Sunday, October 11, 2015

Birthday Crazy Bird Card

I finally have gotten to make a birthday card with the TH Crazy Bird stamps, the framelits, and accessories. Oh my gosh are these crazy birds fun! They are endless. I've done lots of looking at all the crazy bird cards and tags on Pinterest so it wasn't too hard to make a fast card for my grandson's birthday. I was limited on how much time I had to get the card ready but it sure was fun to work with the birds. 

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Graphic 45 - layout

Yes, I'm a little behind in my page work but I have finished an Easter layout using Graphic 45 paper and the April Cut Apart.  

Love the Cut Aparts. Fun to work with. 

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

July Tag for the 12 Tags of 2015

Love, love Tim's July tag, it's so patriotic and so cool. The tattered edges of the layers really sets it off. Here's Tim's Tag:

My take is the tag is below. Every step of creating this tag was so fun and making the patriotic ribbon was perfect for my tag, I even took a piece of the extra ribbon and made one for the bottom of the tag. I just twisted the colored ribbon and stapled it on with the tiny attacher. Plus I added a few extra stars for a little sparkle. 

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

May Tag for the 12 Tags of 2015

I am down to the wire this month with my entry for the May tag. I've been in Illinois for three week taking care of my 93 year old Dad and just got back to my craft studio this week and just in time to create my May tag. So here it is:

Thanks Tim for all of your inspiration. Love the cracked pistachio distress ink, it's such a great color. The couple in the photo look so sweet and she is giving him such a loving eye. I did just adore them and, therefore, chose the adore typed token. I wanted a soft color for the ribbon and string colors so used victorian velvet. On the roses I used shell pink alcohol ink. 

Here's Tim's inspiring tag for May:

Friday, April 24, 2015

April Tag for the 12 Tags of 2015

Wow,  thanks Tim for bring us new techniques with layered watercoloring, background spritzing, ribbon tinting and your beautiful new flower garden stamps. The sizzix word dies worked great for this tag and gave us more depth and texture. Here is Tim's April tag for the 12 Tags of 2015 that gave us so much inspiration.

I have completed my version of Tim's tag plus used another stamp from the flower garden CMS215 set to complete a second tag.

I followed Tim's steps and used the supplies he suggested except used a few different colors of the distress markers. 

Challenge: 12 Tags of 2015 - April

Monday, April 13, 2015

It's Time to Get Buggy

With warmer weather here, those pesky little critters are starting to make their appearance. Be on the lookout for them! So as I thumbed through my stamp binders, this fun set of stamps by Dylusions caught my eye. Monster Mash is a fun set of stamps and great for Halloween but I kept looking at the bugs in the set and thought they could be fun on a tag.

Challenge #26 is underway over at Linda Ledbetter's blog and it's all about Tim's Smudge stamping technique on page 42 of his Compendium of Curiosities Vol. 3 book. To get the details of the technique just flip on over and take a look.

Here's my entry for the Challenge. I used the Smudge technique on the background (Tim explains the technique in his book). The background stamp I used is by Wendy Vecci Studio 490 - Old Wood Floor.

Masks were used on each of the critters and jar before I stamped the background. The bell jar lid was stamped, than a piece of packaging acetate was cut and Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint was applied twice with drying in between applications.

Linda Coughlin over at The Funkie Junkie is sponsoring this challenge is offering a $25 spree to one lucky winner.

The Funkie Junkie Boutique

Other Supplies for my entry include:

Distress Markers, Distress Ink, Chit Chat Stickers, Chiseled Industrial Stickers, Borders Industrial Stickers, Alcohol Ink - latte and silver mixative for the charm. Archival Ink, StazOn Ink (in creating the mask), manila tag.

Thanks for stopping in - Judy.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Steampunk Tag - remnant rub resist

There are so many of us who are inspired by the works of Tim Holtz. Not only do we love his creativity but we love to participate in challenges pertaining to his style.

