I started this book in Seth Apter's For Your Eyes Only class (hence the name) in July 2014. It took me about a month to finish it completely. Of course I had to put my own spin on it with lots of vintage images, antique trims and German Dresden. Thanks so much Seth for such an awesome class! I like how it came out - hope you do too!
I am being very brave posting pics of the old studio and sharing my remodel/move to the larger space as it continues (right now, very slowly). Believe it or not the old studio was pretty organized. I liked to call it an organized mess - LOL! It just became so cramped with so much CRAP it wasn't conducive to creating anymore. Please be kind if you comment! :0)
Update: The studio is finished! Woohoo!
Located at the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme CT this is a yearly event. 38 structures are hidden throughout the FloGris property. The level of detail in each and every structure is just extraordinary! So much fun whether you have kids or not. A magical day!
For my birthday this year we traveled to Madison CT's Barberry Hill Farm to attend 'Dinners At The Farm' an annual summer event started by Jonathan Rapp of River Tavern in Chester CT. For two weekends in July and two weekends in August he picks two host farms to host this fabulous charity event to benefit City Seed plus two other land/farm related charities. All the food we ate was locally sourced and absolutely spectacular!
I completed my ATC tray today for Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of 2014 challenge. I have had so much to do plus going to Williamsburg the first week of December (which was AWESOME by the way!) plus preparing for a round of eye tests at Mass Eye & Ear coming up soon - I had completely forgotten about making my ATC for this month! Oh ya, I also have to make 4.5 dozen cookies for a cookie exchange and make a dish for an upcoming potluck lunch at work. Phew! It wasn't until someone mentioned it on Facebook that I realized I hadn't made my ATC yet. So I finished putting up my Christmas decorations and got to work on my ATC. There were definitely challenges this month but overall I'm pretty satisfied with the result. OK, lets get busy with the how-tos:
The only things he used that I had - that worked for the smaller size was the script word die, distress glitter, inks & stains.
I didn't have the block word dies so I used the Alphanumeric set instead. It is a bit big but it stills worked. I don't have the new Prancing Deer die (which I love!), plus it's to big anyway. I used the deer from the Mini Reindeer & 25 set. To give it antlers I used the branch from the Mini Branch & Leaf set. I just cut a couple bits from it to create the antlers.
I also don't have the greenery die that he used so I just substituted the Festive Greenery die.
While I don't have the new Pine Twine I DO have something similar which I used with a little jingle bell. To sub the Frosted, which, again, I don't have, I do have Frosted Film, which is sticky on one side. I just adhered it to a piece of acetate and embossed it with a similar looking embossing folder.
I decided to stitch my embossed Frosted Film to the Manila ATC. I just trimmed it down once it was stitched in place. To finish up my ATC I stained a bit of ribbon with the leftover Faded Jeans & Brushed Pewter Distress Stain Sprays on my craft sheet, painted a brass snowflake charm with Picket Fence paint and adhered a piece of Industrial Sticker Border (another item of his that I had on hand) at the bottom of the ATC.
That's it! Another year done. I can't believe how quickly 2014 sped by! I enjoyed doing ATCs this year but I think I will try something different for 2015 (hopefully he will continue with his monthly challenges!). There were times when I felt that the ATC size was just to limiting for this. So many of Tim's products are sized for tags or larger pieces of art. Maybe some type of journal or altered book?
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and have a FABULOUS New Year!
I have been extremely productive the last couple of days! Finished my ATCs for the swap next week, the kit for the next swap in January, AND my Christmas cards which I really needed to finish before I left for Williamsburg. I don't usually post my Christmas card until Christmas Day but I had a couple of challenges that I needed to overcome to make the card the way I wanted and I thought I would share the process with you.
I used Tim Holtz's new layered snowflake die and new Thinlet set called Holiday Words; Script as well as an older embossing folder of his for the snowflake background. I pretty much ended up using almost all Tim stuff this year. As soon as I saw the layered snowflake die I knew exactly what I wanted to do for my card!
