A Compendium of Curiosities 3, Challenge #6

I'm glad I stocked on burlap panels recently since that is what challenge #6 is all about - Tim’s Altered Burlap Panel Technique, which you’ll find on page 37 of A Compendium of Curiosities, Vol. #3.
This is my 3rd project using one of Tim's District Market burlap panels.  I used the 4 x 6 size which I really like for adding a small seasonal pop of homemade goodness to the bookshelves in my living room. I used one for challenge #2 as well - the distress glitter technique.  Today's creation is actually year-round decor and I wonder if my husband might steal it for his desk! 

Thanks again to Linda Ledbetter for coordinating these fun and inspiring challenges and also to The Funkie Junkie Boutique for graciously offering prizes.
I decided to pay homage to my sweet dog who is named for our lucky number, 13.  Dreizehn is German for the number 13.  I realize that most find 13 to be the opposite of lucky, but it works for us! 

I cut out a silhouette of a German Shepherd from Tim's Kraft-Core Nostalgic collection.  Dreizehn is almost all black but has tan socks and a little bit of tan on his chest, so I sanded those areas to expose the kraft color underneath the black paper - I'm so pleased with how he turned out!

I created my own version of chitchat stickers, colored them with some bundled sage Distress Stain, edged them with a little bit of walnut stain Distress Ink and added them to my prepared burlap panel. The colors look a little bit off in this photo - these are brick red, crushed olive, spiced marmalade and some bundled sage. I used the Terminology tissue wrap.
I also added a word stick which I colored with some ginger alcohol ink and then filled in the "play" letters with barn door Distress Paint. The heart charm sticker that I added has its own tiny chitchat stickers which say "beyond measure" and that pretty much describes the heart of my pooch. 

Last but not least of course I had to add the number 13 on there somewhere, so I used a rub-on in the upper left corner to complete my project.  I added my distressed doggie with some pop-dots to make him stand out. 
*Tip: when adding foam tape or dimensionals to pop your item and you can see the foam from the sides and they don't look good white, just color the sides of the foam with a marker. I did that here and the foam just disappears into the shadows rendering it completely unnoticeable.
Happy panel making! 


Red, White & Bloom

I FINALLY finished my "Red, White & Bloom" project that I started in March of 2013 as part of the Tim Holtz Tattered Floral challenge. 

As mentioned in a recent Compendium of Curiosities Challenge, I never finished this project because I didn't like how it was turning out.  Last month I added some distress glitter to outline the letters and that made me happy because I LOVE glitter!!

I was determined to complete this project once and for all. I started making some flowers last year using the Tattered Floral die, but they weren't coming out how I wanted them to look.  I recently purchased the 3D Mums & Fall Flowers SVG Kit from SVGCuts and I got it in my head that those flowers would look just great cut out in red, white and blue.  I think they do, don't you? That red and white mum in the lower left corner looks just like exploding fireworks to me! All I did was alternate the layer colors when cutting this out.

I added some crystal swirly stickers I had in my stash and decided my project still needed a little something, so I designed a Yankee Doodle ladybug in Make the Cut! and cut it out in red, white and blue too.  Who loves flowers more than a ladybug anyway? Of course my little bug needed some antennae, so I added a few crystal swirls for that too.

So just in time for Independence Day I finally have my completed project on display.  Hurray!

Have a safe and happy holiday!


12 Tags of 2014 - June

I just love the layering stencil monoprint technique that Tim used for the tag this month -it's one of my favorites from Compendium of Curiosities vol III.

I'm running late in getting this finished and posted, so without further ado...here's my lucky ladybug card for June.

I freehanded the 'lucky' text because I wanted to play around with doodling some text and I didn't have a lucky stamp to use.  The ladybugs are pop-dotted for some dimension as in Tim's post.  I didn't add a bow because I'll probably mail this card and that would be just too dimensional. 
Happy summer!



A Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge #2

What fun I had playing with all the awesome new Tim Holtz supplies I found at my local craft stores. After buying 17 jars of Distress Glitter in every color I could find, I was beyond thrilled to find out that Linda Ledbetter's challenge #2 was to use Tim’s Distress Glitter Technique, which is find on page 56 of A Compendium of Curiosities, Vol. #3. I'm well stocked to participate in this challenge!!  Thanks to Linda for coordinating these challenges and The Funkie Junkie Boutique for offering prizes.  


