summer of creative chemistry week 1

 

 

 making time to be creative this summer with the motivation and inspiration of Tim Holtz' Creative Chemistry!

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this week we were challenged to play with our distress and create something using 4 colors of distress ink...here is the result of my play time...

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i used worn lipstick, dried marigold, wild honey, and iced spruce. part of what i want to do during class is think outside the box and go a little out of my comfort zone...so i chose colors i love and a few i rarely use...i like the result and loved playing.

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the techniques we played with are spritz and flick (i did this on the background piece as well as the watercolor piece...i literally smeared the pad into my hand, spritzed it with water and flicked...no need to get up to get the stains out ha!), brushless water color, and wrinkle-free distress. i combined them all on this project since this class is a review for me, i want to put the techniques into action and create simple projects that highlight the technique.

i strongly encourage you to check out the summer of creative chemistry, i am certainly grateful for the class and the time put into it...it is just what i need to get creative!

thank you for checking in,

chelle

 


Tim Holtz 12 tags of 2016 - March

today was therapeutic. i am going through a rough time health wise.  want to know a secret about that?  i am actually not concerned about myself as much as one would think.  in the face of some really scary stuff, it is those i love...true friends and family...that are weighing on my mind.  it makes me sad to hurt them.  i don't want to make the phone calls or tell the results of tests to them.  i want to protect them….keep them safe and happy.  that is my job, the nurturer.

so today, on the eve of one of two surgeries, i took a deep breath and pulled out my crafty supplies (thank you friendz!!!) and bit by bit created this month's remix tag.  i took my time, literally all day, because i wanted to focus on the positive and create something sweet and special.

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i love butterflies.  their transformation has always been a draw for me.  "just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly…"

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 month's tag was a celebration of wonder and the fabulous distress crayons for me…i love how the crayons blend over the gesso painted on the tag.  please pop on over to Tim's blog to see the full tutorial on this tag…it's fabulous!

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the lil cuties are punched with Tim's sizzix punches.  i painted a tag with gesso, stamped it with potting soil archival ink and the flourish background stamp then rubbed and smeared the distress crayons over the surface. finally, i sprayed the tag with tarnished brass mica spray.  then punched away…so so cute!

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another thing i love about distress crayons, is the way they work with metal…it smears right into those etched words and they stand out perfectly! i used picket fence on the quote band.

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i girlied mine up with some trimmings dyed with peacock feathers stain…of course!!

thank you for stoping in, and if you aren't playing along with the 12 tags…no time like the present to start!! i'm loving the inspiration of the remix of past techniques and innovative new techniques and products of today…go get inspired and make some time to create!!

oh, and those health things i mentioned…not ready to share details, just know, it is all going to be okay! thank you for little prayers and positive thoughts!!

Chelle


Today is full of possibilities...

happy easter! thinking about what today means to me…renewal and possibilities come to mind.  so, when i made time to play today i was guided by those thoughts...

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i played with the distress crayons and a technique that wendy vecchi showed me, here is a tutorial on her blog…i inked a tag with archival inks in watering can and sky blue to start...

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i used the tim holtz doily #2 die and his tissue wrap to create my doily…so cute!! i adhered it with the matte collage medium and the distress collage brush in a hashtag motion to create texture. then added vintage photo, black soot, and hickory smoke crayons and smudged away with my finger…then lightly (super lightly, or you will wipe it all away!) with a baby wipe i removed more crayon just from the raised portions of the doily.  

i stamped the flowers from tim's wildflower set in archival jet black ink.  the sentiment is from small talk.  once i adhered the saying with more matte collage medium  (under and over the stickers) i used black soot and picket fence crayon over the edges...

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i added a gum drop to the new charmed..inking the gumdrop with mushroom then gold alcohol inks.  the charmed is painted first with iced spruce paint then the gold alcohol ink and finally mushroom…because i can't leave well enough alone…

the tag was layered over a silver kraft core base that i roughed up with steel wool and added smudged black soot crayon to. then a cute lil bow of pearl cotton and wrapped it around the whole thing and put onto a black card base.

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i hope your day was filled with love and renewed hope…there are so many possibilities ahead!

chelle

 


Tim Holtz 12 tags of 2016 - February

life…it has been interrupted.  at first, i thought i had a good excuse to skip this month's tag…however, if not now, then when?  in the face of difficult life situations, i tend to hide.  i stop doing the things that bring me joy…which magnifies the situation unduly.  so…let me say, i need to stop that…today.  so i did.  i had to create time that didn't exist. 

here is the result of fighting through the struggle of inaction…i am kinda proud of myself, just sayin...

