Tim Holtz January 2014 tag.

Once I finished making my granddaughter’s mini album, last week, I thought it was time to begin a project I am totally unfamiliar with.  Doing a bit of “Altered Art”.

There are some things I have to be drug kicking and screaming into.  This is one of them.  Using Tim Holtz, and Ranger Industries, Distress Stains.  I don’t have any of the black and gray that Tim used on his tag.   I used Weathered Wood and Vintage Photo on the tag base.

Tim Holtz - January 2014 tag

Tim Holtz – January 2014 tag

Using the items that I have on hand I thought I’d give this a try.  The numbers Tim  has on his tag are rub ons.  I have some really OLD number stickers that have been hanging around in my craft room since 2006.

Number stickers

Number stickers

After I applied the stickers, rubbed and mashed on them with my bone folder to make sure they were stuck on good, then rubbing them some more on the back side of the tag I figured it was time to get out the sanding block I have had from a home improvement store.

 

Distress the number stickers

Distress the number stickers

Tim’s tag has some black spatters on it so I broke out my black acrylic paint, watered it down a bit using a paint brush.  Next I set to banging the paint brush on my left index finger.  Uhm, OUCH!  It smarts when you  hit your knuckle with a wooden stick!  I can actually say that I did get some spatters going on.

Black paint spatters

Black paint spatters

I had to do a bit of scheming to come up with a pocket watch.  YES!  I remembered I had a Graphic 45 paper pad called “A Proper Gentleman” and there is a pocket watch in there.  Looked to be about the right size I would need, too.

From A Proper Gentleman

From A Proper Gentleman

My old Sizzix dies are being brought out and into the light.  This time I have used the Circles die.  The largest circle will fit in the time piece area of the image.  I hope anyway.

Sizzix Circle dies

Sizzix Circle dies

A piece of scrap packaging, a bit of metal tape and I’m in business here.

 

Metal tape and packaging

Metal tape and packaging

Tape on the package piece

Tape on the package piece

Metallic circle die cut

Metallic circle die cut

Next was to run the die cut through a Tim Holtz embossing folder.  I think this is the one he used on his tag…

Embossed die cut

Embossed die cut

I don’t have the die that Tim used, and I don’t have the grunge board he used.  I do, however, have a silver gel pen and an image of a pocket watch.  I went around the outside of the watch with the gel pen.  Note to self…..next time maybe don’t do this.

Silver gel pen around image

Silver gel pen around image

Very carefully, I cut the watch face out from the image and inserted the embossed metallic circle.  The test fit worked very well.  Take the piece out and then smear some black acrylic paint on the embossed piece and wipe it off – quickly.

 

Remove the watch face

Remove the watch face

Distress the embossed piece

Distress the embossed piece

I then taped the embossed piece into the pocket watch “ring” that I had left after cutting the face out.

Tape the embossed piece into the pocket watch image

Tape the embossed piece into the pocket watch image

I don’t have a ticket the size used by Tim Holtz.  However, I do have one or two tickets that I can use.

A ticket, anyone?

A ticket, anyone?

I do have the rubber stamp set that Tim used on his ticket.  I stamped it on one of my yellow tickets then had to use a Stampin’ Up! Ticket Corner Punch to make this look like a ticket.

 

Stamped sentiment

Stamped sentiment

I don’t have the little hangy down thing that Tim used on his safety pin doo dad.  BUT I do have some Memory Makers Page Pebbles and a bit of paper with a sort of time theme.  I used a Stampin’ Up! 3/4 inch circle punch to cut out an image from the paper.  Then I attached the Page Pebble to the punch.  Hey, that turned out pretty good 😀

3/4 inch circle punch

3/4 inch circle punch

Decorative paper

Decorative paper

Page Pebble

Page Pebble

Hey, pretty cool!

Hey, pretty cool!

And, lastly, I have the word stickers from Tim Holtz that match his tag.

Word stickers

Word stickers

I think I’ve already told you that I am a “Sissy La La Pants”.  I survived the making of this tag challenge and have come pretty close to what Tim has done.

Lesson learned in this piece?  Doesn’t matter what you have OR DON’T HAVE.  The important thing is to get out of your comfort zone and try something totally not of your ilk.  I learned that Distress Stain is pretty fun to work with.  Having a sample to experiment with is freeing.  Sanding blocks and distress techniques have their place in crafting.  The right coach can help through the squeamish times.

