Thursday, September 18, 2014

Autumn Colors

The Colors of Autumn chosen by the talented and lovely Astrid is the current challenge at A Vintage Journey. The rest of the team has some amazing art to share with you and there is always a prize from Country View Crafts and a chance to be among the pinworthies!
I love Autumn and the colors we are blessed with during the season and I am always reminded of Thanksgiving and the things in my life I am thankful for. Sometimes we forget to be thankful for the simpler things life has to offer and I decided to keep my card simple or with less bulk! This will be my card to mail out for Thanksgiving.
Keeping with Tim style and using his Distress Inks and Stains, the falling leaves background stamp from Heartfelt Creations was stamped using Coffee Archival and then I applied various colors of Distress Inks using a foam applicator. Once all the leaves were colored, I flicked a little water and then with a toothbrush flicked on various Distress Stain colors and after all was dry I toned it done with Antique Linen. Once I was happy with that, I cut out the background and shaded the edges. The Sentiment is from Stampin Up and I think it was perfect for the background. Added a few Tissue Wrapped Frenzy Butterflies.
Thank you for visiting me today and I hope you have a wonderful weekend. I will also be linking this to Inspiration Journal's challenge, "Fall is in the Air."

Friday, September 12, 2014

Coffee and Friends!

I am so happy that you would stop by on this day before the weekend. Friday is my day to share at Artistic Outpost, so stop on over for all the details and photos if you would like. This is kind of a Generation Redux meets Chalkboard Wisdom over a cup of coffee! The September challenge "Show us your AO Art" is again anything goes and as always a chance for a store gift certificate, so come on and get inky with us!
I will tell you about the  tag background which was stenciled using Black Soot and then clear embossed, inked over with Peeled Paint and then the embossing was removed. I did outline the black edges with a gold glitter pen for a little extra interest and then this was splattered with water and shaded.
Thank you for visiting today and enjoy the weekend!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

CC#3C - Assemblage Clock

Linda and the talented Curiosity Crew wanted us to think outside the box for Challenge #10, "Assemblage Clock" in that fabulous Compendium of Curiosities III book by Tim Holtz and so I did! The Funkie Junkie Boutique is the wonderful sponsor this week of a $25 shopping spree and there is always a chance to win a prize from Tim and Mario as well, so that is pretty nice!
This is my first time working with the Assemblage Clock and I had just a little fun trying to figure out what to add, did not want to add too much or too little.

We did have a slight battle with the skeleton as when I replaced the arms with metal wings, it became quite top heavy.
I cut a piece of foam from those Texture Trades to brace the back and so far all is standing up to the challenge! In advance I will apologize for any specks or lint you may see on the glass as living in the windy desert with dry air, glass is like a magnet! OK!

After I covered the clock twice with gesso, I painted first with the Pansy, dry brushed on Quinacridone Gold, crackle and then when dry inked over with Distress Black Soot. Applied a spray of sealer and then matt varnish. The handle, legs, etc., were treated with alcohol inks, a wash of paint thinned with Blending Solution and dry brushed with QG. A few highlights with Treasure Gold White Fire was applied here and there as well.
The back inset panel was cut from Tim's Laboratorie paper, embossed with his web, toned down a bit with thinned gesso and then highlighted. A bit of trim was added and then I did glue down some extra bones before putting it all together! Paint, Stickles and Treasure gold was added to various bits!

Will be linking this up to Inspiration Journal's "Fall is in the Air" challenge for September. Thank you all for stopping by today and taking the time to comment. Hope you are enjoying the end of Summer!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Thinking of You!

I hope today finds you well and enjoying the ending of summer while join in on the Artistic Outpost Designers Choice Blog Hop.  Today I am sharing a card and tag I created using Artistic Outpost's "Bluebird" stamps and have teamed it up with ODBD "Blooming Garden" paper pad and "Fence" die. Now through August 30th AO, ODBD and NCC have a 20% off "Dog Days Of Summer Super Sale" using code DOGDAYS, so click the links for all the details.  And as always the rest of the team has some great inspiration for you!

Terry * Tracy * Gerrie *  Lisa * Kate * Linda 

Some vanilla card stock was inked lightly with Antique Lines and then the image was colored using Distress markers Vintage Photo and Black Soot, but first I inked up the little cutie with Vintage Photo ink. I wanted to ensure the image would have full coverage. Obviously I inked the text in black. I tore around the stamped edges and then shaded with Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain and Black Soot on the corners mostly.

