Thursday, June 21, 2012

Buttons 'n Burlap ...

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Deb Neerman 
Hello crafty-stampers, hope you're enjoying a fabulous week!  

Today's card was created for Our Creative Corner's "Buttons 'n Burlap or Bows" challenge using the [flipped] sketch from the current Mojo Monday challenge.  To participate in the OCC challenge, I used wooden Prima buttons, jute burlap ribbon, and tied l'il bows in the buttonholes.  Quick and dirty ...

This card also qualifies for a number of fabulous challenges; for a complete list, please see the bottom of this post.  And for the down-low on all of the exciting product used to create this card, check out the Card Recipe, below.

Sooooo, on Tuesday Sheila, her DH, Reid The-Wild-Child, and I attended a funeral service for Sheila's elderly neighbor.  The service was lovely ... a true celebration of her life ... and was attended by many neighbors, friends, and family members.

During the memorial service, the Minister called for a moment of silence to remember the faithful dead.  As the Church grew quiet, Reid turned to his Dad and loudly exclaimed, "Hey, Dad, you have some of their CD's!"

Thanks so much for spending part of your busy day with me!

Today's Challenges:
Card Recipe:
  • Card Stock:  Kraft Card Stock by PTI; Manila Card Stock by Ranger
  • Designer Paper:  "Crowded Attic" Paper Stash by Tim Holtz
  • Stamp:  Sentiment from "Words for Thought" Stamp Set by Tim Holtz
  • Ink:  Aged Mahogany, Gathered Twigs, and Vintage Photo Distress Inks by Tim Holtz
  • Other Color Medium:  Walnut Ink Crystals
  • Accessories:  Cheesecloth; Cotton String; Burlap Jute Ribbon by The Funkie Junkie Boutique; Wooden Buttons by Prima;  Memo Pin by Tim Holtz
  • Tools:  Glossy Accents, Mini Mister by Ranger; Foam Dimensionals
  • Finished Size:  5 1/2" x 4 1/4"

Monday, June 18, 2012

#5 of 12 of 2012 ...

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Happy Monday, stampers ... hope your Father's Day weekend was long and wonderful!

Today's tag was created for Tim Holtz's "12 Tags of 2012," June edition.  For Tim's stepped-out tutorial ... or a look at his gorgeous tag, clicky HERE.

This tag qualifies for a number of fabulous challenges ... for a complete list, please see the bottom of this post.  And for the down-low on all of the product I used to create this tag, please check out the Tag Recipe, below.

Sooooo, this weekend Sheila's family ... including Reid-the-Wild-Child ... came over for dinner.  As we sat down to eat, Sheila reminded the Wild Child to say a prayer before eating.

"I don't have to!"

"Of course you do do," Sheila insisted.  "We always say a prayer before eating at our house."

"That's at our house," Reid explained, "but this is Deb's house and she knows how to cook!"

Thanks so much for spending part of your very busy day with me!

Today's Challenges:
Tag Recipe:
  • Tag:  #8 Manila Tag by Ranger
  • Designer Paper:  'Crowded Attic' Stash by Tim Holtz
  • Photo:  Circa 1928, Personal Collection
  • Stamps:  Sentiment from 'Stuff to Say' Stamp Set by Tim Holtz; Background Images from 'Papillon' Stamp Set by Tim Holtz
  • Ink:  Dried Marigold, Gathered Twigs, Vintage Photo, and Worn Lipstick Distress Inks by Tim Holtz
  • Stains: Dusty Concord, Picket Fence, Victorian Velvet, and Worn Lipstick Distress Stains by Tim Holtz
  • Other Color Medium:  Adirondack 'Silver' and 'Snow Cap' Paint Dabber by Ranger
  • Accessories:  Film Strip Ribbon, Foliage, Hinge Clip, Jump Ring, Lavish Trimmings, Long Fasteners, Mini Numeral, Muse Token, Tissue Tape, Trinket Pin, and Word Band all by Tim Holtz; Deco Brad Washer
  • Tools:  Ink Blending Tool, Non-Stick Craft Sheet, Tiny Attacher, Pen Nibs and Pen Nib Holder by Tim Holtz; Heat Gun

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Dad: A Man Among Boys ...

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Happy Stump Day, hampers ... hope everything is wonderful in your stampy-crafty world!

