For a very long time, Linda Ledbetter has led a troop of Tim Holtz fans through his two technique books, Compendium of Curiosities, Vol 1 and 2. Linda has cheered us on with fun challenges, comraderie, and giveaways from Tim, Mario, Simon Says Stamp, and The Funkie Junkie Boutique.
This is the last challenge, and it's an ode to Tim himself, who is celebrating his birthday on Monday. Thank you Linda, for all these wonderful challenges. I'm sure the organizing, scheduling, etc. was a pain at times and I really appreciate your efforts!
My card is not on paper, it's actually Stampbord by Ampersand. I've been using this a lot lately because of the way it receives ink. It's a clay board surface I first learned about in October at Art-is-You. I used it for many of the items in my Etsy shop as it's very sturdy and you don't need to worry about corners bending or anything like that.
For Tim's birthday wishes, I went with a lot of ink blending and collage stamping and stenciling, and gave Umbrella Man a bouquet of heat-embossed balloons in place of his rain gear. So thank you again to Linda, and to Tim, for all the inspiration.
And in case you hadn't heard, Linda Coughlin's shop is up and running again with a great Reopening Sale. Check her out at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.
Thanks for the visit!
I made this card using Distress Inks and stencils, the Sizzix Tattered Florals die, and a Studio 490 sentiment stamp. I wanted to use one of Wendy Vecchi's new stencils and I chose the Fresh Flowers stencil. You get six shapes on the single stencil ~ three different flowers and three styles of stem. Kim has all of Wendy's stencils in stock at Eclectic Paperie, including the new Brick Wall one that's on my wish list. (Santa has received a long wish list!)
The large black flower is dry embossed, the center one is heat embossed, and the small one on top is both dry and heat embossed. After stamping and dry embossing, I pressed the flowers into my Versamark pad and embossed with clear powder.
I used spare chipboard pieces as spacers between the flowers to raise them up for added dimension. I also used Glass Bead Gel for the stem, which adds some really nice texture. After the gel had set overnight, I used Dylusions Ink Sprays in a Water Brush to color the stem further. The color soaked into the bead gel very nicely.
Love the way you can see the Glass Bead Gel but also see through it to the stenciling below. Last step was to dip the edges in Versamark and heat emboss them before mounting the panel to the black card. I'll enter this at Fashionable Stamping Challenges for their 'To Die For' challenge, the Wendy Vecchi Yahoo Group challenge, and Creative Every Day. I'd also like to share a card that was published in the Winter 2013 issue of Take Ten:
It has little stamping and plain cardstock, so it hardly feels like my style, but I made it for a Washi Tape challenge they had last spring. You have to submit so far ahead that sometimes it's nearly a year's wait to see if they accepted your submission.
Have you seen who's on the cover of this issue? My dear friend, Lynne Moncrieff, who I know many of you hold dear as well. Lynne does such intricate stamping and just gobsmackingly gorgeous work with lace. Besides being the cover girl of this issue, Lynne has loads of gorgeous work featured inside as well. Check out her blog if you aren't already following... you'll be in for a real treat.
Thanks so much for visiting today!
I'm hosting the current challenge at Frilly and Funkie, and I've chosen chipboard and metal as necessary components for whatever you feel like creating. Be it stamping, scrapping, art journaling, collage.... whatever makes you happy, please make something using these two items and join us. Our challenge runs through Tuesday, November 27th.
I'm also joining in with the Simon Says Stamp and Show 'give thanks' theme. I've made this card for my sister and her husband, who have hosted Thanksgiving for the last 20+ years. They are wonderful hosts and always make it seem as if it was easy to pull off, even when they have 30+ people. This year we'll be a 'small' group of just sixteen.
I'm also very grateful to have had my first 'in real life' meeting with Anita Houston last week. You know Anita from The Artful Maven Haven. We laughed and talked like old time pals (well, we reallyl are, after all this time together in blogland!):
I used the Sizzix Wordplay and Tag dies, Tim's Scallop On-the-Edge die, and two Texture Fades for added interest. My color comes from Ranger's Archival Inks (Ginger, Saffron, Rust, Monarch Orange):
I've aged the keyhole with paint and added a flower and brad from my stash. The keyhole made the tag look like a door (in my mind, anyway) and made me think of my sister's house. Once I went to put the letters on I realized I was a bit long on the word, so I switched out the 'r' for a thinner one from stash:
Thanks so much for visiting. Please join in at Frilly and Funkie. There's a $25 shop gift certificate to The Funkie Junkie Boutique for a random winner, and a blog badge for the design team's favorite project.
And Happy Thanksgiving to all who celebrate!
I stamped Bo Bunny ledger paper with Tim's flourish and a new PrintWorks hand stamp.
