Saturday, December 31, 2011

"New Stash" at FSC and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

We are using NEW STASH for the current theme for Fashionable Stamping Challenges! How fun to pull out some of those never used treasures or perhaps some gifts Santa left for you! Won't you join us for some Stamping Fun using your New Stash! Stop by FSC to have a look at the clever and gorgeous creations of all the Fashionettes! I want to thank FSC for inviting me to be a part of such a great group! This is not only a group of collective talent, but such a fun and caring group! We actually have a blast together and that is what this is all about, having a good time and encouraging others to just have fun!

So here is what I came up with for the Fashionable Stamping Challenges "New Stash" challenge and I will also be linking this to Grungy Monday's "Get Out The Tissues," Simon Says Stamp and Show a "Tim Holtz Themed Tag," Lisa's Bloggers Challenge "Celebrate Good Times." Using some New Stash, I wanted to ring in the "New Year."
I used Tim's tissue tape to cover a tag and inked a little Festive Berries (new) and Vintage Photo on some areas. Ran it through the crimper several times and then gave a spray with my new "Shimmer Spritz." The spray settled nicely in the groves and added a little extra color! All stamps are my "new" Tim Holtz "Little Labels." The countdown numbers were stamped with Stazon Red on my "new" clear shrink plastic and the "2012" were stamped on red card stock using black craft ink, clear embossed and hand punched. The hand and admit one were stamped, inked with Vintage Photo and cut. I added a thin line of red Stickles to the "Admit" one! The little "party favor" was cut from foil with my new Martha Stewart "Fringe Scissors." Wrapped it around a cocktail straw, added some double sided tape and then sprinkled the glitter/bead mix. I cut a second tag from black card stock a quarter inch larger than the original tag, so I could add a little extra festive fun! I made a little batch of mixed fun using some new chunky glitter, along with some glass glitter, fine red glitter and black beads. Added some fibers and the clear tinsel is new! So I used several new items from my stash. Hope to see your amazing creations using some of that "New Stash" that I know we all have!

I want to wish all of you a very happy and amazing "2012." A big "thank you" to all of my newest followers and to those of you who take the time to visit and comment! Your comments and friendship mean so very much to me! HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Friday, December 30, 2011

The Stamp Man Annual Award!

While visiting Brenda's blog, I learned The Stamp Man has a lovely contest happening to celebrate your favorite project of "2011."  For me it has to be my first altered cigar box!  For all of the details you can click here.  I played for the first time with moulds and added shrink plastic pieces and used Artistic Outpost stamps!  This was such a blast from start to finish! 
Now I was also very torn as the next project I enjoyed way too much, was Tim's "12 Tags of Christmas," so I decided to show these also! 
Such a fun year was 2011 and I just know that 2012 will be an even better year for creativity!  Thank you for stopping by and I will be back tomorrow!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Traveling Around the World with FSC!!

The FASHIONABLE STAMPING CHALLENGE team would like to take you for a spin around the world!  We are flying, sailing, driving and even motor cycling around the world or countryside!  Won't you join us and experience life outside the box!  Oh and speaking of "box," what I have here is an altered cigar box that I made using all Artistic Outpost stamps!  I really hope my hubby will love his "Route 66" box which was certainly made with love and lots of glue!  Well we sure hope you will come and play along and really stop by and have a visit with my awesome and talented "Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants."  Could not resist! 

So here is the scoop on the box alteration!  First I sprayed some primer gray paint in all areas of the box, not the inside.  The inside was done using Tim's Kraft paper and adding some interest with the Distress Inks, listed below.  Lots of cutting and measuring!   Now of course I would use the world travel piece paper, which I thought was just so perfect for the inside.   I took some white wrinkled tissue paper and ran some Distress Inks (Faded Jeans, Tea Dye, Peeled Paint)  lightly over the entire sheet!  Do make sure that Distress Inks are dry before stamping and added embossing powder, because they do stay damp for a while.  This was glued down using Mod Podge and I crinkled it up a little more for extra dimension.  Then I covered with another layer of Mod Podge, which will now be referred to as MP!!   Some of the images (motor cycle, hotel scene) were stamped with black craft and clear heat embossed on the colored tissue paper.  These were then cut out and glued down.  I wanted them to blend in!  The gas pump, motel sign, etc., were stamped on white tissue paper with distress inks and or markers, then clear embossed.   Some images were just stamped directly on the tissued covered box and then covered in clear embossing powder.   The little map was also shaded around the edges for a more worn look, which is quite faint.  For each piece, a layer of MP and then the paper and then another layer of MP!  I added a little Mica Flakes for fun!  I decided to keep this somewhat flat, because it will be used and too many embellishments would get in the way!    This was a fun project and more so that it will be a gift! 

