Wednesday, 29 February 2012

12 Tags of 2012 - Tim Holtz

This is the first ever blog challenge achieved.  
Hope you like. If you have happened to hop along to take a look, why not leave a comment.

February's - 12 Tags of 2012

Tim Holtz has once again given inspiration to allow us to play.

It was my intention to make a tag using similar techniques, but was quickly side tracked (which I admit happens a lot).
1st the tags I had were a little too small, so made one from patterned paper, and added some distress colour.
Then I printed with white paint, but it didn't look good, so started again.
This time embossed the stamp. 1st in clear, which looked good, but thought the camera would not pick it up, so did it again further down and overlapping in coffee ink.
Next I wanted a raised item, so after much playing and many ideas went for making a butterfly, with punched out bits.  Distressed the paper to help it blend in, the top layer has crackle paint on and a little glitter glue.
Beaded a few beads for the body and a little wire.
Letters from Tim Holtz collection along with the tissue tape for the frill.
Ribbon from the good old stash. 

Now all I have to do is to link it to his site.  March will be easy once i have worked out that bit.

Hope you all enjoyed your extra day this year, and if it happens to be you birthday, best wishes to you.

Sunday, 26 February 2012

A few Journal Pages

Thought I would show a couple of the journal pages, that I did, whilst staying in the hotel overnight last weekend when we visited the CHSI show.

This page I had already had small paper flowers stuck on, gessoed and spayed with ink. 
I have used a mask to add the top boarder, with acrylic paint sponged on.
Next stamped on the birds from one of the Tim Holtz sets, the owl, arches and words from an Indigo Blu set. Will be stocking some of these in the shop soon. The ribbon is from Georgie's stash.

I believe that you can find a surface to craft on any where, the one little desk was not big enough for both of us so I moved to the floor.  Spayed the page with colour craft inks, then added a few more light layers by using the circle part of the maskl including a little glimmer mist to add a bit of sparkle it does not show up well on the first picture.
Next black gessoed the boarder 

The black gesso looked a bit flat so I dabbed Perfect Medium through the mask and added some perfect pearls, did the same through the mask for the dots.  I have a journal with lots of backgrounds, I will eventually find a way to finish it.  

I also black gessoed a tag then perfect pearled the owl stamp.

Also finished  Dyan's journal page from the workshop.  Not my style with the faces but can find lots of ways to adapt the style of journalling to my pages.

Have just spent a good hour or so trying to change my blog background, hopefully soon I will find out how to move it to the top of the page.  Wish me luck.
Happy crafting

Saturday, 25 February 2012

CHSI - Craft Hobby & Stitch International

I cannot believe how fast the week has gone since we returned from the CHSI show in Birmingham commonly known as Stitches, as promised a few photos.  When I look back at them to those not there it looks like lots of stands of amazing craft stuff and lots of people.  It does give the retailer a first look at some of the amazing new lines coming out (and to pre order) to stimulate those arty crafty ideas, meet new and old friends and discover a few new products and suppliers.

I have selected a few from the hundred or so I snapped to hopefully give you a taste of the show but not bore you too much.  Forgive the ones on the side, I will workout how to put them the right way up, I will have to do it before I upload to Blogger, just goes to show I am happy to get it wrong, but life is too short to spend hours trying to correct it when in the great scheme of things I could spend the time playing arty crafty stuff.

The day start off with clearing the car from its frozen snow covering. (did the same last year)

Although we hadn't pre booked we managed to get into one of the early workshops where someone had not turned up, thank you to them, had lots of funny and painty fingers all day.

A little glue

Most to these you can tell what they are so as I am running out of time I will cut the comments short.

Tim Holtz demoing.

Dyan Reaveley demoing. love the colours of her new inks.



That's it for today, first to wake the little one up it is Saturday, so it must be dancing, once she is dropped off its off to work for us, we have an early cruise (the other side of the business).  At the moment the sun is shinning and the sky is blue.  Have a great day.

Saturday, 18 February 2012

Ranger on the Road Workshop with Tim Holtz and Dyan Reaveley

Today I was able to excitedly attend a retailer Ranger on the Road Workshop with Tim Holtz and Dyan Reaveley.   
The event was organised by the craft wholesales Personal Impressions as part of the CHSI show (Craft Hobby and Stitch International often known as Stitches).  A big big thank you to them.
As we arrive we have a first glimpse of the projects.

We get to play with the new Distress Pens, and Dyans masks and inks. 
An air of anticipations as everyone arrives.

Thought I would take a picture of the workshop crew relaxing prior the start.  Made the mistake, of asking if they mind me snapping a shot, so they immediately scattered and the tables turned on me they took one of me too.  It was ok no one broke the camera.

We started off with Tim,s project.

These few items in less than an hour and a half turn into a beautiful wall canvas.

Sorry Dyan your not really sleeping on the job, but show casing the project very elegantly.

Lots of laughter and fun.

The finished item, I will show it hanging on the wall in a later blog.

Dyan's project the start of a altered book, but a chance to use her new inks under the Ranger branding.
The unfortunate bit is as UK retailers they are not shipping until March.

As always towards the end of a workshop the time just slips away instead of rushing the last few stick on's I have taken mine back to finish it at the hotel.  Cheating I have taken a picture of Georgie's finished page. 

Not bad in an hour and half.
Total workshop time 3 hours for 2 projects.
Great fun and relaxing.

Tomorrow is the start of the retailer show, have been following the releases from CHA the USA show, but it will be great to see the product up close plus anything new we can spot. 

Staying in a hotel locally so with a free evening it is a time to play arty crafty a little more.