I am entering two such challenges. One is the Compendiums of Curiosity 3 Challenge and the other is the A Vintage Journey Challenge.

Thanks to Linda Ledbetter and the CC3 team, Challenge 24 is underway and features Tim's Remnant Rubs from Idea-ology. You do need to own Tim's book to enter the Challenge. Turn to page 51 for the steps. He does have several remnant rubs to choose from, I selected his Elements rubs for my project. 

Over at A Vintage Journey, they are celebration their first year blog anniversary with a "Anything Tim" challenge. I think my tag will work just perfect for their challenge.

Take a look:

I followed Tin's steps pretty closely except I cut the rubs out and placed them on the sheet instead of laying the whole sheet on the tag. I'm loving his new remnant tool, it's so much easier to work with than the stick. 

Although you can't see them in this picture, I was able to add remnant rubs on top of rubs. I added the stars on top of the film strip. You can see it in the first picture below. Tim's rubs are a million times better than other rubs I used to try to use in the past (year's ago). Thanks Tim!

Here are a few close-up of my tag. You can see the stars rubbed on top of the film strip rub in the first image. Distress ink colors used are: tea dye, vintage photo, tumbled glass, and a smidge of evergreen bough. 

Stamps for the tag: 

Mercantile CMS 189 - the gentleman was stamped with jet black archival then a mask of him was added while my inking was done, I also added gathered twigs distress ink around him for added emphasis and to make him pop a little.

Graph and Croc CMS 185, the graph background was stamped with iced spruce distress ink, I'm so happy I used the graph stamp, seems to just have filled in the spaces.

The base of the light bulb was inked with Ranger teakwood alcohol ink and attached with wire from my stash. Distress paint on the word band and the paper string was tumbled glass and evergreen bough. 

The Funkie Junkie Boutique is sponsoring the Challenge at Linda Ledbetter's and offering a $25 shopping spree to one lucky winner. 

You can also win a fabulous prize from Tim and Mario is you are selected from the  CC3 Challenge.

A big thanks to Linda and the crew for always creating such outstanding projects to share and inspire us to create. 

Susan from Country View Crafts is the sponsor for the challenge at A Vintage Journey and is giving a $20 voucher to one lucky winner. 

A big thanks to A Vintage Journey for all the outstanding projects shared.

Monday, March 23, 2015

March Butterfly Tag - 12 Tags of 2015

It's time for another tag for the 12 tags of 2015. Tim's March tag is full of bright vivid colors. Take a look at his tag:

I made several background tags testing color combinations trying to find the colors that pleased my eye the most. Here's my finished product.

The final distress paint color combinations that I used include: worn lipstick, cracked pistachio, tumbled glass, evergreen bough, and I think there is a little broken china. Goodness, there are so many combinations that look fabulous together that you just can't go wrong. As Tim says, it is creating that takes your imagination to a place where you are free to explore, imagine and discover. 

I used Tim's flourish stencil and just love the way the flourishes sway and move in the design. Broken china distress powder was sprinkled over the texture paste quickly before it dried. I was patient and let it dry for a few hours before I touched it with the heat tool since Tim told us it could bubble if we used the heat tool too soon. Aqua alcohol ink was used on the stars that are scattered across the tag. Love the mirrored stars with the aqua ink. The spinner has a combination of evergreen bough and tumbled glass distress paint. 

Thanks for all your inspiration Tim.

There you have it - Judy.

Tim Holtz - 12 Tags of 2015 - March 

Friday, March 6, 2015

Always Believe - Lucky

Today, I have completed a tag for the Simon Says Monday Challenge: Just a Hint of Clover. So with thoughts of good luck and green, my tag is complete and ready to share. 

Take a look:

The background of my tag features the splattered plaster technique by Wendy Vecchi. I recently saw the technique on Wendy's blog (Studio 490) and couldn't wait to try it. You must use rubbing alcohol to make it work correctly. So get a bottle ready if you would like to try the technique.

