Saturday, December 29, 2012

Wait! I'm not done yet…

Ack, I can't believe that December is almost over. I still have so many Christmas crafty ideas that I wanted to do. Apparently I need to get started in August to get it all done! Well, here is a last little decor piece that I just finished.

 I made the insert part unattached to the glass base so I can switch it out for other seasons (oh, the wheels are turning…) The Thimble Domes come in a set of three and are from Willow House. If you want to get some, don't wait because Willow House is closing out it's home decor line and will only be selling jewelry in the future. I used the Tim Holtz tattered pinecone die and lots of glitter. Everything is better with glitter, especially Christmas decorations. Well, enjoy the rest of the year and welcome 2013!! See you in January unless I manage to sneak some more crafty time in. ;-)

Sunday, December 23, 2012

More Christmas project fun

An online creative group I'm a member of had a little contest where you had to create a Christmas tag. The theme could be anything, it just had to be a #8 size tag as a base. The winners were just announced and I didn't win anything but it was a great excuse to make a fun project. I decided to go with a steampunk theme and created a "mechanical" tag. The graphics wheel with the snow fairies does turn but with finger power and not by the gears. That would have been quite the card engineering feat and I didn't have time for that. But I think it looks cool. ;-)

I'd go into details about how I constructed all this but I need to go wrap some presents - haven't done any yet! yikes! Merry Christmas everyone!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Compendium of Curiousities 2 challenge #33

I got a chance to do another challenge over at Linda's Studio L3 blog. I can't believe that the CC2 challenge is winding down! It's been so much fun. Every week Linda posts a challenge to use one of the techniques shown in the book A Compendium of Curiosities, Vol. 2 by Tim Holtz. This week you needed to use Tissue Tape as shown on page 36. I added a pleated strip to the bottom of the card on the left. I love that stuff!

Be sure to go check out the blog to see all the other art people are linking up. This week there is a prize offered by Simon Says Stamp. Thanks to them for their sponsorship!

Saturday, December 8, 2012

It's feeling a lot like Christmas…

We now have all our Christmas decorations up and it is feeling quite festive around here! I am so thankful for this time of year. We have so many blessings and the joy of the season to celebrate. I love pulling out all the Christmas music and focusing on the greatest blessing - the birth of a special baby 2000 years ago! It can be hard not to get caught up in the rush of the month but I encourage you to take time to think about why we celebrate Christmas and the love that God showed us by sending his only Son to us to be our Savior. I like to make projects that help me to remember that. I've had this project in mind for quite some time. I love to make scenes and I think this one came together well. I did a Halloween version back in October but this is the one I was originally thinking of (and it got done in time for THIS Christmas! Score!)

The container is a candle holder from Target. Of course I used lots of wonderful Tim Holtz dies on the parts inside. The house is based on a Christmas tag he did a few years ago. I used a lot of shimmery mists and glitter on the parts so it really sparkles. I'm entering this in the Inspiration Emporium blog's December challenge which is to create a project that has the word "joy" in it. I'm also entering this in the Simon Says Stamp and Show blog house rules challenge. Thank you for looking and Merry Christmas!

Dies Used:
Sizzix - Mover & Shaper, Mini Reindeer & 25
Sizzix - Pine Tree (retired)
Sizzix - Mover & Shaper, Mini Pine Tree & Holly
Sizzix - Rickety House (retired)
Sizzix - On the Edge Die, On the Fence (retired)
Sizzix Texture Fade Embossing Folder Set - Collage & Notebook

Sizzix & Simon Says Stamp links in this post are affiliate links which do not affect the price you pay but allow me to earn a small percentage of a sale. Thanks! (My husband also thanks you!)

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!!

It is almost upon us, the family gathered around the table and loads of yummy food! I am so thankful for my family and all the blessings we have. Life can be awfully hard but I have so much to be thankful for. One of the things I'm thankful for is my paper crafting hobby!! Last year Tim Holtz had these great Quirky Turkeys on his blog and I didn't have time to make them (or the die I think). This year however I got some done! My hope is to make some more to decorate the table tomorrow (and give to those family members who would care to have them), but at least I have three done. =)

I also used this technique to make the leaves, although I didn't do the gilded part. The alcohol ink on the glassine works great though. I am also entering these in the November Inspiration Emporium challenge. Go check out the great projects they have linked up there! Happy Thanksgiving everyone and remember to count your blessings.

