Friday, August 29, 2014

Compendium of Curiosities III Challenge 9: Fun with Framelits

Welcome. We are now on challenge 9 of the Compendium of Curiosities III challenge blog set up at the fab Linda Ledbetter's Studio L3 blog. This challenge focuses on Tim's amazing Framelit Stamp and Die Cut sets. These are so fun and very versatile. As with all of the odd numbered challenges this one is sponsored by Inspiration Emporium.
One lucky player will also be chosen by the always inspirational and incredibly talented Curiosity Crew to receive an awesome bag of goodies donated by none other then Tim Holtz and Mario Rossi. I've said it before and I'll say it again, grab your copy of Compendium of Curiosities III open up to page 63 and get your crafty craft on!
So it's a wonder that this project got made at all, with the end of summer and the start of school coming, things are just insane...poor craft corner is feeling some serious neglect. But somehow I have managed to keep up and complete at least one project for all of the challenges thus far...yay! I used Tim's Silhouette Framelits set on the Wallflower Vellum and embossed it with Distress Embossing Ink and Ranger Fine Detail Black Embossing Powder. You can't tell all that well in the photos, but this ended up being really cool, the embossing ink on the vellum with the fine embossing powder created these kind of pits in the image, like old enamel. It really is a neat effect that I am definitely going to experiment more with later. As I was severely short on time time for this challenge I decided to make a card for my sister. She just had her first baby. It is an amazingly beautiful thing to see my baby sister coming into her own as a mother. Tim's word band "Life is about Creating Yourself" is absolutely perfect for the sentiment on this card.

Well I hope you enjoyed your stop over here at My Altered Life, until next time, keep it crafty😉

CCIII Challenge 9
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog: Anything Goes
Craft for the Craic: Use a craft item you haven't used before 
(I used two items I hadn't used before 1) The Silhouette framelits set from Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations and 2) Vellum from Tim Holtz's Thrift Shop Ephemera pack and Wallflower vellum paperstack)

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Fun with Alcohol...inks

Welcome back friends. So we are already on challenge #8 over at Linda Ledbetter's Compendium of Curiosities III Challenge Blog (CC3) and this time it's all about Tim Holtz's Faded Layers Technique. This is a fun and versatile technique that uses Ranger's Alcohol Inks. I used to use these a ton in my crafting projects, but I haven't brought them out in a very, very long time. I have a feeling they will again become a fun!
As with all the even numbered challenges, this one is sponsored by The Funkie Junkie Boutique, one lucky player will get a $25 gift certificate, super generous. But that's not all, the amazing ladies that make up the Curiosity Crew will also be choosing someone to receive a swag bag from Tim Holtz and Mr. Mario Rossi themselves (WOW)! So grab your copy of CC3, open it to page 58 and get your craft on...

For this project I had absolutely no plan, I just let myself play. I ended up making about 6 or 7 different backgrounds, then tried out Tim's faded layers on all of them. I had a couple good ones and a couple not so good ones, but in the end I decided to use this blue/green one and see what I could make out of it 😊. At this point I still had no clue as to what I wanted to make, a card, tag, mini album???? So I do what I always do and just started yanking things out of their homes and making a big ole mess in Craft Corner...Finally, I came up with another ATB... I knew these things were going to become a new crafting addiction... Like last time I have kept this fairly simple, I had a difficult time coving that background! So I decided to make a words of inspiration block. Every side has an inspiring phrase... Hopefully you all find something you like, enjoy.

Thanks again for stopping by, until the next post remember to keep it crafty.

Paper Wing Productions: Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog: Scratched Up!
Distressed the edges of my ATB and added some distress ink to get a bit 'grungy'
Craft Hoarders Anonymous: Upcycle It
I made the ATB out of an 'upcycled' cereal box.
Country View Crafts Challenge Blog: Word Play
I love to use words in my projects.
And of course...
CC3 Challenge #8: Faded Layers

Sunday, July 27, 2014

An Anniversary Artist Trading Block

*I'm so glad I squeezed in right before the deadline. I wrote this post while I was finishing my project very late Wednesday/very early Thursday when I got the call that my baby sister (and only sibling) was going into labor! Yay!!! Mackenzie May was born on Thursday evening a completely gorgeous healthy 7lb 7oz bundle of perfection....I am in love all over again! Who knew being an Auntie was this amazing. Now that I have had a mini gush... on to our regularly scheduled programming....