The flower was stamped in green then I dabbed some antique linen paint on my craft mat and misted it with water so it would be a thin wash of color. I didn't want to paint over my stamping lines and hide them. Gathered twigs  was applied along the edges of the flower and around the flower pieces in the middle. 

Love the heart charm from Tim's Heart Charm pieces. 


Stamps: Wendy Vecchi SCS124, SCS131, Old Wood Floor WVBG021

Archival Inks: Wendy Vecchi Ranger Archival Leaf Green, Fern Green, Tree Branch; Ranger Archival Jet Black Ink

Paint: Ranger Tim Holtz antique linen

Distress Inks: Tim Holtz: gathered twigs, shabby shutters, peeled paint, bundled sage

Distress Spray Stain: picket fence

Tim Holtz Heart Charms

Thanks for stopping by - Judy

Monday, February 2, 2015

February Tag for the 12 Tags of 2015

I have been so excited waiting to see what fabulous creation Tim has designed for the February tag. As always, I am so impressed by his creativity, take a look at his tag:

I've been busy working on my February tag. I am having knee replacement on Thursday so needed to get my tag done before it gets here. I usually like to take a day or more to finish a project, but no time to waste. Take a look:

I do love the collage look of this tag and it's shabbiness. Thanks Tim for your creativity and inspiration that you provide for us - Judy.

12 Tags of 2015 - February

A Book for Love Notes

Receiving or writing a Love Note is always so exciting especially when it comes from the heart.. With Valentine's Day just around the corner, it is the perfect time to create a book just for love notes. It only takes a minute or less to write a sweet note. Just a one-liner can let someone know how much they are loved. 

I created a home decor piece that is also a small notebook for writing love notes. This book could be placed on a stand so notes could be quickly written. Everyone will be checking the book daily looking for a special love note from the heart.. 

Take a look: 

There are pages inside the book for love note writing.

This was such a fun project to create. I had been so inspired by the work of Anita Houston and Annette Green when I saw projects they designed using this Rockstar stamp that I wanted to give it a try. 


Burlap Panel:
    Adirondack: gold paint dabber
    Tim Holtz distress paints: broken china, weathered wood
    Viva Decor Lava Red Inka Gold Beeswax Polish

Note Cover:
    TH Distress Watercolor Cardstock
    TH Rockstar Stamps
    TH Spritzer Tool
    TH Crinkle Ribbon
    TH Distress Inks: picked raspberry, fired brick barn door, gathered twigs
    TH Distress embossing ink
    TH Distress Markers
    TH Idea-ology Arrow Adornments
    TH Idea-ology Swivel Clasps
    TH Idea-ology Heart Charms
    TH Idea-ology metal word bands
    TH Idea-ology Alpha Parts
    TH Idea-ology Jute String
    TH Idea-ology Memo Pins
    Ranger Archival Jet Black Ink
    Ranger Wendy Vecchi Archival Ink - Red Geranium
    Ranger Wendy Vecchi Embossing Powder - Red Geranium
    Ranger Super Fine Black Embossing Powder
    Crackle  Accents

A Vintage Journey, Challenge 24 is "Love Is In The Air."
A big thanks to the design team for creating such inspiring pieces of art for us. Also Country View Crafts is sponsoring the challenge and is giving a voucher to the winner. 

Simon Monday Challenge: H is for 
H is for Heart. The heart on my love notes book has the TH Rockstar heart stamp.

Craft Hoarders Anonymous January Challenge - Choose Your Challenge. For each column of the chart: 
Coloring Medium - ink and paint; Fiber - ribbon and burlap; Technique - watercoloring and stamping; Texture: embossing; Embellish: chain and heart, memo pins

Frilly and Funkie - be my valen-twine
I used twine on the word band.

Thanks and have fun crafting - Judy

Sunday, February 1, 2015

CCC3 Challenge 21 - Rock Candy Distress Glitter

Let me say, I made myself get this project done in just one evening. Usually I spend a day or more on something but I am having a knee replacement on Thursday and, of course, I wanted to participate in the challenge. Don't think I even had a drink of water for hours but I'm taking one now. 

