Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Got Boxes!


Just coming off a long crafting break.  It always seems around Christmas and New Years I tend to get in a funk.  It happens every year and can be short or long but as with most things this to will pass.  One great cure for crafting funk is winter CHA.  Seeing all the new products and great inspirations being shown daily on FaceBook and You Tube always has me itching to get crafty.

This year was no exception.  I was absolutely amazed at all the new products coming out by my favorites, Tim Holtz and Ranger as well as Sizzix and Graphic 45.  I am already saving my pennies.  For all those who get to attend CHA, I am so jealous and maybe someone I will be lucky enough to go.

To get back in the crafting groove I started out with some simply cigar boxes which I always have laying around the house.  They are an easy, quick way to get crafty without being a long term commitment.  Also, on the table where some matchboxes which I have had in a bag for months waiting for alterations.  Can you say bags of wooden matches!  LOL Yes, I have a few but haven't come up with anything to do with them yet.  That was one thing I was most excited to see from Tim Holtz was the matchbox die.  I love altering matchboxes.

So on to the show!  The supply list for all the boxes are at the end of the post.

First up is the altered matchboxes.  I took a class some time back with Lisa Bruno at My Heart's Fancy (My favorite store to shop and take classes at!) making a little chest with matchboxes and had been wanting to make another one for my booth.

Pretty basic cover the boxes with this project.  I used Tim Holtz Hitch Fastners for the drawer pulls. 

I did cover the inside of each drawer with Tim Holtz Tissue Wrap but I forgot to take a pic of that.  It was pretty cold outside.  LOL

On the top and bottom of the matchboxes are black foam core board to give the pieces so strength.  I also cover the sides and back with chipboard.  Which I forgot to mention in the supply list.  Oops!
I did some stamping on the sides using a old scroll stamp I had and one from Wendy Vecchi.

I used to different paper patterns on the sides with a small strip of paper separating them.

The legs are spools with some scrape paper covering the centers.

The overall dimensions are 5 1/2 X 4 3/4 X 6 1/2 inches.
Next up, are two small storage boxes I got at a scrapbook convention that I went to last summer.  They are made by Jenni Bowlin.  They are a great small size and loved the way they turned out.  The boxes themselves measure 5 3/4 X 4 X 1 5/8 inches. 

First up, Found Objects.  

I did some stamping on the top of the box and even thought the pattern of the patter was busy the stamping just added a little extra something to it.

The word band is from Tim Holtz and I used some distress paint to make the letters on it pop.

I used washi tape to cover the edges of the box which elimated the need to paint on a slick surface.

The legs are actually from Hobby Lobby Spare Parts, I used these because they were a slightly smaller scale than the Tim Holtz and better suited the size of the box.

The ribbon for the word band is wrapped completely around the lid so that on the inside it can be used to store little treasures.

Next one is Travels!

This one is pretty straight forward.  Although the washi tape I used to cover the edges was totally not matching the paper, I used some Glue n' Seal and cover it then used Wendy Vecchi's Archival Ink to make it the right color of blue.  I love Glue n' Seal!!!!

The legs are simple wooden drawer pulls that I painted with Wild Honey Distress Paint.

This is a great little box for storing some vacation memories in.

With finishing these three project it gets me back in the crafty mood and my minds is already planning the next bigger project.

Happy Paper Cutting!

Here is the supply lists for all three projects!!

Altered Matchboxes Chest
Drawer Pull
Kaiser Craft 6/12" Paper Pad 75 Cents
Spare Parts Wooden Spools
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Hitch Fastners
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Tissue Wrap Terminology

Tim Holtz Distress Paint - Black Soot
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad - Black Soot, Vintage Photo

Small Storage Box-Found Objects
Jenni Bowlin Small Storage Box BX720
Spare Parts Antique Silver Box Feet
Kaiser Craft 6/12" Paper Pad 75 Cents
Spare Parts Paper Flowers
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Hitch Fastners
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Word Bands Observations
Ribbon Boutique Black Ribbon
Recollections Rhinestones
Washi Tape

Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad - Black Soot
Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Little Labels
Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Papillon
Wendy Vecchi Art Gone Postal

Small Storage Box-Travel
Jenni Bowlin Small Storage Box BX720
Wood Drawer Pull 3/4 inch
October Afternoon 8x8 Paper Pad-Travel Girl
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Hitch Fastners
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Word Bands Observations
Washi Tape

Tim Holtz Distress Paint-Wild Honey
Wendy Vecchi Archival Ink Pad-Cornflower Blue

Monday, December 16, 2013

Miniature Christmas Village


As you may know I was so taken with the Christmas Village by Anita Houston that I continue to work on variation of the project.  Earlier I posted my Halloween version and for this month I did a miniature version as presents for two of my favorite crafters, Lisa and Maura from My Heart's Fancy. 

The concept is the same but in a smaller size.  The base only measures 9.5 long and 3 inches deep.  It was the pretty size for a gift. 

Happy Paper Cutting!!

Friday, November 29, 2013

Christmas Configuration Box


So this is my first Christmas Project to post.  Well, not really my first Christmas project I have made several little things for my booth but this is the first official project of the holiday season. 

I used Tim Holtz Idea-ology Configuration Box which is 5.5 X 5.5 inches.  The front is covered with Music Note Washi Tape (which I don't know the brand).  I then went over the top of it with Broken China Distress Paint.  I went back with a damp paper towel and lightened the paint so that the notes would show. 

The sides and the back are covered with paper from the Country Christmas Paper Pack.  The edges are inked with Broken China Distress ink pad.  I just loved the weather wood look.  The legs are Tim Holtz Foundations covered with Broken China Distress Paint. 

I used the Music Note Washi Tape to cover the edges of each little box and the insides are covered with either paper from the Country Christmas pack or Country Snowflake paper.  I this box I used Joy Ornament that I picked up at Walmart.  It was the perfect size.  In the back are some silver glittered leaves.

 In these two boxes I used some miniature ornaments that I have picked up here and there.

In this box is a Tim Holtz Bottle Brush which I sprayed with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist.  I then glittered it with some Silver Blue glitter mix.

I really had fun making this shadow box and see many more in my feature for this holiday season.

Happy Paper Cutting!

Tim Holtz Idea-ology Configuration Box 5.5x5.5 TH92883
Hobby Lobby 'A Country Christmas Paper Pack' 12x12
The Paper Studio 'Country Snowflakes' Paper
Hobby Lobby A Tree for Me - Snowman Ornament
Tim Holtz Idea-ology WOODLANDS Trees TH93049
WalMart Holiday Time Joy Ornament
Glittered Ornament
Michaels Celebrate It Glitter Pick
Tim Holtz Idea-ology FOUNDATIONS Metal Box Feet Foundation TH92821
Music Note Washi Tape

Tim Holtz Distress Paint - Broken China
Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Broken China, Vintage Photo
Robert Stanley Silver Blue Glitter Mix
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist - Sapphire, Verdigris

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Tim Holtz 12 TAGS OF 2013 November


As with everything else I am running behind on getting my tag done this month.  I did have a chalky good time trying this technique.  I couldn't decide on the final tag so I picked two.

This was the first one I made and I was so happy that I got it to work on the first try.

I used the new Snowman Blueprint Die and Stamps.  These are so fun!

Also, added some snowflakes.

On this one, I used the Retro Christmas Die and Stamps.  I also tried green chalk on the background.

Very cool technique!!  I had a chalk dust going all around my craft desk it reminded me of Pigpen from the Peanuts Cartoon.

To check out Tim's technique visit his blog here!

P.S.  I LOVE the new magnetic plate for cutting these dies.  Makes it so much easier!!!!!

Happy Paper Cutting!

