Sunday, January 12, 2014

January's 12 Tags of 2014

Happy New Year to all!  I'm excited to see what the new year will bring creatively!  I actually created the January tag right after Tim posted the tutorial but was to busy packing for a last minute cruise.  Got some fun inspiration while on Catalina Island, we took a tour of the "Casino" and it was so interesting!  Tons of Vintage inspiration from the 20's and 30's, I see me using the new Graphic45 Sea  inspired line for some layouts!  I digress.... Here's my take on the January tag:

I chose to use a Graphic45 kraft paper  I just recently found at Michael's, it was a 5x5 pad, I used my Gears Bigz die to cut the tag, then distressed it with inks and it was good to go.  I used the Metallic distress paint on foil in Tarnished brass and then roughed it up good with the Tonic scratcher and pick, so fun!

For the inside I used a gears texture fade, but it was a different one than Tim used, I then cut gears out with my Sizzix gear die ,  I passed some of the dies, which were covered with foil, through the texture fade with all the mini gears.  It's got a lot going on, but I like it that way.  The word time was spelled out with a combo of mini scrabble tiles and some letter tiles which I picked up at a Vintage Show which took place in San Luis Obispo in November, such fun, so many awesome finds!
It spells out Time 4 me, the 4 coming from Tim Holtz ruler tape.  Part of the tag challenge was to incorporate a goal of sorts for 2014, so including the ticket you get "Play Time 4 Me"!

You can enter your own tag and find directions on Tim's blog Here

Thank you for looking!



Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Merry Belated Christmas

Boy oh boy am I behind!  Just wanted to share a few Christmas projects, including the December 12th tag of 2013 from Tim Holtz.  I intend to actually participate in all 12 in 2014.

Used transparent packaging with the frosted film since I didn't have any art parts 
Loved the frosted film technique, wish you could see it better!

Sent this to Missionary friends in Belieze

Love the skates!

Hope you had a lovely holiday!  Thanks for looking!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

I'm back! - Graphic 45 Typology Caddy

Hello Friends,
I'm back from a bit of a break from blogging.  Family life, health issues and a vacation kinda swamped me for a bit but I'm re-energized and feeling my creative mojo returning!  I took the Tim Holtz Creative Chemistry (click here) 102 and it was really amazing!  I think the techniques were even more fabulous then his CC101 class, which is pretty awesome too!

Today I am showing y'all a project that has been in my head and on my desk for quite a while now.  When I first saw the Graphic45 Typology stack I just had to have it, the bright colors, the type-set, the quotes....all so terrific!  I found a wood caddy at a second hand store which is very close to my house, in my semi-rural little town of Nipomo.  I picked it up about a week before I saw the Typology line and immediately KNEW that it needed to be altered with those papers!  I of course had to wait for my papers to arrive and then I could get to work.  I then came across another small set-back..the bottom had little round ball/feet and the box just screamed to have the Tim Holtz Alterarions Pully wheels to be added!  So then I was on a mission to all of the local stores to find it, no I ordered it from Simon Says Stamp and waited again.  It does not end there,  Halloween and another G45 project interrupted this project, mostly because I wanted to give that project as a gift.  Well I finally got to finish this project up and just in the nick of time..Graphic 45 Facebook page has a contest this month asking for photos of Typology projects you have it, my finished Typology Caddy which now sits on my Work table and holds all of my small "go-to" favorite tools!

WARNING:  this is picture heavy!

Here is the "front" 

 One of the sides and some hanging Chipboard tags

Here's the pully wheel, using one of the new alcohol techniques taught by Tim Holtz in CC102,
The lower right photo is of the back of the caddy, a collage of quotes

Top: The other side piece, featuring my initials
Bottom:  Close up looking at the screen front, you can see the TP rolls I covered to keep evereything in order

Used my Cricut and the Sentimentals cartridge to create the inkwell and plume.

A view from the top, featuring all of the TP rolls each one covered and painted on the interior.  I still need 2 more to total 18!  They keep everything organized very nicely (and cheaply)!

One last peek of the front and back.

I used letters and numbers that had significance to me  That is part of the fun of this line of paper, so many different aspects of the papers can be featured and they combine with other paperlines seamlessly!  I managed to even use Dorothy and Land of Oz papers!

