Wednesday, February 3, 2016

WOYWW #348 & Tool Description

Time to visit creative folks from across the globe. You can pick up your road map at Julia's Stamping Ground and snoop a long. We'd love to see yours!

Little bit of change from last week. I have the supplies compiled for a gift basket for a writer's celebration dinner on Friday night. Celebration theme with Wine & Chocolate.

Also some John Deere tractor paper and a cut out of a John Deere tractor for the Tea Pot Tuesday card I did not get made for yesterday.

Some of you requested a peek at some of the earlier Tim Holtz tags I am doing. The post is HERE.

Now... last week a couple of people mentioned the 'egg sponges'. Took me a few minutes to figure out what y'all were seeing. Then it dawned on me. My home made blending tool. The more I looked at Tim's blending tool, the more uncomfortable the item just looked to work with. So I looked for something that might fit the palm better. 

This is what I came up with: 

This is a knob of some type that I found at the craft store in the wood section.

I attached a circle of Industrial Strength velcro to the bottom. The bottom measures 1"

I cut circles from white felt. These I cut by hand. Sometime in the future I am going to order the Originals Sizzix Circles die that has 4 circles - one is the 1"

This is comfortable in the hand, and easy to swirl inks onto my projects. 

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

TEAPOT TUESDAY - Mowing the Lawn

Thank you so much for your patience. For the first time in pretty much 'ever'  I could not get this card to come together in a timely fashion. I knew what I wanted and I had all the components but getting the verbiage to line up was fighting me.

Finally, after a pain-induced nap Wednesday following  a dental appointment, everything fell into place.

Bob in WI is our receipient this week. He recently had hip replacement surgery. He enjoys mowing his lawn on his riding mower and loves his companion Rufus - a Labradoodle. I knew I wanted to do something with the John Deere paper by Creative Imaginations. So this is what I came up with...

And as I post this, I see there is a typo. Grrr... Hope I can fix that before I pop it in the mail tomorrow.

The tractor is copied from the John Deere website. I cut it out, coated in Papier Glass Finish then popped the image up with pop dots when it had dried. 

Now.. to turn 'hope' into 'hoping'. 

Creative Blessings!

Monday, February 1, 2016

MIXED MEDIA MONDAY - Tim Holtz Tag Revisited

Each Monday's post will be dedicated to Mixed Media. For me that narrows down to three main areas - Art Journals, Tim Holtz, Mini Albums.

I've always wanted to do Tim Holtz's tags but just never made the time or space. Last year, while I was between studios, I attempted the tags for the first time and loved the TWO I made. This year, I have the studio and am back at them. If you missed my January 2016 Tag, you can see it HERE.

One of the other things I want to do on Mondays is to revisit some of his old tags... tags I wanted to make but never did. This week, I've started with his very first tag... 12 Tags of Christmas 2007 - Day 1.

I liked playing with the colors. Tim's version HERE called for using his Crackle Paints. I did not have those so I chose Folk Art colors and a bottle of crackle medium. Here's the thing... Use HIS crackle paints. By using paints and medium separate, you have 3 steps... aka 3 drying times. With Tim's - just ONE step - one drying time. You can bet his crackle paints are on my shopping list now!

I also did not have a Santa stamp. (Another item on my 'buy' list). So I chose the vintage sled from SU Winter Memories, as well as the sentiment.  The 'S' is from Colorbok Monogram grunge board letters.

The tag came out very bland and you can barely see the stamped image. After letting the tag sit for a couple of days, I tried again. When I painted/ crackled the first background, I had enough paint to do a second base - so I did. No wasting paint and I'd have another base for something down the road. Didn't realize 'down the road' would mean 3 days LOL

On the redo I stamped the image in VersaMark then embossed with Midnight Black. I also punched a snowflake using my SU paddle punch. I coated the snowflake in VersaMark then embossed with a custom mix embossing blend.

For the background I used Folk Art Linen. Then I blended SU Cherry Cobbler and Always Artichoke along with TM Distress Ink - Vintage Photo. The sentiment is stamped on SU Very Vanilla then I toned the color down with the Vintage Photo.

The snowflakes in the background are from a Studio G stamp using Brilliance Moonlight White.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

WOYWW #347

Welcome to my world! I am finally back... and crafting in my new studio! I don't have everything put away yet but I'm getting closer every weekend.

Today is the aftermath of my Tim Holtz tag project. One Monday each month I am doing the Tim Holtz 2016 tag challenge. Then the other Mixed Media Monday posts I'm doing a blend of art journaling, mini albums and reaching back into the tag archives at Tim's sight and playing with some of the  other tags - just like Tim is doing for his 2016 tag challenge. I never made any of his other tags (except 2 last year) so I am excited to finally play with his other tags.

Want to see the tag? You'll have to come back on Monday, February 1st. ;-)
Not sure why you're seeing a picture of my messy desk (Yeah!) Click HERE to be taken to Julia's Stamping Ground. Julia has the road map to nearly 100 crafting studios to inspire you!

Creative Blessings!

Thursday, January 21, 2016


For the past three years, I've been donating to the Mitten Tree at our local bank. Between mid-November and mid-December, a Christmas tree sits in the bank lobby awaiting to be decorated with hats, scarves, mittens, gloves, even socks. A couple of days before school lets out for the Christmas holiday, the employees take the donated items to the grade school where they are handed out to students.

