Monday, April 30, 2012

Thin Magnetic Die Storage

I do not have many of the thin magnetic dies - to be exact I have 2. However, I am a planner and like to have things organized and I know I want or need more of these. So I decided to create a Thin Dies book for storage before I accumulated too many.

I cut chip board cardboard pieces measuring 6" x 12" and then covered them with paper for my covers and pages. I then took cut 3 magnetic strips, 2 are 1/2" wide and the middle one is 3/4"wide. I placed my dies on the 3 strips to get the correct spacing and then adhered the strips to the page. One thing I learned was do not get the really thin magnetic tape as it does not hold the dies. You can use the thicker magnetic tape or I bought a sheet of magnetic material and just cut strips. I then simply punched 4 holes in the pages and covers and used 7 Gypsies Cable Rings as my binding. This was a really simple and easy solution.

Thanks for stopping by and happy organizing!

Friday, April 27, 2012

Fun with Texture

I am a bit behind this month and really wanted to accomplish 2 things today - one make an ATC for my favorite store and two keep my promise to myself to complete a page in my art journal at least once a week. Well both projects did get accomplished!

First for my ATC (Artist Trading Card) My all time favorite store is Absolutely Everything. These guys are amazing. So when decided to have an ATC challenge for the wonderful All Things Tim Yahoo group, of course I had to participate.

To create the textured background I used the left over packaging from the Tim Holtz reinforcers. I placed this onto the ATC and then added modeling paste over top of it all with a piece of an old credit card. I pulled off the packaging before the paste dried and was left with this really cool background pattern.

After the paste was completely dry I  Peeled Paint and Tumbled Glass Distress Stains to color the background.

For some added texture, because I did not think the large pronounced circles were enough, I added Rock Candy Distress Crackle to the entire ATC. I scraped off the top a bit and when I did this some of the ink came off too. I really liked the look of this.

The final touches were a ticket inked and stamped in Wild Honey Distress Ink, some twin, and a Tim Holtz Memo Pin filled with a left over piece from the reinforcers and Glossy accents.

Now onto my art Journal. I started by covering both pages in journaling - I wrote until I ran out of space and then I picked out a few words and went back over them in black marker. I created texture the same way with modeling paste and the reinforcers packaging. After that was dry I used feathers and plastic canvas to create stencils. I sprayed over them with my new Dylusions Spray ink. Just love the colors these came in, which I ordered from Absolutely Everything.

I then used some background stamps from Tim Holtz 's Bitty Grunge stamp set. I stamped the images using Black Archival Ink and a Pearl Paint Dabber. For the last and final step I added some more texture using  Crackle Rock Candy and dabs of Glossy Accents.

Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed my ATC and journal page.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The impossible becomes possible

Before I explain the meaning behind the title of this post I want to share with you the tag I created for the Compendium of Curiosities 2, Challenge 2 at Studio L3. The technique was Faux Patina and can be found in the Compendium of Curiosities 2 Book by Tim Holtz.  

For the background of the tag I used Peeled Paint, Chipped Sapphire, and Tumbled Glass Distress Inks. I stamped the background with Black Soot and Picket Fence Distress Stain using a stamp from the Shappy French collection

I used the Faux Patina on the ideology pieces and on the red accent card. I die cut out the ticket and the border trim for Tim Holtz's Ticket Die strip and the Vintage Lace Die.

I stamped the compass image from Tim Holtz Air Travel collection onto cardstock and shrinky dink plastic. I inked the shrinky dink plastic with various alcohol inks and then shrunk it down. And for an added touch I scrunched up some tissue tape and went around the shrinky dink compass.

