Wednesday, May 28, 2014

CC#3 - Faux Tea Roses!

So Linda and the Curiosity Crew have gone from glitter to "Faux Tea Roses" on page 65 of Tim's, Compendium of Curiosities III! For this challenge the wonderful "Inspiration Emporium" is the generous sponsor of a $50 prize and there is a prize also to be given from Tim and Mario, so that is quite a sweet deal!
Before I even knew where this tag was going, I started with the flowers, using the Tattered Pinecone die and following Tim's instructions. After my flowers were done, I did give them a spray of a Perfect Pearls mix that I have on hand.
Now that my flowers were done, I began cutting some greenery and again using the Tattered Pinecone and my new Garden Greens die.

I did crease fold and sand the larger leaves and then shaded to give a more realistic appearance. I also cut a doily for another layer. Once I liked the layout, I glued down everything and got to work on the background.
The text was stamped using Black Archival on Vellum and then torn and shaded with Vintage Photo.
The girl's face was stamped and masked off before I added a little heart stenciling using Spiced Marigold. I do believe this qualifies for Simon Says Stamp Monday's challenge "The Artsy Stamp."
I am also sharing another blast from the past at Artistic Outpost, so would love it if you have some extra time to visit. Totally understand if you are strapped for time! Starting in June, I will be sharing on Friday's and will keep you posted on all the news!
Thank you for visiting me today and taking the time to comment! Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

CC#3C - Distress Glitter - May Tag!

Oh my so much going on the last few weeks, I am just getting in on time to join in with the Curiosity Crew at Studio L3! This CC#3 challenge is all about Distress Glitter and can be found on page 56 in Tim's  Compendium of Curiosities III. There is a prize offering from Tim and Mario and The Funkie Junkie Boutique is the sponsor of a generous $25 Gift Certificate! Everyone is a winner, because we all get to play along! OK!

As far as anything involving "Distress Glitter" it is in the book, so if you don't have a copy, you will want to just to join in the challenges. I did decided to combine the current CC#3 challenge with Tim's May Tag of 2014 challenge, so this is a combo tag and all the details can be found there!

Sorry I again did not take a picture of the tag background. I get so carried away that I just forget! Anywho, this was inked with Salty Ocean, Mowed Lawn and a little Peeled paint, flicked and dripped water and did some script stamping on the background, shaded with Vintage Photo and then distressed. The background tag has a layer of Distress Glitter around the edges and I used double sided tape for that.

All my tiles were done per Tim's instructions and I used that wonderful Wallflower paper. The first panel with the butterfly also as a slight lattice stenciling on the background. The butterfly was cut from grunge, colored with Salty Ocean, crackled and then stain with Vintage Photo. I like to let my stain stay on a little while as it does some pretty cool soaking into the grunge. After all was done, a little DG was added.

I did not have the die Tim used, so instead decided to carry on with "Distressed Glitter" and the honeycomb die. The same inking and crackle was done. The letters were cut from Tim's Typeset. The background paper leaves were lightly colored with Peeled Paint.

A little script stamping behind the stars! I just recently purchased the arrow set, so I was quite happy to be able to add it.

Well this tag was great fun to play with and arrange all those tiles and add a little glitter here and there! Really not a fan of glitter, but at least the Distress Glitter does not stick to everything and living in the desert with dry air, oh does it float around! Thank you for visiting me today and I hope you are having a wonderful day!

The Meeting!