I used the Sizzix Tiny Tags, Heart, and Harlequin border dies, as well as the Script Sizzlits die for the number 18.
I ran the hearts through the Collage texture fade to emboss them, and used lots of Vintage photo distress ink as well as Coffee archival ink.
Added some of Tim's metal Idea-ology and called it done.
Thanks for the visit. Hope you're having a great day!
The new challenge at Studio L3 is based on the Enameled Metals technique in Tim Holtz’s fab book, the Compendium of Curiosities II. I repeated the technique three times to build up my enamel piece, using Ranger's Pool paint dabber and Gathered Twigs distress ink.
The embossing folder is by Sizzix, and I used my Zutter distrezz-it-all for the rough edges on the brown cardstock.
Last, I made a little clothesline with burlap string from The Funkie Junkie Boutique to hang my clamp/ word charm on.
Thanks so much for visiting. Have a great day!
The hearts are Tim's Sizzix Movers & Shapers and the tiny little letter is one of his Idea-ology bubbles. (The E is for the couple's last name.) The vine is a Martha punch.
I used his Papillon set and two other more simple script stamps. The hearts are an old favorite (Inkadinkadoo) stamp. After stamping it, I masked the stamped image before adding the script over it.
Thanks so much for the visit!
This week Gingersnap Creations is kicking off a new 2-color challenge (I went with black and blue.) It's my fourth week being a Visiting Artist over there and I've so enjoyed hearing from old friends and new as a result. Thanks, Gingersnaps!
I made my card with multiple blues from Ranger: distress inks, archival inks, and color wash. I love layering colors with lots of different stamps. The most economical piece of this card is my 9 cent stencil. It's a piece of laser-cut wood that was in the clearance bin at Michael's last week. Shaped like a flower, you can see it on the top left. I sprayed color wash over it and now it's a brilliant blue in it's own right. I think I'll use it several more times as a stencil and then eventually spray it black and use it on something as an embellishment.
Loads of stamps on this one, including one of my favorite Dyan Reaveley backgrounds (that funky alpha one.) I stamped Tim's sentiment in black distress ink and heat embossed with clear powder. I edged the sides of the card with black distress ink, heat set, then ran Versamark over the edges before dipping each edge into clear embossing powder and heat setting.
Thanks so much for the visit!
Singing the "Happy Anniversary" song... a year ago yesterday I started blogging!
I've been amazed how many people I've met (virtually and in person) as a result. It staggers my mind to see visitors from more than 70 countries. I thank you so much for taking the time to visit so often and for all the encouragement I've received here in BlogLand.
As I was looking back on my year in photos, I decided to repost some of my favorites. I ended up going with a Top 10 list, like a lot of people did at the end of last year. Here they are:
Still with me? Thanks! Just leave a comment and become a follower if you're not already. That's it! You'll be in the running to win one of these two fantastic books by Tim Holtz:
Distressables, and Distressables 2! There will be TWO winners, and I'll ship anywhere. These books from Tim's early days are chock full of great ideas. Winners will be announced one week from today on Monday, February 6th.
Thanks so much for your visits and encouraging words. Have a wonderful week!
This is my last project as a member of the Our Creative Corner design team. I've thoroughly enjoyed my time with the lovely ladies at OCC, but I'm stepping down now as the term ends and keeping my dance card open for awhile. This 6-month gig has been a lot of fun. I've learned a lot and enjoyed the weekly deadline... that means 26 projects were set and met!
This week Lori Rider is hosting and she's provided this sketch:
I really had a tough time with doing a shaped card and kicked myself when I read Lori's post again last night (when the card was finished, and I was scheduling this post)... apparently as she wrote clear as day above... the shape could've just been part of it. It's a character flaw. I do this with recipes all the time and then halfway through realize I'm missing something. Anyway...
The papers are My Minds Eye, the rub-on is LYB, and the shapes are all from my Cricut. I stamped the red circles with black archival ink and a text stamp and wrapped up the stacked hearts for good measure before laying them down on pop dots.
I want to send a special shout out to Linda Coughlin, the CIC (Crafter in Chief) who keeps it all going at Our Creative Corner. Linda's artwork will blow you away.... you can see her blog here and she also has an etsy shop under the name the funkie junkie. She has a lot of unique stuff and now she's carrying a lot of Ranger products as well. I've purchased several times from her and the items all come wrapped and bundled in the most unique ways... you'll love your mail day if you order!
I'll also enter this in the "To the one I love" challenge at Anything Goes.
Thanks so much for visiting. Be sure to check out all the ideas on the OCC blog and play along this week if you can. Challenge is open through midnight on Friday, February 3rd.