Thursday, November 20, 2008

Enabler Alert

Two posts in one day! Please scroll down to see the ISC challenge.

I wanted to share a sale with you at Innovative Stamp Creations - use KAT (yes my initials) in the comment field when you place your order and you will receive 10% off your entire order. This discount code is good until Nov 27th.

Isn’t now the time to shop for you - oh, ummmm, really - your family and friends. There are many of my favorite stamp sheets, Grungeboard (plain, yes get the plain), Tim’s idea-ology hardware - go check out the website and be inspired!

Happy Creating!

Family Memories

It’s that time of week again - Time for another challenge from Innovative Stamp Creations. This week get make a holiday gift before the December rush - make a Micro Holiday Album and use some type of clear pockets similar to these in the inside of your album (think picture pockets cut up, clear envelopes….).

I made mine to feature family members including Grandmother, Mom, Aunt and Sister.

Family Memories - Cover:

Inside pages:
The cover is made from plain Grungeboard (okay - I could not help myself) and the inside pages are these great vinyl mini pockets that I put tags and a clear tag into (I could not get a great picture of the clear tag - my camera did not want to focus on it - sorry).

Challenge Details:
Make a Micro Album using only ISC images and some type of clear pocket as your inside pages. You will be entered to win a free ISC Christmas sheet of your choice and 2 packages of the clear sleeves. Get creative - you have until Sunday Dec 7th to complete and upload. See additional details at the ISC blog.

Happy Creating and Thanks for the Visit!

The Stuff:
Stamps (all from Innovative Stamp Creations) Christmas Trinkets, Christmas Elements, Minibook Series - Be Thankful, Flair of Summer
Paper - FaLaLa (Making Memories)
Ink - Stazon; Black, Distress and Alcohol Inks (Ranger)
Other - Philosophy Tags, Plain Grungeboard (Tim Holtz - Idea-ology)

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Celebrate Thanksgiving

Here in NE Ohio all the leaves have pretty much spent their color and fallen to the ground - we look like winter. But I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the beauty of fall…

Celebrate Thanksgiving:

I created a Thanksgiving card and coordinating napkin ring for this weeks Innovative Stamp Creations Crackle Challenge. My original plan was to create the card, but as I was making the bow I thought this would be a beautiful napkin ring - so off I went.

I used Tim Holtz crackle paint on the background leaves - love the way it adds texture to the project. The background leaves were created by stamping the leave images on the back of thin chipboard (you could actually use an old cereal box). I only have two colors of crackle paint (sniff, sniff - I know it’s sad) so I made do with what I have. The leaves were painted in Antique Linen paint and after they dried I sponged on Peeled Paint, Dried Marigold and Brick Red Distress Inks.

The focal leave was created by marker water coloring and then I added three layers of UTEE. The background color was created using the Wrinkle Free Distress Technique.

More about the challenge - Get out your Crackle paint and create something using only ISC images and you will be entered to win an ISC stamp sheet of your choice and a Tim Holtz Crackle paint. Don’t have any Crackle paint - don’t worry - create a project using the crackled glass technique. You have until November 23rd to join us. For more information visit the ISC blog.

Thanks for visiting!

The Stuff:
Stamps - (all Innovative Stamp Creations) Autumn Leaves, Collage of Leaves
Paper - (all SU) White, Choc Chip, Old Olive
Ink - More Mustard, Choc Chip (SU); Dried Marigold, Fired Brick, Walnut Stain, Peeled Paint (Distress Ink Ranger), Timber Brown Stazon
Other -Antique Linen Crackle Paint (Tim Holtz - Ranger), Thin Chipboard, button, organdy ribbon, copper brads, thread, UTEE (Ranger), SU markers, watercolor pen

Thursday, November 6, 2008

What's a Bird TO DO

Grungeboard - I LOVE IT!!! It is so versatile you can mold it, cut it, paint it, ink it, emboss it, sand it, stamp it, punch it, sew it, Cuttlebug it (both cutting and embossing) - Oh the possibilities!!!

Since I am a Grunge junkie I was ecstatic that the Innovative Stamp Creations challenge this week is to make a Grungeboard minibook! And since I am fresh from my Tim Holtz classes I wanted to put some of my new knowledge and supplies to work (maybe I overdid it but a girl has to play)!

What’s a Bird TO DO:

This is the front cover of my To Do book. I am a list person - probably from when I was a career person - with a 1,000 things happening a day you had to keep an organized To Do list. Now I can keep a pretty list!

Back of the Book:

Let’s see… what to tell you about? The book cover/back were made from plain Grungeboard - I traced around another album that I liked the shape of and just cut it out (cut it - check). The bird was stamped on the reverse side, cut and covered with Crackle paint (paint it - check). The hinge and bracket were painted with Copper dabber, sanded, then antiqued with Black Soot (sand it - check). The closure was created with another hinge (see additional photos below) with a hole punched from Crop-A-Dyl and closed over a Hitch Fastener (mold it, punch it - check). The butterfly on the back was covered with Distress Stickles - yes they really look like glass when they dry - fabulous!!!

The book closure was a neat trick that I picked up at Tim’s classes. Below are some additional photos for you. Primarily you punch a hole in the hinge with you crop-a-dyl and then cut a little slit.

So if you stuck with me this far it’s pretty obvious that Grungeboard is one of my favorite products! I started with a love of the Elements sets and ended up with my favorite being the Plain Grunge Sheets. As Tim would say - Think of the Possibilities!

Now on to the Challenge from Innovative Stamp Creations:
Create a minibook using only ISC images (you don’t need to create the entire book from Grunge like I did - you can decorate a book with your Grunge) and you will be entered to win the Photo Negative Stamp Sheet/1 Pkg Grungeboard Basic Sheets of our choice… This is an excellent prize!!! Enter by Sunday November 16th! Visit the ISC Blog for more info. We can’t wait to see what you create!!!

As always - Thanks for the Visit!

The Stuff:
Stamps - (all Innovative Stamp Creations) Mini Book - Photo Negative, Art 4 Frames (bird)
Paper - NONE
Ink - Jet Black Archival (Ranger); Black Soot, Broken China, Tea Dye, Dried Marigold, Shabby Shutters (Tim Holtz Distress Ink Ranger)
Other - Plain Grungeboard, Harlequin Elements, Mini Elements, Game Spinners, Sprocket Gears, Hitch Fasteners, Long Fasteners (idea-ology Tim Holtz); Copper Dabber, Distress Crackle Paint (Tim Holtz Ranger); Peeled Paint, Worn Lipstick Distress Stickles