Tuesday, April 22, 2014

A New Road!

It is an Artistic Outpost blog hop and there are new and exciting things happening and I will be taking "A New Road" and I am sure loving the journey! For more information about the AO new adventure click HERE and HERE for the new direction. You will want to join in the blog hop and check out all the exciting and fabulous creations my DT Sisters have for you.
Gerrie, Lisa, Suzanne, Tracy, Linda, Alison, Terry (Me), Kate
This is the first time I have used the Windows and Doors collection and just love them and thought it was so appropriate for all avenue AO will be traveling. This vintage old door is so inviting and along with the sentiment was stamped using Wendy's Watering Can Archival ink. I wanted a softer feel and chose to not go with black ink. Will also link this up to Inspiration Journal's "A Few of My Favorite Things" AO and Tim, you know it and Simon Says Stamp Monday "Big Stamp."

I used sponge applicators to add Vintage Photo, Fired Brick, Peeled Paint and Shabby Shutters for coloring the bricks and foliage and the door with Antique Linen.
The sentiment was inked with Antique Linen and Vintage Photo and of course distressed. For the tag background, I inked over Tim's Lattice stencil with Distress inks of the previous colors and added a few rub-ons for fun!

Thank you so much for visiting today and have a wonderful day!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Tim's April Tag 2014!

Hello and Happy Easter, well in just a few hours! Here is my take on Tim's April fabulous tag and for all the details, you know where to go. I will also link this up to Inspiration Journal's "A Few of My Favorite Things" and of course that is pretty much anything Tim!
First off I apologize for forgetting to add the little Framework inserts! I took all the photos and it became too dark when I was on Facebook and noticed a few blogger friends tag and I could not believe it! Well they will be going in, but not until after Easter.
Pretty much I followed all the guidelines, but not being a real flower girl, I only made one and added a flower girl stamped on Acetate and on the reverse side colored her eyes and lips with Sharpie markers.
The rose was cut from Tim's Kraft-Core and the leaves from a leftover piece and added to grunge for strength, inked and shaded.

And all finished off with some twine. I always back my tags so I can write on them at a later time. The ribbon at the top was inked with remaining inks from the applicator.
This was the beginning and what a blast I had. The first day I saw April's tag, I knew exactly what I was going to use, but was not sure how! Don't you love Classics 11?
Thank you so much for stopping by. I am sorry I have not been visiting blogs as much, but life has been requiring some extra time and it is all good!

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Paris In Springtime!

Here we are with Challenge #3 at A Vintage Journey and the theme is "A Bit of French," chosen by the talented Astrid! All of the DT has so much "Tim" inspiration to share with you on our French journey, so be sure to visit! There is a prize from Country View Crafts for one lucky winner, so come on and join in with your vintage, grungy and fabulous projects and show us your Tim style!.
I decided my project would be a journey to Paris via my imagination for the time being and of course Tim was my guide! I first started with an 6 x 8 inch canvas, painted the edges black (did not want any white to show through), covered the canvas with Vintage Shabby paper which was inked over with Peeled Paint, Salty Ocean and Antique Linen. Inked with Brushed Corduroy over my new Doily Layered Stencil, finished off the edges with Tissue taped (mitered the corners) and shaded. Will also journey on over to Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge "Anything Goes" and Inspiration Journal's "A Few Of My Favorite Things" and obviously that would be Tim's stamps, dies, stencils, inks and embellishments and Paris or France at The Kraft Journal!
Using clear embossing ink and powder, along with some Black Soot, I stamped various images from the Paris to London set and created the inky background with Salty Ocean, Peeled Painted and Brushed Corduroy. Distressed the edges and shaded with Vintage Photo and Black Soot.
Using more of Tim's papers, I stamped some butterflies on the post card along with some inking and distressing, fussy cut a butterfly which color was added using markers and shaded in black.
Crowded Attic (letter print) was the background paper for my Eiffel Tower, embossed with the Eiffel Tower Texture Fade and highlighted the raised areas and shaded. This was placed on chipboard and finished off with a metal spinner and flower aiming for the Heart of Love, cut from grunge and inked in Brushed Corduroy, shaded in black.
And of course the Eiffel Tower needed the perfect place to stand upon and that would be the Alpha Tiles shaded in black.
The adorable Parisian man was fussy cut after being stamped in coffee Archival and lightly colored with Antique Linen and Tattered Rose.
A Ticket was stamped on kraft paper in black Archival, die cut and edged. What French themed project would be complete without a Fleur de lis painted with Vintage Photo and while still damp, excess paint blotted off with a paper towel.
With the canvas now completed, I realized it needed something more and so a nice piece of cardboard was cut by removing the inset piece, which was not a fun thing at all. A little bit of crackle and stain was applied around the edges and all finished of with a piece of cheesecloth, twisted tightly and dyed. Talk about a chunk of junk becoming a pretty nice item!
Hope you have enjoyed this little French journey with me and I so thank you for taking the time to visit and comment. Enjoy the journey!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Bathing Beauties Believe!

