Sunday, August 21, 2011

Honey, Can you make me one of those?

We first saw grungeboard cuffs made by Kaz at The Shabby Little Shed, they were so very cool.  Braclets made from grungeboard, done up in a grungy style.  I wondered if I should try to make one.  We saw Sarah's at La-De-Dah and she called them grunge cuffs for Big Girls.  It was then when I heard the call.  Honey, Can you make me one of those?  So the weather this weekend cooperated (rained alot so kept us inside) and I took the time to give it a go.  So using the inspiration from these 2 very talented artist I dug around in the stash box got to work. 

The flower is made from Graphic 45 Metal Flowers, twisted and shaped with roundnose pliers, inked with AI in bottle, butterscotch, and rust.  The cuff is embossed grungeboard and inked with vintage photo and wild honey.  The center strip is gringe paper, embossed and inked with shabby shutters, forest moss and wild honey.  I applied 2 lengths of chain down the center of the grungepaper with some thin wire, just some simple stitching.  I had punched a hole in the center of the strip to allow for the brad to hold the flower in place and then I stitched the grungepaper to the grungeboard.  I used my paper piercer and the TH ruler, it make some nicely spaced holes and use some heavy black thread to bring the 2 pieces together.  A couple of hitch fasteners to hold it closed and a few well placed eyelets and my cuff was complete.

So I guess, Yes is the answer, I can make one of those ....or maybe 2.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Wintry Mix

Summer is fast coming to a close; it’s hard to believe that it’s been near 5 month with Grungy Monday.   In this week’s episode the effervescent Linda from Studio L3 has challenged us to use Tim Holtz Distress Stickles and provided the inspiration.  Over at Simon Says Stamp and Show Some Bling, and the Design Team (blinged (blung?) …did a real nice job with the sparkly stuff. (who can’t resist combining these two challenges?)  And Inspiration Emporium asks Got Paint?, so I’ll take all three.
So again out comes the Distress Stickle Picket Fence and Rock Candy, and my head goes to Christmas.  What can I say, it is my favorite time of year.  And this time I did not lose focus.
For this tag I started with some new stash, Foil Tape Sheets and adhered some to a piece of white card stock (any color would work I just had some lying around).  Note: this stuff sticks really well, like contact cement and isn’t very forgiving.  So after I got it repositioned and burnished out the air bubbles, I sand the surface lightly to make a more muted stainless steel effect, (which sounds better than to hide the scratches I caused).  Cut a tag and embossed with the TH Snow Flurries embossing folder.  I think I had this upside down as the snowflakes go into the metal instead of raised.  I lightly inked the whole thing with AI Stream and Stonewashed and filled some of the snowflakes with distress stickles – picket fence.  Others received just the plain old stickles for added sparkle.  The snowman was stamped with Snowcap dauber on black card stock, sniped free and given 2 coats of UTEE.  I used a black Sharpie Paint marker over the utee to color the hat.  More picket fence, some bling for an eye and with some help (thanks honey) reworked wired yarn for the scarf and his ensemble was complete.  The elegant flourish was cut from black card stock and heat embossed with stardust embossing powder.  An elegant greeting and a string of bling and my snowman is forever frozen on a blustery day.
Thanks for stopping and don’t forget to drop me a line.

Take care

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Steampunk Mini Album

Greetings  and Welcome,
I am so happy to be posting mid-week rather than late Sunday.  Which means possible more crafting.  Or maybe 8 straight hours of sleep.   Anyway I done and that’s what counts. 
This week I took up the challenge at Studio L3 and Linda’s Grungy Monday Challenge # 19.  The challenge was once again the use, as inspiration, one of 12 Tags of Christmas from the Guru of Grunge, Tim Holtz.  In his tag, Tim has encased a snowman between an embossed piece of plastic packaging material and a #8 tag.  Sounds gruesome but looks really cool.  It also fits into Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge – Tim Holtz Technique so it’ll go up there as well. 
I have been itching to make the cool thing Shelly made a few months back and this is my twist.  If you’re thinking it looks unfinished or needs something it’s because I intend to use it as an interactive mini album insert type thingy and photos need to be selected. 
Everything is pretty straight forward die cutting and faux enamel embossing.  The really cool thing that I was pleased with was the embossed plastic.  I cut a circle to use behind one of white cogs.  I used the TH embossing folder that embosses on the corners (can’t remember what it’s called) and use only a small bit the larger corner embossing on the edge of the circle, ¼ turn – emboss and repeat.  After 4 times through the vagabond, and the edge of the circle was embossed making a frame within the cog.  So I easily amused, but that’s me. 
Ok so enough blather, tomorrow is a work day and I can’t be sleeping at my desk. 
Ciao for now. 

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Deconstruction of Time

Welcome back, here it is August and time is no longer just flying, I mean where did July go?  This week I am sitting out of the Grungy Monday Challenge.  I was concerned that if I did not enter, my world would come crashing down around my head, but I discovered that it was not the case.  But please be sure o stop by Studio L3 and see Linda and all the great artist and their projects.

I am entering a tag into Simon Says Stamp and Show.   This week they said show a tag and I made a little Christmas tag to make up for not making one last week.   This tag started, courtesy of Gloria from ATT, with a gift of grunge board I received.  (I don’t know what I did, but thank you Gloria).  I embossed a piece of the grunge board with the Tim’s Snow Flurries embossing folder. (new purchase).  I cut out some of the snow flake, inked them with silver and coated with stickles.  I stamped the trees with Archival Sepia and hit it with some copper ink and some gold stickles.  The back ground is DI, Barn Door, Shabby Shutters and Mustard Seed.  Not your typical Christmas colors.  When the back ground was good and dry I stamped the snowflakes with antique linen and then brushed the flakes with antique gold and silver.  I added a few flourishes and stickled the edges. 

The second challenge came about by pure accident.  I was playing with Spellbinders, Sprightly Sprockets. I had a bunch cut out and the Weathered Clock.  I was mucking about with different embossing powders and had a nice looking finish using Liquid Platinum, Black Distressed and UTEE.  When cleaning up for the night I piled all the gears, cogs and clock piled up on a piece decorative paper.  In the morning, while sipping my coffee, I was looking at it and the phrase “The Deconstruction of Time” came in and stuck there.  So I am entering this piece into the Ginger Snaps Challenge.
So, 2 challenges done and another week finished.  Maybe next week time will resume it’s normal pace and allow for some fun family time.
Take care.