Monday, June 25, 2012

12 Tags of 2012 - June

Hello!  I found time yesterday to make my version of the June tag for the Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2012.  I pretty much followed Tim's version with the exception of using my own photo.

I had to substitute Distress Stains Victorian Velvet and Pumice Stone for my background tag as I don't have Tattered Roses and Frayed Burlap stains (I'll remedy that today!). I must say that I LOVE the color combination! I wrote it down on the back of the tag so that I would have it for future reference!

The stamp used on the background tag is the Fleur with Script from Stampers Anonymous. The photo is a B&W laserjet copy and I colored it with Distress Ink in Tumbled Glass, Brushed Corduroy and Bundled Sage using the Ranger Craft Nibs and Holder. I didn't have the mini numbers or the metal file tabs. For the number I covered a manila folder scrap with foil tape and cut a number "2" using a retired Sizzix sizzlet alphabet die. I used the same technique for the metal file tab using the Alterations Bigz Tiny Tabs and Tags die and then colored the tab with Adirondack Alcohol Ink in Ginger.  The Limited Edition stamp is from Hero Arts.

Oh, by the way, that's my Dad and his father in the photo!  The picture was taken in 1942 so that's why I used the number "4" on the file tab and the number "2" at the bottom!  Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, June 22, 2012

CC2C - Week 10

Hello Everyone!   Well, I came home from work on Thursday and rushed through this technique to make the deadline.  Then I snapped some pictures and logged on to my computer to prepare my blog post and saw Linda's message extending the deadline another week!  So while I have the opportunity to tweak this tag I'm not going to.  It was a good exercise for me to make something so quickly...I usually work slow...hem and haw over this and that...and still end up with something that I think could be better.   I had to make quick decisions on this one and overall I'm pleased with the result.

The technique chosen for this week's Compendium of Curiosities Vol 2 challenge, hosted by the lovely (and a little tired) Linda on the Studio L3 blog, is Tissue Wrap Flowers on page 37.  The sponsor for this week, with a $25 gift certificate, is the other lovely Linda at the Funkie Junkie's Boutique!

I started off with a tag that was left over from the Creative Chemistry 101 marble stains technique.  I used the Texture Fades Fancy and Floral Frames folder to create a frame on the tag and then distressed the tag with Seedless Preserves Seasonal Distress Ink.  My tissue wrap flowers were constructed from Idealogy Terminology Tissue Wrap are colored with Dylusions Crushed Grape, Pure Sunshine and Lemon Zest.  The flower colored with Lemon Zest was also sprayed with Perfect Pearls Mist in Sunflower Sparkle.  I used antique buttons in the center of the flowers.  The leaves were cut from Core'dinations paper with the Alterations Mini Branch and Leaf Movers and Shapers die set.  The vines were cut with the Sizzix Sizzlits Flourish with Heart #2 and #3.  The words are from the Dylusions stamp set titled The Right Words.  I added the white accents with a Sharpie extra fine point pen.

The tissue wrap flowers were a bit challenging.  It seemed like the more I messed with them the more rumpled they became.  I think the secret is to separate, fluff and then STOP!

This is the first time I've used the Dylusions sprays. Wow, are they ever intense!  Just a few quick sprays and the purple flower was almost black!  It was so dark you couldn't see the text on the tissue wrap.  So I spritzed it with water to dilute the color.  It worked but I ended up with VERY purple fingers.  Ranger Craft Scrubbie to the rescue!  I still have a purple fingernail on my thumb!  But I did end up with a lovely tag to save for that I used to mop up the excess ink/water on my craft mat!

I hope you have a great weekend!  Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

CC2C Challenge - Week 9

The technique chosen for this week’s CC2C Challenge on the Studio L3 blog is the Pocket Watch.  The instructions for the technique can be found on page 35 of Tim Holtz’s book A Compendium of Curiosities Volume 2.  If you don’t already have the book you can buy a copy, autographed by Tim, right here. This week’s challenge is generously sponsored by Simon Says Stamp and that means one lucky participant will win a $25 gift certificate!

One of my previous hobbies was beading.  Unfortunately working on a computer and 10-key calculator all day has taken a toll on my hands and I had to give it up.  I have a lot of different charms left over from that so I decided to use some of my favorite ones in my Pocket Watch.  I stayed with the Paris theme that I used in last week’s challenge.  Do you see a trend??!!   I dream of going to Paris someday!

Here’s my Pocket Watch:

The background paper is from Tim's Vintage Shabby paper stash.  Then I added my different charms.  I couldn’t fit them all inside so I used Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents to place the shoe charm on the pocket watch glass.  I wasn’t sure that it would work but it holds really well!!

I added Tim's Idea-ology Swivel Clasp and put some additional charms on that along with some beads and pearls.  The pocket watch is super easy to put together and the possibilities are endless which you can see by all of the wonderful things the other participants did with their pocket watches!

Monday, June 4, 2012

CC2C Challenge - Week 8

Happy Monday everyone!  The technique chosen for this week’s CC2C Challenge on the Studio L3 blog is Repurposed Packaging.  The instructions for the technique can be found on page 62 of Tim Holtz’s book A Compendium of Curiosities Volume 2.  If you don’t already have the book you can buy a copy, autographed by Tim, right here.

I’ve seen Tim use this technique many times on his blog but I’ve only tried it once when I made one of the 12 Tags of Christmas in 2010.   I loved how that turned out!  I’ve been hoarding packaging ever since including the backer cards for Tim’s products.

So here’s what I started out with.  For my tag I used the backer card from an Idea-ology package and I also used some sheets of plastic packaging.

And here’s what I ended up with!

I really wanted to use the new LaLaLand Eiffel Tower die that I just got so I went with a Parisian themed tag.  The background paper is from the Crowded Attic paper stash with Distress Ink Walnut Stain applied to the edges.  The Eiffel Tower was cut from a piece of laserjet copy paper covered with foil tape.  (This is a thin die so it only cuts basic paper, nothing too thick.)  I colored it with Adirondack alcohol ink in ginger and glued it to the tag with Claudine Hellmuth Studio Matte Multi-Medium.  The stamps are from Stampers Anonymous and Stampa Rosa.  The charm is an Idea-ology Fragment charm.

The flowers are Tim’s Alterations Tattered Flowers movers and shapers set and the Sizzix Daisy mover and shaper die.  The leaf is from the Alterations Leaf and Branch movers and shapers set.  I used Adirondack alcohol inks in wild plum, purple twilight, watermelon, salmon, and sunset orange, lettuce, citrus and meadow.  The flowers are secured to the tag with a gemstone brad.  The leaves were attached with Ranger Inkssentials Glossy Accents.

I had fun with this one and I hope you like it, too.  Thanks for looking!