Dies Used:
Sizzix - Tattered Leaves
Sizzix - Strip Die, Mini Paper Rosettes
Sizzix - Strip Die, Paper Rosette
Sizzix - Movers & Shapers Mini Acorn & Pumpkin Set

Idea-ology Memo Pins

Sizzix & Simon Says Stamp links in this post are affiliate links which do not affect the price you pay but allow me to earn a small percentage of a sale. Thanks! (My husband also thanks you!)

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Compendium of Curiousities 2 challenge #26

Two challenges in a roll! Woo hoo!! I wanted to make a card for a friend who just beat cancer (praise the Lord!!) She has been through so much but is now okay! We are celebrating. The CC challenge over at Linda's blog Studio L3 was the perfect opportunity. Each week she features a technique out of the pages of Tim Holtz's book A Compendium of Curiosities, Vol. 2. This week it was Crumpled Kraft Suede on page 40. I incorporated the "suede" as the green background paper behind the flowers and shapes:

This week there is a prize hosted by The Funkie Junkie Boutique. I encourage you to go look at all the cool artwork people have been linking up at Studio L3. It's inspiring!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Compendium of Curiousities 2 challenge #25!

I'm doing pretty well; two weeks in a row! This week the challenge on Linda's blog, Studio L3, was from Tim Holtz's book, A Compendium of Curiosities, Vol. 2, page 53. It involves Perfect Pearls - love that stuff, there is so much you can do with it! I made a card for some friends who have just had a little baby girl. What a blessing and congratulations to them! Here is the card:

The photo doesn't show the shimmery effect of the Perfect Pearls. It's painted  onto all the flower petals (looks great, trust me). This week the store Simon Says Stamp is kindly offering a prize to a lucky winner. Their site is - lots of fun stuff there. Thanks for looking and be sure to go to the Studio L3 blog to see all the great projects linked up for this challenge.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Compendium of Curiousities 2 challenge!

It has been so long since I've been able to complete one of the weekly challenges over at Linda's blog, Studio L3. I'm glad to get back in the game (for a moment at least) and use it to create a get well card for my sister-in-law. (Don't look Kelly!!) The challenge was the Alcohol Ink Resist as found on page 59 of Tim Holtz's book Compendium of Curiousities 2. Awesome technique and one I've not tried before! Here is the card:

I'm also entering this into the Frilly and Funkie blog challenge "A Different Kind of Tag". You had to use a tag in your project in a non-standard way.  I think making a wrap out of two tags fits the bill! I encourage you to go check out both blogs and see all the wonderful projects everyone has been linking up. Lots of inspiration!

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Stop the Presses…

Breaking news! I had an idea for a holiday decoration and I actually got it done for the upcoming holiday! Not the following year, but THIS year. Woo hoo!! That never happens. I get great ideas and then never have a chance to get it done in time. But this year, I have a new Halloween decoration all done and it's only Oct. 2nd! Truly this is ground-breaking for me. ;-)

I purchased a new Halloween themed stamp set by Tim Holtz and wanted to put it to use. I found this great glass box and thought it would be fun to make a little scene inside. For the house, I used an idea from one of Tim's 12 tags of Christmas, altering the colors appropriately. I made a little 3D tree with another Tim die and covered it with brown crackle paint (looks cool, trust me). I stamped the trick or treaters and spider webs directly on the glass panels which fortunately were held in place with metal tabs and not glue so I could take them out for stamping. I "landscaped" with various colors of fallish foam and lichen bits. The pumpkin is something I made years ago out of polymer clay when I was big into dollhouse miniatures. I hope you like my box. It was tough to get one photo to show all that is going on in there. Enjoy!

This fits the Frilly and Funky Fall into Fall challenge and the Inspiration Emporium Spooktacular Decorations challenge. Thanks for the opportunity to enter these challenges and be motivated to get this done! (For this Halloween. Did I mention that?)