Challenge 21 comes from p55 of Tim's book and you can still get a copy because you must work from the book. As always the curiosity team over at Linda Ledbetter's blog designs gorgeous projects for inspiration. I love reading their blogs and going through their techniques, you're never too old to learn something new. Thanks curiosity team!

I'm using colors that I don't generally use (except at Halloween). They are: dusty concord and shaded lilac. Now I am really happy I gave them a try. 

It's a bit hard to get the rock candy distress glitter to shine in my photos. Here's another pic and maybe you can see a little glitz. Tim gives you step by step instructions in his book for the technique.

I added a headpiece on the woman by using one of the stamps from the Nature Walk set. I'll show you a pic so you get the idea. After some fussy cutting, it's now a headpiece! On her face, I used tattered rose; worn lipstick on her lips; and tumbled glass on the iris of her eye. Victorian velvet is on the eyelid. 


The sentiment is stamped in Archival Jet Black ink. 

After  I colored the background of the tag with shaded lilac, I  also put some of the dusty concord on my craft mat, spritzed it with water, then ran the edges of the tag through the ink letting it seep into the tag edges. Later I added some gathered twigs to the tag. 

This challenged is sponsored by Joy and family at Inspiration Emporium and one lucky winner will get a $50 shopping spree. 

Take care - Judy.


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Where To Go - CCC3 Challenge 20

Thanks to Linda Ledbetter and the Curiosity Crew over at Linda's blog, we are having Challenge 20 for Compendiums of Curiosity 3 from Tim Holtz book. The challenge is Distress Watercoloring, Part 2 on page 20 of Tim's book. You do need to work from a copy of his book to participate. 

The Funkie Junkie Boutique is sponsoring this Challenge and thanks to the owner, Linda Coughlin, a $25 shopping spree will be given to one lucky winner.

For my entry, I created a small memory board of a cruise that some travelers might have taken. There are pieces of memorabilia from the cruise as well as a postcard where I used the technique from p40 of the book. Take a look:

The project is mounted on a artists canvas that was sealed with gesso and painted with Distress Paint. 

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Another Page for My Vintage Scrapbook

About 10 years ago, I began a scrapbook of my parents' life. Throughout the project, I have added to pages and taken some apart and changed their look. It's amazing how your scrapbooking evolves over time. Today's photograph is from a page that I originally scrapped a number of years ago and decided to take apart and create a new page with a more vintage look. 

The photograph is of my Mom's grandparents (my great grandparents) and is an amazing picture from so many years ago. Luckily, the old page came apart very easily so new papers and elements could be used. 

I haven't shared many pages from this scrapbook but today must be a good day to share. Thanks for stopping by - Judy.


A Vintage Journey - Challenge 23 - Use A Portrait

Ink on My Fingers - Sunday Stamper - Week 340 - Anything Goes

Papers: Tim Holtz, Graphic 45, 7 gypsies
Tim Holtz: Garden Greens die, Tattered Pinecone die, Spring Greenery Decorative Strip, Crinkle Ribbon
Antique Bronze Heart Charm

Friday, January 9, 2015

January Tag for the 12 Tags of 2015

Wow, it's a new year and time to start the 12 Tags of 2015 over at Tim Here's a look at Tim's January tag.

My tags are finished. Tim doesn't know it, but I usually make two of ever tag and use them in each of my two grandson's scrapbooks. The tags always seem to work just perfect on their pages. 

I mostly just show one of the tags but today, I'll share both with you. Each is just a bit different and I am happy with them.

Here's a shot of the two tags:

Here are pics of each individually:

Thanks Tim and team for continuing the 12 Tags of 2015 series - Judy

Tim Holtz - 12 Tags of 2015 - January 


Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Place Cards for A Wintery Tablescape

Today I stamped some place cards for a Wintery Tablescape. 

You can see the tablescape here