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Friday, May 22, 2015

Graphic 45 May Challenge

May Challenge for Graphic 45 is a layout! So perfect for  me ... since my mom is deceased every Mother's Day I do some sort of scrapbook page in her honor. When I saw the challenge I decided to do a page with one of my favorite photos of my mother. I loved my mother's smile.
In my daily devotional ( In Touch  Dr. Charles Stanley ,  they had a really  inspiring article ; Between Mothers a& Daughters. I loved the quote they had so I adopted it for my page. It says: " No mom is perfect, but that doesn't change the fact that yours is a gift from God. " That so spoke to my heart about my own mother. I always felt she was a "Gift" . Out of those feelings the idea for this layout were created... I wanted my "Gift" wrapped !
 I chose Graphic 45 Time To Flourish June Flourish because of the beautiful blue background and because it had pretty pink roses. My mother loved roses and her rose gardens were her pride and joys.

I used May Arts ribbon the ivory/celery grosgrain strip ... such a refreshing color against those leaves of the roses. I fussy cut the roses, distressed the edges with vintage photo distressing ink and layered them on heart shaped doilies. I added some bling and a stick pin from my stash. I wanted to make the photo pop  so I cropped it on a light bluer polka dot bag ( so fun) !

CC3 Challenge #28

Happy Friday everybody ! Here I am Friday afternoon  ( at least I'm consistent)  rushing to make a deadline because I don't want to be left out. I so enjoy my CC3 Challenges. I'm hoping you've finally decided to join us... We are at Challenge # 28 !
Now if you've never joined us or if you need a review ; Linda Ledbetter over at Studio L3 http://lindaledbetter.com/2015/05/compendium-of-curiosities-challenge-28-3.html  is our fabulous host on an awesome "Journey" through Tim Holtz's book  A Compendium of Curiosities Volume III. On our Journey we are exploring amazing techniques and products of the Mastermind himself . To join us you will need a copy of this book... you really Want a signed copy... it is such a valuable treasure. You can still go to Tim's site http://timholtz.com/ to purchase a signed copy. Also Linda has guidelines for participation on her site ( not a lot of rules ... but simple ... easy to follow).
What's in it for you ???  We have great sponsors, this week's sponsor is The Funkie Junkie http://www.thefunkiejunkie.com/. Should you be chosen as this Challenge #28 winner you will get a $ 25 Shopping Spree at their online store... OMG ... you will want to check them out!!
You also have an opportunity to win some awesome  goodies from Tim Holtz and Mario Rossi picked just for the CC3 Challenges. Now to be eligible for these you must visit the blogs of each one of Linda's creative friends aka The Curiosity Crew; show them some love ! Easy enough right?? Let me let you in on a little secret we are ALL winners because these ladies have given us soooo much inspiration; you will have no problem showing them some love (leaving comments). So now if you are stuck and don't know where to start ... go visit their blogs ... be prepared to "ooooo and aah " ...
Okay got that out of the way ... now if you read Linda's guidelines you KNOW you NEED your own book and you KNOW I WILL NOT be giving you details... TURN to Page  57...
Did you ever wonder what Ombre was  ( and didn't want to ask ) ? I did  ... I know now ... yay !!
Challenge # 28  found on page 57 is  Alcohol Ink Ombre .
As usual I had fun ... pretty easy technique... love the results ! One of the joys of having a substantial Tim/Ranger stash is having lots of colors to choose from. Here is my project ... I chose to do a card ( more room to play) !! 
My weapons of choice for this challenge were salmon, watermelon and red pepper alcohol inks. I so love this color combination... but what to do ... what to do ?? Ah... my 35th wedding anniversary is coming up in June ... yay quick thinking... saved the day ( I did do three other sets of ombre just in case I couldn't come up with an idea for the reds ) ! For my background papers I used papers from Tim Holtz's Correspondence Paper stash, ephemera from the vellum expedition ephemera pack; a pocket card,  fired brick and vintage photo distressing inks, and fired brick distress marker .
For my embellishments I used a mini corner, mirrored stars, game piece, and found relatives. Other misc. items from my stash included felt hearts that I cut using my hearts die cut ( Tim Holtz of course) !; and a heart clip.

Since my husband is my #1 cheerleader when it comes to my projects; especially the CC3 Challenges
I decided to make an anniversary card. So here is my card ...

 I almost felt guilty about covering up my beautiful red ombre, so I've included a photo of it.

