Thursday, 28 May 2015

12 Tags of Tim Holtz - May 2015

Hi there, 
a little later than I had hoped n only just in time for the deadline ( where has this month gone ?? ) I'm here to share my take on the 12 Tags of Tim Holtz - May 2015. 

This months tag was about using a combination of elements- texture, photos, ephemera, flowers n embellishments to create a sense of nostalgia . You can see Tims version by clicking on the link above .

I followed Tims Tutorial for the most part but had to make a few changes, mainly due to a lack of some of the supplies needed .  

So heres what I did - focusing particularly on the elements I changed!

I covered my tag in a creamy coloured jute using double side adhesive sheet. I used texture paste through the chevron layering stencil . At this point I I decided that my tag was to have a feminine feel so I inked over the dry texture paste with Victorian Velvet Distress Ink . I inked the edges of the tag with  Brushed Corduroy n Walnut Stain Distress Ink aswell as applying a very light touch of the brown inks  over the jute to give a more aged appearance to the finished tag .

then selected a photo of a very 'well kempt'  young lady n some ephemera  and followed Tims direction painting in a touch of colour, adding remnant rubs to the photo and adhering them to the background. I embellished with a few mini staples down one side of the ephemera n an ideology arrow .

My crinkle ribbon was created in the same way as Tim had shown in the tutorial  n once tied around the tag I adorned with three bead pins and a small brass button sewn to the centre of the bow. I decided to mount my quote onto brown card leaving only a very thin border which I then scuffed round the edges, again to give an aged effect! 
As I  don't have the lovely Tiny Tattered florals thinlits die I resorted to my other flower dies and then remembered I had a stash of pre cut flowers -ya know the ones that ya cut for other projects and  don't end up using but WON'T throw away because they WILL come in for something, someday hahaha !
Well it just so happened that today was that day n the tag was that something - So I used a spiky flower from the stash inked it  with Victorian Velvet and Walnut Stain Distress Inks and then combined it with a couple of ideology flowers and adhered them together with a brad. 
I then place a memo pin underneath the flower to create a 'kind of stem' for the flower n adhered in place.

All that remained was fixing an eyelet in place to finish off the hole in the top of the tag n double threading a length of taupe cotton ribbon through the hole to create a hanger! 

 N here it is My take on Tims tag for May 2015! 

Thanks so much for stopping by to view my tag  its always lovely to see you ! 
A big THANK YOU  too for all the fab comments  left for me about Crazy Bird moving in. they really were so much appreciated!! 
Hope to see you again soon  n be sure to have a lovely weekend

Saturday, 23 May 2015

Crazy bird moves in .......

Hello and Welcome 
Little ol' me back again to share with you my latest piece of creativity! This month I decided I wanted to join in with A Vintage Journey challenge as I had in mind an idea that I thought suited the 'Spring colours' theme chosen by the the very talented Astrid who's work you can see here

I chose to work with a colour palette of delicate tones of yellow, blue, green n creamy browns as they for me are what come to mind when I think of 'Spring colours'. I have also aimed to retain a crisp, clean fresh to my little project that I personally think comes with 'Spring'.
I created a bird house using Tim Holtz Vintage Cabinet Card dies (Bigz and Mini) and two side panels that I created freehand so the birdhouse, when built would stand independently. 

A few of the die cuts were adhered together for sturdiness n left for inking later (the back wall) Taking one of the dies I emboss it using Tim Holtz Wood Grain embossing folder n then adhered it to another . I created an aperture in them using the mini cabinet card die making sure it didn't cut perfectly down each side. I scored down each side to create two doors. ( the front) 
All the die cuts n side panels were inked lightly using Antique Linen , Scattered Straw , Gathered Twigs Distress Inks. I stencilled n stamped the back wall using Tim Holtz dots layering stencil, a number stamp from the Tim Holtz Bitty Grunge stamp set and a speckle n script stamp using DI's (bundled sage, scattered straw) n archival inks (cornflower blue n black).
Before constructing the birdhouse I needed to find a resident n there was only one place to look - the fabulous Tim Holtz CraZY bird stamp set. I opted for the one that's won many hearts over out there I'm sure - the cute little chubby bird with the little curly tuft ! 
I stamped him using Black Archival, painted him using DI's ( squeezed lemonade, tumbled glass) n dropped some glossy accents into his eyes to make them shine. I then cut him out before stamping my sentiment.
I die cut one of the leaves from Tim Holtz strip die Spring Greenery n painted that using DI's ( Bundled Sage,Cracked Pistachio,Mowed Lawn n Gathered Twigs adding some fine detail to the leaves .
Now it was time to build! I created a perch for Mr CraZY using a wooden skewer cut to size n inserted into holes that I'd made in the two side panels. Mr CraZY was positioned on his perch to get comfy . I then adhered the panels n die cuts together n positioned the sentiment in place, before adorning the birdhouse with the leave die cut, some blue gems n a metal flower and finally making two door handles using washers n brads.

