Thursday, August 28, 2014

Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2014 August


so happy to be able to play with some of my favorite things to create the August tag.  

Tim challenges us to create art that reflects our creative muse.  He says:

"our style is as unique as our individual personality, the art we make is an expression of that, and sometimes we simply have to follow that creative muse…
muse /myo͞oz/: to become absorbed in thought or dreamy abstraction"
"so whether you’re obsessed with distress, or clean and simple is your thing, perhaps your happy place is bright colors, heck maybe even glitter is your sparkly obsession, this month i challenge you to create showcasing your own creative muse.   it doesn’t get any better than that…t!m"
Yes, obsessed with distress!  I love a grungy, steampunk vibe.  Just makes me happy!   I started with some of my favorite dapper steampunk fellows and built my layers around them.  I love combining inks and paints with die cuts and other mediums to create a dimensional layered effect.  I added some left over die cuts and  some metal.  A little paint and embossing powder to create a rusted effect.

Mmmmmmm, look at that yummy texture!

Never get tired of coloring seam binding with Distress!
See how the texture paste picks up the color.

Tim is right, doesn't get any better than this - creative play!

Be sure to stop by Tim's blog to see his creative muse and what others were inspired to do.  His post is here.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  So appreciate your support here on the blog, on my Facebook page and on Pinterest.

Have a great weekend.  Happy Creating!

Hugs, Sharon

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

North Carolina Day 2

After a good nights sleep my sister and I headed out to downtown Mooresville to cruise some antique shops. 

Drooled over this metal beauty. Look at all those drawers. Just perfect for metal embellies, beads, etc. 

These windows stacked in the corner were really cool. 

I did find a few fun items that came home with me including a wood cigar box, a Skelton key, a clamp thingy, and a couple of insurance payment record books from the 1930's. 

All this shopping makes me hungry!  Off to Lancasters to check out the Nascar memorabilia and taste some southern fried.   Mmmmm pulled pork sandwich with some killer BBQ sauce along with some hush puppies, fried okra, and sweet tea. 

Next stop Huntersville to visit the Donna Downey studio!  We made it just before the store closed. Had just enough time to shop and snap a few pics. Donna was not there but it was great to see it in person. 

Let the selfies begin, ha ha.  Isn't that classroom space fabulous?!

What a full, fun day!  Back to the house to chill and rest up for another adventure.  Heading to Asheville  to tour the Biltmore Estate. 

Thanks for stopping by.  Check back again for day three. 

Happy Creating!

Hugs, Sharon

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

North Carolina Day 1


Whew!  Sorry for being MIA!  Just taken me a bit to get back to my routine after my fabulous vacation. 

After the Steampunk Soirée I flew to North Carolina for some quality sister time. I've got so much to share Ill break this into several posts. 

My big sis Denise picked me up at the Charlotte airport and then we headed downtown. First stop, a mocha to keep me going. Next, the Nascar Hall of Fame. If you are a motor sports fan, or just a car gal or guy, this is a must stop location. They have done a wonderful job with state of the art technology. What a fun place. We were lucky that it wasn't very crowded and took our time exploring, taking photos and driving the simulator. Driving at 200 miles an hour is definitely an acquired skill, lol. I burnt up my engine, had to replace my car, and so only completed two of ten laps. You can purchase a ticket to have unlimited simulator rides. This would be the way to go if you want to become an ace. So. Much. Fun.

The Hall of Fame is right in the heart of downtown Charlotte. 

Didn't realize how much texture the tracks have. Guess that's the grip. 

The audio portion of the tour is worth it. 

Meeting of the minds, lol. 

The race track simulator. Zoom, zoom!  Gotta bring my hubby back here!

If you find yourself in Charlotte and have some time I would highly recommend the Nascar Hall of Fame!

Come back for day 2 of my North Carolina trip. 

Thanks for stopping by.  Happy Creating!


Sunday, August 3, 2014

Steampunk Soirée 2014

Happy Saturday!

It was a fantastic weekend!  Three wonderful classes. Lots of crop time. A costume party. Making new friends, seeing old friends, and meeting in person online friends. This community of crafters are so talented, creative, funny, generous, and fun to hang out with.  Miss you guys already!

So busy having fun I didn't get a lot of pictures but I'll share some here. 

