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Friday, February 27, 2015

Inspiration Emporium February Challenge

Love Is In The Air ... OMG is it ever ! Prior to today we've had beautiful weather... my most favorite; blue skies with white clouds crisp air with a chilly breeze ( windy actually), so clear you can see the trees on the mountains and count the antennae on Mt. Wilson !

It's also the season for new  product ... OMG my wish list is so loooonng !! I just got cracked pistachio a week ago ... OMG ... it is soooooooo pretty I'm in love with it !  I used it on my CC3 Challenge and on this one. I had so much fun with the CC3 Challenge ... I continued to "play"... so here is my tag

 The dimensional technique is so fun, I used my movers and shapers mini butterfly die, I used both butter flies ... I put I love you paper under the butterflies... how fun is that !
For my background I used  festive berry, worn lipstick  and spun sugar distress ink, spritzed with brushed pewter distress stain. I used the bubbles stencil with cracked pistachio ... interesting color combo going on here... I also used cracked pistachio distress ink around the outside of the butterflies.
Oh and this was fun I used a stampers anonymous script stamp to stamp the butterflies.  To further embellish my tag I used the botanical remnant rubs ... way to much fun !! I finished it off by adding a cracked pistachio crinkle ribbon !

I wasn't sure about this color  combo ... but it was all about the play ... not bad  !
Well my cat is looking at me crazy ... I've got product all over his favorite spots and he's waiting for me to move it. Hope to see you again next month !


12 Tags of 2015 February Tag

 Yes ... I know January comes before February ... you missed my January Tag ... hehehe ... so did I.

As 2015 rolled around, I had been sick for all the Holidays and had decided that maybe I would not participate in 12 Tags this year. Well as much as I love Tim ... I could not stand my decision so
I'm back in the game ! I will post January's Tag ( for my loyal followers ... ALL three of you :)  ) MAYBE tonight or tomorrow . With that said ... on to February...

A fun tag, lots of detail ( so Tim ) . Love the felt heart idea ... had to once again dust off the sewing machine... it wasn't totally cooperative... but I'll excuse it since I disturbed it's hibernation! Tim does that cool smudge technique... mine still needs work but as Stuie ( not sure of spelling... that rude little kid on Family Guy ) says " You gettin' there though... you gettin' there  ! "

I can see myself doing this collage type work again ... I love the end product ! Little tips along the way ... Tim does say gently sand ... I wasn't very gentle... so it gave a worn look in a couple of areas.

I'm embracing all my imperfections and  can't wait to see the March tag . What will Tim do for March ... hummm?? Something using Cracked Pistachio maybe ! Have you seen it ? It is sooooooooo pretty. I used it on my CC3 Challenge and on my Inspiration Emporium Challenge ... go check it out ! See you again soon !

CC3 Challenge # 22

Happy Friday Everybody ! Can you believe it's the end of the month? Where did February go ?
WOW time is going by so fast... it will be Spring very soon. We've had some beautiful weather  how about you ?
Well here we are at CC3 Challenge #22 . Linda Ledbetter and the awesome Compendium Crew over at Linda's Blog http://lindaledbetter.com/2015/02/compendium-of-curiosities-challenge-22-2.html ; have once again WOWED us with their take on this weeks Challenge ; Dimensional Cutting Pad, found on Page 62 of Tim Holtz's Book Compendium of Curiosities Volume III. In case you are joining us for the first time; Linda and the Curiosity Crew are taking us on an amazing technique journey through Tim's book. You can join us by purchasing your own fabulous copy of Tim's book and  following the guidelines on Linda's site; there are a few simple rules to follow.

We've also got some amazing sponsors; this week's sponsor is The Funkie Junkie  Boutique http://www.thefunkiejunkie.com/ should you be chosen as the winner you will get an  awesome $25
shopping spree at their store. You also have an opportunity to win some cool Tim stash that Tim and Mario have supplied for the Challenges. To be eligible all you have to do is follow the rules, visit each Curiosity Crew members blog; and  show them some love ! So come join the fun, learn some cool techniques with us, get inspired and show us YOUR creativity too !
So turn to page 62... if you've got your book ... check out Dimensional Cutting Pad ... now if you read the rules you KNOW I can't give any instructions... it's so hard not to tell sometime... it's so exciting to learn something  new !!! I will tell you I thought it was going to be difficult... I'm happy to report it is so easy ... so cool !
I created a tag using Alterations Movers & Shapers Mini Butterflies Set, and Sized Ovals. One of the things I love about the challenges is that I'm  using my Tim stash. I used seedless preserves, ripe persimmon , cracked pistachio ( the new distress color for January) distress paints; and  tarnished brass distress stain to create my background. I embellished my tag using  Stampers Anonymous stamp, industrial stickers frame, ideology pen nibs and small corner, and ribbon from my stash . I also used an images from Pion paper; Paris Flea Market Collection ( you will have to look very close to see it  ... I'm very pleased with this little detail :)

Here is side view so that you can see the images ... pretty cool huh?