I hope this first day of April is finding you all well and happy! It is hard to believe we are already into April and that means summer should be fast approaching! And with summer around the corner, the Artistic Outpost's "Bathing Beauties" have a secret to share with all of you!
Got to love this sentiment from "Quotes and Quotables" and when I was looking at these lovely ladies, I thought what a fun combination!
The sentiment and bathing beauties were stamped in black Archival and heat seat. I also stamped the ladies a second time to make a mask.
After masking the ladies, I began to ink the manila card stock (cut to fix a large tag, which I painted black) with Distress inks, Broken China, Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy. A little bit of black paint was applied through one of Tim's stencils for a little extra interest!   Added a little subtle stamping in the background and of course had to flick on some good old water!
To finish the top of the tag, I inked over some cheesecloth and glued down some seashells. The "Believe" on Tim's key is also from "Quotes and Quotables" and cut to size. Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is "Anything Goes," so the girls are on their way there!

Thank you all so much for stopping by and I hope you will have a wonderful April!

Thursday, March 20, 2014

My Word Is Love!

Here we are with challenge #2 at A Vintage Journey and the theme is "Say It With Words," chosen by Alison! The DT has many fabulous words to share with you, so be sure to stop by and feast your eyes! If you join in and we sure hope you do, remember we are all about being Tim Holtz inspired through his products, techniques and his vintage style! Country View Crafts is our generous sponsor, so come on over and join in our traveling adventures!
Don't you just love this saying from Tim's new "Nature Walk" stamps and the images are to die for! I just thought it would be perfect for my DT challenge project!
I had thought about stamping this saying on some wrinkled and distressed paper and tearing the edges, but then decided the Arch Frame would work quite nicely for the shape.

My Arch and Arch Frame were cut from grunge, embossed, painted with Distress Vintage Photo, inked over with Black Soot, raised areas wiped off lightly and then a light sanding to reveal the paint and part of the grunge paper. I guess you could call this "Painted Grunge." I love the look of this as it has kind of a leather appeal!
I used the Movers and Shapers Arch piece to cut another outer frame, which was painted using Antiqued Bronze Metallic paint, crackled, distressed with Black Soot and then cut away the outer perforated area.
Next was to take some plain card stock, stencil, ink and distress, stamp the sentiment in Black Archival. I had actually cut a duplicate frame from copy paper to know where to center my stamp! Sorry, I can't guess in such a tight squeeze!

Added some embossed, highlighted and shaded Movers and Shapers with a couple of gears and rusted out a pen nib with paint and clear embossing powder.
Now onto the winner of my Blog Candy, "The Compendium of Curiosities III," which will be signed and shipped directly to you from Tim via Mario is SANDRA, who is feeling lucky on her blog this week. WooHoo to you!
Congratulations Sandra and please contact me by the 23rd, so I have your current address. A big thank you to all of you who joined in my giveaway and also shared with others. Well I thank you so much for stopping by today and riding along! Enjoy!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Birds of A Feather!