Hello to all of you lovely people! Today is about friendship and mostly the ones we make though our little blogging world. I also am sharing the card below at Artistic Outpost if you would like to have a closer look and more details. Another blast from the past!
Now onto the "meeting" with my dear friend, Brenda! This is our third year of meeting and we became friends almost instantly in 2010 when we both became bloggers and connected via Gingersnap Creations at that time, I do believe! There were a few of us who started blogging around the same time and none of us ever thought of design teams or any thing of the sort! It just kind of happens as the natural course!
Here we are at Michael's, doing what we crafters do best!  There is a little bit of a funny story to add as Brenda and Ken were driving up from Garden Grove where they were staying with longtime friends. We were driving from the High Desert of Antelope Valley and I had sent Brenda our mobile numbers, but silly me never thought to get one they might be using! Well we got caught in traffic and it must have been an accident and in the Los Angeles area that can be really bad news. Well my phone was totally not behaving and not keeping a charge, so I rushed to FB to leave Brenda a message that we would be late and of course not thinking she has no WiFi or way to actually check her message! Duh, Duh, Duh! Then my phone is so getting ready to die and as luck would have it, Brenda calls! At that point we were only a few minutes away and they also were caught up in a little traffic, so all worked out and we had a great time!
Steve and Ken having quite the conversation while we were shopping! Brenda and I thought they sure had a lot to talk about and in fact they may have been more chatty that us!!! What a great feeling knowing they get along so well.
From Michael's we went on to share a meal at the Olive Garden, before heading off to JoAnn's Fabric and Crafts store. We actually did not go overboard with shopping as we did the first time we met! I am looking at Ken and Brenda at Steve. We never knew who to look at during the photo shoot!
And to balance the photo taken in the shade, here is one in the sun! It was a short visit, but we all still had a great time and even squeezed in a little coffee time, before heading back to our destinations! I know Brenda will be sharing more photos and I will have to check my hubby's phone camera as well. We were a little busy having fun, but did manage a few photos!

Our little blogging world becomes so much more real when we actually meet and share the stories of the other bloggers we have met and now are friends with IRL! So many of you I feel as if I have known for so long and I am blessed and more blessed as time allows the more personal touch! Oh and yes, Brenda gave me many UK hugs from so many of my DT Sisters and friends! I sure hope to meet you all one day! Thank you for sharing this visit with me and I hope your day is wonderful!

Thursday, May 15, 2014

It's All About Him!

Challenge #6 chosen by the amazing and wonderful Anne is "All About Him" at A Vintage Journey and just in time for Father's Day or any celebration of "him." You will want to be sure to visit AVJ for all the wonderful projects my fabulous DT Sisters have for you! There is always a prize from our sponsors at Country View Crafts, so come on and join in with your Tim inspired projects!
I have had this wooden box sitting around for several years and have wanted to turn it into a "TV remote controller box" and with Anne's challenge theme, it was time! This will be a birthday gift for my hubby on June 3rd, so I am joining in the challenge at Inspiration Journal, "Celebrate." The box was lightly sanded and painted with a washy mix of Vintage Photo paint, a little bit of crackle and then rubbed with Black Soot Distress ink.
Using Tim's Clockwork, Dot Fade and Measured stencils, I applied Black Soot Distress ink and then sprayed with a matte sealer. This was then given a very light sanding.

Fired Brick paint was applied to the stamp numbers, sanded a little after drying,  as well as the Alpha part to outline the frame.
The Crown was covered in gold paint and then I wiped it off only allowing it to settle in the recessed areas. Added various rub-ons on tickets I cut and inked and here and there for fun! After I added the rub-ons to the box, I also inked around the edges with Vintage Photo to blend into the box. Please excuse the bits of debris in the photos! I live in the desert and it is dry and dusty and goodie for me it was also windy! I kept wiping off dust and debris and it did not matter! SORRY.
For the center focal area, I used some Ephemera pieces and stamped over the clock with Vintage Photo using the new Cracks stamp - LOVE that and shaded the edges.
The gentleman and numbers are from the Merchantile and he was stamped in Black Archival on Vellum and I colored the back using tan Sharpie ink. Added some fun metal bits and filmstrip.
For a little more "Movie" feeling added some characters to the Lattice die and some Mirror pieces, which really collect desert dust!
Next was just to add some papers and Tissue Tape from various packs to decorate the sides and inside of the now Remote Control storage box!


Thank you for enduring my photo heavy post and hope you will join in all the fun at AVJ! Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Route 66!

How are you all doing??? I have been running on empty and apologize for being MIA! We had so many things to do and then with a birthday and Mother's Day, my daughter and her boyfriend came down for a visit! It was a blast! And speaking of a blast, I am sharing one from the past at Artistic Outpost today, if you would like all the details.
I think this is perfect for Father's Day coming up quickly, so stop on over if you have the time! I will be catching up with all of you really soon as I have missed you!
We had a very late dinner and then a early brunch the next day with my friends.
Love this picture of my DD and me at Mother's Day brunch!

Enjoy the day and thank you for stopping by!

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Happy Mother's Day!

I hope you are all doing well and enjoying some nice weather! With Mother's Day in the US just around the corner, I decided to share a simple tag for Artistic Outpost. There are more photos and all the details to be found at AO, so I would love it if you would stop on over and thank you for visiting today.