Made good progress on the three projects and will share them in a separate post when complete. Learned some new techniques and gained some inspiration for future variations. Kathryn, Kathy, and Jim rock!

Friday night was a costume gala complete with a red carpet runway fashion show.  Got the opportunity to show off my model moves, he, he, he. It was a fun and scary experience. I found myself at the head of the line as all the other contestants lined up behind me.  Realizing that I wasn't about to get out of going first I just pushed aside my fear and went for it. Everyone did a great job showing off their fantastic costumes. 

Saturday night they announced the winners of the fascinator and costume contests and I won third place in the costume contest!  How fun is that!

Enjoy the pics and I will post some more when I get home. 

In the airport on the way to Virginia. 

Thursday night registration and welcome. 

Our crop space. We each got a 3 x 6 space to spread out on. 

Project one by Kathy Orta. 

Friday night gala and costume contest.  I ended up tying for third place in the contest!  It was a popular vote so thanks everyone. So glad you all liked my costume and stroll down the catwalk!

I actually started this post the Monday after the Soirée but had so much fun visiting my sister in North Carolina I didn't have time to finish it.  More on that part of my trip in another post. 

I'm waiting at San Francisco airport to catch the last leg of my trip. Got delayed yesterday in DC. 

More later on the projects and fun in North Carolina. 

Happy Creating. 

Hugs, Sharon

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Compendium of Curiosities, Challenge 7

Good evening!

Blogging from Virginia at the Steampunk Soirée. Tonight was registration and the welcome reception. So great to meet in person so many online friends and see all the amazing fascinators. More on the Soirée tomorrow. Just wanted to give a quick post on the latest Compendium of Curiosities challenge. 

Challenge number 7 is Painted Industrial, on page 46 of the CC3.  This is a favorite of mine. I tend to use it if I'm going for an industrial or steampunk feel. 

I made some floral pins for Jodie and I to wear at the Soirée. 

I used the Tattered Floral die and stacked up the flowers to create a nice layered look.   Love the mix of metal and inked up card stock. 

This challenge is sponsored by Inspiration Emporium. One lucky winner will get a gift certificate. As with the other challenges the Curiosity Crew will select their choices to win a bunch of goodies from Tim Holtz and Mario. 

There have been some really amazing projects in thes challenges so be sure to check them out. 

Thanks so much for stopping by. I will do my best to post throughout the weekend so you can see the fun projects we get to work on and all the fun. Please stop on by my blog and on Facebook as well. 

Happy creating!

Hugs, Sharon

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Steampunk Soirée Here I Come!

Happy Wednesday to You!

A bit of crazy town around here lately.   There has been lots of prep and planning for an epic event, the Steampunk Soirre!  Seventy five (yes that's 75) of us will be gathering in Washington DC/ Virginia to take classes from the fabulous and fun Kathryn Krieger, Kathy Orta, and Jim Hankins.  It all kicks off tomorrow night and lasts through Sunday. Check out the website at to see what we will be up to. 

My costume and fascinator will have to stay under wraps until the big reveal at the event but I will snap some sneaky peek pics to share later today or tomorrow. 

I will be posting throughout the event so check back in to see the fun. 

Oh, and for you east coast residents if you feel some shaking it's not an earthquake.  Just the crazy steampunk folks us jumping up and down and partying at the Soirre. Hee, hee. 

So looking forward to meeting in person many of my online friends!

Enjoy the rest of your week and be sure to stop by for updates. 

Happy Creating!

Hugs, Sharon

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Compendium of Curiosities 3, Challenge 6

Happy Tuesday,

here is another Compendium of Curiosities Volume III Challenge.  This time its all about the Altered Burlap Panel, found on page 37.  If you have been playing along or following you know that we won't be posting any techniques.  You must work from your own copy of Compendium.

This challenge is sponsored by the Funkie Junkie Boutique.  Find them at  They will be giving away a $25 shopping spree to one lucky participant.

The burlap panels have so much texture and are a blast to work with.

My bee friend here is a reminder to savor the moment, and just "bee".

Loving the layers and textures.

With vellum I created some layered wings for the bee. 

Hope you enjoyed this burlap panel.  The CC3 Challenges have been a great creative escape and I'm enjoying trying out some new techniques.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Be sure to stop by Linda's web site to see what the Curiosity Crew did with this challenge and all the other inspirational links of the CC3Cers!

Happy Creating!

Hugs,  Sharon