Thursday, October 30, 2014

Christmas Ornaments...

Hey everyone, 
I'm back with another project for Inspiration Emporium. 
I think I have been on an ornament kick wink. 
I love hand made ornaments and I think I will make several of these to give to family members. 
The first on below is made out of Tim's Bell Jar and the Birdcage die. 
I cut the Bell Jar out with a transparency and glitter paper two times. 
I then cut out the birdcage from chipboard and tag material two times each. 
I knew I wanted them to be shaker style ornaments and the chipboard would allow for this. 
After adhering the two pieces of chipboard together take one of the transparencies from the dome part of the Bell Jar and adhere it with Glossy Accents. It is a very tight fit, but it does work.  
From the movers and shapers die I cut the bird and branch out and colored them with Distress Inks. 
Use Glossy Accents to adhere them together so they don't slip around in the ornament. 
It is adhered to the side wall of the birdcage so you can't see any adhesive. 
Then add a little Rock Candy glitter, adhere the other transparency part of the Bell Jar to close the shaker part.  Once you cut out the "innards" from the birdcage paint the tag material using Distress Paint...whatever color you like.  I went with the brushed pewter
Using the stand part of the Bell Jar, but the base off and adhere the remnants as the base of the snow globe.  The Poinsettias are Tim's Movers and Shapers.  Using a brad to attach them together I then adhered them to the snow globe using Glossy Accents. 
The top of the birdcage die already has a hole perfect to tie a piece of ribbon in as the hanger. 

 Below I used the Window Box die and the Pediment to create a wintery window ornament. 
I also cut this out of tag material and chipboard two times each. 
Adhere the two chipboard windows together using Glossy Accents. 
Make sure to adhere the panes as well...you won't want your snow to fall through. 
I wanted nice crisp black windows...so I inked it with Black soot with a blending tool and then directly ink pad to window.  It still wasn't dark enough for me so I added Jet Black archival by using the ink pad to the window directly.  Interesting enough I really wanted to look like it was a high gloss, so I added clear embossing powder and surprisingly enough it accepted it and embossed fabulously.  Usually Archival won't emboss so I was thrilled.  I think maybe because I did the coat of Distress Ink under it helped it work out. 
The same technique was done to the two pediments.  It looks identical on both sides so it won't look funny hanging in the tree.  I thought I might put it on a ornament spinner..won't that be cool?
Okay...back to the details....after you have adhered the chipboard windows together, adhere one  piece of transparency. (Tip: I always save my packaging from products and use that.)
Now you can add the Rock Candy Glitter.  Adhere the other piece of transparency to the other side of the window.  I used Glossy Accents for all of the adhering...I know that it will stay put. 
Then take the two windows you already embossed, line them up and adhere them 
The two pediments are adhered using Glossy Accents.  
Take a hole punch to make a hole for the crinkle ribbon. 
Tie and there you have it...a cute snowy window ornament.


I hope you enjoyed today's projects.  
Christmas is coming...my daughter informed me today "eight" more Fridays until Christmas.
I was so not ready to hear it, but secretly I think I am getting a little excited, wink. 
If you would like to find these supplies make sure to visit Inspiration Emporium. 
You can use the code "inkgirl" with your order and get 10% off! 
If you local you can always swing by She Scrapbooks to find them. 

Hope you all have a very fun and safe Halloween! 
Until next time...

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Holiday tag love...

Hello everyone...
Can you believe the holidays are upon us?
I am having trouble with it...just not ready!
But I think if I keep creating stuff that lends itself to the holidays, 
it might just help. 
So I started creating some gift tags. 
I like to put handmade tags with our gifts...just makes it a little more personal, right?
One of my very favorites of Tim's Dies is his Tattered Poinsettia...I LOVE this die and still can't get enough of it.  The poinsettias come out gorgeous...you just can't mess it up!

Okay...so I embossed a large tag with wood grain texture fade and then used Gathered Twigs Distress Ink to cover the surface.  I love how it creates different shades because of the embossing. 


