Saturday, December 13, 2014

Compendium of Curiosities-Woodlands and Tinsel Twine

It's time once again for the CofCIII Challenge on Linda's blog.  This go-round, our sponsor is The Inspiration Emporium and one lucky player will receive a $50 gift card. As always, we are working out of the book by Tim Holtz and you can get your own copy just by following the link. Tim and Mario will choose a winner to receive a fantastic prize from them. And the Curiosity Crew will also choose a winner. Winners all over the place!

This time we are working on page 60 of the book. Without giving away the trade secrets, I decided to do a burlap panel for this challenge. I also used one of the Found Relatives cards and cut the two boys apart. Mom had just finished hanging the wreath on the front door and wanted to take a picture before the boys went back to their sledding! You can see how thrilled they were to take time out from their playing to make mom happy. And what's that old saying about if Mom's not happy, nobody's happy?! Lots of truth there!!


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

12 Tags of 2014-December

Tim is closing out 2014 with a fabulous tag. Of course I don't have all of the things he used, so I improvised!

I did the background as Tim did, then went marching off to the beat of my own drummer! I used his fabulous Halftone Christmas stamp set. LOVE the vintage-y feel of this set! The snowman alone is worth the price of admission! Then there's a Santa, a tree and a snowflake in the set. 


Sunday, November 23, 2014

Compendium of Curiosities III Layering Stencil-Embossing

Is it just me, or did the last two weeks just ZOOM right on by?! 

It's time once again to join Linda and the Curiosity Crew with Tim's instructions on page 50 of his book Compendium of Curiosities III. One winner, chosen by the Curiosity Crew will receive a prize pack from Tim and Mario.  And another winner will receive a $25 shopping spree from The Funkie Junkie.

I can't tell you a whole lot about my tag because I pretty much used Tim's technique on everything! Not necessarily using stencils, but I embossed every.thing on the tag! The only thing NOT embossed is the background colors and the coloring on the old car! Those I used Distress Inks on. Other than that, if you want to know how I did the rest, ya gotta go buy the book!! ;)

Friday, November 21, 2014

12 tags of 2014-November

Decided I needed to get my November tag! Here's Tim's tutorial if you'd like to play along.

I pretty much did this tag just as Tim describes.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Compendium of Curiosities III-Cabinet Cards

As soon as I saw this weeks challenge on Linda's blog, I knew what I was going to do! 

I was gifted a BUNCH of old family photos a few months ago by my Favorite Weird Unkle Grumpz and there was one of my Grandmother and her sisters with their mother in 1923. I wanted to do something with it, but didn't know what. So when I saw the challenge, there was my answer! 

As always, we are working out of the book by Tim Holtz and in addition, he and Mario also provide a very generous prize box to one lucky winner chosen by the Curiosity Crew. We are also sponsored by Inspiration Emporium and they will be providing a $50 gift certificate to one lucky player.

I used some of Wendy Vecchi's Embossing paste thru her checkerboard stencil on my card. An old piece of lace is sewn on the card, and an old button from my stash and I used a small canvas tag for the 1923 date (Tim's Industrious Stickers painted black and wiped off!) and Dina Wakley's Collaged Hearts stamp set. 

From left to right is my Great-Aunt Julia who was a nurse at what was then Mound Park Hospital in St Pete. My Great-Grandmother Laura, who was born on Key West to one of the original settlers of the island. She lived to 103 years old! My Great-Aunt Eloise who was a school teacher and principal. Finally, my Grandmother Sara and she was a school cafeteria worker. 

Thursday, October 30, 2014

CofCIII-Week 14

Time once again for the Compendium of Curiosities Challenge at Linda's. We are on page 53 of Tim's book and you can click the link and order your own copy and Tim will even generously autograph it for you! Each week, the Curiosity Crew puts their heads together and comes up with a winner that will receive a huge bounty of goodness from Tim and Mario. In addition, this week's sponsor is The Funkie Junkie who will give one lucky player a gift card to shop with!

This week our challenge was Tim's Colored Crackle technique. One of my favorites. Without disclosing exactly how  I accomplished the technique, I will tell you that I was heavy-handed in some areas and lighter handed in others. I think I like the heavy-handed areas better! But I liked how my elements turned out, so I used them all. I also had a few birds on tissue paper sitting on my desk, so I added them to my tag.


Saturday, October 11, 2014

CofCIII-Worn Cover

Holy cow! Where did the last two weeks go?!

The fabulous Linda has challenged us to use Tim's Worn Cover for this go-round. Our sponsor this time is The Inspiration Emporium and they are giving away a $50 gift card to one lucky player. 

I've still got Japan on the brain! I bought this Worn Cover with the intention of using it for Japan pictures, so here we go! Since this is more about using the Worn Cover than an actual technique as is usually the case, I'll let you know what-all I did to "fancy up" my book.

I started with a piece of one of Tim's new fabrics and backed it with Phoomph to give it some stability. I used two of Wendy Vecchi's  Archival Inks, Fern Green and Cornflower Blue along the edges and also thru Tim's Latticework stencil. I also used the same colors of Wendy's Embossing Powders on Tim's Letterpress Alphabet. I colored some Crinkle Ribbon with Peeled Paint, Stormy Sky and Antique Bronze Distress Stain. I used some KraftResist papers to make pockets for the inside front and back covers, along with a map from the Crowded Attic paper stash. I even got a few pictures added! All of the pictures are of the Imperial Garden tour that we were so fortunate and blessed to be able to take when we were in Kyoto.

The dangles on the spine of the book we picked up in the different cities we visited while we were in Japan. Oita is where my mother in law was living when she met dad almost 60 years ago. Hakata is where she was born and where her ashes are interred. The little Japanese Geisha was just too cute, and I had to have her!