I started out by cutting two pieces of chipboard with the Frameworks chevron die and painting the frames white with some Picket Fence Distress Paint.  I painted the chevrons with Barn Door and Chipped Sapphire before adding Distress Glitter in Festive Berries and Faded Jeans.  My picture shows Clear Rock Candy too, but I didn't end up using that after all.

A word to the wise regarding the chevron die...the chevrons on the right and left edges are a slightly different shape than the chevrons in the center of the die...pay attention to this before you paint and glitter them or you may be repeating the process (ask me how I know this!!).  

I put this on a 4x6 Market District burlap panel to make a little patriotic decoration for the summer months. I LOVE the sparkle of the Distress Glitter!  

There was one other fun thing about this challenge for me. In trying to think of what I wanted to do, I remembered my UFO (unfinished object) from Tim's Tattered Floral challenge last year. Distress Glitter wasn't an option back then.  I never really loved the look of the letters I had adhered to my canvas - they needed something. At the time I didn't know they were crying out for glitter!  I added some Distress Glitter and now I'm motivated to finish this project to display over the summer too - hurray!!

Good luck on the challenge and happy Memorial Day everyone.



12 Tags of 2013 - June

What a fun challenge as I've just started finding the distress paints at my local craft stores and was eager to use them once I got my hands on them!  I went with an Autumn theme as I noticed the craft stores already stocking the Fall d├ęcor items and it just happens to be one of my favorite seasons! 

I used my distress markers and water brush for the leaf on watercolor paper and made use of my fired brick distress ink pad, antique bronze stain and some mustard seed paint for the tag.  I wish I had used more mustard seed and less fired brick as the colors don't pop as much as I'd like, but since it was my first time using all 3 products together, I'll just have to practice.  Overall I'm pretty happy with how this turned out.  It was lots of fun getting inky! 

One tip for those playing with the distress paints:  make sure you tighten the screw top before you shake, shake, shake!!  My mustard started oozing out of the cap and made a bit of a mess.  I'll definitely double check to make sure everything is on tight next time. 

and here's a little bit of a close up of the watercolor piece:

Thanks for looking!  I can't wait to see everybody else's tags. 



Tattered Floral Challenge

I was so excited to participate in Tim's tattered floral challenge this month and knew exactly what I wanted to do. The biggest challenge of this challenge, however, was finding the time to do it! I had to make the decision to rush the project to completion to meet the deadline or just enter what I've got so far and take the time to finish my creation the way I envision it. I think I'm going to take my time. I did complete some of the flowers though so here they are with my work in progress:

I love this one because the white center flower is stamped with the Pledge of Allegiance as text:

This one is just so red, white and blue - one of my favorites so far:

I used crimson burlap in this one along with a red star sequin and blingy brad:

Last but not least, the flowers above in addition to a bunch more from this and the Tattered Floral Garland die will all go on this canvas for display in my house over the summer. I just love decorating my house up in red, white and blue from Memorial through Labor Day.

Have a great weekend and good luck to everybody who participated in the challenge - wouldn't it be awesome to receive that prize box full of goodies from Tim?!!


12 tags of 2013 ~ February

I can't believe I got this one done so quickly! Once again it was lots of fun to adapt tim's techniques to use what I had on hand. One of my favorite parts was coloring in the heart with not only distress markers, but also using perfect pearls and the detail water brush. The picture doesn't do this justice - the gold actually seems to gleam - click on the pic for a closeup! I added some distress stickles on the heart as well. I'm pretty pleased with how this came out overall and I'm really happy that I had time to participate in this challenge again this month. I'm feelin' the LOVE!


12 tags of 2013 - January

It's been a little over a year since last I blogged...shame on me! I'm determined to complete tim's 12 tags this year. 2013 is my year! I made use of tim's technique to create a tag with a coastal theme. Who doesn't love the beach, right? I used some crackle accent on the compass to give it a bit of a weather wood look. It's hard to tell, but there are some perfect pearls mists employed on the coral (actually greenery from the tattered pinecone die!) and all over the background of the tag. You get that iridescent fish scale effect. Love it! I added some blue paint to the 'journey' token and some distress stickles here and there to look like sand. One down, 11 to go. The most important part...I had fun!


