Saturday, September 3, 2011

Grungy Monday- #21

Linda over at StudioL3 has challenges us to use fragments this week. Love these babies. I finally got brave enough to try to put together a necklace made from these after ogling Sherry's beautiful works forever on her blog and wishing I lived close enough to take her classes. I got out some patterned paper scraps, an old map, a couple stamps and some archival ink and went to town. I stamped the images onto them and then began laying my fragments onto them to see where I wanted them. Once I decided, I smeared a bit of Glossy accents onto the fragments and laid them onto the stamped images. Went to family room and watched my beloved Packers until half-time to allow to dry. Then I used my Tim scissors to trim around them and cut them out. I then used the tutorial Christie Hund

shared on her blog, Thanks Christie! Except I used aluminum tape from the hardware aisle of Wal-Mart for my metal sheets. Added some alcohol inks, ran through one of Tim's embossing folders and sanded the high spots. I then smeared my black archival ink pad over it to make it pop. Next a layer of Rock Candy distress stickles to seal it after I sanded the edges good so no sharp edges remained. Poked through the holes with Tim's awl tool, added jump rings and my chain. Then I added a couple wings, heart and wings, and a key charm to a couple of them randomly. What a fun and easy project! And the Packers won!!! Doesn't get any better than this!

Twelve Tags of Christmas-Final tag

Whew! It's been a long journey, but here we are at long last, completing our sets of Tim's Christmas tags. It all started when we were following along with Tim last year and my good blog buddy, Donna, commented how she wished she had made all of the years of tags. I told her if she made just one a week starting in January, she would complete them all in plenty of time to be ready to join Tim again this year and have a complete set. So, she popped right back at me with, "You'll be making them with me, right?" Well, the rest is history and Allison joined in along with us and played every week as well, except she not only completed a tag each time, but also a Christmas card, so she has a good supply ready to use for this year's mailing! Smart girl, that Allison! It has been very fun and challenging to revisit all of these techniques. The background on this week's is one of my favorites. It is just so soft and pretty looking! And of course, who doesn't love the grunge paper roses! Anyway, here's my final tag and a huge thank you to Donna and Allison for joining me in this fun adventure!

Friday, September 2, 2011


This week over at SSSS, the theme is Anything Goes. I have been itching to make a Configurations Box so thought this was the perfect time. I took a big box of stuff I had collected for it over to my good stamping friend, Diana's house to see her new craft room and we went at it. I just finished mine up today with the addition of the banner at the bottom that I lifted from the very talented Candy. Thanks for the inspiration girlfriend!!! I also added the fake snow to the floor of it and around my snowman to look more real. I think it turned out pretty cute for my first one! I have a few close-ups on here so you can see the different boxes up close. I added distress inks to my tissue tape to give it some color and depth. Can you see the On The Edge snowflakes in there made with glitter cardstock. Very pretty and sparkly in real life. Fun project!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Gothic Arch

On my OWSE group, the next challenge in the alphabet challenge is G is for Gothic arch. I just happened to decide to finally start a series of gothic arches that I learned and was inspired by Roni on her blog last May. She made hers up as a Mother's day gift. I knew I wouldn't have time to make them by then, but printed off each day and saved them. Well, finally I finished one of them. Need to move onto another one now. Wish me luck on that!

OWSE challenge

Robyn made a fabulous tag last Friday and gave us a week to come up with our version of it and post for a chance to win a prize. I made up my background and waited patiently,or not so much, for it to dry so I could finish it. Well, this morning I put it together and added some tissue tape and a UTEE covered chipboard butterfly I die-cut a while back and stamped into with gold ink while hot. For his body portion, I used one of Tim's memo pins and threaded more of the same Papillon tissue tape onto it and kind of ruffled it. Added some ribbon and tied in a knot and layered it up. What do you think of it? So shimmery in real life!