Hope you all are doing well and just about ready for the Holidays!  I still have shopping to do for my hubby, but he is easy - NOT!  He always wants some stupid thing from Sears and I don't like shopping at Sears!  Usually I order online and then just go to the store for pickup!  Other than crafts, I am not a shopper!  Is that not a sad thing?  Well I won't be doing any posting until after Christmas, but will visit blogs as I have a few of you I need to give a "hello" to.  I wish you all a Merry Christmas and the very best of the Holiday season! 

Distress Inks:  Faded Jeans, Peeled Paint, Tea Dye, Vintage Photo, Barn Door, Frayed Burlap, Walnut Stain
Stampin Up:  Craft Black, Markers Red, Black, Blue
Stampendous Mica Flakes

Thursday, December 15, 2011

"Mini Lights" Winners

I so loved how Tim grouped his tags, so decided to take a picture of my collection!  Was that a fun time or what!?  More than anything, I love playing with techniques and backgrounds and learning to improvise!  Some of you had mentioned to take a picture of my tags on my Christmas tree, but my plan is to give a few to family!!  My G-Daughter already put her name on Tag #2.  Maybe after the Holidays, I will remake the ones I give away! 
Now the reason you came here!  OK, I cheated a little and actually decided to give away four sets of lights.  I was fortunate enough to come across more lights and if I happen upon even more, I still have your names in a little box!  And the winners are!  Send me an e-mail with your mailing details!

Diane -  1CardCreator
Silvia -  BarniesBaustelle
Jan -  PaperCraftPleastures
Helene -  LotsaScrap

Have a lovely day and be sure to stop by on Saturday for DT post for Fashionable Stamping Challenges!  It is a Christmas gift for my DH and he took today and Friday off, so I have to be careful.   Thanks as always for stopping by!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Tim's 12 Tags of Christmas 2011 - Day 12

Well like they say, "All Good Things, Must Come To An End."  Here is my final take on Tim's 12 Tags of Christmas and I can honestly say that this has been an amazing adventure!  Boy oh boy have I learned how to improvise and even came up with a couple of clever techniques of my own or I think they are mine!   This is my first time playing and I loved it all, but it would have been more fun, if I would have not been a "sicky" the entire time!  Linking up to Inspiration Emporium and Simon Says Stamp and Show - Projects with Depth.  So here is my #12!
Since I had none of Tim's Tissue Paper and no time to order, I made mine own.  Not the first time I have done this!  The word/music backgrounds are from Stampendous.  I stamped tissue paper in Stazon Red and yes I know the flower leaves something to be desired!  Kind of a sick puppy, like it's creator!  The "25" was cut from Tim's sizzlits.  The snowflake I covered in Rock Candy Stickles and pushed through some Xmas Red from underneath for a stained glass effect!  I wanted red this time, because that is one of my favorite Christmas colors. 
Well thank you again for sharing this adventure with me.  You have no idea how much I appreciate the time you take to comment.  Just in case you missed yesterday's post, I have a couple of sets of mini lights to giveaway, should you have an interest.  Just go HERE and let me know!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Tim's 12 Tags of Christmas 2011 - Day 11 and a little BLOG CANDY!

For Day 11, Tim has us experimenting with Shrink Plastic, UTEE and Alcohol Inks!  Not too much fun!  I decided to go with a mini version of a tag for a gift tag.  Each year, I make up a bunch of little gift tags and I just loved the idea of making them extra special.  This is also being linked to Inspiration Emporium.

I used Tim's Mini Tag die and inked with Fired Brick and Bundled Sage, but first clear embossed the snowflakes.  Stamped the Merry Christmas and torn by hand.  All edges were shaded with Frayed Burlap.  Now for the really fun part!  I did open my Melting Pot, but was not going to even mess with this until tomorrow!  Well I could not resist and thought I would do a quick trial run.  If you try it my way, a suggestion is to shrink first and add UTEE after!!!  Just letting you know!  I did save my first little guy, but it was an unnecessary waste of time!  I so love to experiment!  I cut my Gingerbread guy with Shrink Plastic.  Now I also did mask the little frosting areas with some 3M Safe Release tape, but I am sure any would work.  I applied my Ginger Alcohol Ink and keep it off the masked areas until the very end.  Removed the masking tape and carefully with one of those little swabs with a point, dipped it in blending solution.  I carefully went over the area that I wanted white/clear to remove the little excess ginger color.  Now I pushed the little guy (uncolored side down) into the VersaMark and then sprinkled him with UTEE.  I did several coats of this.  Turned him over and painted the back with white.  I will try this with the pot, but I just did not want the drama of me and hot materials today!    So you don't need the melting pot to play!
Blog Candy
Now I have had several of you mention these lights and as luck would have it, Michael's actually had some show up kind of late.  I grabbed them and am offering a set to two of you!  You do have to let me know that you would like a set of lights, because some of you may have no interest in these.  I just know that sometimes I see something I really would like and can't find it!  So just ask and I will do a little drawing by the end of the week and who knows, you might even receive them before Christmas! 

