Sunday, March 31, 2013

Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2013 March

Happy Easter!

Hope you are having a wonderful day.  I was at a crop last night at one of our LSS, and was able to finish my March tag.  Speaking of LSS's I want to give a quick shout out.  Here in Chico, CA we are lucky enough to have not one, but two excellent scrapbook stores.  I'm proud to be a regular customer of both.  Paradise Scrapbook Boutique and Chico Scrapbooks both have great product, wonderful service, classes, crops and events.  If you live in the area or are ever visiting they are both worth a stop.

If you haven't been participating in Tim's 12 Tags of 2013 go and see what it's all about here.

The March tag was so much fun to make.  All about Easter and Spring.

I changed it up and used a butterfly image and clear rock candy dry glitter instead of the bunny and tinsel.  Look at the sparkle from that glitter.  Yummy!

Crinkle ribbon was dyed with Distress ink.  Love how the ribbon takes color so that you can match it to any project.  The sentiment is stamped onto the Tattered Banner. 

Flowers from the Tattered Flower Garland die were inked up as well and mounted onto memo pins as Tim did.  My grass was cut using the Martha Stewart Fringe Scissors.

It makes me happy to look at it.  A sign that Spring is here.

Materials used:
  • Sizzix Alterations Dies:  Hanging Sign, Movers and Shapers Mini Butterflies Set,  Tattered Floral Garland, Tattered Banners
  • Idea-ology:  memo pins, jump rings, crinkle ribbon, seasonal paper stash
  • Distress Inks:  Dusty Concord, Broken China, Wild Honey, Worn Lipstick, Tea Dye
  • Embossing:  Distress Embossing Ink, Ranger Sticky Embossing Power, Distress Stickles Dry Glitter-Clear Rock Candy
  • Other Paper - Core-Dinations Distress Collection
  • Tools:  Big Shot, Martha Stewart Fringe Scissors, Simple Sayings Stampers Anonymous Stamp Set
Blessings to you and your family.  Thank you for stopping by.  Happy creating!

Hugs,  Sharon

Thursday, March 28, 2013

My Crafty Friends

Hello everyone,

hope your week is going well!  March is just flying by, right?   Wishing you all a happy Easter.

A few weeks ago I got together with a group of long time friends for a card party.   Some I have know for decades and others for a few years.  What we all have in common is we used to have an investment club.  Recently we decided that the investment club had run its course and we disbanded the club.  One thing that we all really wanted to do was to keep in touch on a regular basis so we agreed to meet every quarter.  When I suggested a crafty get together everyone was excited.  The plan was set in motion to have the ladies to my house.

Even though we have know each for a long time we had never crafted together.  Can you believe that? I know, hard to imagine, ha, ha.  So, not knowing the skill level of the group I prepped the pieces so all they had to do was choose colors and patterns to put a card together.  I used one of my favorite dies, the Sewing Room from the Tim Holtz Sizzix collection to create a dress form card.  Thought it would be fun, like playing with paper dolls, to dress up the form.  Similar to what I did for my nieces birthday card.  Also cut some flowers as an alternative to the dress form focal point.
Look at the concentration!

It was so great to see everyone.  We laughed and shared and had a grand time.  Much to my excitement and delight I discovered that I have some really crafty friends!  Not one card came out the same and they all had unique and fun ideas on what to do with the dress form and flowers.  Take a look at the beautiful collection of cards they created.

Card by Cyndi D.  Look how she added a flower to the envelope.
Card by Angela.  Notice the patchwork background.

Card by Jean.  Ooo la la, check out the slit in the skirt.

Card by Mary.  Perfect mix of casual and bling.  She used die cut leaves as wings.

Card by Cindy S.  She's got the flower shaping down.

Look at these beautiful works of art!

So proud of what they all created!  So much fun that we are going to have another crafty party in the future.  It was such a joy for me to share my love of creating and crafting with my friends.  Hugs to you CWIG ladies!

Hope this gives you some inspiration to create your own works of art!

Thanks for stopping by.  Appreciate your comments and thoughts.  Happy creating!

Hugs,  Sharon

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Twenty One

Happy St. Paddy's Day!

I had a wonderful relaxing day just taking it easy and then topped it off with a yummy corned beef and cabbage dinner.