Below I showed a photo of the elements as I was adding them. I love the hearts I stitched them together with white thread... it was a little tricky but I managed. I'd seen this done but I had never tried it... so I got out of my comfort zone... To give some texture I crumpled the pocket card and then stamped it.  I also stamped the upper part of my ombre before adding the photo. If you look close you can see I attempted to colorize the little girls ribbon in her hair  with fired brick distress marker and then I used the watercolor detail brush to soften the color ( fun touch... it seemed to "pull my colors together).

I so  enjoyed this ombre technique I have three more in different colors ... waiting in the wings  for future projects !! I hope you enjoyed your visit and I do hope you joined us. Don't forget to stop  and visit the  Curiosity Crew ... you will so enjoy it I promise you! Okay see you next time my CEO Lefty ( my oldest cat )  is giving me the evil eye ... a tornado went through his favorite spots ... he's waiting for me to clean it up !

Friday, May 8, 2015

CC3 Challenge # 27

Hi everyone ! Did you get some rain? We did ... burr and it was 48 degrees this morning ! Spring is here ... yes ... maybe ?! There is snow on the mountains too !!

Wow can you believe it we are at Challenge # 27 ... that means 27 times our gracious hostess Linda Ledbetter and her amazing friends the Curiosity Crew over at the famous Studio L3 http://lindaledbetter.com/2015/04/compendium-of-curiosities-3-challenge-27.html ; have given us guidelines/rules. Twenty Seven times the Curiosity Crew has jump started us with amazing projects and tons of inspiration. Twenty Seven times  we have been WOWED by the great techniques and products from the very humble Tim Holtz in his book  A Compendium of Curiosities Volume III. Which by the way you can still get  from Tim's site http://timholtz.com/a-compendium-of-curiosities-volume-iii/... you REALLY DO WANT this book ... it is amazing ! Well our sponsors this week are Inspiration Emporium http://www.inspirationemporium.com/  ... should you be the  chosen winner you will receive a $50 shopping spree at their online store. Let me tell you that's a fabulous prize... and it goes far on Tim Holtz goodies ... IJS :)  Speaking of Tim Holtz goodies; Tim and Mario have supplied Linda Ledbetter with some awesome goodies as well ;  to be given as the Curiosity Crew's Choice Award. Does that  inspire  you ?? Need help getting started check out each one of the Curiosity Crews projects ... all you do is click on their project photo and it takes you to their blogs; leave them some love ( that's so easy to do ) and you could be eligible for some awesome goodies.
Now you gotta PARTICIPATE to WIN ... follow the guidelines and submit YOUR project ... I'm waiting to see it :)

CC3 Challenge # 27 is Embossing Diffusers  found on page  61 ... are you looking at it?? ... pretty cool huh ??!  You know the drill my lips are sealed ...

I love confessions ... don't you ? I bought set #1 Diffusers a few ( I'll say a few because I believe it was more than two) years ago. Had NO IDEA what to do with them except I saw Tim do a demo and I NEEDED some. Yes ...  I've used them maybe twice. Wasn't until I recently revisited Tim's book that I realized how very cool diffusers are. That's another reason you NEED to buy Tim's book ... if you forget a technique or how to use a product it can be found right there in his book !

Here is my project ... it's a wall hanging to go in my craft room. This week Dr. Maya Angelou's family has been honoring her  with parts from various poems she had written. One of my favorites  ... " A bird does not sing because it has an answer. It sings because it has a song. " Also found on the postage stamps honoring Dr.  Maya Angelou .  So I was so happy when I discovered the saying on my bird stamp set from Dina Wakley.  Oh I love it when a plan comes together !

I used my circle diffuser from Set #1 and my Sheet Music  Texture Fades.
Pretty cool don't you think?!

I played around until I got the colors I wanted on my music sheet and my bird ; using my distress markers; abandoned coral, cracked pistachio, mermaid lagoon and fossilized amber. I colored a second bird that I layered over the first bird. I used some remnant rubs to add some words inside the circle. I used mermaid lagoon and vintage photo markers and my spritzer to add some details. So fun!
Some how I had some mysterious ink on my fingers that smeared onto my bird... hum ... more embracing going on here ! :)  I colorized my ribbon using my four new colors and added thought trinket pin , happy typed token, live word stick and a yellow gem from my stash.
This was fun to create ... can't wait to purchase the hanger to hang it from ( already have one in mind... hope I'll be able to find it ) !
 Well I hope you enjoyed your visit. Happy Mother's Day to all you mom's . Don't forget to visit the Curiosity Crews Blogs and hope to see you for CC3 # 28 !

