Thursday, May 7, 2015

12 Tags of 2015 - March

My tag for March is inspired by the techniques used on Tim Holtz's blog, but has the theme of Paris. Instead of using the paste technique, however, I used a Dylusions stencil by inking through it and then embossing with gold embossing powder. I did try the paste technique, but didn't particularly like the very chunky look with what I was making. I particularly did like how the fine line stamping looks a little faded, as to me, that contributes to the dream-like quality in the saying on the metal word band used.

Thanks for looking at my creations!

12 Tags of 2015 - February

I don't really go in for the Valentine thing much, so instead of that theme, I used the general design from Tim Holtz's blog as inspiration to make my February tag.

Thanks for looking at my creation.


My first exposure to stamping many, many years ago was through this marvelous company, Stubby Stampers. New owners, who I have known for years, recently took over the company to keep all their wonderful images available and revitalize the company with new stamps to come from Jambalayas Stubby Stampers.

I am helping out by doing some samples for stamps that they have available on the website, to maybe inspire some ideas of just some of the great things you can make with them. Below is a card using their "Friend" stamp #3897, found here:

I made this card using a nifty technique with embossing folders, diecuts, and some embellishments. Using a piece of white cardstock, I first inked my embossing folder on the side where the images are recessed, placed the paper in, and then passed it through embossing machine. Because I used a blue ink, I then had a piece of paper that was blue background with raised white flowers. I then colored each of the flowers with markers to get the yellow flowers with green stems and petals. 

Using a circular die cut, I then positioned that over my embossed and colored paper, and cut an opening. I cut two more smaller circles (one dark blue, and one light blue). I stamped and heat embossed the word "Friend" on the lighter circle. I then layered first the light blue (on a popdot) onto the dark blue. I glued my background embossed paper onto a light blue rectangle, glued down the dark blue circle, and then glued this down to the dark blue base card. I used a brown plaid ribbon and some flower-shaped Raindot stickers from Cloud9 Design as embellishment.

Thanks for looking at my creation. Check out Jambalayas Stubby Stamps website and Facebook page for more samples of cards made by some very talented stampers.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

I'm Creating My Own 12 tags of 2015

Glad to once again be able to participate in Tim Holtz's 12 tags of 2015 blog posts. These are great because not only does he share great techniques for products that already exist, but shows eveyone fantastic ways to use his new products.

I, once again, will be trying to use mostly things I already have. Of course, I watched videos and saw blog posts of the new CHA 2015 releases and can't resist all the new things that were announced. So, I am sure will be getting at least a few of them in the year to come. Love that Ranger is releasing a new color of Distress Inks in all mediums monthly so that it affordable to order the mediums you prefer to use the most.

Here is my take on the January 2015 tag.

I used Melange Tissue Wrap glued to a manilla tag for my background. I avoided gluing down the edges so that I could substantially tear them away once the tag was dry. Rather than coating my whole tag with a medium, I preferred to leave as is after painting wrap with Salty Ocean and Seedless Preserves Distress Paint. I used a product called Wonder Wash to apply speckles of silver shimmer to the background (hard to see in photo).  I used three sayings I cut from Words Remnant Rubs sheet at the top of tag. The numbers are Grungeboard coated with Platinum Stickles. The "0" is a spiral paper clip embellished with various color seed beads. Finally, added the metal word band and stained the Crinkle ribbon with Broken China and Dusty Concord Distress Stain.

Thanks for looking at my post and all comments are appreciated!

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Revamp a Standard Computer Chair for Your Craft Area

I was thrilled to find some Eclectic Elements Tim Holtz designed fabric from Coats at my local Jo-ann Fabric store. I had in mind a little plan for some ever since I heard it was out there and available. A little fabric, a ho-hum computer chair and about 30 minutes of time and in the spirit of reduce, reuse, and recycle...

my very own custom chair for my stamping work area. The great thing is that even though I am using inks, sprays, paints and other things that can stain, the chair can easily be changed to a different fabric. This is actually the second time I have re-covered it. As long as it stays in working order and is "cushy" I will keep refreshing it rather than spending alot more for a brand new chair.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge "Transportation" Entry

 I am so happy to be able to share my creation for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge for the theme Transportation" (2nd week of December 2014). It's my first time at trying something for Simon Says Stamp, so hope it fits the challenge.

For my focal point, I embossed the car (Sizzix Alterations Texture Trade size) on Core'dinations Kraft-Core paper and sanded it. Sanding flattens the image, so to make it feel raised from the paper, I replaced it into the folder and embossed a second time. I mounted this with brads onto a piece of manila tag that I had done in a background technique from Tim Holtz's blog that uses Washi tapes, Distress Paints, and Distress Inks. For anyone who has wondered what to do with tags they have tried techniques on, but don't really like the whole thing...cutting it up or running it through a die-cut to get a shape out of it for future use is a great way to be able to use that one section of the tag that you actually did like!

I selected my metal file folder tab from the Tim Holtz Idea-ology file tabs set and put it together using the "everyday" word sticker. Then using foam dots, this was placed on top of another piece of the Kraft-Core that had been sanded.

The background paper is from We R Memory Keepers 6 x 6 Anthologie Paper Pad. I cut that paper to size. I used Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Shabby Stripes stamp in Lemonade Distress Ink to stamp it four times with the rays going outward from the area I planned to mount my focal point.  I then inked the paper further with Wild Honey, Vintage Photo, and finally Walnut Stain Distress Inks.

I then selected rub-on words from Tim Holtz Idea-ology Remnant Rubs Life quotes to make my own saying for the card, that reads "The Journey is in progress". Along with the word "everyday" on the file tab, it reads "The Journey is in progress, every day." Here is what that background paper looked like before I added my focal point to it.

I attached the focal point to this and adhered this all to a 5 x 7 inch ivory card. Below the background paper, I further used pieces of the manila tag and the sanded blue Kraft-Core in an alternating pattern of varying sizes. I wanted it a little uneven and block-y just because I kind of liked it that way. I then covered the longest edge where the papers meet with tan and black rick rack trim.

Thanks for looking! I had so much fun making my entry and will be trying to participate in more blog challenges in the future.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

A Holiday Tag Swap, Fathers' Day

I joined a new Yahoo group that does swaps and got involved in a holiday tag swap. The way swaps work is you make a certain number of an item (usually one for every participant), mail it to the hostess, the hostess swaps out all the items so that each participant gets one of each person's creations, and mails it back to you. So, I made 12 tags and will be getting back 11 other tags that other people made for the various holidays throughout the 12 months of the year, plus the one I made for myself of course.

The tag is a prepurchased plain white one that I stamped with an argyle pattern stamp and words from Impression Obsession CL92 Masculine set.  I stamped the diamond pattern in China Blue Distress Paint, and then the dotted line pattern over it twice, once in Picket Fence Distress Paint, and then in Chipped Sapphire Distress Paint.  I love how that paint dries opaque and leaves virtually no rough texture to the paper. You run your finger over the paper and you can't feel any rough texture to suggest that paint was applied. The tag and embossed die cut were edged with Vintage Photo Distress ink, the die cut is mounted on pop-dots and I added the argyle ribbon and three Rain Dots under the word "dad".

The goal of the swap was to make tags that someone could use on either a scrapbook page or apply as an embellishment to a card.  I, however, usually like to make a flip booklet of the tags I get to keep them as inspiration for future creating. I also will take them to my local stamping club and show them around.

Thanks for looking at my work!