Friday, March 29, 2013

Tim Holtz March Tag

Wow! It has been a wild couple of weeks! Classes have started back with a bang. As we close in on the end of the semester there are tests flying at me left and right. Had one today, another tomorrow. Sigh.
In the mean time I have been de-stressing with some craftyness!
I've made my version of the March Tim Holtz Tag 
I hosted a swap on for artists and crafters to create and exchange their renditions!
I have another swap going on for the April Tag which I would love people to join :)

This is my version of the March Tag all ready to pack up and send out to my swap partner!
My local craft store is always a step behind so I had to improvise on several parts of the tag.
I had no Tinsel Twine so I glued down some chunky glitter and blasted it with a heat gun. The glitter began to curl up on the edges giving it a lovely vintage feel-- I will so be using this technique again for other projects!
For the flowers and paints, I used die cuts from the Tattered Flower Garland Sizzix die. I then painted them using a mixture of metallic paints before attaching them to the memo pins with mini brads!
I also had to improvise on the crinkle ribbon. I just used some ivory polyester ribbon and colored it with a Distress Stamp Pad. I crumpled it into a ball and used the heat gun to try and give it some wrinkles. Not as good as the Crinkle Ribbon but it'll do :)
That's all for now but rest assured there is more coming soon... Stay Tuned!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Tattered Florals Project for Mother's Day

Tim Holtz is still taking entries for the Tattered Florals Challenge and I got to thinking about how lovely some flowers would be for Mother's Day.

To me, Mother's Day is represented by delicate colors, elegance, and simplicity! These flowers were simple to create and use lots of upcycled materials found around the house.

Some cardboard from a 12 pack of soda covered in tissue paper, felt scraps, handmade paper, plastic packaging with a coat of paint, a bead, and an old painted button!

I attached the flowers to popsicle sticks and put them into a tiny fish bowl filled with bead necklaces that I caught at a Mardi Gras parade!

Upcycled Bright Spring Tattered Florals

The Tim Holtz Tattered Floral Challenge is still going on ( and I was thinking about all the possibilities there are using the tattered florals die. Spring is of course a time when all the flowers are blooming. These flowers are full of bright colors, lots of textures, and a way to help preserve the planet!

For the flowers, I used felt scraps, plastic packaging, aluminum cans, cardboard from a 12 pack of canned soda, and old crayons, glue, and paint!
I used old beads and buttons for the flower centers and attached them to popsicle sticks to stand them in a decorative container.
For a vase I'm using a beach pail filled with sand castle molds!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Tattered Floral Vintage Game Flowers

Tim Holtz is having a challenge using the Tattered Floral Sizzix Die!
Spring is a time for fun and games. I used parts from vintage games (salvaged from thrift stores) to  created some fun flowers. I used the flowers to decorate some Easter "baskets"!

I wanted to stick to the game theme, so instead of
using traditional baskets, I found these adorable
 Giant Gumball Machine Capsules at Party City!

               Here's all the supplies at my craft station!

  What I used: Tattered Florals Die, some embossing folders, Sizzix big shot, ink, ink blending tool, and distressing tool.

   Here's the games I used: I used a variety of game cards, playing cards, game pieces, and puzzle pieces.

I also used glue, foam squares, scissors,
glitter (chunky kind), embossing powder,
                  and a heat tool.

I cut out a variety of flowers from playing cards
game cards, and some red vellum.

             I then took some flowers and embossed them in a variety of designs to add some texture.
 Using a gluestick and a foam mat, I curled up
      the flower petals.

As an alternative, you can roll
     the petals around a pen.
Once the petals have been curled, I distressed them.

                                                    I then added some color usint Vintage Photo and Festive Berries.

I applied some of the chunky glitter to the edges of the petals using craft glue. I then blasted it with the heat gun to make it curl up for a vintage feel.
I repeat the process on a random assortment of
flowers using glitter and metallic copper embossing powder.

I stacked up a selection of flowers
and hole punched them using the
1/8" setting on my crop o' dile.
                                  I added an eyelet to hold them together. A brad would work too.

For the flower centers, I started by covering a puzzle piece in glitter.

I used the heat gun to give it the aged look.

I covered a game piece in glitter too.
I used my sissors to hold it still when I went at it with the heat gun to protect my fingers!

I then covered a game token with embossing powder.

I attached the decorated game pieces to the center
of the flowers using double-sided foam squares.

Using more foam squares, I attached the flowers to the "baskets".
Now, I just have to keep them hidden until Easter!