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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Simon Says Stamp and Show and Show Some Metal!

   There's a terrific challenge this week at Simon Says Stamp and Show.  This week it's about showing some metal.  I made a tag and used a lot of stuff from stash - old and new.  
   My bird cage is cut out of Metal Card and is stamped with it's matching Paper Artsy stamp.  I covered the tag with some K & Company designer paper, clear embossed a background stamp of flowers I had and covered with paint.  I used an acrylic paint and it didn't wipe away well enough to see the floral background on this but the color is pretty - a soft lilac.  I pulled out some of my old stamps for the small flowers, words and flourishes.  
Enjoy  looking!
Stampin' Hugs to all!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Grungy Monday #12

   Linda at Studio L3 has chosen another great technique from Tim Holtz for Grungy Monday #12.  The technique uses a designer paper with some kind of negative element stamp being clear embossed and then covered with paint dabber.  Then you wipe away the paint from the embossing.
   I was at Texas Art Supply in downtown Houston on Sunday and was just checking to see what kind of Ranger supplies they might carry when I stumbled on a find -- the two DVDs put out by Design originals in 2008 that contain Tim Holtz Distressables papers.  
   I printed the design paper that had license plates on it from the Distressables: Papers and Frame DVD and cut it out with my tag die and then glued it on top of a manila tag.  
   I had another brand of Harlequin diamonds stamp and clear embossed it. The rest of my stamps used are various ones from Tim Holtz's collection with Stamper's Anonymous.  
   I used Andirondack Butterscotch Paint Dabber to cover the tag.   I stamped the Jalopy on SU's Natural White cardstock and blended Distress Ink in Old Paper over it before I cut it out.  I stamped the Environs of Paris map in sepia ink over the painted tag for a little more detail to the background of license plates.  I used Ranger's Jet Black Archival ink for the word stamp and Tim's Ideology dabbed with a little bit of the Pitch Black Adirondack paint dabber on it, but I left the copper brands unpainted for a bit of contrast.
   Thanks for looking and hope you join in Linda's challenge!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Sunday Stamper - Week 159 - All Around My Hat

Well, I am just so pleased with myself and happy to have my tag ready for Hels Sheridan's Sunday Stamper Challenge  - #159 All Around My Hat".  

And what was really fun is getting to use one of the  new stamp sets I just got in the mail Friday from Artistic Outpost.  (They have two new sets released that they are calling British Invasion but those are not what this post is about ;->) 

I used the previously released set "Steampunk" because I like this guy's hat and the "Gentleman's Choice" stamp.  This tag also features stamps from Wendy Vecchi's Studio 490 sets.  Some Tim Holtz Ideology goodness and tissue tape.  I also die cut out the On the Edge die:  Townscape and used it as a mask when I was blending on my Distressed Inks.

I found the quote online from Henry David Thoreau and thought it was perfect for this tag's theme.  "Live your life, do your work, then take your hat."  I printed it out with a free font I found a long time ago that looks like those Dymo label makers.  

ALSO - I hope you'll check out my previous blog post -- with my favorite Texas Cowgirls stamp -- that I made earlier today as I celebrated my 50th Blog Post! -- WHOO HOO! 

AND HERE'S SOME OTHER NEWS!  When I get to to post number 100 I will be posting an opportunity to win some Blog Candy -- so stay tuned and keep stopping by.  

Stampin' Hugs!

Texas Roses and Simon Says Stamp

I had created the torn, stamped image some years ago and it was a Tim Holtz technique my friend taught me, but I've had trouble finding the source for it.   The idea was to create something that looked like it had survived being burned.

 I forgot about the image, but recently found again when I was doing one of my "let's get organized" projects.  I put it on a canvas and added a Yellow-and-Pink rose made  from Grungepaper.

I think it fits well with the Simon Says Stamp and Show ... your Distressed/Torn Edges challenge.  

All things are Ranger Distressed Inks, Tim Holtz products except for the canvas and Claudine Hellmuth studio paints.

AND HERE"S SOME OTHER NEWS!  This makes my 50th Blog Post.  When I get to to number 100 I will be posting an opportunity to win some Blog Candy -- so stay tuned!