Thank you for the visit and I will see you tomorrow!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Tim's 12 Tags of Christmas 2011 - Day 10

It is hard to believe that we are now on day 10 of Tim's 12 Tags of Christmas!  Tim has all the instructions posted on his blog if you want to know the right way to do this!  I won't lie, I tried four times and maybe I rubbed the paper off too hard.  The images I ended up with were very faint and I was not going to waste a facet, so ended up just added the paper images to fragments.  I will practice, but needed to be done.   I wasted a trip to Michael's in search of kraft tags, so worked with what I had.  Here is my tag for #10 and will be linked at Inspiration Emporium.

For my tag I used Stampin Up Naturals paper, which has kind of a rough finish.  I gave it a distressing with Vintage Photo and then used Stampin Up French Script for my background!  Used Tim's pine stamp and inked the pine needles with Forrest Moss and the pine cone with frayed burlap and then clear embossed.  The edged the tag with Versamark and then embossed with gold.  The fragments were edged with a Krylon gold pen.  The letters were cut with a Sizzix die.  I decided to not add further embellishments, because I think I will mail this one off! 

Well tomorrow I am not tagging!  I need to maybe "START" a little decorating for Christmas - you think?  Thanks a ton for stopping by and will catch you on Monday!  Have a wonderful Sunday!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Tim's 12 Tags of Christmas 2011 - Day Nine

What can I say but, "Fun, Fun, Fun."  Tim's Day Nine tag lesson is all about the background, so go have a look and join in on the fun!  For my background stamp, I used the "Snowflake" from Impression Obsession and I also received more background stamps today!  WooHoo!  This is also linking up to Inspiration Emporium.
I used Tumbled Glass to ink up my stamp and then followed Tim's instructions and finished with Faded Jeans.  All shading was done with Vintage Photo.  For my main piece, I had to use the "Lamppost."  I painted Grunge with the black dabber, distressed a little.  Now I don't know how well this will look, but I made the lamp look like old frosted thick glass!  I cut a piece of plastic, embossed with the Damask folder, sanded lightly, inked with Scattered Straw and clear embossed, repeated with Dried Marigold.  Now most of the embossing faded away, but the effect was pretty cool.  I added a piece of wax paper to the back and I just love how this turned out!  I really looks like glass!!  Promise!  I did the snow effect with paint, glitter, stickles and more paint.  Again I wanted a snow look, but also some of the icing that always goes along!  I may live in CA now, but I know about snow!  For the holly I glued down some of my leftovers from the "Glassine" technique, cut and added a thin layer of Peeled Paint Stickles.  Once dried I put little touch of snow and ice on the leaves!  The berries I painted with red and then added dimension with Xmas Red Stickles.  The Joy was cut from the Market Place strip and covered with UTEE.  My little deer has a red nose and a garland wreath with little red lights!  It was a berry, until someone turned it upside down, before the stickles dried! 

My DH just got home a little while ago after being gone most of the week, so I am quite happy.  It has been a long week with battling this cold/flu or whatever, but thankfully, I have been able to play!  Have a wonderful evening and will see for Day 10!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Tim's 12 Tags of Christmas 2011 - Day Seven and Eight!

Yes, I know my blog background is off and so are the backgrounds of a few bloggers I know.  Not quite sure what to do, but will remove it, if this is how it will be!  Anyway on to Tim's Day Seven and Eight!  Linking to Inspiration Emporium and Simon Says Stamps and Show Some Elements of Time.
Day Seven started with a very late start, because I was hoping the stamp set he used would actually arrive and it did not!  It also looks like it might not arrive before this adventure ends!  I used Pumice Stone and Bundled Sage for the background colors and shaded with Vintage Photo.  Background stamps are Stampin Up "French Script" and Stampendous "Crackle."  I have been trying to use mostly Tim's products, but now and again, you got to do what you got to do!  I will say this tag had me pull out my Hot Glue Gun that I have not used in ages!  So much easier!
Day Eight, was another late start.  I had a doctors appointment and knew if I started anything "stamp" involved I would be late and arrive with ink stained hands!  So sorry on both accounts that the pictures may be lacking!  I am not the best photographer, so lack of light, does not help!  My inks of choice were Bundled Sage, Barn Door, Tumbled Glass, Pine Needles and Walnut Stain.  I cut out little images from Tim's Seasonal papers for the film strip.  The GIANT letters, which never dawned on me until after, were chipboard pieces that I inked with Black Craft and then did two coats of UTEE.  I used my own collection of vintage gears and watch/clock pieces and added a little piece of tissue tape.  All stamps are Tim's.  I decided my guys were have tinsel instead of holly in their hats. 

