Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Long overdue Christmas Present

I made quite a few Christmas presents this year and unfortunately my husband's present was a bit neglected. He has been asking me to make him a piece to hang on his wall at work. After much deliberation about what to do I decided to make a canvas piece about his most prized possession, his motorcycle. So I started this project a week before Christmas and did not get it done in time to give it to him for Christmas. I just finished it. I guess better late than never!

The background had to match the motorcycle so I used Silver, Pearlescent Blue, and Pearl Turquoise Lumiere Paints. I painted the colors very randomly onto the canvas. After they were dry I used black acrylic paint mixed with a paint retarder so the paint would dry slower and applied this in sections onto the canvas. I then used the end of a paint brush handle to write in motorcycle phrases before the black was dry, exposing the blue and silver paint beneath it.  I am entering this in the Gingersnap Creations Words of Wisdom Challenge. These words may not apply to everyone, but who doesn't like phrases like "Keep you Knees in the Breeze" and "Two wheels move the Soul"

The photos on the canvas are done using various transfer methods. Two are transferred onto canvas, the large middle picture is transferred onto packing tape, and the other pictures are just mounted onto mat board.

The metal on the piece is recycled aluminum cans. I simply cut the several cans up so I had a flat sheets of metal. I than ran the metal through Tim Holtz Gadget Gears Die. My initial plan was to distress the gears, but after distressing one and looking at one shiny one I decides the shiny metal looked better. the frame around the middle picture is just strips of the aluminum run through Tim Holtz's texture Fade Cracked. I did sand down the raised portion of the embossed metal to add a bit more grunge to it. In the corners I added Tim Holtz's Idealogy Sprocket Gears.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Gatlinburg Trip

I have been busy lately on several projects and thought I would share my most recent scrapbooking project. In 2010 my parents, sister, husband, and I took a family vacation to Gatlinburg, Tennessee. I don't have the entire trip scrapbooked yet, but I am pleased with how each page has turned out. So without further ado here are the pages.
I altered Tim Holtz's Old Jalopy die here and added our smiling faces to the car.

This was out home for the week - what a lovely cabin it was.

We made the short drive to the Biltmore Estate while we were in the area.

Such a magnificent piece of architecture.

The inside of the building is just as impressive. I would not be a scrapbooker if I did not get a family picture.

The gardens were still in bloom and just gorgeous. We came home with so many flower pictures. I wanted to condense them down to just a few pages and so I shrunk the pictures of the flowers down before printing them.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Wearable Art

This week over at Studio L3 the Grungy Monday Challenge was a definite challenge for me. The task was to create wearable art using Tim Holtz's products. I have never ever created a piece of jewelry, clothing, hairpiece, ect... I did remember seeing a post from a wonderful artist who created a bracelet out of Grungeboard. You can see Sarah's Grungeboard bracelet here. I really liked Sarah's bracelet, but wanted mine to be my style. I really like the look of multiple brackets and charm bracelets. So with inspiration and much courage I started in and created this.

I did not have any Grungeboard so I used Grungepaper. First I cut a strip of grunge paper 3/4" wide by 8" long. Then I cut 1/4" strips out of the strip of grungepaper. I did not cut all the way through to the 2 ends so the the strips were still connected.

Next I added some texture using Tim Holtz's Cracked Texture Fade.

 I wanted a dark leather look, so I used Black Soot and Vintage Photo Distress Stains. First I used the Black Soot to cover both sides of the grungepaper strip. I dried this with my heat gun and then added the Vintage Photo. Before the Vintage Photo had time to dry completely I wiped some of the ink off with an old t-shirt. The Vintage Photo color was wiped off of the raised areas giving it even more dimension. I then added several layers of Rangers Glue 'n' Seal to prevent the ink form coming off.

Next step was the closure. I did not have Tim Holtz's hitch fastener and neither did any of the local stores. I did find some metal snaps that I thought would work. The silver on the snap really did not look right to me so I used Alcohol Ink in Copper and Black to colorize the snap.

Next step was the charms. I used Tim Holzt's Charmclips to make some fun typewriter style charms. To do this I printed out a sheet with the word LOVE in the typewriter style font. Then I used glossy accents to glue the charm down  and to fill in the charms.

Next step was to put the charms on the bracelet. This was the easy part. I used Tim Holtz's jump rings to attach all of the charms.

After all was said and done I am very happy with my first ever wearable art piece. I may even be ready to create another one! 

Monday, February 20, 2012

Crackle results

Last week I was experimenting with crackle on metal and found that if you apply crackle directly to metal it does not stick after it is dry. You can see the original crackled card here.

