Monday, September 22, 2014

Skulled Impressions

Don't hate me...I've been absent from my blog for 2 1/2 months.  I was even getting emails asking if I was OK, am I still crafting..."Hello, anyone home?"  Summer is a busy time for my family and this one was no exception.  I have also spent the better part of 2 months getting my back to heal from a pulled muscle.  Sorry I missed Aug Tag. {sad face}

Here's my take on September- 12 Tags of 2014
This evening marks the first day of Fall and this skull was calling me.  I do have the stamps and butterfly frenzy die.  But I did a similar tag back in the spring that reminded me of Tim's September Tag.

 
The technique remains the same but instead of the butterfly frenzy I used birds in flight.  Their wings provide a sharper edge.  And... I wanted to break it in!

 
I love all my rubs!  I used the eye chart layering stencil for this technique.  To keep it gloomy I used the slate alcohol ink.
 
 
I layered the birds in flight cuts and curled the wings.

 
I mounted on a piece of core paper so I could sand off the tag.

 
Thanks for checking out my version of this months tag!  As always so fun! 
 
Check out;
Tim Holtz
Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge
A Vintage Journey
 
On a personal note, here's my kitty Cheyenne!  Isn't she stunning in our selfie taken this past spring!  Well, last week we had to make that hard decision and put her down.  My beautiful girl has been with me my whole adult life and she lived just shy of 19 years.  I even had her before I had my kids. We keep waiting for her to emerge from behind the couch or out from a closet and then we remember.  Our little family is heartbroken but we cherish the time she gave us.   
 
Cheyenne 1996-2014

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

On the Ocean Floor


12 Tags of 2014- July
 
I was really worried I would miss this months tag.  I have made a commitment to create every month.  A couple weeks ago I injured my back.  All those new Sizzix dies and I haven't touched one of them.   And sitting in my craft room isn't really comfortable.  So, taking it slow, breaking a lot and a few Advil I have managed to create the tag.

 
I am a coastal girl and hail from Vancouver Island.  So, these Sizzix dies I fell in love with!


I followed Tim's technique's. 

 
Creating the sand was a new one for me.  I really loved how it turned out.

 
When I was picking out all my Sizzix goodies I "almost" got the embossing folder Tim used.  Ugh, I should have.  But the rays one worked out perfect.
 

I love adding distress paint to my word bands.

 
A lot of great techniques this month which made it a lot of fun.

 
I'm off to YELLOWSTONE tomorrow in my motor home along with my adorable husband, 3 kids, dog and towing my Jeep!  One of my favorite National Parks to visit.  I'll be dragging my butt through the park with this sore back.  But I cannot wait!  So, I'm really happy I managed to get this done before I go.
 
Thanks for stopping by and checking out my July tag that almost didn't happen.  Now to ice my back and rest! 
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Thursday, July 3, 2014

CC3 Challenge #5- Distress Watercolor

It's watercolor madness! 

More birthday cards I made for my son using the Treats Blueprint set.  I love this set!  There's so much creatively you can do with it!  Using my Mini Distress Inks to create these bright cards was easy peasy!

 
I used the #1 Mini Distress Inks for these cards.
 
 
I did the background with stencil. 
 
 
I fussy cut the ice cream cone then added some rock candy stickles. 
 
Watercolouring these stamps is easy and good messy fun!

 
Card number 2; GUM

 
My son loves gum...and candy.  More fussy cutting with the bottle.  For the pop bottle I added some mini rusty hinge and broken china from Kit #6.
 
 
Gum Please!

 
I stamped #happybirthday from the #hashtags set.
 
Both cards are bright and fun!
 
 
Keeping these simple makes the cards quick to create!  Thanks for taking the time to check them out! 
 
Be sure to check out the CC3 Challenge sponsored by Inspiration Emporium
 
Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge #5
 
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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge #5, Watercolor


 If you frequent my blog then you know I LOVE to watercolor!  Another gift I made for my son's 13th birthday he had a couple weeks ago!  Teen's always ask for cash and creating this candy drawer box is a great way to stash the cash!  Otherwise it's just boring to give money!  Click HERE to see his other cash box I made for him.
 

 
These are so fast to make!  I used an 8x8 Tim Holtz paper pack for the designer paper.

 
Using a variety of my stencils and the Mini Distress Inks for the watercoloring each side.

 


 
I cut lucky #13 from my new Vintage Market XL Die.  I then coated it in Antique Linen Distress Glitter!

 
I mounted the 13 on my snowflake rosette.  I'm really loving this strip die!  And it's not even winter.
 
 
  Since I live in a different Province then the rest of my family my kids often get cash!  This is a simple way to give cash for a teen!  Thanks for stopping by!!!
 
 I will be playing along with the CC3 Challenge and Inspiration Emporium is sponsoring Challenge #5 for the CC3 Challenge!  I love getting mail from them;)
 
Studio L3, Compendium of Curiosities Challenge #5
 
Incase you missed my Facebook or Instagram post I wanted to share with you my awesome surprise from Sizzix!  Tim Holtz signed the lid of a die storage box and Sizzix sent it to me! That was an awesome surprise!!!!
 
 
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Friday, June 20, 2014

Big Top Mayhem- June Tag?

Another Box? I just couldn't help myself to create this Eileen Hull ATB for the June "Tag".  Not to mention I needed a box for a stash of cash my son got for his birthday.  Teens want money and that's boring to give.  I decided to use my ATB for holding the cash and then apply Tim's fun technique!
 
I recently picked up the Big Top stamp set and this is just what I wanted to do with it.

Each side has it's own fun stencil and Big Top character!


Dimensional's pop these guys to life.
 

I watercolored each character and then fussy cut.
 

I used the minis for inking each stencil!


I love this guy!  And the chevron stencil is to die for!
 

Each section is layered with bright polka dot paper and watercolor paper.


I am seeing this elephant everywhere! 


The top of the ATB has the sentiment cut and popped up.  I watercolored each word and added some rock candy for bling.  The star stencil is adorable!


I love this bright cheer ATB Gift Box!
 
 
 I do love watercoloring so this month's tag is right up my alley.  And my son loved this fun box I made for him!  I cannot wait for more of these boxes.  Sizzix has sent me another treat of goodies that should arrive next week!!!!  As always thank you for popping in and sharing your thoughts on my latest creation. 
Check out these challenges!
 
Eileen Hull- Summer Challenge
Simon Says Monday Challenge- Anything Goes
Tim Holtz- June Tag
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- Friends
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