Thursday, September 15, 2016

At the Movies...

Hi all! Just wanted to share with you a really fun project I created for this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge- At the Movies and for the September Vintage Journey Challenge-Create with a Frame.
I started by grabbing all the Tim Holtz's movie related stamps, dies, idea-ology etc that I have and then just pieced this creation together.

I started out to make a card but it then turned into a mixed media dimensional project which I set into a box frame.

I even made a little film reel from a wooden sewing spool and Tim Holtz's Idea-ology film strip ribbon.

I used one of my favorite stamp sets At the Movies CMS081 for the popcorn box and also the Ticket Collage wood mounted stamp for the background. I added 2 cut-out from the Picture Wheel Bigz die which I cut out of foil card stock, painted with Distress paint and place atop frosted film to give the look of a true negative reel,

I added the "at the movies" theme phrase using Tim's Letterpress Wood blocks- painted to coordinate with the red and yellow from the popcorn box.

Thanks for joining me today and check out the SSS Monday Challenge for some great inspiration from their super talented designers!

Friday, September 2, 2016

12 Tags of September...with a twist

Hey y'all! We have a tropical storm in our midst today so I have hunkered down in the studio and got an early start on my September 12 Tags!  

I started by created a bunch of  Paint Patina backgrounds on manila tags.

Then for the second background I used Black and Mushroom Alcohol inks on Yupo and then stamped in various colors of Archival Inks to create the "negative" technique (as seen in Creative Chemistry 103). 

For the TWIST I sprayed a couple of the backgrounds with Isopropyl Alcohol- creating a droplet effect that when dried turned into a cool blue splotchy background.

 I added a bit of hand "stitching" to two of the three tags and will be entering these in the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge:  It's a Stitch Up

I love how the twist on this technique provide the perfect halo for my umbrella man! 
Thanks so much for joining me today! Hope everyone who was/is in the path of the storm stays safe and sound! 
Embrace Imperfection!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Technique Junkies September Blog Hop

The  Technique Junkie Design Team is celebrating September with a blog hop showcasing all of the new spooky designs for this month.  You should have arrived here from the amazing Beth Norman's blog. if not be sure to start there so not to miss all the great inspiration!

 You can SAVE during these celebration days as well.  The September release stamps will be on SALE (15% OFF) until the 8th!  Get them while their hot!!

So many of the designs from this month pair so well with one of my favorite "spooky" background stamps: Spider Webs so of course I decided to pair them up for this project.
My first card uses a fun paint resist technique for the background and the main focus is the new release sentiment: Happy Halloween.

For my second card I chose the Witchy Moon stamp. This is a great silhouette stamp and just perfectly paired with the Spider Web background and the Happy Hallowen sentiment.

Thanks for joining me today and be sure to continue on the hop and don't miss any of the great inspiration from these talented artists.  Your next stop on the hop is the super talented Judy Jackson!

Below is the entire blog listing -be sure to check them all out and return to the TJ website where you can find and purchase all these fantastic stamps!

Design Team Blog
Lanette Erickson
Karen McAlpine
Kathy Stacy
Beth Norman
Pam DeChellis -YOU ARE HERE
Judy Jackson
Tonya Davidson
Pat Huntoon
Robin Redd

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Go Fish! Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge

Hello everyone! Hope y'all had a fantastic weekend.  I just finished my project for this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge and I am so excited to share it with you.  The theme this week is Go Fish so I decided to use some of my favorite Sand and Sea elements from Tim Holtz and of course my favorite Ranger Distress Inks.

I started by creating a background onto watercolor card stock using Distress Inks and water.  I added additional stamped elements in the background as well as some texture with stencils and Ranger matte texture paste.
The Sand and Sea elements were cut from grungeboard- painted and then the seahorse was covered with Rock Candy Crackle paint. Once dry I added a bit of distress stain, this is a technique I learned in one of Tim's s12 tags of 2014-july. i also created the "sand" using the technique from the same 12 tags lesson. 
The entire panel was place atop a Tim Holtz Canvas Panel- covered in tissue wrap and lightly sprayed with Distress stains.  - and as a final touch I added the fish netting prior to attaching the main panel to the canvas.

Thanks so much for joining me today, I had so much fun with this challenge- be sure to check out Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge each week for some fun and inspiration!.
Embrace Imperfection!

Monday, August 22, 2016

Crazy Dogs Mini Canvases

Happy Monday y'all! I want to share with you today a really fun project that was inspired by a fantastic video by the fabulous and talented Nina-Marie Trapani (for Simon Says Stamp)  using Tim Holtz's Crazy Dogs stamps.

These are such cute little canvases, stamped with Archival Black ink and colored with Distress Crayons and water. See Kristina's video here!
I decided to make them into magnets by running them through the Xyron Creative Station loaded with the magnetic cartridge.

 The Distress Crayons leave such a great texture on the canvases (covered with a layer of gesso first).

The colors are so vibrant-not washed out like with other water coloring tools.

 Thanks for joining me today and be sure to check out the Simon Says Stamp Blog and Nina's video for more great inspiration!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Alcohol Ink Abstract Tim Holtz Blueprints

Happy Thursday everyone! Today I wanted to share with you a really fun project using Ranger alcohol inks. I started off making multiple backgrounds with alcohol ink and a can of spray to create the Alcohol Ink Splatter backgrounds (a technique I learned from Tim Holtz of course).  

I used Ranger Specialty Stamping paper and created a couple of each color combo, stamping my favorite Tim Holtz Blueprint on each.  I used one to cut out the main image and place it on the other to "pop". 

I love the look of the abstract main image atop the abstract background.  These were so fun to create. I added a few embellishments and/or sentiments  to each to finish out the card design.

I am entering this fun summery card into this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge-Summer Fun.
Thanks for stopping by today and please leave a comment below and share your thoughts!
Embrace Imperfection!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2016 July

As promised I am going back in time and completing all of the 2016 Tim tags thus far.  For July the technique remix is a combination of Watercolor Resist (July 2015) and Layered Words (April 2015).

Love the fall colors in this tag: Carved Pumpkin, Candied Apple, Twisted Citron, Lucky Clover, Peeled Paint  and Walnut Stain Distress Markers were used with a Distress Water Brush to color.

The watercolor resist technique uses the Distress Microglaze which is an amazing product for creating a watercolor wash over a stamped image! 

The watercolor wash I used over this Blueprint "Cuppa Joe" was Squeezed Lemonade Distress Stain-what a gorgeous yellow that complements the greens in the coffee cup so well.

Thanks so much for joining me again for another sample of Tim's technique remix 12 tags! If you have not joined in the fun-stop on by to his blog-it's so addicting!