Halloween Village


Yes, I know it has been a while since I have posted anything.  A lot has been going on since last I was here and while I have been busy crafting as usual I haven't taken the time to sit down and do a post.  Also, the lack of sun lately has prevent me from being able to take any pics.  Getting a good pic in my house is like pulling teeth but since sun was actually out today I decided to brave the cold, blanket in hand and ventured outside to take some pics of my Halloween Village.  No, it wasn't finished by Halloween this year but it was close.  LOL

My inspiration for this project came from a class I attended given by the very talented Anita Houston.  I did a post on this class earlier in October.  Being that Halloween is my favorite holiday I just couldn't resist turning Christmas in the Hood into a spooky Halloween Village.

The village measures 26 x 3.5 inches.  The base is made from three board which I had salvaged from the wood when they built my house years and years ago.  The legs are wood turning in the shape of an apple.  Although the back doesn't look too bad it was still meant to view from the front. 

The houses are Wendy Vecchi Residence Art Parts and also some house pieces I managed to purchase after the class I took.  Some are also from Tim Holtz Artful Dwelling die.  I made all of them the same thickness as Wendy's pieces by cutting three each out of chipboard and gluing together.

The first house was covered with paper from MME Haunted paper pad.  The arch is cut from grungepaper and then embossed with the wood grain Tim Holtz embossing folder.  I used the Dot Fade layering stencil to add some interest to the roof.  The roof and arch are decorated with Silver and Orange Peel Stickles. The door has the Skull and Cross Bones from the Apothecary Remnant Rubs.  The door knob is part of a snap.  The Trick or Treat is a rub as well adhere to a piece of black cardstock.

The second house was covered with Tim Holtz Foil Tape.

I adhered the foil tape to a piece of cardstock then run through with the Rivet Metal embossing folder to look like metal.  I then used Black Soot to give it that aged look.

On the eaves I used the Vintage Photo Distressed Embossing powder and inked the edges with Black Soot.

I used the 31 from the Metal Plaquettes and inked it with Mushroom Alcohol Ink.

Standing in front of the house are two brave trick or treaters cut from the Halloween Shadows die.

This is one of my favorites. 
The third house I used paper from Authentique paper.  I don't remember the name though.  I inked it with Vintage Photo and used the Shatter stencil.  The cob web is cut from the Cobweb die and I add black glitter.

On the front piece of the house I wanted to brick but most of the brick stencils that were out were too big for the size of the house.

Solution:  I used the Tim Holtz Brick Wall die to make a stencil from some cardstock.  I first painted the either piece with Black Soot then used modeling paste to create the bricks.  I inked it up using Black Soot and Fired Brick.

I also used this same technique to brick the front of the base and each tier.  The third tier is also bricked on the top.
The fourth house is also bricked using the same method as above.  For the window pane I used the Overlay Film and stamped the Halloween ticket on it with Archival Jet Black Ink.

For the roof, I used Croco Crackling Paint.  When it dried it gave the roof a nice aged look.

The trees are cut from the Branch Tree die from chipboard.  I then ran each one through with the Woodgrain Embossing folder.  I ink them with Vintage Photo Distressed stain and ink over the raised areas with Black Soot.  Topped that off with Rock Candy Crackle.

The fence was cut from the On the Fence die from black cardstock.  I then embossed it using Vintage Photo Distress Embossing Powder. 

The last is a church.  I think this is my second favorite house on the block.

This is almost identical to the one from the Christmas in the Hood project but it is Hallween'd out.  I used Liquid Pearls to accent the pieces.

The roof eaves have the Croco Crackling Paint on them as well as the cross.

For the window in the small section I used the Mini Openings die to cut the panes on the building then used it again on a piece of black cardstock to make the window frame.  They were also used on the arch on the main part of the building.

A button is used for the door knob.  It was the wrong color so I painted it with Black Soot Distress Paint.

The bottle brush tree were from the Christmas craft stuff at Michaels.  I used the Tattered Angels spray to tint them green and added a little Black Magic to darken them up a bit.

And what Halloween Village would be complete without a spooky graveyard.

I used the Graveyard On the Edge die and cut them down to two or three tombstone a piece.  To give them depth I cut each three times and glue the three piece together.