Twelve Tags Day #9

Wow, I thought I'd never get back to working on the 12 tags. Probably won't finish by midnight tomorrow, but it's worth a try! Just found this floral background stamp at Michael's yesterday for 40% off and I remembered that I 'need' it for tag #9, so I treated myself. Good excuse anyway. Had fun with this one, used my Cricut to cut out the candle - I think it was from the Christmas cartridge. Improvised on the floral pieces using some pre-glittered holly leaves from my stash. All in all an easy tag to put together and I love the look of the enamel technique. The hardest part was having the patience to let the Glossy Accents dry between steps!



Ii still have 5 more 12 Days of Tim tags to finish, but had to spend some time on my Christmas cards last week so I could get them in the mail. I was inspired by a card I saw on Pinterest - just loved the non-traditional purple and green color scheme for a Christmas card. Here's the link to the card that inspired me: http://pinterest.com/pin/16958936066417317/ and here's my version of it.
Once I set myself up in assembly line fashion, these didn't take long at all. It was just a matter of cutting all the pieces, embossing, stamping, etc. And now that these are in the mail, and other Christmas projects are done, it's back to Tim time!!


Twelve Tags Day #5

Oh my goodness, I completely forgot to post day #5! I had a little trouble with this one as my alcohol ink seemed to get really sticky on the transparency, and it never fully dried...it remained tacky even after waiting a day for it to cure. I wonder if there was a weird coating on the transparency of some sort. In any case, I used a plaid texture stamp and tried to dab off the black archival ink as best I could, but with the tackiness, it didn't always work out so well. I didn't have the die Tim used, but improvised with a wreath cut out of grungepaper on my Cricut using the Joys of the Season cartridge. I plan to try this technique again down the road because I think it's pretty neat and I was somewhat disappointed that I had trouble with it this time.

Twelve Tags Day #8

I'm in agreement with so many of the comments left on Tim's blog for day 8 - this is my favorite tag so far! I just love the steampunk look and this was really fun to create. The metallic paint sanded and inked looks so much like real metal...so cool! I was pleased to find that I had most of the same'ingredients' to make this tag. Unfortunately I didn't have any 'merry gentlemen' to add, but I don't think I'd have had room for them anyway!


Twelve Tags Day #6

Obviously I didn't have the same texture fade, but got the same effect using a different collage style folder for embossing. I wish I had painted the edges of each collage block versus leaving them silver, but maybe next time. I highlighted the "25" in the number panel with red paint for Christmas. The embossing really made this shine. This was a fun technique to try. I'm really learning a lot through this process. I topped it off with an old wreath pin I had in my stash. I have tag #5 half done...just need to add the wreath to that one too.

Twelve Tags Day #4

So I did some more improvising here...since I didn't have a bird named Coco to give me a feather donation, I used some leftover peacock feather (from day #1) to add to Frosty's hat. I also didn't have the Snow Flurry edge die, and no picket fence stain. I used the picket fence paint dabber to stamp some snowflakes onto a transparency instead and cut it out and affixed it to the edge. When you see it in person it actually kind of looks like a piece of ice, so I'm pretty happy with how it turned out. I used a silver glitter button and stamped a little snowflake onto the blue button to tie it all in. Enjoy!


Twelve Tags Day #3

Finally catching up! It's been fun trying to adapt the normally rectangular shaped tags to my triangle pennant shapes and still use some of the same techniques and/or design inspirations. I don't have the cut and dry foam or the stamp Tim used, so I winged it with some distress ink and holiday stamps from my collection. This didn't leave a whole lot of room for foliage, but I managed to squeeze a few glittery leaves on there and did color the bling on a roll with watermelon alcohol ink to make the berries. I'm having fun, so I guess that's all that matters. I hope to finish tag 4 today and maybe even #5. Dare to dream!!

Twelve Tags Day #1

So here's my take on tag 1 finally - used some ginger alcohol ink and copper mixative to color the button and stuck a leftover peacock feather through the shank of it and hot glued it on. The Noel is brownstown Martha glitter...the picture doesn't do it justice...the glitter and iridescence of the feather make it really glam! Also, the white embossing powder I have has silver glitter in, so the whole thing is very sparkly when seen in person.