Monday, September 17, 2012

Sketch Challenge!

It's time for another sketch challenge over at Scrapping Everyday Miracles! (my last one, sniff sniff) The sketch we're using is very versatile and perfect for that special single photo. The scrap twist is to use mixed alphas in your title.

I had a lot of fun with this one and had just the right photo to use. (I even swiped it out of a frame!) I also used only stuff from my stash because I'm really really trying to use what I have on hand already. Crazy I know…  So here is my little cutie pie Jon when he was only 12 months old and still had his wild and crazy hair. He was also a champion raspberry blower. They get big so fast!

We would love to see what you come up with using the sketch. If you link your layout up to the sketch post by Sept. 30th then you will be entered into the drawing for the Sept. prize. So head on over there and check it out! =)

Monday, September 3, 2012

Scrapping Everyday Miracles Challenge #20

It's that time again! I can't believe it is September. Where did the summer go? I'm pretty happy to have fall here though. No AC in the house or car gets pretty old. It is truly a wonderful modern invention! To get down to business, the new challenge is up at Scrapping Everyday Miracles. This month it is all about celebrating those guys in your life (big or little!) I made my layout about my wonderful fabulous hubby and two little boys. I am so blessed to have them in my life.

The scrap twist this month is to use two different shapes of photos. I think it worked out pretty well here. I got to pull out my circle cutter which I haven't used in quite a while. Let's see where your creativity takes you! Link up your project at SEM by the end of the month and you'll be in the running for our monthly prize. So head on over there and check out all the details.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Sketch challenge!

Hello everyone! Scrapping Everyday Miracles has the August sketch challenge up! Complete the challenge with the scrap twist (think stars), link it up to the post on the SEM blog, and you will be entered into the drawing for the great August prize from Artful Delight. It's a $40 gift certificate so you don't want to miss out on a chance to win that! Here is my take on the sketch:

I think it is amazing that I have managed to get one of the boys' birthdays scrapped not only in the actual year of the birthday, but not even a month after it happened! Hurray!! (That's never happened, lol.) So get on over to Scrapping Everyday Miracles to see the sketch and get scrappy…

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Compendium of Curiosities 2, Challenge 16

Hurray, I was able to just barely get Challenge 16 completed before the deadline. The Studio L3 blog has been hosting a weekly challenge based on techniques found in Tim Holtz's book A Compendium of Curiosities, Vol. 2! This week is using Ranger's Perfect Pearls Mist, found on page 54. (Good thing I have some!) I created a birthday card for a friend, hopefully she doesn't see it here on my blog ahead of time. (No Libby, it's not you because I'm 90% sure you would see this, LOL.) I used Blue Smoke mist on the background and Sunflower Yellow on the center panel. Of course they don't really show up in the photo, DOH! It's there, trust me.

I also used this really really cool die for the center panel. There is a zipper tab (where arrow is) that you tear back to reveal the sentiment. How cool is that!? It's a die from Papertrey Ink - the zipper die from the Movers & Shakers collection. (I want them all!) You can see a demo of the die here (can you tell I'm very enthusiastic about it?) Enjoy the rest of your week and go to Studio L3 and check out all the cool stuff folks have been creating!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Scrapping Everyday Miracles Challenge #19!

It's a new month so that means a new challenge over at Scrapping Everyday Miracles! This month it is very timely because we are focusing on vacations. God can really bless us through our time off with relaxation and bonding with loved ones. We would love to see layouts about your favorite vacations! For my example, I scrapped about a family vacation we just took to southern California. My parents went also and we hooked up with my brother and his family too. We had a blast visiting more relatives and seeing Legoland and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. It was so wonderful to spend time with our family. We had a lot of fun to boot!

I used a lot of ephemera on here. The park maps were conveniently sized at 12 in x 18 in so it was perfect to use one as a background. The entrance tickets found their way in as well as some flattened pennies. They have these penny machines all over the park. Put in two quarters and a penny, turn the crank, and you get a nice little souvenier. We had fun getting the different designs.