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i loved this tag so much! i had the idea to do a little cross stitched scrap as soon as i saw the original tag on Tim's blog…i love that it actually came together as i envisioned!

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i don't think i did the stencil mono really well, i almost scrapped it…then i decided to just go with imperfection…something i picked up from Tim but it's really hard to do sometimes!

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one last close up pic of the sweet couple and the cool embossed paste technique…i really like how tinting the photobooth pic and folding it here and there brings it to life...

thank you for visiting…and sure am happy you stopped by!

chelle


Tim Holtz 12 tags of 2016 - January

so…confession.  i have always wanted to play along with the tim holtz twelve tags! i am always inspired by them and always intend to accept the challenge to make my version of them.  well, this year, the 'remix' concept is AWESOME…it gives me a chance to take action and have the opportunity to try some of the techniques from the past…how exciting!  

so here we go…just under the wire…here is my January tag...

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i LOVE how the industrious metal technique came out! 

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i did ink my embossed foil after i wiped the black distress paint off with mushroom alcohol ink…it added a great vintage look

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i didn't have everything to do the chalkboard technique (a downfall of having your studio 1200 miles away)…so i had to improvise.  i used the new distress picket fence ink to stamp my verse and smudged it a bit before it dried.  then i used chalk to add chalk smudges to create an authentic look...

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i am so glad i made the time to play along…can't wait for next month...

thank you for stopping by,

chelle


love makes the world go 'round

hello again…today i have a sweet project i did on a large (#12) black ranger inc tag...

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i used the large tag as my base then layered patterned paper after inking the edges with hickory smoke distress ink

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i cut 'LOVE' out of a scrap of black kraft-core using tim holtz alphanumeric tall thinlits and trimmed it into a banner.  then cut out 'round' using alphanumeric…obviously using the negative and positive cuts respectfully...all pieces were lightly sanded for some texture along with the words i trimmed from small talk stickers...

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i cut a heart out of silver deco sheet with tim's heartfelt die and cut a small strip, tearing the edges to make it look like a piece of torn washi tape.  both pieces were swiped with mushroom alcohol ink to age them…i love how the shimmer comes through no matter how much ink you apply

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next up, an adornments arrow and a heart charm inked first with gold mixative alcohol ink then mushroom.  i tied vintage thread around the middle of the arrow and through the hole in the heart

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time to put it all together…i dyed some crinkle ribbon with tattered rose stain; once dried, I tied it to the top of the tag and added the heart charm with the vintage thread.  i used multi medium to adhere all the paper and the arrow. once all the layers were on, i added a few bits of gilded accents (this stuff is so cool, )…i love how it all came together

thank you for visiting!

chelle

p.s. yes, i did blog twice this week…and, no, you should not have high expectations…we are taking this one day at a time, right!?


stamping fun for CHA

hi folks…that whole 'new year, new you' thing applies to blogs too, right?!  i wanted a simpler look…down to basics so i can focus on the creativity.  it's time to turn my intentions (i so very much want to share doing what i love with anyone willing to have a look) into reality. so let's start with today. just a simple post to share some of the samples i made for the stampers anonymous booth at CHA…how would that be?!

every tim holtz release i think…this one is my favorite!! i am just amazed at the incredible things that man comes up with!!

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first we have this gorgeous rose image from the 'lady rose' set…i loved coloring this image!

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i found myself really loving the 'sideshow' set…i have some fun things in mind for these images!

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and…then there are the new 'crazy cats'…seriously...

(and, that is the new 'mixed media 2' set in the background!)

ready for more of the cats?!

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yeah. then there is that. the 'mini bird crazy & things' along with the 'crazy talk' works fabulously with the cats…of course!

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right?! he cracks me up. those eyes, tho. also loved playing with the new stencils…so many good ones!

thanks for stopping in…see you soon!

chelle

 

 

 


Light My Fire

howdy folks…yes, i know. but, welcome back.

my daughter and i were in a chain gift shop recently and we came across jars filled with matches that had a little square of grit paper that you could strike the match on…they were pricey for what they were and i immediately knew i had just the things to make my own with more of 'me' in the project.

so here is my version...

