Monday, February 24, 2014

Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2014 February

Hello all!

Tim's tag for February was chock full of techniques.  Chalkboard, stencils, embossing, and glitter.  If you haven't been by his blog to check out Tim's February tag you can find it here.

My version features the doily stencil and some grunge wings and crown.

 Do you love the sparkle of the distress glitter as much as I do?  These photos don't quite capture the shine of this glitter.  Super blingy in person.  I used pumice stone and peeled paint distress glitter here.

The chalkboard technique is so fun.  I don't have the same embossing powder that Tim used so I used my white embossing powder.  Still gives an effective chalk look.

The industrious stickers, the arrow and the border on the bottom are a perfect finishing touch.  It all came together nicely.  Makes me happy!

Are you following along and making your own version's of Tim's tags?  If not, join in the fun!

Thanks for stopping by.  

Happy Creating!

Hugs,  Sharon

Friday, February 14, 2014

Masculine Valentine Shadowbox

Happy Valentines Day!

Hope you are spending it with one you love.  My husband and I try to make every day about love and we know how much we love each other so a long time ago we agreed that we didn't need to make a big fuss over this one day.  We usually don't even exchange cards.  I'm ok with that.  He is the best husband and does so much all the time to show me he loves me and how important I am.

That being said this year I was inspired to create him a valentine shadowbox.  Something he could keep in his office.  When I saw the Love Letters post by Emma Williams I knew I had to make my own version of her shadow box.

Check out Emma's Love Letters post here.  I discovered Emma through either a Sizzix or Simon Says Stamp post.  She does amazing work and I find inspiration there all the time.  Thank You Emma!

I wanted to surprise the hubbie with this token of my affection.  When he was in the shower this morning I snuck into his office and left it on his keyboard.  It made me so happy to be able to surprise him and see the gratitude and love in his eyes.  Love this man!  So glad to have him in my life.

Ok, the mushy love part of the post is complete.  Tee Hee.  On to the project.  As I said I got very excited and inspired when I saw Emma Williams shadow box.  

It is made with chipboard and the Tim Holtz Sizzix postage stamp die.  All the hearts, the feather, and the pen nibs are also die cut from chipboard. 

Old book paper was used for the background.  The banners are from watercolor paper and then stamped and inked.

All of the hearts were embossed with texture fades.  Some were crackled.  The final touch was a spritz with the new Tim Holtz Distress Marker Spritzer using copper and gold sharpies.

Great little project, don't you think?  So many possibilities with this.  Holidays, birthdays, special events, or just because.  Gather your chipboard, dies, texture fades, inks and mediums and have some fun.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I love to get your comments.  Happy Creating!

Hugs,  Sharon

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Happy Day - Easel Birthday Cards

Good Afternoon!

It has been a happy day.  Slept in.  Did some chores.  Went grocery shopping.  Got some studio time in.  Yay!  Rainy day here in Northern California.  Perfect crafting weather.

We have a few birthdays coming up in the family so I decided to make some easel cards.  Nothing new about these.  You can find tutorials all over the web.  Just thought they would provide a nicer presentation than a plain, flat card.

I wanted something easy and quick.  I started with some pre-made cards and envelopes.  Folded the top flap in half, adhered some sturdy card stock, and tah dah, an easel card is born.  The rest is all about the pattered paper, die cuts, stamps and ink.   I also used my We R corner chompers to add some interest.

I used the 8 x8 Collage Paper Stash from Tim Holtz Idea-ology for some masculine cards.

KaiserCraft Lavendar Haze for the feminine cards.  Love the pop of pink combined with the black.

Easy right?  The nice thing about easel cards is that you can get as detailed as you want and it folds flat for mailing.  

Thanks for stopping by today.  Hope you get some studio time in too!

Happy Creating!

Hugs,  Sharon

Friday, February 7, 2014

Flower Power

Good Morning!  Happy Friday!

It's raining here in Northern California and that's a good thing!  Soon enough it will be Spring with flowers blooming everywhere. In the meantime I am having fun with paper flowers. The Tim Holtz-Sizzix tattered florals and jumbo tattered florals dies are perfect for making a variety of flowers.  One of my, well now two of my most reached for dies. 

Flowers are the main theme for a couple of classes I will be teaching at Chico Scrapbooks. First up is the Blooming Canvas.   This class is February 16th. Would love to have you join me if you are in the north state area. Give Chico Scrapbooks a call at 345-9333 to sign up.

Next is a sneaky peek at another class. More info on this one later so stay tuned. 

As you can see the same flowers can look different by changing up how the flowers are constructed and the color scheme. 

Hope you have a fun weekend planned. Thanks so much for stopping by. 

Happy creating. 

Hugs, Sharon

Monday, February 3, 2014

More on My Can't Live Without List

Good Evening Friends!

I had quite the intense week at work last week and took the weekend to chill out.  I have been busy behind the scenes though.  I'm getting ready for another class at Chico Scrapbooks on February 16th and have been updating my Pinterest.

I have gotten requests for photos of my can't live without CHA new toys, um, tools list.  I thought the easiest way to gather them all and make it easy for all of you to view would be to pin them.  I have most of them pinned.  You can check it out using the link to the right.  Just starting my boards but would really like it if you followed and comment if you want.  Have fun viewing!

My next class will be all about the flowers.  Its a blooming canvas using the new Jumbo Tattered Florals, Garden Greens, and Spring Greenery dies.  Stop by Chico Scrapbooks to sign up for the class. It will also include coloring metals with Vintaj Patinas.  Fun, fun project.  Hope you can join me.  I'll post some preview photos later this week in another blog post.

Hope you have a great week!  Check back soon for some photos of the blooming canvas.  Don't forget to click on the link to the right and check out my boards and pins.

Thanks so much for stopping by.  Happy Creating!

Hugs,  Sharon