What a total disaster the room is in now!  I actually will have no choice, but to clean it up!  I am not sure where I have put little bits and pieces.  Wow!  Thank you so much for stopping by for a visit and will catch you all tomorrow!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Tim's 12 Tags of Christmas 2011 - Day Six

You absolutely have my permission to laugh, because I have found this experience quite amusing!  For all the details visit Mr. Holtz and learn about foil paper and paint dabbers.  Will be linking this to Inspiration  Emporium.
The paint dabbers I have and used are white, gold, silver and copper.  For the other colors, I used my enormous collection of acrylic paints, green, brown and red.  Followed the instructions, sanded lightly and then covered with the Walnut Stain, which kind of gave my whites a dirty look, which of course I did not notice until I added the clear embossing powder.  Now I wanted my whites to be white, so I decided to take a VersaMark embossing pen and cover the dirty white areas and then embossed with white EP.  So that was done.  Then I decided I wanted my tree to have a little more of a festive appearance, so I covered again with the pen and added a coating of a previous mix I made.  So this is what I did for the last six hours and I am not joking about that.  Well I did take about an hour off for lunch and coffee!  You should see that room, because I have not really cleaned it up the last couple of days!  Maybe tonight, as my DH is off at a class!

Thank you for stopping by and go right ahead and have yourself a good old fashioned chuckle!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Tim's 12 Tags of Christmas 2011 - Day Five

Tim for "Day Five" has us working on "reflections resist,"  so check this out here!  Not matter what you style of stamping is, there is so much to be learned from this creative genius!  Linking up to Inspirational Emporium.
Pretty much I followed Tim's instructions, replacing alcohol inks colors with Ginger, Latte, Caramel, as I was wanting a vintage style tag!  Speaking of instructions, what I dislike about myself is how I attempt to avoid instructions!  Made two attempts at stamping the images according to the instructions, but neglected the second part of removing the Jet Black ink!  What a difference it made!  I went back to Tim's blog several times!   I do not have the new reflections stamps, but guess what is making that ever growing list??  Finished this off with Tim's Santa and the wreath with some festive lights.  Added my bling mix on the edge and that was it!

Thank you for stopping by!  Glad this did not take too long, because I need to do some blog visiting!  Have a lovely and creative day!

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Tim's 12 Tags of Christmas 2011 - Day Four

This morning when I woke up and went to Tim's blog for today's tag, I was so excited that I had most everything!  Well not having "ANY" of the Distress Stains, made this the real challenge.  My sweet DH, took a run to Michael's for me, but none were to be had!  Yesterday out of no where I decided it would be a good day to get a sore throat, which during the night became increasingly sore and this AM, full blown sore!  Between not feeling super and waiting for things to dry, I had to figure out how to do a background.  I so want some of those stains!!  Don't you just love how Mr. Holtz gives such great instructions and pictures?  How much time he devotes to us and I am sure it pays off for him and deservedly so!  Here is my tag for "Day Four, which will be linked at Inspiration Emporium."

To do my background, I pulled out some Delta Gleams with a Pearl Finish.  I thinned this out three little areas with water, left one area white, added one drop each of Weathered Wood and Tumbled Glass to the remaining!  From that point I followed Mr. Holtz steps!  For my stamped images I went with Snow Cap and Silver Dabbers.  I cut out a separate hat and added Black Stickles and then a little Glossy Accents and some red and white seed beads!  My use of seed beads came from adoring Lucy's many gorgeous projects!!  I was all done and took my photos, showed the tag to my DH and his brilliant observation was noticing the lack of an eye!  He said that the blogging world would be talking about me if I did not have an eye!  So it was that an eye was added!  I actually had planned on that, but in my fog today, I forgot!  So there you have it!

Hope you all are having as much fun as I am!  So happy that you stopped by for a visit!

It's All About Dressmaking, Corsets and or Accessories!