Today's card was created for Artistic Outpost's June Referral Program.  This month, the challenge is to create a project with a masculine theme.  Since Father's Day is right around the corner, I decided to create a card for Dad using stamps from AO's "Secretary Pool" and "SteamPunk" collections.  I love these stamps!

This card also qualifies for a number of fabulous challenges ... for a complete list, please see the bottom of this post.  And for the down-low on all the product used in this card, please check out the Card Recipe, below.

Sooooo, Sheila complained to me that she was getting some really bizarre messages on her answering machine.  I had to hear what she described as 'bizarre,' so I hurried over to check it out.  Sure enough, caller after caller would speak, then say 'beep.'

"Let's listen to your outgoing message."  I suggested.

Sheila pressed 'play,' and we heard:  "Hi, I'm not in right now, so please leave a beep after the message."  Mystery solved ...

Thanks so much for spending part of your busy day with me!

Today's Challenges:
Card Recipe:
  • Card Stock:  Kraft and True Black Card Stock by PTI; Core'dinations Kraft Core Card Stock by Core'dinations
  • Stamps:  "Secretary Pool" and "SteamPunk" Stamp Sets by Artistic Outpost 
  • Ink:  Black Soot, Gathered Twigs, and Walnut Stain Distress Inks by Tim Holtz
  • Accessories:  Jute Burlap by the Funkie Junkie Boutique
  • Tools:  Die-Cut Machine by Sizzix; "Rays" Texture Fade by Tim Holtz; Non-Stick Craft Sheet, Ink Blending Tools, and Sanding Grip by Tim Holtz; "Mini Gears" Stencil by Crafter's Workshop; Glossy Accents by Ranger; Circle Punches by Stampin' Up; Foam Dimensionals
  • Finished Size:  4 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Tim's 'Tissue Wrap Collage' Technique ...

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Happy Stump Day, hampers ... hope you're enjoying a fabulous week!  

Today's altered tag was created for Studio L3's Compendium of Curiosities Challenge number 6, using Tim's 'Tissue Wrap Collage' technique found on Page 38 of The Compendium of Curiosities, Volume 2.  This week's challenge is sponsored by The Funkie Junkie Boutique ... which just happens to be one of my favorite places to shop!  There's still time to play along ... and there's a $25 Gift Certificate to The Funkie Junkie Boutique up for grabs!  

This tag qualifies for a number of fabulous challenges ... for a complete list, please see the bottom of this post.  And for the down-low on all the product I used to create this tag, check out the Tag Recipe, below.

Thanks so much for spending part of your busy day with me!

Today's Challenges:
Tag Recipe:
  • Card Stock:  Black Card Stock by PTI
  • Tag:  #8 Manila Tag by Ranger
  • Stamps:  Lost and Found Stamp Set by Tim Holtz; Urban Grunge Stamp Set by Tim Holtz
  • Ink:  Jet Black Archival Ink by Ranger; Gathered Twigs and Walnut Stain Distress Inks by Tim Holtz 
  • Other Color Medium:  Pitch Black and Stream Adirondack Paint Dabbers by Ranger
  • Accessories:  Grungeboard and Tissue Wrap by Tim Holtz; Vintage Bingo Card; Twill Ribbon; Walnut Ink-Stained Cotton String; Clock Faces by Teresa Collins;  Rub-On's by Making Memories; Chit Chat Stickers by Tim Holtz; Ransom Alpha Parts by Tim Holtz; Long Fastener, Brad Washer, Game Spinner, and Adornments Charm by Tim Holtz; Glue 'n Seal Adhesive by Ranger
  • Tools:  Die-Cut Machine by Sizzix; Mover and Shaper Base Tray, Mini-Bird and Cage Die by Tim Holtz for Sizzix

Friday, May 18, 2012

#4 of 12 of 2012 ...

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Happy Friday, crafty-stampers!

Today's tag was created for Tim Holtz's "12 Tags of 2012," May edition.  For Tim's stepped-out tutorial ... or a look at his amazing creation, clicky HERE.

I did things a bit differently this time around, the main difference being that I decided against the UTEE'd flowers.  They came out nice enough ... but I decided I preferred a more vibrant flower versus the gauzy, filmy embossed look.  I'll use those UTEE'd flowers and leaves in another project, she said, as she added 'em to her "use-later pile."

