Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Last minute Christmas gifts

I thought I would show you these mini calendars I made using Tim Holtz papers and stamps. The holder is magnetic so they can hang on the refrigerator. They went together really fast and were fun to make.
If you haven't seen it yet, check out the Tim Holtz giveaway that YOURS ARTFULLY is having. We can all use more Tim stuff.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Compendium of Curiosities Challenge- week 25

Here we are at week 25 for the Compendium of Curiosities Challenge 25 where the ever amazing Linda has us doing Scribble Stain Distress. I have used bundled sage, stormy sky and walnut stain distress inks. I used picket fence paint for the snow. The snowman is by Sizzix. The words are by Quietfire Designs. After the frantic pace of the 12 tags of Tim it is nice to get back to the Compendium Challenges.
I hope everyone is ready for the big day and just relaxing now. I still have lots to do.
Thank you for looking! Happy Solstice tomorrow. Bring back the light!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Christmas cards 2010

I am almost finished making and sending Christmas cards for this year so I thought I would share a few of my favorites. Guess who inspired me for these? I wish the 12 tags of Christmas happened mid November. It would make it easier to get in the mood. I have used Stampers Anonymous TH, Artistic Outpost and Crafty Secret stamps on these.
Thank you for looking!


Over at The Play Date Cafe they are having another color splash challenge-black and white with a bit of yellow. I have used a die from Tim Holtz-townscapes, a Sizzix embossing folder, and a greeting and punches from Stampin Up. I have missed a few recently so thought I would quickly do a Christmas card. Thank you for looking!

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Tim Holtz - 12 tags of Christmas 2010

Now I have really finished the Tim Holtz 12 tags of Christmas event. This is the first year I have managed to complete them and mount them. Too bad. It would have been great to have 4 years worth. This will sit on the shelf to inspire me and remind me of all of the ideas I have yet to try out. Thank you for looking!!

Monday, December 13, 2010

Compendium of Curiosities Challenge- week 24

The challenge for week 24 at Studio L3 was to use Rock Candy Distress Stickles. This chickadee by Impression Obsession is one of my favorite stamps so I wanted to include him in my book. I have used Rock Candy Distress Stickles, Black soot distress ink, black archival ink, and Stampin Up markers. The music is from Scrapblocks and the snowflakes are Stampin Up. Thank you for looking!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Tim Holtz - 12 tags of Christmas 2010 -Day 12

Well I did it ! Twelve days and 12 tags. This has been a lot of fun. I have really enjoyed visiting other taggers and seeing all the amazing work inspired by Tim. Many thanks to Aryjen for hosting the group link making it easier to view other blogs. There were so many ideas shared by Tim that I hope I can repeat at least some of them before they get lost in my head.
Thank you for looking! Your comments are appreciated!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Tim Holtz - 12 tags of Christmas 2010 -Day 11

Only one more to go. As much as I have loved this event I am glad it will soon be over. Maybe then I can get ready for Christmas. When I first saw the day 11 tag I wasn't thrilled but making it changed my mind. I really like it in person. First thing I did was make a stamp from the townscape die. I love that die. I didn't have dep in green so I used regular ep. I don't have sparkly fluffy so I used Marvy liquid applique. When I embossed over my dictionary paper it lifted the glue in spots so I covered it with dotted velum. Thank you for looking! I hope you are having a wonderful weekend. I will be posting to Artyjen and to The Artistic Stamper.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Tim Holtz - 12 tags of Christmas 2010 -Day 10

Tim is certainly sharing some wonderful ideas with us during these 12 days. I use lots of acetate or plastic for different projects but I never thought of putting it in an embossing folder. What fun! I don't have the snowman die so I used the snowman embossing folder. The Merry Christmas stamp is from craftsmart. Thank you for looking! I am posting to Artyjen.

