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 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 is so fun to see so many supporting and loving what everyone is 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! 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!  

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Compendium Of Curiosities Challenge #11

Welcome back to our ELEVENTH challenge out of Tim's fabulous book...
Compendium of Curiosities III. 
It's never to late to get the book and start playing along! 
You can still get an autographed copy here

This challenge is Effect Powders on page 52. 
This is one I particularly love because of the special effects you can achieve. 
I will not give Tim's technique away...but I LOVE it!!!

I seem to have issues staying within the confines of a tag! I love tags...but
even if I start on a tends to wander on to other surfaces! 
These kinds of things just make me happy inside! 
I love getting lost in never know where it is going to go! 
Burlap panels are my obsession at the moment.
They have so much room to work on and the texture is just ah-mazing!
I adhered a torn around the edges paper out of the Wallflower paper pad using Matte Medium
(seriously love this stuff..I need gallons of it....hehehe)
I love layers...
so I used the Postage Stamp Die and another piece of torn around the edges Wallflower to create a place to add a sentiment. 
I have a LOVE of the Eiffel Tower and this die was scooped up when it first came out.
It is used and loved quit a bit! 
I also cut out some of the hardware findings to use on the top and bottom of right side of the canvas. 
Inked some doilies and put them under all the layers. 
Added some Ideaology here and there and there you have it! 

If you would like to have fun along with us, make sure to follow all the rules so you will be eligible for these fabulous prizes!!! 
 For challenge #11 Inspiration Emporium is a generous sponsor...they donated a $50 Gift Certificate. 
Tim and Mario also donated a ton of fabulous prizes.  
So fun with playing along, getting to be creative and a chance to win prizes...what else could be better!!! 
Linda Ledbetter is the phenomenal force behind this challenge.  
She is an amazing person and she has worked so hard for so many of us to enjoy this challenge. 
I just want to say thank you to her for inviting me on this journey! 
The Curiosity Crew is a fabulous group of diverse women...we have so much fun together and I am so thankful to have them in my life! 
Please make sure to visit all of the Curiosity Crew's blogs...(leave a comment)..and see all the fabulous inspiration...they have inspired me and blown me away again with their uniqueness and the diversity of this wonderful group  
Can't wait to see what you all create!!! Have fun! 

Friday, September 12, 2014

Halloween tag...

Hello there! 
Thank you so much for the warm welcome and all the sweet comments and messages about being with Team Inspiration Emporium! 
I am truly giddy with excitement for the honor to be on this team! 
They girls on the team are amazing! 
Love their talent and how friendly and welcoming they have been. 
It is truly a blessing to be able to share my passion for all things inky and painty with all of you through Inspiration Emporium's Inspiration Team! 
This months challenge is "Fall is in the Air".
Your projects can include Halloween, Thanksgiving, Back to School, Leaves..anything related to Fall! If you would like to enter and be a part of this months challenge go here and follow the rules. 
You will have a chance to win $50 to spend at Inspiration Emporium!!! 

Here is mine.  
I decided to do a Halloween tag. 
I am usually not huge on Halloween, but with Tim's Die Cuts, Stamps and the Fall palette of Distress Ink colors...I couldn't not do this one!


So this is where I started...
I blended on Seedless Preserves, Ripe Persimmon and Gathered Twigs all together onto two tags. 
After I achieved the color I liked, I then applied the stencil to one of the tags and blended more Seedless Preserves over the top. I really loved how this let the webbing pop!
I decided to do some spritzing and flicking too.  
This is one of my favorite techniques from Tim...I almost use it every time I create! 
 I punched two 2" squares and cut down attached some clear packaging (saved from one of Tim's Ideaology trinkets).

 After attaching the packaging, I built up a layer with black 3D foam. 
(one tip...before you attach the transparency lay the tag with the punch out squares and make some marks on the tag that will be underneath.  This will definitely make positioning the crow, cat and chit chat easier!) Yes, learned that the hard way a few of these window creations back. LOL.
The Crow and Cat are Tim's Movers and Shapers Dies
It's hard to see in the pictures with the finished tags, but I added a little more Ripe Persimmon to the bottom tag so it would appear as if it was kind of a glowing backdrop. 
You can see it well in the picture above. 
Once the Crow and Cat were situated I placed the top tag over the bottom tag.  
This was so fun to create...I even found myself wondering what other Halloween Goodies I could create, wink. 

 In the above picture you can see that I added some Ideaology pieces along with some Holiday Chit Chat and the Boo Die Cut.
Below, I used some hinge fasteners to be able to hang some things off the tag. 
I love those glad the brought those back! 
The 31 comes on the Boo I had to use it...right!
The poison bottles are from Tim's Mini Blueprints 5 (CMS170)
I stamped them, inked them, put a layer of glossy accents on and then fussy cut them out. 
The cork is from the Ideaology Vials.  Just cut them in half and then made them a tad shorter.  
This allowed me to stick the memo pin in so I could hang it off the hinge fastener! 
The 31 is adhered to one of the left over squares from the punch out of the tag. 
So there you have it! I hope you enjoyed my entry in the "Fall" challenge! 
I had so much fun creating this and have two little girls to give this to for Halloween. 
Hope you have a great weekend...I will be back tomorrow with the new Compendium Of Curiosities Challenge. Can you believe we are already up to #11!!!
See you next time and thanks for stopping by! 

p.s. Use the Code inkgirl to receive 10% off your order!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Winner winner....

Using Random Number Generator...number 8 was the lucky number...
Carol W
email ( me your addy and I will get your adhesive kit shipped out by Saturday! 
Congratulations and thank you to all those who left a comment! 
I will do another giveaway soon...hope you will check back! 

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Enjoy the Journey...

I am so excited to be here sharing this tag with you today and 
I'm so honored and thrilled to be on team Inspiration Emporium.
If you missed the announcement you can read all about it here.
Still pinching myself...and looking forward to getting to know all the other talented ladies!
Ink and Paint are truly my happy place and where I get lost in creating!
Honored and Giddy...that's how I feel, wink.
 First I stamped my image with Broken China Distress Ink. 
Cover the image with clear embossing powder.  
When removing excess embossing powder just tip it and dump on to scrap paper, don't will want it to have as much as possible.  
 After heat embossing (let it cool) blend on Broken China over the entire background.
Add bits of Peacock Feathers and Salty Ocean to add some color variation. 
Because the clear embossing resists the ink, it will give you a nice resist, around the words while some parts of the words stay the Broken China coloration.  
I even love the places that had extra clear embossing powder 
(bottom left corner of below photo)
I also stamped Tim's Papillon butterflies and on a separate tag, 
added the same colors of Distress Inks and fussy cut them out. 

My posts will be every Friday from now on for Inspiration Emporium, I hope you will find some inspiration here along the way.  If you would like to find any of these supplies just click on the links below.