Welcome. As with my last post this one is rather long so go ahead and get comfortable, or just skip to the pics ;)

Summer is definitely in full swing and with the wonderful weather comes tons of fun activities for the family. This is lovely, as the kids get lots of outside time and so do I, but it also means a lot less time spent creating indoors at craft corner. However, I promised myself that no matter what I would do everything in my power to try and complete every challenge over at CC3. For those of you that don't know CC3 is the absolutely addictive and super inspirational challenge blog set up by the fab Linda Ledbetter. It is dedicated to the rock God of all things altered and inked, Tim Holtz. Every fortnight Linda and her amazing band of artists, the Curiosity Crew, pick one technique from the third addition of Tim Holtz's book Compendium of Curiosities and a challenge is set up dedicated to this particular technique. You do need your own copy of the book to play along as no technique tutorials will be provided. You can purchase your own copy at Tim's site or you can hop over to the generous sponsor of this weeks challenge Inspiration Emporium this is an awesome site full of everything you need and more. They are offering a $50.00 gift certificate to one lucky player, and if that's not enough the crew chooses another player to receive a swag bag put together by none other that Tim Holtz and Mario Rossi themselves! Rad! This time around we are playing with Tim's Painted Industrial technique. This genius technique is amazingly versatile and relatively easy to pull off, making it a favorite of mine. You can use it on 2D and 3D projects, it can be an accent or a focal point you can dress it up or distress it down you can make something vintage, modern, or shabby chic. It is great for those of us crafters/artists that love to save our scraps to use on a later project! So go grab a copy of CC3, turn to pg 46 and get your craft on!!

For this project I hopped on the Artist Trading Block bandwagon. All I can say is uhoh... I'm addicted. This is my first ATB, as I finally broke down and bought one of Eileen Hull's ATB Sizzix dies...LOVE IT! This is such a versatile die, I know that it will get a ton of use for not only ATBs but an array of other crafty goodness as well. The ATB I made for challenge 7 also serves as an anniversary card/gift. Since my husband and I just celebrated our 13th wedding anniversary and the traditional gift for year 13 is lace, I tried to create something that was both masculine but also has that lace feel. The painted industrial technique paired with the particular texture fade I chose does this well. I decided not to close my ATB so that I could include a micro mini album inside. The album also uses the painted industrial technique as well as papers from Tim's Laboratories paper collection. One of the designs matches the texture fade I used perfectly, continuing that Gothic lacey feel while also remaining somewhat masculine. Inside the mini album I have left little messages and memories of the last 13 years.

Country View Crafts: Word Play
Craft Hoarders Anonymous: Who's the Boss
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes
and of course Compendium of Curiosities III Challenge 7: Painted Industrial

Thanks again for stopping by, your comments and support mean the world to me. Until next time Keep it Crafty!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Altered Burlap and Some Life Lessons

Holy Smokes guys, this summer is flying by WAAAAY too fast. Not only has the Fourth come and gone but we are already on Challenge #6 over at the Fabulous Linda Ledbetter's Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge Blog ! This time we get to play with Tim's cool burlap panels. I love these very versatile little gems, and Tim shows you how to get your inspiration on in his book (pg 37). As always this even numbered challenge is sponsored by the Funkie Junkie Boutique, one lucky winner will grab $25 worth of swag from this very cool site. I'm going to tell you all again, if you haven't hopped over to check them out DO IT!!! Another player will also be chosen by the incredibly talented Curiosity Crew to receive some hand picked goodies from none other than Tim Holtz and Mario Rossi themselves, seriously peeps, if this isn't enough to get you to join the CC3C party train, you may just be hopeless. Before we get to the pictures of my piece, I must share a little story about it's creation and the amazing loveliness of my two oldest monsters. If you don't feel like reading about this semi-epic adventure, go ahead and skip to the pics now ; )

