Thursday, June 30, 2011

She said “What?”

Ok, it’s Wednesday night and I’ve completed a crazy twofer. Two tags in one, both sides are finished and match.
My project is for the Grungy Monday Challenge and Simon Says Stamp and Show.  This week Simon wants a word and Linda invited us to break out our alcohol inks and play along using the products as demonstrated by Tim Holtz.  So play is what I did.   

I knew that I wanted use metal.  So staring with a soda can I cut it open and fixed it to a piece of grunge paper.   I had the idea to cut out a gear shape from the tag and re-insert a gear of different material and then to somehow make a stain glass look through the gear.  So after a bit of trial and error, I wound up with a nice sandwich of clear plastic, grunge paper and aluminum can. I a tag with the mini gear cut-outs.  You wouldn’t believe how cool the tag feels.  I would say it’s like thick pleather, it’s smooth and pliable. But be careful!  If you do this at home, the edges are sharp and will bite you.  I used memory foil to cover the edges to seal the tag and protect my fingers.  Both sides were pounced with a liberal amount of ink in butterscotch, rust, gold, cranberry and stream.
Anyway after I had my tag cut the rest was fairly simple using grunge paper, metal foil, decorative paper and more packaging plastic, I layered and cut a bunch of gears.  The larger of the 2 mini gears has a layer of clear plastic in center.  This allowed me to ink up the knock outs from a plastic gear and fix them in place between the spokes for a stained glass effect.  Other gears were hammered or embossed with the circle texture fade.  All got some sort of extra attention with some AI. 
I then used Stazon to stamp the vixen’s head on plastic which was layered on metal foil and again on grunge paper.  One of the stamped images was flipped over so that is was reversed. 
Sounds simple right?  Actually it was easier than it sounds, but I have to say thank goodness for the Xyron Machine and the adhesive backing paper.  It made laminating a breeze.  Lastly I cut some letters from more grunge paper and inked them with Silver Alcohol Ink and then put the whole thing together.
I think I was grinning like kid in a candy shop the entire time I was making this tag, lots of fun and an inky good time.
Thanks for sticking around.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Dream of Metal GM 12

Sunday Moring – Hot coffee, Breakfast with the Beatles and I’m finishing up with my Grungy Monday Challenge entry.  Not a bad way to end the week.
So this week Linda @ Studio L3 retrieved another Tim Holtz resist technique using clear embossing and decorative paper.  The technique is from 2008 and you can find it hereOne cool thing about the internet is we all can find out what Tim was doing in 2008, while I barely remember what I did last week.
So, what did I do…?   I cut a tag from a piece of black paper from DCWV Le Crème stack and used a polka dot background stamp for the embossing.  Using my gold dauber is followed the instructions and painted the tag. Waited, wiped and repeated with silver dauber.  The small tag is cut from the same stack; the flowers on the paper are flocked.  The paper for the pocket comes from DCWV Black Currant and I ran it through the vagabond with an on the edge die.  All the gears came out of the same machine using the mini gear set.  I had some thin copper and made it sticky backed with the Xyron machine.  Hammered one and inked it with alcohol ink and used it on the small tag.  The grey gear is chipboard, silver daubered and UTEED.  The flourish is chipboard with gold utee. The chain was in the stash and received a liberal dose of alcohol inks.  I don’t have the label maker so I improvised and used inked ribbon (seam binding) in rusty hinge and stamped the word “Dream”.  Distressed all edges with rusty hinge and was done.

Hey I was just informed that metal is the challenge theme at Simon Say Stamp & Show, so I'll enter there as well.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Box of Goodness – The start of something …

Hey, hey, hey.  Summer is here and in full swing.  I found this ugly little box full of really useless junk in the family wood shop where I worked while growing up.  (long time closed)  It was calling out to me, asking for a new chance at being something beautiful, something useful… something. 

Anyway I took it home, I have a soft spot for old, worn and disregarded pieces.  So I removed all the hardware, cleaned out the inside, and sanded the finishes off.  GOOD DUSTY FUN!  Quite relaxing. 