At Fashionable Stamping Challenges it is all about "Dressmaking, Corsets, Accessories" and we would love to have you join us in some great fun and a chance at a prize!   Really stop by and see the gorgeous creations my DT Sisters have designed for your viewing pleasure and inspiration!  I am so thrilled to be with such a talented group and of course they are quite fun!  BTW, I once sewed and made most of my clothes, even jeans!  I will never forget one year, I wanted a fancy pair of jeans!  Went to the fabric store, picked out my denim and some metallic silver piping!  Oh those were really some fancy pants and now I wish I had taken a picture!  Here is my interpretation of "Dressmaking."
For my background, I stamped and clear embossed on white card stock using Tim's Haberdashery stamps.  Covered with Distress Inks and sprayed with Pearl Glimmer Mist.  Once dry, I ran it through Tim's embossing folder and highlighted.  The little buttons and spool were cut with shrink plastic and colored with Sharpies to match the ladies dresses!  Added a little thread and again to match!  Now my styling ladies is a Hero Arts stamp that was 40% off at JoAnn's and when I saw it, I grabbed it just for this challenge!  Is this perfect or what?  Stamped with Black Stazon and colored the bodies with Stampin Up Chalks.  I wanted a subtle coloring for the skin.  I stamped again on colored card stock for their outfits and fuzzy cut to give my ladies a little more depth.  Used another embossing folder for the stitching, added an old zipper on the bottom edge and held it in place with straight pins!   Another fun project!

Thank you for visiting and sure hope you will stop by FSC and join in on the fun!

Distress Inks:  Tattered Rose, Wild Honey, Story Sky, Frayed Burlap
Stazon Ink:  Timber Brown and Black

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Tim's 12 Tags of Christmas 2011 - Day Three

Can we all say, "Improvise?"  When I saw Tim's tag for day three, I was overwhelmed with wondering how I was going to do this day!  I pulled out all my Tim's Christmas related stamps and embossing folders and thought I had found a a matching set!  For all the details on today's tag, go visit Tim.  Linking up at Inspiration Emporium!
Well I inked up as per Tim's instructions and stamped my image and then tried to line up the trees in what I thought to be the matching embossing folder!  Well, it does not fit the stamp and so that piece made it to the trash.  I did ink up my trees and then added clear embossing powder for that little touch of depth.  Added a free of more of Tim's stamps.  For the Holly treatment I used the greenery from the Holiday Lamppost die.  I can't believe how many items are now making to a list for my Santa!  Actually I ordered some of Tim's crafting goodness just for this and nothing has made it to my door!  Kind of upset about that, but what can you do?

Thanks again for stopping by and I hope to see you tomorrow! 

Ink/Reinkers:  Forrest Moss, Shabby Shutters, Fired Brick, Brushed Corduroy, Tea Dye

Friday, December 2, 2011

Tim's 12 Tags of Christmas 2011 - Day Two!!

The amazing Tim has brought us on another creative journey for Day Two of the 12 Tags of Christmas!  For all the details on how to do this visit Tim.  My daughter left around 9:00 AM and I wasted no time at all running to the craft room, which is not a total disaster!  I don't know how to keep it clean, especially when you are using such a variety of materials!  Speaking of materials or lack of, it is all about making the best with what you have.  Here is my take on this fabulous second day, which will go for a visit at Inspiration Emporium!
Since I did not have any of the new Seasonal Kraft Resist paper, I did use Paper Stash Kraft Resist and made a couple of alterations!  Took one of Tim's stamps and stamped the holly greenery in Stazon on the left top, stamped with clear embossing for a resist effect using Tim's Merry Christmas and a couple of pine branches.  Made my own Perfect Pearls mist using 1/3 dropper of Antique Linen reinker and Perfect Pearl.  Now the fun part was that I could not find the sticky back canvas that I know I have, so I used some Sookwang double sided taped and some fabric from my stash!  So loved how my deer turned out!  Added some of the gold dauber paint to the "wish" word and cut some fabrics for the tie. 

Ok, I am off and running to clean up for tomorrow's wonderful mess to be made!  Have a great day and thank you a ton for stopping by!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Tim's 12 Tags of Christmas 2011 - Day One!!

WooHoo!  This is my first year playing and I was so darned excited, I had my DH wake me up at 5:00 AM!  Now I could not start right away and have my lovely daughter showing up around 3:00 PM, so I had to work in stages!  I loved this totally, not just because it is obviously orchestrated by the coolest man ever, but because of the sharing as bloggers!   So here is my take on Tim's 12 Tags of Christmas 2011!  Also linking this up to Linda's Grungy Monday #29, which is all about Tim and Inspiration Emporium!
I did not have the Pine Cone die, so substituted Tattered Florals, Branch Tree and added little bronze tone beads for the center with little touches of Rock Candy Stickles.  Used Wish and Mini Baroque and after glittered with white and silver, I added a bead of Glossy Accents and sprinkled clear seed beads around the outer edge.  Since I did not have the Kraft Core paper, I used Tim's Distress Collection from Core'dinations.  Once the the embossing was done, I sanded the snowflakes and added touches of Faded Jeans  Distress Inks and sanded the snowflake edges again. 