The background for the sentiment was stamped using Walnut Stain. I used a very neglected Stampin Up punch and punched several layers to build this up. I just liked the shape of this with the sentiment.

Cut and colored some greenery and inked over a paper rose to distress it slightly. Of course I had to make a white picket fence and crackling finished it off nicely. Will be sharing this with Inspiration Journal's "Anything Goes" for their August challenge.

The tag was pretty much done the same, except for the background. I stamped music from the AO "Ephemera Backgrounds" and then inked some color over that. Applied some leftover  torn paper from the card. Did a little more inking and then toned it down with gesso, more inking and some spritz and flicking of water. I then decided to apply a couple of coats of embossing powder.

Then it was just layering it all up and adding a few little flowers and everybody was happy! 

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have a most enjoyable day. Hope to see you along the Blog Hop and also the August Challenge "Show us your AO Art."

Monday, August 25, 2014

CC#3C - Stamps and Framelits

Linda and the Curiosity Crew has brought us to another chapter in Tim's Compendium of Curiosities III and on page 63 we are working those Stamps and Framelits. By now you know to play along you must have your own copy of this fabby book and there is where you will find all the details. You have two changes to win prizes for the #9 challenge, the wonderful Joy and Inspiration Emporium family with a $50 store gift voucher, where there is an "Anything Goes" challenge for the month at their blog "Inspiration Journal" and Tim and Mario with a surprise package of goodies.

I was a lucky winner for Tim's June Tag and Mario actually sent me as part of my surprise package the "Big Top" Stamps and Framelits set, so guess what I used?

I can tell you for my elephant that I added some crinkled tissue paper to card stock that had been inked with Weathered Wood. I then colored in some areas Barn Door and inked over the raised areas with Vintage Photo and Weathered Wood. I added a few more Tim goodies and stamped and cut a separate little ticket and added a chit chat sticker.

The background was actually a piece that was from the June Tag lesson and I thought would work quite well with my circus act.

Hope you are having a great start to the week and I do thank you so much for stopping by today!

Thursday, August 21, 2014


Thank you so much for stopping by today and I hope you all are doing well and have wonderful plans for the weekend! Friday's are my day to post at Artistic Outpost and today I am sharing a card using the Bluebird plate of loveliness, along with Quotes and Quotables and the Secretary Pool. For all the details and more photos, please stop OVER and have a visit.

In brief, the Bluebirds were stamped and cut out using Vintage Labels an ODBD die, shaded and embossed. The sentiment was stamped cut and placed on chipboard and then the "Fly" was also cut away. The background panel was stenciled using Tim's doily and a piece of trellis cut from burlap. "Show us your AO Art" August challenge is waiting to see your AO Art, so get those beauties inky and join in and we are flying over to visit our friends at Inspiration Journal for the "Anything Goes" challenge.

Enjoy the weekend and thank you again for taking the time to visit and comment!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

The Funny Farm!

I hope you all are doing well and doing something wonderful this weekend! We are off to the local fair today and I am pretty excited. Each year there is a booth that offers tacos and oh how I love those! Can't wait! With all the excitement of the fair in town, I was inspired to to use "Home" and "Hayride" from Artistic Outpost to create a mixed media hanging. There is still plenty of time to join in AO's August Challenge, "Show us your AO Art," so go get inky! I will also be linking this with the lovely Inspiration Journal's "Anything Goes" challenge.

At first the plan was to make a 6" x 6" card using some designer paper from ODBD's "Blooming Garden" for a nice background beginning. I just love that beehive and the darling kids from "Hayride" make such great beekeepers!

All images were stamped in Archival Sepia, the kids fussy cut, the edges around the barn scene from "Home" torn and I cut apart the sentiment. How many remember that song, "There coming to take me away to the Funny Farm?" My Mom and me would just sing that and be so silly! Anywho, I used a little foam applicator to add a little color to the images and of course did some distressing coloring.

I used Wendy Vecchi's "Honeycomb" stencil, of course, to add a little texture and then decided to carry it over onto the red paper backing and corrugated cardboard. I also added another panel of chipboard to the cardboard as I don't like it when things get that warpy look. The texture paste was colored by adding a little Vintage Photo stain and then after it dried, using an applicator added Vintage photo DI. The corrugated cardboard was painted with a mix of buttermilk, red, brown paint and used the red to highlight. I used Barn Red stain to color the cheesecloth, then added a few embellishments.