I embossed the front, back and edges with Antiquities Cement Embossing Powder.

Since you obviously can't use the embossing ink pad on the edges, my solution was to open the Emboss It Dabber and used a paint brush to apply a light coat.  It worked like a charm.

You can tell by the picture below they look like one piece of board.

The tea lights of course where white and yes I took the Black Soot to them and painted them black.  To give them some interest I cut a piece of the Fence edging and put around them.  The fence was embossed the same as I did on the rest of the project.

To get the trees and houses to stand on the third tier I used little wood blocks painted black.  I adhered them to the back of the object like little legs.  LOL  I then covered them with Spanish moss to hide them.

I scattered Spanish moss throughout the village to add some texture to the base.

I am really happy with the way this project turned out and I am hoping Anita thinks I did her original project justice with the Halloween twist.

Be sure to see if you can find the little owl hiding in the spooky trees!!!!

Happy Paper Cutting!

Here is the list of items used.  I know I missed something because I wasn't writing it down as I went so had to do it from memory.

Wendy Vecchi ART PARTS RESIDENCES Studio 490
Heart of Texas Chipboard Houses
Tim Holtz Idea-ology 9 PLAQUETTES Metal TH92921
Tim Holtz Idea-ology APOTHECARY REMNANT RUBS TH93094
Tim Holtz Idea-ology WOODLANDS Trees & Wreath TH93049
Tim Holtz Idea-ology Naturals BLACK AND CREAM Trimmings TH93105
Tim Holtz Idea-ology 6 x 12 GRUNGEPAPER Grunge Paper TH92841
Tim Holtz Core'dinations KRAFT CORE NOSTALGIC Colorcore 2.25 X 12 Cardstock 278952
Ranger ISF30010 METAL FOIL TAPE SHEETS Postcard 4.25 x 5.5 ISF30010
MME Haunted 6x6 Paper Pack
Grafix Clear Overlay Film
Black Cardstock
Michaels Bottle Brush Trees-Small
Michaels Bottle Brush Trees-Medium
Michaels Halloween Pumpkins
Jolee's Boutique Parcel Glitter Spiders
Battery Operated Tea Lights
Spanish Moss
Wood Apples
Wood Blocks

Tim Holtz Distress Paint - Black Soot
Tim Holtz Distress Ink- Black Soot, Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain, Fired Brick
Tim Holtz Distress Stain - Vintage Photo
Tim Holtz Sizzix WOODGRAIN Texture Fades Embossing Folders 656644
Tim Holtz Sizzix Die ARTFUL DWELLINGS Movers & Shapers Bigz L Alterations 657218
Tim Holtz Sizzix Die BRANCH TREE Bigz Alterations 656929
Tim Holtz Sizzix Die BRICK WALL Decorative Strip 658240
Tim Holtz Sizzix Die COBWEBS Decorative Strip Sizzlits 658713
Tim Holtz Sizzix Die GRAVEYARD On The Edge 658243
Tim Holtz Sizzix Die HALLOWEEN SHADOWS Decorative Strip 658253
Tim Holtz Sizzix Die ON THE FENCE Edge Alterations 657030
Tim Holtz Sizzix Die ORNATE CROSSES Bigz 658245
Tim Holtz Sizzix Die MINI OPENINGS Movers & Shapers Alterations 657215
Tim Holtz Layering Stencil DOT FADE THS006
Tim Holtz Layering Stencil SHATTER THS014
Tim Holtz Distress Crackle Paint ROCK CANDY Clear Ranger TDC26686
Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Powder VINTAGE PHOTO Brown Ranger TIM21179
Tim Holtz Distress Markers BLACK SOOT Ranger TDM32458
Tim Holtz Sizzix RIVETED METAL Texture Fades 657848
Tim Holtz Cling Rubber Stamps 2013 SEASONAL CATALOG 1 cms174
Tim Holtz Rubber Stamp HALLOWEEN TICKET G2-1608 Stampers Anonymous
Tim Holtz Cling Rubber Stamps APOTHECARY cms138
Tim Holtz Sizzix Die MINI OPENINGS Movers & Shapers Alterations 657215
Tim Holtz Ranger Clear DISTRESS EMBOSSING INK PAD Ranger Clear
Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink MUSHROOM Grey Adirondack Ranger TIM22091
Ranger Stickles BLACK DIAMOND Glitter Glue SGG15123
Ranger Glitter Glue ICE Stickles ICY SILVER ISG11866
Ranger Stickles ORANGE PEEL Glitter Glue SGG15130
Ranger GOLD PEARL Liquid Pearls Pearlescent Paint LPL28130
Ranger PLATINUM PEARL Liquid Pearls Pearlescent Paint LPL09719
Ranger CLEAR EMBOSS IT DABBER Embossing Industries EMB34162
Ranger CEMENT Embossing Antiquities Powder Industries EAJ00396
Croco Crackling Color Bronze 
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist OLIVE VINE Spray 10315
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist BLACK MAGIC Heidi Swapp Glitter Spray 14276
Ranger Inkssentials GLOSSY ACCENTS Glue Dimensional Adhesive GAC17042
Ranger Glue N' Seal 4 OZ MATTE Inkssentials ink29519
Liquitex Modeling Paste

