Thursday, November 27, 2014

Tim's 12 Tags of 2014 November/Simon Says Anything Goes

Hello and welcome,

Today I have for you my Tim's 12 Tags of 2014 November Tag. You can see Tim's Tag HERE
There are many great entries to check out too.

The sponsors are: INSPIRATION EMPORIUM and SIMON SAYS STAMP.  Be sure to check out all the amazing craft goodies they sell.

Now I have to be honest with you this is not the first tag I made, its not even the second or third. It is #4, now I won't show my disasters but I can tell you I really enjoyed creating number 4, wiping sweat from my brow.
I'm not sure if you can see it, but there is definitely some Astrid Maclean inspiration going on here. If you haven't visited this very talented ladies blog you really must........right HERE.
I decided to scrap the embossed opening like Tim's and I just kept the corrugated cardboard Caroler. I did forget to use the foil sheets on this tag. I did use the sprays which are FABULOUS. The hat was from some background I created that had gone completely wrong. I almost threw them out and realized they would look good die cut.
Just to be sure I wasn't being to hard on myself regarding my disasters, I put all 4 tags in front of my 8 year old and said please choose the best tag. Thank goodness she chose #4.   I hope you like it too.

I am also entering my tag into the Wednesday Challenge 'Anything Goes' over at Simon Says Stamp. They are generously offering a $50 voucher to one lucky winner. Be sure to pop over and see all the amazing entries there too.

I will be back soon to share some Christmas cards.
Thanks so much for stopping by.
Have a great day!!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Photographic Studio

Hello and welcome,

Today I am sharing with you a piece I made for Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge 15 on page 38.....Cabinet Card Pocket.  I absolutely LOVE these cabinet cards and have bought many many packets. This time I really wanted to bulk mine up so I disassembled it and I added it to an old unused book that I had pulled apart. Of course I've also decorated the inside. Hope you like it.

Click HERE to visit Linda Ledbetter's Studio 3 where you can find  the challenge details and all the amazing pieces already created.

Sponsors for this challenge are: Tim and Mario who have generously donated a prize package for the Curiosity Crews Choice.

Inspiration Emporium is also offering a $50 voucher to one very lucky winner. Wish me luck!

Items used:

Old book, Cabinet Cards
Crackle Paint, Crackle Accents, Gesso, Cabochons, Film Strip, Monocle, Ring Binder,
Tim Holtz Papers, Elements Rub-ons, Mini Paper Clip, Metal Street Lamp, Memo Pins, Brads, Various Stamps,
Distress Sprays: Tea Dye, Walnut Stain & Vintage Photo.
Paints: Decoart Dark Chocolate & Antique Gold. Distress Paint Walnut Stain & Pumice Stone.
Inks: Vintage Photo, Gathered Twigs, Walnut Stain, Archival Black.
Dies: Tiny Tabs & Tags
Adhesives: E6000, Double sided tape. Glossy Accents

So here is my creative process and finished project......

I started by slicing the cabinet card open.

Here I have completely removed the front from the back, then I added crackle paint randomly and when dry I inked it using a variety of brown ink pads. Next I sprayed it with Tim's new Distress Sprays, sorry forgot to take a photo of this process.

Here I have used some packaging for my background which I have stamped and heat embossed. The word Photograph was stamped twice, on the second time it was embossed.

Now time to put this together.

Adding some Cabochons.

Here I am getting the measurements for the book I am about to cut up.

Checking my cabinet card fits perfectly. Before attaching my cabinet card I used the above mentioned paints to age my book.

Gluing in the inside.

I added the binder ring before I glued the paper down.

Gluing on my lamp embellishment to back panel. I have used Alcohol Inks, Glossy and Crackle accents to age it.

Gluing the cabinet card to outside.

Attaching the front of the cabinet card.

Here are all the pieces I have for the inside. I have attached Memo Pins into the small cabinet cards so they can hang from the binder ring.



Inside. What is left of the Please Do Not Disturb sign used when Photo shoots were in session.

Where the late Mr. George Henry Stevens kept all his receipts and information relating to the studio.

Here on the monocle you can see Mr.George Henry Stevens. This small folder was what he carried around with him in the late 1800's. As you saw it houses his receipts for clients and some samples of his work.

I hope you have enjoyed your visit here today. I had a fabulous time creating this piece.
Back soon with my Tim's 12 tags of 2014 for November.

Friday, November 7, 2014


Hello again,

I would like to share with  you what you can receive if you become the Compendium of Curiosities  Crew Choice over at This prize pack is courtesy of Tim Holtz and Mario Rossi. I was lucky enough to receive one last week in the post from Linda Ledbetter herself.

A HUGE THANK-YOU to Tim, Mario and Linda. I love all my new goodies, and believe it or not I had none of these items in my studio. What a bonus! Linda thanks so much for the gorgeous tag too.

This is the piece I had can see the full post HERE

If you would like to join in these challenges here is the link to purchase your own copy of Compendium of Curiosities 3 HERE. They really are heaps of fun.

Winter Butterfly Colored Crackle

Hello and welcome,

It's time for Compendium of Curiosities 3 again and this time it's Colored Crackle on page 53. Linda has organised another great challenge for us all, pop over to see all the amazing entries and inspiration...... Linda Ledbetter CC3.   I  have to say this is one of my favourite techniques. This time I decided to get started on my Christmas cards, although I've had a great time using this technique I have not enjoyed the consolidation part, nothing seemed to look right and I was over thinking it all. I think because I had so much texture on my images it threw me into thinking the background was too naked.  Anyway I'm also here because I wanted to show you what else you can do with the Rangers Distress Crackle Paint.

Here is my Winter Butterfly Card.

The sponsors for this challenge are Tim Holtz and Mario Rossi who have given some amazing prize packs for the Curiosity Crews Choice. If you would like to join in the CC3 Challenges click here for your own copy.

Also sponsoring is THE FUNKIE JUNKIE Linda is generously giving one lucky recipient a $25 voucher to spend in her store. Linda has all the latest and greatest Tim Holtz products and lots of other great merchandise along with great customer service.

As I cannot share with you the Colored Crackle Technique I can share some experimenting I have been doing so here goes.

I taped down my grunge paper shape to a non stick mat.  Then use a brush to push the crackle paint into the openings on the shape.

Once dry, start pulling it up, you will notice the centre has collapsed and stayed on the non stick mat.
I placed some in a glass bottle for another project

You will be left with a broken glass effect.

I recommend just filling in the openings first then if you want to do the outside areas do them afterwards as it won't buckle as much.

How cool does this look!!

Here are a couple of other cards I have made

I love how the pocket watch turned out.

Here I used Tim's Stacked Stars die to cut the star out.

I also tried this with Crackle Accents and Glossy Accents. Both of them turned out really well and stayed in tact when removed from the craft mat. I also tried a hole punch through the Glossy Accents which worked like a breeze, thought I could put a brad through it if I wanted. You could even try a tiny star die in the window with the Glossy Accents.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a great day!!