Thursday, March 29, 2012

Spreading My Wings

It has been an exciting past week getting very inky with the Tim Holtz Creative Chemistry 101 online classes. I feel like a kid in a candy store discovering new blends of my favourite chocolate! I have fallen in love with several of the techniques Tim has shown during the courses. I do not think any of these techniques are new but they are new to me. I wanted to see how many I could fit onto one tag for the Simon Say Stamp and Show Tag Challenge. I also created this tag for the first challenge for the Frilly and Funkie Challenge. The first challenge is What's Your Vintage Style. My Vintage Style is definately more Funkie than Frilly. But I am sure I will manage to throw in some lacey frills occassionally.  I love metal, gears, machinery, trains, vintage race cars (I am an engineer in real life) and bright colours, a reflection of my bright, chirpy, quirky possibly bordering on annoying personality.   You can read all the details on how I made this tag after all of the pictures.

I created a background with the Marbled Stains Technique (1) using Distress Stains

Used the Stamping with Stains technique(2) by stamping a background image from Papillon Set with Picket Fence Distress Stain over the marbeled layer

Stamped Tim Holtz Eiffel Tower from I See Paris Set and Artistic Outpost postmark from the Artistic Outpost Charles and Amelia Plate with Black Archival Ink.

I created a tag using the Rusted Enamel technique(3). I used that tag and the Sewing Room Die to cut out the model dress form.

I cut a little rectangle of sticky back canvas, stamped the gears image from the Artistic Outpost Industrial Backgrounds plate with Snow Cap White Acrylic paint then added various colours of distress stains to make the gears visable. This is the Paint Dauber Resist Technique. (4) I cut out the body of the dress from using the sewing room die and stuck it to the rusted enamel piece.

I altered the flutterby grunge wings using the Shattered Stains technique (5) 

That's it for the techniques. And now onto the other neat things I like about this tag:
The stained seam binding at the top spruced up with a idea-ology word key, pearl and pin.
Corregated cardboard from the Funkie Junkie Zibbit Shop die cut with large and smaller Tim Holtz sizzix gear dies then aged with distress inks and embellished with Large and Small Gears and sprockets. I added some washers and hammered brads on the right side.
I added an appropriate inspirational quote from Dyan Reaveley's Quintessential Quotes set
Finally, I LUUUUUUUUUURRRVE the bling I added to the dress form. I added some very small round watch bits to the neckline and front. I used two swival clasps for the belt and added a compass from The Funkie Junkie.

Woosh, that was a lot of informationfor such a small creation! I had a lot of fun making this tag! And this is what it is all about!!!!!!!!

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

With a little.... make that a lot of practice

I am over the moon that for the second week in a row, the Simon Says Stamp and Show Design Team selected my entry as one of the Top Three! My Springpunk in Light Red earned itself a little ribbon! This week's Simon Says Stamp and Show is a VERY different story.

With a little lot of practise, my handmade backgrounds hopefully will get better. I'm participating in Tim Holtz's Creative Chemistry online class. At the same time, I have been starting my art journaling efforts. So far the class has been good fun. I'm entering two of my tags from one of the lessons in the Simon Says Stamp and Show Your Handmade Background Challenge.

Just to show you my art journaling escapades. Here is a picture of me practising while I have the first of Kate Crane's Art Journaling DVDs playing on my computer.

Learning that there are no mistakes in art...
But there is ugly mess! LOL!

So far I have learned....
My pages are probably too large for me.  I would probably have a better time with the paints with a smaller surface area to cover.  I need to clip my pages down even after I have finished painting a gesso layer. I need way more practise with using stencils. I need more practise using sprays. I am having a WONDERFUL time getting mucky!

