Tuesday, September 30, 2014

12 Tags of 2014 - September

Popping in to quickly post my September tag for Tim's 12 Tags of 2014!  I had other ideas for applying his technique but since I waited until the last day to do this I had to go with copying his tag.  I LOVED his tag and would have made at least one just like it, anyway, in addition to my other idea.  Anyhoo, as usual I made two so I have one to give away.

I used Willow alcohol ink on my background because I didn't have Lake Mist.  It was a little dark so I put some alcohol blending solution on a piece of felt and wiped it across the surface of the glossy paper and that took off some of the color leaving me with a lighter background.  I used the Botanical Remnant Rubs that Tim used on one of my tags and Life Quotes on the other.  I probably should have more butterflies on each tag but in my haste I made two tags and only one strip of colored paper so I had to spread them out!!  I didn't apply them in the rainbow pattern but added them randomly.  All-in-all it's still a very pretty tag and I loved getting out those alcohol inks!

Also, a big shout of thanks to Cheiron over at Cheiron's Crafty Life!  She held a giveaway back in July and I was the lucky winner of the Daydream stamp set used on this tag!!  Be sure to visit her blog.  She designs for Hero Arts and the Simon Says Stamp Challenge blog and her work is fabulous!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Frilly and Funkie - From the Heart

Hi Everyone!  Today I am guest designer over at the Frilly and Funkie blog!  I'm so excited to be part of this challenge and I'm honored to be showcasing my work along with all of the other super-talented Frilly and Funkie design team members!

Trace is our host for this fortnight and the theme is From the Heart.  Make a vintage project to have hearts as the focal image.  You can make a dimensional piece or a card or tag with hearts as the focus.  Well, I don't know about all of you but I got tons of inspiration from the Hip to be Square challenge that Frilly and Funkie recently held!  So I used an artist trading box, or ATB, to create this photo display!

And here's a view of the other side... 

The ATB is covered with a sheet from the Tim Holtz Wallflower paper stash.  I distressed the edges of the covered box with Walnut Stain DI.  I decorated each of the four sides with hearts cut from the Tim Holtz Sizzix Alterations Love Struck die.  Each heart demonstrates a different surface technique from the Tim Holtz Compendium of Curiosities books, Volumes II and III.

This first heart is Painted Industrial from Volume III...
This heart is Colored Crackle also from Volume III... 

This heart is Texture Trade Techniques from Volume II.  I cheated a little bit on this one because I still hoard have a lot of the old textured grungeboard!  I used that instead of first adding texture with an embossing folder!...

This heart is Distress Glitter from Volume III... 

I added some burlap behind each heart, for texture, and then cut and stamped the mini Tattered Banners.
The frame was cut from grungeboard using the Tim Holtz Sizzix Alterations Ornate Frame die.  The finish on the frame is also the Colored Crackle technique.  The hinge clip at the top holds the two frames together and allows for the photos to be changed.   Instead of two photos you could also put a photo on one side and a stamped sentiment on the other side. A chalkboard-style sentiment would look really nice!  I may have to try that!

And there you have it!  I really appreciate the opportunity to play along with Frilly and Funkie on this challenge.  I hope that you'll find the inspiration to create your own From the Heart art piece and enter it in the challenge.  Who knows, maybe YOU will be the guest designer next time!

I've listed below all of the supplies that I used to create my piece.  These can all be found in Linda's shop, The Funkie Junkie Boutique!

Thanks for stopping by!