My first challenge was the embossed background. I wanted a soft white effect on the snowflakes. I've always had trouble with white inks so I tried Distress Paint in Picket Fence first. It was TOO White and the brush strokes from the dauber top didn't blend like I wanted them to. So I dug through my inks and found Snowcap White in the Adirondack Pigment Ink line. I hadn't used it in years was it dried out? Nope - still good but I realized I needed it to be really juicy. Did I have a reinker for it? YES! So I over inked the pad and used a mini ink blending tool to swirl the ink over the embossed snowflakes. Worked like a charm! It blended well so there were no brush strokes and gave the nice, soft effect I was picturing in my mind. Woohoo, one challenge solved.
The next challenge was pretty easy to solve. I initially tried a few different weights of clear acetate to figure out which gave the best embossed image. Turns out the best acetate was the heavy weight plastic packaging that so much of what we buy today comes in and it's essentially free! What a way to recycle!
The last challenge and the one that really kicked my butt was die cutting the words. They cut beautifully but I had a very difficult time getting them out of the die. They looked pretty worse for wear and not really usable by the time I got them out. Then I remembered a trick that a demonstrator showed us at the Springfield stamp show in June. She worked for Tessler Stencils and they had just come out with a beautiful line in thin dies that were highly detailed and intricate. Wax Paper. Yup, the stuff you probably already have in your kitchen. Wax Paper. I put a piece of wax paper between the die and the cardstock, ran it through my Vagabond & prayed! WOW! Worked perfectly! I still had to use my pick (carefully) to start to pop out the die, but once I got one part out the rest of the word just popped right out. Ahhhhh, yes! I love it when a plan comes together! Hee, hee!
To finish my card I edged the embossed background with Broken China Distress Ink. Then, I die cut an oval label from vellum and stamped the design with the same Distress Ink. I ran all the ovals and die cut words through my Xyron machine for a no-show adhesive on the vellum and because it made life SO much easier than applying glue to every word. I was making 20 cards after all!
To make the snowflake pop more and make it look icy I painted the backside (de-bossed side) of the embossed snowflake with the Picket Fence Distress Paint. I used the dauber to 'dry brush' the paint. I wasn't looking for complete coverage but a more random coverage. Here I wanted a streaky look. Once that side dried I applied Clear Rock Candy Distress Stickles Glue randomly with my finger to the front (unpainted side) of the snowflake. While the glue was still wet I sprinkled on the Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter, tapping off the excess. I wanted an really icy look! Once the snowflakes were completely dry I added a punched small snowflake (punched from one of my hand painted papers that I thought looked icy) and a tiny snowflake sticker to the center of the snowflake. This hid the glue dot I used to attach the snowflake to the card.
That's it! I hope in posting these tips I save at least one person some frustration and anguish.
While cleaning out and moving my studio from the old space to the new one I discovered some Christmas ornaments I had made years ago for a craft show. 4 collaged and painted paper mache ornies and 5 fabric quiltie ornies. Today I am giving away the paper mache ornaments to four lucky people. Just leave a comment on your favorite holiday tradition on this post and I will pick the winners randomly on Sunday night, December 22nd.
Stay tuned for the next giveaway tomorrow. Wow! Two opportunities to win!
I'm back from a wonderful week in Williamsburg VA. I just love it there - all that history brought to life in the historic area. Except for a sunny Friday when temps came close to 80 degrees the rest of the week was cold, rainy and a bit dreary. Not the best weather for walking around outside. I just dressed accordingly and made the best of it. I did end up missing the Grand Illumination because of the weather (I had no desire to spend about 10 hours in the freezing rain) - but that's my excuse to go back next year (and pray for better weather - LOL!). More pics and stuff on that later!
I made one of my December tags for Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of 2013 before I left but didn't have time to take pics and post it. I ended up making a second version as I am stuck in the house today because of a snow storm. It's beginning to feel (and look) a lot like Christmas!