Now for the meaning behind the post title. Have you ever thought there is no way I can do that - it is Impossible. Well this tag was created to go with the double page scrapbook layout you see below, were in the pictures I was thinking just that. We were on vacation and hiking to the peak of the Chimney Tops. This was no easy feat a strenuous  four mile 1,335 vertical foot climb. About 25 feet from the peak, I stopped. From where I was standing it was straight up and very few ledges to stand or grip onto, not to mention the ledges were just out of my reach. In order to reach the summit  I would have to pull myself up and over slate rocks. After about 10 more minutes of reflection, I pondered the question: Would I regret getting this far and not trying the last 25 feet? I decided to just go for it and I made it. Hence the title of the post. I am also submitting this to the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge, which is show your Favorite word. My favorite word that day was POSSIBLE.

Thanks for stopping by now go do something that you may think is impossible, but in fact it is possible.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Love Birds

Love is in the air. The month of April is my in-laws anniversary plus there is a new tag to be made for 2012. What's not to love? You can see the wonderful techniques Tim Holtz used for the April Tag here . My entry for the Tag challenge is this Love Birds Anniversary card.

I did not have the bird branch die that Tim used. I did however have the Caged Bird die. I cut the two birds out of this die and inked them using Stormy Sky and Wild Honey distress ink. I added some stickles to their wings for some added sparkle. I used the black Viva Pearl pen on the birds beaks and eyes. I embossed the branch the birds are sitting on using the same technique Tim shows on his blog.

For the background, I did not have any stamps that I thought would work for the technique. I used paper out of a thesaurus with of course the word Love. I glued the thesaurus paper to white cardstock, embossed it with the swirls embossing folder and inked it up with Wild Honey and Broken China Distress Ink.
Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed my Love Birds Card.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Spinning Lego Card

It is my nephews birthday next week and he really likes Lego. So his card had to be Lego inspired. I of course had to add a bit of grunge to it. Hopefully this looks like a grunged up Lego Brick to everyone. I am entering this in the Simon Says Stamp and Show Anything Goes Challenge.

For the background I embossed it with Tim Holtz's Dot Matrix Embossing folder. I then added clear embossing powder to the raised bumps to give it a plastic Lego look.

For the six circles (just like you see on a Lego brick) I shaded them with Black Soot distress ink and went around 1/4 of the circle with white pen to mimic a reflection. I then added the shine to then with UTEE.

My nephew is turning eleven. So the number eleven had to be emphasized here. It actually spins around the center of the card, this is called a spinner card. I cut the 11 out of  Tim Holtz Crowded Attic paper, adhered it to some grunge board, cut it out again, added Rock Candy Distress Crackle to it, and then inked it with Barn Door Red Distress Ink. I used the Tim Holtz Gadget Gears to cut the gear out and used Sailboat Blue Alcohol ink to color it.

If you have not made a spinner card you must try it out as they are so fun to make. You can see a tutorial by Split Coast stamper here. They are also fun to play with, Just look at that number spin.

Thanks for stopping by. Happy Spinning everyone!

Everyday Things that make me Smile

I am keeping my goal up and creating a page a week in my art journal. Since this is all a bit new to me I am looking for some journal ideas to help me start out. I stumbled upon A Year in the life of an Art Journal while surfing the Internet today. They have journal prompt on the 15th and 30th of every month and this first 1/2 of the months prompt is The little things take some photos of some of the little details in your day that make you smile. Figuring out what to put on my pages was easy for me: my husband, my friends, my creative space, the Pittsburgh Steelers, nature, my Jeep Wrangler, my IPad, my two cats, and anything Tim Holtz makes.

Studio L3 challenges also make me smile. This week's challenge was out of Tim Holtz's A Compendium of Curiosities Volume 2: Creating custom foam stamps. So since I am all about what makes me smile today, I had to participate. Plus Simon Says Stamp is giving away a gift certificate to one lucky winner. Another thing that makes me smile, shopping! 
I used the Gadget Gears die to make my custom stamp. For the background I used Tumbled Glass, Scattered Straw, and Dusty Concord Distress inks and then used my custom stamp with Vintage Photo Distress ink.
I added some distress Clear Rock Candy Stickles to the corner of the pictures to make them pop out a bit more. I thought the Life and Cherish Ideology pieces fit nicely with my pages and added one more dimension.
Thanks for stopping by and hope you find many things that make you smile today!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Ready to Go!

