Friday, 6 January 2012

Happy Birthday Tim Holtz!

The Grungy Monday challenge #31 is to make a card for the king of craft, Tim Holtz, whose birthday is 7th January.
Une carte pour le défi Grungy Monday à célébrer l'anniversaire demain du 'roi créatif', Tim Holtz. Presqu'à toutes les matériels j'ai utilisé étaient dessinés par lui: les matrices, papiers, classeur d'embossage, l'encre Distress... génial!
No, I haven't used a photo of Tim but I have used his papers (Lost and Found), music stamp, embossing folder, Vintage Photo Distress Ink and Peeled Paint Distress Stain, and the Tattered Banners and Vintage Lace dies: Just to show what a clever bloke he is! Grateful for your genius Tim and wishing you a great day :)
I used the Sketch Saturday #188 for my layout and, in their grungiest of shades, the red, cream and sage green combo of the Colour Create challenge.
Also used a white card blank, green card and brad by Dovecraft and Bazzill kraft.

'Green' birthday card

In trying to get some cards made in advance of when I need them - rather than the usual last minute rush - here is a simple birthday card combining challenges Sunday Sketch and Stamp #87 and ABC challenges 'G for Green'.
Une carte d'anniversaire, tout simple et rapide: L'image, tamponné avec Archival Sepia, et coloré avec l'encre Distress et un pinceau avec le réservoir d'eau, et découpé avec les Nestabilities. J'ai utilisé les chutes des papiers et du Bazzill sur une carte kraft créé avec le papier recyclé: Tous vert - le couleur, et pour la planète!

I used a couple of old stamps (PaperMania), coloured the image with Distress Inks (Shabby Shutters, Frayed Burlap, Tattered Rose and Stormy Sky) and a water-filled brush then cut it out with Nestabilities Curved Rectangles and edged it with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. I mounted this, with a few scraps of paper and embossed Bazzill card, on to a kraft card blank (made using recycled paper so it's 'green' in more that sense too) and added a few green pearls.

Thursday, 5 January 2012

Calendar gift

I wouldn't normally gift something with photos of myself but over Christmas we visited an elderly friend who we hadn't seen in a year. She had said on the phone how much she missed me since we moved to France so, as I know she uses a calendar and being stuck for other ideas, I used this Basic Grey calendar kit to create her gift with photos of me with my husband and/or son.
I made some changes to suit the photos and or theme but I love the mix of Basic Grey designs included. I was glad I remembered to photograph it (sorry some are a bit fuzzy) before giving it to her as I was pleased with how it turned out :)

J'ai utilisé un kit calendrier chez Basic Grey à créer un cadeau : Petit souvenir de nous qui traverse la Manche!

Entering this for challenges:
Basic Grey - anything goes
PaperTake Weekly - anything goes, option 'new': New year, new calendar
Crafts & Me challenge - anything goes

Sunday, 1 January 2012

'Tim Tags' #4 - Tags, techniques and more!

Happy New Year! Bonne année!
Here are the last of the tags, following the tags of Tim Holtz, that I created at the end of last year: Tags 7, 8 and a mix of 9 & 12. These formed the basis of a second workshop to share the techniques and materials created and shared originally by Tim and others.

I love Tim's tag for day 7 using his 'kraft glassine' paper and alcohol inks: Here is my version with hand-cut holly leaves and pieces cut using Tim's 'Elegant Flourishes' die underneath:

My version of Tim's tag 8 is less 'Steampunk' than his and includes for the ticket a technique using Cut'n'dry felt that Tim shared last year and again on Tag 3 this year.

The third tag shown here takes inspiration from Tim's tag #12 for the background and tag #9's background 'double embossed technique' for my bauble.

There are explanations of the techniques on Tim's blog and also extra examples to check out such as his pocket watches included under tag #8. I fell in love with those so here is my version that I have been wearing all over Christmas!

Materials used for the tags: manila tags, Distress Inks (various colours including the limited edition Winter 2011 colours); Tim Holtz stamps; Paint Dabber (gold, snow cap white, silver, copper) paper distresser tool; ribbon; Sizzix dies: Festive Greenery, Elegant Flourishes, Gadget Gears, Ornaments, Upon a Time and Vintage Lace; Alcohol inks (citrus, bottle, gold mixative, blending solution, watermelon); Tim Holtz kraft glassine paper;   Stampendous black embossing powder; Archival, Stazon and Versafine inks; Cosmic Shimmer silver mist; Hero Arts large flourish stamp; idea-ology sprocket gears and pen nibs; Cut'n'dry mousse and felt; plus charms, beads, lace and tinsel from my stash.
Materials for the pocket watch necklace: Tim Holtz idea-ology pocket watch, lace chain, pen nib, tissue tape and baubles and Tim Holtz Seasonal papers with some sticky gems and mica flakes.