I had already cut the Tattered poinsettia out of Tag material so they were ready to ink with Fired Brick and Festive Berries Distress Ink. The edging is Gathered Twigs....this is my go to personal favorite brown.  After that was all done ink a script stamp with Fired brick and stamp it randomly over all the poinsettia leaves.  I also saved back one of the large size of Poinsettia to create the green leaves, they were colored with Peeled Paint
 Then all you need is a little holiday greeting.  The W I S H is cut out of Tim's Word Play die
Tied a piece of Tulle at the top and there you have it! A finished gift tag. 
 Other supplies used-Non stick craft sheet, ink blending tool.
I hope you you will stop by again. 
Have you been over to the Inspiration Emporium Blog lately???
It is filled with lots and lots of inspiration!!!!
You can find the supplies you need to recreate this tag at Inspiration Emporium.
If you use the code "inkgirl" you will also get 10% off your order!!! How fun is that?
AND if your local you can always swing by She Scrapbooks for supplies. 


Monday, October 27, 2014

Introducing!!!

I am so over the top excited to share this with you today! 
Let me start with little back story. 
The owner of Paplin Products, Andy, comes into She Scrapbooks when he is spending time in The Villages.  They sell quilling supplies and we carry a little bit of it. 
He comes in and we usually chat a bit.
He has asked me over the past two years if there is anything new I could think of that I would like to see  in the industry.  The first thing that popped in to my mind was an "inky" Art Journal.
I love to use Distress Inks when Art Journaling, but I have always found it difficult to "blend the ink onto any of the papers in any of the journals.  I have tried them all! 
I wanted to see an art journal with pages made of thick shipping tag material.
Also wanted the pages to lay flat when the book is open so you can work across the spine.  
The last time he came in he said Okay...lets make it!
He went home and ordered the stuff and we were on the phone back and forth.
I was so excited and wanted to tell everyone, but I couldn't wink. 
So skip to today!
They are ready to go.
They are ready to ship out to stores! 
I know they will be available at She Scrapbooks and Rocky Mountain Memories in Colorado this week. If you would like to order one or two, wink, Call one of these stores.
There are two sizes of INKY ART JOURNALS...
6 x 8 and 8 1/2 x 11 to start off with!

I have these in my hot little hands.
I am so excited about these and I happen to have extra!
SO....
I  think I will do a giveaway! 
All you have to do is leave me a comment and tell me what you think of this idea! 
I will randomly pick a winner one week from today.
Please tell your other artsy friends.
Below you can see what they look like.

Below you can see how nice and flat it is when open. 
There is a little INKY art on the front just to show how nice the ink works on the paper. 
The covers are plain THICK chipboard so you can alter it, paint it, Distress it...whatever you want to do to it. 


 It's hard to see but the pages are made of thick Manila Shipping Tag material...yummy!!!
 The 6 x 8 size is perfect for on the go!
It has 32 yummy pages to work on!

Okay...Now that I have talked your ear off. 
Don't forget to leave a comment so you can be entered into win...
The prize will include one of each size. 
ACK....so excited!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

CC3Challenge 14!!!

Hi everyone! 
What a journey this has turned in to! 
Making friends, sharing art!, trying new things and being inspired by not only the Curiosity Crew but all of you who are joining in the fun and sharing your art with all of us! 
This is one of the most amazing journeys I have ever been a part of!

If you don't have your Compendium of Curiosities Volume III yet, you still have time. 
You can order it here
Tim and Mario have also generously donated a ton of goodness to be given away as prizes. 
Challenge 14 is being sponsored by The Funkie Junkie who has also donated a generous gift certificate!  So fun...all you need to do is follow the rules here and you might just be a winner! 

This weeks challenge is "Colored Crackle."  
Out of respect for Tim we don not share the technique but you can find it on page 53 in vol. III. 

I had never done this one before either...love it when I get to try something new! hehehe
I do really like the effect. 
So here is my tag.  I used one of the BIG tags from Ranger. 
Love these tags...there is so much room to create with!!!
I embossed it with Wood Grain embossing folder to add more depth and dimension. 
Then just started playing and adding fun little accents. 


 By now you all know how much I LOVE butterflies, wink...and I had to use them for this challenge. 
After embossing and inking the large tag with Gathered Twigs I cut out some greenery and lattice. 
The greenery was inked with Peeled Paint and Gathered Twigs, then I used my most favorite stamp in the world...Tim's Speckle Stamp with Mowed lawn to add texture to the leaves. 
The lattice was inked with Gathered Twigs and then embossed with clear embossing powder. 
Love that effect! 
Butterflies were stamped and inked as well as a few other embellies and then it was time to put it all together. 