Close up of my ribbon and the  cracked pistachio  painted  butterfly

I love how the background came out; I even spritzed it with cracked pistachio to add more detail !
Hope you enjoyed it. And I do hope you join us. Don't forget to go show some love to the Curiosity Crew !

P.S. I knew there was another reason I posted the photo  again at the end ... wanted you to see how I positioned the ribbon (without giving details I did the technique twice ) ... hint : the oval and the butterfly !


Friday, February 13, 2015

CC3 Challenge #21

Hi everybody! Okay so I've got about 6 hours to make a deadline ... and no project ! So why am I posting you ask ? I'm hoping some inspiration will come and I will drop a project into this post.

It's been an emotional roller coaster  since the passing of my cousin Roberta,  January 27, 2015. She was like my other daughter and I was her stand in mom for many years after the passing of her mom some years ago. Roberta had been in a semi coma for the past 10 1/2 years . I had hoped for a miracle and that things would turn around. I had many unanswered questions; but I KNOW God knew best; and He doesn't make mistakes. I had the honor of officiating her Homegoing Service last Friday ... Yes ... for those who didn't know I am a licensed/ ordained Minister.

Okay ... I got that out...
Here we are at CC3 # 21 ... did you check out the Curiositiy Crews awesome projects on Linda's site ? Our hostess Linda Ledbetter  http://lindaledbetter.com/2015/01/compendium-of-curiosities-challenge-21-2.html has some super talented friends. And speaking of the Curiosity Crew did you see what they did at CHA 2015 ?? They showered Tim and Mario with Starbuck Gift Cards enveloped in special envelopes that each one of them decorated ... How cool is that ?!
Anyway ... Our sponsor this week is Inspiration Emporium http://www.inspirationemporium.com/; they've got an amazing family owned online store ... OMG you gotta go check out the new products. Hint, hint ...  if you are chosen as the winner you could go shop with the $50 Gift Certificate for some new Tim toys. And speaking of Tim ... he and his gorgeous ( did I say that out loud ?? ) Logistics
Director ... have sent Linda some goodies... so if you're fortunate enough to be chosen for the Curiositiy Crew Choice Award ... you will receive a box of Tim stash!
Now to be eligible you  must visit the crew's blogs and show them some love ( comment), you must also follow the guidelines that Linda has posted on her site... there aren't many ... you can do this; What you waiting for come join us ?!

CC3 Challenge #21  is Rock Candy Distress Glitter , found on p.55 in Compendium of Curiosities Volume III ... did I mention you need to have this book? Sorry... that's what these fabulous challenges are all about. We are going through Tim's book and exploring all the fabulous techniques... you still have time to join us !
Okay I gotta go back to work if I'm going to get my project dropped in here... I HATE to be left out ... see you soon  (Very soon ) ! Whew ... when  you get "stuck" play with NEW toys...


I knew that ... so here it is ...  I used Tim Holtz's Flower Garden , Handwritten Thoughts Stamp sets and Wildflower Stencil .

The photos do not do it justice ...  for my background I used milled lavender, festive berries, dusty concord and spun sugar distress inks. and I spritzed it with brushed pewter distress stain . Such a gorgeous palette !
Well ... I'd love to tell you how I did it BUT you'll have to look it up in your book... better yet go try it ... it is so very cool ! See you next time  ...


Friday, January 30, 2015

CC3 Challenge # 20

Hi everybody!  Never a dull moment around here lately . My background on my blog keeps disappearing intermittently; hopefully what ever is going on will not interfere with my post.
Well let's see we are at Challenge #20 ...  Have you joined us yet? Oh come on it's not too late. Seriously the rules sand guidelines are few; easy to follow ... go look at them on our hostesses blog http://lindaledbetter.com/2015/01/compendium-of-curiosities-3-challenge-20.html. Linda Ledbetter and the Curiosity Crew would love to have you. What is the Challenge you ask ?  We are exploring the techniques and products of amazingly talented and creative Tim Holtz  from his book A Compendium of Curiosities  Volume III.  You follow along in his book, do the challenge and link it to the site... easy to do! Why should YOU do the challenge? Because it's fun, you learn new techniques AND we have amazing sponsors with fabulous prizes. This weeks sponsor is The Funkie Junkie Boutique  http://www.thefunkiejunkie.com/Default.asp ... if you are the lucky winner you get  a $25 shopping spree in their boutique. Have you checked them out? I've got my eyes on the new Flower Garden Stamp set they are showing on their page... love it! If that's not enough of a reason, The Curiosity Crew has a Curiosity Choice Award... a  box of goodies from Tim Holtz himself package with love by the gorgeous Mario ! So now you wanna know What to do ... you need ideas?? Check out the projects done by Linda Ledbetter and the Curiosity Crew. Their projects are amazing and packed with inspiration. To be eligible for the awesome prizes you will need to go and visit their blogs and show them some love ( leave them a comment)... you can do it ... go ahead !!

