day and as WENDY SAYS:  "MAKE ART!"


Saturday, May 7, 2011

Time Tag from Robyn

I received the most fantastic tag in the Time Tag Swap with the OWSE group.  This is the Outlaw Women Scrapbook Emporium group on yahoo.

My tag is from Robin Weinrib and is beautiful and has a lot of Tim Holtz's Ideology embellishments and gorgeous flowers on it.


Isn't it fantastic?!

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