Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Mother's Day Makeover Crop

On Saturday, May 1st, I went to a Mother's Day Makeover Crop at the Scrap Shack.  This is the group photo after all of the makeovers.  We had a blast!  One day, when it's finished, I'll post pictures of my finished album from this fun-filled event.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

SD Challenge #2

In one of her Copic posts, Stampin' Dymonz said that "practice makes perfect" when using Copic markers.  Well, I sure did do alot of 'practicing' with this digital image.  I'm embarrased to say that this was my tenth attempt at keeping the color inside the lines and if you look closely you will see that I still messed up.  I agree with SD and  will continue practicing with Copic markers so one day I'll get the hang of it!

You will find Challenge #2 with complete instructions here:

Monday, May 23, 2011

Matchbox Swap

These are for the first swap that I've participated in at the Stampin' Dymonz Scrap Shack.  This was my very first attempt at making matchboxes.  The boxes themselves were made by using the Tags, Bags, Boxes and More Cricut Cartridge.  I enjoyed making and decorating them.  I do hope that my swap partner likes them and the goodies inside.  She said that her favorite color is blue, so I put blue embellishments inside each box. 

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

SD Challenge #1

Let me start out by saying that I would have never made a layout like this.  But, since I am trying to "think outside of my box" these days, I took on this challenge, met all of the requirements and had so much fun doing it!  You can find the requirements for this layout by clicking on the link below.  Thank you SD for offering this great challenge! 

Here's the link to Stampin' Dymonz Challenge #1 - Scrapbook Layout, Tim Holtz Style:

Friday, May 13, 2011

Mother's Day Gifts Have Arrived!

My Mother's Day gifts from my wonderful husband and children have finally arrived!  WOW - I am so excited!!!  I got the following:

Embossing Pad
Stamp Cleaner
Precision File Set
Pick Me Up Tool
Rub-on Tool Kit
3 i-rock Stencil Kits
Diamond Stickles - free with order

I've organized everything and have already used the Pick Me Up Tool.  I love, love, love it!  It's so much easier to use than craft tweezers when picking up tiny embellishments.  Thank you family!

Monday, May 9, 2011

And the winner of...

the Vagabond in the Tim Times Ten Challenge is Ms. Dee!  Congratulations Ms. Dee - all of your creations are fabulous!

Honestly, after Day One I knew that I wouldn't be the winner of the Vagabond, BUT I was determined that I would complete the challenges and play along to the end!  Well, I did it and I feel like a grand prize winner!  I created tags, which I've never done before.  I learned and applied new techniques.  I used supplies that I never or hardly ever use.   This challenge was an enlightening crafting experience!  Thanks so much to Stampin' Dymonz for hosting such an exciting challenge!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Tag Brag Book

For the cover of this Tag Brag Book, I used Tim Holtz Grungeboard and Ranger Acrylic Paint Dabbers in gold, silver and copper.  I had to watch a YouTube video to learn how to do the Acrylic Paint Resist Technique because I had never done that before.  Not the greatest results, but I guess not too bad for my first time.  I outlined the image and sentiment area with Sepia Copic Marker using a Nestabilities die.  I added yellow Stickles and orange flower/circle rhinestones.  I used the Tags, Bags, Boxes and More cartridge on my Gypsy and Cricut Create to cut out the cover and all the 'tag pages' of this Tag Brag Book. 

Inside front cover and Day 1 Tag with recipe.

These two pics show the recipe pulled out of the 'pocket'.

Days 2 and 3 Tags with recipes.

Days 4 and 5 Tags with recipes.

Days 6 and 7 Tags with recipes.

Days 8 and 9 Tags with recipes.

Here's the link to the Tim Times Ten Challenge - Day 10:

Friday, May 6, 2011

Dimensional Tag

For this tag, I cut and adhered multi-colored paper to a chipboard tag.  I inked the edges of the tag with milled lavender Tim Holt Distress Ink.  Then I used a purple paper flower, cut from the Tim Holtz Distress Flower Die on the Sizzix BigKick, for the base of my dimensional flower.  I added a pop dot, sticker flower, pop dot, round white button, pink flower button and then a purple flower button.  I used a nest with eggs sticker and added spanish moss as my second dimensional element.  Then I added the Bless Our Nest sticker.  Instead of ribbon, I put spanish moss through the tag hole.

Here's the link to the Tim Times Ten Challenge - Day Nine:

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Distressed Tag

For this tag, I distressed white cardstock using three Tim Holtz Distress Inks - black soot, aged mahogany and milled lavender.  I stamped the flag image with Memento black ink.  I inked the "I 'heart'" part of the sentiment stamp with Stampin' Up real red and then the "AMERICA" part with SU bashful blue and then stamped the tag.  Then I added the rhinestone stars and inked the edges of the tag with faded jeans Tim Holtz Distress Ink.  I then adhered the paper tag to a chipboard tag.  To meet the requirement of a unique piece of ribbon, I added red wire ribbon with pom poms.

Here's the link to the Tim Times Ten Challenge - Day Eight:

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Acetate Tag

For this tag, I used white cardstock and stamped a snowman image onto it using a glue pad.  I used blue flocking on the snowman image. Then I stamped BRRR! four times onto the white cardstock and sprayed the white tag with Glimmer Mist.  I then dry embossed recycled acetate, using an embossing folder and the Sizzix Boutique.  I inked some of the embossed snowflakes on the acetate.  I adhered the white tag to a chipboard tag and then the acetate on top.  I put ribbon through the tag hole and then near the bottom.  Then I added a silver dimensional snowflake sticker to the center of the ribbon.