I belong to a wonderful on-line yahoo group called All Things Tim where it was suggested that I try using Gesso or Ranger's Glue 'n' Seal. I had some time to experiment with both of these. First cutting 2 squares of metal, embossing them with the Retro Circles Texture Fade, and then inking them up with Alcohol inks. I then applied Transparent Gesso to one and Ranger's Glue 'n' Seal to the other. I let this dry then added a layer of the Rock Candy Crackle. Both the Gesso and the Glue 'n' Seal worked, the Crackle no longer chipped off. The results were slightly different looking. The Geso did dull the finish of the inked up metal, but the crackle made it shine again. The crackle looks a bit like sugar on the Glue 'n' Seal piece. You can see affect of both below. The Gesso one is on the left and the Glue 'n' Seal piece on the right.

So happy Crackling everyone!

Saturday, February 18, 2012

February Tag

I unfortunately missed out on Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of Christmas and so I am really excited that he is now doing 12 Tags of 2012. You can see Tim's Tag here.

Here is my interpretation using the supplies that I had on hand.

I did not have any honeycomb paper for my heart so i made my own dimension heart. You can see this in more detail here.

I also did not have the cupid die so I improvised here too. I made the tag for a wonderful friend who just loves here long grey haired cat. I found this cute vintage cat Valentine on line and thought it was perfect for the tag. I added the Symphony Tissue Tape to the top of it, inked the edges using Vintage Photo Distress Ink, and added some sparkle to the heart using Barn Door Distress Stickles.

I have entered the tag in a few challenges and they are:
My Mojo Monthly February - Heartstrings  Sarah has a wonderful sight so spend some time exploring. You are sure to find some inspiration here.
Put a Heart In it At Inspiration Emporium you will find a  great group of artists that have some beautiful pieces.
Grungy Monday 36 Who Loves Ya, Baby? Linda has again come up with another fantastic Grungy Monday Challenge. Take a look at the Tim Style Valentine she has created. You could win a gift certificate to

Supplies used: Dies: Vintage Lace, Tattered Banners, and Heart Wings; Distress Inks: Fired Brick, Barn Door, and Vintage Photo; Distress Stains: Barn Door and Fired Brick; Shabby French Stamp Collection, Tim Holtz Idea-ology Trimmings Lavish Ribbon, and Adirondack Pearl Paint Dabber

Thanks for reading this far and I hope you enjoyed!

Friday, February 17, 2012

Hearts a flutter

I am working on my Tag for Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of 2012. You can see Tim's here. He uses a Honeycomb heart on his tag and since I did not have any honeycomb paper around I decided to improvise. Here are my 2 versions.

Both of the hearts I used Tim Holtz's Heart Wing Die and cut out a lot of hearts - 16 to be exact. Then I sprayed them with Perfect Pearls Heirloom Gold Spray on one side and inked the other side with Barn Door Distress Stain.

For the first heart I folded 8 of the hearts in half. I found it easier to do this while they were a bit damp still. Then glued them together in the center along the fold only with glossy accents. After they were dry I manipulated them to achieve the 3-d fan-like appearance.

The second heart is a bit more complicated. I really wanted to try to get the honeycomb affect and you can see that I did achieve that on the sides.

So to do this I again used 8 hearts and glued them together at alternating places. If you look closely at the 2 hearts below you will see were I made dots with a pen to show you this.

After the all 8 hearts were glued together and the glue was thoroughly dried, i began to push out the sides and tops of the hearts. I found it easier to do this if the heart was a bit damp, so I misted it with some water while working with it. I took a small paint brush handle to help me separate the layers.

As you can see the top of the heart does not have the honeycomb affect and I may work on this idea a bit more to figure out how I would achieve this - but for now I am happy with my 2 hearts and will go back to my tag. Check back later to see my finished tag.

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Oops Time Flies

I am usually great at remembering important dates, however that was not the case last week. We were out of town skiing and i missed my dear sweet Father-in-law's birthday. So to try and make up for this I have made him a card. Along the way I have also learned a few new techniques. I am entering this in the Simon Says Stamp and Show Anything Goes Challenge for a chance to win a $50 gift certifictae to  So here is the finished card and scroll down to see what I have learned.

First of all I wanted to make this a manly card and I do not have a lotof manly papers. I did a quick Internet search and came up with a technique I had to try. To see the original post go check out Tammy's blog . I used the Retro Circles Textured Fade folder by Tim Holtz to emboss my metal. I then inked it up with Caramel, Ginger, Butterscotch, Sunshine Yellow, and Sunset Orange Alcohol Inks. After they dried I rubbed my Ranger Archival Black in k over it to accent the raised areas more. Then I applied the Rock Candy Crackle to it and let it dry.

