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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Tim Holtz Tag for February, 2014

You might say I am a little behind.  As I've said before. this blog is an erratic business at best and at its worst, well you can see it has been over five months since the last post.  I will try to back fill some major projects that I've done by putting them up on this blog soon.  Right now I did finally finish the Tim Holtz February tag (too late to load it on his site), but I thought I'd put it here.
Be back soon, I hope!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Tim Holtz Tag for October Done!

Hi. Just a quick blog post.  It is almost midnight, October 31 and I'm loading the Tim Holtz tag for this month.  It's been finished for 2 weeks, but I did not have a chance to load it until now.



Lots going on. I've finished my remodeling and had an Open House.  More about that in the next post!

Sunday, October 6, 2013

My Tim Holtz Altered Configuration Book for Brother's 65th Birthday

Hello All.
It's been a long time between blogs, but remember, I warned you!
I really don't know what to call the piece I'm sharing with you today.  It is supposed to be a birthday card for my brother Patrick's 65th birthday.  Since it is for a significant event, I wanted it to be something special, so I chose to alter one of Tim Holtz's Ideology Configuration Books. I've wanted to do one of these since they were released last year.  Tim taught classes at Stamper's Ink (see Side Bar for LSS info) in 2011 and in one of them we made a configuration box.  I figured the TH Configuration Book would be perfect for what I had in mind--it just got a little out of hand.  My brother is a genius and mathematically inclined (good with numbers) and we share a love of science fiction.  This should explain some of the more eclectic elements on the piece.

This is the front of the Configuration Book.  I used a combination of Chipped Sapphire, Broken China, Salty Ocean and Stormy Sky Ranger TH Distress Paints to paint the undercoat of the whole book.  All The grungeboard letters are from the big set of alphas and numbers from TH.  

I colored "Birthday" with a combination of Salty Ocean, Stormy Sky and Tarnished Brass Distress Paint. I used multiple layers, drying in between, and fussed a lot until I got something that matched the clock.  "Time" was colored with just Broken China and a little Antique Linen to shadow.

I used Shelly Hickox's Faux Tarnished Silver technique for the "WARP" letters.  You can find a tutorial for her technique HERE.  She has a great blog; check it out HERE.

The clock is TH BigZ Weathered Clock die and I use Salty Ocean, Stormy Sky and Tarnished Brass Distress Paint.  I used the same on the numbers "2013" but these are the TH Alpha Parts as is the "65" which was painted with Fired Brick Distress Paint.  The cute little pocket watch is from Prima and I covered the Graphic 45 sticker letters with Glossy Accents.  Here are some closer shots of the front of the book.







Now, for the inside.  As I said, my brother and I share a love of science fiction, so the inside cover is meant to depict the universe opening up and depositing the Dr. Who Tardis and the Star Trek Enterprise.

I used Golden Pearl Mica Flake (small) mixed with Brushed Pewter, Stormy Sky and Gesso to create the universe effect.  The Tardis is a stamp from Viva Las Vegas Stamps and can be found HERE.  I enlarged the image to accommodate the photo I wanted to frame.
The Enterprise is an old 1995 Stamp Oasis stamp.  The number is ST20-G and I bought it when I first started stamping in California and haven't seen many since.




The saying is a TH stamp from his set SCF005, Classics #5.  The Grandfather Clock is a stamp from B Line Designs, ZHC218E.  I got it at Ink, Paper, Rubber.  (See Side Bar for LSS info)


















Thursday, May 30, 2013

Loonies Get A New Name; Tim Holtz Tag for May

Hello End of May!
I can't believe it is time to post the Tim Holtz tag again.  Where did the month go?

The gang of three, Joanne, Terri and I, (fondly known as Tres' Loonies) met on May 26 to do the tag of the month.  Due to our current obsession with La Blanche stamps, Joanne proposed a name change to "La La Loonies."  Since this name works on so many levels, (we are sometimes in "la la land, the alliteration is quite nice, etc.), it was quickly adopted despite the unsuccessful search for any bylaws or a copy of Roberts Rules.  Below are the three tags the La La Loonies completed this month!
Terri's Tag
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 Joanne's Tag
Connie's Tag

La La Loonies also had a Dress Form Challenge in May.  Joanne completed her project.  Connie usually does not complete her projects on time and still owes the group projects from the Halloween challenge so these are loosely controlled challenges at the moment.  Here is Joanne's completed project:


See you next month!

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Tim Holtz Tag for April

Hello Everyone.
True to form, it is the last day, the last hour of April and I'm uploading my monthly tag for Tim Holtz!



The tag is pretty much the way Tim specified on his blog, except that I colored my wings with alcohol ink.  It was a good idea, that would have turned out better had I chosen different colors.  I tried Pool and Stream.  I'll try different combinations next time.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Sympathy Card for a Close Friend

A very close friend lost her oldest brother in February. I wanted to make a special card for her, so it seemed the perfect opportunity to break out the new Spellbinders Marvelous Squares dies.  It seemed to take a while to figure out just the right dimensions and the embossing folder I wanted to use with the dies, thus the delay in getting it sent to her until now.  This is the card I designed.


  1. Base card is 5" x 7".
  2. The front is embossed with Spellbinders M-Bossabilities folder "Splendid - Side B"
  3. First layer (solid black) is made using the Spellbinders Nestability Marvelous Squares #6 die.
  4. Second layer (white with cutout frame) is made using the #5 die from the same set.  This layer is popped up.
  5. Third layer (black with cutout frame) is made using the #5 die from the same set.  This layer is popped up.
  6. Fourth layer (white) is made using the #3 & #4 die from the same set nested and taped together.  
  7. I then stamped the saying from Rubber Cottage (RC-564C) in the middle and glued the whole die cut to the third layer so the black would show through the openings in the white die cut.
  8. Black half pearls were added to layer two.
  9. A double bow was tied using May Arts White Satin Ribbon and Becca Feeken's Peg Bow Maker and added to the top of the card front.
  10. The phrase on the inside of the card is from Quietfire Designs.
  11. A cut out from die cutting layer three was added to the envelope to give it a finished look.  (no picture, sorry!)  However, this is one of the nice features of the Marvelous Squares--it gives you lots of extra pieces to finish off envelopes or add to additional cards.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Tim Holtz Tag for March

It is the end of March again and time to show you the Tim Holtz tag I've created.  Again, I have my two friends, Joanne and Terri, the other participants in Tres Looinies, for making sure I got a head start on the tag.  It's been finished since our meeting earlier in the month, but I'm just now getting it posted on the blog.  I renovated my craft room so I've been a little busy... More about that later.  Here is my tag.


I love the way the metal flowers turned out!