Thursday, April 30, 2015

12 Tags of 2015 April Tag

Hi everybody ! Boy is it hot here ... it is 84 degrees at  6:15 P.M. . How's your weather ?
Well it's that time... I'm not early but I'm getting it done :)

OMG... I gotta say this tag is A-M-A-Z-I-N-G  ( yes I know I say it all the time) ... seriously Tim WOWS us every time with the simplest of techniques and details that make a world of difference to a project. I believe he's gonna make an artist out of me yet.
Even being in the eleventh hour I could not settle for just one tag; I had to make both. So here are my tags.

Okay on the yellow flower tag ... I could not get my second marker in the spritzer fast enough so I decided to spritz a little more water ... OH NO ... I messed up my beautiful background. Well maybe not ... with a little embracing I've got another amazing look !

I thought my black  soot was  drying up ... I wasn't getting the speckles then all of a sudden poof... there they were... not another mishap !! I know the drill ... embrace my imperfections ... actually it's pretty cool.

I had to take another photo at this point ... I looked at my work and I was blown away ... seriously ... I got emotional... those little details ... WOW ... amazing ... I DID THIS ... Thanks Tim ! :)

Well , I hope you enjoyed making your tags /project as well as I enjoyed mine . Imperfections and all
I so enjoyed these tags. Those thinlits are so fun and the way they are used ... just genius ... I dreaded that part because I thought it would be tedious... not at all ( even though I lost the dot for the I's a few times under my nails ... hahaha ) . And the black stitching ... fabulous touch... like Tim says " It's all in the details " ! Well that's it for now ... see you next time :)

Friday, April 24, 2015

CC3 Challenge # 26

Happy Friday everybody !   Here we are for Challenge #26 ... have you been enjoying these challenges? I know I have. I'm excited every time to come and see what the new challenge is; and  to see the Curiosity Crew's Inspiration. This one was no different. The Compendium of Curiosity Community is so amazing... I love seeing all the talent and creativity.  A Compendium of Curiosities Volume III has been such a valuable tool... I tell anybody who I think would listen about the Challenges and try to encourage them to participate.

Linda Ledbetter; over on her Blog StudioL3 http://lindaledbetter.com/2015/04/compendium-of-curiosities-3-challenge-26.html;  Tim Holtz and Mario Rossi  have  "teamed " up to bring us these challenges. We are using Tim Holtz's book A Compendium of Curiosities Volume III ; and Linda has carefully laid out the guidelines http://lindaledbetter.com/compendium-of-curiosities-3-challenge-faq for us; she and her creative friends ... The Curiosity Crew has jump started us.  We have amazing sponsors too .  The Funkie Junkie Boutique http://www.thefunkiejunkie.com/ is this weeks sponsor. Participating in the challenges is so easy, follow Linda's guidelines; be inspired by the Curiosity Crew... visit each one of their blogs and show them some love(comment on their blog); open your book... Create your own piece... post it and you are good to go ! You have two opportunities to win a prize... there's the Curiosity Crew Choice Award; goodies from Tim Holtz/Mario Rossi and there is the Sponsors Prize a $25 Shopping spree ! Great fun...

I do hope you will come and join us... I'm going to look for you !
Oh and if you still don't have Tim's book go visit his site http://timholtz.com/ and order an autographed copy of his book, he'd love for you to have one !
Okay so ... Challenge #26 is  Smudge Stamping found on page 42 ... see it !

I had no idea until this morning what stamps I was going to use or what I would do with them. I'd been working on a  three year old UFO twenty page album. ( unfinished object) ... YES... I said three year old... all week and was determined to finish it first ...  AND I DID !!

So here is my project ... a tag

You must know it is so difficult not to tell you what all I did because I'm so pleased with myself ( Tim's techniques do that to you) ... but I can't give you details. I WILL tell you I had fun. I used FOUR of my Tim stamps ( I love that I'm using my Tim stash regularly as I do these challenges ).
I used Bird Feather, Classic #1 , Classic #4 and Typography. For interest I used various colors of Distress Ink; Shabby Shutters, Mowed Lawn Vintage Photo and Mustard Seed. I embellished my tag by adding ribbon, tissue tape, remnant rubs and word band .  My ribbon was colorized with a combination of mowed lawn and mustard seed ( also used the color combo for the
word band. I added colorful jute string... see how well it goes with that mowed lawn and mustard seed pear ? !  I also added some vintage photo and shabby  shutter spritzes using my distress marker spritzer ... so fun !