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If you have any tips or any good links/books/magazines etc. on Art Journaling, please feel free to pass your knowledge onto a willing learner (ME)


Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Artistic Outpost Flowers

I am back with another Artistic Outpost Stamps creation.  The March Referal Program Challenge  is Springpunk, with the challenge of shades of red. I love fresh cut flowers, but they have a tendancy to wither away after a while. So I decided to make some everlasting flowers. I wanted to make some flowers using Whiteout Clearly for Art modeling film but.....someone still needs a lot of practice figuring what ink to use and how to heat and curl without burning my hand off! I stamped images from the Industrial Backgrounds, London Underground and  Whimsical Melange plates on white cardstock and then glued them to clear cardstock.  I stamped the images with red archival ink, covered it with tattered rose distress stain. I used one of the hearts from the Sizzix primative hearts die to cut out the petals. I glued the individual petals to a circle, added some idea-ology pieces and then added some old paper distress stain to give the flowers them more depth. Not perfect, but I'm satisfied with the result. (Satisfied.... but not super excited about the result...I'm still figuring out how to mix various media to make it look faaaaabulous)

I altered the bottle a little while back when playing with Wendy Vechhi's faux crazed glass technique. I added some white seam binding inked up with barn door distress stain. I added some Tim Holtz Chain, a mini safety pin and probably my favourite part of the vase, my stamped shrink art charm. I stamped a frame from the Whimsical Melange plate and a quote from the Typography plate using stazon ink on frosted shrink plastic. I used my heat gun to shrink the piece. Siggghhhh...I love shrinky Dinks!

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Spring Light Red

I have fallen in love with Artistic Outpost Stamps. They are so great for using in my new Mixed Media Ventures. I have been thinking about the March Referal Program Challenge for a few days, it's Springpunk, but with the challenge of shades of red. Red is a vibrant colour if you ask me, so doing a Springpunk project (using softer tones) is somewhat challenging. So I decided that I would use light red (aka pink) for my creation. I did order some new Artistic Outpost stamps so I might have a second go at the Spring Punk challenge with Red after they arrive. I stamped the Gears from the Industrial Backgrounds Set with white acrylic paint. Sponged Iced Spruce, Antique Linen and Milled Lavender over the image. I then stamped a quote from the Typography Plate with Black Archival Ink (I stamped it once on scrap paper to tone it down a bit). I cut out the frame using the Vintage Cabinet Card and inked it up with Pink Sherbet Acrylic paint dauber, then covered that with rock candy crackle. It wiped on and then wiped off a layer of weathered wood distress stain to try and age it a bit, or at least add some more character to the frame. Finally I stuck the frame onto a small easel I also cut out of cardboard using the small easel die.

The Grungy Monday Challenge #39 is being sponsored by Simon Says Stamp and is 12 Tags of Christmas 2009 Day 3. A little Plaid Action.  I love this technique. I used light springy colours to match the Springpunk theme!  I created my plaid pieces using lemonade, pink sherbet and stonewashed alcohol inks and stuck it to a piece of cardboard. I then cut out the butterflies borders, mini tattered florals, gears, and arrow using Tim Holtz Dies. Finally I Added lots of Idea-Ology to punk it up a bit!A cute springpunk inspirational piece of art! Which lastly fits it perfectly with the Simon Say Stamp and Show "Anything Goes" Challenge for this week. 

Finally, remember my Lucky Penny Jar?...It won a Top Three Award last week over at the Simon Says Stamp and Show Bottle it Challenge! How cool is that!

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Thursday, March 8, 2012

My Lucky Penny Jar

Whenever I see a heads up penny on the ground, I have to pick it up and make a wish. I keep on thinking that I will someday put together a dollars worth of lucky heads up pennies and buy a lottery ticket. 100 lucky pennies surely would bring a lucky lottery ticket right? I don't really have a place to keep all those pennies.

This week's Simon Says Stamp and Show challenge is bottle it. I love the bottles that Candy and Tracy altered using Wendy Vecchi fauz crazed glass technique. I remember seeing some cute inexpensive small bottles while I was at my local craft store, Michaels.  What a perfect opportunity to finally to make my lucky penny jar.  I made my green since it's the colour of the lucky Irish Shamrock! And it fits in with the March Inspiration Emporium Go Green challenge

I used Meadow Ranger Alcohol Re-inker over matte glue and seal and rock candy crackle paint. I added a ton of Idea-ology bits and pieces. I typed and printed the text on my computer, stuck it to some Tim Holtz Idea-ology Lost and Found paper and it with the Ornate frame and then added a layer of Glossy Accents to make it shine. I used various bits of chain and made the top stay attached to the Jar.

