Saturday, December 28, 2013

A Year In Review - 12 Tags of 2013

Here are the 12 tags that I completed as part of Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of 2013 monthly challenge. Although I used mostly Stampin' Up! products, I tried to mimic Tim's techniques and products as best I could. Overall I was very happy  with what I created and in many instances I was actually very surprised at how some of the tags turned out. What is your favorite tag?

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas!

Wishing all of you a safe and happy Christmas!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

OWH - Sketch #204

Happy winter! Here is my card for Operation Write Home's sketch #204. I used a leftover gift tag as the focal point for my card and added rhinestone brads on top of circles punched from a flower embellishment.

Sunday, December 15, 2013

OWH - Sketch #203

Here is this week's sketch for Operation Write Home. All the products used for the card are from Stampin' Up! including the retired felt ornament. Hope you're having a great Sunday.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

OWH - Sketch #201

Here is this week's card for Sketch #201 from Operation Write Home. I used the deer from the "Reindeer Print" set and the Season's Greeting sentiment from the "Many Merry Messages" set, both from Stampin' Up! Since my stamp was so large I substituted the ribbon for the horizontal piece that I wasn't able to accommodate in the background.

Tim Holtz - 12 Tags of 2013 (Dec)

This month's tag from Tim featured a product that I didn't have so I decided to recycle a free card that I received from the National Audubon Society. I started with a piece of navy card stock and applied silver ink through a burlap template. I distressed the edges and stamped snowflakes using the same silver ink. I stamped the sentiment on the border from the card and attached a small key from Stampin'  Up!  To finish the card I sprayed yellow glitter mist and attached a yellow piece of seam binding ribbon.

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Sketch 31

Happy Thanksgiving! Here is a quick layout for Shimelle's Sketch to Scrapbook page, "Showcase a Photo with Borders". I substituted a shoelace for the borders  and added a little bit of paint behind the photo. The papers and the title stamp are from Stampin' Up!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

OWH - Sketch #200

This week's card for Operation Write Home's sketch #200 started off as a Thanksgiving card and then turned into a Hanukkah card. I'm not quite sure how that happened but overall I'm pleased with the results. All supplies are from Stampin' Up!

Sunday, November 10, 2013

OWH - Sketch #198

Here is this week's card for Operation Write Home's sketch #198. The snowflake is from Stampin' Up's "Festive Flurry" set and the sentiment is from the "Word Play" set. Have a great holiday weekend!

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Tim Holtz - 12 Tags of 2013 (Nov)

For this month's tag Tim used the Chalkboard Stamping Technique taught in Creative Chemistry 102.  Once again I used all Stampin' Up! products except for the purple chalk and the frosted crystal embossing powder. I used the "Form & Function" background stamp and masked the area for the leaf. I then embossed the background with silver embossing powder. Next I stamped three images of the leaf from from the "Autumn Splendor" set and embossed with the frosted crystal. I applied the purple chalk over the embossing and cut out two of the leaves as Tim demonstrated. I then reapplied both layers of the leaves using Stampin' dimensionals. I finished off the card with a rubon sentiment and a paperclip.

OWH - Sketch #197

Happy November! Can you believe it? Christmas is only 51 days away. Anyway, here is my card for Operation Write Home's sketch #197. My stepfather is having shoulder surgery this week so I wanted to make a get well card. I turned the sketch horizontally and used one of the stamps from the Stampin' Up! "Word Play" set as the focal point. All of the products are Stampin' Up! except for the came with a tag from a Tommy Bahama pullover.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Card Swap - Treat Holder

Here is my treat holder for this month's card swap. I used the largest framelit from the Labels Collection and folded it almost in half to line up with the tab. The space created by the fold turned out to be ideal for pixie stixs, twizzlers and the like. I used the same size framelit for the piece under the turkey and used the Woodgrain embossing folder to create the texture.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Photo Tinting with Markers

Here is a tag that was inspired by Tim Holtz's photo tinting technique. Basically you can take any sepia or black and white photo printed on an ink jet and colorize it using markers. In this case I used Stampin' Write Markers to colorize the boys shirts. What makes this extra special is that the boys are my husband's uncles from Ireland.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Happy Birthday - Japanese Style

Since I'm currently in Japan at the moment I thought it would be nice to share two cards that I made for friend's teenage daughter. The theme for both cards is based on a lost city in Japan.  I found both images through a google search and printed them on cardstock using my inkjet.  The sentiment in Japanese says "Happy Birthday".

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Embossing Effects

Here are two tags I created as part of an online class I've been taking.  The focus of Day 5 was Embossing Effects.  The technique shown on the first tag is "Sticky Powder with Glitter". Since I didn't have Sticky Powder I used Stampin' Up's Heat and Stick Powder and then applied glitter. The stamp featured is part of the new Festive Flurry set.  

The second tag is showing the "Chalkboard Technique". For this this tag you must use Frosted Crystal Embossing Powder on black cardstock to create the embossed texture essential for applying the chalk. Yes, plain old school chalk.  I used a retired stamp set and brads from Stampin' Up!.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Witches Broomstick Lollipop Treat Holder

For this month's technique we created Halloween treat holders for Charms lollipops. In lieu of instructions, I'm linking to Beth's blog where she used licorice as the base for her broomstick but you get the idea. If you want your broomstick to stand up like mine you'll need to cut off some of the wrapper at the top of the lollipop and make sure your broom pieces are long enough to stabilize the lollipop once you turn it upside down.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Tim Holtz - 12 Tags of 2013 (Oct)

Here is my version of Tim's tag for October. Since I didn't have any owl products I went searching on the internet and found this owl clipart (here). I printed the image on craft cardstock and used a brush and ink refiller as a watercolor. The background was distressed using several inks, stamp sets and a spider web rub on. The only other non Stampin' Up! product I used was the burlap stencil which I used with versamark and glitter embossing powder.

OWH - Sketch #193

Here is a quick card for Operation Write Home's sketch #193. I used the Witches Brew DSP as the focal point for the card and added three bats from the Googly Ghouls stamp set in place of the brads in the sketch.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

World Card Making Day - Blog Hop

Welcome to my site and Happy World Card Making Day! For those of you not familiar with Operation Write Home (OWH) please take some time to explore their site and their worthy cause. It only takes a few minutes to make and send a card but it makes a world of difference to those receiving cards from loved ones serving our country.

Below is my "Thank You" card and here is a link to the OWH sketch #101.

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