Sunday, April 21, 2013

Ranger Seasonal Color Palette: April

Happy Sunday!

Hope you are having a wonderful weekend.  I have been working on a landscape piece in honor of Earth day.  Ranger Ink has been hosting a monthly seasonal color palette challenge.  April's palette is earth tones of yellow, green, brown, and blue.  Check out the Ranger Ink blog post here.

I have been practicing my perspective on several pieces.  This one has a mountain scape in the background with a bird on a branch in the foreground.   I am starting to get more comfortable with the scale and placement to make a pleasing landscape.

I used torn paper inked with distress inks for the mountains and grass and die cuts for the rest.

Close up view of the bird, branches, and flowers.  I used an embossing folder on the branches to add a wood texture.

Mountains are a variety of blues and grays.  These were torn from white textured cardstock and inked with distress inks.

Flowers were die cut from the same white textured cardstock and inked with distress inks in a variety of yellows combined with perfect pearls for a bit of shine and sparkle.  The centers in the flowers were created with liquid pearls.

Earth day is a great reminder that we need to protect and nurture our environment and earth.  

Materials used:
  • Core-dinations Paper:  Snowcap canvas texture cardstock
  • Ranger Ink:  Distress Ink in stormy sky, faded jeans, tumbled glass, broken china, forest moss, spiced marmalade, wild honey, old paper, vintage photo, tea dye, walnut stain and pumice stone; Perfect Pearls in perfect pearl; Liquid Pearls in onyx pearl
  • Sizzix:  Tim Holtz Alterations - Bigz die bird branch, Sizzlits decorative strip tattered floral garland
  • Stampers Anonymous:  Tim Holtz Collection urban tapestry

Thank You for stopping by.  I do appreciate you taking the time to look and make comments.  Happy creating!

Hugs,  Sharon

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2013 April


if you visit on a regular basis you know that I am a Tim Holtz fan and have been creating my own versions of his 12 Tags of 2013.  Check out Tim's tag here.

This was my first chance to use the new Distress Paints.  Oh so fun!  Looking forward to getting more and especially the metallic.  I'm pleased with my first attempt.  More experimentation to follow.

Love the dragon fly!  The blues and greens with a hint of metallic stain is such a calming background.

Never get tired of creating custom ribbon using distress and the crinkle ribbon!

Stamped the 4 from the Numeric stamp set and distressed with paints and stains.  The corner piece was a left over from an embossed piece of foil tape.

These tags are such a great way to try new techniques, improve my skill, and most of all to learn!

I am so grateful for the crafting community both online and at my local scrapbook stores.  Such a wealth of talent and inspiration.  Thank You all for sharing what you create and how you make art.

National Scrapbook Day is fast approaching.  If you are fortunate enough to have a local scrapbook or art store check them out to see if they are having an event.  Both of our stores in Chico are having 3 day events.  Check out Chico Scrapbooks and Paradise Scrapbook Boutique if you live in the North State area.  I encourage all you crafters to support your LSS (local scrapbook store).  They provide not only products but classes, inspiration, and a community of crafters.  If we all visit and spend some money at least once a month we will help keep this valuable resource in our communities.

Thank You so much for stopping by.  I really like to get your comments.  Happy Creating!

Hugs,  Sharon

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Steampunk Birthday Watch

Happy Tuesday to you!

I have a fun project to share.  Got to play with the new Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Pocket Watch Frame die.  Taking my cue from the samples that I saw from Winter CHA I layered the pocket watch frames with gears and steampunky things.  This watch became the focal point for a birthday wall hanging for my friend Jodie.

Because of the unusual size and shape I ended up making a holder, or envelope if you will, to hold it.  I took a 12 x 12 piece of paper and folded it around the wall hanging.  There were gaps so I created a cover with the birthday greetings and held it all down with some hook and loop tabs.  Makes for a nice presentation.

You can see how the holder is folded.  Loving the new French Industrial Paper Stash!

Here is the finished piece.  Since the paper is double sided the envelope looks good open or closed.

A closer view of the watch.  You can see the gears background created with foil tape and the Gears Texture Fade.  The steampunk guys were stamped and cut out.

The sentiment was stamped on a Styled Labels die and coated with Distress Crackle Paint in Clear Rock Candy.

The watch key die cut is hanging from some ball chain and is held in place with a memo pin.

I used copper wire to create a hanger.  Here you can see the close up of the chicken wire stamp from the mixed media set.  One of my favorite stamps.

This was so fun to make!  Love me some steampunk.  Look for some more with the pocket watch die.  I've got some other ideas formulating!  Ha, ha.

Materials used:

  • Paper:  Tim Holtz:   Core-dinations Distress cardstock, Idea-ology French Industrial Paper Stash,  Idea-plogy 8 x8 Collage Paper Stash; chipboard from my stash
  • Dies:  Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations: Pocket Watch Frame,  Mini Clock Key & Pocket Watch, Sized Circles, Styled Labels, Gadget Gears, Tattered Floral, Tattered Banners, Tattered Floral Garland; EK Success Large Punch Flourish Square
  • Embossing Folders:  Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Texture Fade:  Blueprint and Gears Set, Diamond Plate & Riveted Metal set
  • Stamps & Ink:  Stampers Anonymous Tim Holtz Stuff To Say, Mixed Media, Slight Alterations, The Journey, Curious Possibility; Ranger Archival Ink in Coffee and Jet Black; Distress Metallic Stains; Distress Crackle Paint in Clear Rock Candy
  • Misc:  Idea-ology memo pin and gears; ball chain, burlap,  copper wire
Thanks for stopping by.  I so appreciate all of you.  I love to get comments.  Happy Creating!

Hugs,  Sharon