Thursday, April 9, 2015

CC3 Challenge 25

Hi everybody ! Are you keeping up?? We are on Challenge #25 ! How exciting to realize that for the 25th time I have the privilege of joining our fabulous hostess Linda Ledbetter , the awesome Curiosity Crew, and All of you . As you know we are cruising through Tim Holtz's  A Compendium of Curiosities Volume III. The guidelines and rules have been laid out over  at Studio L3 ; Linda Ledbetter's site  http://lindaledbetter.com/2015/03/compendium-of-curiosities-challenge-25-2.html. If you consult  CC3C F.A.Q. ALL of your questions will be answered about the Challenges and once you get those answered you can join us. You should know that we have the most awesome sponsors too.  Challenge 25 is being sponsored by  Joy  and her family at  Inspiration Emporium
http://www.inspirationemporium.com/.  ... a $50 Gift Certificate is the prize... Sound Pretty Good ??
Trust me IT IS ... I just made a fun Tim Holtz  purchase with my prize ( I was a winner for Challenge # 23). Speaking of Tim...  Tim  our fabulous instructor has provided Linda with some of his goodies to be  awarded  a lucky person selected by the Curiosity Crew for the Curiosity Crew Choice Award( gosh I love that name ... Curiosity Crew Choice Award... so prestigious) !! You will want to get in on this...it's so easy, so enjoyable ... all you have to do is visit each members blog by simply clicking on their project;  and show them some love ! I mean really can't get any easier than that :)
Seriously , Linda and the Crew works hard to encourage and inspire us each challenge by sharing their projects ! So stop by and check out what they've done. Want an extra treat ??? Check out the CC3 Community (the other entrants) they have got some amazing projects and blogs too ... grab a cup of coffee and go check them out ... you will not be disappointed ! By the way ... have you been following the gorgeous Mario on BTS (behind the scenes) ... lots of great stuff going on !!!
Okay let's get to work ... Challenge # 25 Frameworks found on page 64 !

Oh my goodness , what a fun variety of frameworks Tim has. I own two but I think I want more !!

So fun ... I chose to use my Trellis Framework. I created a colorful Spring Tag. As I've mentioned in the past participating in these challenges gives me the opportunity to use my Tim toys. I so enjoy this.
I pulled out so many toys I have not used for a while.   I used  trellis framework, mini bunny and bow , tapered fringe,  tattered floral  and spring greenery dies.

The  frosted film flowers  were colorized with picked raspberry . It was fun heating them and shaping them. I colorized the ribbon using distress stain ( same colors as seen in the background) .

The mini rabbit was embossed with vintage photo distress glitter and I positioned him between two layers of the tapered fringe that I distressed with vintage photo distress ink  and  curled the ends using  my small stylus. I used small pop dots to add dimension.

In this photo above you can see the spring greenery that I entwined around the trellis after using a small stylus to give dimension to the leaves; which were also distressed with vintage photo and crushed olive distress ink.

For my background I used a technique we used for Tim's March Tag; using  symphony tissue tape and cracked pistachio, abandoned coral, broken china, and picked raspberry distress paints. Love those bright colors !
I cut my trellis and tapered fringe from the fabulous shattered kraft-core ... oh such awesome choice for this. To embellish my tag I cut small flowers from frosted film and modeling film (Wendy Vecchi Art Parts). I embossed the mini rabbit with vintage photo distress glitter. I cut eggs from a "mop up" tag ... a trick I learned from Dyan Reeverly!  I had way too much fun ...
I also added a small sign created using scraps from the mop-up tag  and a stamp from my stash... Hoppy Spring !

So I do hope you are joining us... don't forget to review the rules and guidelines, visit the Curiosity Crew blogs and show them some love . See you on Saturday ... for the new Challenge ! :)

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Inspiration Emporium March Challenge Spring Blooms

OMG .... deadline time computer going crazy ... blue tooth gone crazy :( ! Here's my tag

Over at Inspiration Emporium the theme this month was Spring Bloom . I chose to use a remnant rub resist as my back ground using botanical remnant rubs. I used my Tim Holtz flower Garden stamp and the sentiment is from the Perspective Stamp set.

For my background colors I used squeezed, lemonade, cracked pistachio, spiced marmalade, picked raspberry and abandoned coral distress stains ... pretty cool huh?
For my flower I dug out my perfect pearls ; using perfect copper for the bud,  perfect gold for the petals and green patina for the stem. After painting these sections I very carefully re-inked sections of the flower and re-stamped it with black archival ink giving a touch up ( my perfect pearl work needed touch up). I had never done this before but thought it should work if I was very careful... it was pretty tricky.

To  embellish  my tag I added an enamel tag that I colorized with lake mist alcohol ink and then added remnant rubs ... so fun ! The sentiment that I added was embossed using clear embossing powder over black archival stamp. I hope you enjoy my tag !

See you again next month.