This tag also qualifies for a number of fabulous challenges ... for a complete list, please see the bottom of this post.  And for the down-low on all of the product I used creating this tag, check out the Tag Recipe, below.

Soooo, I was hangin' out at Sheila's yesterday when she got a frantic phone call from her crazy fun sister, Jill.

"Are you insane?!?  Do not 'try it out' or 'break it down!'  Take it to the Sheriff's Office ... immediately!" Sheila demanded before hanging up.

"What's goin' on?" I asked.

"Jill found an old shotgun up in her attic ... she says she thinks it's loaded."

"Oh, well, then you did the right thing to tell her to take it to the Sheriff's Office."  

Twenty minutes later, Sheila gasped, then got a strange look on her face.  Within seconds, she was on her feet, grabbing for her car keys.

"Let's go, Deb, quick!  I forgot to tell her to call first!"

Thanks so much for spending part of your busy day with me ... have a very crafty weekend!

Today's Challenges:
Tag Recipe:
  • #8 Manila Tag:  Ranger
  •  Vintage [1977] Simplicity Dress-Makers Pattern:  Personal Collection
  • Stamps:  'Seamless Experience' Stamp Set by Tim Holtz; Wings, Unknown
  • Ink:  Pacific Point Dye Ink by Stampin' Up; Gathered Twigs and Walnut Stain Distress Inks by Tim Holtz
  • Distress Stain:  Broken China Distress Stain by Tim Holtz
  • Accessories:  Gold Rhinestones by Mark Richards;  Seam Binding by Hug Snug; Fabric Flowers and Leaves; Vintage Thread Spool; Cash Key, Hanger Clip, Jump Ring, and Tissue Tape by Tim Holtz
  • Tools:  1 3/8" Circle Punch by Marvy; Glue 'n' Seal Adhesive by Ranger; Non-Stick Craft Sheet and Ink Blending Tools by Tim Holtz 


Monday, May 14, 2012

Tim's 'Shattered Stains' Technique ...

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Happy Monday, crafty stampers ... hope your Mother's Day weekend was long and wonderful!  

Today's grungy card was created for Studio L3's Compendium of Curiosities Challenge number 5, using Tim's 'Shattered Stains' technique found on page 48 of his amazing Compendium of Curiosities, Volume II.  

This week's challenge is once again sponsored by the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store and there's a $25 gift certificate up for grabs!

This card also qualifies for a number of blog challenges ... for a complete list, please see the bottom of this post.  And for the down-low on all of the exciting product I used to create this card, check out the Card Recipe.

Sheila's cousin, Jeremy, is a newly-minted attorney and eager for some work, so he offered to update Sheila and her DH's Last Wills.  They asked me to drop by this weekend and witness the signing.

When I arrived, Jeremy ushered us all into the dining room and asked us to take a seat.

"Now," he said to them, "which one of you wants to go first?"

Give it a minute ...

Thanks so much for spending part of your busy day with me!

Today's Challenges:
Card Recipe:
  • Card Stock:  Kraft Card Stock by PTI; Manila Card Stock by Ranger
  • Designer Paper:  Lost and Found Paper Stash by Tim Holtz
  • Other Paper:  Grunge Board by Tim Holtz
  • Stamps:  'Grunge Cirque,' 'Remnants,' 'Stuff to Say,' and 'Warehouse District' Stamp Sets by Tim Holtz
  • Ink:  Jet Black Archival Ink by Ranger; Gathered Twigs and Walnut Stain Distress Inks by Tim Holtz
  • Distress Stains:  Peeled Paint, Rusty Hinge, and Vintage Photo Distress Stains by Tim Holtz
  • Paint:  Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint by Tim Holtz
  • Accessories:  Game Spinners, Mini Sprocket Gears, and Sprocket Gears by Tim Holtz
  • Tools:  Die-Cut Machine by Sizzix; Gadget Gears, Mini Gears, and Weathered Clock Dies by Tim Holtz; Foam Dimensionals; Non-Stick Craft Sheet, Edge Distressing Tool, and Ink Blending Tools by Tim Holtz
  • Finished Size:  4 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Color Me Yellow, Kraft, & Ivory ...

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Happy Stump Day hampers ... thanks for swingin' by today!

Today's card was created for Our Creative Corner's current challenge, 'Color Trifecta.'  To see all of the amazing entries ... or to play along, clicky HERE.