Here's the link to the Tim Times Ten Challenge - Day Seven:

Gift Card Holder Tag

For this tag, I sprayed a chipboard tag with Tim Holtz Wild Plum Color Wash and dried it with a heat gun.  I cut cream cardstock to make the gift card pocket and white cardstock for the sentiment.  Then I decorative punched all four corners of both papers.  I stamped the sentiment and then sponged it and inked the edges with milled lavender Tim Holtz Distress Ink.  I handmade the three flowers with white paper, purple and yellow chalk and pearl dots.  I added a dragonfly and then some 'flight' detail with a white pen.  I added a ribbon to the tag hole and placed an ACMoore gift card in the pocket.

Here's the link to the Tim Times Ten Challenge - Day Six:

Card Tag

For this tag, I cut, scored and folded sparkly green heavy cardstock because it matched wonderfully with my Tinkerbell image.  I stamped the image on white cardstock and hand colored it with grey, yellow, light blue and light green Marvy markers.  I used a shading technique on the wings of the image and put Diamond Stickles to the swirl coming from the wand.  I adhered the image to a sanded piece of pink cardstock and then adhered it to the card tag.  I then added the sentiment and ribbon.

Here's the link to the Tim Times Ten Challenge - Day Five:

Accordion Tag

For this tag, I made it into a 4-panel accordion by using a 12x12 single sheet of blue heavy cardstock.  I cut it to tag height, scored and folded it. I cut a sheet of sandpaper using wavy decorative scissors.  Then I scored and folded the sandpaper and attached it to the panels to look like sand for a continuous beach scene.  I used my Gypsy (for the first time) to cut out the words, "Spring Break", on the Cricut Create.  I inked all edges of the words with Tim Holtz Distress Ink.  I adhered flat and dimensional stickers and die cuts to create the beach scene.  Then I added ribbon to each of the tag holes.

Here's the link to the Tim Times Ten Challenge - Day Four:

Steampunk Tag

I was really lost at how to create a 'Steampunk' tag.  My first thought was that I needed to go to the store and buy stuff for this one.  Then I read over the instructions again and these words jumped out at me - "Use your stash...don't run out to the LSS and purchase items...! Improvise. Be unique."  So I went looking through all of my supplies and this is what I came up with.  I found a paper pad that someone gave to me that I just knew I would never use and pulled out this sheet of paper.  I figured since it had a keyhole on it already that it would work with the key embellishment that I had to use.  Well, since one of the embellishments had to be metal, I used an old jewelry box key.  I stamped a small heart image on black cardstock, heat embossed it with silver powder, cut it out by hand and adhered it to the black keyhole.  My thought here was - key to my heart.  Then I was on the hunt for a pointing hand.  Didn't remember ever seeing such a thing in my supplies.  Well in the school section of my scraprack, I found a pointing hand sticker - yes!  Wasn't sure where to place it on the tag, but when I saw the letter B already on the paper, I put it next to the letter and thought "be that way" - seemed right to me.  Okay now what?  Continued looking, found the eyeglass stickers and thought "this might work".  I put one pair on the tag and then decided that they needed to 'pop'.  I surely couldn't peel them off without messing up the paper so I added pop-dots and put the other pair on top.  Then I found the 3 black epoxy arrow stickers and thought "they'll have to do".  I inked all edges of the tag and then sponged some places with black soot Tim Holtz Distress Ink.  I adhered the paper tag to a chipboard tag.  Then I added ribbon to the tag hole.  Whew - I'm done!  Not yet, I added Glossy Accent to the glass part of the eyeglasses sticker.  It made them look more realistic.  Now, I am done!

Here's the link to the Tim Times Ten Challenge - Day Three:

Masking Tag

For this tag, I made 2 bees and a bee hive die cut stickers with the Cricut Create from the Walk in My Garden cartridge using repositionable adhesive paper.  Then I adhered the die cuts to cream cardstock and sprayed with two different colors of Glimmer Mist.  I inked the lines of the bee hive with brown ink and peeled off the die cut stickers.  Then I used brown marker to add detail to the bees.  I sprayed it again with another Glimmer Mist.  I then stamped 'Be Happy" onto the tag and inked all the edges of the tag using Tim Holtz Distress Ink.  I added 2 dimensional flower stickers, a rub-on border near the bottom and 5 gems under that.  Then I put Glossy Accents on the bees.  I adhered the paper tag to a chipboard tag and added ribbon to the hole.

Here's the link to the Tim Times Ten Challenge - Day Two:

Nostalgic Tag

For this tag, I used gray cardstock as the base and then paper printed with writing for the paper tearing technique. I then used black soot Tim Holtz Distress Ink to ink all the edges of both papers.  I added a dimensional pocket watch sticker, a silver eyelet for the hole, a black ribbon bow made with the Bow Easy, rub-on numbers, and a photo of my grandparents in 1943 (the year that they got married).  I then adhered the paper tag to a chipboard tag and added ribbon to the hole.

Here's the link to the Tim Times Ten Challenge - Day One:

Monday, May 2, 2011


WOW!  I won these prizes from Stampin' Dymonz at the Scrap Shack.  I love, love, love Stickles and Tim Holtz Distress Ink and these are colors that I don't already have, except for the Diamond Stickles, but I use that ALOT!!!  I've never used Color Wash, but I'm sure I will love it because it's my favorite color, purple.  Stampin' Dymonz gives away GREAT prizes!!!