Sunday, July 24, 2016

July Tim Holtz tag challenge

I sure do look forward to our monthly tag night at creating our versions of Tim Holtz 12 tags of 2016.  Sadly, I haven't finished my June tag but I hope to do that soon.  I just wasn't feeling it and haven't had the creativeness to pull it together.  This month though, the moon and stars were lined up just right and I really enjoyed putting this one together.

I chose to use the dragonfly blueprint stamp that I won in May's challenge.  I just love the details you get with Tim's stamp sets.

Check out Tim's blog to see the details behind the two techniques he combine this month.

Sunday, May 22, 2016

May Tag Challenge

i missed my Giggler night because of the stupid flu.  So...I had to do the May tag by myself.  Not as many laughs for sure, but it was still fun!  The tissue tape really resisted the stamp well and the tattered florals were fun!

Saturday, April 30, 2016

April Tag Challenge

At first, it felt like a Kindergarten class piecing together little snippets of paper, but it was surprisingly relaxing.  All in all, the Gigglers had fun creating our versions of Tim Holtz's April tag challenge.  This month was a remix of the faux mosaic and paint resist techniques.  We used his new paper mosaic kit that includes grout, glue, and glaze with enough left for many more projects.  I think I will have to do a few more before I get the hang of not covering my grout too much.  I had too much glue and glaze to be able to get my distress ink between the pieces.

I'm short for words today as we finally finished two of the three renovation projects we have going.  After two weeks, I can finally do some laundry which will probably take all weekend.  Good thing it's rainy and chilly so I'm forced to stay inside and get it done.  Also a good thing that my craft room is a whole floor away from the laundry room because it's days like this that lure me to my paper and scissors!

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

March Tag Challenge

We sure had fun last night at The Craft Shack creating our versions of Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2016 March tag.  This month, Tim combined two past techniques; textures and dimensional die cuts.
The top layer is simply cardboard cut away with Movers and Shapers Mini Tattered Florals dies.  I then randomly tore away the top layer and rubbed a small amount of Gesso on the exposed ribs.  I inked the top with my favorite, Walnut Stain Distrsss Ink and I further grunged it up by spritzing Ground Esspresso and Gold Metallic Distress Stains with a small amount of white on top.  While that was drying, I used a Manila tag and placed various mixed media thinlet dies and cut.  This layer was placed over top of another blank Manila tag and printed tissue paper was adhered to the areas under which the die cuts would be placed.  Mixed medium was used both under and on top of the tissue to hold it in place.  The top tag was then adhered to the top with mixed medium and allowed to dry.  Gesso was brushed all over the top of the tag, then immediately wiped off with a baby wipe leaving bits of residue behind.  I then used Tim Holtz' new Distress Crayons and placed various colors all over the die cut areas, blending with my finger.  Too cool!  (It was so cool, I ordered each color pack of the crayons)!  Next I adhered the distressed cardboard layer over the crayoned layer so that the colors showed through the cut outs.  The gold spots are made by rubbing a glue stick and holding a piece of foil sheet on the area for a couple of minutes.  Lift off a and voila!  I evened the edges of the tag and distressed and inked to even out the color.  A few embellishments from Lisa's stash and it was finished.  Check out Tim Holtz' blog for more details.

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Sunday morning fun

I'm taking a break between loads of laundry to post some pics of a few cards I was able to make earlier today.  I apologize for the lousy photography; I have to find better lighting and hold my iPhone straighter, lol!

I just received my new Brick Wall embossing folder from Stampin Up and was anxious to give it a try.  I used the direct-stamping technique on the folder before embossing to achieve the look of mortar between the bricks.  I scuffed up some of the bricks with my favorite embossing ink, Walnut Stain.  I used my SU Awesomly Artistic and World of Dreams stamp sets to add the foliage and dragonfly.  I stamped an extra dragonfly, fussy cut his wings and attached to the stamped image for some dimension.

Also in my Stampin Up order was the new Confetti Embossing folder.  As with most of my projects,  I saw the idea of multi-color inking of the raised image in a Pinterest post and had to give it a try.    I stamped and popped up a die cut oval to cover the debossed area in the center.  If you're in need of a quick, last minute card, this folder is perfect.

My last card was made using the faux 3-D stamping technique; an old one but deserves to be resurrected from time to time.

I used the Skywriting stamp from Memory Box and stamped on top of three, stacked papers of graduating sizes.  I left them stacked and sponged on some Stormy Sky and Chipped Sapphire embossing ink.  I then Popped each layer on the plum cardstock cut slightly larger on each layer.  I  tied some glitter string, added a pretty bead, and adhered the stack to an ivory base card that I sponged with some more Chipped Sapphire.


Saturday, February 20, 2016

February Sweetheart Tag

Thursday evening was a blast creating this fun tag with my fellow crafters at The Craft Shack, our favorite supply store and crafting hangout.  We are following Tim Holt's 12 tags of 2016 and learning all of his techniques.  For each month this year he is mixing two techniques from prior years; this one being the monoprint from June 2014 and the embossing texture paste from March 2015.