Meanwhile at Studio L3 Linda did a quick two step down memory lane and found a technique from 2008 for this week’s Grungy Monday Challenge.  It’s tutorial from Tim Holtz, where he uses light color ink and clear embossing powder to make what we’ll call faux batik. (Do you know him? Click here if you need more info).  I thought I would use this challenge as a jumping off point for converting the ugly into the super all ‘round goodness.
Ding, ding, ding!  Father’s day came early and I got a whole mess of inks (enough to complete the DI set) and re-inkers as well as some new embossing folders.  Nothing like new stuff to kick the mojo into gogo.
I used white cardstock with spun sugar (new fav) for the embossing and inked with shabby shutters, dried marigold and faded jeans.  I tried to get away from this color pallet,my first attempt used spun sugar, fade jeans and dusty concord. But the box got nervous. 
Points of interest, the inside liner is embossed chipboard with wild honey and pealed paint and then touched with silver embossing.  The flower turned out better than expected.  I had some black embossed paper.  On 1 piece I swiped the paper with silver ink and the other I smooshed it with Versamark Dazzle.  Both looked fabulous to me.   I wove the ribbon through slits in the card and found a pencil that fit.  A good start to something…   More to come (hopefully without so much verbiage)

Sunday, June 12, 2011

GM 10 – Psychedelic Grunge

I can’t believe Grungy Monday has hit double digits.  This week the challenge was to use distress inks. (I like to think of them as de-stress inks).  So when I saw the post I thought this will be fun and quick, almost everything I do uses DI in some way.  In order to prepare for this challenge, I did visit Tim’s website to review his demo video on distress inks.  It’s kind of a refresher course on the versatility of these wonderful inks.
 So what I did was cut a tag  out of our manila tag stock, clear embossed some images using stamps from the Visual Artistry Collections.  Then I used the wrinkle free technique with rusty hinge and peeled paint.  Once the inks were dry I removed some of the clear embossing by heating them up and going at them with a paper towel.  And then using the blending tool added broken china. Next I added some fired brick using a splatterish technique I picked up from my daughter.  And although it doesn’t show in the photo, I mixed some perfect pearls with some DI and water spritzed on my craft sheet, to paint the rays, compass and the stars.  The overall effect of the tag was trippy and made me think of things like posters and album covers from my youth.  So I made the flower and the little bird, stamped some flourishes the word is various colors and used some inked up kitchen twine to finish the whole thing off. 
So I get the twofer, coming in under the wire, and will drop this tag into the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge where all they ask for is a tag this week. 
Good Sunday everyone!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Cookies - Bake Sale

Good Morning, once again here I am again back in the kitchen for some late night kitchen krafting.  Instead of paper, ink and stamps, I was playing with cookie dough, powdered sugar and food coloring.  My daughters elementry school is having a bake sale to raise money and she asked if I could make some cookies.  Alot of her classmates enjoy the cookies, so hopefully these will be a big seller, anyway it's for a good cause and I'm glad to do this for her.  Now to quickly get the lot of them (6 dozen) wraped and over to the school , and then off to work.  And that's just life, I suppose, Happy Friday everyone!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

GC105 Chestnut Theme Challenge – At the Mall

Welcome back. 
It’s mid-week and I just finished my first ever entry into a Gingersnaps Creation Challenge. GC105 Chestnut Theme Challenge – At the Mall.  I was reading Miss Linda’s blog last Wednesday and about wet my pants.  She had posted her design piece for the challenge.  Her blog and her card were a hoot.  So I thought I would spread my wings and get in on the fun.  So here is my spin on the theme.  I used DCWV paper for the tag, Luxury Stack and some from Black Currant,  kraftglassine paper with a floral embellishment from reflections, the lace was on a spool from a clearance section, but not sure which store.  Sentiment is a Wendy Vecchi stamp.  The girl is from our ephemera stash, scanned, printed and snipped.  I hope it measures up.  So check out the challenge and join the fun.  But remember - Shopping is a sport and we train for the marathon!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Shabby but Chic

So today is Wednesday (almost Thursday) and I have completed my project for Grungy Monday.  This is good, so I can devote some time to an ongoing project.  Otherwise when my home improvement project for the summer begins (bathroom remodel) I will not have as much play time as I must finish this project on schedule.  (something else to blog about, maybe)
Anyway, this week the super cool Linda at Studio L3 has presented another Tim Holtz Technique Challenge.  Where we get our shabby chic on and play along.  CLICK HERE to see the challenge!  CLICK HERE for Tim’s step by step instructions.   

This week I wanted to try to make something bright and bold, and I need to practice this technique before making my final piece.  What I got was the image below, which I like but, it said “Finish me later”.
So, started again, liked the flourishes, used gesso with black dabber, some lime green acrylic paint for the resist technique and then smudged the whole thing with turquoise acrylic.  Oh, I used a makeup sponge (my new fav tool) to apply the paints.  Lots of good messy fun.  Made the rosettes and the airplane.  Stamped and Prefect Pearled the words.   Am I done, yes , and now it time to go to bed. 

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