Tim Holtz - 12 tags of Christmas 2010 -Day 9

I didn't get to finish tag 9 yesterday. I had to go to the city and do some Christmas shopping. I am no where ready for the big event. I changed lots of things for tag 9. I used some Basic Gray paper for the tag and rosette. The Peace is a die from Stampin Up. The dove stamp is also from Stampin Up. The embellishments are from my stash. I am hoping to get tag 10 done today as well. We will see! Feeling the pressure. Thank you for looking. I am posting to Artyjen and The Artistic Stamper.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Tim Holtz - 12 tags of Christmas 2010 -Day 8

Oh thank you Tim for giving us a simpler one today. I love this tag! I think Tim's ideas for the smoke and "and to all a good night" are amazing. I don't have his gizmo or time to improvise on it right now so I left mine plain. Another day I will fix it up. Thanks for your comments re the roof. Rick patched it today (in between cloudburst) so hopefully it will make it till better weather. It's our own fault. We knew we had to replace it. I will be posting my tag to Artjen and to The Artistic Stamper . Thank you for looking!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Tim Holtz - 12 tags of Christmas 2010 -Day 7

Here we go. More than halfway through Tim's tags. My poinsettia is a bit of a disaster and I put it too high on the tag. I figure there is nothing a bird can't fix. Not sure who made him. I didn't have the wood grain folder so I used my Sizzix wood grain embossing plate. The leaves are plastic ones I painted. I have to hurry. We just discovered the roof is leaking right on top of our bed. Tis the season ...falalalala Thank you for looking. I am linking to Artyjen.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Tim Holtz - 12 tags of Christmas 2010 -Day 6

This is my very favorite tag that Tim has shown us so far. I have been using the deer die combined with the pine tree embossing folder for making many of my Christmas cards this year. I thought it was a reindeer but of course it had no antlers. Well Tim showed us how to fix that. I don't own the tree die (yet) so I used the tree embossing folder to make my antlers. I didn't have his wreath trim either so I just made one with yarn and stars. My tag is much brighter than it appears- I really need to read the info on my camera and learn how to use it. I didn't get to visit very many blogs yesterday but today should be better. I am linking this to the Artyjen Splinter Group Linkie. I really hope you all find time to play! Thank you for looking!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Tim Holtz - 12 tags of Christmas 2010 -Day 5

Tim had us working hard on Day 5. I thought it would be quick but there just kept being more to do. I had the Santa stamp and music paper and fired brick distress stickles and distress inks. The numerals I made by painting grunge board numbers with enamel. I did try his technique using the Utee on some foil paper. It seemed like it was going to work but when I put a second coat on it bubbled into a mess...a smelly mess. I kept putting white around the edges to stop it from looking pink but that didn't work either. A little frustrating this one but fun anyway. I am linking this to Artyjen's Splinter Group. Come and see all the amazing tags.
Thank you for looking!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Tim Holtz - 12 tags of Christmas 2010 -Day 4

I really liked the tag that Tim created today but it was impossible to scan. The glass piece on the tag does not have a stripe on it but I guess because it is domed that is how it scanned. The supplies I had that Tim used were alcohol inks, fragments, ribbon and Seasonal paper. All the rest is from my stash. I like how the fragments turned out but they were too big for the tag. I will be linking this up to Artyjens Splinter Group. Thank you for looking! I hope you are having fun playing with Tim!

Friday, December 3, 2010

Tim Holtz - 12 tags of Christmas 2010 -Day 3

Tim has created another fabulous tag for us on day 3. The generous Artyjen is providing a T!m's Splinter Group Linkie for us. It is a great place to get inspired. I had many of the things for todays tag but not the tree stamp. Instead I used the tree embossing folder and rubbed over it with black soot distress ink. I used a piece of cloth tape instead of tinsel. I love Tim's ribbon but I am not thrilled with the tissue tape flower. It took me many tries and I am still not pleased. Oh well, that's what happens when you are in a hurry. Thank you for looking and thank you for all your kind comments. They mean a lot to me!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Tim Holtz - 12 tags of Christmas 2010

Here is my Day 2 of the 12 tags of Christmas. I really like this technique and use it whenever I remember. My tag is different than Tim's but I like how it turned out. I left the embellishments off so I could scan it. Don't forget to check out Tim's blog and join in the fun. It seems like half the world is tuned in. Thank you for looking!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Tim Holtz - 12 tags of Christmas 2010

Here it is day 1 of the 12 tags of Christmas that Tim does every year. I didn't own the dies that Tim used for the first tag so I made my own cutouts. Actually the only supplies I had for today's project were the inks and paints. Everything else is a make do. In my picture the background looks green but it is quite blue. It was a fun project but took me a long time. I am going to try to do all 12, but we will see. You should go check out his blog for all the details and join in on the fun. Thank you for looking!