I actually used the same main 'ingredients' for both tags. I just used them in different ways.
This tag is the closest to the tag that Tim made. I used the Frosted Film (love this stuff!) with the Clearly For Art Film which is formable when softened with a heat gun. I ended up with quite a few bubbles but thankfully they didn't really show once I die cut it.
I didn't have his stencil so I used one from Diane Reaveley. And I only had the stamp he used in the Mini size so I added a sprig of holly and embellished that with a bit of Xmass Red Stickles glitter glue. I also added the tinsel with the ribbon - you know how I LOVE sparkly stuff!
I spattered white paint over the tag to finish it. What a mess!! Note to self - do this in a box next time so it doesn't end up everywhere!
This is the second tag I just finished today. I transferred the image onto the sticky side of the Frosted Film, leaving a little bit of the paper attached in places. I wanted to add depth where in only some places could you see the stenciled manila tag behind it. I used the same stencil with Vintage Photo and Peeled Paint Distress Inks, applying the colors a bit darker so they would show through the Frosted Film transfer. I ran the stenciled tag through my Xyron, stenciled side down so it would be sticky and applied the Frosted Film to it then trimmed off the excess film. I love how subtle the effect is!
I just wanted to show you the tag parts before adhering them together.
To embellish the tag I cut out 'Believe' from the 8x8 paper stash pad, inked the edges and adhered to the tag with foam tape.
Next I die cut the Festive Greenery with KraftCore papers (sanded & inked of course!) and the small 3-D Star Bright star. I painted Glossy Accents on the star and sprinkled Rock Candy Glitter on it for a lovely sugar ice look. I finished off the star with a tiny Mirrored Star. This pic also shows how the Frosted Film glitters and sparkles just like real frost!
To finish the tag I added ribbon, a couple Bauble Pearls and the Reindeer charm.
Other than adding my pictures and mementos from this upcoming Christmas season my Christmas Journal is finished. I spent all afternoon yesterday fashioning all the different pages and pockets and tags. Before I knew it it was 7 o'clock at night! Time flies when you are having fun!
I got the directions and inspiration from one of Tammy Tutterow's online 'Classes'. This was the first class I have bought from her and it definitely won't be my last. Her classes are awesome and the price is great too! You get so much for not very much $$$. The class is filled with clear, concise directions, TONS of clear, beautiful photos, templates & patterns galore! I just love her shabby chic style. If you like this book, you need to visit her blog.
My plan is to fill this journal with lots of family pics and treasures from my Christmas this year.
I used LOTS of Tim Holtz goodness. From the Worn Cover, his Paper Stash, Merriment, dies, inks, and lots of Ideology including those cute little vintage ice skates!
Without further ado, here are the pics of my journal:
I am teaching a new book making class at Beautiful Impressions on Sunday, November 24th from 1pm-4:30pm. This is SUCH a fun class and it's geared to ALL levels from the beginner to experienced. I'm SOOO excited! I LOVED making this book so much I have more in the works for Christmas gifts! You can see the sample at the store. To reserve your spot either call the store or sign up through the store's website here.
Oh, and the kids in my class sample? They are old family pics of me, my brother & my dad!
Class Description and supply list:
Create this seasonal mini
but mighty album using the Mini Album from KaiserCraft as your base.
You will learn a hinging technique that will give you the ability to
create book pages from anything. This technique goes beyond just a
class project and you will find yourself looking at surfaces in a whole
new way! Then we will have a blast with diecuts, inks, paints, bling
and your own photos creating your own keepsake album. Give as a
special holiday present or treasure your own keepsake album. There is a tool/supply list for this class. Please remember to bring them to class. I will provide everything else. A word of warning - these albums are SO cute you can't make just one!
Student Tool & Supply List:
a minimum of 6 family photos sized 2" square and
2 1/2" square (the size is very important). Don't have a printer?
Staples (or your local office supply store) can help you with that.
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