Thursday, October 23, 2014

Compendium of Curiosities 3, Challenge 13

Hello friends!

Can you believe we are already at Challenge 13 in the CC3 Challenge?  This one is all about the Worn Cover.

I am playing along with the lovely Linda Ledbetter and the Curiosity Crew as they make their way through Tim Holtz latest book, A Compendium of Curiosities Volume III.   Check out page 35 for all the details and inspiration.

As always, there will be a "Curiosity Crew's Choice" winner who will receive a fabulous assortment of Tim's products, courtesy of Tim himself and Mario Rossi, his Logistic Director.

This challenge is sponsored by Inspiration Emporium and one lucky winner will get a $50 shopping spree at Inspiration Emporium.

Be sure to check out Linda's blog for more details on the challenges and to see all the inspiration from the Curiosity Crew and all those playing along.

I thought it would be fun to make a Santa book with the Christmas Wishes version of the worn cover.  It could hold the Santa pictures every year, or perhaps the Christmas morning photos.  Something that could be brought out each year with the decorations to bring up memories of Christmas past.

The cover was colored with Iced Spruce Distress Stain.  The spine was decorated with some festive greenery using the Festive Stencil and some texture paste.  Once dry I colored them with Distress Markers.



The cover was embellished with a white pigment pen (Uniball Signo is my favorite) and a Fude Ball 1.5 Red pen.  I just enhanced the pre-printed patterns already there.  A little Glossy Accents on the Christmas Wishes and some Xmas Red Stickles finish it off.  Next came old St. Nick.  Almost like he was made to fit that spot on the cover, don't you think?


The inside cover was decorated with Distress Inks applied through the Festive, HollyBough and Christmas stencils.



Both the outside and inside were spritzed with Perfect Pearls mist in Biscotti.  These pics don't quite capture the magical sparkle it adds.

The Idea-ology Trimmings used to tie up the spine were embellished with a Facet and Fragments.


Really, I think I've fallen for St. Nick!  This new die is just the best Christmas accent and so fun to put together.  I used some hand made paper recycled from some old art pieces.  Just makes the perfect fuzzy Santa beard, sigh ;-).


The worn cover is a blast to play with.  I'm thinking this little Santa book will be perfect to hold some of those throw back Christmas pictures.

Thanks Linda and the Curiosity Crew for all the fun and inspiration.  To Inspiration Emporium for sponsoring this challenge.  And of course, a huge thank you to Tim, Mario, and team for the fabulous products and all the inspiration.

Thanks for stopping by.  Hope you enjoyed the magical Santa book.

Happy Creating!

Hugs,  Sharon







Sunday, October 19, 2014

Halloween Fun

Happy Sunday!

I have just been so inspired with Halloween projects this year!  Yesterday I spent the day with my crafty friends at the annual Chico Scrapbooks Halloween crop.  What fun to see all the imaginative costumes and projects!  You can check out the pics from the crop and all the other happenings at Chico Scrapbooks here on their Facebook page.

Here we all are in our costumed glory!


Jodie always has something festive waiting for us to make each event extra special.  Check out these goodies.  Little treat boxes filled with candy.


Chico Scrapbooks usually offers some optional kits for the croppers to work on while having fun.  This event featured these two.  The one of the right is my Halloween Treat box that I entered into the Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge 11.  You can see my blog post here. 


This box would be perfect on your desk or to give as a gift filled with Halloween candies!  There are still a few kits available so if you are interested contact Jodie at Chico Scrapbooks today at (530)345-9333.

I worked on some decorative wall hangings inspired by Shelly Hickox and the Faux Tarnished Silver Technique she uses.  Nobody does Halloween like Shelly!  For some great inspiration be sure to check out Shelly's blog Stamptramp.  I will share the project I made and some of the steps in another post.

I also was able to finish my version of Tim Holtz October tag!  That's a record for me this year as I have been sliding in at the last moment on these.  Look for the post on that one coming up this week.

Hope you are enjoying this wonderful fall weekend.  Take care and happy creating!

Hugs, Sharon





Sunday, October 12, 2014

Falling Leaves Table Runner

Hello,

its finally beginning to feel like fall here in Northern California.  Last week we had day time temps in the 90's!  It is cooler in the evenings and mornings so I know the season is changing.  I am lucky enough to live in area where we get the fall show of colors with all the trees changing.  One of my favorite things to do is create fall leaves for my home decor and other projects.