 Some Ideaology has to be added for the finishing touches...never looks done without it to me, wink. 
And below a close up of the Colored Crackle Butterfly! 
So what are you waiting for??? 
Go get creative and share your art!!! 
Thank you for lovely comments...you guys amaze me and humble me! 
I am off to check out the rest of the Curiosity Crew...these women continue to inspire me and blow me away with their creative genius!!! 
Hope to see you back soon! 
Have a great weekend and Happy Saturday! 

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Card for encouragement...

Hi everyone! 
Today I have a card for you. 
I have a friend who needs a little bit of encouragement so I thought I would share 
what I came up with.  I always find it challenging to create something with a more serious side.
This card represents a new day...sunshine will always return.
Butterflies go through changes to become who they are meant to be and we always need 
to listen to our inner voices.  Usually that little voice has lots of wisdom to share, wink. 
I hope she will find this card to be up-lifting. 
I started off with a blank piece of tag and inked it with Spiced Marmalade, Scattered Straw, Ripe Persimmon and Picked Raspberry. After inking it all up I used Tim's stencil to create the rays by inking Ripe Persimmon over it again. I absolutely love this effect!
This sentiment has always spoken to me...I think it can apply to lots of different things. 
It was stamped with Black Archival
I then inked some Manilla cardstock with the same colors and cut Tim's Butterflies die
Gathered Twigs was edged on all of them to help them stand out. 
After adhering them all down I used Stardust Stickles to bling them up! 
 The Crinkle ribbon was colored with Spiced Marmalade and Ripe Persimmon Distress ink. 
If you haven't done this before...spread a bit of Distress Inks in your chosen colors on your non stick craft sheet from Ranger. Spritz it with a bit of water and wipe the ribbon in it. 
After drying I like to add a bit of Gathered Twigs (or your favorite brown) to give it a more vintage feel. 

So there you have it...a card you could can give with a message of comfort and inspiration. 
Hope you enjoyed. 
If you would like to find any of the supplies used to create this tag make sure to visit Inspiration Emporium.  You can get 10% off your order if you use the code "inkgirl"
If your local you can come visit us at She Scrapbooks to find some of these goodies! 
Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Compendium Of Curiosities Challenge 13


Welcome back for the 13th Challenge from the Compendium of Curiosities III.
Lucky 13!
I LOVED this challenge! 
It is really free style...all you have to do is alter a worn cover!
Below is the one I used. 
I loved it like it was, but when you say I can alter, giddiness takes over, hehehe.
If you have been following the Compendium Of Curiosities Challenges you know that Tim's Compendium of Curiosities III is a must! If you are just joining in and you have it...you are set, if you don't have it, you can still get an autographed book here. 
We also have to thank are amazing sponsors! 
Tim and Mario sent a huge box of prized to be given away throughout the challenge. 
This week's sponsor is Inspiration Emporium! 
They have generously donated a $50 gift certificate. 
In order to be eligible you must follow the rules...they can be found here. 
Make sure to read them, there isn't that many rules, but I would hate to see someone disqualified  because they missed a rule. 
I also want to take a moment and THANK Linda Ledbetter for all the work she does to keep this challenge going! She is a doll and I just love her to bits! 
I also want to shout out to the Curiosity Crew...I am so honored to be with you on this journey! 
Each and everyone of you bring such a different creative gift to our crew. 
You inspire me more then you know...each one of you!

So on to the fun. 
Because this weeks challenge is not really a "technique" to give away...
I am going to take you step by step throughout my alteration. 
The first step was to cover the worn cover with ripped up pieces of Tim's Tissue Wrap. 
Matte Medium is my go to for any job like this. I use it as a adhesive and sealant. 
After it dried I used Distress Paints (Broken China, Gathered Twigs, Picket Fence and Antiqued Bronze.  I only use my fingers to apply it.  
Personally I find this to be my best tool, wink. 
It was applied very sporadically. 
This was done on the outside and inside of the cover. 
After it was the way I wanted I mixed a tad of Gathered Twigs with Picket Fence, spritzed with my mini mister and added drippage.  I just picked it up with my finger (while holding the book flat) scraped my finger with the paint over the edge...tilted the book and you get drippage! 
LOVE drippage...I just think it adds character. 
Then using Tim's bubble stencil I added Texture paste. 
After the texture paste dried I used my finger again to add some color to the bubbles. 

