Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Are We There Yet?

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I have been told by a good friend that I said this every hour on the hour, on a road trip to New Brunswick to visit her grandmother and dozens of cousins. 

We were about 21 or 22 at the time. My first road trip without my parents. I sat in the back, Roxanne was driving, and another friend, Janet was sitting in the front. I guess I was so excited to go on a trip without my parents and it was my first time to the East Coast of Canada, that I could hardly wait to get there! About 16 hours driving, straight through; taking turns driving; stopping only for gas and washroom, Roxanne and Janet could finally say "Yes Debbie", you are here!

Tag is entered in these challenges:
1. Grungy Monday 21: Transparent Illusions
2. Simon Says Stamp and Show: Travel
3. Dragons Dream TIO#93 - Travel
4. The Stamp Man CH#30 - Travel

For the Grungy Monday challenge on Linda's blog, Studio L3, we are asked to do a TH technique, using fragments, packing tape, alcohol inks embossing powders. Awesome technique! The lic. plate "paper" at the bottom of the tag was done with the packing tape technique, only I didn't put a fragment over top of it. You must go have a look on Tim's blog for all the details. 

The sentiment stamp is part of a set called "Simple Thoughts - Travel" from Fiskar's Cloud 9 Clear Stamps. I bought it at Winners. This sentiment caught my eye and I knew I had to have it! There are 15 stamps in the set. The road map background paper was from a travel paper pack that I found in my stash. Unknown origins!

Closeups. Click on photos for larger images:

The checkerboard stamp is TH from the Ultimate Grunge Set. Ball & Chain, gear and brad are also TH Idea-ology stuff. Stamped the background with DI Scattered Straw, Brushed Corduroy, Frayed Burlap, Vintage Photo around edge. A shot of Glimmer Mist Coffee Shop to finish it off. The little paper wheel is from my drawer; unknown origin!

The key was done using Grungeboard Elements and the "Rusted Grunge" technique. Page 45 in Tim's book, "A Compendium of Curiosities". Check out his blog for his book or he may have a demo of this technique. The chap with the cap is from Tim's Lost and Found paper stack. Charm Fragment and Game Spinner are also TH. Car stamp is from TH Mini Muse set and was stamped on Grungepaper and inked with Vintage Photo. 

Oh look! Can you see? There goes Roxanne, Janet and Debbie on their road trip! "Are We There Yet?!"

Couldn't find a good Tom Cochrane original version of his song, but I found this movie video for one of the Cars movies, of Rascal Flatts singing, "Life Is A Highway". Sing along if you want to! You know you want to! Have a great road trip!

Thanks for stopping by! 
Look around before you go and leave a word or two! 
Have a very inky and creative week!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Configurations Box - Part 1

I finally started my Configurations Box. I bought it about 3 months ago. It sat in the corner giving me the evil eye anytime I looked it's way! I guess I was a little apprehensive. Big project.

The following photos are various shots of the box covered in paper and tissue tape. Wanted to show you what it looked like before I start to fill all the individual boxes. I covered the paper and tissue tape with the Rock Candy Crackle Paint; about 3 coats. A little dab here and there of DI Vintage Photo on tissue tape. I had Tim's tutorial on YouTube (see end of post), playing as I was cutting and pasting, to get a basic idea of how to cover it.

Papers used:
- Tim Holtz: Lost and Found, Crowded Attic and Vintage Shabby
- Graphic45 Steampunk Debutante: Mechanical Mind
- Pink Paislee Butterfly Collection
- October Afternoon Thrift Shop: Complete Set
- Basic Grey Stella Ruby

Other stuff:
- Tim Holtz Tissue Tape: Sketchbook
- Distress Clear Rock Candy Crackle Paint
- Tim Holtz Corners and Curio Knob
- Distress Ink Vintage Photo

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With lid off. Not using the acrylic piece that fits in cover because I will likely have things hanging.

This is a stamp I had made at Carousel Rubber Stamps, a local scrapbooking store. I stamp this on the the back of all my cards, along with a date stamp.

Tim's tutorials:

Why don't you try one! Would love to see! Off I go to start filling these teeny tiny boxes! I will post part 2, hopefully before Christmas! Ha Ha! Thanks for stopping by! Have a look around before you go and leave a word or two! Have a fabulous inky and creative weekend!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Summer Colours, Flower & Bling, Anything Goes!

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This tag took on a life of it's own! It has been Glimmer Misted to death! It became so thick I had to double mat with black cardstock!

