Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Karen Burniston Designer Challenge - May

Hi my blogger friends,

Today I am a guest designer with Karen Burniston in her monthly challenge using her wonderful dies.   I have a fun little card I made using the Accordion Circle Card Die (#769) from Elizabeth Craft Designs, designed by Karen Burniston.  Karen's theme for this month is "FLY".  I first thought of birds, bees & butterflies but then decided to go with time because it also seems to "FLY".  Check out Karen's website on May 21 to see all the designs from her fabulous design team.

For this one I used some paper from, Graphic 45, Steampunk Spells.  As you know - I love steampunk so this was just perfect.  I knew I was going to use the wings from Tim Holtz (which are heavy) and this great clock face embellishment from Jolee's.  I made my base out of sturdy paper, like packaging from a paper pack ,  the die cut it just great.  I cut it out twice, once from the cardboard and once from the paper.  After assembling the card I stamped the clock face, from Close To My Heart, over the sentiment that I printed on the computer and then cut it out.  This one was fast, easy and fun.

Don't let time get away from you,

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Steampunk Father's Day

Hi everyone,

Short post today to share a card that our Card-ology group made yesterday.  We made three cards as usual.  Yesterday was my turn to host so, no surprise, we did a Steampunk Father's day Card. 


No tutorial today -  Have a wonderful weekend and keep on crafting.


Thursday, May 15, 2014

All About Him

Hi Everyone,

The current challenge over at A Vintage Journey is themed "All About Him" so I made a "Bendifold Card" to celebrate my Dad's 90th birthday.  I first saw the bendifold card on Splitcoast Stampers awhile back, you can see the instructions here.  I decided to make the bendi part of my card from acrylic and I like how it makes the letters appear to be floating.

I started out with one of my favorite old family photos that shows my Dad as a small child.  The photo actually has an old jalopy so I scaled my own photo to fit the Tim Holtz Old Jalopy Die. 

I originally made my base card from kraft but changed my mind along the way and ended up using the embossed kraft paper for the car fenders and bumpers.  For the background I ended up using a piece of Coredinations paper, embossed it with the Clocks Texture Fade and then sanded.

I added some gears for wheels and then highlighted my Dad with the Monocle and pointy finger. 

Next I placed a recent photo of Dad in the Mini Pocket Watch.

I used the curved arrow from the Alfa Parts to show how far he has come.  I learned a good thing along the way - the Tonic Scissors cuts the plastic Alfa Parts so I changed the end of the arrow to go the way I wanted it to.  I finished it all off by cutting the letters that I needed with the Wordplay Die. 
Happy Birthday Dad
Have a great "all about him", day,

Saturday, May 10, 2014


A short note to wish all the Mom's out there a very happy day!  Here is the card I made for my Mom.  It is an easel card, I used lots of Tim stuff including the Rock Candy Distress Glitter.  I didn't go too crazy with it, just a little on the roses and butterfly and a sprinkle on the edge of the phrase tag.

I will be adding my name to the list of entries over at Linda Ledbetter blog where the current challenge is Distress Glitter from Tim's book Compendium of Curiosities Vol. 3.  You can see all of the entries here.

Here's How I made it!
I decided I wanted to have the finished card a 6.25” X 4.50” easel card.  I cut my manila paper 6.25 X 9 and then scored at 4.5” and at 2.25”. 
I used Sizzix die #658693 which is a set of famelits using the largest one.  I marked my die so I could line it up with the score line.
Don’t be afraid to mark your die, it makes cutting much easier and you can always remove the marks later.   I like to use a Sharpie so it does not rub off on your paper.  Line up your mark on the score line and then cover only to the score line with the cutting pad.
After running the card through the die machine it should look like this.
 I made my roses using the Tattered Pinecone Die and following Tim’s instructions and some paper from Core-dinations.  I added a pearl in the center and then used the Distress Glitter.  If you want to see how this is accomplished you need to pick up Tim’s book, Compendium of Curiosities Vol. 3—page 55.  We are not to share his techniques and I respect that!
I used manila for the base of this card and then stenciled the bottom section with Tim’s Harlequin Stencil.  I planned on using a piece of Core-dinations paper that is brown on one side and pink on the other so I used a combination Vintage Photo DI and Picked Raspberry DI.  I put some Vintage Photo on my color blender and then tapped it into some Picked Raspberry and ended up with just the color I was looking for, brown with just a small touch of pink.  I did the same with the ribbon, using the Crinkle
Ribbon and the two inks.  I cut, embossed and sanded another panel of the paper and added it to the top.  I then cut another panel of manila, stamped it and added the glittered butterfly.  One more strip of brown embossed paper added with pop up foam and I was done. 
Hope you have a crafty week,