Well now let's get started shall we ... this weeks challenge is  Distress Watercoloring Part 2 found on page 40. You will enjoy this one ... I sure did. NO ... I'm not going to give you instructions ... OPEN YOUR BOOK... come play with us!

I'm so proud of myself... I'm using my Tim toys! For this challenge my weapons of choice were Tim Holtz's Classic #8 Stamp set, Calendar 1, Little Labels  and Odds and Ends Stamp sets. For my embellishments I used Tim's Ideology number brads, heart charms, adornment arrows, corked vials, vials labels , label letters, postale tissue wrap and cordinations paper. I also used the alterations ticket die.  And a few other misc. things from my stash . Told you I love my Tim toys !

That Classic # 8 Stamp set is so very cool. I love the details ! So I accidently hit the wrong button and the photo ... below wasn't the best ... but I wanted you to see the embellishments on the bottom.

I created this Valentine card using the techniques on page 40.
Hope you enjoyed it and hope to see your project too ! Don't for get to show the Curiosity Crew some love... See you again soon !

Thursday, January 15, 2015

My CHA Highlights

CHA 2015 was awesome ! Having been sick for the holidays I wasn't sure I was going to be able to go ... but I made it for one day ! It was great spending the day with Heather and Karen.
I saw so many awesome Designers ... Tim Holtz ( my whole reason for going ... LOL ), Dyan Reaveley, Wendy Vecchi, Gentleman Crafter and  Dina Wakley. So fun to get to talk to each one of them in person. I met Vicki Boutin, Julie Nutting, and Annette Green ... I was so jazzed ... all such delightful people. And of course I saw other friends Joy Kennedy, Mario and Ted, Paula too ... my day was made !!
I took pictures with Tim and Ted.
Tim's demos were amazing ... chalked full of information ... I tell you it's such a treat to see the demos and then have him share so much information and cool tips too !
Enjoyed the make-n--takes from Ideology, Sizzix, and Graphic 45. All the booths were amazing.
I took so many photos I'm only going to share a few.

Ranger sponsors a Designer Challenge so I took photos of the Designer's work ( Tim, Jim,Dyan,Wendy ... can't remember who all else ...

Ideology Booth was amazing ... as usual

Oops ... that's from Graphic 45 ...

Graphic 45 booth

Ooops ... Prima in there too ...

Such an amazing experience ... can't share it all! I had a wonderful time and met lots of  new people
from various countries and states across America ! It's amazing to find people come from as far away as Spain !
This group came to meet Tim  and watch his demos !

CC3 Challenge 19

WOW... first I wanna say Happy New Year ! Thank you too all of you who sent me get well messages. I'm happy to say I'm feeling much better; I was able to go to one day at CHA ! It wore me out ... BUT I was super happy to be able to go and spend the day with friends.
Well here we are at Challenge 19 ...
Linda Ledbetter  our awesome hostess  over at Studio L3 http://lindaledbetter.com/2015/01/compendium-of-curiosities-3-challenge-19.html and the Curiosity Crew has provided us with all that we need to get us going on this amazing Journey through Tim Holtz's book  A Compendium of Curiosities III . If you go to her site there are guidelines; there is also a  link so that you can get Tim Holtz's book too ! We've been going through and exploring some amazing  techniques and products. We've got amazing sponsors too; this week our sponsor is Inspiration Emporium... should you be chosen the lucky winner... you get a $50 gift certificate to their online store  http://www.inspirationemporium.com/ ... OMG ... FUN place to shop ( I have stock in the store ...  so much Tim goodness there LOL) !! Oh and the Curiosity Crew has a "prestigious " Curiosity Crew Choice Award ... a fabulous assortment of goodies from Tim and Mario ... check it out ... that's a pretty cool stash !! Now to be eligible for this stash you will need to visit the blogs of each of the Curiosity Crew members and show them some love. So easy to do ... you'll want to see their amazing projects; and check out all their details. .. you'll be inspired ... so get ready to join us if you haven't already !
Okay so ... you KNOW we won't be sharing instructions ( that's why you NEED your book) ... Our Challenge 19 is Frayed Fabric on page 66 .

What I Can tell you is that I made this piece to hang in my Tim section of my craft room to remind myself  " Take time for your Passion ".  My piece was created using a layer of burlap, a layer of corrugated paper and then a layer of Tim's fabric. OMG too fun . Read page 66 you'll discover what I did... but then look at my piece... I added all kinds of Tim Holtz goodness ...  the  key says " stay curious " ! I used barn door, and fired brick distress inks on the edges of the burlap and on parts of the fabric, and on the muslin hearts; I used evergreen bough distress paint to colorize my metal embellishments and evergreen bough distress ink to colorize my ribbon. Did you check out my little girl ? She's cut from one of the found relatives (leftover from a previous project)... I thought she was a cute addition !

Both my fabric and my hearts are frayed and stitched ...

That evergreen bough is such a cool color... my color combo was interesting; this was not the original color plan ... I'm not disappointed ... I went with the flow !