All I Want For Christmas Card

howdy! welcome back! i am so happy to share another card i created for the Tim Holtz Holiday 2017 Inspiration Series.  i have really loved all of the amazing projects...be sure to head over to Tim's instagram and blog to get your inspirational fix!

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the carved stamp sets released by Tim Holtz and Stampers Anonymous this year are all so fun and super easy to put together for quick cards. here i used the Carved Christmas 1 and Mini Carved Christmas stamp sets.

i stamped the background using distress inks in festive berries and evergreen bough.  i used my stamp platform to stamp the images several times to get a deep color...it works so so well!

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the black stars are done with black soot ink, an ink blending tool sponge (a round one, kinda folded like a taco) inked through a taped off Starry stencil...meaning, i taped off an area where i could just ink one star and moved my stencil around.  i inked it really well to get a deep color.

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i used a detail water brush to color the saying in the stocking after stamping with black archival ink...sometimes i color all the words and other times, i leave one word white to pop...here i did Christmas a different color to stand out.

i have a mad obsession with the Alpha Parts Frozen snowflakes with clear rock candy glitter...so i added them along with a die cut snowflake behind my popped up focal image. 

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then just a simple crinkle ribbon bow and then layer it all together...simple, sweet, and a holiday favorite of mine.

 

thank you for joining the fun!

chelle


Sweet Little Felt Embroidered Hoops

hello, folks!

today i wanted to share these sweet lil hoops i have been having fun making...they are 4" muslin hoops that i hand stitch felt die cuts onto...

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what some of you may not know is that the first crafts i ever did were needle crafts. my mother owned The Needlecraft Gallery in Monterey Park, CA for most of my childhood.  i learned to do latch hook (ha!), cross stitch, embroidery, needlepoint, knitting, and crocheting...

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to this day, it is my 'go to' craft when i want to relax (i am working on TWO throws at the moment) and it usually involves reminiscing about that store and all the growing up i did there.

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i love the combo of simple muslin and felt with the hand stitching...

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i added words that seemed appropriate with archival ink to each of the die cut images to finish them off...they are a cute little addition to a vignette or to hang on the wall.

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i used my Tim Holtz movers and shapers (get em if and where you can, they are retired!) as well as my own pattern for the stocking.  you can use any dies that cut felt...so the possibilities are endless. this globe is one of my favorites!

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all of the words are stamps from Tim's Hashtags (i just didn't include the #) and Simple Sayings sets and individual letter stamps.  I used Tim's stamp platform to get them right in the spot i wanted them.

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these sweet little hoops truly are stitched with love...i really enjoy hand stitching...like really.

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i hope you enjoy these lil guys (they are available in the Sunday Junkin etsy shop) and learning a little about me.

chelle


Christmas Cheer Card

 

hello folks!  i have another card i made for the Tim Holtz Holiday 2017 Inspiration Series.  check out Tim's instagram daily to see some incredible projects that are sure to inspire! also, he recaps all the deliciousness on his blog weekly, so hop on over there while you are at it!

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i love this santa from the Christmas Classic set...he is so great to color and i love the holly detail.  i really love to add dimension with coloring even when it is a single layer.  i stamped all of the details in black archival ink then colored the images with distress markers. inking the edges last with broken china and iced spruce.

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here is a closer look at the coloring...it's simple but gives plenty of depth and pop.

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one of my favorite ways to add a vintage touch to my projects is to add silver or gold metallic kraft that i have rubbed over with steel wool...sometimes a lot, sometimes (like here) a little.  sandpaper is also a great way to give texture to the paper.  i love the way it looks as is or even inked with something like gathered twigs or walnut stain distress ink. here i made a rosette after i took the shine off.

to add a little more silver detail, i used a silver sharpie in my distress marker spritzer...you can see it there on the greenery. i finished off the cheer banner with the sharpie as well.

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to finish off the card, i layered the image on more 'distressed' silver metallic paper then black...this is a card i can see duplicating for Christmas cards.

thank you for stopping it!

chelle

 

 

 


O'Christmas Tree

hello! welcome back!

today i am sharing a sweet lil card i made for the Tim Holtz Holiday 2017 Inspiration Series. i am incredibly grateful to get to play with such amazing products from Tim Holtz and Stampers Anonymous!

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i adore this lil tree from the set Tattered Christmas. when i saw the new stamp release for holiday this set was at the top of my list...i L.O.V.E. coloring these images!

 

i stamped the tree and holly on distress watercolor paper and colored the images using distress markers and a detail water brush. each image is outlined with watered down pumice stone...i do this in a quick 'don't over think it' way and love the results...easy way of making images pop.

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the sentiment from the Watercolor Trees set was perfect for this image and fit perfectly in the label stamp from Simple Sayings.