I made this flower a few weeks back when I discovered our local craft store Carsand-Mosher started carrying Wendy Vecchi products. Together with Tim Holtz's Tattered Florals die cut and Wendy's Clearly For Art Modeling Film, I made this awesome flower! Fabulous material. It comes in transparent (which I used), black and white. Package contains three 8 1/2 x 11 sheets. When you heat it, it becomes very soft and pliable so you can shape it. If you don't like what you created, just heat it again! 

If you search on YouTube under "Wendy Vecchi Clearly For Arts" you will find a tutorial video on her demonstrating this technique and her product. It was filmed by Simons Says Stamp and Show. 

Supplies and stuff....
- Embossed tag with TH Texture Fade Checkerboard
- Sprayed tag with Glimmer Mists with Sun Sisters, Caribbean Blue, Cadillac Pink, Coffee Shop and Old Lace; abt. 3 or 4 times ; dried with heat tool
- In the right bottom corner where it's blue I sprayed some GooseBumps Clear Texture Spray; dried with heat tool until it bubbled.
- Stamp on side is a flourish from TH Boundless Flight set; highlighted with some glitter pens.
- Sentiment stamp is Stampin' Up! Peace Within set. Stamped on white cs; sprayed with Glimmer Mists; edged with DI Vintage Photo; attached with glue and foam square
- Bling from Michael's
- Circle around large bling that's covering hole, is TH Reinforcers.
- Flower is stamped with Adirondack Alcohol Inks; various colours.

Entered this tag into the following challenges:
1. Try It On Tuesdays: Anything Goes
2. Stamp Man: CH#29 Anything Goes Summer Colours
3. Fashionable Stamping - CH#2: Handmade Flowers
4. Simon Says Stamp and Show Some Bling

Closeups. Click on photo for larger images:

Blast from the past. Where has the summer gone anyway? Here's a great song. Where were you in the summer of 1969? Great song from a great Canadian!
Bryan Adams performing "Summer of '69". Sing along with the crowd! 

Thanks for stopping by! Have a look around and leave a comment or two before you go. Make sure you check out the challenges and see the other awesome entries! Holey moley there's a lot of awesome art out there! Have a great week!

Very excited! This tag was selected "Top 3" in the Fashionable Stamping Challenge #2 Handmade Flowers. Woo Hoo! 

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Dorothy & The Kid, Babes & Tots

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This was a fun card to make. Love the Octopode people! This is Dorothy and The Kid. Check out The Octopode Factory Etsy store for Lily's weird and wonderful little people! Another great challenge over at Gingersnap Creations. Awesome site!

Love Dr. Seuss! Love all his books! Perfect quote for this card! Can't believe Mike never read any of his books as a kid! Boy, did he miss out!

Entered in 2 challenges:
1. Gingersnap Creations Challenge:
 GC113 Chestnut Theme: Babes & Tots
2. The Octopode Factory Friday Challenge:
 TOFF #7 Hats And/Or Crowns

Supplies and what I did...
- I printed the images off on transparent/vellum paper and let dry.
- Cut them out and sprayed vellum adhesive on back and stuck them to pre-cut Tim Holtz Vintage Shabby paper. All paper used was from this paper stack (except black CS)
- distressed all edges and added DI Black Soot around edges
- printed off images on cardstock and cutout bows and shoes and applied to card; used glitter pens 
- Sentiment is from the internet; American Typewriter font (my fav at the moment!) and a script font.
- pearls from Michael's
- photo corner punch

Some closeups. Click on photos for larger images:

Here's a great video of Rod Stewart performing "Forever Young". Have a look and listen. Sing a long if you want to. You know you do....

Thanks for stopping by. Have a look around and leave a comment or two before you go! Make sure you check out the other entries in these challenges! Awesome creativity going on out there! Enjoy your weekend!

So very proud! This card was picked as at Top 10 Ginger Gem in the Gingersnap Creations Babes & Tots Challenge! Thank you so much! Congrats to all the Ginger Gems and the winner and everyone who entered!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Manly Men in Leather, Iron & Brass

Back to getting dirty and grungy! Got a new Texture Fade, so I had to try it out! Love it! I also have the matching stamp. It's called Retro Circles and you can get it at the Tim Holtz storeFor you locals, I bought it at Carsand-Mosher. Visit Tim's  blog for techniques and the latest news in inky and grungy stuff! Click on photo for larger image.