I came from poverty and I remember wanting clothes like the other kids wore - but more importantly I craved for my clothes to match. So I make a point of creating 'sets' for the kids. I package them up with a tag that says 'Warm Winter Wishes' and cute snowmen.

I start the process in February when hats and gloves/ mittens go on clearance for .50 each. Then I purchase yarn in colors to match. The next eight or nine months are spent crocheting scarves to complete sets. This is my tv time in the evening, when the cats allow.

This year I delivered 26 sets to the Mitten Tree. My goal had been 50. While I fell short of my goal, there were still some very warm youngsters as a result. I also have the beginnings of 26 sets here for 2016. So far I've crocheted 6 sets.

My Thursday posts will be sporadic for awhile as I strive to put the final items away in the studio. I swear that room is like a clown car. Just when I think I've found the end... something else appears to be put away. But I'm getting there :-)

And Enjoying the Journey .... most days hehe
Creative Blessings!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

HOW TO EAT AN ELEPHANT - Goals for 2016

In place of Teapot Tuesday (no recipients this week), I thought I'd introduce you to a cool book by VJ Schultz.  The book is called "How to Eat an Elephant" (Available on Amazon)

I have found that most 'creative' people are either OCD, ADD or a blend of both. We like to know where are tools are (even if they are in a state of chaos) and we have as my hubby lovingly calls 'oh shiny things' moments. 

VJ's book helps reign in those moments. If nothing else, you have them written down to refer to when you need to find your ground again so that you can move forward.

The book is broken down into 3 sections:
1 - Elephants 
      These are the (no more than 3) major goals you want to accomplish this year
2 - Monthly
      You take each of your goals and break them down into 'monthly' steps
3 -  Weekly
      Take those 'monthly' steps and cut them up into weekly, 'doable' goals. 

My Elephants for 2016 revolve around 3 areas of my life:

Author/ writing

If you want to know about my 'Author/ writing' Elephant, you can check out the post on my Author Blog - Angela Drake

My Creative Goals for 2016 encompass three things:
Participating in more Challenges
Keep up with All Occasion Card Challenge (I host)
Keep up with Christmas Card Challenge

These are not huge elephants but they do require time and planning. 
I've already begun the 'more challenges' by taking part in the Tim Holtz 2016 tag challenge. Once I get things in a routine, I would like to pick up at least one or two more challenges from other blogs. 

The All Occasion Caror AOCC and Christmas Card  or CCC challenges are part of the Splitcoast Stampers forums. Both of these are 'encouragement' forums. The AOCC is a reminder to get those birthday/ anniversary cards made AND mailed in each month.  For the CCC, we estimate about how many Christmas cards/ tags we'll need for the coming Christmas season then divide that by 11 months - giving us the number we need to make each month. This enables us to have all of our cards ready for mailing and tags ready for packages before Thanksgiving. I've accomplished this goal two years out of the many I participated in and I have to tell you, you will thank yourself if you join and follow through with this challenge.

Once I pinpointed what my 'elephants' were, then VJ takes you through breaking each one down by month:

Finish the big stuff in the studio
Take part in Tim Holtz Challenge
Research 3 other blog challenges for future months
Set up the AOCC threads for the rest of the year.

From there, we break each month down into the individual weeks:
I failed to do this part. I got side-tracked by the holidays and January is almost over. But with good reason. Bob always comes first and since he was gone for the holidays, the first three weeks of January have been our Christmas vacation.

However, I have done the first 2016 tag and linked up at Tim Holtz's blog and I've set up the AOCC threads for the year. Next Monday I will post their challenge to get the group thinking about their February birthday/ anniversary cards. I'm not sure I'll get much 'research' time as I have a couple other deadlines and Bob's only home for one more week. He is occupying himself on FB now as I type this. 
So tell me, how do  YOU eat an elephant?  VJ suggests one bite at a time...
Creative Blessings!

Monday, January 18, 2016

MIXED MEDIA MONDAY - Tim Holtz January 2016 Tag

I'm diving into Tim Holtz's tag series again. I fell off the wagon in March of last year due to frustration. Frustrated at not having my tools where I could get to them or the right tools. I'm hoping this year will be different.

So first thing this morning I went into my studio to start on the tag .... and couldn't find the crate that holds over 100 pre-cut tags. I know they are in that room somewhere because the cabinet they were in is in the room... and has been for several months. However, I've not paid much attention to getting the mixed media side of the room organized. That was the project for last weekend but a horrid sinus infection moved into two cavities and I didn't do much of anything but sleep all weekend. While I'm making progress in the room, I still have a long way to go to have everything the way I want them.

This year Tim is mixing things up a little bit. He is going back into archived tags to put a new spin on past techniques. For JANUARY  we are playing with metal tape (available in plumbing at your local home improvement store).  Here's the tag I came up with:

You can see his list of supplies by clicking on the JANUARY above. I did not have some of the items he used so I improvised.

Manila Tag Base
Foil Tape
Folk Art Paints; Licorice & Whicker White (substitutes for Black Soot & Picket Fence)
Brilliance Moonlight White ink
Stamp: InkaDinkaDo
Darice EB Folder: Assorted Clocks
DCWV Black cardstock
TH: Word Band (Live In the Moment), Spinners
Foam adhesive, The Paper Studio Washi

I failed to do any of the heat embossing or crystal effects. I might redo this one later. But for now, I'm thrilled to be playing again. 

There is still plenty of time for you to join us! Go HERE and share your creative journey!