Thursday, November 20, 2014

Ranger Ink Rocks! Happy Mail and Keeping Me Organized

Happy Thursday everyone!

I received some very happy mail today.  If you are a regular visitor to my blog or Facebook then you know I am a huge Ranger Ink fan.  The Ranger blog is one of my regular stops when I'm cruising the net.  Last week they announced the release of the remaining 24 colors of the new Distress Stain Sprays.  Check it out here.  To celebrate they picked 5 random winners from those who commented on their favorite color of the new stain sprays.  Well, as it turned out I was one of the 5 lucky winners!  Winner, winner chicken dinner!  Yay!

Yup, you guessed it my happy mail today was from Ranger and it contained my new sprays!  So excited to play with these.  They even included the Pumice Stone which I commented was my favorite. Happy dance!

Ranger Ink rocks, right?  Their products speak for themselves (can you say, I love Distress?!), they have amazing signature designers,  they are a US company who makes their products here at home, and are always keeping us inspired with a wide variety of posts and tutorials.

Many a Ranger product has made its way into my studio.  Like many crafters and artists I struggle at times keeping myself organized.  It can be a battle between having everything within reach and having enough space to create.  Did you know that Ranger has some ways to help you organize your inks, paints and various media?  There are some printable charts and labels that you can use that really come in handy.  If you go to their website main page and scroll all the way to the bottom you will see a link called "Organize Your Ranger Products".  You will see a variety of Ranger products from alcohol inks, Dylusions sprays, archival ink, and of course the Distress line.  Click on any of the pictures and it links you to a color chart and/or a label sheet.  Pretty cool, huh?

I spent some time last weekend labeling all of my Distress ink pads, paint, stains, embossing powder and glitter.  No more rooting around my bins to find the color I want.  Easy to see, easy to use, easy to put away.

Here are my full size Distress pads.  I actually printed 4 sets of labels so that no matter how I put it away I can see the color.  A lot more work than just one label per pad?  Yes.  So worth it.  I also have to give a shout out and big thank you to my friends Michele and George Wellman for this wonderful ink pad holder!  This was a gift that George made himself.  This is going to save me so much time.  Plus it looks great in my studio.  Thanks and hugs you two!!!!!!

There are also some larger slots that fit the archival ink pads.  My well used jet black along with my Wendy Vecchi archival pads.

Here is my Ikea Raskog cart filled with my most reached for mediums, embossing supplies, paints, stains, sprays and more.  Its on wheels so it rolls under my table when not in use.  On the second shelf you will see a clear bin that holds my Distress Paints and Stains.  These labels were printed from the Ranger website onto a full 8 1/2 x 11 sticker page and punched out with a 3/4" punch.

Much easier to find the color I want.  No more picking up each bottle to see what color it is.  Paints on the left and stains on the right use the same size punched out labels.

I also used those same labels for my embossing powders and glitters.  These are both stored in my spinning organizer from Harbor Freight Tool.

I have been trying to clean up and re-arrange my studio for several  months.  It is work but oh so worth it.  Thanks to Ranger my most used products are labeled and organized. 

Let me know if you are interested in seeing more studio organization by leaving a comment or sending me an email (listed on the top right of my blog).  I'm not quite ready for a full reveal but if there is interest I can show you areas as I get done with them.

Thanks again to Ranger for the wonderful prize!  You really do rock!

Appreciate you stopping by.  Happy Creating!

Hugs, Sharon

Friday, November 14, 2014

Thanksgiving Crop at Chico Scrapbooks

Happy Friday!  Hope your fall and prep for the upcoming holidays are going well. 

Tomorrow I will be spending the day at Chico Scrapbooks at a crop. It is time for the annual Thanksgiving crop, aka Walt's redemption crop. Hee, hee, hee. Sorry about that Walt, just couldn't help myself.  Lots of friends, fun and food.  

I helped Jodie design an optional kit that croppers can purchase tomorrow if they are in need of some fall home decor. I'm sorry but I have no photo of the finished banner but did manage to snap a few in progress shots.   Banners are a fun quick project that really brighten up a mantle, shelf, or table!

If you will be joining us tomorrow at Chico Scrapbooks I will be there to assist if needed.

I have been meaning to snap some fall foliage shots of the trees in my yard and neighborhood. Last year I waited too long and a big storm blew through and all the leaves fell off the trees. Hoping to get out there tomorrow morning.  So inspired by the colors and thought you might be too. 

Have a wonderful weekend. Hope you get some time to be creative. Thanks so much for stopping by. 

Happy Creating!

Hugs, Sharon

Friday, November 7, 2014

Compendium of Curiosities 3, Challenge 14

Happy Friday,

Whew!  Getting my project posted just before the deadline!

This challenge is all about the colored crackle.  You can find all the steps in Tim Holtz' latest book A Compendium of Curiosities 3 on page 53.  This amazingly fun challenge is hosted by Linda Ledbetter. You can hop on over to her blog to see what she and the Curiosity Crew have created for this challenge.

I love fall!  All the rich colors of the changing leaves are so inspiring.  I'm still having fun with the Tim Holtz Layered Leaf die.  For challenge 14 I created a fall gratitude canvas.  Hope you enjoy it.

The background was created with the Thanksgiving Background texture fade on Wallflower paper.  It's a nice compliment to the leaves and greenery.  The heart charm adds a bit of metal and movement.

Here is a closer view of some of that yummy colored crackle.  I used Core'dinations cardstock for the small leaves, branches and acorns from the Autumn Gathering Decorative Strip.

Yes, those are real acorns!  I happened upon them in an apartment complex parking lot and gathered them up knowing I would find some way to use them this fall.  I dyed some seam binding with Distress Inks to add a bit of softness.  It turned out to be the perfect place to hang the heart charm.

This fall canvas is a wonderful way to celebrate the season.  All the colors and textures make me happy.

A big thank you to Linda and the Curiosity Crew for the continued inspiration.  As always the Curiosity Crews Choice winner will get some cool things from Tim and Mario.  Another lucky winner will get a $25 gift certificate from The Funkie Junkie who is sponsoring this challenge.

Thank You so much for stopping by.  Hope you like what I created for this challenge.

Happy Creating!

Hugs,  Sharon

Monday, October 27, 2014

Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2014, October

Hello!  It's almost Halloween!  There is still time to create some spooky projects!  Tonight I'm sharing my version of Tim's October tag.

Isn't his tag so much fun?!  The colors and textures are amazing.  Check out his blog post here for details on how its done.

While I don't have all the materials Tim used I followed his concept and theme.  I don't have the new Distress Stain Sprays yet so I colored my tag with his Wrinkle Free Distress technique.  I also made my focal point the stamped/embossed image rather than the pumpkin.  Loving how it turned out.  Doesn't Mr. Skeleton look like he is having fun with his pumpkins?

The monocle hanging with the wish bone off the swivel clasp is such a clever way to hang charms on a tag or project.

Love how the texture paste takes color!

The tinsel makes a fun accent with the pumpkin.

I wanted to add a word with the alpha chips but felt with the size of the skeleton and pumpkin at the bottom that it would have been too crowded.  Just makes me smile to see Mr. Skeleton carrying that little pumpkin.

Hope you enjoyed my October tag.  There is still time to join in the fun and make your own!

Thanks for stopping in.  Happy Creating!

Hugs,  Sharon

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


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