Be sure to head on over to the SEM blog and check out the details of this challenge. Link up your project there and you'll be in the running for our monthly prize drawing. Tah - tah for now!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Altered Altoid Tin

Well, I've been slacking on blog posts lately! Life has been busy, and I haven't gotten much crafty time in. I did recently complete this project for a swap I'm in with the All Things Tim yahoo group. We had to somehow alter a mint tin (Altoids in this case) and send it off to a partner in the swap group. Mine is a bit atypical because it's not just a decorated tin that can open and close and hold stuff. I had envisioned having it as a part of a whole scene. I made two of these because I knew that I would want one to keep too. I'm quite happy with the way it turned out! There is definitely a nice garden vibe and I got to use the really cool Tim Holtz faucet handles that I've been wanting to use for some project. I hope you enjoy it!

Dies Used:
Sizzix - Tattered Florals
Sizzix - Tattered Floral Garland
Sizzix - On the Edge Die, On the Fence (retired)
Sizzix Texture Fade Embossing Folder Set - Bricked & Woodgrain

Idea-ology Faucet Knobs

Sizzix & Simon Says Stamp links in this post are affiliate links which do not affect the price you pay but allow me to earn a small percentage of a sale. Thanks! (My husband also thanks you!)

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Compendium of Curiosities 2 Challenge #13

Another challenge down! This week's challenge is a classic - the spritz and flick as found on page 42 of Tim Holtz's book, A Compendium of Curiosities, Vol 2. Every week Linda at the blog Studio L3 picks a different technique out of the book. Then we link up our project there and have a chance to win a great prize! This week the prize is a gift certificate at Simon Says Stamp. Without further ado, here is the card I made using this technique for the green background:

Now this card has a little secret. There is a zipper tab (where it says "open") that you tear back to reveal the sentiment. How cool is that!? It's a die from Papertrey Ink - the zipper die from the Movers & Shakers collection. (I want them all!) You can see a demo of the die here (can you tell I'm very enthusiastic about it?) Enjoy the rest of your week and go to Studio L3 and check out all the cool stuff folks have been creating!

Monday, July 16, 2012

New July Sketch Challenge!

Hello, it's that time again! The sketch challenge for July is up and running over at Scrapping Everyday Miracles. Cara picked a great sketch for this month and if you complete a challenge based on it (and link it up over at SEM) you'll be eligible for the drawing of a $30 Gift Certificate to  Ormolu. Here is my layout based on the sketch:

And here is the sketch:

I took a few liberties but that's what it's all about right? ;-) Go on over to SEM and check out all the details! We'd love to see your projects.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Compendium of Curiosities Challenge

Well, I missed a few of the Compendium of Curiosities Challenges over at the Studio L3 blog but I've been waiting for the current one! I have been wanting to make a Tim Holtz configurations box for the longest time and this challenge was the push I needed to just get it done. I chose a sewing theme (I want to do a Christmas themed one too but that's another project.) Tim explains how to line and put together the configurations box on pages 33 & 34 of A Compendium of Curiosities, Vol. 2. The comes the fun part of filling the boxes! I hope you enjoy mine - it's going to go live on my sewing cabinet.


Be sure to go check out the boxes that others are posting on the Studio L3 blog. There are lots of really great ones there for your inspiration!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Scrapping Everyday Miracles Challenge #18!

Hello everyone! It's challenge time over at SEM! The July challenge is all about Created Beauty. Scrap about the things you see around you, everyday, that remind you that God created everything.  I chose a field trip we took to visit some tidepools in our area. It is amazing what you will find living there and how beautiful it is. God is so creative! Be sure to go over to Scrapping Everyday Miracles and see what the other DT did for their examples. You'll be inspired and you can link up your own take on the challenge for a chance to win a great prize.

Journaling on the pull out tag reads:
We had to get up really early to make the drive to Santa Cruz and get there in time for low tide. It was worth it though! This was one of the lowest of the year and lots of pools were uncovered. The kids had a blast discovering the myriad of God's creatures that made their homes there.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Travelin' Man

I got wind of a challenge that is going on at a blog called Child's Play Challenges where you scrap a photo of the classic Cozy Coupe car toy. This is a layout that I had already done (full disclosure ;-)  ) but it's too perfect not to share. So here it is, little Jon getting crazy in his Cozy Coupe.

