Friday, December 26, 2014

Compendium of Curiosities III-Pocket Pages

Time again for the Compendium of Curiosities III over at Linda's.  Go look at all the cool things the Curiosity Crew created for this challenge. Truly awe inspiring! We are, as always, based on the book by Tim Holtz. Tim and Mario will be sending a huge box of IdeaOlogy goodness to one lucky player. And our sponsor, The Funky Junkie is providing a $25 gift card to someone. 

These are some pages that I created at Paula Cheney's class at Whim So Doodle in St Pete, FL earlier in December. I've not had time to finish any of them, but I did manage to get them in the book! 


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!

Monday, October 6, 2014

CofCIII- Photo Tinting

After taking a couple of challenges off, I am back at it with the 12th challenge! This week it's all about Photo Tinting. You can read all about it in Tim's third book because as you know by now, I can't share the technique with you! You should also head to Linda's blog and see what the Crew created with this challenge. Our sponsor this week is The Funkie Junkie and they are donating a gift card for one lucky winner. 

One of the Curiosity Crew members, Annette Green did a FABULOUS tribute to her late mother in law and it got my wheels turning. I used one of Tim's burlap panels for my memorial. I colored some Ranger Texture Paste and ran it thru a stencil and darkened the edges of the panel with some Gathered Twigs Distress Ink.  We have a picture of John's mom when that was on her passport when she came from Japan to marry dad and move here to the States. So I did the technique per Tim's instructions then set about to make a memorial to her. She loved her prayer blessings and she had a bunch of them that I gathered up before we sold their house. I had a piece of a long discontinued Close To My Heart paper laying around, so I incorporated it onto my panel. She will forever be in our hearts. We love you, mom. 


Saturday, October 4, 2014

12 Tags of 2014-October

Time once again for the 12 Tags of 2014, the October version. Check out Tim's cool tag here.

I had to cheat a bit. I don't have any of the new Spray Distress Stains, so I used Dyan's instead! I think they did a nice job. I went with a "witchy" theme and instead of the bird that she's holding on the stamp, I gave her a pumpkin from my stash. I also used Paula Cheney's idea using some of Tim's Alpha Parts letters and Distress Glitter for the witchy at the bottom. 

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Sept Tag of the Month

Is anybody still around? It feels like forever since I've blogged. We've been to Japan and fulfilled my mother-in-laws last wish which was for us to take her back home when she passed away. So she is interred with her family and we hope she is at peace.  

I got my fingers inky for the first time in almost 3 weeks today. Had to play along with Tim's tag for Sept. Even though it's still approaching 90 every day here in FL, I am dreaming of cooler days and turning leaves. The Japanese Maple trees were already turning when we got to see the Imperial Gardens in Kyoto. A truly once in a lifetime experience that will leave you in awe if you ever have the chance to see them. So I sort of took my inspiration from that! I followed Tim's directions, but instead of butterflies adorning my tag, I went with falling leaves. 


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Compendium of Curiosities III -Stamps and Framelets

Two weeks just f-l-e-w by! We are still playing in the book by Tim Holtz  and our hostess is the fabulous Linda Ledbetter, And our sponsor is Inspiration Emporium who is supplying a winner with a $50 gift card!

This week our challenge is on page 63. It's Tim's fabulous Stamps and Framelets set. I decided to get started on my Christmas decorations. I used one of Tim's burlap panels as my starting point. I distressed the edges with some Gathered Twigs Distress Ink. I added some Festive Berries Distress Glitter to Multi Medium and applied it thru Tim's new Festive stencil. There's also a bit of shimmer from Perfect Pearls. My ribbon was dyed with Iced Spruce. 


Thursday, August 7, 2014

12 tags of 2010-August

It's time once again for Tim's 12 tags of 2014. You can find his sample tag here.

I wanted to play with Dina's All The Gals stamp set, so that was my starting point. I used a few of the words from the stamp set as well. I used the film strip to highlight one of the words. 

My fingers are inky and I am happy!


Sunday, August 3, 2014

Compendium of Curiosities III-Faded Layers

It's time once again for the Compendium of Curiosities III, hostessed by the wonderful Linda Ledbetter on her blog. You can find all the details here. As always, we are working out of the book of the same name by Tim Holtz . And this week our sponsor is The Funkie Junkie and they are providing a $25 gift certificate to one lucky player.

This challenge is on page 58 if you are following along.

I started by making my tag according to Tim's directions in the book. I LOVE his Bigz Butterfly die, so I decided to use it again for this project. I also added some greenery and one of Tim's bows. 


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Compenduim of Curiosoties III-Painted Industrial

It's time once again for the Compendium of Curiosities III challenge. Our hostess is Linda Ledbetter.  We are, as always, working out of Tim's book of the same name. Our sponsor this week is Inspiration Emporium and one lucky player will win a $50 gift card! This week's challenge can be found on page 46 if you're playing along. And you really should be if you aren't!

I had so much fun with last week's challenge using the burlap panel that I decided I'd incorporate another into this week's challenge as well. I saw this quote somewhere in my Internet travels and liked it, so I used the bird and did this week's technique on it. 


Saturday, July 5, 2014

Compendium of Curiosities III Altered Burlap Panel

It's time once again for Compendium of Curiosities III! Our wonderful hostess, Linda Ledbetter has all the details along with the design team's contribution. We are following along in the book by Tim Holtz.This week our sponsor is The Funkie Junkie and they will be giving one lucky player a $25 shopping spree.

This week's technique can be found on page 37, Altered Burlap Panel. And as always, I can't tell you how I did it, but I can share a couple of things. I was blown away by Paula Cheney's blog tutorial on making ginormous flowers with Tim's  Jumbo Tattered Florals Die. I bought it and the new Butterfly die and embossing folder combo last weekend at StampFest Orlando and decided that was where I was starting with my panel. I love the technique of the flowers and will be using it again! I decided my butterfly needed to be a monarch and colored it with Distress Markers.