Saturday, 24 May 2014

Tims tag for May.

Before I start waxing lyrical about Tims' tag for this month I have to say a big thank you to him for the Tonic shears! Loving my Tim scissors so much I have just invested in a new pair of his bigger shears and they are awesome, cut lovely long pieces straight and are really comfortable to use. A very good investment I think.
This months tag is beautiful, find Tims here where he has used some lovely treasures on his and invites us to do the same. I have had a small collection of RSPB metal pins for ages - even years, and so decided to use them on my tag.
I used different blue DS on the base of my tag against which my  birds can fly off into the summer sky! I love the wildflower paper stash it is my favourite so far, so used the Shadowpress 'beautiful to start me off. Then I cut the back off my little bird pins with my new scissors - so easy to cut so many different materials with them, and used appropriate bird theme pieces of the paper to cover.
I also had some beautiful spottted bird feathers that I used, I knew they would be useful one day!
Then I found some metal letters that I put on the metal frame with another feather.
Here are the other birds.
I finished it off with some black and white spotted ribbon to match the feathers. I am glad my little metal pins found such a good home! I'm off now to play with my new scissors to cut out some more tiles to put some other treasures on I have unearthed! Have a lovely bank holiday everyone. The sun has just come out again!  X

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Compendium of Curiosities 3. Challenge 2.

I have enjoyed myself dreaming while I made my contribution to CC 3, hosted by the lovely Linda Ledbetter, press on the LINK here and be transported to the lovely projects everyone has made. The challenge this time is to use Tims' Distress Glitter technique, found on page 56 of his wonderful new book. The added bonus this time is that the challenge is sponsored by the wonderful Linda Coughlin of THE FUNKIE JUNKIE BOUTIQUE with a $25 gift cerfificate to one very lucky wonner. I'm dreaming because I spent last weekend at the seaside, with wonderfull weather here in the UK, so welcome after our wet winter, and all I want is a seaside house so that I can watch the sea and walk along the beach picking up bits and bobs! So I have tried to capture this in my tag,
I love weather-beaten, so here is my Rickety House, complete with acetate windows, a sea-view and pieces from the beach I picked up on Sunday. I took a Prima tag, used Broken china and Salty Ocean DI on the top half and Spiced Marmalade and Wild Honey DI on the lower half. Then I die cut the Ricketty house from layered Grunge board and paper and coloured the roof with DM's in Walnut Stain, Frayed Burlap and Brushed Corduroy. I made the life belt (incase the sea gets rough) from scrap card coloured with DM's and then I used Tims' glitter technique on two pieces of torn manilla, using Mustard Seed glitter which I shadow inked with Walnut stain. The Sand Dune grass is cut from paper stamped and treated with the various green DI's and then I glued on some tiny pebbles and shells with Glossy Accents. The glitter makes very realistic sand I feel, glittering because the sun is shining! Then I found a small seabird stamp and a tiny sentiment that says it all! I topped it all with some scrim and inked the edges of the tag with Black soot DI.
Wish I was there! Thank you for looking. Love me. x

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

A Vintage Journey. Challenge 6. All about Him.

For challenge 6 in a Vintage Jouney (find the link here) Anne has challenged us to use the theme 'All About Him' and some wonderful pieces of art have been made by the Creative Guides of the design team, do click on the link above to have a look. I decided to try and make a triptych using some of Tims' new male stamps.

Firstly I cut three arched frames from hardboard and then three more in manilla which I then embossed using the watch folder. I made hinges to keep the frames together from tissue tape which I inked with Walnut Stain DI. After I had inked over the three pieces with Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap and then the edges with Black Soot DI, I stuck them to the hardboard and then covered the back with three Lost and Found papers.
Then I put some Industrial Stickers on the edge and gentleman and the suitcases from theTime Travelers set onto manila cardstock and colured them in using an assortment of DM's and my water brush. Then I cut them out, adhered them  to some black CS and cut round them again before adding them to the piece with some sticky fixers for dimension. The train timetable came from my stash from so long ago I do not have the manufacturer, sorry! The sentiment is one from Wendy Vecchi which I chopped up and layered onto more black CS.
The wonderful Country View Crafts sponsors this challenge and are offering a £10 gift voucher for the winner chosen by the team! I've been in a bit of a dip lately with my crafting, but anything Tim will fire up the mojo, I love all his wonderful range and if I ever win the lottery I am making a Tim room, full of every single Tim thing! Ah, what a lovely dream.  Thanks for looking. Hugs x

Friday, 9 May 2014

Sunday Stamper: Walk of Life.

