Saturday, November 22, 2014

CC3Challenge 16

Hello there! 
Can you believe we are on Challenge 16?
It is going so fast! But oh so fun, wink. 
The challenge this week is Layering Stencil-embossing. 
Who doesn't just love Tim's Stencils...they are fabulous.
The material is just right, not to flimsy but not to stiff either. 
And he has so many great designs to boot!
You can find the technique on Page 50 of Compendium Of Curiosities III and if you haven't gotten yours yet, you still can order from Tim himself (even signed) and Mario will get it shipped right out to you!  What could be better then that? 
So if you play along and follow the few rules for the challenge you may win some goods. 
Tim and Mario have also donated a plethora of fabulous prizes as well.  
Fabulous stuff I tell you, hehehe.  
AND...the Funky Junkie is donating a very nice gift certificate. 

So, I am back to the burlap panels...I tell you I cannot get enough of those babies. 
I think I need to stock up...not hoard, just stock up. 
I would hate to run out of them, wink. 
I decided to go festive.
With Thanksgiving right around the corner I thought it would be fun to have a little reminder to always be Thankful.  We are having Thanksgiving with our family that just moved here from Texas. 
I think this will be a nice little gift to bring and leave with them. 

I am not going to get into the details of the technique itself out of respect for Tim. 
Like I said you can find the technique itself on page 50.
 I will share that the leaves are cut from the Layered Leaf Die and embossed with the folder that comes with it.  I used the Distress Sprays to color them.  Just spray onto your craft sheet and swipe the leaf through...LOVE the coloration it gives...very vibrant.  
I also used some of Rangers new foil to accent a bit on the leaves.  
This was in Tim's tag this month and once I did it...well, I'm hooked...I want to foil everything! 

 Once all the die cuts were colored, they were arranged on the panel. 
Of course you have to have some Ideaology. 
It is a perfect way to finish anything off. 
I hope you enjoyed my "always be thankful" canvas. 
Make sure you visit each of the Curiosity Crew's blogs and leave a comment. 
(that's one of those little rules, wink)
You can go here to the fabulous Linda Ledbetter's blog and link to all the Crew and read up on the rules. 
Hopefully I will see you next time....have a great weekend and enjoy all the inspiration from the Curiosity Crew....we cannot wait to see what you share with us this time.  
You guys are rocking these challenges!!! 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Tim Holtz November Tag...

Hello there.
I have been itching to participate in Tim's 12 tags of 2014 and 
FINALLY I was able to.  
Loved his techniques in this months tag...but he is always a creative genius, wink. 
If you haven't seen his tag can go here to see it and the step by step instructions.  
I tried to keep it as close to his as possible with the supplies I had on hand. 
A little different, but very similar..hehehe. 
Using the Cardboard was super fun and I LOVE the grungy effect that it gives. 
If you haven't tried the foil papers from Ranger to you LSS or online site and get them!
angels singing can be heard...wink.  
I am going to go peruse the Internet now and see what others have done with his masterpiece!
Thanks Tim for always inspiring, sharing and pushing us to explore our creative sides!
Supplies used:
Tim Holtz Layered Leaf
#8 Manilla Tag
Distress Paint:
Ripe Persimmon, Spiced Marmalade, Peeled Paint, Crushed Olive, Wild Honey. 
Distress Ink:
Walnut Stain, Spiced Marmalade and Ripe Persimmon
Distress Spray:
Walnut Stain, Tarnished Brass
Idealogy: Crinkle Ribbon, Work Bands, Chit Chat, Adornments Arrows, Alpha Parts Newsprint, Linen Ribbon and Index Labels. 
If you would like to get some of these supplies for yourself you can get them at Inspiration Emporium.  Use the code "inkgirl" for an extra 10% off your order! 
If you're local come see us at She Scrapbooks.  

Monday, November 10, 2014

Holiday gift in a pinch...

Super super excited to be over on the Ranger Ink Blog today! 

 We all need those quick and easy little gift ideas...have some of these on hand for any occasion. 
Just click here, wink. 

Saturday, November 8, 2014

CC3Challenge 15!

Ack...can you believe we are already on Challenge 15?
It's a bit unreal to me...feels like we just started this yesterday! 
I hope you are enjoying yourselves and finding time to get inky, wink. 

This week's challenge sponsor is Inspiration Emporium who has donated a $50.00 Gift Certificate!
Wow...and if that's not enough we still have bunches of prizes that Tim and Mario donated! 
All you have to do to be entered for these fabulous prizes is follow a few little rules here when you post your project! Easy peasy, wink. 
Now if you don't have your very own copy of Compendium of Curiosity III, 
you can still order a signed copy from Tim and Mario will get it right off to you! 
Fabulousness I tell you...hehehe. 

Okay...on to the challenge.
This week it's all about Cabinet Card Pockets which is found on page 38.
I decided to do something similar to what Tim showed in CC3.
I decided I wanted to make a little something for my sister. 
She came along when I was 13 and I thought she was the best thing ever!
We have always had a special bond and it's only getting stronger. 
She is pregnant for the first time and I wanted her to know how I feel about her and "peanut."
He doesn't have a name just yet, so I gave him a nickname. 

I sanded the Cabinet Card lightly and blended on some Gathered Twigs Distress Ink. 
I also used one of our techniques from a previous challenge on one of Tim's Found Relatives. 
Love that technique, hehehe. 
Then it was just time to layer and embellish. Pretty easy stuff really. 

 The Cabinet Card is a pocket so I inked up a tag with Broken China, Salty Ocean and a little Gathered Twigs.  Stamped a message for my little "peanut" and added a few more embellies.
And yes...I love them both with my heart and soul. 
Cannot wait to get my hands on him. 
Sorry I digress. 
It really is as easy as that. I hope you all will decide to play along...I can't wait to see what everyone does...they are always so different and it is spreading SO much inspiration throughout our community! 
You guys are rocking these challenges and I know all of us at the Curiosity Crew are loving seeing all the entries.  

So what are you waiting for...get busy...pull our your stash and see where it leads you! 
I want to say thank you to the fabulous Ms. Linda Ledbetter
She is an amazing person and puts her heart and soul into making this challenge as fun as it can be for all of us..the Curiosity Crew and YOU.  
And to the Curiosity girls amaze me each week.  
I am so honored and blessed to be on this journey with you.  
Okay...I can't wait to see what they have done...
Till next time! 

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Textured Tutorial....

Hi everyone...I have a tutorial up over on the Inspiration Journal! 
I hope you will click on over and check it out! 
Learn how to create this rustic shabby background that this sign inspired me to try. 

See you over on at the Inspiration Journal. wink. 

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Winner Winner....

Thanks to everyone who left sweet comments and is excited about the INKY ART JOURNAL!!!

Shari Trumbull is the winner....please send me an email to with your addy and I will get them out to you!  I hope you enjoy!

I really wish I could give a bunch away...I will try and do another giveaway soon. 
Thanks again! and Hugs. 

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 won't want your snow to fall through. 
I wanted nice crisp black 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 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 just can't mess it up! 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


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!
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. excited!
Giveaway closes tonight at midnight.  Winner will be picked Tuesday 11/4 by 6PM EST. 
Edited: The winner is Shari Trumbull.  
Shari Please email me your addy at and I will get your Journals out to you!
Thank you for all the excitement over these INKY ART JOURNALS! 
I hope you will be able to find them in a store near you! 

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 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 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!