Friday, June 28, 2013

Tim Holtz Creative Chemistry 101–Day 10

Tim Holtz Creative Chemistry 101

Wow folks we’ve actually made it to the final day of Tim Holz’ Creative Chemistry 101 class, an adventure started over a year ago.  Today’s tag features the ‘icing on the cake’, and that is Distress Stickles in Rock Candy.

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  • Rock Candy Distress Stickles Technique – Love the way this catches the light, so different from regular Stickles!  A nice sugary vintage finish to any project.  Here’s a close-up:

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Don’t forget to check out Day 9 of Creative Chemistry, and work your way back to Day 1.

Happy Friday!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Two PDCC Wins

Just a quick share friends, I have not been having the best week – feeling kind of down that I haven’t won any challenges lately.  I know that is silly, but don’t you feel validated by a creation when others give it a nod?  I was thinking of stopping in some participation when I saw this post from The Play Date CafĂ© the other day.  I had won a FAB 4 AND Cup of the Week for two separate challenges!!!


That’s my card on the bottom left, you can see it here.



You can see this card here.

Thanks so much for all my lovely friends that leave me comments.  It really does make my day.  I create for myself because I enjoy it, but nothing puts a smile on my face quicker than knowing I’ve put one on yours.

From the bottom of my crafty heart to the tips of my inky fingers:  thank you.

Monday, June 24, 2013

We Love Summer

I love summer – don’t you?  I’ll take the bugs and the sweaty heat any day over the frigid cold and bleakness of winter.  Juicy watermelons, playing in the sun, splashing in the pool – keep it coming!  Today’s card is inspired from the latest ColourQ Challenge #194 and Simon Says Stamp Summer Fruits:


My take:

Pearl Gateway - We Love Summer

Little watermelons by Fiskars, stamped and colored in copics make a juicy background, no?  And that little Lawn Fawn pinwheel actually spins Smile.  The most perfect of sentiments is thanks to Ali Edwards/Technique Tuesday.

Thanks for your visit, hope you love summer as much as I do <3

Sunday, June 23, 2013


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Sea Paintings

Happy Sunday, just wanted to share some cute acrylic paintings I did on some spare canvas I had laying around.  I did the two of them in like 20 minutes and now they are in my office making me happy Smile


So easy to make:  Start with your canvas, these are 12x12, nothing fancy.  Squirt a blob of aqua and a blob of white and swirl them around to make the background.  Acrylics dry quickly, but if you are impatient, grab your hairdryer and heat it up – don’t get too close and keep it moving!  You will be able to tell when it’s dry by a) the shiny wet look will fade away b) touch it lightly to be sure.  You have to get the background dry otherwise your main subject will get muddied with it.  I freehanded this starfish with some coral color, then used the wrong end up my paint brush to get the dots.


For this background I painted the whole thing navy, then pressed my brush into the canvas to create this sea-fan look.  I dropped some studio Calico Mister Huey’s on it for the gold flecks.  Dried it, then painted the sand dollar in a light flesh tone, then used a slightly darker flesh tone to freehand the center, and again using the wrong end to do the dots.  I used Delta Ceramcoat, but Martha Stewart, Folk Art, Liquitex, or any other acrylic will work.

Here’s a close-up of the texture:


Hope you enjoyed, if you’ve got some canvas laying around – don’t be afraid of it!  The worst that is going to happen with acrylic is that it dries ugly and you can paint OVER THE ENTIRE THING again!! Yeah!!

Hope you enjoyed a break from paper – do any of you out there paint too??

Saturday, June 22, 2013


Bunch o’ random cards I made when Lisa Spangler’s last Studio Calico card class came out, enjoy Smile






If you have a fave, let me know – have a great weekend everyone!

Friday, June 21, 2013

The Sassy Scrapper

Whenever I travel, I always try to make it a point to check out the local scrapbook store (LSS).  There are always goodies to be found that cannot be found in most mainstream crafting stores, or sometimes even online.  Today’s post features The Sassy Scrapper, an LSS in Murfreesboro, Tennessee (south of Nashville, serving middle Tennessee).

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The Sassy Scrapper - 2933 Medical Center Pkwy - Murfreesboro, TN 37129, USA - (615)898-0050

Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm Sunday 1pm-5pm

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The view when you first walk in, what is better than to be greeted with new goodies?

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Along the right wall, featuring items grouped by theme

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Along the left wall, featuring items grouped by travel theme/location

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That’s what I love about LSS – this whole rack has Tennessee themed paper!  If you can see the one with the TN flag (Red with a blue circle with three stars inside about halfway down), I scooped that one up.  It actually has 4x6 and 3x4 shapes on it that I can cut out for a Tennessee themed Project Life! 

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If When you go on vacay to Tennessee and visit our beautiful state, you will want to stop by this shop to make sure your paper matches your adventures!

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Speaking of Project Life, they’ve got kits in stock to make your life easier, along with similar product lines to PL.

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One of the middle sections, filled to the brim with coordinated goodies

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Summer is here – yay!!

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View from the back of the store near the register

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Behind the register, a nice Copic collection with accessories

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Isn’t this a fun idea for a layout?  Oh yeah, they have classes here too!

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The back of the store where they have every color of cardstock you could need as well as their class area.

