tim’s tag 2 (and then some!)

good morning!

not alot of chitchat today – just project!

i got a chance to play a bit more with some of tim holtz’s 12 tags of christmas this past weekend and here is what i ended up with:

it is another gift bag – this one is basically tag 2 BUT a few modifications and a couple of things borrowed from other tags.  the st. nikolai stamp is from I Brake For Stamps and was drawn by my brother!

by far one of my fave things in the sessions of 12 tags was tim’s twist on the Cuttlebug Smoosh technique i first learned via the Technique Junkies newsletter.  rather than inking the whole embossing folder he stamped on it and then ran it through for embossing.  pure brilliance and huge DUH moment for me!!!  if you look closely at this picture you will see that the tree branches appear to be behind the snowflake swirls.  the tag is cut using my cricut, stamped with distress ink and clear embossed, then inked.




I tried my hand at what tim showed using one of his new facets pieces.  LOVE these pieces but not too happy with how mine turned out – it is too black still :(  i added a couple of tim’s pearl baubles to my twine along with the facet.










Another trick i pulled from one of the other tags was the enameled metal.  i did not do the UTEE and paint but i did do the distress embossing powders on the metal pieces and i like how it turned out.  the reindeer is also cut on my cricut and then embossed and inked.  something fun i learned about my Imagine – i did the reindeer on my Cricut Imagine so i used white paper and then printed the color, then cut it out.  well that means it has a white core like coordinations pretty much.  so when i embossed it and lightly sanded it a bit i had white paper to ink over!  i further accented him with red viva decor pearl pen.  the red poinsettia is from Wild Orchids.

i thoroughly enjoyed getting down and dirty in my studio – that is my roots and i have strayed pretty far from them since getting into copics :P  i hope to put a few more of his ideas to use.  i did already take out the lampshade i have been meaning to do for pezza while i was doing colorwash sprays and got the sprayed – it is raspberry and watermelon – always been her two favorite Ranger colors.  next i need to embellish….hhmmmmmmm…..

have a great day!

tim’s 12 tags – tag 1 DONE! (kind of)

hi all!

did everyone have a good weekend?  ours was not bad.  saturday night we went to old town alexandria for hubby’s company christmas party.  it was fun – we always sit with his coworker brian and his wife dawn who we really really like.  unfortunately dinner was SUPER late which meant we were out super late – dinner was finished after 10 pm.  and then we had over an hour drive home.  now if you have been reading my blog for some time you know i am NOT a night person.  i am an early bird.  well i was completely wiped out yesterday and good for NOTHING!  so my to do list became a did not do list :P  luckily pezza has a long day at school today so i can shift into high gear and get to work!!!

i also pulled out all of my christmas cookie books while waiting for my coffee this morning so i can get my baking under way – oh how i love making christmas cookies!  YUM!  and pezza LOVES to help bake too.  she also wants to see my old bread machine in action so we will be making bread too!


today is a Scrap n Tote guest designer post.  What’s that you ask??  a perfect storage answer for all of your Cricut cartridges, overlays and handbooks that takes up far less space than those bulky boxes they come in!  you might also want to check out it’s sister company Contain Ya Crafts - really good products for storage and organization of ALL sorts of art and crafting goodies. 

now where does tim holtz’s 12 tags of christmas fit in to all of this?  if you have not been watching these you are truly missing out – the man’s creative genius continues to leave my jaw hanging open and i have been following him for years – how DOES he do it????

let’s take another look at tag 1:


aawesome!  now i do not need any tags so i decided i would use the ideas here on a scrapbook page. i  also do not have alot of his latest released stuff (i know shame huh – a budget will do that to ya WAH).  but i wanted to see if i could make do with what i have so here is my two page spread using my cricut instead for the die cuts:

This layout is based on the layout done by a friend of mine Monique – she does the most amazing layouts EVER!!!!  it uses quite a few different cartridges and that is when the Scrap n Tote can really be the best way to store your cartridges – easy to thumb through and get out what you need!