Enjoy those summer road trips everyone!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Scrapping Everyday Miracles challenge!

Today there is a new sketch challenge up at Scrapping Everyday Miracles! It's always so much fun to see how everyone interprets a sketch differently. For mine this time I stuck pretty closely to the sketch, from Creative Scrappers.


Here is my take on it:

I hope you all go to SEM and check out the challenge and see what the DT did for examples. Their layouts are wonderful! If you get your layout linked up there by June 30th, you'll be entered to win a series of Donna Downey PanPastel Workshops. Have a good week!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Compendium of Curiosities 2 Challenge #9

It's that time again! It's week 9 in the Compendium of Curiosities 2 Challenge over at the Studio L3 blog. This week's technique was to embellish a Tim Holtz pocket watch as found in A Compendium of Curiosities, Vol. 2, page 35. This was fun - I've been wanting to do one of these watches. I chose a sewing theme and it will most likely turn up in the sewing themed configurations box I have planned in my head. Thanks to Simon Says Stamp for sponsoring this weeks challenge. Be sure to go check out the Studio L3 blog and see all the cool watches folks have been doing!


Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Compendium of Curiosities 2 Challenge #8

Another week, another challenge over at the Studio L3 blog! Every week a new technique is featured from Tim Holtz's book A Compendium of Curiosities, Vol. 2. This week the technique is Repurposed Packaging as found on page 62. I had so much fun with this technique and I'm glad I have a stash of packaging plastic that I've saved. Here is the card I made:

Go check out the Studio L3 blog and see all the artwork that people have submitted already. It's inspiring!

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Birthday Blog Hop Bash!

Welcome to my blog and get ready for some fun! I am a part of the grand one-year birthday celebration of the Scrapping Everyday Miracles blog and boy do we have lots planned for all of you! We have the hop, challenges on the blog, and games and challenges on our Facebook Chit Chat page as well. AND, there are prizes galore! (more on that later) If you have just come to my blog, you can begin at the beginning of the hop by going to the SEM blog now.

We have been asked to share our favorite SEM challenge that we've done so far. This was hard for me to choose because I've been happy with so many of them. I think Challenge #5 is indeed my favorite though. It was about finding the everyday things that make you laugh. My sons certainly provide many funny moments as this layout illustrates:

I also want to share a project about celebration. I thought a birthday card was the perfect project to show! You can never have too many birthday cards on hand in my opinion. This design also happens to be great for using up scraps!

Did I mention prizes galore? Our hop Grand Prize has been provided by two wonderful sponsors... Paper Loves Glue and Memorable Seasons...  Our grand prize winner will win both a gift certificate for $15 to Paper Loves Glue and a $20 gift Certificate to Memorable Seasons.  If that isn't enough both sponsors have provided a discount to their stores!!!!!

As a special offer to all the followers and participants of Scrapping Everyday Miracles, Paper Loves Glue is offering a special discount of 30% off the entire store. Just enter code SAVE30 upon checkout at This offer is valid until June 13, 2012.

For a limited time (until June 30th), if you shop with us and use the code MIRACLES at checkout, you can save 15% off your purchase. This offer does not apply to items in the Pre-order section since they are already 25% off. Please place separate orders for Pre-order & In-stock merchandise if you’d like items from both. 

So are you all ready?  It is time for some hopping!  Have fun and remember in order to qualify for the Grand Prize you must comment on all the blogs in the line-up. The hop will remain open until Sunday night, June 3rd at 11:59pm PST.
SEM blog
Amanda Johnson

Make sure you also stop by our Facebook Chit Chat page for games, challenges and even more prizes.  And don't forget, Monday, June 4th will be a new challenge and another chance at a prize!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Compendium of Curiosities 2 Challenge #7

Another week's challenge completed! Woo hoo! This was a fun one - Brushless Watercolor as found on page 49 of Tim Holtz's book, A Compendium of Curiosities, Vol II. This is a challenge that is going on on the blog Studio L3. It's been fun doing a new technique from the book each week! I created this card for a friend - the background uses the brushless watercolor.