Was I successful at making a Tim Holtz Tag?  Yes, indeed I was.

My January 2014 tag

My January 2014 tag

Hey, Tim.  Bring on February.  I’m ready for whatever you have to throw at me.

Uhmmm, maybe :/

Have you tried the tag challenge?  What do you like about it?  What have you learned about it?  I want to know.

Leslie

 

 

 

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I Double Dog Dare You to make some tags using scrapbook sticker sheets!.

I got sidetracked.

My intention was to get in my craft room and begin purging.  Clear out the massive amount of crap I have in there so I can find a home for the new paper cutter Joe got me.

I did make a start.  I have several 13″ x 13″ pocket folders chock full of sticker sheets.  Most of them are missing stickers.  While going through the file pockets and trying to sort the stuff I could purge…an idea struck.

Here is a sample of the condition of my sticker sheets.

Partially used sticker sheet.

Partially used sticker sheet.

I didn’t feel right in putting that in a pile to give to someone.  Frankly, if I received this sticker sheet from someone I think I might have thoughts of passing it on to someone else.  The images are photo quality.  Burlap images.  Button images, quite a number of them are stuck to the inside of the plastic file pocket I had this stored in.  I bought this sheet somewhere around 2007.  I don’t even know what I have used it on.

I have a challenge for you.  Nay.  I  dare you!  I dare you to do the following:

Paw through your stash of sticker sheets and select one.   Any one.

Locate your stash of chipboard.  Haul out  your stash of saved cereal boxes.

Find your cache of chipboard pieces or cereal boxes

Find your cache of chipboard pieces or cereal boxes

Grab a spool of lace trim.  This is the only lace trim that I have so I have used it.

Locate your stash of lace trim

Locate your stash of lace trim

I have a small stash of burlap that has been crammed away in a drawer for about 5 years.

Small stash of burlap

Small stash of burlap

Get your stash of small flowers.  No bigger than 1-1/4 inches.  This is just a tray that was easy for me to get to and it has a mix of flowers in it.

My stash of small flowers

My stash of small flowers

If  you have made decorative pins, bring them out.

My pitiful stash of stick pins

My pitiful stash of stick pins

Do you have some glittered up chipboard embellishments?  Well, what’s taking you so long?  Get them located.

Glittered chipboard embellishments

Glittered chipboard embellishments

Use some acrylic paint.  I’ve chosen to use my long neglected Acrylic Paint Daubers from Ranger Industries.

Sunshine Yellow

Sunshine Yellow

Snow Cap

Snow Cap

Red Pepper

Red Pepper

While you are digging around in your sticker stash find some other long forgotten pieces, too.

Sticker embellishments

Sticker embellishments

Last thing is some 1/4″ ribbon.  If you don’t have the eyelets to punch and adhere to the tags, you can always use a trusty stapler.

Okay.  Are you ready?  Need some inspiration?  Need a gift tag or two?  In desperate need of having some decorative tags that coordinate with the mini album or scrapbook layouts you are working on?  Out of money and can’t go to the store to buy some ready made tags?  Alright, alright.  I’ll shut up and show you what I’ve done.

Here they are.

Tag #1

Tag #1

Tag #2

Tag #2

Tag #3

Tag #3

Tag #4

Tag #4

Tag #5

Tag #5

Tag #6

Tag #6

Tag #7

Tag #7

Tag #8

Tag #8

This is all that remains of the sticker sheet.

 

The sticker sheet after

The sticker sheet after

I even made the buttons 😀  I used a 1 inch circle punch and a 3/4 inch circle punch.

 

1 inch circle punch

1 inch circle punch

3/4 inch circle punch

3/4 inch circle punch

Button stickers

Button stickers

Not bad for about four hours work.  Any fun distraction is always helpful after I have finished my daily business paperwork mess :/  I’m nearly finished with July.  Woo Hoo.

Leslie

 

Walmart and Michaels in Greeley, Colorado

Are you up for a different kind of card challenge?

I take, at least, a gazillion photos for my my truck driving job and that blog. All of the photos are landscapes of the states we travel through. Some are flowers and plant life in the various regions.