This card also qualifies for a number of other fabulous challenges ... for the complete list, please see the bottom of this post.  And for the low-down on all of the product I used to create this card, check out the Card Recipe, below.

Soooooo, Sheila's birthday is coming up and she's still acting a little nutty about aging in general and her looks in particular.

When I stopped by last evening, I found her staring into a mirror, her poor DH standing by with that deer-in-the-headlights look.

"Have you seen this?" she asked, pointing to a gray hair in her bangs.

"What?" he asked innocently. "The wrinkles?"

Eeeeek!

Thanks so much for spending part of your busy day with me!

Today's Challenges:
Card Recipe: 
  • Card Stock:  Kraft, Ivory Card Stock by PTI; Core'dinations Card Stock, Distress Collection by Tim Holtz
  • Image:  Heartwarming Vintage by Crafty Secrets
  • Ink:  Gathered Twigs Distress Ink by Tim Holtz; Adirondack Alcohol Ink by Ranger
  • Accessories:  Deco Washers by HyGlo; Tiny Fasteners by Tim Holtz
  • Tools:  Die-Cut Machine by Sizzix; Retro Circles Texture Fade by Tim Holtz; Tattered Floral Strip Die by Tim Holtz; Vintage Lace Strip Die by Tim Holtz; Sanding Tool by Tim Holtz
  • Finished Size:  4 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Monday, May 7, 2012

Tim's 'Faded Layers' Technique ...

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Happy Monday, hoarding paper-crafters ... hope your weekend was long and wonderful!

Today's card project was created for Studio L3's Compendium of Curiosities Challenge, using Tim's 'Faded Layers' technique found on page 43 of his amazing "Compendium of Curiosities, Volume II." 

This card also qualifies for a number of fabulous challenges ... for the complete list, please see the bottom of this post.  And for the down-low on all the products I used to create this card, check out the Card Recipe. 

Soooooooo, this weekend Sheila dragged me off to the Mall so she could hit the sale at the Clinique counter.  She hit it hard ...

When she got home, she dragged me into a chair next to her while she applied one 'miracle' product after another.  When she was done, she turned to her DH and asked, "So, honestly ... what age would you say I am?"

Carefully, he answered, "Well, judging from your skin, twenty.  Your hair, eighteen.  Your figure, twenty-five."

"Oh, you are so sweet ... I love you!" Sheila gushed.

"Well, wait a minute," he replied, "I'm not done adding it up yet."

Thanks so much for spending part of your busy day with me!

Today's Challenges:
Card Recipe: 
  • Card Stock:  Core'dinations Kraft Core Card Stock by Tim Holtz; Vintage Cream Card Stock by PTI
  • Manila Tag:  Ranger Industries
  • Stamps:  Embroidery Background Stamp; Quirk Stamp, Unknown; J 1812 Vintage Office Supply Stamp
  • Ink:  Jet Black Archival Ink by Ranger
  • Distress Inks:  Broken China, Gathered Twigs, Peeled Paint, Rusty Hinge, and Squeezed Lemonade Distress Inks by Tim Holtz
  • Other Ink:  Vibrant Turquoise and Fresh Lime 'Dylusion' Inks by Ranger
  • Accessories:  Yogi Tea Bag Label; Adage Ticket by Tim Holtz; Photo Turns and Brads by CTMH; Heart Clip; Typewriter Key Charm, Jump Ring, and Charm Clip by Tim Holtz; Seam Binding Tape
  • Tools:  Die-Cut Machine by Sizzix; Mini Sewing Room Die by Tim Holtz for Sizzix; Doily Die by PTI; Mask Sheets by Tim Holtz; 'Collage' Texture Fade Embossing Folder by Tim Holtz
  • Finished Size:  4 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Friday, May 4, 2012

Joie de Vivre ...

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TGiF, crafty stampers!

Today's card was created for the Artistic Outpost's May Referral Program.  The challenge this month is to use Artistic Outpost stamps with a "travel" theme.  For this project, I'm using stamps from AO's "Paris Exposition" stamp set.

For all of the challenging deets, clicky HERE ... and for a complete list of challenges I'm entering with this card, please refer to the bottom of this post.

Soooooooo, yesterday I agreed to tag along with Sheila while she took Reid, The Wild Child for a haircut.