Do hope he's gonna enjoy his new humble abode as much as I did creating it for him! 

Thanks so much for stopping by - as always your visits n all your lovely comments mean alot. Until my next post which I hope will be sooner rather than later I wish you all a lovely weekend n if ya here in the UK a lovely Spring bank Holiday .

As well as entering this project into
I would also like to enter it into 

Hope to see be back soon but until, then 
keep on the happy side 
Take care 

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Night Tree

Hi there ,
 Its a real quick post from me today as I'm against the clock to link up my make for one of the challenges I will be entering it into . Simon Says Stamp - Monday Challenge

After dithering with ideas for some time ( all week !!) I decided to make a card - here it is:

The stamp is by Paperbag studios 'NIght Tree' n personally I love it- n that's where it all began! I Stamped the image n then watercoloured the branches of the tree using Abandoned Coral Distress Ink n once dry mounted onto black cardstock .
I created a background using Abandoned Coral DI n lots of water spritzing, dabbing the colour back with a paper towel. 
I then added detail with some random stamping using black Archival ink n a couple of texture stamps n spritzed with Black Soot n Fired Brick Distress Stain Sprays. There are a few spots of Picket fence DDS too but they aren't that noticeable.
I do LOVE that shattered stamp 
The edges of the background were inked with Black Soot DI n mounted on to white n black card stock before adhering to the white card I had prepared earlier. 
I stamped a sentiment n mounted ready for later .

Now was my 'light bulb' moment so to speak! As the stamped image is like the old film negatives I headed to my photo box n pulled out some old negative, cut them to size n adhered one of them to the left side of the image! 
I created a small black strip with holes in it to mirror the edges of the stamped image n adhered it to a small strip of negative too .

Now it was just a matter of adhering everything onto the background! The final touches were some of my old faves - yep you've guessed it Metal hex nuts! 


N thats what I've been up to today!

Thanks ever so for stopping by n for all the lovely kind comments you leave for me when you do . They are so much appreciated
Hope to see you again soon but  now its time  for me to 'get a riddle on'  n catch the deadline .......... Take care

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges

Saturday, 2 May 2015

A Touch of Spring

Hello again , thanks for popping by to see my latest make .
With all the lovely sunshine we had the other week I found myself making a sunny card (well for me anyway) using Paper Artsy JOFY stampsets n stencil , some texture stamps, distress n Archival inks n distress stain sprays.

Using Mustard Seed Distress Ink I inked a background panel n spritz with water mainly around the edges of the panel  dabbing the spritzed areas with kitchen roll so as to create much lighter, even white patches . Once dry, I stencilled randomly using Paper Artsy dotty stencil (PA001) n Wild Honey DI , stamped using my old fave script stamp n cornflower blue Archival ink n a criss cross line stamp in dusty concord ,finally spritzing with Distress stain sprays (Wild honey, Mustard Seed n a touch of Rusty Hinge)
I distressed the edges of the background panel using salty ocean DI n a little black soot Di (yes it just HAD to make an appearance lol)
I created a border of grass using Olive Archival ink n a grass line stamp from Jofy stampset (JOFY11)

I created a second border of grass on a spare piece of card n watercoloured this using Crushed Olive n Peeled Paint DI before fussy cutting ready to adhere in place later .
I used Jofy stampset no 10 for the flowers n watercoloured them using distress inks ( salty Ocean , Crushed Olive, Dusty Concord n Broken China. Again the flowers were fussy cut ready for assembling later.

N thats just what happened next - the flowers were manipulated slightly to create some dimension then arranged n adhered in place with dimensional glue .The same with the grass border . 

The final touches were the sentiment using the word stamps on Jofy stampset no 11, an inner circle added to the main flower covered with glossy accents n some highlighter n shadow pen work.

Unfortunately the photos, despite numerous takes n retakes don't portray the true 'brightness' of the card which is a shame because it really does have a 'Cheery Sunshiney' feel to it ! 

I would like to enter this into the following challenges :

Once again I thank you for taking the time to visit n until the next time be sure to have a lovely weekend everyone n keep smiling!