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

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

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Compendium of Curiosities 3, Challenge 10


I had a great time playing with the Assemblage Clock for the first time.  Challenge 10 at Studio L3, a blog by Linda Ledbetter, is from Tim Holtz A Compendium of Curiosities, Vol 3.  You can check it out page 33 yourself.  If you haven't seen what these challenges are all about then hop over to Linda's blog and check it out here.

My theme for this challenge is Halloween.  Black cat, bats, spooky tree, spider webs and more.

It was a challenge to photograph the assemblage clock with its glass front so I hope you can see all the layers and details within.

I took the back off to get a little more light in hopes of photographing more of the detail.  I think I like it almost as well with the back off.

A Curiosity Crew's Choice winner will be selected and will receive an assortment of Tim's products courtesy of Tim and Mario.  This challenge is sponsored by The Funkie Junkie Boutique and one lucky CC3C participant will win a $25 shopping spree.

Be sure to stop by Linda's blog to check out what the Curiosity Crew created as well as the other participants.  Such a great place for inspiration.  Don't you think its about "time" you joined in on the challenges?  I hope you give it a go!

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Happy Creating!

Hugs, Sharon