Saturday, March 31, 2012

Creative Chemistry behind the scenes

Thought I would share some photos I took of things that I played around with during class while learning techniques.  I am also throwing in a picture of me and my favorite crafting buddy, my mom, working away on one of the class projects.  We had so much fun doing this class together - I'm a lucky girl to have such a great mom :)

Creative Chemistry Day 10

We ended the class with one final tag using distress stickles.  I am going to start this by saying I love the look of stickles but I hate them because I am so impatient about the drying time.  That's where distress stickles are so awesome - yep, you can dry them with a heat tool!  I enjoyed this technique and got a great new damask background stamp for it - any excuse for a new stamp, right? Such a great class, so many wonderful techniques, tips and tricks - and we even got some behind the scenes looks at Tim's studio which, I must say, is INCREDIBLE!  Something to dream big for and aspire to :)

Creative Chemistry Day 9

Today was all about perfect pearls.  I had a bunch of these but never really knew how to use them.  Well, Tim to the rescue!  Now I know, and I love them!  My favorite of these is the perfect distress technique (the tag with the image stamped on it).  I love how the ink wicks out from under the gilded look of the perfect pearl.  I can think of at least three projects I want to use this on.  The pictures don't do these tags justice, you can't see all the pearlescent shimmery qualities but trust me, they are there!  Great lesson!

Creative Chemistry Day 8

Crackle!!  Another favorite product.  I love the instant vintage charm this gives an image.  My favorite of these was the Crackle Paint Resist technique (the tag with the dress form image) - I really like how parts of the paint flicked off giving it an even more aged and vintage look.  I probably learned the most with the shattered stains technique (the love tag) - I never got this technique until I watched Tim's tutorial - Thanks Tim!  I am so happy with the results and plan on using all of these techniques a lot in the future.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Creative Chemistry Day 7

Can I just say how much I love working with embossing powder?  It's amazing to me the versatility of this product, all the different effects you can achieve with it.  From glossy and perfect to grungy rusted wonderfulness.  And that's just the tip of the iceberg!  I really enjoyed this lesson.  Love all the tags but my favorite technique was the rusted enamel (the tag without a stamped image).

Creative Chemistry Day 6

I am enjoying learning the watercolor techniques.  I look forward to practicing and getting better.  I think my favorite is still the brushless watercolor technique we did in the first lesson.  I like to color distress markers directly on the stamp, mist it, and then stamp it.  It gives a wonderful loose artsy image.  This wasn't one of the techniques in the assignment but Tim talked about it so I tried it out with the markers and loved it - you can see it in the second picture where I've included some of the images I've played with during class.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Creative Chemistry Day 5

I loved these techniques but I really struggled with the last one!
The first one was using kraft resist paper - LOVE this product.  We learned the key is to start with light colors because on kraft paper the ink gets dark very fast!  The second was stamping with distress stain,  I really enjoyed this too but had a hard time getting a good consistent image, I'll have to practice.  The last one was a marbling technique using the white distress stain.  I like how it turned out but I wouldn't call it marble, I never really got the hang of it.  But that's ok, like Tim says, I'm embracing imperfection!

Creative Chemistry Day 4

Not my favorite day of class but I like what I did.  Sometimes it's good to stick with a technique you don't think you'll use so you understand it and can add it to your knowledge base.  The first one was watercolor with Distress ReInkers - I had fun with that but need more practice.  The second one was a spritz technique where you spritz ink and use stencils...I didn't like this because it's too messy for me but the tag came out good - it reminds me of batik.  The last one I'm not happy with my color combinations but I'm glad I learned it.  This was a technique where you create your own custom stamp pad so you can stamp an image with the same colors over and over again.  I think I'll use this when I am doing "assembly line" creations like cards for Christmas!

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Creative Chemistry Day 3

Ok, I'm a day behind - I am trying to keep up with the class and work so I haven't had time to post.  I thought I'd get these two days on the website before I start Day 4 - wow - so much goodness in this class, I just love it!!
Day three was all about alcohol inks and archival inks - learned a lot of good basic stuff to build on.  I haven't worked much with alcohol inks but now that I have a better understanding of how they work I think I'll use them a lot more.  Also - I just added a TON of Archival inks in colors, yes colors! To my wish list.  I always thought black and maybe brown was all I needed in Archival, shows what I know, HA!  Tim is going to talk me into buying everything Ranger sells LOL.  
The last tag didn't use alcohol inks, it was showing how to use the reflections stamps with embossing folders.  I want to try this again with a better folder, this is all I had last night but I still like it, I really like the colors.