While flipping through a magazine, Sheila found a hairstyle that she loved.

"May I take this next door to make a copy of this hairstyle photo?" 

"Wellllllll, okay," the stylist replied, "but leave some ID ... your driver's license or a credit card."

"Leave some ID while my son is sitting here getting his haircut?!?" Sheila asked incredulously.

"Please.  We need something you'll come back for."

Thanks so much for spending part of your busy day with me ... have a very creative weekend!  

Today's Challenges:
Card Recipe:
  • Card Stock:  Vintage Cream Card Stock by PTI
  • Designer Paper:  "Destinations" Stack by Tim Holtz
  • Other Paper:  Manila Tag by Ranger
  • Stamps:  Artistic Outpost's "Paris Exposition" Stamp Set
  • Ink:  Jet Black Archival Ink by Ranger
  • Distress Ink:  Gathered Twig Distress Ink by Tim Holtz
  • Distress Stains:  Broken China, Picket Fence, and Wild Honey Distress Stains by Tim Holtz
  • Other Color Medium:  Pure Sunshine Dylusions Ink Spray by Ranger
  • Accessories:  White Jute Mesh Burlap by The Funkie Junkie Boutique; Clock Face by Heidi Swapp; Charm Clip, Jump Ring, Fleur de Lis Charm, Game Spinner, and Long Fastener by Tim Holtz; Flower by Prima; Seam Binding by Hug Snug
  • Tools:  Circle Stencil by The Crafter's Workshop; Foam Dimensionals; Glue Dots; 1/16" Hole Punch
  •  Finished Size:  4 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Monday, April 30, 2012

Tim's "Marbled Stain" Technique ...

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Happy Monday, stampers ... hope your weekend was long and wonderful! 

Today's card was created for Studio L3's Compendium of Curiosities challenge, using Tim's "Marbled Stain" technique found on Page 46 of his "Compendium of Curiosities, Volume II."  This week's challenge is sponsored by eclectic Paperie ... one of my very favorite places to shop online.  If you own Tim's new book and you like to shop ... as if ... c'mon and play along! 

I'm also entering this card in several other fabulous challenges.  For a complete list, please refer to the bottom of this post.  And for the down-low on all the product used to create this card, please check out the Card Ingredients, below.

Soooooo, this weekend Sheila threw a little get-together for some of her friends and family, including her insane fun sister, Jill.  One of Sheila's oldest friends is a local psychiatrist and Jill decided to ask him how he would know if someone was crazy or not.  A dangerous question ...

"Well," he said, "we might ask a patient how he or she would drain a filled bathtub, using either a teaspoon, a teacup, or a bucket."

"Ohhhhh, I get it," Jill exclaimed.  "A normal person would use the bucket as it's bigger than the spoon or teacup!"

"Not exactly," replied the doctor, "A normal person would pull the drain plug."

Thanks so much for spending part of your busy day with me ... you rock!  

Today's Challenges:
Card Ingredients:
  • Card Stock:  Kraft and Vintage Cream Card Stock by PTI
  • Stamp:  Word Strip from "Stuff to Say" Stamp Set by Tim Holtz
  • Digital Image:  Land of Nod Studio's
  • Ink:  Black Soot and Walnut Stain Distress Ink by Tim Holtz
  • Other Color Medium:  Crushed Olive, Frayed Burlap, Picket Fence, and Pumice Stone Distress Stains by Tim Holtz
  • Accessories:  Burlap Ribbon; Sprocket Gears and Mini Sprocket Gears by Tim Holtz; Mini Fasteners by Tim Holtz
  • Tools:  Foam Dimensionals; Corner Rounder Punch; Ink Blending Tool and Craft Sheet by Tim Holtz
  • Finished Size:  4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
  

Thursday, April 26, 2012

#3 of 12 of 2012 ...

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Happy Thursday, stampers!  Hope you're having a wonderful week!

Today's tag was created for Tim Holtz's "12 Tags of 2012," April edition.  For Tim's stepped-out tutorial, or to see his amazing tag, clicky HERE.

This tag also qualifies for a number of fabulous challenges.  Please refer to the bottom of this post for the complete list. And for the down-low on all of the exciting product I used to create this tag, check out the Tag Ingredients, below.