I already gave you a peek at what I've created so far in this post Fall Leaves and More on September 29th.  I showed my place card and table runner.  I have added some more leaves to the table runner and its now complete in all its rich fall colors and leaves.

The dies I used to create my leaves and pumpkin are all Tim Holtz Sizzix dies. Really, you can't be surprised by that choice, hee, hee.  The newest die in his die and texture fade combo series in the Layered Leaf (660039).  I also used the Autumn Gathering Sizzlits Decorative Strip(657454),  Tattered Leaves Bigz (656927),  Garden Green Bigz (659436), Pumpkin Parts (660031), Mini Acorn & Pumpkin Movers and Shapers (657457), Baroque Bigz (656633) and the Textured Leaves Set Texture Fades (658251).


I have found that Kraft card stock makes the most realistic leaves when I want to color them myself.  Using a variety of reds, yellows, greens, oranges, and even a touch of purple distress inks I created backgrounds on Kraft using Tim's Wrinkle Free Distress Technique.  See list below of the Distress Ink colors I used. Then I proceeded to cut out about 100 leaves.  Yes, that one hundred leaves!  Mostly with the colored background but I also used some core'dinations Time Holtz Kraft-core Nostalgic collection.  Check it out at the core'dinations website.

The centerpiece of the runner is a dimensional pumpkin made with the Pumpkin Parts die.  I cut 12 of the base pumpkin, folded them in half, and glued together.  I used fibers from my LSS, Chico Scrapbooks to create the stem.  The pumpkin was glued to the Baroque die cut.  That whole assembly was glued to a length of burlap ribbon. 


I also created some mini pumpkins and acorns to next among the leaves.  These were cut from the Kraft-Core paper and crackled.  I topped it off with a length of sheer wired ribbon that I curled.

It will make a great centerpiece to the Thanksgiving table.


Or will work on the mantle or a console table.


Check out some of the details you can achieve with these dies, texture fades, and inks!





The options on this runner are only up to your imagination.  For a mantle only piece I would make the leaves cascade on one side so that they would hang over the edge.  A round or square center piece could be created by using a larger card stock or chipboard base.

Happy Fall.  Hope you can find some time to create a fall leaf runner for your home.  If you are in the Chico area I will be doing a class on the Fall Table Runner sometime in early November.  Keep an eye out on the Chico Scrapbooks website and Facebook page for more details.  As soon as I have more info I'll let you know.

I've got several projects in the works.  In fact I've got three holidays on my desk right now.  Of course, the fall/thanksgiving leaf projects.  For Halloween I've got some cards almost ready to show you as well as a just started mixed media canvas.  Third is some winter/Christmas experimentation going on.  The next die in the layered series is a snowflake!   I'm working on the best paper and colors for the snowflakes.  Lots to share this holiday season so please come back and check out what's next.

Distress Inks used for Fall Table Runner:

Barn Door, Fired Brick, Aged Mahogany, Spiced Marmalade, Ripe Persimmon, Rusty Hinge, Wild Honey, Scattered Straw, Mustard Seed, Peeled Paint, Crushed Olive, Seedless Preserves, Dusty Concord.

Thank You for stopping by.  Happy Creating!

Hugs, Sharon





Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2014 September

Whew!  Just making it in time to enter my version of Tim's tag for September. I didn't think I would be playing along this month but tonight found I was able to carve out some time to play. This month is all about the alcohol inks. I had a blast just creating for me.

Be sure to stop by Tim's blog to see how it's done. You can also check out the projects of those playing along.


My guy has leaves, acorns, and twigs made from the autumn gatherings strip die. 




I started out with a green ink but decided the latte was better for this tag. He is cool in green so I will save him for another project. 


It makes me happy when I can just play. 

Thanks for stopping by. Did you notice?  Posts three days in a row. On a roll!

Happy creating. 

Hugs, Sharon










Monday, September 29, 2014

Fall Leaves and More

Have you been watching all the incredible fall and Halloween projects popping up all over the web?  I just love the fall color palette,  don't you?  So colorful and vibrant!

I am enjoying my newest dies, the Tim Holtz Sizzix Alterations Layered Leaf and Pumpkin Parts. 



The Tattered Leaves dies is one of my most used so I'm really enjoying the new leaf. I love to use kraft paper to create my leaves. It gives the most realistic look.  A variety of distress inks bring them to life. Love how I can layer these inks to create depth and dimension. 

I started with some leaves and a pumpkin to create this place card. 




