Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Happy Spring!

I recently joined the Everything Wendy Vecchi Yahoo Group. Like many other online groups, they host various challenges.  The one I am playing along with is the Making Art! Challenge #6, or MAC #6. The challenge was to create something green and with leaves. This morphed into a 3/3 ATC swap as well. I am excited to be participating in another ATC swap. (I think I might be addicted!)

I have been battling round 18 of the crud... I might be exaggerating. But seriously, this flu season has hit our house pretty hard. There hasn't been a time yet this winter where someone isn't feverish, coughing or oozing gross snot. I created this ATC, Happy Spring, in hopes that I might possibly be able to will spring to arrive for real (we received 8 inches of snow yesterday!).

Special thanks to Kim Schofield of Eclectic Paperie for shipping my Wendy Vecchi stamp lightening fast so I could participate in this challenge/swap.  ~Awesome!~

Friday, March 22, 2013

Made New

If you possibly missed it (perhaps you've been stranded on a deserted island for the last three weeks), Tim Holtz is having a little challenge on his blog: The Tattered Floral Challenge. The requirements are simple - create your own layered creation using the tattered floral die. The deadline is today!

I cut tattered flowers out of everything you can imagine. My work table looks like a floral explosion. It took me some time before I settled on a creative path. Of course the destination I had planned is not where I ended up.

I am also entering this piece in two other challenges:  Eclectic Paperie's March eTeam picks Challenge ~ Corrugated cardstock/cardboard and Our Daily Bread Designs weekly challenge ODBDSLC148 He is Risen- The true meaning of Easter (religious).

I was lead by the renewing power of Jesus' resurrection as we approach Holy week. My prayer is that you, dear reader, know this renewing power in your life. The most amazing gift from God is that this is not just a one time renewal, but a constant and continual renewing. I am but a broken woman who in my own power can only screw things up by my own selfish motivations. Through His power something beautiful, like flowers booming the springtime, are possible.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

March Calendar

I finished my February calendar for the The Kathryn Wheel 2013 Calendar Challenge. This is the month where I went two weeks without journaling. For the days I drew a blank on what happened, I journaled about making time to journal daily. I am finding that I journal regularly when I do it first thing in the morning.

I made my March calendar right on time, but am just now blogging about it (The Kathryn Wheel 2013 Calendar Challenge). The background came together quickly. There are so many things I like about this one: the vibrant colors, the background details, the bunny...

Too many techniques to list. I just kept adding more and more.

I love how the colors of the journaling squares pop against the background!

Adorable little bunny!

I used glue and velvet flocking on the sun rays. It came out great!


Friday, March 1, 2013

Compendium of Curiosities

Linda Ledbetter of Studio L3 hosted a weekly challenge on her blog called the Compendium of Curiosities Challenge, or CCC. Every week she would select a technique for the challenge from Tim Holtz's book, A Compendium of Curiosities.
When I first came across these weekly challenges I did not own Tim's book. (hanging head in shame) But my mother-in-law came to the rescue and gave me his book for Christmas. Yay! Finally I could play along with the challenges!
The first week I played along was CCC # 26 - Rusted Grunge. This is one of my all time favorite tags that I have created thus far. LOVE.IT.
Rise Above
The next week I played along again! CCC # 27 - Distress Misting Masks
Strong Lady
Great Guy
Alice in Wonderland
I had a fantastic time playing along with the weekly CCC. Having a week to work on and complete a project was more realistic given the commitments of my real life and the need to sleep more than 5 hours a night. I was sad to see the challenges end when I was just getting into it. Thank goodness Linda had something else up her sleeve... (love that lady, btw!)

Thursday, February 28, 2013

February Calendar

I made my February calendar for the The Kathryn Wheel 2013 Calendar Challenge and have been journaling in it all month. I took my sweet time posting it, though. The curse of the working mother: never enough time!

I snapped a picture of the page before I put all of the journaling blocks on it. I like how the texture and colors pop off the page. Although journaling on all those hills and valleys has been interesting.

I finished up the January calendar as well. The hardest part has been taking a few minutes to journal every single day. In February I went two weeks without journaling! I have a whole week of "not sure what happened on this day" entries. Sad face.

While I was at it, I also created a title page at the beginning of the book. I re-purposed a found holiday card for the focal image. It seemed a shame to let such a beautiful laser cut star go to waste. Happy face.

I worked on my March calendar last night and made a beautiful page that I am quite smitten with. I hope to get a picture of it posted in the next few days.

How It Started

Tim and I go way back. Almost back to the beginning... It was December 2007 and I came across a creative holiday marathon being hosted by Tim Holtz called the 12 Tags of Christmas. WoW! Tim's style was like nothing I had seen yet or since. The world of papercrafting was on the verge of being turned upside down by the inky, grungy, distressed style of the creative genius of Tim Holtz. I have been an admiring fan ever since!

Not only is Tim's artwork a joy to behold, but he SHARES HIS TECHNIQUES openly for the world to learn from. Following one of his tutorials or videos is like sitting shoulder to shoulder with him. I can't tell you how much I have learned from this man!

The product line that has been created around him is phenomenal! First in quality and second in how they all complement each other. From his Distress Inks, stamps, grunge papers, and embellishments. It's enough to put a working girl in the poor house, I tell ya!

In 2007 my scrapbooking stash consisted of the bare necessities. I was focused on scrapping my older son's school years and my younger son's baby stages. The papers and products I had at the time were focused on those subjects. Seeing Tim's tags was an explosion of my senses; textures, deep colors, shabby chic accouterments.

Playing along daily was not something I could realistically accomplish. Getting ready for Christmas is taxing enough without throwing in a major craft project every.single.day. using products I did not even have on hand. It was fun to log on every day and see what wonderfulness Tim had created overnight. But I had to limit myself...

At the end of the 12 Tags of Christmas, I selected the tag I liked the most and purchased the products needed for that project. That was Day 9 - hardware holiday. Peeled paint and fired brick still are my two favorite Distress Ink colors.

Not too bad for the first tag I ever made. The next year, for the 12 Tags of Christmas 2008, I did the same thing. This time I picked two days that were similar, Day 10 and Day 5. I mashed up the techniques between the two days and created a hybrid tag. I was still very controlled in my execution. A big part of the distress/grunge style is letting go and getting inky. Something I have had to learn to do.

Last year Tim finally came to his senses and launched the 12 Tags of 2012. He created one tag at the beginning of the month and gave participants the rest of the month to play along and get their artwork posted. Even still, I was only able to complete two of the monthly projects. (Still working on building up my Tim Holtz stash!) In February, Tim launched the new tag program. I was glad to have more time to get my supplies, learn the techniques, and make the tag.

I played along again in November. I found that I enjoyed the process much more with the relaxed time constraints. From the first tag in 2007 to this one I can see a lot of improvement. I am learning to use more ink and to add layers of stamps, color and/or texture.

I thank Tim Holtz for opening my eyes and my creative spirit to this art movement. I feel like there is still so much for me to learn, but I am enjoying every moment of it. Well, maybe not the checkbook balancing part.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Butterfly Kisses

Here is the tag I made for the Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2013 - February challenge. I just wasn't feeling the love, so I deviated ever so slightly off the path with kisses. There is nothing sweeter than giving and receiving butterfly kisses.

I struggled with this tag and still am not that pleased with it. I had numerous trials and errors. Some tags all but make themselves, while others have to be coaxed along. I enjoyed using my new Grunge Butterfly stamp from Our Daily Bread Designs and the companion stamps and die.

Leave a comment for a chance to win the ATC below. I will draw one random winner on Monday, March 4.