This was a blast and I can't tell you how excited I was to be able to play!  Can't wait for tomorrow, but I will have to play after my DD leaves for her business appointment!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Grungy Monday #28 and SSSS Some Tickets

Well I squeezed in a little play time today and just in the nick of time for Linda's Grungy Monday #28 and Simon Says Stamp and Show Some Tickets!  For GM we are following Tim's Piece for the Ranger Ink Great Pumpkin Challenge and just like many of my GM Challenge Buddies, there is not a pumpkin to be found!!  Now here is what I came up with! 
I cut my "Foil Tape Sheets" using Tim's carved ornaments and new movers and shapers mini deer and number, then followed the steps in the above link.  I did adhere my carved ornament foil piece to a piece of chipboard for depth.  After the pieces where inked, I also shaded with black and gave my little deer an eye and of course the red nose!  I used Tim's designer paper for the ticket and added foiled numbers a little Spica glitter here and there.  The Core'dinations background was embossed and sanded.  I did the background with embossed and debossed snowflakes and really liked the debossed look for this!  BTW, the red tinsel trim on the bottom is from WalMart and it was very inexpensive!    The silver tinsel stem was inked with red alcohol ink.

Wishing all of you a great week and I can't believe we have less than a month until Christmas!  How did that happen?  Thank you a bunch for stopping by today!

Ink:  Archival Black, Distress Fired Brick
Alcohol Inks:  Red Pepper, Cranberry, Meadow,  Espresso, Caramel, 
Spica, Red, Gold, Clear
Xmas Red Stickles
Dies:  Tag, Movers Shapers
Folders:  Dot Matrix, Snowflake, Cracked 

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Being Thankful!

First off, I am sorry that I have not been around that much this last week, but will be visiting all of your blogs next week!  With Thanksgiving, I was so busy cooking and it was just the hubby and myself!   Well I know that plenty of you were living in your kitchens!  Hope all of you who celebrated Thanksgiving had a wonderful time and those who did not the same!
The Appetizer

And The Thanksgiving Dinner
I am thankful for the lovely DT at Gingersnap Creations for choosing me and this card for the "Black and Grey" challenge to receive a Ginger Gem!  Always such an honor!  Thank you!
To all my followers, new and old, I am so thankful to share with you in this creative journey!  This crafty hobby blogging world is the best.  Once in a while we actually get to meet one of our crafty blogging friends and that is exactly what I did today!  It was such a pleasure to meet up with Linda from "My Happy Place" and her husband on their way home from a camping trip!  What an adorable and sweet couple!  I was so thrilled to be able to share some real quality time!   Fun time and I sure hope we do that again soon! 
Linda and Me with Sun in Eyes!
The wonderful and generous Cindy from "My Whimsical Musings," sent me this gorgeous Tag!  I just love the fairy image and the flower and lace touch is sheer elegance and even the vintage advertisement bag is amazing!  Thank you so much, Cindy, for thinking of me! 
Last but not least, I was sent an invite from Nancy of "Sugar Lump Studios" for what looks to be "12 Days of Whimsy" fun!  Click the link and take a look!  There will be prizes!!!
 Wishing you all a wonderful evening!  I am thankful that you took the time to visit!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

"I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas."

At Fashionable Stamping Challenges, we are all "Dreaming of a White Christmas." I would love to see my blogging friends join in with some of their Christmas Stamping Talent! Now we all have to get those Christmas and or Holiday cards ready, so why not take this opportunity to join in on some holiday fun, make some new friends and have a chance at a prize from Cottage Crafts! No digi images are allowed, but I know you have some stamps! Please stop on by FSC and see what the DT has in store for you! For my project, I went with two cards and it really did not take much longer to do two compared to one! Really it did not!

Actually where I live, we do receive a nice accumulation of the "white stuff" from time to time. My Dad and I would talk about the New York snow and the time we got stuck in a blizzard, when I was a teenager. So every time we would get a slight amount of snow, here in the desert, one of us would call the other! Nice memory and so I am dreaming of that White Christmas!