Twelve Tags Day #2

Well, I'm starting off a little out of order as I finished up day 2 before day 1, but I had to let the inspiration take me where it wanted to go when it wanted to go there!! This is the first year I'm making projects from Tim Holtz's annual 12 Tags of Christmas event. The past few years I just drooled over his fabulous creations, but work and life got in the way of me taking the time to make them. This year, I'm playing along, but putting my spin on it. Rather than tags, I'm doing pennants to make a banner to hang in my foyer. The colors in that area of my house are blues/browns/greens (think peacock feathers!) and so that's the direction I'm going to take. Without further ado, here's tag #2, with my modifications which I may list at a later date...for now I just want to get this posted and linked.



Here's my post for several challenges I learned about via the Popsicletoes blog that I love to read so much! Sorry for the mediocre picture, I had to use my phone.

I used the same aluminum foil trick that I wrote about for the Father's Day post below. I embossed and then colored with some Tim Holtz alcohol ink - it was so much fun to play with and I love the resulting stained-glass effect! I added the silhouette cut on top and it's as easy as that.


Love is still in the air

Of course it's a few days too late for these to be of any use to you for Valentine's Day, but thought I'd post these cute cards anyway - at least I'll have them ready for next year!

This one was made using the Cricut Create A Critter cartridge. I designed it on my Gypsy and don't recall the exact dimensions, but I think the porcupine is something like 2 inches.

I used a Sizziz embossing folder for the light pink background paper and a Martha Stewart border punch for the lacy hearts at the bottom. It's hard to tell, but that's a heart-shaped gem on the bow!
On the inside, I used Nestabilities scalloped hearts in two sizes to add the sentiment "Quill you be mine?" I used Tim Holtz Distress ink in Worn Liptstick to edge the light pink heart for a softer look.

I actually used the Xyron Design Runner which I've had for years to print the sentiment. It's a great tool which I never used to use very much. I've been having a lot of fun with it lately. I think the font is called Chalkboard Font.

The second card uses the Just Because Cards cartridge. Again, I designed it on my Gypsy using a few different phrases to get the love and the ewe. I embossed the ewe with Divine Swirls Cuttlebug folder and stickled the heck out of the love for some glittery bling!

The grass is embossed with Herringbone and the top border is punched with a Martha Stewart border punch. There's a little red heart-shaped sequin instead of a bell on the collar.

Hindsight is 20-20 as they say and I always look at my cards and think of all the things I "forgot" to do or could have done to make then better. Now wish I'd stamped some clouds on the blue cardstock. Oh well, maybe I'll remember next time!

Hope your Valentine's Day was LOVE-ly!!


MPS Winter Card Challenge

Here's my winter card for the My Pink Stamper Winter Card Challenge! I used the gingerbread man snowflake from When It's Cold Outside cartridge and popped it up and layered it over some silver foil paper cuttlebugged with snowflakes. Added some silver rickrack to the card.

If you look closely you can see the 'icing' on the arms of each gingerbread man...they are little tiny stickers leftover from a book of stamps. The little strips divide the stamp segments and are perfect for these little guys. Was tedious going with my tweezers, but came out really great I think. Added a Swarovsky crystal in the center for a little extra shot of bling!



Father's Day

Happy Father's Day! Here's a card I actually made for Dad's birthday a few months ago, but would easily do double duty as a Father's Day card. I cut the car from the Heritage cartridge.

I adhered some plain ol' kitchen aluminum foil to a piece of cardstock and ran it through the Cuttlebug using the diamond plate folder to get my background. I added a piece of ribbon I had leftover from a Halloween ribbon set and the card is complete.

I don't recall exactly, but I think the sentiment was along the lines of "wishing you a classic birthday."

Quick and easy!


One Sandy Toe

So, here it is...my first blog post.


My intent is to periodically post some of my craft projects, most of which are Cricut creations, but could include my passion for genealogy, ladybugs or absolutely anything beach-related!

I may post every day for a week and then be MIA for a month. There's just no telling where this will take me. Please have patience as the whole blog writing thing is very new to me.

So long for now as I tentatively dip one sandy toe into the endless ocean of online creativity...