Saturday, March 28, 2015

Steampunk Box


One of my newest purchases is the Square Box Die from Sizzix, designed by Eileen Hull. I am SO in love with this Die!!  Last week I made a couple of Steampunk boxes and my best Friend fell in love with them so they went home with her. Well her Sister saw the photo of them and wanted one too so I made this one for her last night.  I will have a more detailed post tomorrow showing how I made them.
Thank you for looking!


12 Tags of 2015 with Tim Holtz-March



Greetings from Southeast Arkansas where winter is stuck LOL!  I'm so thankful for my warm and cozy craft room!
Don't you just love Tim's March Tag? Once again I don't have the exact supplies that Tim used so I improvised. Now normally I make a tag but this month I've made a gift for a very dear Friend.
I built a wood frame, painted it black and then coated the black with DecoArt Weathered Wood medium. Once the medium was dry I applied a coat of DecoArt Mocha Acrylic paint and sat and watched the beautiful cracks appear.
Next I cut a piece of black matboard and used Tim's Clock Stencil along with some opaque texture paste that I had mixed some purple acrylic paint into. Applied to the matboard and dusted with some Ranger Pearl Ex Powder.
I cut and embossed the Dragonfly using Tim's Layered Dragonfly Die, colored her up with pearlex powders, added some half pearls to her tail then covered her completely with Ranger Glossy Accents.
Before I adhered the Dragonfly to the frame, I gave the whole frame a coating of Rangers Glue n Seal and once it was dry I did some antiquing all over the frame with some of Tim's Black Soot Distress Paint. Apply the distress paint , wait about 30 seconds then rub it back with a soft cloth until you get the desired look.  I appllied some Picket Fence Distress Paint to one of Tim's keyholes, waited a few seconds and did a quick light rub with a soft cloth.

I really enjoyed making this, at first I felt funny not doing a tag but Tim does encourage us to take inspiration from his and run with it...I ran LOL  Thank you for looking. Now I must get this boxed up and mailed off to put a bit of happy in a dear Friend's day.

Don't forget to head to Tim's Blog and join in on the fun!


Saturday, February 28, 2015

12 Tags of 2015 with Tim-February


My goodness I wasn't sure I'd be finished in time! I just love Tim's tag this month (of course I love all of his tags lol), and wanted to get that same romantic white washed feel that he did. I improvised with most of it and have to admit, I'm happy with what I came up with :-) 

I used Tim's Seasonal Papers, Grungeboard, Seasonal Stickers, Metal findings and his lovely inkable, scrunchable Ribbon Binding. Add in some Distress Paint, Distress Markers and Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter and voila! I adore the look of Picket Fence Distress Paint on metal
What's not to love about Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter...I believe it's my most favorite glitter EVER!

Be sure to head over to Tim's Blog and join in on the fun!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Big Giveaway from The Idea Room!


TheIdeaRoom is giving away a Cricut Explore! Run, don't walk........

TheIdeaRoom big giveaway

Good luck Everyone!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Steampunk Canvas Tutorial

I had a few requests for a Tutorial on my Steampunk Canvas.  I took a bunch of video, pulled it all together and attempted to upload it here on the blog...no go! Blogger just isn't co-operating. I then tried to upload it to youtube but an hour into uploading it was only at 6%.  Soooo, I'm afraid you're going to have to settle for photos and text.  Feel free to ask any questions here on the blog and I'll answer them as quick as I can.

Supplies:  Canvas (any size), Cheesecloth, Gesso (black and white), Ranger Glue n Seal, Thick Tacky Glue, E6000 glue, Flowers ( I use flowers from I Am Roses, Petaloo and Prima), metal pieces ( I use a lot of the Tim Holtz Idea-ology metals, gears from old watches, springs from old pens and watches, nuts, bolts, the pop tops from soda cans, zipper pulls and any old stuff I find in the garage.) Buttons, laser cut wood shapes, grunge board shapes, and anything else that looks interesting to me.  Dylusion Ink Sprays.

Cover your Canvas with a layer of Glue n Seal and let dry.

Arrange your cheesecloth on your canvas and cover with Glue n Seal, let dry.

Start glueing your items all over the canvas...no rhyme or reason, just have fun glueing it all on...you can even stack items if you like how they look together.

Once you have all of your items glued to the canvas, cover the whole thing in a good solid coat of black gesso.
Once the black gesso is dry, take a scruffy paint brush , dab it into the white gesso and brush it across the canvas..go in all directions brushing lightly in some places and heavy in others.


 Once this layer is dry, cover any photos with paper towel and using Dylusion Ink Sprays have fun adding splashes of color all over the canvas.



If your canvas is a stretched canvas, paint the edges with black gesso.    There is no "right" or "wrong" way to do these canvases and they are very forgiving, for instance: you can always add more layers of stuff at any point, even after adding your sprays. Just be sure and do each of the steps again if you do add more.

Monday, February 24, 2014

12 Tags of 2014 with Tim Holtz-February

I absolutely squeeled when I saw Tim's Tag this month.  Is anyone else drooling over that gorgeous stamp?!!  It's at the very top of my wish list!  I had to improvise again, and I'm really loving my tag :-)  
Tim  used one of my favorite techniques from his CC102 Class,  you can see his Tag on his BLOG.
Thank you for looking :-)


Wednesday, January 22, 2014

12 Tags of 2014 with Tim Holtz-January


And we're off to another fun year of Tags! I believe this is one of my most favorite things to do in my craft room...I enjoy the challenge and love the inspiration I get from Tim's Tags. As usual for me I had to do some improvising, but that's part of the fun!  Check out Tim's January Tag on his Blog , it's a real beauty!!

I've wanted his Pocket Watch die since he gave us a sneak peek of it, luckily I was able to get it on sale a few weeks ago, and boy was I excited to see he used it for the first Tag of the year!  I was happily working on my tag when I killed my Vagabond (see previous post here on my blog), so finishing her up was a bit more of a challenge but I did get her done. 

I love working with Pumice Stone Distress Ink, it's one of my top favorites.  I also inked my ribbon up with Pumice Stone after stamping it with a Club Scrap Gear stamp.

 I only have Tim's Seasonal Chit Chat stickers at the moment so chose to use the one that says "Dedication".  Have you tried Tim's Stencils out yet? I've got 3 of them so far and LOVE 'EM!! 

List of Products I used:
Pumice Stone Distress Ink by Ranger
Black Archival Ink by Ranger
Manilla #8 Tag by Ranger
Black Soot Distress Paint by Ranger
Seasonal Chit Chat Stickers by Tim Holtz
Clockworks Stencil by Tim Holtz
Pocket Watch Frame Die by Tim Holtz
Foil Tape (from my Husband's tool box in the Garage )
Cog Embossing Folder by Spellbinders (My Tim Holtz Clockworks embossing folder is stuck in my dead Vagabond)
Misc. Gears from my stash

Thank  you for looking!