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Don’t you want to be part of the gang and get a Sassy t-shirt?  The one on the right says ‘this shirt is only pink when I am thinking of scrapbooking’  LOL!

I hope you enjoyed my tour of the Sassy Scrapper, if you are in town please visit them and say hello!  Local scrapbook stores are endangered places for sure so shop local and make friends!!

Want to visit my other store tours?  Click HERE

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

RC Cola and Moon Pie…Inspired Card!!

So I had SUCH fun at the RC Cola and Moon Pie Festival last Saturday, that I felt really inspired to see my stamps in a new way and get crazy!

I was messing around with this fun sketch from CASE this Sketch! and flipped it, then realized this was perfect colors for the latest Color Throwdown:



These are two separate sets from Avery Elle – and I adore them both.  The bottles I believe are most likely meant to be beer, as I guess dads love beer(?) but I decided to turn them into pop!

Okay when you stop making fun of me for saying pop instead of soda, come on back and we’ll finish this out. Smile with tongue out

Anyways, I wanted to make little RC Colas!  And what goes well with an RC Cola?  Not the French macarons in the AE set…but perhaps Moon Pies!  These must be chocolate ones.  Look at the ‘marshmallow’!  The ‘graham cracker’!  Looks just like a Moon Pie, no? Sleeping half-moon

My dad was upset he couldn’t come down for the festival so I hope this will cheer him up. In love 

Hope you enjoy this card as much as I enjoyed making it!!  Open-mouthed smile

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Love You More

Having a blast tonight and fully inspired, futzing around with this nautical yet astronomy (astronomical?) themed card, inspired by two challenges:

CaseStudy #145 and A Blog Named Hero #26



Jeff and I are always playing a one-upmanship of who loves the other more. Some of you may find this cute, some, nauseating. Either way the phrase ‘love you more’ with the response of ‘more’ is common around here, which is why that little wood veneer is perfect.  I actually started this whole card idea out with that strip of paper from Dear Lizzy’s Lucky Charm 6x6 pad – it says Love you to the stars and back.  I paired it with the Studio Calico vellum that has a nice print of constellations.  I knew I wanted to have a nice solid cluster (no pun intended!) as this is mainly how I was inspired from Lisa Spangler’s card above.

As I decided to also enter this in ABNH’s latest challenge, I needed to use a tag, and of course Hero Arts products!  The piece stamped on jade (in Hero Arts Shadow Ink in Navy) is the Hero Arts stamp, from a set I hardly ever see anywhere.  In fact, I may be the only person who owns it – lol!  The tag is sprayed in Sea Foam and Navy Mister Huey’s through a Studio Calico mask.  The wood veneer stars are also SC.  The gold glitter paper is a new stash addition.

This card was atrociously difficult to photograph.  The wood veneer ‘love you more’ piece is quite dark, while the vellum background is basically white on white.  And of course I am typing this before the deadline, so at almost 10pm I’ve just finished making it and taking photos at night Sad smile  This top photo shows the vellum better while the bottom photo shows the details of all the clustered elements.


Thanks for the visit – I hope you enjoyed and are having a nice night!!

Tim Holtz Online Card Class–Creative Chemistry 101 Day 9

Tim Holtz Creative Chemistry 101

I’m sure you didn’t expect to see this today, given that Tim Holtz’ Creative Chemistry 101 online class is over a year old.  But the reality is I just didn’t have any Perfect Pearls, so this just had to sit on the back burner for awhile.  I am one of those people that let something sit until I can check it off the list, and I finally got tired of looking at it in my to-do list, so I bought myself some Perfect Pearl Mists!

I was also glad that I did this, because nothing gets you really inky and creative the way Ranger/Tim Holtz’s line of Distress products do.  You may not know how all the techniques in store or how to get some of Tim’s signature looks – this class is the perfect ‘solution’!  It was refreshing to look back at the videos (once you sign up for a class, the videos and PDFs are always available to you, they never expire – how cool is that!), and I had lots of fun with these techniques. 

As with my previous Creative Chemistry posts, I won’t go into lots of detail as I don’t think it’s fair to Tim or the students who have paid for the class.  You should still be able to do the ‘self-paced’ version of these classes should you be interested, I totally recommend them.  Enjoy!

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  • Perfect Distress Mist Technique – SO much fun with this.  One of those ‘combos are truly endless’ types of techniques.  Mix and match Distress Reinkers with Perfect Pearls for your own mists.
  • Perfect Distress Technique – Make Distress Ink shine and shimmer thanks to Perfect Pearl powder
  • Perfect Splatter Distress Technique – Fighting for status as one of my favorite techniques in the whole series!  This is so fun and cool to do!

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A close up of the mist I created!  A perfect minty green.  The shine at the lower left catches some of the shiny pearly powder.  The darker brown/gold is actually the Perfect Pearl Mist that you can purchase.


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See how the shine is ONLY on the stamped image?  How awesome is that?

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LOVE this super chunky look, that looks like bits of copper, what an awesome technique.

Hope you enjoyed, I have one more Creative Chemistry post and you won’t have to wait another year for it! Winking smile

If you want to go back in time, check out Creative Chemistry Day 8, with links to the previous days in each post!