This tag is entered in 2 challenges:
  1. The Artistic Stamper August Challenge: Macho Men
  2. Gingersnap Creations: GC112 Colour Challenge: Leather, Iron, Brass
Techno Stuff:
  • Ran tag through Cuttlebug using Texture Fade, Retro Circles
  • Spritzed tag with Glimmer Mist Silver Sugar and then inked with DI Pumice Stone; inked edges with Black Soot ; chalked with some rust chalk
  • Embossed sentiment with The Artful Stamper Rust EP; inked torn edges with DI Black Soot
  • Did you know Tim's Philosophy Tags fit perfect inside a bottle cap?! Inserted a brad in hole of tag before gluing into cap
  • The Manly Men were stamped on white CS ; embossed with DI Black Soot ; stamped with DI Old Paper; cut out and popped up with foam dots onto Tim's Kraft Glassine Paper (looks just like leather!); wrinkled it first; spritzed a bit with Glimmer Mist Tattered Leather ; tore edge; stapled to tag.
  • The Men In Hats stamp is from the TH Steampunk set; the sentiment & star stamps are from TH Grunge Cirque set ; the star was stamped on TH Grungeboard; cut out and smeared with Distress Stickles Rusty Hinge
  • Fastener is TH; all other hardware is from Michael's
Here are a couple of closeups. Click on photos for larger images:

I have a video today. One of my favourite bands of all time. We saw them in Toronto last summer. Here's Bon Jovi performing "Work For The Working Man". Great song, and I thought it was perfect for this post. Jon's still got it!! Sing along if you want to! You know you do! 


Thanks for stopping by! Leave a comment or two before you go! Go have a look at the other entries in the challenges! Have a fabulous creative weekend!

Pleased as punch! This card was selected as a "Top Ten Ginger Gem" for this challenge, Gingersnap Creations: GC112 Colour: Leather, Iron, Brass! Thank you so much! Congrats to all the Ginger Gems, the winner, and all those who entered! 

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Flora The Dress Form

I made this card for Courtney's birthday. She just got back from a trip of a lifetime to Paris France. I had just bought this awesome stamp from Stampington & Company and thought it would be perfect for her card. The artist is Sandra Evertson and it is part of her Fairytale Couture line. This one is called "Flora". Click on photo for larger image.

Technical Stuff:
  • Watercolour background on white CS, using Tim Holtz Distress Inks, Dusty Concord, Vintage Photo, Tattered Rose, Spun Sugar, Milled Lavender.
  • After I dried watercolour bkgrd with heat tool, I spritzed with Glimmer Mist Coffee Shop; used heat tool to dry
  • Stamped the image on white CS, then waterecoloured using water brush and same DI with a couple more colours ; cut out and glued onto script image from The Graphics Fairy
  • Sentiment, "Ooh la la" from computer
  • Other images (streets of Paris, Eiffel Tower) from Freebie Fun By Cemerony
  • Tea stained doily lace with some Vintage Photo. Bought at Dollar Store. Should have bought it all when I first came across it! I have about 4 pkg's of it (some different; some white). They don't sell it anymore! Sob!
  • Small flowers from Michael's
This card is entered in:
- Fashionable Stamping Challenge: Anything Goes. This is a new challenge blog and this is the first challenge.

Thanks for stopping by and have a look around! Leave a word or two before you go! Have a very creative week!

Very excited and honoured to be selected as a "Top 3" in the first challenge, "Anything Goes" at the  Fashionable Stamping Challenge! Awesome!

Monday, August 1, 2011

Grungy Monday, Butterflies & Tags...

Another week, and 3 for the price of one! Click on photos for larger images. This tag is for the following challenges:
  1. Grungy Monday 18
  2. Simon Says & Stamp Show a Tag
  3. MMM Challenge 9 - Butterflies or Dragonflies
Linda over at Studio L3 is asking us to do a TH technique;  12 Tags of Christmas Day 8 (2009). Love this technique!

Some dirty grungy details:
  • Used same DI inks; Antique Linen, Old Paper, Frayed Burlap, Walnut Stain, Aged Mahogany, Mustard Seed and some Spiced Marmalade on butterfly
  • Key is from K&Company; pearls, ribbon, screw brad from Michael's; lace from Dollar Store ; vellum and craft tag, black CS.
  • Games spinner and brad on butterfly from TH Idea-ology
  • Flourish stamp is from TH Boundless Flight set ; sentiment stamp is from TH Seamless Experience set ; butterfly stamp from TH Spring Sprung set
  • Tonic distress and scratching tools
Just a short post today. Thanks for stopping by! Have a look around and leave a word or two! Have a fantastic week!

Very excited and very honoured! This tag was selected as one of the "Top 3" in the MMM (MakeMyMonday) Challenge #9 Butterflies or Dragonflies! Thank you to Jacqueline and the DT! Awesome challenges!
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