I loved the affect this had, but the crackle kept flaking off and taking the color of the alcohol ink with it. This was a problem because of course it was a card and was meant to be handled. I then remembered another tutorial I saw from Shelly's blog. Shelly went over a glitter piece with UTEE to make sure the glitter stayed put. I thought Why not try it with the crackle too? Well the crackle no longer came off, but when I heated the UTEE it melted with the crackle and kind of bubbled up. You can see this below. The top square is with out the UTEE and the bottom one is with the UTEE. I was not really going for this affect, but I think it turned out quite nice.

So onto the rest of the card. I stamped the clock out of the Tim Holtz's Life's Possibilities collection with black archival ink. I then cut it out and inked it up with Scattered Straw and Vintage Photo Distress Inks. From here I covered it with 3 layers of UTEE to give it another dimension.

The Time Flies saying was cut out of the Tattered Banners Die form Tim Holtz and then inked with Scattered Straw, Chipped Sapphire, and Vintage Photo Distress Inks.

One last note here before I close out. After the crackle cracking off and my UTEE not really working right I sent a message out to the All Things Yahoo Group and have more answers. Here is what they sugested: Try using gesso as your base. Acrylic paint doesn't stick to metal well but if you use gesso it has "tooth" it will not only stick to the metal but gives the paint something to grab on to instead of the slick metal surface. It comes in white, black or clear. - From Karen
And  You might try Wendy Vecchi's idea for getting rock candy crackle not to fall off glass. She painted the glass first with Ranger's Glue 'n' Seal, let it dry, then paint on the rock candy crackle. It will not fall off, it bonds to the dried glue 'n seal. It might work with metal. - From Jean D
I have not had time to try either technique yet but plan to soon, so check back to see the results.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Some People I love

This is going to be a quick post just to celebrate the month of February and my wonderful family. If you happen to read my last post then you know I am delighted to be in charge of the Monthly Challenge on the All Things Tim Yahoo Group . I love this yahoo group and the talented people it makes up, which brings me back to this post. For the February Challenge I have selected Valentines Day, Romance, or something/someone you love.

So here is my scrapbook layout for the challenge. It is all about my Family  - the people I love in my life.

I used the Tim Holtz Tattered Banners die to adhere my saying to. The bird is also a Tim Holtz die. It is called the Caged Bird. I added a bit of stickles to the wing and the branch to add some sparkle to the page. For the birds beak and eye I used Viva pearl pen in black. The bird caged was inked up with versa mark embossing ink and then embossed with frayed burlap distress embossing powder. I then went over it with Vintage Photo Distress Ink to. I thought this gave it a rusty look.

I should mention that the gorgeous papers are Basic Grey. I just love the colors of these.
So that is all for today. I hope you celebrate the month of February with the people in your life you love.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Valentines Day Card Monthly Challenge

I am so excited and honored to be in charge of the Monthly Challenge on the  All Things Tim Yahoo Group . This is a wonderful yahoo group and I encourage anyone interested in Tim Holtz, scrapbooking, art, stamping, or card making to join this group.
For February I have selected Valentines Day, Romance, or something you love of course. Here is my Valentines Day card example. I had to improvise a bit on this because I do not have any Valentines Day stamps or paper.

For the back ground piece I used a scrap piece of paper (sorry I have know idea where I got this or what it is called) and roughed up the edges. I then stamped a tan piece of cardstock with Tim Holtz dots stamp from the Bitty Grungy Stamp set. I used Distress Stains Fired Brick, Worn Lipstick, and Barn Door to ink up the stamp. I also inked up the edges of the stamped tan cardsatock with Distress Ink Black Soot.

I used Tim Holtz's heart stamp from the Urban Chic stamp set. I stamped the image onto tan cardstock in Distress Ink Black Soot. I also inked up the edges of this with Distress Ink Fired Brick. I then added Fired Brick Distress Sickles to add a bit of sparkle to the heart. Speaking of hearts, the Artistic Stamper Creative Team's February Challenge is hearts. I have entered this into their challenge

I have been dying to use the Tattered Pine Cone die since my wonderful husband gave it to me for Christmas. I have watched a lot of tutorials on how to make roses using this die. Here is where you can find Tim Holtz's tutorial.  I inked up just the edges or the die cut out with Distress Ink Fired Brick to add a bit more dimension to the roses. One hint I found was to spray the cut out with water or I used Perfect Pearls Mists before you start to roll it. This make it a bit more pliable and easier to roll. I used Perfect Pearl on the pink rose and Forever Red Perfect Pearls Mist on the red roses.

Here is another helpful link and more options for the Tattered Pine Cone die. Four Flowers out of one die

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Valentines Day to everyone. My next post will be a scrapbook layout on something/someone I love, so please check back.