It has been quite the creative week for me.  I had some friends over on Wednesday for a card making party and Saturday I took a class.  Will be posting what was accomplished at both those events soon.

Tonight I wanted to share with you a birthday card that I promised I would share several weeks ago.  My niece living with us just turned 21 recently.

I wanted to make a special card for this special young lady.  She is a girly girl and very stylish so I wanted something to reflect that.

The Tim Holtz Alterations Sewing Room die is one of the newest to my collection.  It seemed fitting (no pun intended, ha) for the card.  What fun I had "dressing up" the dress form.  I wanted something bold so I chose red, black, silver and white.  This is a larger card that fits into a 6 x 9 envelope.

I'm happy to report that my niece loved her card and has it displayed up in her room.  I included some gift cards which I will give you details on in a bit.  She works nights so I left her a box of some yummy cupcakes from a local bakery and the card to find when she got home.  In return I got the sweetest note from her.  Glad I could make her big birthday a little more special and fun.

The happy birthday banner is from Tim Holtz Tattered Banners die.  Inked and rock candy distressed.

A bit of lace and some sparkle with some buttons from my stash adorned the bottom.

The "dress" was actually two dress forms pieced together.  I embossed the base dress form and the dresses.  Here is a good view of the sparkly waist band.

Close up of the buttons and silver dress form.

As for the gift cards, I created some pockets on the inside of the card to hold them.  To celebrate her twenty first birthday I got her two gift cards.  A Starbucks card with $21 on it.  A Forever 21 card with, yup $21.  Just a fun way to celebrate a significant birthday in any young persons life.

Hope you enjoyed my bold and sophisticated birthday card.  Great fun to play dress up.

Thank You for stopping by.  I really appreciate and enjoy your comments.  Happy creating!

Hugs,  Sharon

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Tattered Florals Challenge

Happy March to you!

Feeling more like Spring these days.  It is one of my favorite times of the year.  The flowers and trees are starting their growth, the temperature is just right, and it just feels like a renewal after the cold winter.

When I read about the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals Challenge all kinds of ideas came to mind.  So many possibilities.  Spring makes me think about taking my basket out to the garden and cutting flowers from my garden.  I wanted to incorporate the basket and decided that a bunch of flowers falling from a basket would have movement and really showcase the variety of flowers.

I love making flowers.  It's the perfect way to add an accent that matches your project exactly.  Besides, its just plain fun!  Tee Hee.  I know, easily amused!

This is one of those projects that takes on a life of its own.  What started as a basket with flowers spilling out of it on a single 8 x 10 wall hanging turned into two panels with the flowers spilling from one panel to the other.  Warning, lots of photos here so grab a cuppa and enjoy!


Here is the top panel with the basket and smaller flowers.  I used Tattered Rose, Worn Lipstick, and Tumbled Glass Distress Ink for the floral colors.

The basket is woven of banners from the Tattered Banners Sizzlits Decorative Strip.  Tea Dye and Vintage Photo Distress Inks were used to color it.  I used another banner for the life is good sentiment.  

At this point you may be saying, Sharon oh no you put the banner on upside down!  Well, look at the photo above.  This basket is upside down and I put the banner on it so that if it was right side up the sentiment would be correct.  Thought it was a fun way to emphasize the movement. 

The bottom panel has increasingly larger flowers as these are in the foreground of the scene.  The grass was cut using a fringe scissor using Distress Core'dinations paper.

A closer look at some of the larger flowers including the rose in the center using the largest of the Tattered Florals.

I added some butterflys and a dragon fly to complete the Spring feel.  Here are some close ups.  I added some buttons, bead and brads from my stash to create centers for the flowers.  On some I used a paper button cut out using the Sewing Room die.

A variety of Tim Holtz paper and tissue wrap and fabrics were used to create the flowers.  This one was a fun challenge.  So many techniques.  Like I said, this wall hanging took on a life of its own and I just kept adding one more thing to make it complete.  Ha, now its done.

Thank You Tim for the inspiration.  What a fun challenge!  It has been amazing to see all the different projects and styles that have been created.  Thank You everyone for sharing your projects.

Hope you get to take some time to get creative.  Have a great week.  Appreciate you coming by.  Love to read your comments.

Hugs,  Sharon