I probably will not be able to make scrapbook layouts with all my photos. So…..

My new challenge to you all will be to use photos on your card fronts.

Joe, my wonderful enabler, has agreed to stop at a Walmart so I can process some photos to use for this challenge. Joe has also agreed to take me to Michaels to get black ink and some REAL card stock. I’m also going to pick up a REAL ruler in the sewing section of Walmart. I so want my quilting ruler back.

Stay tuned. Same “scrap time”. Same “scrap channel” for the next episode of traveling card making 😀

Leslie

Circle punch challenge

Today’s challenge comes courtesy of Petro Truck Stop in Milan, New Mexico.

I “Triple Dog Dare You” to come up with something using embossing folders and circle punches or dies.

Use your creation on a card front, scrapbook layout, or an altered item.

Rules: only rule is embossed circles.
Time frame: whenever

Inspiration? Look at this beauty I found hanging on a wall in the women’s bathroom at a truck stop.

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Get out your spritzes, shimmer paints, acrylic paints, or your inks.

I wanna see what you make. Send me an email, leave a link here to your blog, OR put it on YouTube mentioning “Circle Punch Challenge”. Some how, some way, let me know what you did 😀

Leslie

Results of my day at home playing with macaroni

The macaroni I used were thin spaghetti, elbow, and bow tie.

Thin spaghetti, elbow, and bow tie macaroni noodles

Thin spaghetti, elbow, and bow tie macaroni noodles

Shelly, aka Tachar, from aspot2stamp still has her full mental and humor faculties in tact although she is suffering some horrendous tooth extraction pain.

One day we might see a post on the device she is thinking about.  Macaroni hot glued to a piece of foam core and used as a stamp.  She also saw Butterflies in my experiment that I did not see.

I used the bow tie noodles with several of my home made spritzes on Whisper White card stock.

Bow tie and elbow macaroni used with home brewed spritzes

Bow tie and elbow macaroni used with home brewed spritzes

The outline of the bow tie noodle mask is where Shelly saw the butterflies…before I messed with the elbow noodles to make the designs.

You can watch the video of my process here.

The two pieces I like that came from this experiment are vellum and ink jet photo paper.

The vellum is a piece I have from Club Scrap.  This paper is unlike any other that I’ve used before.  Very smooth surface and a thicker paper.  Vellum is non porous and does not absorb ink as other papers and card stock does.

Joe interrupted my experiment a couple days ago to help clean up his stash of items from our porch area.  I opted to leave the Faded Jeans Distress ink to dry on its own over night.  18 hours later the ink was still wet in places.  Enough that I poured Gold embossing powder over the entire paper surface and heat set it.

I like  this piece and will use this technique one again.

Vellum, Faded Jeans Distress ink, gold embossing powder

Vellum, Faded Jeans Distress ink, gold embossing powder

Lastly, I used a piece of Kodak ink jet printer photo paper with alcohol inks.  Adirondak Stream, Butterscotch, and Current along with elbow macaroni shaken in a plastic box.  I REALLY like this piece and will definitely use this again.

Alcohol inks, elbow macaroni, and photo paper

Alcohol inks, elbow macaroni, and photo paper

It is time to get the suitcase packed and the pickup loaded to head back out for Nashville for our final set of trucks today so I have to get out of this blog and back to work.  Seems like Monday to me but it is Thursday.

The month of May has some very interesting “National Days” coming up.  One of them is “Sandwich Day” in Great Britain.  I’m not sure of the exact day in May it is held but I will be making a post from the road about it in my other blog – Foolishness and Mayhem.

I’m sure my Friend from the UK – Lynn Claridge – will be lending a hand on that front.  At least I hope she has something different than bologne and cheese 😀

Have a fantastic weekend everyone.

Leslie

Macaroni experiment in progress

We delivered our trucks in Wilmer, Texas yesterday.  These past couple of weeks have been fraught with so many opportunities.  You know, problems in the making to opportunities.

I should be posting this to my “Foolishness and Mayhem” blog but I’m going to do it here.  Only because I have photos and a video in the works…that is if I can have more than 10 minutes to do them at a time.