Stampin' Hugs,

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Sunday Stamper - Week 158 - Sheena Is a Punk Rocker

   I'm just tickled Punk today to be able to submit this for Hel's Sunday Stamper challenge #158, Sheena is a Punk Rocker.  
   I had a blast doing this one (but I think I almost always do - ;-> )!  This is using Tim's (and don't you dare ask "Tim, who?"!) technique from his October 2008 Technique Challenge.  It's a Crackle Paint resist and lots of dreamy DTP using Distress Inks.  I used Peeled Paint crackle on the base of the 5-1/2 x 7" chipboard and covered over with the DI colors that spoke to me at the time.  
   I did paint Tarnished Brass Crackle Paint on the bird cage which I cut from Grungeboard; Stamped Mr. Winged Things II with StazOn white onto Wendy Vecchi's BLACKOUT Clearly for Art--cut him out.  Also stamped his face onto some of Ranger's Manila cardstock I had left over from die cutting tags, then stamped his crown again onto Grungepaper and colored that with some gold ink.  Used my heat tool to curl Mr. WT-II's wings and added my Ideology. 
   Oh!  Almost forgot -- I cut out the DREAM mover and shaper from Grungepaper and used Vintage Photo Distress Embossing Powder.  Nailed that sucker down with some copper Ideology brads.  (My husband has finally learned not to panic when he hears pounding from upstairs.)
   Have a Stampin' good week!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Grungy Monday #11

Whew!  Glad to be back for another of Linda's Grungy Monday challenges.  I hated to miss last week but had to make a trip for work to our Dallas office.   (Don't you just hate it when work gets in the way of your fun? )  Those trips always mess up the rest of my week even if I do get home before the weekend.

The technique is a challenge from Tim Holtz's blog of January 2008 (some people call it Faux Batik)

I probably didn't pick a light-enough color of distress ink for my lamp post which was embossed and then blended over with distress inks before ironing the ink back off the lamp post.

As I'm sure you, too, may find it always looks a lot better in real life than it sometimes does in photos you take.  I used one of Tim's Reinforcements on the top center of my tag and it was one of the darkest I could find to go with my inks and Ideology hardware, but the flash of the camera lightened it up and you can't see the detail in it.

Lot's of stamping to catch up on and hope I can make some headway meeting my project deadlines.

Have a great week!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Sunday Stamper - Week 157 - Reasons to be Cheerful

Well, I only got in two posts last week and I'm in a bit of withdrawal from missing out on blogging -- but I had good reason -- and it made me Cheerful!  <rotfl> I visited the Great American Scrapbooking convention when it stopped off in Arlington, Texas and got to see THE WENDY VECCHI doing demonstrations!  Whoo hoo!  I drove four hours after I left work on Wednesday and stayed with my SASSSC Sistah, Olga.  (Note:  SASSSC is a group of friends and we get together monthly to share swaps, food, stamping techniques, make-n-take projects -- and fun and laughter!)  Olga only lives about 15 minutes from the convention center.
I'm also hoping this tag can do double-duty for me as I do love my cat stamps and this simple black cat stamp is a favorite because it reminds me of "my Trevor".  And I'm using it for Simon says stamp and show also.
This tag represents that besides stamping and using my Wendy Vecchi stamps, my cats make me cheerful.  I have three black cats and one gray one.  This is to reflect my little stamping buddy:  Trevor.  Trevor has Diabetes Mellitus Type 1, and is fading in spite of insulin treatments - so I'm trying to stay cheerful and used a hope-filled sentiment from Wendy's set:  Celestial Art.  
I love DTP - so I sponged, brayered and dabbed inks on the tag and onto the stamps.  I used markers, too.  I had a black cat stamp from Meer Images (edited 13 June with link to stamp Phoebe)  and masked it first, then did the other images.  The tree is from Evidence of Art and the flower (stamped twice) at bottom left is from Botanical Art.  I used Jet Archival for the black cat, birds and words.   Note:  The Birds is a single, wood-mounted stamp from the Tim Holtz collection available from Stampers Anonymous.  Supplement 8.1, Summer 2007 M1-1252.   I picked it up at the convention also. 
OH! And I can't forget my ideology clip and Adage ticket from Mr. Tim Holtz!
Stampin' Hugs!
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