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21 March 2013

My Tattered Florals Challenge Entry

I have been working on this banner for our store all week. I finished it a couple of days ago, but have just now found time to take some pics and get them uploaded.

This is not anything super fancy or distress, but I wasn't exactly going for that look this time either. I wanted something a little more Springy and girly. I know that seems strange coming from me huh? Anyway, It wasn't photographing very well with all the lights in the background, so we held up a large piece of cardboard behind a small section of the banner, just to give you a look. The banner actually runs 30 feet across the width of our store and looks quite pretty hanging up. You'll have to come into the store to see the whole thing. Here are a couple of pictures of just a portion of the banner. I knew I was running out of time...and wanted to get this posted so I can get my entry into the contest that ends tomorrow over here: http://timholtz.com/tattered-floral-challenge/ So, you've got until tomorrow to get your entry into the drawing too.

Happy Easter Banner for the Cr@ft L@b store
What sparked this banner idea you might wonder? Well, I had a huge stack of brightly colored felt piled up in my stash and I hadn't done anything with it since I bought it a while back. So, I thought I'd better put it to use before it got lost in the shuffle. So...I made 40 Felt Flowers! Say that 10 times without messing up! LOL.
I had no real rhyme or reason to what colors I put together, I just laid all my flowers out by size and color and then randomly pulled from the stacks until I had them all put together. I used a brad through a flower sequin washer to secure the layers, then a Tombow Power tab to attach the flowers to the paper doilies. Then I hung them from twine with mini clothes pins from Canvas Corp. Since Easter is right around the corner, I decided to add an Easter message to the banner. I made it using my Cricut and the Easter solutions cartridge. I cut out the word SPRING from the same cartridge, and put it on the other side, so it can be switched out after Easter.

Here is a little more of the banner. Sorry it looks a little blurry...like I said before it spans 30 feet, so I could not get it all in one picture and I had a hard time holding my iPad still since the banner is up above my head.

I hope you enjoyed looking at my entry for the Tattered Floral Challenge. Thanks for stopping by my blog. Feel free to leave a comment to let us know you were here.
Have a blessed Easter!

10 March 2013

My Ranger Seasonal Color Palette - March Entry

So I had this idea in my head for a whimsical Easter Tag...then Ranger came out with their March Color Palette contest, so I decided to utilize their color palette to create my tag so I could enter their contest. Below is the tag that I dreamed up for my entry:

I did not take step by step pictures as I created it, because once I got started, I didn't want to ruin my creative momentum. So, all I have to show is the finished product and a couple of close ups to show the detail.

First: I started with a manilla tag and created my background using Distress Paints: Salty Ocean, Broken China and Picket Fence; Mini mister filled with water. I applied some of each Distress Paint on my craft mat, misted the paint with water, then swiped my tag through the paints and dried the tag with my Heat It tool.

Next: I used my Distress Paints and the weeds from my Tim Holtz Spring Sprung stamp set. I used Forest Moss, Mowed Grass and Peeled Paint and stamped my image once in each color. Then I dried it with my Heat It tool. I inked the edges of the tag first with my Ink blending tool and Tumbled Glass Distress Ink around the top portion, then blended a bit of Vintage Photo Distress Ink on the bottom and then lightly around the entire tag. This just seemed to give it a warmer look.

Then I used Black Archival ink and stamped the rabbit from the Spring Sprung set onto a piece of white card stock. I also stamped the Easter egg from the Mini Blueprint 2 set three times onto white card stock.
See close up below:

I used Perfect Pearls Powders and a water brush to create Perfect Pearls paints to color the balloons.  Colors used: Berry Twist, Grape Fizz, Sunflower Sparkle, Turquoise & Sour Apple (eggs i.e. balloons). Look how shimmery those Perfect Pearl Powder paints look! So much pearly goodness!

The rabbit's jacket was painted with Forever Violet Perfect Pearls powder & a water brush. I used Berry Twist on the Rabbit's ears and bow and a tiny touch of Turquoise for his eye. Then I added glossy accents and Ultra Fine White Flower Soft to his tail! Isn't his fluffy little tail cute?

I used the large ball on end of my fabric petal roller tool to burnish the balloons from the backside to give them a curved appearance. I did the same on the rabbit. It really gives the edges a smooth finished look and makes the egg balloons more realistic looking. I love how the egg stamped design could be turned upside down to make a fun balloon for my Easter tag!

I used Diving Twine for the balloon strings: Purple/White, Lime/White & Pink/White. Adhered the twine to the back of the balloons with Glossy Accents and secured it to Mr. Rabbit by tying a knot and running the twine through a few slits I cut in the card stock where his hands are located. I adhered the balloons and Mr. Rabbit with dimensional foam adhesive to make them stand out from the background and give the tag some depth.

I hope you enjoyed looking at my entry in Ranger's Seasonal Palette-March contest. You may enter too!
Just hop on over to the Ranger blog here: http://rangerink.com/seasonal-palette-march/ for all the details! They're giving away some awesome prizes, and all you have to do to enter is post your project using some or all of the products shown in their March Color Palette photo. Good Luck!