Unfortunately, real life has gotten in the way of my crafty plans this month but I couldn't let April slip away without participating in Tim's "12 Tags of 2012 Challenge."  Imagine my dismay surprise when I discovered Blogger has completely redesigned the post options ... what fun.  I'm x-ing my fingers that this post launches ... and looks ... the way I'd like because what I'm seeing in the preview window is definitely not what I like or want!

Thanks so much for taking the time to visit me today ... you rock!

~Hugs,


Today's Challenges:
Tag Ingredients:
  • #8 Manila Tag: Ranger Industries
  • Other Paper:  Grungeboard by Tim Holtz
  • Stamp:  Music Sheet Background Stamp by River City Rubber
  • Ink:  Jet Black Archival Ink by Ranger Industries; Broken China, Gathered Twigs, Mustard Seed, Peeled Paint, Stormy Sky, Tumbled Glass, Vintage Photo, and Wild Honey Distress Inks by Tim Holtz
  • Accessories:  Frayed Burlap Strings; Seam Binding Tape by Hug Snug;  Metal Key, Metal Crown, and Metal Word Band by Tim Holtz; Peeled Paint and Vintage Photo Distress Embossing Powder by Tim Holtz; Fancy and Floral Frames Texture Fade by Tim Holtz; Screw-head Brad by Tim Holtz
  • Tools:  Die-Cut Machine; Bird Branch Die by Tim Holtz; Heat Tool; Foam Mounting Tape; Ink Blending Tools by Tim Holtz; Distressing Tool by Tim Holtz; Mini Mister by Tim Holtz

Monday, March 19, 2012

Let's Play Bingo!

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Happy Monday, crafty-stampers ... hope your weekend was long and wonderful!

Today's card was created for the current Our Craft Corner challenge, "Bingo!" The challenge calls for the use of a Bingo card and the color green ... bingo! For all of the challenging deets, and to see the amazing projects created by the OCC designers, clicky HERE.

This project also qualifies for a number of fabulous blog challenges ... please refer to the bottom of this post for the complete list. And for the down-low on all of the products used, please check out the Card Recipe, below.

The feather was added to this card after one of my sweet kitties brought it to me in my Craft Cave ... she's helpful like that ...

Soooooo, this weekend I caught up with Sheila helping Reid-the-Wild-Child with his homework.

"Alright, Reid, what is our nation's capital?"

Reid promptly replied, "Washington, DC."

"Very good! Now tell me, what does the 'DC' stand for?" Sheila asked.

"Dot com!"

Thanks so much for spending part of your day with me!

~Hugs,


Today's Challenges:

Card Recipe:
  • Card Stock: Kraft Card Stock by PTI
  • Designer Paper: Retro Grunge Paper Stash by Tim Holtz
  • Stamps: Bingo Card by Vicki Enkoff; Regal Flourish Stamp Set by Tim Holtz
  • Ink: "Black Soot," "Frayed Burlap," and "Gathered Twigs" Distress Inks by Tim Holtz
  • Other Color Medium: "Frayed Burlap" Distress Stain
  • Accessories: Vintage Rook Game Card, Personal Collection; Vintage (1935) Anagram Letter Tiles, Personal Collection; Burlap; Feather; Journaling Ticket by Tim Holtz
  • Tools: Die-Cut Machine by Sizzix; "Patchwork" Texture Fade by Tim Holtz; Ink Blending Tool by Tim Holtz; Foam Dimensionals; Glue Dots; Tiny Attacher Tool by Tim Holtz
  • Finished Size: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Friday, March 16, 2012

Reality Has Its Limits ...

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Happy Friday, hoarding paper-crafters!

Today's hybrid card project was created using a digital image from the Land of Nod Studios for The Stamp Man's "Vintage" challenge to submit to the Order of the Opus Gluei's "Branching Out" challenge.

This card also qualifies for a number of fun and fabulous blog challenges ... for a complete list, please see the bottom of this post. And for the down-low on all of the exciting product I used, please refer to the Card Recipe, below.

To create the aged and crazed appearance on the Tim Holtz Plaquette, I followed the amazing Wendy Vecchio's "Faux Crazed Porcelain" tutorial ... you can find Wendy's step-by-step instructions HERE. The mini-gears were cut from chipboard with Tim's dies, then heat embossed using Distress Embossing powders.

