Friday, February 28, 2014

Giveaway and the Grungy Garden


 
Yep I am hosting a Giveaway. 
 
A little thank you for all the votes and support you shared during the Sizzix Who Are You contest!!!  Check out the project and you'll scroll your way to the giveaway.
 
Before we get to my giveaway I wanted to show you a project I was "challenged" to do. I am not big on pattern papers.  I was challenged to create a project using the new Graphic 45 Botanical paper.  I wouldn't say I love Graphic 45 paper.  I wouldn't say I like the botanical paper...but keep in mind flowery isn't my thing when it comes to paper.  With that said I happily accept. 
 
 
My goal here was to take "pretty" paper and make it grungy for this mini shadow box.  I distressed, inked and cracked.  I even fussy cut.  UGH...
 
 
Flowers aren't my thing but I do love my tattered floral dies including the Jumbo one!  Using the pattern paper (usually I would make my own) I inked with vintage photo and stormy sky.  The wee center flower is a fussy cut from a sheet.  VERY FUSSY!
 
 
Look, my new #hashtags stamps.  I stamped these baby's onto a scrap piece of flowery paper then inked and cut wee flags!
 
I cut the window/ window box die then inked with the new distress paint old paper.  I sanded it a little then inked with vintage photo and stormy sky.  Behind the window I stamped my favorite Random Quotes stamp.
 
A fussy cut butterfly with rock candy stickles on the wings.  I cut mini silhouette paint with black soot and cracked with some rock candy crackle.

The box portion of the window box is glued outward so I could tuck spring greenery sprigs and more fussy cut flowers.
 

Distressing the window box really works with the botanical paper.  Look at all those fussy cut flowers!
 
 
I hope I didn't loose any Graphic 45 Fans.  I may not be a fan of this style but I made it my own.  And I'm please how it turned out.  I tried to "nail it"!
 
***GIVEAWAY***
 
I have spent the past 2 weeks begging asking for votes...and asking.   I wanted to thank all those people the voted for me.  For taking the time to vote, cheering me on and so many words of encouragement. So Thank You!
(click photo to see the Sizzix Post)
http://www.sizzix.com/images/static/wayvote/way_vote.html
 
I am giving away a $35 "E GIFT CARD" though Simon Says Stamps to 1 lucky voter!  I've never sent an e gift card so it should be fun!  And no waiting!
 
 
(click photo to shop) 
http://www.simonsaysstamp.com/servlet/StoreFront
 
Here's what you'll need to do.
 
Simply tell me what Sizzix die is your favorite?
 
I'll pick a winner on Monday March 3rd. Good luck and THANK YOU!!!!

Thursday, February 27, 2014

SIZZIX- WINNER

WOW...
In case you missed it the Sizzix "Who Are You" Contest has chosen their winner.  All your votes counted!  I wanted to say a quick THANK YOU for all the support and encouragement.  Just to have been picked by Sizzix as a finalist already made me feel like a winner.  I am humbled by all your support, votes and the level of talent the other finalist shared.
 
 
I look forward to ongoing learning and sharing with you crafty fun!  Watch for my adventures in California as this Canadian is heading South!
 
 
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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

12 Tags of 2014- February Tag

I won't be submitting this one for Tim's blog as I already submitted, HERE.  However, I did still want to make this months "TAG".  I followed the tutorial on Tim's blog and how lovely it turned out!
 
 
I LOVE this stamp set! The chalk art technique is awesome.
I don't have the trim and arrow used so I made do with what I have!  The stacked stars edge die and foil tape is a lovely compromise.
 
I used the game spinners and a wee sprocket as an arrow. I attached some red tinsel to soften the harsh line of the edge die.
Love the new Heart Stencil.  OK I love all the stencils.  Click HERE to see how I store my stencils.
 
 
So excited to own this new stamp set.  I have used it a lot already!
 
LAST DAY TO VOTE!!!
 
Head over to SIZZIX WHO ARE YOU and vote for me!
 
VOTE #9
 

I need all the votes I can get so VOTE, VOTE, VOTE!  Then share with all your friends to vote for me too, #9!
 
Thanks for voting and for your comments!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

12 Tags of 2014- February Floral

Before I get to my February Tag (non tag) I wanted to remind you I need votes.  You can scroll down after you've voted...no peeking until then;)
 
SIZZIX Who Are You Contest. 
I'm honored Sizzix has chosen me as one of twelve finalist giving me the chance to meet them.  Please help me realize this exciting opportunity and vote daily for my Chemist project, #9! 
 
Voting Ends February 26th!  Vote Daily, #9
 
(click the photo to enter)
http://www.sizzix.com/images/static/wayvote/way_vote.html
 
February Tag...well not really.
 
For this month I have created a canvas trying the techniques used by Tim.  I will be creating a Tag but my heart stencil and stamps set are still en route heading north from Simon Says Stamps.  I did try to wait but I was too excited!
 
 
The Jumbo Tattered Floral is quickly becoming a favorite.  I guess I'm longing for spring.
 
 
The Garden Greens big die is fabulous.  I meant to dip it in crackle but I coated the cuts in glossy accents.  They still turned out amazing.  I used alcohol inks on the steams and what was a mistake turned into something beautiful!
 
 
I used some foil tape and cut the ornate frame then embossed.  A little black soot distress paint and this frame quickly becomes aged.  It subtle but on the canvas I used the harlequin stencil with iced spruced stain.  Then I stamps through using a TH letters stamp and black archival.
 
 
More floral with the mini tattered floral.  I cut the petals on grunge paper then used some more alcohol inks.  It's really vibrant.  A few metal gears and wire for trendils.  It's official, I have all the tattered floral dies.
 