I had so much fun making this jar(Candy you were right), that I have a bunch more ready to go. I am thinking "poison" bottles for Halloween among other things! Here are a bunch of bottles in various stages. From left to right
Plain bottle
Bottle covered with Matte Glue and Seal
Bottle covered with Rock Candy Crackle Paint
Bottle coloured with Alcohol Ink
Bottle with Embellishments

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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Grungy Monday Challenge #38

In my new Mixed Media escapades I found Studio L3. Linda runs a challenge called Grungy Monday-Celebrating the Techniques and Products of Tim Holtz.  I brainstormed my idea for challenge #37, wearable art, but never got round to making it. This weeks challenge #38 is  

I made a little 3"x3" Canvas art peice that will be given to a friend as a birthday present.
I stamped images from new Tim Holtz Mixed Media Stamp set with white acrylic paint, let it dry then inked it up with milled lavender distress ink and some frost sheer shimmer spritz.I added a bunch of Tim Holtz metal embellishements that I also inked/wiped off with some white acrylic paint. I love the little (un)corked vial I used as a flower vase. I added some glass beads to the bottom to make it look like there is water in the vase! The heart is new Kraft core cardstock no. 18  cut out with the Lovestruck Die, embossed with the gears and sprockets folder, sanded to reveal the kraft core. I covered it with rock candy crackle paint to give it some more texture.

I am starting to get the hang of this mixed media stuff! Next up...Art Journaling!

Monday, March 5, 2012

Stamp and Create Product Spotlight and Monthly Challenge

Welcome back to Stamp and Create!
There is a new Monthly Challenge.
It's Monday so that means it's time for a new Weekly Candy and Product Spotlight Sale.
The new Weekly Candy is:

**In order to enter the candy, you must post the Stamp and Create's Store Logo in the side bar of your blog and link it to
The candy end Sunday, March 11th at 7pm EST
The Greeting Farm stamps 25% off this week
(Sale runs through midnight EST Sunday, March 11th)


I used one of the darlings from the Miss Anya Dressy set.  Miss Anya was paper pierced with Basic Grey Olivia Paper. The sentiment is Friendship Notables 2 from Whimsy  and cut out with the Notables 2 die.The Olivia paper was also used on the card. The ribbon is May Arts Rose Ribbon tied with the Bow Easy. I also used Kaisercraft Coconut Mini Paper Blooms, little daisy flower spacers with Basic Grey Eva Brads and a flower #2 charm.
Here are some quick links to some of the newest products available through Stamp and Create:
Plus lots of designs on Clearance...

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Saturday, March 3, 2012

Tim Holtz Tags 2012 March

Tim Holtz is THE MAN when it comes to mixed media art. This Tag is my take on the Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2012 March Challenge. My one question about tags, what do people do with these Tags? I think I am going to stick some magnets on this one and toss it on the fridge. If you do something fun with your tags, let me know!

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Friday, March 2, 2012

Simon Says Stamp and Show - Ideaology

I'm having a blast getting inky and messy with this mixed media stuff. I made another journal. One can never have too many journals! I made this one for the Simon Says Stamp and Show Idea-Ology Bonanza.

Too many Idea-Ology pieces to link, but here is a list without the links
Grunge Letters (behind the Foil tape sheets)
Alphabet pieces painted with silver paint (on the frame)
Word Keys
Game Spinners
Sprocket and Gears
Swivel Clasps
Philosophy Tags
Tissue Tape
Paper Stash - Crowded Attic
Gears Embossing Folder
Sanding Block
Alcohol Ink - Stream
Frayed Burlap and Aged Mahogany Distress Ink

The Stamp is from Unity Stamps Co. stamped with SU Black Craft Ink and embossed with Black Embossing Powder.

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