Soooooooooo, yesterday Sheila asked me to drive her to the car dealership so that she could pick up her vehicle. When we arrived, the receptionist told us the Sheila's keys had been locked inside.

"I better not be paying for this snafu!" Sheila remarked. Loudly.

When we went out back to the Service Department, we found a mechanic working feverishly to unlock the driver's side door. I took a chance and walked around to the passenger side and tried the door handle and ... surprise, it was unlocked!

"Hey," Sheila announced to the mechanic, "it's open!"

The mechanic said, "Oh, yeah, I know. I already got that side."

I did not know that you could actually see smoke comin' out of someone's ears ...

Thanks so much for spending part of your busy day with me ... have a very crafty St. Patrick's Day weekend!

~Hugs,


Today's Challenges:

Card Recipe:
  • Card Stock: Kraft Card Stock by PTI
  • Other Paper: Chipboard
  • Digital Image: Land of Nod Studio's Collage Sheet
  • Stamps: Harlequin Background Stamp by Stampin' Up; All Other Stamps from "Stuff To Say" Stamp Set by Tim Holtz
  • Ink: "Jet Black" Archival Ink by Ranger; "Pumice Stone" Distress Ink by Tim Holtz; "Chestnut Roan" Fluid Chalk Ink by Clearsnap
  • Other Medium: Mister Huey's "Calico White" Color Mist by Studio Calico; "Diet Cola" Memories Mist by Stewart; "Pitch Black" Paint Dabber by Adirondack; "Rock Candy" Distress Crackle Paint by Tim Holtz; Glue 'n' Seal Adhesive by Ranger
  • Accessories: Number Plaquette, Game Spinner, Washer, and Long Fastener by Tim Holtz; Black Brads; "Black Soot" and "Weathered Wood" Distress Embossing Powder by Tim Holtz
  • Tools: Die-Cut Machine by Sizzix; Awl; Hammer; Heat Tool; Distress Embossing Ink by Tim Holtz; Craft Pick by Tim Holtz; "Mini Gears" Movers and Shapers Die by Tim Holtz; "Tiny Tabs and Tags" Bigz Die by Tim Holtz
  • Finished Size: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Alcohol Ink Plaid ...

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Happy Stump Day, hampers!

Today's card project was created for Studio L3's Grungy Monday, #39. This week, the challenge, sponsored by Simon Says Stamp, is to create a plaid pattern on card stock using alcohol inks following Tim Holtz's technique on 'The 12 Tags of Christmas, 2009, Day 3." You can see Linda's sample and read all about the challenge, HERE ... to see Tim's projects and to check out the tutorial, clicky HERE.

Things were not going well for me with this challenge and after several attempts, I decided to throw in the towel ... can't create 'em all! While swiping off the excess alcohol inks from my felt pad, I created the above pattern and decided I loved it ... a happy accident! And I much prefer this delicate plaid to other, bolder patterns.

I'm entering this card in a number of fab blog challenges; for the complete list please refer to the bottom of this post. And for all of the exciting product info, check out the Card Recipe, below.

Soooooo, yesterday I was hanging out with Sheila when her crazy sister, Jill, stopped by with a question:

"How many rolls of wallpaper did you say you bought for your bedroom?"

"Twelve." Sheila answered.

"Well, that's weird," Jill mused, "I measured and our rooms are almost exactly the same size so I bought twelve rolls for my bedroom too, but I've got five rolls left over!"

"Yeah," said Sheila. "I did too."

Thanks so much for spending part of your busy day with me!

~Hugs,


Today's Challenges:

Card Recipe:

  • Card Stock: Stampers Select White Card Stock by PTI; Glossy White Card Stock by Ranger
  • Designer Paper: Lost and Found Paper Stash by Tim Holtz
  • Stamps: "Papillon" Stamp Set by Tim Holtz; "Stuff to Say" Stamp Set by Tim Holtz
  • Ink: "Jet Black" Archival Ink by Ranger
  • Other Color Medium: Assorted Alcohol Inks by Adirondack; "Juniper" Paint Dabber by Adirondack
  • Accessories: Washers, Long Fasteners, and Jump Ring by Tim Holtz; Philosophy Charm by Tim Holtz; Vintage Needlepoint Cotton by Jolles, Personal Collection
  • Tools: Felt Pad and Handle by Tim Holtz; Awl; Hammer; Foam Dimensionals
  • Finished Size: 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"