Another project in the works is a fall centerpiece featuring a dimensional pumpkin. I snapped these photos quickly so they are not the best quality. So excited to share. I'm really happy with how's it's turning out. 




These leaves are a combination of Kraft paper and Core'dinations craft core.   Thinking I will add other leaves and greenery to give this piece more dimension.  I will post more photos once it's complete on the mantle and dining table so you can see what a beautiful focal point it will be to your holiday home decor. 

Thanks for stopping by. Would love to hear what you think. 

Happy Creating!

Hugs, Sharon














Sunday, September 28, 2014

Dylusions-Tim Holtz Halloween Art Journal Page

Hello everyone!

Happy Fall!   I have found that people either have a blast with Halloween or don't like it at all. I'm one of those who absolutely love to decorate for Halloween. Love the oranges, blacks, greens and purples that signify the spooky color scheme. So many fun images to work with. 

Today, being the last Sunday of the month, was mixed media day at Chico Scrapbooks, my LSS.   Everyone is encouraged to come by, hang out, and work on their favorite mixed media project. Today was all about my art journal and well, as if you haven't guessed, Halloween.  



It's a Dylusional Holtzian trick or treat page (smile, wink)!  Working in my journal of choice, Dyan's Dylusions large journal I started with some buildings cut out from the Tim Holtz Alterations die Artful Dwellings.  Add some water and Dylusions sprays and you've got the start of a spooky scene.   Stencils, stamps, and Pitt pens being the scene to life. A touch of white pigment pen and spritz with a silver sharpie and my page was complete. 











Supplies used:

Ranger Dylusions Creative Journal
Dylusions ink spray:  after midnight, white linen, slate grey, dirty martini, lemon zest
Faber-Castell Pitt artist big brush pen:  black 199, dark chrome yellow 109
Uniball signo pigment ink pen:  white UM-153
Sharpie silver metallic
Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous stamps:  distress damask cms190, mini Halloween 3 CMS 140, mini Halloween 4 CMS 198
Tim Holtz Sizzix Alterations:  artful dwellings 657218
Tim Holtz distress marker spritzer
Crafters Workshop Stencils:  mini bricks 191s, mini capricious 124s
Prima stencils:  finnabair item 960179
Dylusions stencil: bubbles

So fun to let loose and just make a fun Halloween page.  I've got some other Halloween and fall projects in the works so please come back for some more posts this week. 

Thanks so much for stopping by. 

#timholtz #dylusions #sizzix #rangerink

Happy Creating!

Hugs, Sharon



Saturday, September 20, 2014

Compendium of Curiosities Challenge 11

Happy Saturday!

Hope you are enjoying the last weekend of summer. It's almost fall time. Nights and mornings are getting cooler and next thing you know the leaves will be changing. Soon it will be Halloween. Creating Halloween and fall projects are some of my favorites. I decided on a Halloween theme for Challenge 11. The lovely Linda Ledbetter is hosting these challenges based on Tim Holtz Compendium of Curiosities, volume 3.  This challenge is all about the effects powders, Tim's special Distress Embossing Powders. If you are playing along you can find this technique on page 52. 

I recently picked up an oldie, but goodie Sizzix Alterations die. It's the Rickety House which is perfect for spooky, creepy, or just fun Halloween projects.  I created a box featuring the house which would be great to keep your favorite Halloween treats. 





This one came together pretty quickly with supplies I had on hand. Think I'll be making more of these boxes. Thanks for the box design by Jim, The Gentleman Crafter. He has a great YouTube video in which hope walks you through the steps of construction. 

This CC3 Challenge 11 is sponsored by the Inspiration Emporium. One lucky winner will get a $50 gift certificate from them. The Curiosity Crew's Choice will get a bunch of Tim goodies courtesy of Tim and Mario. 

Please be sure to stop by Linda's Blog to see what the Curiosity Crew inspired us with. While you are there be sure to also check out what all the other contributors have created as well. Thanks to Linda and the crew and all of you who submit your works to the challenges for all the inspiration. 

Supplies Used:

Sizzix Alterations Dies:  On the Fence - 657030, Bigz Rickety House - 656925, Mini Labels Set - 657214

Sizzix Texture Fades:  Ink Splats & Wood Planks Set - 658726, Bricked & Woodgrain Set - 656644

Stampers Anonymous Stamps:  Mini Halloween 4 CMS198

Tim Holtz idea-ology Paper Stash Laboratorie

Thanks so much for stopping by. 

Happy Creating!

Hugs, Sharon