Thursday, September 24, 2015

My version of Tim's September Tag

I just love Tim Holtz’s work, don’t you? Since I don’t have internet at home except for through my phone, I cannot follow his blog the way I would like to or participate in his classes. I stumbled across his post for his September tag. I didn’t realize that he did these every month. When I saw it had a tutorial with a lot of good mediums being used I knew I wanted to try it. I had to order most of the stuff though. was having a sale on everything so it was basically like getting free shipping plus a little extra off. That was nice-and they had everything that I needed. It was SO HARD to wait for my stuff to come!

Anyway, my stuff finally arrived and I could get started. I don’t have the stamp set that he used but an idea had come to me that I wanted to try with my own stamps. I followed Tim’s tutorial but evidently did not put my alcohol inks onto the craft sheet properly. Instead of getting each individual color on my glossy paper, the colors blended to make some beautiful shades of blue. I tried it two other times and got shades of purple. I liked the blue better so I used it. I also discovered that the frosted is thick and doesn’t die cut well. I ran it through the Vagabond twice but it did not cut clear through. I had to use scissors. One other problem that I had was when I tried to ink my flowers, the black ink disappeared. I had to reink it by putting the stamp facing up and very carefully lining up the cutout with the stamp. It wasn’t too difficult. It lined up easily thank goodness. 

I love my tag! It was so much fun! The only thing I wish I would have done differently is leaving off the black soot spritz. I liked it better before I spritzed it. I still love it though! So much texture and dimension! You can see Tim's tag Here.
Here is my take on Tim’s fabulous September tag:

Here are the other two backgrounds:

Large Manilla Tag
Papers: Black Cardstock, Tim Holtz Frosted, Glossy Cardstock (I tried the Archival Gloss Paper but this
               worked just as well)
Sizzix/Hero Arts Stamp & Die Set 657773
Alcohol inks: Meadow, Stream, Wild Plum, Egg Plant, and Silver Mixative
Tim Holtz Ideology Flourish stencil
Ranger Texture Paste Transparent Gloss
Distress Spray Stain: Pumice Stone and Hickory Smoke
Distress Marker: Black Soot
Archival Jet Black ink
Embellishments: Tim Holtz Ideaology Word Band, Wire, Long Fasteners, Mini Prills (by USArtQuest),
                                Satin Ribbon
Tools: Heat Gun, Color Spritzer, Scissors, Palette Knife, Craft Sheet, Mini Ink Blending tool, Craft Pick, 
          water in mini mister
Adhesive: Glossy Accents

I am entering the following challenges:   Make a blue project  Flying high (use something that flies)  Animals

Monday, September 21, 2015

It's Anything Goes at Love to Scrap

Hi everybody! I just finished watching the Buckeyes squeak by Northern Illinois. It’s the first game I’ve gotten to watch since I don’t have satellite or cable TV. The Buckeyes are still undefeated and have won 16 straight games. Go Bucks!!
Now onto the real fun stuff LOL. It’s another Anything Goes challenge over at the Love to Scrap Challenge Blog. The only requirement is that you must have some kind of stamping on your project. Our sponsors are:
Prize: 7 images to winner

Prize: $10 gift certificate

Prize: Image(s) of choice to winner up to $15 value from the SNS Exclusive Line 

I was so excited to see that Sparkle N Sprinkle was the sponsor that I get to represent. I love their glitter and embossing powders but have never worked with their images before. They have a lot of great stamps to choose from. The image I chose is called Across the Miles. It comes with an adorable image and 5 sentiments. I've used the sentiment “Missing You” for this card. I made it with thoughts of my son who is still in Virginia Beach on the Naval Base. If you are not into the male aspect of this card, they have one like it with a little girl. It is just as cute and is called Just a Little Note. I wanted to do a whole stationary set with a decorated box and lots of cards but I have been laid up with an injured ankle. I spent a week and a half on crutches and couldn’t get around well enough to do anything extensive. I didn’t have the time to do what I wanted, but I sure am pleased with my card.
I thought about incorporating SNS glitter or embossing powder into this project, but my son doesn’t really like all that girly stuff. Instead I just added a little Stickles and Scrappy Cat glitter glue to the flowers, hanky, mail flag, and hat button. I also used my Gellyroll green stardust glitter pen on the grass of the flowers. Here it is:

This is my first Latch card. I  was shocked at how easy it was. I printed the image and sentiment onto white cardstock and then printed a second image to cut out. I colored everything with my Distress Markers and ink pads. Every time I color with my Distress Markers I never like how it turns out so I have to get out my nibs and stamp pads to make it looks smoother and make lighter shades in places. Distress Markers are not really for blending, although sometimes you can pull it off.

I covered the base piece with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink using my mini blending tool. I then roughly colored the boy and flowers just in case parts of it showed through after I popped up my other image. I tried to shade and highlight the mailbox because it was not being covered. I then took the second image and colored and fussy cut the boy and flowers to pop with foam tape. (I love foam tape!) Before I popped the image though I put a picket fence and grass (Both Magnolia Doohickey dies) across the base. I placed the boy and flowers over them. I wanted a fall look so I added some leaves from a couple of sets that I had on hand. I stamped some of them in the sky and then fussy cut the ones on the ground.

My latch is cut using a small frame from the Lifestyle Crafts Nesting Frames 3 set. The plaid paper is from the DCWV Sweater Weather pack. I used my Plantin Schoolbook Cricut Cartridge and cut out a 1” envelope into which I placed a small piece of white cardstock with a heart on it.
The inside is a piece of white cardstock that I inked with distress ink and stamped with a leaf border from Fiskars.

 I really like how this card turned out. I really hope that I have inspired you to join in our challenge this time around. You have two weeks to enter. Make sure you have some kind of stamping and that you link your post back to our blog.

Happy Crafting! Can’t wait to see what you make!

I am entering:   Winds of Change (show changing season)  Anything Goes  CAS Fall Scene Anything Goes Anything Goes w/ Leaves  Color Challenge Orange 

Monday, September 7, 2015

Do a Double Take over at the LTSCB

Happy Labor Day to all of you who live in the United States. I will be celebrating by getting together with my family for a cookout. Our county fair kicks off tomorrow-can't wait for that yummy fair food. Before all that begins though we have a great and easy new challenge-Do a Double Take. All you have to do to enter is use two patterned papers and some kind of stamping. Easy Peasy! Here are the links to our fabulous sponsors:

 Prize: $10 gift certificate

Prize: $12 gift certificate (equal to 3 images of choice) to the shop at

Prize: 2 images of choice to winner/3 images if they used a TSB image

I am working with Back to School Desk from The Stamping Boutique. Since I work at a school and school has just recently started, this is quite a fitting image for me. Here is my creation for this great challenge:


This is my first swing card. I had to do some adjusting to the tutorial that I found at Split Coast Stampers because my die was too small. Click here for the original tutorial. It wasn't perfect, but it turned out okay. It was a fun project. I discovered that the oval die wasn't perfectly symmetrical so it didn't line up 100% correctly, but it was close. The paper is from My Minds Eye and the charms are so old that I don't remember where they came from. I got these alphabet brads as a prize for completing my local library's summer reading program for adults. They were perfect for this. "Enjoy" was from a stamp set by Close to My Heart. The scalloped and regular oval dies are nestabilities from Spellbinders. I want to try this kind of card again with a bigger die to see what will happen.

I hope you will join in our challenge by clicking on the link on the sidebar to visit the Love To Scrap Challenge Blog. Our DT has some great inspiration. The contest begins on Sept 7th and you have two weeks to enter. Happy stamping!

I am entering:  Back to School