I encourage you to hop on over to the Studio L3 blog and check out all the great submissions for this challenge. The sponsor for the week is eclectic Paperie. They are an awesome store, check them out too. Have a great week!

Friday, May 25, 2012

It's Coming…

Get ready for some fun!! Scrapping Everyday Miracles is turning ONE and we're celebrating with a blog hop and lots of fun and games on the Facebook Chit Chat page. Check it out! You have a chance to win a prize in our pre-celebration give-away too.

Be sure to stop back by my blog here on May 31st to join in the blog hop!

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Compendium of Curiosities 2 Week #6

Under the wire again! My son and I just finished reading "Treasure Island" together and I found myself inspired for this week's Compendium of Curiosities 2 challenge! (albeit at the last minute but I made it happen!) The technique to use this week is Tissue Wrap Collage and it's found on page 38 of Tim Holtz's book,  A Compendium of Curiosities, Vol II.

Here is the card I made. I'm going to save it for my son's birthday.

I had a lot of fun making this! The sponsor this week is The Funkie Junkie's Boutique , they have great stuff! Go check out all the other entries. So inspiring!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Ready To Go For Father's Day Too!

I'm on a roll, at least for making cards well ahead of the required occasion! That is a somewhat unusual occurrence for me but I'm trying to get better about it. I did fall way behind on the Compendium of Curiosities 2 challenges on the Studio L3 blog since I've been so crazy busy lately. I missed Challenge 3 - Marbled Stains and Challenge 4 - Faded Layers. The current challenge is to use Shattered Stains, as found on page 48 of the Tim Holtz book, A Compendium of Curiosities, Volume 2. These challenges have been so much fun and you have a chance to win a prize. This week's sponsor is Simon Says Stamp (

Down to business, for my Father's Day card I combined Challenges 3, 4 and 5! (So I can say I'm caught up now right?) The base background is the Marbled Stains technique, background stamping used Faded Layers and of course the gears utilize the Shattered Stains method (which is so so cool).

I'm pretty sure my Dad never looks at my blog so this won't ruin the surprise. ;-) Here's a detail of the gears:

Well, enjoy the rest of your week and check out the other art people are doing for this over at the Sudio L3 blog. There is some fantastic inspiration over there!

Monday, May 7, 2012

Scrapping Everday Miracles - Challenge 16!

Hello! Mother's Day is almost upon us (You haven't forgotten have you? It's next Sunday!) This month our challenge at Scrapping Everyday Miracles is to create a project that centers around our mothers. How have you been blessed by your mother?  What everyday miracles have you missed in the past but see clearly now?  Some of us may not know our mothers so you can create a project about someone in your life that has shown you that motherly love or who God has used as a miracle in your life!

Here is my layout:

My mom is such a blessing to me. Growing up she was always there to support me and she is still there to help me today. We only live a few miles apart and I am so thankful for that. I get my art genes from her and we share creative pursuits. She is my mom and my friend. Thanks Mom!

I used the following sketch from Becky Fleck's Pagemaps:

Be sure to check out the challenge details at SEM! Link up your own creation there by the end of May and you'll be eligible for a chance to win our monthly prize. Happy Mother's Day!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Celebrating Spring!

I have been enjoying all the flowers blooming in our neighborhood and our garden. We even have our veggies sprouting up already and I'm busy protecting them from snails. I love this time of year! I'm inspired to create springy artwork as well. Like this!

