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Layout – New Member of the Family

Our whole extended family was so glad to welcome John into our family last month.  He and my sister are lucky to have each other and we're thrilled for them.  On top of that, my boys are loving their new Uncle as he's a real kid at heart. Bo Bunny and Basic Grey paper, Jenni Bowlin alpha stickers.  The blue title was cut from a Cricut at the crop – I forget which cartridge.  They had such a great set-up there.  You brought your own cutting mat and then could use any of the store's cartridges (and they had a…

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Grungy Monday 6: Paint & Distress Ink Background

This week at Studio L3 Linda Ledbetter has a great challenge to use paint and distress inks for a project background.  Linda puts up a new challenge every Monday and there's always a link to a specific step-by-step tutorial from Tim Holtz (and sometimes a video). It's a lot of fun so do considering playing along! You can see all the details for this week's challenge on Tim's blog.  This is a really quick technique and I can see wanting to use it on something bigger than a tag next time.  I love the look of the background. I used Ranger's mushroom paint…

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Wendy Vecchi Group Challenge

This week at Everything Wendy Vecchi the challenge was to use at least one of Wendy's Studio 490 stamps as well as a ticket.  It's based on pg 19 in Wendy's second book.  I used a page from a Maya Road chipboard album as my based and inked it with three distress stains: spun sugar, peeled paint, and forest moss. Used lots of Wendy's stamps in wild honey distress ink as a background, along with a collaged one by Stampers Anonymous. The flowers (Wendy's) were stamped on 7 Gypsies paper that seems to scream “rusty hinge” to me.  I used a brown…

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SSS: Show Us Some Buttons

  This week's challenge at Simon Says Stamp and Show calls for buttons. I made this tag using Wendy Vecchi's Studio 490 alpha background stamp and some scraps of Bo Bunny dotted navy paper and ran the assembled papers through Tim's ATC die.   The large flower is from Wendy's  Funky Flower Art set and the small one is a punch.  Masked lady is from Stampers Anonymous, sentiment is Catslife Press, and the script stamped on top of the green button is unknown.  Inks are Ranger's faded jeans distress and embossing ink.  Everything except the sentiment is heat embossed with clear powder.…

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Every Day Lived Well….

Love the sentiment here:  Every day lived well makes yesterday a fond remembrance and every tomorrow a dream of hope.  This tag is for two challenges:  the Making Art Challege #9 at the Everything Wendy Vecchi yahoo group and the 3rd Annual Copper, Ginger, or Rust Challenge at Gingersnap Creations. The EWV challenge requires 3 buttons, a dimensional grunge object, and at least one of Wendy's Studio 490 stamps.  The Gingersnaps challenge pertains only to color, and I used copper pigment ink and embossing powder to play along. I cut a tag from grunge board using Tim's Sizzix tag die and inked it…

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Grungy Monday #2

This is Week 2 of the Grungy Monday challenges led by Linda Ledbetter at StudioL3. We're taking our cue from a video on Ranger's website of a neat technique Tim Holtz did with Multi Matte Medium.  You can see Tim demo the technique here.  When I think about how many foam stamps I have plus how many I can make from my dies…. I think I need a day or two just to do that!  I had a few tries before I went with this one as my entry.  Once you figure out how much MMM to use, it's actually quite simple! I'm also…

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EWV Making Art Challenge #8

The current challenge on the Everything Wendy Vecchi yahoo group is to use 3 or more grungepaper flowers and a perfectly pearled grungepaper object.    I made a canvas and used lots of different Wendy stamps to make a background using forest moss and rusty hinge distress inks.  I ran a Versamark ink pad around the edges and used black powder to heat emboss. I christened that bottom right hand flower stamp (can you BELIEVE that is one stamp!?!?) on this project.  I think it's my new fave.  I used wild honey on the flower that has black edging and mustard seed on…

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Grungy Monday #1

Linda Ledbetter has started a new challenge this week for Tim Holtz fans.  You can get the full scoop at Linda's blog: Studio L3.  Linda's starting us off with a technique Tim showed in his 2008 version of the 12 Tags of Christmas.  We're meant to make it our own, so I tweaked it a bit and used different colors, stamps, etc.   I really love the look of the people stamp – it was stamped in Ranger's embossing ink on a piece of grungepaper, then heat embossed with black powder, then painted with some dry powder perfect pearls that had been…

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Challenge: Don't Throw That Away!

I made this tag for the “Don't Throw That Away” challenge at Our Creative Corner, as well as the “Spring” theme at The Artistic Stamper.  My recycled item is a dryer sheet – I died it with distress stain and color wash, then snipped it to (hopefully) resemble grass.  The stamped flower is from Wendy Vecchi.  I embossed two of them with burgundy embossing powder, and the other three were cut from a tag I embossed with Tim's web embossing folder.  I love the texture of those three. Meshy green ribbon unknown. Don't know why one of the burgundy flowers looks bluish…

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SSS: Show us a Word

There's a fun challenge this week at Simon Says Stamp & Show. The theme is One Word.  Well, I received one word in the mail this weekend… the new “Dream” die from Tim Holtz.  I wanted to play with it as soon as I had a chance and when I saw the theme for SSS, it took about 5 seconds to decide on my word.  I decided to go with another oversized bookmark for this one. I cut the word out of this gorgeous Fancy Pants Designs paper.  Loved it but it looked a little flat. Decided to do it a second…

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