I inked the Impression Obsession Snowflakes background stamp starting with the lighter Distressed Ink in the center and then darker around the edges. A quick spray of water using the misting bottle and then I pressed the paper onto the stamp. I think this snowflake background would look nice overstamped with music?  Next time! On the background with the sleigh, I actually had a little leftover Perfect Pearls mix (brown tone) that I used as well as the water. It gives a nice shimmer - trust me there is shimmer! The sleigh (Inkadinkado) and Santa (Rubber Stampede) were stamped using Stazon Timber Brown and I added some glitter highlights using Spica pens, clear on Santa's beard, the snowflakes and sleigh areas. Sadly, you can't really see the glittered areas as they are quite subtle! Santa does have a little sparkle in his eyes! All paper edges distressed or not were shaded using Stampin Up Creamy Caramel. I added some decorative thread to the cream colored ribbon that actually matched my paper, a little bling and we are good to go! The chocolate trim and pearls, I thought worked out well for Santa!

Hope you are having a wonderful weekend and I truly do appreciate your taking the time for a visit! 

Inks:  Distress Ink,  Antique Linen, Pumice Stone, Frayed Burlap, Brushed Corduroy, Stazon,  Brown Timber, Stampin Up Creamy Caramel
Spica Pens, Clear, Gold, Red
Brads, Pearls, Ribbons, Threads
Paper:  Stampin Up, Whisper White, Creamy Caramel, Always Artichoke, Chocolate Chip
Spellbinders, Die

Thursday, November 17, 2011

The Craft Barn "Over 600 Followers" Blog Candy!

I came across this incredible blog candy offer from The Craft Barn and just had to share!!!  Not that I would not love this generous sweet candy, but I know someone will be doing the happy dance.  All you have to do is to be a follower and do a post!  For a chance to win a great stash of goodies, stop by The Craft Barn!

Now you have until November 25th, so I would run and not walk!  Congratulations to The Craft Barn and thank you for an opportunity to win - BIG!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Grungy Monday #27

We just love Grungy Monday and for some of us, it can fall on any day of the week!  This was actually finished yesterday, but by the time my stickles dried, it was kind of dark!  So here is the scoop!  Linda has brought us to Tim's 12 Tags of Christmas, 2007, Day 6 and of course we can do whatever our little hearts desire, as long as we use the same techniques!  This really is prettier in person as you can't see the shimmer or sparkle very well.

I cut my snowflake masks from Tim's Winder Wonder die, along with the Snowman.  Stormy Sky reinker and Perfect Pearls Pewter were used for my misting mix.  The On The Edge Snowflake border and Snowman were cut from white chipboard and then painted with Delta's Pearl Gleams, a quick spray of the PP mix.  The snowflake stamps (Faded Jeans and Stormy Sky) are from Mr. Tim.  Added a coat of Rock Candy Crackle to the Snowflake border and then another coat of paint.  We finished off with some Ice Stickles for the Snowman Hat and tops of the Snowflake border.  Distressed paper edges with Faded Jeans.  The "Joy" word once cut out of the Snowman was given an extra painting of the PP mix and Delta's Pearl Gleams paint. 

Have a wonderful rest of the week and thanks a bunch for stopping by!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Grungy Monday on Sunday!

My husband took this week off and so did I for the most part!  We did some things around the house and just goofed off together.  As much as I love this thing with ink, I love my time with my husband more!  However, today had to be GM day, because I don't believe I have missed one CCC or GM and can't start now!  Our most delightful and sweet Linda brought us to Tim's 12 Tags of Christmas, day 7, 2009.  You can view this here and we used masks and paint daubers.  I really stink at the paint dauber thing, really I do.  My Snow Cap always ends up kind of washed out and never white.  I have tried keeping it thicker, letting it dry natural, heat set and it always ends up looking like part of a vintage designer paper.  Maybe the paint is too thin in the bottle, but most likely, I am just dauber incompetent!  All stamps are Mr. Tim's.  For the Santa, I really wanted him to stand out, so did not add any ink other than a little face and hat color.   I am also entering this at Hel's, Sunday Stamper, who is looking for "Pine." 
As always, Linda makes our Monday's a fun place to be and for those of us doing this on Sunday, Grungy Monday is tomorrow!  WooHoo!

Hope you all had a lovely weekend and that the upcoming week will be amazing!  Thank you for dropping by!

Distress Inks:  Vintage Photo, Spun Sugar, Fired Brick, Forest Moss
VersaMark, Stazon:  Blazing Red, Black, Timber Brown
Stampin Up:  Gold Embossing Powder

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Times Gone By in Black and Gray!