 After all the paint dried it was time to start embellishing. 
The sea horse, compass and enjoy the journey are from Tim's stamps. 
The greenery is an alterations die. 
I used Gathered Twigs and Broken China Distress Ink to colorize those pieces. 
 I also pulled out some Ideaology filmstrip, Ornate plates, Game spinners, brads and a knob. 
I just cluster it together until it looks right to me. 

 For the inside I embossed two large tags with the compass texture fade to make the pockets. 
I attached the binder mechanism with Crinkle ribbon. I was surprised at how tight this held..but it is super tight! 
 Back to the outside...I wanted some dangles added to the spine. 
Before I tied the second bow I added these Ideaology pieces to a swivel clasp with jump rings...
Corked vial, baubles, tag labels and philosophy tag. 
(the corked vial has Rock Candy glitter and is sealed with Glossy Accents. To attach the jump ring I used a memo pin coated with Glossy Accents and pushed through the cork)
So there you have it...another challenge completed! 
I cannot wait to get to see what the other members of the Curiosity Crew created! 
I love these Saturdays!!! So fun right?
I hope you join in....I love seeing what y'all do as well....the inspiration being shared is phenomenal. 
You all continue to blow me away with your creativity! 
One of the things I love about this challenge is the camaraderie...it is so fun to see so many supporting and loving what everyone is doing....total inspiration. 
Okay...time to go visit the Curiosity Crew's blogs and soak up some fabulous creativity! 
Have a great weekend...hope to see you back here next time! 

Friday, October 10, 2014

Repurposing/Christmas Ornament

Hello everyone! 
So excited to be back to share with you my first Inspiration Emporium Project for October! 
Every month there is also a fun challenge over on the Inspiration Journal and I decided to do that for my first project! 
The challenge was "in disguise"  so I decided to re purpose a magnetic tin...
I LOVE re purposing...always looking at things to see what else they might become or what else something could be used for.
I have these tins that I use to organize with. 
You know, the ones that are magnetic.
I don't use them anymore for that but I didn't want to throw them out either. 


So I sat there staring at it thinking....
What about a Christmas ornament, wink. 
I usually like to make one each year to add to the collection. 
So I pulled out some supplies and got busy.  
First I covered the outside of the tin with Tim's Tissue Tape and added a coat of Matte Medium to keep it all in place.  After that dried, I put some Antique Bronze Distress Paint and White Picket Fence Distress Paint on my craft sheet with a bit of water from my mini mister and painted it on using my finger. I wanted it to be a thin coat so you could see the Tissue Tape Design. 
After drying that I put another coat of Matte Medium so the Rock Candy glitter could be added. 
I just rolled the tin in it and set it aside to let that dry. 
Now, before I did all that I removed the plastic transparency from the lid to use that as my pattern for the backing paper.  The snowflake paper is from Tim's Merriment Paper Stash. 

 Using the Ideaology Letterpress for the 25 I painted that with Picket Fence, dried and then inked just the numbers with Wendy Vecchi Archival Red Geranium. 
The Stocking is from Tim's Mini Blueprint 5 set. 
I used fired Brick Distress ink as well as the Fired Brick Distress marker to color it. 
Then used glossy accents and Rock Candy glitter on the white part of the stocking. 
 All the embellishments were glued on with Glossy Accents for a strong hold. 
The Idealology Star is adhered stacking several pop dots. 
Before adding all this inside the tin, I used a Crop-a-dile to punch two holes through the tin. 
Tinsel Twine makes the perfect hanger. I just tied it into a know one end and threaded it through the top hole. The Bauble was added as well to the bottom.  I need to seal that hole so I could add some loose Rock Candy Glitter so after attaching the Bauble I put Glossy Accents all around the hole.  This took about an hour to dry...had to cook dinner anyway, wink. 

 After is was completely dry and poured some Rock Candy Glitter into the open tin, closed it up with the lid and there you have it! 
Oh and there is a little bit of Remnant Rub on the transparency. 
 You can find these little magnetic tins all over.  I've seen them in office supply stores, bed bath and beyond and even in the kitchen section as spice holders. 
All the other goodies can be found at Inspiration Emporium.  
If you use my discount code "inkgirl" you will get 10% off your order!!! 
Who doesn't like a discount? 
If your local to me you can also find a lot of the supplies at She Scrapbooks
So happy shopping and I hope you will come back soon. 
Tomorrow Compendium of Curiosities Challenge 13 goes live..and let me just tease you a little and say it was a super fun one, hehehe. 