Thank you for stopping by today. And if you missed my Bluebird tag card from last week, it was shared yesterday at AO, so stop on over.

Stamps: Artistic Outpost: Hayride, Home
Inks: Archival Sepia, Distress Vintage Photo, Brushed Corduroy, Antique Linen, Barn Red, Tattered Rose
Stains: Barn Door, Vintage Photo
Paints: Americana Light Buttermilk, Fresco Finish  London Bus and Chocolate Pudding

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Tim's August Tag of 2014

It is TAG FRIDAY (Thursday here) at A Vintage Journey and the announcement of our winner and Pinworthies! There is still time to join in the latest challenge, "Time Flies," so stop on by.

My tag is based on Tim's August Tag for 2014, but I decided to go a more feminine path and used butterflies and of course keeping with my love all grunge! Hey, a girl has to do what makes her happy, right?
I followed Tim's instructions and used a variety of stamps. Inspiration Journal's August challenge is "Anything Goes" and so this tag is going to those nice people for a visit.
After I tissue wrapped and stamped, I used the Harlequin and Speckles stencils for the texture. Once dried, I applied Distress Stains, Broken China, Peeled Paint, Wild Honey, Rusty Hinge and Weathered Wood. The leftovers were also used to dye my ribbon tie.

For my filmstrip contribution to the tag, some butterflies were cut from the Butterfly Frenzy (love the variation in size) and glued down on tissue wrap and then I applied my filmstrip using two way tape. I also cut some butterflies from tissue wrap that was applied to lightweight card stock. Some of those did not make the cut! Ha!Ha!
And I changed up the label a little with one of my butterflies.
As the label states so perfectly, ENJOY TODAY and thank you for stopping by.

Monday, August 11, 2014

CC#3C - Dog Days of Summer

Faded Layers, page 58 of Tim's Compendium of Curiosities III, Linda and the Curiosity Crew have us opening our books to challenge #8. The Funkie Junkie Boutique is the generous sponsor for this challenge and offers a $25 store voucher and another chance to win a surprise package from Tim and Mario.

My Faded Layers was totally inspired by Lisa's Blogger Challenge this week, "Dog Days of Summer" and that was the excuse I needed to use this fun stamp by Sutton Enterprises (I think). It was given to me by a local friend some time back. I am also linking this up to Inspiration Journal's August challenge of "Anything Goes."

I followed the lesson in the book, which you need to play along as we will not give up details. The stencils I used are Rays, Dots and School House and alcohol inks of summer colors, Sunset Orange, Sunshine Yellow and Watermelon.

The imaged was stamped with Black Archival and I did some watercoloring using markers, some light stenciling, antiquing with Distress inks and then that flicking of water to cool down that dog.

Thank you for stopping by today and I hope you are all doing well and happy. Just a little while ago, I learned of the passing of Robin Williams and how sad that a man who made so many people laugh, was with so much pain. Many people are with so much pain and hold so much inside and just can't get past the depression or the challenges of life. My heart goes out to his family and friends and to all of those who have lost a loved one who just could not see past the darkness.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Time In A Bottle

"Time Flies" as chosen by the lovely Chris at A Vintage Journey is the current challenge and hope to see you join in all the fun. My wonderful DT Sisters have some amazing art to share with you, so do stop by. In the words of Chris, "We would like to see anything relating to the passing of time which includes Tim's products - stamps, dies, Idea-ology etc. This is down to your interpretation of how quickly time passes and how you can demonstrate it BUT we want to see Tim's techniques too please. The world's your oyster. " As always the winner will receive a £10 shopping voucher from our host, Country View Crafts on-line shop and you could be among the pinworthies! Here is what I came up with!

The background of the tag was inked, splattered and stenciled with time pieces. From the computer, I found and printed out that wonderful old song from Jim Croce, "Time In A Bottle." Was pretty enthused with the previous CC#3C "painted industrial" challenge out of Tim's fabulous book, so decided to carry on! Being my sister's birthday in August, I wanted to tie this all in together. It is pretty difficult to get decent photos of foil, but it really looks pretty good. Inspiration Journal's August Challenge is "Anything Goes" and so I think you know where this is going!
Added the #8 brad and of course a few more metal bits for fun. My sister likes "Harley Davidson" type stuff, so this is close.

I am also sharing at Artistic Outpost later today, so if you have some time or missed my previous blog hop post, stop on over and I do thank you for that, know how busy we all are.
Thank you so much for stopping by today and have a fantastic weekend.