I'd love to hear your feedback on my entry. No hoops to jump through, anyone may easily leave a comment below.

Happy Crafting! I hope my tag brings a smile to your day!

08 March 2013

My Take on the Tim Holtz March tag 2013

Here's my take on the Tim Holtz March Tag of 2013

I didn't have all the same supplies he used, so as he's always telling us...I improvised and used what I had on hand to create my tag. I even tried some new techniques and really was pleased with the results.
I started out by cutting my focal piece out of white kraft core using the mini bunny movers & shapers die and the Styled Labels die. I gently sanded the edges then inked using my blending tool and Walnut Stain distress ink. Then I decided to experiment a bit by lightly dabbing my cardstock with the Emboss-it Dabber and then lightly sprinkling on a bit of Seafoam White Embossing powder. Heated it with my Heat It tool to give it a creamy speckled look. I kinda like how it turned out. These pictures don't do it justice.

Next, I decided to try an alternate method for my bunny background. Instead of using the tinsel twine like Tim used, I wondered to myself...What about using the Silver Diamond Range Flower Soft and Alcohol inks?
So, I cut a piece of cardstock big enough to fit the bunny and coated it with Glossy Accents, then covered it with the Flower Soft. I dried it with my Heat It tool because I am impatient. Then I used the foam that comes in Tim's embossing folders packs and applied Pool and Mushroom alcohol ink to the Flower Soft. It looks really cool!

Here is a close up of the Alcohol inked Flower Soft.

And here's what it looks like after I taped it behind the bunny label. WOW! Now the Bunny pops! And you can see the speckled embossing better here too.

Next I cut my tag base using the Tags and Labels die and a piece of cardstock from my Lily Bee Harvest Market pack. This design just looked like Easter paper to me.

I sanded the edges of the tag with my favorite Tim Holtz Sanding block. Hey...I remembered to put something between my project and my craft mat! This is important to remember, otherwise you will sand a hole through your craft mat. I know from experience, Do Not sand on your craft mat!

Next I used a piece of light green Kraft Core and lightly sanded it with my sanding block.

Then I used an EK Success Icicle punch to punch a row of Grass. I use this punch more for Grass than I do for icicles! Had to improvise, since I haven't received my Tim Holtz Tapered Fringe die yet.

I used some Glossy Accents to adhere three rows of grass to the bottom of my tag for grass. Then I used my fingers to ruffle up the grass for a more realistic effect.

Then I cut a banner using my Tim Holt Tattered Banners die. Again, I used some Lily Bee paper I had in my scrap bin. And I stamped it using the Hello Friend stamp from Tim's NEW Simple Saying
CMS155 set. Oh how I love this set of stamps! Thanks Tim!

Now the assembly part. I forgot to photograph how I did the ribbon, but I used some ribbon similar to Tim's Seam Binding ribbon and I distressed it using some Spun Sugar and Worn Lipstick Distress Stain, crinkled it up and dried it with my Heat It tool and then tied it around the Styled Label as shown above. Then I used some Glossy Accents to adhere my stamped banner at the top above the bunny.

I used some dimensional foam squares to adhere the bunny label to the tag. It's coming together, but it still needed something else...then I remembered, Tim used Flowers on his! Yeah...that's what it needs!

I grabbed a couple of Prima mulberry flowers out of their Wildflower tube and painted them with Spun Sugar, Mustard Seed and Wild Honey Distress Paints. Did I mention how much I love these paints? They are the best thing since...Tim Holtz Distress!
I also decided to use some plastic sequin flowers...wish I knew where I got them and where I could get more, because they are awesome too. And a couple of blingy corsage pins...they will be my flower centers.
I bent the pins using my pliers and then assembled the flowers...first the plastic sequin flower was threaded onto the pin, followed by the Prima mulberry flower. I trimmed the ends of the pins with bolt cutters...my wire cutters wouldn't touch the tough steel and my Tonic scissors couldn't cut it either...plus I really didn't want to risk ruining my Favorite Tim Holtz scissors.

This is just a close up of the flowers before I assembled them.

Ah Ha! I just had to add a blingy collar to the bunny. He was begging for some bling!

See how pretty the flower looks once assembled and attached. I covered up the pin stem using a scrap of green Kraft Core that matches the grass.

Now you can see both the flowers.

The pretty pink flower in all it's glory.

One more close up of the flowers with the bunny label.

Finally, one last look at the finished tag!
I really enjoyed this journey. It took me longer to write this blog post than it took me to create this tag!
Thanks so much for looking. Please post a comment if you like my take on Tim's tag.

Your turn...Hop on over to Tim's blog and try your own take on his March 2013 tag! It's fun!
I'm pretty sure he'll be giving away prizes, and you can't win unless you post your creation on his blog!
Have fun and Good Luck!