Saturday, September 27, 2014

CC3Challenge 12...

Welcome back! 
Can you believe we are on Challenge 12? 
I can't...this is just going way to fast!
I am having so much fun creating and getting to know some of you.
Seeing the fabulous creations you come up with each challenge is frosting on the cake!
You all are blowing me away with your creativity and ingenuity! 
This weeks challenge is being sponsored by The Funkie Junkie...they have donated a $25 gift certificate as a prize! MAKE sure you follow the rules listed here....I would HATE for someone to be held back because of a technicality.  Also Tim and Mario have donated a stash or lovely prizes to be given away each challenge as well!...so there is two opportunities to win!!!
(But you most follow the rules wink.)
This weeks Challenge can be found on Page 41 of Compendium Of Curiosities Vol. III.
You can still get that here if you don't have it yet! 
Okay so here we go! 
The picture is the piece representing the challenge.
I love that this is now on a canvas so I can use it as a piece of home decor!
I LOVE this picture of my youngest daughter. 
She is about five here...she is 19 now. 
Brings back so many memories! 
 I think saying that I am addicted to these lovely little burlap canvases would be an understatement!
They are so fun to work on and the texture it has is fabulous to create on!
Below is an up close pic so you can see some of the coloring. 
So light and airy...
Black and white photos are one of my very favorite things and to be able to change it up just a bit and antique it so to speak just makes my heart giddy! hehehe.
 Lots of things are popped to add even more dimension.
I think I am going to adore having this on display.
It is such a fun way to add personal memories into you home decor! 
So...I cannot wait to see what you all create! 
I cannot wait to see what the Curiosity Crew does???
I will be at a show this weekend, but rest assured I will be scoping it out from my phone or iPad! 
Hope you have fun with this challenge! 
I'm sure it will make ideas start whirling around in your brains..I know it did me! 
Have a great weekend and thank you so much for stopping by and all the lovely comments you leave. 
I so enjoy reading them and linking back to your blogs!!! 
p.s.  Make sure you go to the Compendium Of Curiosities Challenge blog to see everything and the rules. 

You can find a lot of the supplies used at Inspiration Emporium.  If you use my code "inkgirl" you will also receive 10% off your order! Happy shopping!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Tag time....

Hi there...I am so happy to be able to share my inky passion with you!
I am so thankful for all your sweet comments and messages about being with Inspiration Emporium Family! I am having a ball and getting to play with inks and paints...what could be better?
The girls on the team are fabulous and I am loving getting to know them and see all their 
amazing creations! Total bonus there! 
So today I am here with a tag...and I managed to stay within the confines, wink. 
I have major issues with that most of the time! LOL
Anyway.  I hope you enjoy and are inspired to get creative! 

I stamped Tim's Wood Background Stamp on my tag in Gathered Twigs.  
After heating I blended on Gathered Twigs and Weathered Wood.  
It really does give the feel of old wood. 

Supplies used: 
Tim's Cameo Frame, Tattered Floral and Garden Greens Alterations Bigz Dies. 
Tim's Ideaology:
Baubles, Crinkle Ribbon, Jump Rings, Hitch Fasteners, Hinge Clips, Memo Pins, 
Word Sticks, Adornaments, Chit Chat and Journaling Tickets. 
A Piece of decorative paper from the Wallflower Paper pad
Tim's Stamps:
Urban Tapestry (CMS061)
Wall Paper and Wood (CMS126)
Way with Words (CMS165)
Stencil-Lattice Work (THS19)
Ranger Ink:
Distress Ink Pads:
Gathered Twigs, Weathered Wood, Peeled Paint, Broken China, Spun Sugar & Worn Lipstick.
Other: Doily, 3D Foam. 

If you would like to find some of these supplies they can be found at Inspiration Emporium
If you use my "inkgirl" code you will get 10% off your order! 

Thank you so much for stopping by! 
I hope you will come back again! 
Have a great weekend!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Gratitude Box...

Hi there! 
I wanted to share the project I have over on the Teresa Collins Design Team blog today! 
I hope you will go over and take a peek! 
If you would like to see more and the inside...just click here! 
Thanks for stopping by!