This challenge happened to be posted while I was on vacation. I decided to be insanely adventurous and take my three monsters over the mountains and thru the woods to my home territory of Eastern Washington...SANS husband. We went for a week to celebrate my Auntie, a wonderful woman who passed away last July 4th. The kids were great, and we had a ton of fun, but it was a lot of work to take those monkeys on vaca by myself! Hats off and hearts open to single moms everywhere!!! Anyway, I knew I would be cutting my creating time short (because as everyone with little kids knows you actually need a vacation twice as long as the initial vacation to recover when you take kids on vacation...). Therefore, I decided to actually sketch out a plan for my panel. So every night when I got the kids to sleep I would get out my art journal and work out what my panel was going to look like and everything I was going to need to create it. Now you have to understand, this is a HUGE departure from my normal creative process. Normally, I will just sit down at my craft desk and start pulling stuff out and looking thru all my goodies until the inspiration comes and an idea forms. Needless to say, I was pretty proud of myself for thinking this project out and going so far as to create a detailed colored sketch of what I wanted it to look like (an excellent excuse to play with my new Derwent Inktense Colored Pencils, these things are completely AMAZING) as well as an even more detailed list of everything I was going to use/need. So I get home and spend the next 48 hours trying to get us all back on some kind of family schedule. Then, on our third day home the kids go to bed at a reasonable hour and I am not extremely exhausted or extremely crazy feeling and I decide to bang out this awesome panel I planned out (it really shouldn't take that long, right? I mean I actually know what I want to do and how I want to do it, BECAUSE I HAVE A PLAN). So I begin, I slap on the gesso, let it dry. Get out my different gel mediums and texture pastes and follow my plan, taking all the time in the world to let those dry too (I am normally a fairly, okay extremely, impatient crafter) I also complete my focal point, a really cool gel medium transfer using some of the LAST of my Tim Holtz Wallflowers paper collection (note to self: get more of this paper ASAP because I LOVE it). I let this dry (this takes a bit more time, but I have the time BECAUSE I HAVE A PLAN)!!! Then I get out the colors of distress paint I'm using and start to paint, I get to my last color, Peeled Paint. I'm using this as a highlight color, so I don't need much and then...BAM!!! I accidentally squeezed a bit too hard and Peeled Paint EVERYWHERE! Mainly all over my beautiful transfer and doesn't seem like there is a ton of paint in those little dabbers, but when you're covered in it you realize they pack a bit more than you think. So I start to use some of my more colorful vocabulary, some of which I don't think I have dusted off since the last time I was in active labor. I spent the rest of my dedicated crafting time cleaning paint off of myself (turning my sink and shower a beautiful shade of green in the process) and trying to salvage my panel (I HAD A PLAN, damn it)!!! Realizing that there is no saving my panel (there is only so much baby wipes can fix) or my plan, I set it aside thinking I'll start a new one the next night (a panel, not a plan. At this point I'm pretty much over the whole plan thing) and I go to bed (a tad pissed)...

Now this is where my kiddos enter the story. The next morning I go in with my kiddos to collect some supplies for a project to do with them. They see the paint mess and asked what happened. I explained (rather animated I admit) what happened and how I was going to have to start over. That is when I got sent to school by my kids. My daughter (5) and son (7) immediately started talking at the same time, "Mommy, there are NO mistakes in art" "you have to keep going, make it into something beautiful" "no one knows what it's supposed to look like, except you" " you can make something awesome out of ANYTHING with a little bit of imagination." These are all things I have told my kids many times. Not only when we do projects, but in many instances where 'mistakes' are made, and here they were giving it right back to me. I didn't know if I should smack them or kiss them, the latter won out. I also decided to take their advice and show them what a fairly large 'mistake' can turn into. Maybe I will miraculously find the time to create my sketched panel before the deadline. Either way here is the end result, the mistake that is not a mistake. ABSOLUTELY NOTHING like what I set out to do, but a Tim Holtz altered burlap panel none the less. ENJOY.