I will be entering this into Simon Says Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge  and onto the Graphic45 Facebook Page.

Thanks for stopping by, and please leave me a comment and tell me what you think of my new "baby"!



Monday, September 30, 2013

Tim Holtz September Tags of 2013

OWell since I enjoyed making the August Tag of 2013 so much I decided to participate again, albeit I'm pretty far into the the last hour of the last day!  I actually created this a few days ago, just forgot to post it!

I ended up making two since I didn't like how the first one was turning out, but as I kept moving along in the process I ended up liking it enough to show all of you!

I won't tell you which one I started first!

Thanks for stopping step, Tim's blog!


Saturday, September 21, 2013

Hiding In My Craft Room #116 Lot of Layers - Final Post

Hello all, I hope you having  a great weekend!!  Sadly this is my final post with Hiding In My Craft Room.  Laurie and all of the talented ladies there have been such a blessing.  My schedule has been so packed lately, mostly with work in our office, that I dont feel I have given adequate attention to my commitment there so it's time for me to say good bye.

For my final challenge there we are playing with Lots of's a little card with a few nice layers, mostly they involved layering the opposite way we card makers and scrappers do layers.  I layered my frame on top of my featured stamp, then layered that on my design paper then layered onto the card.

I layered some Tsinko shimmery Pink ink onto black paper.

Be sure to stop by Hiding In My Craft Room
 and show us your creation!

Thanks again to my fellow teamies at Hiding In My Craft Room and thanks for stopping by!


Friday, September 20, 2013

Tammy's Scrappin Corner - #81 Happy Birthday

It's Birthday Time!!!  This week at Tammy's Scrppin Corner, Team Marc is Challenging everyone to show us your Birthday Creations.  Our sponsor this week is Birdie Brown. Please stop by the blog at and show us your Birthday cards!

Isn't this digi just adorable?  I used my Distress Re-inkers and watercolor paper to color this image.  My Distress pens also came in handy for the small details.  The coloring is not perfect but I think it adds to the charm of the image.  This challenge came just in time for a family members Birthday!

Other Supplies:
Paper: BoBunny and Studio Calico
Tim Holtz/Sizzix Postage Stamp die
Bakers twine and Buttons

Thanks for stopping by and Blessings to you all!


Saturday, September 14, 2013

SSS - Hiding In My Craftroom

Greetings!  I hope you are all enjoying your Saturday!  It's Super Scraps Saturday at Hiding In My Craft Room and we are all playing in our scrap stash.  Here is a card I made from a tag.

The tag was not exactly in my Scrappy Stash but close enough...late last night I was fooling around with my inks and making backgrounds on tags.  Very often those end up in my scraps pile.  Today it was on my desk with the other tags I was playing with.  This tag started with a mix of Picket Fence Distress Stain, Perfect Pearls mist in turquise and the Turquoise shade of Dyan Reavly"s spray inks.  There was also some leftover Picket Fence mixed with Dyan's Dirty Martini left on the craft sheet which you can see with the green patches in the middle.  The photo does not do this tag justice since you can't see the fabulous shimmer from the Perfect Pearls.   I stamped it with a new Penny Black stamp and then added the quilt-like flowers stamped with white chalk ink.  Little pearls dotted all around and then I found this cute tea pot charm/pendant laying around, I would definitely refer to that as a "scrap" of sorts since I'm sure I  picked it up on sale and didn't know what I was going to do with it and it was just loose away from all of  my other Jewelry finds.  Lastly I noticed that cute sillouete  on the packaging fro the pendant so I just fussy cut her and added the little pearl to the largest circle.  That is a scrap for sure since it was headed for the trash!

The green background paper was in my scraps and the doily was also in a box with lots of leftover die cuts that I check when I am making these SSS projects.

Have fun looking through your Scrap piles, you never know what treasures are just dying to be used!

I will be entering this into the following challenges:

Coffee, Chocolate and Cards  - Anything Goes
Daringcardmakers - Signiture Style
Sister Act - Anything Goes
Quick Quotes - Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to enter your creation into our Challenge this week over at Hiding In My Craft Room