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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 !



Friday, January 2, 2015

CC3 Challenge # 18

CC3 Challenge # 18 ... OMG ... How fast that came up !
Well here I am down to the wire... still fighting the flu but I won't be defeated !!!
This week Linda Ledbetter and the Curiosity Crew over at http://lindaledbetter.com/2014/12/compendium-of-curiosities-3-challenge-18.html have once again taken us to new heights in our book  A Compendium of Curiosities Volume III by the fabulous Tim Holtz. As you know we have been going through his book and learning many techniques. Now to join us you will need to follow the rules and guidelines by Linda and if you check her site; she has them listed. Our sponsor this week is the  awesome Funkie Junkie Boutique http://www.thefunkiejunkie.com/ ... should you be the chosen winner this week you will receive  a $25 shopping spree at their boutique! The awesome Curiosity Crew also has a special Curiosity Crew Choice Award ... OMG ... goodies from the fabulous Tim Holtz... packaged with love by the gorgeous Mario Rossi ... Tim and Mario are the best !!!
Okay so to be eligible for all these opportunities you must visit the blogs of the Curiosity Crew and show them some love ( so easy to do) ... right?!
Okay so get out your book ... hope you got one for Christmas ! Our Challenge this week is  Pocket Pages found on page 36 ... you know the drill ... no details ... follow along okay ...
I chose to use my French Industrial Paper Stash for my project ... what fun this was ...



Hope you can see my pockets ... it was difficult to decide how to display them for you. This is definitely an on going project and I will be adding to it.
Well hope you decided to play along with us...
Don't forget to share some love ... have a great evening ! Oh and Happy New Year ! See you again soon...

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

12 Tags of 2014 December Tag

It's hard to believe this is the last tag of 2014 ! It has been an amazing journey... so many interesting rewarding stops along the way. Tim has certain inspired us ( or at least me) to new heights. As I look back over each one of the tags, I marvel at how I was able to "push" beyond the frustration barriers and create something I was very proud of . My pride is not so much in the finished project as much as it is in my growth.
Well enough of my babble...
Tag number 12 not unlike the other 11 ... blew me away ! I oohed and aahed I think every step of the way. I think my favorite part was the background. Watching the distress stain spray and metallic interact with the simple spritz of water while drying ... OMG ... magic right before my eyes ( had to call my husband in to check it out ).  Here are samples of my backgrounds ( I made two ... one is part of a card I'm making ). I did not have the Christmas Nostalgia Stamp so I used the small stars from my Merry Christmas Framelit set  ( I wasn't happy about not having the set but I'm adjusting) ... it's on my list ... it really is a cool stamp set... besides I'm just obsessed with using what Tim uses ... don't judge me ... I TOLD YOU I'm a Tim-A-Holic !   :)





I so love my Tim toys... I had everything else ... well almost . Cool technique with tea diffuser ( you know I went to thrift store and a few other places looking for one like that I LOVE IT ... I have the mesh one ... not bad !




Oh the Thinlits... OMG Genius ! Tim gave us a tip at the stamp show about using wax paper ... it works like a charm. The verdict is still out on my Holiday greenery die ... one of those pieces just wasn't co-operating ... takes skill ... I'm working on it I won't be defeated!  The stitching ... great touch... another fabulous tag ... Thank you Tim !

Friday, December 19, 2014

CC3 Challenge # 17

Oh my where did my time go? It has been a busy week ... rehearsals, birthday  party, memorial service and doctor appointment ( urgent appointment ... yuk ) ! Okay so I've got 14 hours. and 20 minutes  to pull this off ... I thought of not participating BUT ... I worked too hard not to !
We are at Challenge 17 ... I'm hanging in there ... how 'bout you ?
OMG ... Linda and the Curiosity Crew went Christmas ... have you seen their projects ???
Oh my BAAD... first things first... Our wonderful hostess Linda Ledbetter over at http://lindaledbetter.com/2014/12/compendium-of-curiosities-3-challenge-17.html and that fabulous Curiosity Crew have a treat for you.  Now if you have not joined us by now it's not too late ... Linda still has the rules/guidelines posted for your viewing pleasure. Tim Holtz's book  A compendium of Curiosities Volume III is our guide. Now I gotta tell you even if you don't participate THIS is the book to have to check out ALL those amazing techniques ... great reference book! The very personable Tim himself will autography your book too if you go to http://timholtz.com/a-compendium-of-curiosities-volume-iii/.  Our sponsors this week are my friends at http://www.inspirationemporium.com/ ; should you be the lucky winner you get a $50 gift certificate to their online store ... how cool is that ?!  Psst ... by the way when you go to check out their store ... go check out their blog... talk about inspiration for some amazing gifts !!
The Curiosity Crew has Curiosity Crew Choice Award and Honorable Mention ... so umm if you participate you have a chance to win ! Those goodies from Tim and Mario are the best ... Thank you again Linda, Curiosity Crew, Tim and Mario my package came Monday ... I'm still grinning !!
Okay so to be eligible you gotta go check out the blogs of the Curiosity Crew ( you'll want to do that  anyway) ; show them some love while you are there okay ?!
Now to Challenge 17 it's  Woodland and Tinsel Twine p. 60 ... OMG you are gonna love this singing ..." It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas ... "
I so love this ... I chose a vintage look my friend Paula Cheney had a tutorial last week on colorizing pearls ... it was the boom ! I don't want to get into trouble... Soooooooooo I'll just say I had loads of fun. I did not have all the supplies I thought I had so I went with what I had... so pleased with the results.