Whatever you do this weekend or how you celebrate, have a wonderful time and Happy Mother's Day to all the moms who take care of human and animals alike!

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Fond Memories!

I am hosting the current challenge at A Vintage Journey and chose the theme of "Fond Memories." This challenge turned out to be just that for me as I found myself with many fond memories and an overwhelming sense of joy and sadness as I looked through photos. This challenge goes live in the UK May 2nd and that so happens to be my Mom's birthday, which she would be 81. Happy Birthday to the woman who started it all and the one who made me who I am and of course my Dad helped!

My Mom and I had birthdays very close together and then Mother's Day within the same week. We would even go birthday shopping together for each other. So silly we were. Once time we were driving around and I saw a sign for "puppies." We stopped and I picked up my Hugo! My Mom thought she wanted one, but then thought not. The next day we were back and she brought home Shiloh!
That was a very fond memory. Well onto my altered cigar box! Country View Crafts is our sponsor and you could be a prize winner, so stop on over and join in and be sure to check out all the lovely art my DT Sisters are sharing for your inspiration.
In the beginning this started out as a warped old wooden cigar box and yes a warp remains, but what can a gal do? I removed the old hardware, which was pretty cheap, did a light sanding a covered with gesso. The boxed was painted in a neutral color and then stamped in Sepia Archival using one of Tim's new Distressed Damask stamps in a pattern to be reminiscent of old wallpaper. This was finally shaded with Vintage Photo and Black Soot and highlighted with Treasure Gold, White Fire.
The picture wheel with my Mom standing so proudly with me was cut from grunge board covered in foil using double sided tape and then colored with alcohol inks, Pitch Black, Latte, Gold Fixative with Blending solution. Only Latte was used for the PW inserts and then added the label letters "Fond Memories." The center was cut using the circles movers and shapers. A little highlighting on the edges with Treasure Gold.
Pretty much the same steps for the photo wheel with the exception of using black card stock with foil attached. I copied and resized some old photos of my parents and me. Oh how I miss them. Come on don't you like the "T" and by the way my Mom was also a Terry!
Flowers were a mix of grunge, tissue paper, painted in vintage photo, crackled and inked with Black Soot(large flower) and Walnut Stain (small flower), shaded with Black Soot and again a little Treasure Gold. Finished off with one of Tim's pulls.
The Hearts were cut from grunge and painted, crackled and shaded and obviously a couple of chit chat stickers adhered.
The XO was done in the same fashion as the Hearts.
To finish the sides, I added another size filmstrip which was cut from Tim's paper and I clear embossed that and amazingly enough the size was a perfect fit!!!
Added a few more chit chats and of course the "May" tissue tape calendar. My Mom also was quite the sewer, so I loved using the measuring stick tissue tape!

The leg  insets were colored with a Sharpie Brown Marker and a little Treasure gold on the raised areas.
The inside of the box I really did want to keep simple and not have anything that could tear photos. This will be actually used to store those old photos of my parents with me. I finally purchased and got to use that incredible WALLFLOWER paper that some of my DT Sisters have been teasing with me :-) Added a stamped ticket and trimmed it with some tissue tape, some of Mario's Hash Tags sentiments. And another "T" for "Thoughts" that I had plenty of.
Added a stamped ticket and a little stenciling then trimmed it with some tissue tape, some of Mario's Hash Tags sentiments. And another "T" for "Thoughts" that I had plenty of.
I will probably make a couple of nice envelopes to hold the photos and place inside. That I will figure out in time.
Well I do thank you for taking this sentiment journey with me and enduring what is a very photo heavy post. Please take time to enjoy the people in your life and never take anyone for granted and always keep those "Fond Memories" close to heart!

Dies: Picture Wheel, Tattered Flowers, Movers & Shapers Hearts, Ticket, Mini Filmstrip, Filmstrip Frames
Misc: Grunge Letters, Tissue tape, Chit Chat, Labels, Idea-ology misc.
Stamps: Distress Damask, Mercantile, Hashtags
Inks: Archival Sepia, Distress, Black Soot, Walnut Stain, Vintage Photo
Paints & Stains: Vintage Photo
Alcohol Inks: Pitch Black, Latte, Gold Mixative, Blending Solution

Other Mediums: Treasure Gold, Multi Matte Gel, Glossy Accents, Crackle, Tissue Paper

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