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Going Batty!


Unruly Paper Arts Readers Art Quest 2 challenge for October is Bats. The flying creatures that give you a fright!

Here is my entry to Unruly PaperArt RAQ 2 challenge!

Hope you enjoyed my take on this challenge.  Click here to visit Unruly PaperArts and join in on the fun!!!

Happy Paper Cutting!!

Ranger #8 Manilla Tag
Hug Snug Seam Binding

Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad - Black Soot, Peeled Paint, Mustard Seed, Seedless Preserves, Walnut Stain
Tim Holtz Distress Stain - Wild Honey, Mustard Seed, Ripe Persimmon, Peeled Paint
Tim Holtz Distress Glitter - Seedless Preserves
Tim Holtz Stamps - Halloween Blueprints 1, Apothecary
Tim Holtz Alterations - Word Play
Stickles - Diamond
Art Glitter - Black
Archival Ink - Jet Black

Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2013 October


Spent some late night crafting doing my tag for October.  I seem to craft so much better in the wee hours of the morning when it is dark outside and the house is quiet. 

I love crafting this time of year.  The colors of fall and especially Halloween are my all-time favorite.  So of course I was looking forward to this month tag and the Distressed Glitter just made it all the more enjoyable.   To add to the enjoyment I had just received my new Tim Holtz stencil "Shatter" in the mail and couldn't wait to try it out.

For my background, I started with just laying down some Distress Stain.  I used Mustard Seed and applied various colors of ink until I achieved the look I liked. 

Then simply added the Raven Blueprint stamp and some other back ground stamps.

Then used the new Shatter stencil.  You can see the Shatter in the background of the Raven.  I can safely say this is my new favorite stencil.

Honestly, after that I couldn't bring myself to cover it up so I didn't do a lot of embellishing on this tag.  I really did try to add more but every time I put something on the tag I frowned because it covered up the shatter so in the end I just left it plain.  LOL

I did the frame the same way Tim showed on his blog and inked the edges with a big of Black Soot.

So that is my take on this month tag.  Hope you enjoyed it!

Thanks Tim for another great tag and technique!

Happy Paper Cutting!

Ranger #8 Manilla Tag
Hug Snug Seam Binding

Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad - Black Soot, Peeled Paint, Mustard Seed, Seedless Preserves, Walnut Stain
Tim Holtz Distress Stain - Wild Honey, Mustard Seed, Ripe Persimmon, Peeled Paint
Tim Holtz Distress Glitter - Seedless Preserves
Tim Holtz Stencil - Shatter
Tim Holtz Stamps - Halloween Blueprints 2, Apothecary, Seasonal Catalog 1
Tim Holtz Sizzix Die - Ornate Frame
Archival Ink - Jet Black