Thank you all for stopping thru and as always, stay crafty!
CC3 Challenge 6
A Vintage Journey: Dies and Distress
That's Crafty: Masks, Stencils and Templates
Country View Challenges: Stencils

Friday, June 27, 2014

Fun with Watercolor

Hi all. It's time for another challenge over at the amazing Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge Blog put on by Miss Linda Ledbetter. Challenge 5 is all about exploring Tim's Distress Watercoloring Technique Part 1. The walk through for this can be found on page 39 of his book by the same name (a must have for your crafting library). As all of the odd numbered challenges this one is sponsored by Inspiration Emporium a very cool site full of must have products, they also have a great blog full of incredible inspiration and fun challenges. So hop on over there and pick up some supplies so you can head on over to the Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge Blog and join in some fun. Oh, you should also be aware that one special player will be chosen to receive a very special swag bag of goodies courtesy of the dynamic duo Tim and Mario themselves, awesomsauce!!! For this watercolor challenge I decided to pull out some goodness from my stash that I have had for quite some time, but haven't yet had a chance to play with; Paintables from Prima. These seemed like the perfect compliment to this Tim-nique and I had a ton of fun play painting. So, I can't tell you all exactly how this was accomplished, but I can say that after I painted up my paintables I went ahead and matted them up with some handmade backgrounds and some cardstock and stuck them on some premade cards I had handy and ta da!


Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog: Need to use This More (need to use my distress markers and Prima Paintables more)
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog Anything Goes

Thursday, June 19, 2014

CC3C: Texture Paste

Hi all. So things have been beyond busy for us on the home front, however, I finally fit in some time to make a piece for Linda Ledbetter's Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge Blog. I truly can't say enough about Linda and her curiosity crew, amazing ladies and incredible artists. I know I have said it before, but it's worth the repetition; even if you don't want to play along I suggest you head over to check out the challenge here as it is full of awesomeness all around. This challenge (like all the even numbered challenges) is sponsored by the Funkie Junkie Boutique. This is a crazy awesome site and if you haven't hopped over, I recommend you go get your shop on ASAP. One lucky player will also be chosen to receive a bag of swag from Tim and Mario themselves, rad! Challenge 4 is all about using Tim's layering stencils with texture paste. This Tim-nique can be found on page 49 of Tim's book Compendium of Curiosities 3, again, if this is something you don't yet own GO GET IT!!! It is full of inspiration, as are the first two. So for this project I decided to pull out one of the 4x6 burlap panels and just get my texture on. I ended up using a few different mediums with a couple different layering stencils, and I love the various textures that this provided. I am especially fond of how the pumice texture medium looks on the burlap. The grittiness of that layer paired with the opaque bubbles made me think of the sea, so I went with it and added some blues to the greens I had already put down. You can't really tell, but the base background is a page from Tim's Wallflowers paper collection that I transferred using Matte Multi Medium. I added a few more layers of texture and color then threw on the awesome little seahorse die from the Sizzix Alterations Sand and Sea set. The seahorse is cut from grunge board and colored with Patina Gilding Paste then inked with some distress. I gave my seahorse some layered wings made of wood and layered on a graphic 45 staples butterfly to fit with my something different...
Anyway, here are a few photos, hope you enjoy some of what ya see...

Thanks for stopping by and remember to keep it crafty!