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i knew i wanted it to be vintage looking, so OF COURSE i turned to my Tim Holtz stash…as always...

IPhotofirst, i picked a few metal embellishments; painted them with tarnished brass distress paint and inked them up mushroom alcohol ink to 'vintage them up'...

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next, i painted the top to my Tim Holtz mini mason jar with picket fence distress paint…i let it dry a bit them wiped some of the paint off and then muddied it up with more mushroom alcohol ink…LOVE this look so much! at this point i wiped a little paint onto the jar and wiped it off to allow the embossing to stand out and make it less perfect...

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i filled my jar with my favorite green matches…and cut a piece of the match strike off the box...

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i chose some ephemera pieces from different ephemera packs of Tim's and inked them up with gathered twigs ink…and, yes, indeed i did ink the match strike too...

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i chose the word 'shine' from the small talk stickers and inked that up...

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i added vintage thread to the arrow (love love love when Paula Cheney does this!!!) and bent it slightly so it wrapped on the jar nicely…time to assemble!

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i used matte multi medium to adhere the layers…and brown paper string to add the number token...

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i absolutely adore the look of those green matches in there…it blows away the jar we saw in the gift store.  i love finding something great and realizing you can make it (and actually do it!!!) with your own touches...

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man, that top is incredible…lighting my candles this fall is going to be just that much better with this little jar!!

thanks for stopping in…next time you see something in a store and have a thought 'i can do that'…DO IT…it feels amazing to complete a project and enjoy it!!

chelle

 

 


More CHA 2015 Stamper's Anonymous Samples for Tim Holtz

here we go...sharing the rest of my samples for the new release by Tim Holtz for Stamper's Anonymous...

this next one was a total surprise...i didn't know how much I would love these guys until i colored this project...

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yeah, that just happened...so fun!

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i personally, happen to really love how this card came out...all the details really came together for a great card. the flowers are from the fun new set, flower garden. next, i used the new background stamps, dots & floral to stamp the patterns on the tea cups...they stamped onto the die cut watercolor paper beautifully!

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another incredible new floral stamp is this one, botanical sketch.  it is so versatile and here, super fun to color.

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okay, back to more new blueprints with this globe...and the handwritten thoughts stamp...lots of layers on this one!

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also, from the schoolhouse set, these stacked books are so cool...love 'em!

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another handwritten thought and the great mariner set...

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this set has so many possibilities...here i did a watercolored background and kept it simple.

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lastly, here is a sample with the new watercolor set...such a great layering set...i must play with it some more soon!

i hope you enjoyed seeing my samples and hope you check all the new sets Tim shared on his blog here...there are so many must haves and more that i haven't played wiht yet!

chelle


CHA 2015 Stamper's Anonymous Samples for Tim Holtz

my favorite part of CHA (for those that don't know, this is the Craft & Hobby Association Show in Anaheim, CA where manufacturers share all their new products) every January is coming away so inspired by the amazing talent the paper craft industry has as well as getting to catch up with friends.   

this year, I was once again invited to play with the new stamps releasing by Tim Holtz through Stamper's Anonymous.  this release is nothing short of fabulous…so many innovative and fun images to color.  and, you know how much I love to color!!!

today I thought I would just do a quick post of my samples, and later I will post a few tutorials (dare I say, even a video one?!).

first up is what has to be my all time, forever and ever, favorite blue print stamps…are you ready for this? I'm not sure you can handle  it…I know I gasped when I first saw these stamps...

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right?!

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the stamps and dies are everything a girl could ask for...love love love them!

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see that straw? yeah, it's perfect...that is an element of the die...which i used to CUT A STRAW out of a STRAW with...yeah, i'm nerdy like that...

now, let's move on to more favorite stamps, shall we?

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feel free to take a minute...i can't stand how fun these guys are...they were the talk of the show, and i have some great plans for them...look for those projects soon!

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more favorite blueprints...baby stamps are just perfection, so adorable!

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i am in love with this buggy, it's not a great picture of this card...but you will forgive me (maybe this will be a good one to share later, so we have a better look at it!?

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i really like that there are sets for every age, the babies, elementry kids, and older...

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i think we have covered a lot today, it's all so wonderful...i will share more samples tomorrow...and let you simmer down a moment! 

thanks for stopping in!

chelle