Creative Chemistry Day 2

Well the first day was going over different kinds of products and other educational info before we started our projects so the first project day was day 2...
Let me just say that I have already learned so much that I THOUGHT I already knew but didn't really ( if that makes sense - HA!).  Anyway, Tim is a fabu-tastic teacher!  There's still time to sign up, you get lifetime access so you can do the projects whenever you like, no pressure - if you can, it is SO worth it.
The first is a watercolor technique that is my favorite technique so far because it is so new to me and I really like the artistic look it gives the stamp.  The others are Distress Stain techniques I had done before but still learned some tricks of the trade from the master ;)  I'm going to add stamped images on these later.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Creative Chemistry

I am so excited to be taking Tim Holtz's on-line class - Creative Chemistry 101.  It starts Monday, there's still time to sign up and join me!   Time with Tim is always time well spent :)  Go here to sign up
Here's a behind the seen at my creative space getting ready to learn some great new techniques

Here are a couple of other things I've been playing around with.  I tried my hand at some colorful tags for future projects.  I also made a tag using a stamp I had never used and some neat metal flowers I had lying around - I challenged myself to use more color and use things I hadn't found a purpose for yet.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

For those of you that aren't familiar with Tim Holtz's plaid technique it is super fun and hard to stop making new patterns once you learn it.  You need glossy cardstock, alcohol inks, an ink applicator tool and replacement felts.  Choose several colors of alcohol ink you think look good together and put a drop or two of each in a row on your felt.  Swipe this down the area you want to plaid and repeat until width is covered.  Then swipe across repeating until length is covered.  Wah Lah!  Plaid :)
Here is the tag I did in honor of St. Patrick's Day for the Grungy Monday plaid challenge

Here is the link to Tim's tutorial for a more in depth look at this technique...
Of course while I had my stuff out I couldn't stop at just that, I got a little carried away when I saw how cute the little plaid bunnies and butterflies were that I made.  Hopefully some of these will end up in an Easter project :) For now they are sitting on my desk waiting for me to get inspired...

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Dyan Reaveley Ghost Stamping Technique

How have I not known about Dyan Reavely until now?  I absolutely love her!!!  Anywhosits, this is such a cool technique, never thought to use Perfect Pearl Mist like this! So much inspiration packed into one tiny little video. Check it out :)

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Spring has Sprung!

Spring is in the air along with Tim Holtz's new products!  I got inspired by his distress markers before I got some so I had to make do with some Distress Stain. For the butterflies, I used Distress Stain randomly on my stamps then spritzed them with water to get the watercolor look.  Cutting them out and inking the edges with black really made them look finished, they were a little rough before that.  For the background I used a technique I learned a while back where you collage with gesso and paint over it leaving some of the printed paper exposed.    The rose at the top was made using Tim Holtz's Pine Cone die and pink craft core stock paper.  I could make those flowers all day, very relaxing and each turns out a little different.

A wee bit of Irish stamping

It's March, I couldn't resist doing a St. Patrick's Day tag or two.  I had a hard time coming up with ideas but I challenged myself and think they turned out pretty good.  Must have been the four leaf clover on my desk giving me some crafty luck!  I was inspired by the Irish flag on the first one, I used the colors in the ribbon and on the paper lace at the bottom.
This next one was actually my first attempt at the St. Patrick's Day tag.  It feels a little forced to me, but it's o.k. enough to post - embrace imperfection, right?!  I was trying to use the Wish and lucky stamps I bought and also wanted to incorporate the greenish white tissue flower I made.  Like I said, not my favorite but an ok attempt.

She only flew when no one could see

I love this little saying and have been wanting to do something with it for a while now.  When I saw this week's Grungy Monday challenge I was inspired to create this.  I wanted to play with Tim's technique to create the sky while having the clouds resist the ink.  I didn't have any cloud stamps so I got crafty and made some by cutting random cloud shapes out of some fun foam I had in my stash - I was so pleased with how they turned out.  Reminds me of clouds I would draw when I was a little girl.
It really is one of my favorites.  I feel like I'm the little girl in the picture.  It makes me happy:)
Here is the link to Tim's technique instructions so you can try your own creation!

Tim's 12 Tags of 2012 - March Edition

I love the technique he used to make the butterflies.  I really had fun doing it and the results are so good, really does look like little pieces of glass set in stone.  I am definitely going to play more with this in the future. 
See Tim's tag and instructions on the technique here

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Great site for vintage images

O.k. I have to share this site I found that I just downloaded about 100 images from LOL. Here are just a few of the images I got there - SO in love with this site!!  I was looking for spring and Easter stuff and got a little distracted towards the end ;)  Enjoy!

Thursday, March 1, 2012

I won!!

I was a winner on the February 12 tags of 2012 on!!!
SO EXCITED!!!! Here's the winner :)