Paper Wings Productions: Chipboard and or Wood
Craft Hoarders Anonymous Paint it Ink it Spray it Mixed Media
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: Anything Goes
CC3C: Layering Stencils & Texture Paste
A Vintage Journey: Wings and Things

Friday, June 6, 2014

Mixed Media Canvas

Hi fellow craftaholics. I did something I shouldn't have done last weekend. I just couldn't help myself, the universe was conspiring against me. First, my parents took all three of my beautiful beasties for an entire 36 hours (I have the best parents ever, really). Second, I found a stamp/scrapbook store within 20 miles of my home, that had somehow gone previously undiscovered. Thirdly, the scrapbook store that I frequent is closing. This makes me extremely sad, however, the 50% - 80% off everything in the store does not. And finally, I got all my 'Absolutely Need to get These Things Done Before Aforementioned Beasties Return' list completed....So what to do, what to do? I went supply shopping, but not the kind where I pick a couple of needed things up to start or complete a specific project. We are talking about the crazy shopping, the kind where afterwards my wallet and husband are both like, what the hell just happened? The kind of supply shopping that makes me reorganize my craft corner when I get home. The kind that creates so many new artistic options I have to pause for a couple days to decide what to make next. Total awesomesauce! So one of the new supplies I bought myself were a set of gelatos. I have wanted these for a couple of years now, but have been somewhat intimidated, since it is a whole new medium for me. However, lately I have been trying to really branch out. I have began using oil pastel and watercolors of different kinds in my art journal, so coupled with the 65% off I had access to, I decided to go for it. So glad I did! I am in love! I have had so much fun exploring these fabulous little pigment sticks! Anyway, one of the first little projects I made was this mixed media canvas. I used the gelatos, some oil pastel, distress ink, distress paint, versamark ink, tattered angels spray, and a three dimensional pearl pen.

As always, thank you for stopping by. And until next time, remember to keep it crafty!
I used a ton of Tim's basic ink layering "Tim-niques" to add texture. I also used some of his texture fades stencils and stamped over those with the versamark ink. There really is nothing that can touch Tim Holtz techniques when it comes to adding texture to your projects, especially when creating your own backgrounds.
So these little tea roses take some tricky folding to get the petals right, to find out how, get Tim's new book.
I think this qualifies as anything!
There is something magical to me about this color palette with the shimmer and the little birds...
The baby birdies following their mommy, could there be anything sweeter?
Again, I used tons of techniques to add texture to this piece. I love me some texture.
 The little birds are made of chipboard.
And last but not least I am entering this in Linda Ledbetter's Compendium of Curiosities Vol. III Challenge 3 . As I have said before, this is an amazing blog all about Tim Holtz's book Compendium of Curiosities Vol. III. Challenge 3 is all about Tim's faux tea roses and can be found on pg 65 of his book. Linda has some amazing artists working with her, even if you're not playing along I strongly recommend stopping by to check out the art of Linda and her Curiosity Crew. Linda also has some amazing sponsors. Challenge 3 is sponsored by Inspiration Emporium, a very cool site with all the products you'll need to create some awesome Tim inspired art. To check it all out just click here!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Texture Tag

Hi friends. So last night I decided to whip up a quick tag for the new Vintage Journey challenge Get Some Texture. I decided to pull out a bunch of staple Tim-niques to rock this out. I first used the Sizzix Alterations tag die to cut the tag and then I used some distress inks to cover the whole thing. I used a couple different stencils (some of the stenciling didn't end up coming thru in the pictures). Then I decided to use some blending solution and distress paint, this made a pretty cool effect that I am definitely going to try again on a blank tag so that it shows up better. I then decided to run it thru my BigShot with the wood grain texture fade, I don't know that I would do that again if I was recreating this tag, but I decided not to start over and to embrace imperfection... I used vintage photo to highlight the raised areas and sprayed it with Tattered Angels glimmer mist in Crushed Olive. After that I decided to quit while I was ahead and begin to embellish. I fussy cut the little girl from Tim's found relatives, added some wings and a crown and put her on a bit of frayed burlap. Added a sentiment with Tim's chit chat stickers (I'm completely in love with these) and a word plate with some fiber behind it and ta-da, done. Like I said I'm putting this in over at A Vintage Journey, if you want to play along check it out here. I highly recommend that you do, besides having really fun Tim inspired challenges there is a design team FULL of INCREDIBLE artists and besides being crazy great artists, they are all super duper nice!!! Anyway, let's see some pictures, shall we?

Thanks for stopping by and remember, until next time Keep it Crafty.