Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Mamma always says “Bloom where you grow”

Did you ever have one of those days when you sit down at your work station and the craft that comes out is completely opposite of what you intended?  Maybe it was the margaritas or maybe the wine, (or the combination) or maybe that I was not going to let work get in the way of getting inky for a third week in a row, but whatever the reason, I love this tag. 
So the challenges this week are Anything Goes at Simon Says Stamp and Tim Holtz’s Rock Candy at Studio L3.  So I’m all like this is a no brainer, Christmas in July, Big Rock Candy Mountain and Dolly Parton’s Hard Candy Christmas all started to whirl around in my head.  I love Christmas and was just digging the thought of making a Christmas tag.
So, as near as I can figure it, I must have entered the mirror universe, where the evil Kraftman, with his little goatee, came out and crafted in my chair.
I will say thanks to Hels Sheridan and Gerri Herbst and the inspiration they provide each and every week.  Hels had the brilliant idea to use a stencil for the rock candy crackle paint, and it turned out fabulous. And Gerri does some of the most incredible art. 
So with their inspiration and the evil Kraftman at the helm, it was ahead warp factor 9, and would please hand me the pink ribbon and that sparkly stuff.
The pink flourish was made with the negative part of the TH mask first inked with Spun Sugar and coated with pink perfect pearls, than a nice coat of Rock Candy Crackle,  Rock Candy Stickles are used on the flowers, which were inked with pen nubs and DIs.  Other glittery bits, like the wings and hat,  are normal stickles.
So how does this tie into Christmas, it’s a stretch but if you use your imagination and remember the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life”.  At the end of the movie Zuzu is being held and a bell on the tree rings.  She says “Teacher say a when bell rings an angle get’s her wings”  Keep that voice in your head and hear her say “Mamma always says, Bloom where you grow”
Keep in touch, yall!

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Wallet Mini Album - GM 16

Another week has flown by and I ‘m just getting around to entering my project for the Grungy Monday Challenge. The week Linda asked for something made with grunge board or grunge paper.

Grunge board is one of the coolest products introduced to us by Tim Holtz.  So cool that I don’t hardly use it for fear of wasting it.  So I pushed back my fear and started to plan and play.  I decided to make a wallet styled mini album to hold a bunch of 4th of July inspired tags my wife had put together.  I dry embossed the grunge board using the technique of inking one side of the embossing folder.  Here I used spiced marmalade on the folder that used tea dye, vintage photo and forest moss to cover the rest of the board. 

I used tyvek to join the grunge board, a tip I picked up from Kathy Orta, of Paper Phenomenon, who folds paper like nobody’s business.  I think she’s brilliant.  Anyway I added 2 flaps of card stock and covered everything with the appropriate pages from Tim H’s Seasonal Stack in various ways to make an interactive mini album.  The tricky thing is to remember to leave enough space between the flaps to allow for the paper, tags, photos and whatever gets shoved in between.
The gold medallion started with a piece of chipboard, dabber with gold, inked with tea dye and dusted with perfect pearls.  Then I heat embossed with gold powder, smeared with stickles and inked with vintage photo.  And just for fun I coated in UTEE, twice.  I was hoping for a more distressed look, but I like how it turned out.  I curled the Graphic 45 Metal Flowers and AI’ed a floral bard, with butterscotch, for the center.  Used grunge paper to make the belt, twice with the sizzlets die and joined with eyelets. Inked up with same inks as the cover and dressed with a little charm. 
  I think this little book turned out quite alright and I think I will enter it into the Simon Say Stamp and Show Challenge for embossing as well.  And who knows maybe I throw my name into the hat for the open call for a new design team member.
Thanks for stopping by. 

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Grungy Christmas in July

Just a quick post this week, too many things going on this week to allow for much crafting.  (Harry Potter week for us, from start to finish with a trip to the theater)
Linda at Studio L3 has provided the challenge and inspiration for the 15th Grungy Monday Challenge.  Her inspiration was truly magnificent.  Her valise looks absolutely fabulous.  The challenge this week is to use a 2007 Tim Holtz 12 Tags of Christmas Technique, using clear embossing powder. 
While the great artists and crafters participating in the GM Challenge are doing some pretty cool things, I was feeling a bit all thumbs with this one.   I started with a decorative paper, used old paper DI for the base color and rusty hinge for the contrast.  Maybe it’s the powder or maybe it’s my eye, but I did not get the orange peel effect with the embossing but the colors took hold of my hand and bells rang in my head, Christmas Bells that is.  So while it’s nearing 90 degrees outside, it’s snowing on my work station.
Snowflakes were cut with MS punches and made into shiny glittery bits.  Stamped some more snowflakes and flourishes with TH stamps.   Added some clear glitter embossing on the some of the flourishes, stamped the 2 tone colors for the Season’s Greetings and I have my first Christmas tag for the year completed.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

I Robot or Robots are our Friends

Well I think I should thank Uncle Sam for lotsa extra time for crafting this weekend.  Unlike most families ‘round here go to the beach or BBQ.  Not that we didn’t enjoy the nice weather, and the fireworks, but here in our little neck of the woods we keep things simple. 
So on with the challenges, Linda want us to make something sparkly, Simon say’s “Show a Flourish”,  The Artistic Stampers are Hot, Hot, Hot and the Inspiration Emporium want us to emboss something.   Man ‘o man that’s 4 of my favorite things.  Julie Andrews has hers and I got mine.
This tag started with The Grungy Monday challenge at Studio L3 where Linda is one of the few time travelers that’s able to negotiate the vast continuum that is the web, find techniques from Tim Holtz, brings them out and challenges us to make something shiny and new.  She also brings in some guest to provide inspiration.  Check out the cool stuff the guest artist made this week.  And while you’re out and about check out Tim’s tutorial for 2008.
We picked up a quirky little stamp set from Technique Tuesday Rocket Man at the closest paper boutique to us, called Creative Inkling in Lahaska, PA.  We also had some other robot stamps from Oriental Trading Company.  One of the great things about having kids, is that you get use them as an excuse to be a kid yourself.  So armed with the stamps and faced with the challenges I set out to make a retro-future Buck Rodgers sorta themed tag for my daughter. 
Using the technique for GM 14 combined with Simon Says and Artistic Stampers.  I mixed up some hot colors with Perfect Pearls.  Stamped some flourishes from TM stamp sets in silver dauber and spritzed the background.  I think I strayed from the technique a little by using a piece of scrap paper to mask the straight edge on the Fired Brick bit, but blended the Spiced Marmalade and Mustard Seed.  After that it was easy peasy with stamping and embossing, got to play with the embossing pen on the rocket ship with our blue tinsel powder from Stampendous. 
Oh yeah, the robot was stamped and colored with several DIs using the pen nibs and then embossed with UTEE, 2 layers to give the enameled look.
Anyway, I rambled on long enough.  This is the Kraftman signing off, saying go make something and share it.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

GC108 I need it.

I wanted to join in another challenge at Gingersnap Creations  and when I saw the GC108 Color of Money Challenge I heard that Beetles cover of that classic song "Money" in my head and thought I could make a sister tag to my other GC entry.  In this tag I used greens and copper for the colors.  I think we have some of the ugliest looking money.  But I love the color combination.

For this tag I used left over scarps from past projects.  Not really sure where the paper came from.  The lace bit was from a paper doily we picked up on clearence.  I used 3 ink only for this tag.  Tim Holtz DI Shabby Shutters and Rusty Hinge , and Archival Cosmic Copper.

Enjoying some extra time crafting this holiday weekend.

Take Care