Sunday, April 29, 2012

Water Color Challenge

Ever since I have gotten Tim's new distress markers I am in LOVE with water color.  I was so excited when I saw a challenge from one of my favorite stores Inspiration Emporium giving me the excuse to create a water color tag!  I used distress ink pads and distress markers using several different techniques and created this tag, enjoy and wish me luck!  
Check out all the other entries here - there are a lot of great entries, well worth a peek!

Compendium of Curiosities, Vol 2, Challenge 3


Marbled Stains - Page 46
I had a hard time with this technique and never did get what I considered a "Marble" look but I do like the results.  I made three tags trying to get the technique down and finally just decided to embrace the imperfection :)  I really like the tags even though I don't think I nailed the technique.
Check out the book and try it yourself - it's full of tons of great new techniques and inspiration!
The challenge I entered is hosted by Studio L3 and sponsored by Eclectic Paperie - check em out, both great sites
Here's my entry
and here are the others


Thursday, April 26, 2012

Compendium of Curiosities Vol 2, Challenge 2

Technique 2: Faux Patina. 
Page 58 from Compendium of Curiosities Vo1.2 by Tim Holtz
  We got new bikes this week and all my spare time has been out in the beautiful weather breaking them in...BUT I still managed to squeeze in a little Tim time!  Hopefully I can run and get it in just under the wire~time really does fly ;)
Here's  my Faux Patina entry in the Studio L3 Challenge.  Hope you like it!



If you want to know the secret technique you have to buy the book - which really, you should anyway because it's incredible!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Compendium of Curiosities Challenge Technique 1

From page 66 of the magical new Tim Holtz book "Compendium of Curiosities Volume 2".
Custom Foam Stamps
Also, to show my process, I thought I'd share the two I did before this that I didn't care for.  It's all part of the journey!



Wish me luck in the challenge at Studio L3.  Enter your own creation for a chance to win a prize from shopping site extraordinaire Simon Says Stamp.


Neat ways to use Tim Holtz ticket Die

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Dream Job at Archivers?

Too bad I don't live in MN - I would totally apply for this. But I think my dream job would actually be a buyer and demonstrator where I could design products every once in a while too. What would your dream job be?

Monday, April 9, 2012

Creativity on the Road

Music is huge for me when I'm creating. On that note (pun intended hee hee) I just had to share this little piece of happiness - enjoy :)





Sunday, April 8, 2012

Happy Day After Easter ;)

Image of March Hare by Octopode colored with Distress Stain Markers using watercolor brushes to blend.

12 Tags of 2012 April Tag

I made a few alterations on Tim's tag because I didn't have the die or embossing folder he used - and wouldn't you know it, I'm fresh out of crowns?!  ;)  I like How the changes in the elements changed the course I took with the tag, I think it has a totally different feel but is similar.  I'm enjoying the journey, Tim!
I had fun turning the tag in the embossing folder on it's side to get the sunrise effect.  I made my own crown out of some scrap paper I had that I cut to the shape I wanted.  To make it seem more like an embellishment and less like a piece of scrap, I coated it with glossy accents.  I love my little crown!  I didn't think the green embossing powder stood out enough after I had done it so I added green flocking to the tips of my limbs instead.  Also, I rubbed white paint on my metal accent to make the saying pop out more.  I really like this tag and had fun making it work with what I had.  Can't wait for next month!

Happy Easter!

Lots of Tim techniques here!  I die cut the bunny in brown paper and his bow from music paper.  Then I rubbed him with distress stickles and added a mini pom pom for his tail.  The grass was made from a strip of green paper that I cut repeatedly with my shredding scissors (way to multi task heh?!) The eggs are just eggs I found on the internet and distressed a little with antique linen distress stains and cut out.  The basket was my mom's find at a flea market.  The background was done using one of Tim's embossing folders then spritzing with water and going over with antique linen and victorian velvet distress stains.  I printed the Happy Easter in a funky typewriter font and used the same distress stains on it.  I made the custom ribbon by spritzing water on white seam binding and again using the same distress stains randomly on it.  Hope you enjoyed my tag!  Happy Easter!!