"Times Gone By" is the stamping challenge at Fashionable Stamping Challenges and as always, there is a prize! Now this is a theme that most of us love and can be interpreted in so many ways! We Fashionettes would love for you to join us on this new adventure! Stop by and visit FSC for inspiration and to see what my "Stamping DT Sisters" are up to!   Gingersnap Creations GC124 is looking for Black and Gray, so no big surprise that we are headed over there!  The Three Muses Challenge is Vintage Collage Memories and I will be entering there for the first time! 
For my contribution all stamps are from Artistic Outpost. The Gatsby collection is one of my favorites and I thought it was just perfect for "Times Gone By." The handsome gentleman, champagne bottles and sentiment were stamped on white using Archival Jet Black, heat set and shaded with gray!  I stamped the car in craft black on gray and then clear embossed.  The bottles and car were fussy cut, so fun!  I cut photo corners from Tim Holtz ATC die on black and then shaded with white craft ink and clear embossed.  This gives it a nice gray color!  Added some brads that I distressed.  The black panels around the gentleman, sentiment and designer paper were also distressed to give that extra aged feel.  I used the "clipped corners" technique from the Technique Junkies for my main image.

Dot, one of the DT at FSC, is having a little GIVEAWAY once she reaches her 50th follower.  Stop on by Dot's Dabbles and have a look for yourself. 

Thank you for stopping by and I really hope you will join us at FSC!

Inks:  Archival Jet Black, Stampin Up Basic Black, Basic Gray, Going Gray, Black and White Craft, 
Paper:  Stampin Up, Going Gray, White, Black,  DCWV Naturals

Friday, November 4, 2011


For Grungy Monday, Linda asked us to create a loving tribute to someone who has passed away, using of course products or techniques of  Mr. Holtz!  Well this was a difficult challenge in many ways!  When I saw the sketch challenge Lisa had given us for Bloggers Challenge, it all fell into place!  The tribute is to the two people in my life that gave me everything!  I no longer have parents and sometimes I am in overwhelming pain.  This was the last picture taken of my parents together.  I lost my Mom in 2004 and my Dad in 2008 and not a day goes by that I don't think of them.  The scanned picture did not turn out very well, so I will make a copy of the photo and use that.

The background patterned papers are Tim's as are most of the inks!  Butterflies and Doily are from Cheery Lynn!  I cut out the doily on white card stock and then inked with Spun Sugar, Victorian Velvet and Tumbled Glass.  Shaded with Walnut Stain!  The butterflies were previously cut and just waiting to be used.   Used the Papillon background stamp for the doily!  The heart trim is from my Mom's belongings and seemed quite appropriate.

Lynn of Trash To Treasure is having a Three Year Blogaversary Giveaway, so you might want to go check it out!  Sure looks like some awesome candy!   

Wishing you all a wonderfuly weekend!  Thank you for stopping by!

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

A Pink Rose for a Friend!

I actually finished this card for a friend a couple of days ago, so decided I would go ahead and post.  The stamp is from Stampin Up and one of my favorites.  I inked this rose with VersaMark and then Distress Brushed Corduroy, stamped and then clear embossed.  I wanted a soft vintage feel, so colored with Stampin Up Chalks (pinks, greens, yellows), added a little extra color here and there with Barely Banana and Certainly Celery markers.  Did a quick set with matt sealer.  Shaded around the edges with Brushed Corduroy.  The Cheery Lynn butterfly was cut from a cream colored shrink plastic and I used Red Pepper, Mountain Snow and Pearl Alcohol Inks to color.  Kept adding blending solution until I achieved the color I was looking for and then shaded with Stazon Timber Brown!  Added some ribbon and that was that.  Hope this cheers up my friend! 
Since I used some alcohol inks, I am linking this up to Gingersnap Creations GC122 - Alcohol Inks!  I use plenty of alcohol inks for various projects and really liked adding the subtle color to the butterflies! 

Have a wonderful rest of the week!  Many thanks for the visit!

Monday, October 24, 2011

Grungy Monday!

Linda has us dabbling with Perfect Distress and you can watch Tim's video here.  Not only will you have fun playing with this amazing medium, but there is a little treat thing happening, thanks to the ever so sweet GM Mom!  Well you have to go see! 

I inked a tag background using shades of orange Distress Inks!  I then inked the Owl with Vintage Photo and proceeded with the green/brown Perfect Pearls, brown for the owl and green for the flourish/leaf part.  Not sure if you can see the two colors, but the owl is darker and more brown.  Gave a quick spray, the first time I was too heavy with the water and lost too much details.  Maybe it is suppose to be that way, but I did not care for it.  You can always add more water!  I had a piece of cocoa card stock, so decided to add the dripping trim (MS-punch), inked over that and added more Perfect Pearls.  I cut a second tag, and trimmed the first to fit.  Did a little embossing at the top and a little ticket, which I used Perfect Medium and then added the Perfect Pearls.  The feather was gifted to me, by my Fred! 
 Well hope you all are off to a Grungy start for this week!  Thank you for stopping by!

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