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 www.thefunkiejunkie.com.  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

Monday, July 14, 2014

The Art of Bugs

Hello there,

hope your week is off to a good start.

Remember my bug friends?  Those dies that I waited months for?  Oh yes, I have been having a wonderful time playing.  I have created a piece that I'm calling the Art of Bugs.  A trio of bugs framed up as art work.

Just look at all that yummy texture.  So. Much. Fun.

I will be teaching a class on the Art of Bugs at Chico Scrapbooks on August 10, 2014.   This is my LSS where I teach, hang, and shop in Chico, California.  You can also find them on the web at http://chicoscrapbooks.com/

The brick and mortar store is at 2033 Forest Avenue, Suite 104, Chico, CA.  There are still seats available in the Art of Bugs class and you can call the store at 530-345-9333 to reserve your spot.

Here are a few detail shots of my bugs.

The stunning background paper is from the Tim Holtz Idea-ology Wallflower paper stash.  Perfect backdrop to show off my friends.  Thanks Tim for creating these papers and dies!

Love my bugs.  Making my whole summer a lot more fun!

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Hope you get some time to create some art.

Happy Creating!

Hugs,  Sharon

Friday, July 4, 2014

Compendium of Curiosities 3, Challenge 5

Happy Independence Day!  So grateful for all the blessings and freedom we have in the Good Ole USA.

We are already at Challenge 5 in the Compendium of Curiosities Challenges.  Time has just flown by.  Again, I am down to the wire on getting my piece submitted, hee, hee, hee.

Challenge 5 is all about Distress Watercoloring on page 39 of Tim's book.  To play along you need your own book as Linda, the Curiosity Crew and participants will not be posting the technique.  For more information on the Challenges go the Linda's web site at www.lindaledbetter.com.

Challenge 5 is sponsored by Inspiration Emporium and Joy and the IE gang will award an incredibly generous Fifty Dollar gift certificate to one lucky randomly selected participant.  Be sure to stop by the IE website here to see all the incredible things they have.  The Curiosity Crew's Choice winner will receive a collection of Tim's products courtesy of Tim and Mario.  The previous winners have been amazing so be sure to check them out if you haven't yet.

Since it is the fourth of July I wanted to do something patriotic that could be used as home decor or party decorations to celebrate the day.  I created some patriotic stakes.

I pulled out my Mini Blueprints 2 CMS146 using the flag, USA, star, and liberty.  I stamped these onto the smooth side of watercolor paper using archival ink.

After coloring they looked like this.

I wanted to make some stars that I could mount my images on so I pulled out this original Sizzix die Stars #2.  Anyone still have any of their originals?  Mine are still going strong.  Love the steel rule dies. Using some paper from Tim's idea-ology Seasonal paper stash I cut a bunch of stars.

Unfortunately I found that the even the largest star was too small to mount the images on.  Plan B was to cut some card stock with the Armor Shield Die, 659445 as the base.

I scuffed up the shields with a sanding block and started assembling by patriotic sticks.

Miracle tape holds the stick in place.  These are skewers originally meant for using to BBQ but I find they make excellent craft sticks.  They are about 12" long with a point at one end which allows you to use them as plant stakes.  Or they can be easily trimmed to any length desired.

Here are some close ups of the images.

I think they make a pretty display all together in a vase.  This is 8 of the patriotic stakes in a group.  They would also be fun poking out of plants to add some festivity to the day.

These patriotic stakes could easily be blinged up for those of you who like a little more sparkle.  I wanted to keep them plain with the focus on the stamped images and stars.

What a fun and relaxing day.  Hope you are taking the time to spend some time with family and friends and celebrating our freedom.  

Thank You for stopping by.  I always appreciate your comments as well.

Happy Creating!

Hugs,  Sharon

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2014 June

Hello!  Hope you had a wonderful weekend.  I had a great time hanging out with all my crafty friends at Chico Scrapbooks.  We got inky, messy, and had lots of fun and laughs.  Good friends and art.  Good for the soul.

I started several projects and am looking forward to sharing sometime soon.  Tonight is about the Tim Holtz June tag.

This month we learned how to use our layering stencils and our mini distress ink pads to make some watercolor backgrounds.  What a fun process.  I could seriously sit down and make stacks of these backgrounds.

I started with my stencils and without thinking pulled random ones and then some color combos with my minis.  These are the backgrounds I created.

Two of the backgrounds really stood out to me so I created two tags this month.  First up is one using the bubble stencil.

Distress colors on this tag were Faded Jeans, Broken China, Salty Ocean and Peeled Paint.  The compass from the Travel Blue Print (CMS148) was my focal image.  The sentiment is from Random Quotes set (CMS182).  

The other technique this month was water coloring images with the mini pads and a water brush.  What a quick and easy way to watercolor!