 
I painted the center cut of the ornate frame with black soot then stamped the silhouette image with embossing ink.  The antiquities frosted crystal and chalk make her glow.
 
 
I layered tissue on grunge paper then stamped with the paris memoirs background stamp in archival black.  I inked with milled lavender, rusty hinge, worn lipstick and picked raspberry stain.  The leaves are stained with peeled paint and peacock feathers.  What a burst of colour.
 
I added the butterfly at the top attached to more twisty wire.  Bright and springy in peacock feathers distress glitter then inked with walnut stain.
 
 
 I inked and layered some TH paper stash.  You can see some of the stamped harlequin stencil on the canvas.
Watch for a Tag post where I will get to break in the heart stencil and random quotes stamps.  Hopefully later this week?
 
I'm entering this project on Tim's blog.
Frilly and Funkie, Bloomin Marvelous
Simon Says Stamps Monday Challenge, Cameo Appearance
 
VOTE for me on SIZZIX BLOG...#9!
 
http://www.sizzix.com/images/static/wayvote/way_vote.html
 
Thanks for checking out my project and thanks for voting!  Vote everyday until the 26th and please pass it along! 
Cheers

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Craft Room Organization; Part 5- Display Shelving

Once you've voted scroll down for all my display shelving ideas!  No peeking until then!
 
Sizzix Who Are You Contest, vote daily for me, #9!  You have until February 26th.
I'm offering up daily reminders on Facebook too!  And no one has "unfriended" me...yet!  Please share the link via social media or email with every living, breathing person you know!  The Sizzix Team doesn't know it yet but they are dying to meet me!
 
http://www.sizzix.com/images/static/wayvote/way_vote.html
Now that the business of voting is shared lets look at Part 5- Display Shelving!!!!
I braved the top of my desk to bring you this shot!  Impressive.  Remember my Craft Room Storage my husband and son built me last summer!  Well it was on a different wall and I decided I wanted it on this wall.  Where it's 2" to long to fit.  My loving patient husband took it apart and ripped it down to fit!  YAY!
 
 
Here is the piece he re sized for me.  Love having my Big Shot, Vagabond and shims all in one spot.
 
On the other side all my dies are separated and organized!
 
For a little added character I added these enamel numbered tags to all my shelves edges.  For me it's added character and shows my craft room isn't just for stuff.  It's a creative atmosphere.
My Birthday money stretched a long way!  These HUGE Ikea shelves are 6' long and are great for open shelving concept.  They are perfect for the look I wanted. 
 Along with the glass jars and wire baskets I can see it all!


On the top shelf I keep stuff I don't use as often but still need accessible.  Including my "seasonal" stamps.  I keep a Halloween stamp front and center.
 

At the other side of this 12' space is my "display" shelving.  I have some pieces I love and don't want tucked away.  My son bought me this shelf with his snow shoveling money.  The smaller shelf has my Creative Chemistry 101 and 102 tags and a big wire basket waiting for something to fill it.  I just picked it up today.

 
That's it for now.  I still have a new desk coming I'll be refinishing and some goodies my husband is building.  Until then this is my creative space.  I hope it gave you some creative ways to store your stuff.  Thank you for leaving me your comments.  I've been enjoying reading them and your own storage ideas.
 
One more time...
 
 
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Saturday, February 15, 2014

Makin a Mess- Photo Tutorial

 
SIZZIX "WHO ARE YOU" CONTEST
VOTE FOR ME...#9
 
http://www.sizzix.com/images/static/wayvote/way_vote.html
Keep voting until February 26th!
 
Tag Time!
I really wanted to play with all my Spring Dies.  Lot's of pictures for you.
 
Lets scroll...
 
I started with some pattern paper, worn lipstick and antique linen stain.  Then cut my jumbo tattered flower.
Sand your distress paper before you cut it for the leaves.  Makes it easier.
 
Pumice stone and peeled paint stain for the #10 Tag
 
Mist the tag with water.
 
Then heat dry.
Love this Harlequin stencil!  I used peacock feathers distress ink.
Isn't that pretty!
 
 
I was going to stop there.  But then I saw picked raspberry!
And mustard seed with salty ocean!  I love all these brights.
 
Mist with water to create a reaction with the inks.
This is the effect after heating.  STUNNING!
 
Time for some chalking using the #5 tag die.
The Antiquities Frosted Crystal is a must for this technique. 
 
 
On the petal tips I smeared some glossy accents with my finger.
Then sprinkle distress glitter clear rock candy.
 
I knew I would really like Green Gardens die.  I didn't know I would LOVE it!
 
I inked with peeled paint and pine needles paints then inked with vintage photo and crushed olive.
I attached the "leaves" from tattered floral with my tiny attacher.
 
Just look at these lovely spring greenery cuts!  What a fantastic die.  Assemble at will.
I used hot glue to attach everything.  I like my hot glue.
The metal flower center looks amazing on this big flower.
 
Layering the spring greenery cuts makes the tag full!
 
 
I love how the chalk art tag pops with all this colour!
 
Together with the grunge board greens and the spring greenery it all looks amazing.
 
 
It all pulls together nicely and these dies all play together well!  You can't have just one die!
 
Thanks for looking.  Especially with my photo teaser yesterday on Facebook!
I really appreciate all those who are pulling for me to win the
***Sizzix Who Are You Contest.***
 
 Keep voting until February 26th.
 
Look, my project is on Sizzix Blog!
 
http://www.sizzix.com/images/static/wayvote/way_vote.html