I have finished my Art Journal cover and I am now ready to start this new adventure. My goal to use my art journal once a week at least. I would like to use it to express my thoughts, my dreams, my feelings, and in general just everyday life. Journaling is not my forte and I often struggle with this when scrapbooking. I am hoping that since I enjoy making art pieces this will not be such a hard task and I may even get better at the journaling part. So enough about journaling - here is my finished cover.

I stamped the edges of my watercolor paper using Black Soot Distress ink and a stamp from the Tim Holtz Bitty Grunge stamp set. I then applied several colors of Distress Ink to my craft mat, sprayed them with water and dabbed my paper into them. Tim Holtz calls this wrinkle free Distress and boy is it fun and easy. And speaking of fun I am submitting this to the Simon Says Stamp and Show A Lord Tim technique Challenge for a chance to win a gift certifiacte to Simon Says Stamp.

I wanted the cover to look girly and grungy to reflect myself. I used the Tattered Florals die and cut flowers out of grunge board and doilies. I then painted the grunge board with black acrylic paint and attached the doily flowers to the grunge board. I then inked up the flowers and a large doily using Dusty Concord Distress Ink. I added some glimmer by spraying them with Perfect Pearls.

The gears and the ornate plate I felt needed a bit of color so I used Espresso and Pesto Alcohol inks and inked them up a bit. I used Shabby Shutters and Peeled Paint Distress embossing Powder on the tiny brads to add some color and grunge them up a bit.

I added some Sketchbook Tissue Tape and wrinkled it up a bit to add some more texture to the cover. I then inked the wrinkled tissue tape up with Pumice Stone Distress Ink. The Dream Ticket is also crumbled up a bit and inked with the Pumice Stone Distress Ink. I used the Faux Crazed Porcelain by Spilt Coast Stampers  technique for the word ART.

Hopefully next week at this time I will have another page to show you. Over at Electric Paperie they are having a journal cover challenge so I am entering this in that as well. Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

Monday, April 2, 2012

First Time for Everything

Spring time reminds me of new beginnings with all of the buds on the trees, flowers popping up, and birds returning. So this theme is this months challenge on the All Things Tim Yahoo Group. Use a new technique, product, or style or medium. I decided to combine this and use both a new product and style.

The new product I choose to use was masking tape. Now I have used masking tape before, but just as the purpose it was intended to be used - as a tape to close boxes up with. I have also been wanting to create an art journal and decided to dive into this new style. This page is the first page to my art journal. I used a new stamp that i just got from Hampton Art and stamped the image in the middle of the page with black Versafine ink. I then cover the rest of the page with small pieces of masking tape. Then I took my Black Soot Distress ink Pad and applied it directly to the masking tape on the page. I covered my stamped image with a white scrap paper before doing this so as not to get Black Soot onto the image. 

Well I found out that the Distress ink does not dry on masking tape (I am sure this is because the masking tape is a bit shiny and not porous). So I then added some art definitions from an old dictionary I had on hand, added some Tim Holtz Tissue tape in a few areas and applied Modge Podge to the entire background. The Modge Podge sealed in the dictionary paper and the Distress ink.

Next I colored the face in with tea Dye, Worn Lipstick, and  Tumbled Glass reinkers and Tim Holtz's Detailer Brush. I then added some Butterscotch Alcohol ink and Pearl Turquoise Lumiere Paint to the background. Next I added the circles by stamping with Adirondack Wild Plum paint dabber on the Tim Holtz stamp from the Bitty Grunge Collection. Lastly I added the words by typing them onto a label maker and inking them with Bottle, Butterscotch, and Wild Plum Alcohol Inks.

I am pretty happy with how my first Journal page came out. Next week I will post how I created my journal along with the journal cover. I encourage you to thin outside the box and use something you have not used before. Thanks for stopping by and Happy Creating!