After delivering our trucks we got a call from our  neighbor.  The managers of our mobile home park are coming down on all of the residents to clean up their lots.  Joe had left a couple of tire carcasses near our porch that needed to be taken to the tire shop we deal with to be disposed of and some pieces of equipment of Joe’s has been neatly stacked and out of the way but has incurred the wrath of the park management.  The note said to move it NOW or they would do it for us.  So we came straight home from Wilmer to take care of these items.

Plus, the water pump Joe had replaced in our pickup two weeks ago has been leaking a little so back to the original shop that fixed it in the first place.  Which is also near home.  Turns out a hose clamp was faulty when it was installed and the culprit for the leaks.  Our porch is cleared off, tires taken to the shop, equipment stored away and we have spiffed up our end.

The consensus is the park is up for sale and they want to do curb appeal fixes to put on a good face.  Now they spruce the place up – go figure.

Okay, enough of that and on to the real stuff I’m wanting to write about.

I had mentioned in my “Because I can’t read – Challenge” post using macaroni as a stamp or a mask.  I tried it and the results are promising.  Needs a little bit of polish and a do over or two but I think this might be something worth looking into later when I have several days to putter around.

Spaghetti noodles as masks, and elbow macaroni as flowers.  A bit hit and miss but it does work.

Elbow macaroni flowers and spaghetti noodle masks

Elbow macaroni flowers and spaghetti noodle masks

I laid the spaghetti noodles on a scrap piece of Whisper White card stock then spritzed with my brew.  This worked until the paper curled from the wet then the noodles rolled all over the place.  Even after I dried the paper with my heat tool.

Spaghetti noodles vs. repositionable adhesive.  Noodles 1 – repositionable adhesive 0.

I then took an Elbow Macaroni, pounced it on a Cameo Coral ink pad to make the “pink” flowers.  Then Brilliant Blue for the other flower.

One thing I feared was the moisture in the ink would soak into the noodle and then make it mushy.  No, that does not happen.  The noodle stays dry and firm while the ink does not penetrate into the noodle.

NOTE:  Cameo Coral, Brilliant Blue, Whisper White are Stampin’ Up! products.  The inks may be discontinued – I don’t know.  The Whisper White card stock is still available – at least I think it still is.

Next experiment in progress got interrupted by an untimely knock on my window with exclamations of needing help outside to get things cleaned up.  Which meant that Joe was finally ready to get cracking on the task of cleaning, purging, and putting away his stuff from outside.

I have a piece of vellum from Club Scrap that I used in a plastic Stampin’ Up! stamp box.  Repositionable tape to hold the paper inside the lid.  I put several elbow macaroni pieces in the larger bottom of the box and several drops of Faded Jeans Distress Ink (Tim Holtz) in with the macaroni.  Give the box a good shake and bouncing racket and the results are….

Vellum, Faded Jeans Distress Ink, and elbow macaroni

Vellum, Faded Jeans Distress Ink, and elbow macaroni

Six hours later and the ink is still wet on the Vellum.  I’m going to leave it over night then see how it turns out tomorrow morning.  Vellum is not as porous as card stock is.  It is notorious for ink smears, smudges, and all ill manner of whimper inducing bad stuff when not handled properly.

Any type of ink application to Vellum REQUIRES administering hot air via the heat tool to set the inks.

Liquid ink from the reinker DOES soak into the macaroni.  Discolors it to be exact.  I’m leaving these bits to dry to hopefully play with them once again tomorrow.

Distress Ink stained elbow macaroni

Distress Ink stained elbow macaroni

We still have to go back to Nashville for the final set of trucks to be delivered to Wilmer, Texas.  However the dealership in Wilmer is not open on the weekend for delivery so we have to plan our driving over the weekend to be able to deliver on Monday.  Then it will be back toward home to get trucks from the Port of Catoosa, near Tulsa, Oklahoma to be taken to Las Vegas, Nevada.  That is all for next week.

I’m only focusing on tomorrow and getting to play before I have to go back to work.

 

The “Macaroni Challenge”

Seriously folks. You just have to head on over to Shelly’s blog to see the results she had with the Macaroni Challenge.

She did one in a video using short noodles and a Mellow Moss reinkers from Stampin’ Up! The finished card on her blog is using Perfect Plum and Shimmer Paint from Stampin’ Up!

Check it out!

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