We are on our way to Spring and I can't wait to see all the new little birdies, bulbs and perennials revealing their beauty! While I was working on Tim's March Tag, all I could think about was how perfect Artistic Outpost's "Birds of A Feather" would be for this technique!
Since I am sharing this over at AO as part of my DT commitment, if you would like all the details and more pictures, please stop over HERE!

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you are enjoying the beginning of Spring and all the renewal of the season! If you have missed my blog candy offer, there is still time and the link is HERE.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Tim's March Tag 2014

With all the excitement of starting on the DT at A Vintage Journey, I have been even more Tim inspired! There is still a week to join the first challenge and it is "Anything Tim," so stop on over. I absolutely will not bore you with the details of how I made this tag, because you probably already know or can find all the guidelines on TIM's blog. 
For the most part I followed all the steps with a few changes. One I did not have that new "spritzer," but it will make it on my list! I used a mix of reinker and Perfect Pearls and used the mini mister. I do wish I had used a darker ink for the stamped main images as I think the Vintage Photo was a little too light and more so on the second tag, but all is still good! A Splash of Color is the challenge theme at Inspiration Journal and we are flying over there to share.
I had already ordered the Nature Walk stamp set from my Funkie Junkie friend and I will say that 20% off really helps when you have found you ordered 12 stamp sets, so I went with the smaller version of stamps!
That Lattice stencil is gorgeous and the little eggs I picked off some cheesy little nested Michael's item, that I knew would come in handy one day!
Could not resist adding some feathers from my dear Fred, which I have done whenever possible. It is just a little more of a tribute kind of thing now! OK, we won't go there, but I do miss that little guy!

The second stamped birdie barely showed up with the stencil activity, so we had a painted wing compromise!

Thank you for visiting and I hope you are having a wonderful weekend! It is very warm here today and almost a little too warm so quickly!

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Travel Tag!

Today I am sharing another tag I created using the stencil I made with Tim's ink well and feather movers and shapers. The Creative Guides at A Vintage Journey have plenty of "Tim" inspiration for you while we fill in for this Friday's "Winners Post."

If you want the details on the making of the stencil, click HERE.   After the 1st step stencil magic was completed, I inked with Broken China, Peeled Paint and Rusty Hinge, shading with Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain.  I felt the ink wells and feathers blended in too much in the background, so I outlined those using broken lines of black and with an applicator shaded slightly around the outer shapes.

Next step was to pull out Tim's stencil and randomly inked in Black Soot.. Yes, I hand cut the hands from tissue tape! Should I have used the rubs - Oh yes!

My traveling friends and ticket were stamped in Black Archival, inked with Antique Linen and fussy cut. Finished off with a few chit chats and some metal pieces. Lots of distressing of various types, so we are entering this in "D is for Distress" at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.
Thank you for taking the time to visit and remember that next week I will draw the Blog Candy winner of a signed copy of Tim's Compendium of Curiosities III. If you have not entered there is still time.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Paper Chase!

Happy Anniversary to Country View Challenges! I was thrilled and honored to have been among the Top 3 for their January challenge and asked to be a guest designer for March! Well March is also my personal anniversary, so I am in good company! The challenge theme is "Paper Chase" and Country View Crafts is offering two prizes, so have a look and join in! Here is my take!
I decided to use the Crafty Individuals stamps that Chris had gifted to me as it seemed so appropriate for the anniversary celebration at CVC and the fact these stamps have quite the paper trail! Chris and I both love birds and have had many of these beauties for pets. My little birds were stamped in Sepia and clear embossed and then a subtle splash of color, Tattered Rose for the bodies. I used a marker to add yellow to the beaks and then shaded with Antique Linen around the sweeties.
Computer generated the "Happy Anniversary" in hopes of blending in with the chit chat stickers. I used Tim's background stamp and applied paint to colored paper. All edges have been distressed and I finished off with inking some pre-made flowers, highlighting with Treasure Gold,some distressed die-cut trim and a movers and shapers bird. My birds are taking flight to Inspiration Journal's "Splash of Color" and Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge "D is for Distress."
And talking about Anniversaries, I am offering my own blog candy right HERE. Thank you for visiting today and I hope you are having a great March!