Wednesday, April 27, 2011

3-D fun - Grungy Monday 5

Oh how fun this was. Reminded me of the shaker cards I made when I first started stamping. It was all I could do to leave off the acrylic cover and rummage for that confetti I used to collect! The amazing Tim Holtz, Duke of Distress has a very fun technique to use foam core board to create a fun niche and 'put' something in it. I stored the word Giggle, one of my favorite stamps of his in the niche. I used a wee bit of paper from the crowded attic stash, added some worn lipstick, picket fence, and rusty hinge DI, and trimmed it with the fabulous pearls from Reflections. If you have no idea what I'm talking about - check out the amazing Linda at Studio L3 who is challenging each and every Grungy Monday with a different Tim Holtz Technique

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Gotta love Texture Fades...Grungy Monday 4

Looking at this - very simple design, - but I just love this techique. It was so amazing to me and opened so many doors to creativity when I saw the challenge on the Tim Holtz 10th tag of Christmas 2010. I used broken china and chipped sapphire Distress Inks with the clocks texture fade. Vintage Photo DI was used to distress the card and saying. The stamp is one of my new faves from Penny Black! If you have ever wondered why Tim has some really open 'blank' space on his texture fades -this is WHY. Not only can you color in the blank areas and create beautiful texture, you can stamp on it and make it multi-dimensional. Check it out!

Terry Maderis Stamps

I thought I would share a card I made for a stamp company here in Tucson. Terry Maderis, has a great variety of stamps. His technique is using colored pencils, shading, and creating beautiful images. This is a sample of the 4 cowgirls stamp which I personally adore. Enjoy and check out his stamps.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Color Wash - Take 5 (Grungy Monday 3)

Okay - if you're anything like me - and I have learned a few of you are....These color washes have been collecting dust in your stash of treasures for quite some time. Seems easy - take lid off, spray the color wash, make a card, and tada, you're done. Not SO. These colors are so bright, deep, and beautiful when you spray them on, then they dry and take on a look of mud, or dullness I could not imagine. I tried every kind of paper I could find. I finally settled on a piece of music from an old piano book (a hint I picked up from another stamper a couple weeks ago). I used Lettuce, Butterscotch, and Eggplant color washes. The flower was made with the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die using the new glassine paper colored with distress inks. Fun Fun Fun! I finished it off with one of Tim's new sayings. I am submitting this challenge to Grungy Monday 3, over at Studio L3 with the amazing Linda Ledbetter. She has been challenging us with All Things Tim Holtz for the better part of a year - we couldn't get enough, so she is keeping it going with the Grungy Monday challenge. Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Grunge Monday - Ranger Videos

Ahhh, Another monday with the Wonderful Linda over at Studio L3. For all of us Tim Holtz Junkies/Addicts (yes, that's what we are) we are continuing honoring the Duke of Distress with a new technique challenge every week. Get on over there to see what's up. This week we were challenged with a wonderful technique you can find on the Ranger website - Distress Ink with Multi Medium. I can't believe I didn't have ANY fun foam in the 'stash', so I improvised and used a new stamp I got from Wendy Vecchi. I used Concord Grape, Sapphire, and Peeled Paint distress inks. I loved the way the more ink you used, the more the stamped image came through. You can't see it, but I used the STAR page out of the dictionary to go with my star stamp. Cool huh?

Thanks for stopping by, and head over and check out the challenge - you'll be glad you did. Not only do you get to make really cool stuff - you will discover some amazing artists!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Grunge Monday #1 - More Tim Holtz!!!

Yeah for the wonderful Linda at Studio L3. We had such a fun year with Tim's Compendium of Curiosity techniques, no one wanted it to end. Hurray for linda, because she thought of a way to keep this going. This week we were challenged with techniques from the 2008 12 Tags of Christmas, Tag #10. That is a link to the technique as well as Tim's blog. I enjoyed this challenge. Masking is not something I do well, but learning to make your own pearlized sprays was fun. I used Frayed Burlap and Rust (which looks pink to me) to get started on my Spring tag. Flowers are blooming like crazy here, it was almost 100 degrees on Friday, and my absolutely favorite time of the year, Enjoy the tag, join in all the fun, and let me know what you think.