Thursday, May 8, 2014

May T!m Tag

Hi Everyone and welcome back for my May T!m tag.  This tag ended up being way more fun than I thought it would when I started - once I got digging around in my stash for items to put on my tag I began to have fun.   You can see T!m's tag here.  He was right when he was talking about the things we collect.  It is way more fun to use them and see something you created with them.  Hope you like my tag!

As so often happens with me, this is a all Tim project.
See the list of items below.

I decided that this would be a good place to keep my 2014 tags so started out with some tags using manila paper and the Tag & Bookplate Die.  I'm going to hold them together using the Ruler Binding Kit shown above.

I used some paper from one of Tim's collections and then inked my tag to coordinate.  I used Evergreen Bough DI, Chipped Sapphire DI and Barn Door DI and then edged with Gathered Twigs DI.  I made my tiles, edged them with Gathered twigs and added my trinkets.

Here is what I used:

Tag & Bookplate Die
Movers & Shapers Butterfly
Ruler Binder Kit
Alfa Parts
Philosophy Tag
Remnant Rubs
Arrow Adornments
Industrious Stickers
Heart Charms
Mini Gears
Lenin Ribbon
Tissue Tape
Pen Nib
Distress Ink

Have a wonderful & crafty day,

Friday, May 2, 2014

Are you curious??

Hi all,

Earlier this week I got my autographed copy of Tim's book,  A Compendium of Curiosities Volume 3.  He was even kind enough to spell my name with the @ just the way I like.  I was excited to hear about Linda Ledbetter's new challenges CC3 which will be centered around the book and wanted to play along.  I really like that we will be challenged in no particular order so every two weeks we have to be on our toes and ready to create.  Just in case you want to find out what it's all about just head on over to Linda's blog here.

For the first challenge we are to use the Paint Marbling technique on page 43.  I can't share the technique with you but I can share my tag and some photos along the way so here we go-

I started out with the paint marbling using Mustard Seed, Wild Honey and a touch of Broken China Distress Paints. 

I used some of Tim's Layering Stencils, Stars with Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink, Stripes with Peeled Paint Distress Ink and finally the Clock using Aged Mahogany Distress Ink and then edged it all with Brushed Corduroy. After Stamping using a stamp from Way With Words Stamp Set I embossed the stamped words with clear embossing powder. I colored some Industrious Stickers with alcohol ink & then I added a Pointy Finger Remnant Rub, a couple flowers, some leaves cut with the Spring Greenery Die. Then came some Crinkle Ribbon died with Squeezed Lemonade Distress Ink and finished off with a Philosophy Tag.

Got to run, off to see what the Curiosity Crew has to show me and to leave some comments.  Hope you will do the same.
Always be Curious,

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Fond Memories

Hi everyone,

Today I am sharing my first make at A Vintage Journey.  To see all the other fabulous projects from the rest of the Creative Guides click here. For this challenge I went all out T!M.  I actually made this little box at Marilyn's house when she was hosting our WOW (wild old women) group.  Starting out with Tim's stencils and ending with the Monocle and a Remnant Rub eye - the perfect topper is the eye chart of course.  Hope you enjoy my little project - the perfect place to store those Fond Memories.


Have a great day and make something vintage,