I began by sponging a manila tag with antique linen distress ink then lightly spritzing it with water for a mottled effect.  I then used Tim Holtz's flourish stencil and inked the back of it with frayed burlap distress stain spritzed with water, and cleaned the edges with a paper towel.  (This ensures you won't get a line at the edge of your design.) I flipped the stencil over and layed it horizontally on the tag then pressed lightly all over with a paper towel, transferring the ink to the tag.  I repeated this step two more times to completely cover the tag.  What a great muted background!  You'll have to experiment with the amount of water to spritz and the type of stencil to get the proper effect.

Next, I used a heart stencil and some fired brick distress ink and applied some random hearts.  A finger dauber works great for this so you can achieve some faded edges.

For the second technique, I used some modeling paste and applied over a sweetheart word stencil.  While still wet, I applied some gold distress embossing powder, tapped off and let dry thoroughly.  Once dry, I heated with a heat gun only until the powder melted.  You don't want to over heat and melt the paste.  Wow, does the make the words pop off the tag!  It's hard to see here, but I love it so much, I might do it on all of my projects!

To finish off, I used a frame around a very old, dear picture of my great grandparents.  The heart was cut using Tim's Scribbles and Splat thinlet die and spritzed with Biscotti perfect pearls.  Hanging from the arrow is a charm with the letter C for Coates.  I added a "love" ticket, cherish charm, and crinkle ribbon died with fired brick.

I can't wait for March to see what two techniques he will combine.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Rare day of crafting...

I had a most rare day today where I actually had some time to put together a few cards and get in touch with my lost creativity.  My "other half" had a procedure done today so I had to take the day off.  We were home by 11 and the weather was horrible so I disappeared to my craft cave while he was resting.  All three of these cards were shown on and while I make every effort to not CASE, as crafters we can all agree that we get many of our inspirations from the thousands of artistic ideas posted by fellow crafters.

The first is a simple birthday or all occasion card using the Stampin Up Oh Hello die set, Sizzix swirls embossing folder, an old DSP stack and a Stampin Up antique brad in the center.  I used the Stampin Up Flower Shop punch on the top layer so the DSP paper peeked through. Simple...

For this Celebrate You card, I used all Stampin Up Very Vanilla CS and die cut the window and stamped the sentiment using Versamark and heat embossed it with WOW gold powder.  The butterfly is from Memory Box and the Fancifiul Flourishes are from Cheery Lynn Designs.  I spritzed the butterfly with Perfect Pearls Biscotti (my favorite) which is hard to see here but adds an interesting shimmer.

I just love the look of this inlaid design; again using the Cheery Lynn Designs Fanciful Flourishes die.  It's all Stampin Up cardstock and the unexpected Versafine ink on my fingertips provided for an opportunity to add a butterfly using a Memory Box die.

Birthday Corner Card

Here's a simple, quick card designed after the tutorial for Decorative Corner Card that I saw on  It's a fun way to use up your scraps!  I used scraps from an old glitter paper stack and added a couple of simple embellishments.  The card stands up well and folds flat to fit an A2 envelope.  Hop on to get the full tutorial for this and many other projects.

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Printer's Trays

Of my favorite things to make are Printer's trays.  Start with a Letter block printer's tray made by 7 Gypsies, pick out your favorite stack of coordinating designer paper, and let your creativity run wild.  I measure and cut the papers and dry fit for each opening.  Then I brush a light amount of matte finish Modge Podge in the section, lay on my paper, and use my brush to smooth out any bubbles.  When all sections are dry, I brush on another light coat of MP.   I buy my supplies at  Here are a few that I've done recently...

January 2016 tag; Tim Holtz inspired

Here's my version of the January Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2016.  I'm new to blogging so I will have to catch up with some other posts to share what I've been up to but wanted to get this up before the end of the month.

For my #10 tag, I used the Sizzix Texture Fades Retro Circles embossing folder on adhesive foil sheets by Ranger.  I then dabbed the surface with Black Soot Distress Paint allowing it to dry slightly then wiping off with a paper towel leaving a grungy, metal look.  **note: since the #10 tag is longer than the embossing folder, I used a sheet of foil the same size as the folder then adhered it to a scrap tag (cutting off excess) and ran through the Big Shot.  I then cut it into two pieces and adhered to my main tag using Red Tape double sided adhesive.  I covered the blank area with the black CS.

For the chalk area, I stamped images from Tim Holtz Travel Ways stamp set using embossing ink on to basic black card stock.  I covered the area with Ranger's Frosted Crystals Antiquities embossing powder and heated it just until set.  You don't want to over-heat or there won't be enough "tooth" for the chalk to stick to.  Rub a piece of white chalk on a scrap of paper to get a smooth edge, then lightly go over the raised areas of the embossed images.  You'll want to get some on the base paper in areas as well.  Then go over lightly with your finger to remove the extra particles and blend.  I cut an extra railroad crossing image and popped it up for added dimension.  Tearing the edges gives an interesting look and is fun to do!

The real fun for me is putting it all together and finding assorted embellies.  All of the products I used can be purchased at my favorite craft store, The Craft Shack.  Check it out

This year's monthly tags should be a lot of fun as Tim combines two different techniques from the past.

Thanks for stopping by!