IMG_2315then i layered o top of a crisp stamped background from the Sparkles and Christmas set..super easy to stamp several times using black archival ink on the water color paper for a deep, crisp image using the Stamp Platform from Tim Holtz and Tonic!!

i inked up all the edges with pumice stone distress ink and layered my card...it's simple and sweet.

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thank you for stopping in!

chelle


Tim Holtz Assemblage

so i might have lost my mind a lil...in a really good way! i was in love at first sight with Tim's new jewelry line with Joann Fabric & Craft Stores. and, by lose my mind i may or may not mean that i drove to 3 different stores in search of the line...which is funny in that a) it was readily available to order on the Joann's website and on sale b) it was clearly stated that it would be in stores LATER in the week c) the likely hood of it being out was slim, but that wasn't going to stop me...hence this excitement...

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i have to thank Diane and Marlene at my local Joanns for going above and beyond for us...we were just a lil excited and they had the best time listening to us oooh and ahhh over all the incredible products...it really felt like Christmas morning...just so so good.

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i literally had already put the buckle cuff on before we checked out...i wore it around the store...it's my favorite!

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i posted this picture on instagram...calling it my '5 minute collection'...it was seriously 5 minutes once i sat down to play...the cuff was already on, the bead chain bracelet went on next, and the gunmet link bracelet i simply removed 2 links and popped it on.  next, the necklace was just adding charms to the large lobster claw...so so easy! all i used was a pair of pliers...and, honestly, a few times i got excited and just used my fingers...

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i am by no means good at making jewelry...a true novice...so i wanted to start the more detailed playing by trying my hand at the gorgeous necklace Tim showed on his video and blog (go see here!!!) 

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here is my simpler version...it took me about a half hour and it was super easy!!  i am in love with it...so so good!

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then this one...the details on all the charms are gorgeous!! i did tint the rhinestones with mushroom alcohol ink to soften them...

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one of the things i love about this whole collection is how much variety there is...the vintage pieces range from sparkly to more industrial...truly something for everyone!  

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so...literally 5 minutes on this one too...this is definitely one that i think is going to be my go-to every day piece...simple with a lil sparkle...mad love.

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and here they are...not bad for a first try! i couldn't stop playing...this stuff practically makes itself! i am so excited to play some more and go back and see what other trinkets i can pick up...there are already pieces i wish i had grabbed!!! i can't wait to see what other inspiration is posted on social...i just know there are going to be so many things i will want to try!

thank you for stopping in and sharing in the excitement of this new line...i hope you love it as much as i do!

chelle

 

 


More Creativation 2017 Samples

i'm back today to share more samples i made for the Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Creativation 2017 release...

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the two sets that immediately 'spoke' to me were Flutter and Illustrated Garden...they are beautiful and incredible to color...so so pretty.  i created this lil 'shiplap' background with woodgrain cardstock and simple ink blending...i love how it came together.

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the next set that spoke straight to my heart, is Flower Jar...my daughter teases me about my love affair with jars; can one ever have too many jars?!  vines and roses background stamp is perfect for watercolor stamping...what a great combo!! the woodgrain cardstock strikes again...its just a perfect touch...

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sometimes simplicity and monochrome palettes can have a lovely impact...i love using numbers and images to make a simple impact...i loved how this came out...

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here is another simple card with impact...i used tissue tape (yes, it's a favorite technique of mine) to mask off the verse then did a quick blended background with spritz and flick.  the tim holtz craft thread makes it's appearance again...along with mirrored stars that i first inked with mushroom alcohol ink then silver alcohol ink mixative...they look so cool in person.

thank you for stopping in...can't wait to share hipster...they were a sneak attack favorite!!

chelle

 


Creativation 2017 Samples

howdy folks...have you been to Tim Holtz's blog to see his Creativation 2017 recap?? his tour is super fun and inspiring! this release is absolutely incredible...i can not wait to play with so many things he released!!

i was so honored to get to play with the Stamper's Anonymous release...it is such a blessing and i am so grateful...

i thought i would share a few samples i made...

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i love this stamp so much...i knew i had to pair the saying with these mini blueprint coffee stamps...this is a saying  i have used at work for years and i am lucky enough to love what i do...

the woodgrain cardstock was perfect to create this frame to make the saying pop stamped in picket fence distress ink on black cardstock...

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one of my favorite things to do is create a simple card with the focus on a single layer where i use distress ink to add dimension and detail...this card highlights that technique... 

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i love these farm animals...so many possibilities...i immediately knew i wanted to stack 'em up.  another new favorite for me is the eclectic elements craft thread...it's the perfect weight thread for crafting.

 

i'll be back soon with more samples...i'm excited to share the hipsters samples and how i created the backgrounds...

thank you for stoping in!!

chelle

 


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