My tag doesn't follow the April example of Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of 2012 too closely but I used the same techniques he is showcasing, just different parts. I also incorporated creating a faux patina on the metal butterfly charm and metal word frame as that is the technique used in week #2 of the book Compendium of Curiosities 2 challenge over at Studio L3 blog. Go check it out! I had a lot of fun making this. Ta-ta for now!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Experimental fun

I've recently joined a yahoo group called All Things Tim (as in the designer Tim Holtz). It is a fun group of talented people and the creativity is really flying over there! One of the members recently shared a video on a different way to use the Tim Holtz ticket strip die. It has sparked a great deal of excitement in the group and people are having a grand time with the technique. It got my ideas going too so I was experimenting as well. This is what I've come up with so far:

Instead of isolating the design on just one ticket section (like the angel at the bottom) I wanted to play with the idea of having a design that was continuous across the whole strip. Postage stamp designs are often like this, where each stamp is a stand alone design but all together the block of stamps forms a larger picture. So in theory these could be torn apart to use on projects, but I think I would keep them intact to use on a card or scrapbook page. I hope you like them. I had fun and I have a lot more ideas. I just need some more free time (hahahahahaha).

Monday, April 16, 2012

Sketch Challenge!

Hello, over at Scrapping Everyday Miracles our April sketch challenge is up and running! If you enter our challenge and link up your project to the challenge post, you will be in the running for our awesome prize this month (a $30 gift credit at Scrapbook Circle). Here is my sketch:

and here is the layout I created using it:

Head on over to SEM for all the details and to see the wonderful layouts the DT did using the sketch. Have a great week!

Friday, April 13, 2012

I'm Ahead of the Game!

I have completed Mother's Day cards for this year! Woo hoo! (I hope my mom doesn't see this blog post.) These cards are also chock-full of Tim Holtz technique goodness and fulfill the requirements for two different challenges.

The first challenge is for Simon Says Stamp and Show (from You just had to create something with one Tim Holtz technique on it. Each of these cards actually has three techniques on it. The left-hand card utilizes Brushless Watercolor, Blended Spritz & Flick, and stamping with a custom foam stamp. The right-hand card uses Wrinkle-Free Distress, Blending with Markers, and stamping with a custom foam stamp.

The second challenge is for the A Compendium of Curiosities 2 Challenge. I'm really excited about this one. Each week the challenge will focus on a different technique found in Tim's new book "A Compendium of Curiosities 2". It's going to be loads of fun! This first challenge was to make a custom foam stamp which I did using the Butterflight On Edge die. The first card is stamped with a pearl paint dabber and the second with Distress ink.

See you Monday, there is more creative fun to come!

Monday, April 2, 2012

Scrapping Everyday Miracles Challenge #15!

It's time for our monthly challenge at Scrapping Everyday Miracles! This is a really fun challenge – we are going to focus on the people in our lives who brighten our day with the silly things they say. My son Greg said the funniest things when he was a preschooler (he's still a funny guy too). I wrote down some quote-worthy statements on a trip to a logging museum we took when he was almost 5. We definitely had a laugh at how he experienced the trip.

Greg, you were such a crack up when you were a preschooler. You would say the funniest things and were (and still are) so animated. I wish I had written down even more from those times. This time we were making a stop at the Collier Logging Museum on our way to Montana. You loved all the machines and finding out about what each one did. You were so serious about it too – you thought these were the coolest working type vehicles ever! I loved your explanations and they gave us all quite a chuckle.

You can join in our challenge and be eligible for a $30 gift credit at Scrapbook Circle. Just head on over to Scrapping Everyday Miracles for the details and the linky for your project.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Creative Chemistry 101 - the final tags!

Well, this has been quite a class! I'm very glad I took it; I've learned quite a lot over the two weeks. I managed to complete the remainder of the tags. Hip - hip hurray! Here they are:

Day 8: Paint Dabber Resist, Crackle Paint Resist, Shattered Stains

Day 9: Perfect Splatter Distress, Perfect Distress, Perfect Distress Mist

 Day 10: Rock Candy Distress Stickles (same technique on both tags)

Thursday, March 29, 2012

More Creative Chemistry 101

Well, I'm still a bit behind but having lots of fun! Here are the tags we did for days 6 and 7:

Day 6 was playing with his new Distress Markers. I really like them and the effects you can get with them. You can blend them on paper and color directly on the stamp.

Day 7 was all about techniques using embossing powders. I already new these but still picked up some helpful tips. I'm learning so much in this class!

Well, more to come! I'm hoping to get some more crafting in tonight. Guess I'd better do the dishes first, lol.