Sunday, April 29, 2012
Here it is the 29th day of the month and I am just now getting my tag posted for Tim's Tags of 2012 challenge. I have had it done for a couple of days but not a picture or post. I need to get it in gear a bit. LOL I didn't have the right colors of distress embossing powder, so I had to use vintage photo and black soot for my tree branch along with the peeled paint for the leaves. As you can see, I still don't have my pre-ordered branch die so had to use a limb of the Halloween tree. It worked just fine. I added some black enamel accents for his eye. Love the reflections stamp with folder technique. Very cool effect.
Thursday, April 26, 2012
Over at the Outlaw Women's Scrapbook Emporium yahoo group, we have been doing a monthly tip-in page swap where we got a hard-cover book to use, added the dimensions of it to the database and what theme we want our pages to be and then each month, we get a partner to make a page to add into our book. This month, I got Amberlee to create a page for and her theme is bright, colorful, steam-punk, altered and her page is 4 3/4 wide by 8 in. tall. I really enjoy steampunk, but just never know what to do to create it, so I struggled and didn't even start it until today, the 26th! Yikes, it's due in 4 days! Anyway, I used my new Dyan Reavely sprays to color the page and dried it and then began. Lots of Tim's stamps and inks in layers on this and then his filmstrip ribbon and tissue tape here and there. I didn't want to add a lot of embellishments as these books need to close so I try to keep my pages relatively flat. I sure hope she likes it. I liked it so much, I am going to go make myself one in the size for my book while I have all the stuff laying out.
Well,we areTim's April tag, so having to combine a few here. I have had a terrible time with a sty in my eye for over a week and the last three days have been unbearable, so I finally left work yesterday and went to the doctor, only to be sent to an eye doctor, who was able to finally slice the top open with a scalpel so that it could drain. Terribly infected and way down between the gland and the cartilage, so really hard to lance it. It is finally getting the pressure released today so I am home after getting someone to take 6 hours of my shift for me. It is so swollen and nasty and I have pulled out nearly all of my eyelashes trying to find the one causing all the pain and inflammation. I look just hideous!!! On vacation next week, thank goodness! Anyway, for Linda's COC2 challenge, turn your Tim book volume 2 to page 58 for the technique. I had not done the faux patina before, so that is also qualifying my to enter it to the ATT challenge, and on Simon Says Stamp and Show, the challenge for this week, is to show us your word. Well, the word I chose was "Explore". I so enjoy all things nature and outdoors, so I went with this. I used Snowcap white, stream, pool, and lettuce for my AI's. And stamped it with black archival and the background stamp was French Ultramarine Archival. Oooh, those inks are so yummy. Distress stained the seam binding to match my color scheme and voila!
Tuesday, April 24, 2012
I needed a masculine birthday card for my daughter Savanna's boyfriend, Harry's
I have so much ribbon in my stash, so this was a good one for me to make. I used Opalite ink to highlight my dry-emboosed butterflies from the folder on the dark purple cardstock and then added another butterfly underneath mine with the tiny attacher and used Distress tickles in Black Soot to make the body. Love these and will be doing more of these!
I finally got busy and got my card done for this. I used Tim Holtz's butterfly die and it is a bit too large for the gift-card holder portion of the card to open smoothly, but it does open. I really like how this came out and will be making more of these for gift-cards. I had never even tried to use those little mover/shaper dies before that hold the card and had no idea why I bought them, other than they were Tim's. LOL
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
I caught up on my online class today and got my tag made up for this week's challenge done for Linda's challenge in Tim's technique from his new book on page #66. The generous Simon Says Stamp and Show is her sponsor on her blog. If you don't have his new book, you can get it on his blog and a signed copy here. I used some corrugated cardboard and die cut some more dress form and sewing stuff and painted them dabbers to age them. I wrapped the spool with lace and added a decorative pin and added some buttons. The background was just leftover ink on a stencil from another project that i used the negative for on this tag and just stashed it.
Woo-hoo! I am caught up with this class again. Of course, I don't have any of my other challenges and swaps started or done. LOL One step at a time, I guess. At least I was smart enough to use one for a birthday card I need right away and my Mom's Mother's Day card also, so that will help out time-wise. I decided to flip my shape card sideways so that I could use a taller image. I don't have my Distress Markers yet, though they are supposed to be shipping out to me tomorrow, YEAH!, so I had to use what I had here and my grand-kids have several of them very dry. Fun technique and quite easy to create actually. Of course I couldn't find the stamp I wanted for the front, so ended up making it on the computer and cutting it out. Couldn't find my envelope background stamp either even though I know I bought it, guess I will be ordering that one again! LOL
Day 2 had us making window cards. I used one of my new Hero Arts/ Sizzix sets that include the dies and the stamps for this opne. I followed Jennifer's card pretty close except I used this message die and stamp instead of her heart. I have had this beautiful velvet trim for eons and don't use it much because the ends always unravel when you cut it, so today I adhered it with glossy accents and did the ends as well and then trimmed and rubbed a little more on the edges that got cut. I think it's going to stay, so that was a great find! I thought my card had some pretty elegant looking papers on it already, so I kept it simple and just added a Prima flower with leaves from my stash box of them. I am pleased with it and back to my studio for today's lesson's card I go.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
I got a card made for my dear friend, Jan's birthday yesterday using the ideas I got from the first day of A Cut above online class. I really enjoy taking these classes and you have lifetime access to them, so they work perfectly for everyone. It is also eligible for the challenge at Simon Says stamp and Show this week, Anything Goes. I haven't had the chance tom play along lately so feels good to get creative and make something again. I hope to have time tomorrow to get some more things made and catch up a little in my studio.