Hi everyone, I don't know about you but I find making mens' cards a challenge and making one for teenage boys even harder. So I thought I would use Hels's wonderful challenge (click here)  to have a go at one and this is what I have come up with.

Please forgive the photo, my camera is having attention later today! I used a PaperArtsy Urban stamp of a young guy, stamped in archival and layered onto several papers including a map and gave him a cut out guitar and strap. The sentiment stamp is fab and part of my glorious win from Hels last month. then I used a Tim ticket, some metal photo corners and some appropriate rub -ons also Tims' and layered the lot on a Kraft card.
Hope life is making you all smile and be happy?  Dear Hubby brought me an inflatable hot tub for my birthday, so I was happy this morning sitting out under a snatch of sun, easing my arthritis in lovely hot bubbles drinking tea! AAhh life can be so good! Love to you all, thanks for looking. x

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Vintage Journey Challenge 5. Fond Memories.

I have always enjoyed picking up things from the forest floor on walks, or shells and pieces of drift wood and the like. When I saw the title for this challenge I thought of when I was a young girl and had boxes that I stored my 'treasures' in. One of the marvelous creative guides, Terry, has altered a cigar box and I remembered I had one squirreled away and I hope she won't mind if I use mine for this challenge!
Here it is before I used some of Tim's wonderful products on it.

Here it is after its transformation.
I used the wonderful new Wildflower cardstock and some metal pieces.
I also covered the inside.
I used DP in Bundled Sage and Bronze on the outside and then die cut some Trellis pieces for the sides. I ripped and aged the papers. 
The  top was distressed and aged in the same way and then I layered up two of the flowers and the bird and treated them to a layer of Distress glitter. Then an Ornate Frame was coloured with DP and the beetle was coloured with alcohol ink. I'm sorry the photo does not show up the aged effect of the glitter due to the light and the ones I took of the sides of the box did not show at all. My camera needs attention! There is an key that has the word Secret on it on the front. I love that this is so shabby and aged it so reminds me of my little boxes of schoolgirl memories!
As usual Country View Crafts has sponsored this fabulous challenge and if you click here you will be transported to the fabulous challenge and the wonderful work of the creative team!
Make lovely memories this week, and thanks for looking! X

Monday, 5 May 2014

Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge 1

Sorry I've been a tadge remiss at posting these last two weeks but things have been hectic since Easter! However I had to join in on another great Tim challenge, that is to use his book the Compendium of Curiosities 3 which is packed full of wonderful Tim techniques just like the other two. Linda Ledbetter  hosts this fabulous challenge and you can find the link here and join in all the fun. The first challenge asks us to use his Paint Marbling Technique found in his awesome book.
I have used a tag and Mustard Seed and Spiced Marmalade and Pewter Distress Paint for the background according to Tim's instructions.
Then I used one of his stencils randomly over some of the background and got out one of my early Tim Stamps, that of the laughing girl and the word Giggle. I put a rub-on crown on her head, some small beads for her necklace and coloured her dress with a DM in Bundled Sage, then inking over the image with Vintage Photo DI and finally using some very old photo corners I found in my stash. 'Imagination' comes from a rub-on too, and the paper chain and book are random small gorjuss stamps that seemed to go well. Then I used three chit chat stickers edged in further DI and two toning buttons and some twine. Then I dyed some Crinkle Ribbon with both DP and DS and left it to dry.
This challenge is sponsored by the lovely folks at Inspiration Emporium who are offering an amazing $50 gift certificate to one lucky winner! There are also some wonderful goodies from Tim and Mario, who could ask for more?
I would like to thank Linda for holding such a fabulous challenge and to all her design team who have made some amazing pieces to inspire us.
Hope you have all had a wonderful Bank holiday, I'm still off tomorrow as it is my birthday so I am still in holiday mood! See you all soon. thank you for looking. x