My second tag used the Crocodile stencil and was all about the pink.

Distress colors on this one were Picked Raspberry, Victorian Velvet and Antique Linen.  I also added some greens, Peeled Paint, and Mowed Lawn on the stamped image.  The dragonfly is from the Classics # 1 set (SCF001) and the sentiment is from the French Market set (small set from Michaels).

The dragonfly wings got a little shimmer with Perfect Pearls in Perfect Pearl.

Are you playing along with Tim's 12 Tags of 2014?  Great way to learn new techniques with all those Ranger and Tim Holtz supplies I know you have got stashed in your crafty space.  If you want to learn the techniques you can go to Tim's blog and check out this post.

Thanks Tim and team for all the inspiration and reminding us to Remember the Now!

Thanks to you for stopping by.  It really means a great deal that you do.

Have a wonderful week.  For those in the U.S. have a safe and happy fourth of July.

Happy Creating!

Hugs,  Sharon

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Star Class and Bug Landing

Hello, hope your week is going great.  I've got a few things to share with you.

First, the Star Class.  I taught a class on Saturday at Chico Scrapbooks.  In addition to a wonderful store in Chico, CA owned by Jodie Beck and family,  you can also find them on the web on Facebook and their newly launched web site at:  http://chicoscrapbooks.com/

This fun 3D star wall hanging was inspired by Tammy Tutterow.  She did an amazing star for Vintaj.  Fell in love with it and knew I would have to make my own.  Thanks so much Tammy for the inspiration!  You can find lots more inspiration at Tammy's website at:  http://tammytutterow.com/

I had a small group of ladies who had a fun time making their own wall hangings.  Thanks so much to Pam, Linda, Marybeth, and Michele.  I finally remembered to take some pictures during one of my classes, ha ha ha.  Thanks to Jodie for snapping the group photo with the finish projects!

Second, something I have been waiting months for.  The bugs have landed!  Yikes, bugs, really?  No, not an invasion of real bugs, but the Sizzix layered bee, butterfly, and dragonfly.   Aren't they cool?

I also got the sand and sea bigz and mini dies.

Well, hello my new dies!  I couldn't wait to open the packages and start cutting.  I pulled out some watercolor paper and went to work.  Oh my!  Those shapes and all that textures just makes me swoon.

I grabbed the distress inks and starting bringing them to life.

Oh yes!  This is what I've been waiting for.  Yippee!  Looking forward to trying markers, stains, perfect pearls, crackle and more on these guys.  They just make me smile!  How about you?  Lots of ideas for cards, wall hangings, and more.  Stay tuned for more adventures with our bug friends.  And don't forget the seahorse and sand dollar. Grin!  Hee, hee, hee.

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Happy Creating!

Hugs,  Sharon

Friday, June 20, 2014

Compendium of Curiosities 3, Challenge 4


this challenge is all about the layering stencils and texture paste.  You can find the technique in Tim Holtz's book A Compendium of Curiosities Volume III on page 49.

I have been working on this one in bits and pieces as I find time and have managed to make it before the challenge closes is a few hours!

Since tomorrow is the first day of summer I wanted to do a beach theme.  This time its a tag with the Nautical Blueprints, CMS194.  Blues and browns, colors of the water and sand with distress stains.

Isn't the texture just yummy on the background, the starfish, and sand dollar?

Feels like summer to me.  I can almost taste the salt in the air.

Challenge 4 is sponsored by The Funkie Junkie Boutique, who will award a $25 gift certificate to one lucky, randomly selected participant.  Linda and the team will select a "Curiosity Crew's Choice" winner who will receive a wonderful assortment of Tim's products, courtesy of Tim himself, and Mario Rossi, his Business Manager.

Have you gotten your own Compendium Volume III book yet so you can play along too?  You know you want to!  

Thank You for stopping by.  Happy Creating!

Hugs,  Sharon

Monday, June 16, 2014

Still here!


Sorry it's been a bit longer than usual since my last post. My pay the bills job has been insanely busy and I just took the weekend off to chill.

Never fear I am working on some projects that I will share very soon.

Hope you had  wonderful Fathers Day and gave your Dad lots of love.

My next class is coming up on Saturday. For those of you in the Chico area I will be teaching a textured 3 D patriotic star wall hanging at Chico Scrapbooks. This piece is based on one that Tammy Tutterow did for Vintaj.  Her work is so inspiring and her website is amazing. Check out Tammy's website at tammytutterow.com

Here is Tammys piece I fell in love with at CHA. Don't you just love all the texture?

Mine is very much like hers but with a bit of seam binding to add a patriotic touch. 

Hope you have a wonderful week. I'm working on my piece for the Compendium of Curiosities Challenge # 4 so stay tuned for that post this week. 

Thanks so much for stopping by. Your support means the world to me. 

Happy Creating!

Hugs,  Sharon