Sure hope you can see my details... THIS WAS A CHALLENGE ! Not feeling well and antibiotics kicked in while I was working... talk about stressing :) . Anyway I have share photos ( photographer I am not ... especially not right now. I chose to do this ... so I must complete it ... I will not be defeated.
I so enjoyed the process. I'm so thankful I have Tim's other two compendiums ; I had to consult it ... I could not remember how to do the tissue tape on my configuration ( don't know if it was the meds or forgetfulness... hahaha ) ... ANYWAY I had the resources !
Happy Friday !

P.S. In my haste to get this posted I forgot to share with you what I used... I used  Tim Holtz  Merriment Paper Stash , Merriment Tissue Tape and a 6.75" x 8.75" Configurations.
Ideology  ring fastener,  baubles, Christmas muse token, mirrored stars, corners, curio knob , Christmas word band and Christmas tidings tokens. Oh and of course woodland tree !
Okay ... I'm off to clean up so cats don't get my stuff ... then off to bed ... antibiotic is messin' with me :(  ... See You later !

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

CC3 Challenge # 16

Is it just me ... or are you feeling it too ... time is flying by ... it's December already !!
How was your Thanksgiving? Hope you had a Blessed one. Well time to get in gear for Christmas... are you getting in the spirit ? Well if not maybe a peak at what Linda and the Curiosity Crew has in store might help you! I tell you those ladies are so talented... and the versatility is amazing ( something for everybody).
Speaking of everybody... did you join in the fun yet? Okay we are at Challenge # 16... come on you can do it... visit Linda Ledbetter 
http://lindaledbetter.com/2014/11/compendium-of-curiosities-3-challenge-16.html ., she's got complete easy to follow guidelines ; a link to the amazing Tim Holtz so you can purchase his book  A Compendium of Curiosities Volume III ... don't forget you can get it autographed too . Now if you have yours already but you want some company on this amazing journey gift a copy to one of your friends; invite them to join you. Tell them Tim and Mario have goodies ... should you be the Curiosity Crew's Choice Award Recipient ... if that does not get them tell them our sponsors this week are  The Funkie Junkie  Boutique  http://www.thefunkiejunkie.com/  , they could win a $25 shopping spree. Now they will probably tell you they wouldn't know what to create or where to start ... not a problem ... tell them while they are at Linda's site they can see projects  done by the Curiosity Crew ... it's fabulous inspiration ! All they have to do is visit each one's blog; show them some love ( so easy to do... cause they will want to tell them how awesome their projects are) and then they'll be eligible for prizes. Can't get any easier than that !
Okay ... so while you brush up on your recruitment skills I'll share my project...
This week is Challenge # 16  Layering Stencil Embossing found on p.50
OMG... this is so amazing... I don't want to get in trouble ... let me just say the technique is so easy and the results are amazing ...



The above photo is of my other  new Tim toys, I used Christmas framelit, , labels thinlit ,  and handwritten Christmas Stamps .




I used  the Holiday Knit and the Speckles  stencils and some of my other new Tim toys . I'm showing you the above photo so you can see my background. I used worn lipstick, fired brick and barn door distressing inks. I just love this color palette.


This photo is showing the other elements of my tag. I had so much fun using the stencils with texture paste and foil sheets ... way cool !!! You'll have to look close at the finished tag to see the details ... OMG ... with the help of Tim toys I worked some magic !

Well I've probably told you to much ( hope not ... I couldn't help it) ... but I do hope you enjoyed it.
Have I  convinced you yet ?? Come on join us...
Alright ... don't forget to visit the Curiosity Crews blogs, let them know you enjoy their work ! I'm going back to play...

Oh, Thank you again Linda and Curiosity Crew for choosing me for  the Curiosity Crew's Choice Award for Challenge # 15 . I am HONORED !!!



Monday, December 1, 2014

It's Advent Season !

Speaking of Holidays ... have you seen Somerset Holidays & Celebrations ? OMG I love Somerset and every now and then I buy a copy. There are so many great ideas and so much inspiration... it just takes me to my Happy Place ! Vanessa Spencer created this adorable Advent Calendar; it's called an Out-of-the ordinary ( Somerset Holidays & Celebrations p. 26 ) .  As soon as I saw it I knew I had to make one.
Last year I purchased some stickers from Simples Stories from a 25 Days Christmas Collect with the intent to create an advent box I was waiting for the place where I ordered to get more papers so I could order them... well long story short that collection was discontinued. So when I saw Vanessa's calendar these stickers came to mind immediately ... yay I found something to do with these number stickers !

I just love the colors of these stickers and figured I could create a cute calendar too ! It took me a month almost ( doing several other projects in between)  to plan out my calendar. A few days ago I started my count down to my 65th Birthday and my goal everyday is to create something and/or complete a UFO everyday for the next 65 days ! What better thing to complete than an advent calendar! I used Vanessa's Calendar as my springboard. What a project it turned out to be ... I almost gave up ! I had trouble trying to find some items I wanted. I ended up masking the coin envelopes because I could not find them in white. Finding buckets the size I wanted was difficult as well but I created a way to include the buckets on tags with the numbers on the tag.




It was a little frustrating in that my cats thought it was a play toy and that I was playing with them as I attempted to attach the various components. I am  happy to say they all survived and the calendar is completed in time for advent season !