This is the portion that was inspired by tim’s first tag.  i used my cricut Imagine and regular paper.  the house is from the Heritage cartridge and then i embossed it with an oldie but goodie – my distressed stripes cuttlebug embossing folder.  next i swiped it gently with an ink blending foam tool and vintage photo distress ink.  next i used mother of pearl modeling cream by viva decor to mimic the snow on the roof and then sprinkled it with Art Institute vintage glass glitter - ultrafine of course.  i did the same thing on the tree which is cut from the Camp Out Cricut Cartridge and the picket fence cut from the Heritage cartridge.

my snowy background is done with several distress inks and perfect pearls mist – a technique i first saw in the always fabulous Technique Junkies newsletter.  my snowflakes are from an Inkadinkado stamp set.

i also gave my snowflakes a mist of perfect pearls mist.  i prefer making my own shimmering mists because it’s cheaper and gives me more control over the colors/color combinations.  plus the ranger mini misters are the best bottles i have used yet.

i added a cool snowflake border to my pic on this page – an easy trick in photoshop elements.  i purchased the page mask border in a set from Scrapbook Graphics.  i prefer to print my own photos so i can crop them and size them exactly the way i want them.

i also typed on my pics to continue the title.

i have managed to rack up quite a collection of cartridges for my cricut over the years – about a third of the ones released so far (thanks to the fabby prices at stampsalive!)  while that really expands my options it becomes much harder to keep track of what images i have where.  a brand new website makes it a breeze – Cricut Search allows you to search for an item – like pine cones – on every cricut cart made.  then i picked out several i liked.

i inked allof my edges on the mats and pinecones and then added accents using viva decor pens - chrome silver pearl pen and holographic glitter liner.

i did this project completely on my Cricut Imagine machine – i thought it was about time i make friends with it!  i have to say i really like it!  i love the digital screen instead of the manual buttons – it makes it easier to pick and customize my images.  i can also tell you it cuts much better than previous machines.  i spoke with Jim Colby, the VP of product development at Provo Craft over the weekend and he confirmed that they had made improvements to the cutting mechanisms and it really shows.  i used all white papers and *colored* my images using the Blossom Imagine cartridge.  this way i knew all of the items would be perfectly coordinated.  i had purchased a pack of stampin up 12×12 white paper but i was not happy with it – half of it was a thin sort of glossy paper – not what i wanted.  so i will have to see what paper i like so i am ready for more print and cut fun.

as i played around i made a few key discoveries – it is way easier to be able to pick out all the shapes i want, size them, color them, etc from a cartridge and then get them all done at once as opposed to having to switch colored papers for each layer.  also there is a nice little check box on the screen right before you print called load last.  this enables me to leave my piece of white paper on the mat, cut what i need, LEAVE the paper on and then begin my next cuts at the end of the last ones so i can use up the whole sheet of paper before pulling it off the mat again.

welli need to get my day started so i better sign off here!  i hope you all have a fabulous week ahead of you!!!  thanks so much to all of you who take time out fo your busy day to check in and see what i have been up to!  you all mean so much to me!


playin’ with clay Tim Holtz style plus studio G news!

hello all!

we have been having a deeVINE time here at my mom’s!  the weather is fabulous!  Sunday we had our crawfish boil family reunion so i got to see all my aunts and cousins PLUS eat boiled crawfish, potatoes & corn YUM YUM YUM!  GOT to be my favorite!  and of coursse like 4 helpings of dessert since i had to try it ALL!  i think i ate dessert again for dinner too…….

i have THE best cousins EVER – well family in general.  it is one long running joke when we get together.  saturday my brother and oldest cousin Tad arrived early so we had tons of laughs.  then they all decided to go play with a ouija board (sp?) – i have yet to hear those stories – but down here in bayou country we are still very in touch with the old beliefs surrounding spirits and such.  i think i laughed more this weekend than i do all year…well except when i am at CHA…..

my family hs owned this property for several hundred years and we have oak tress out front well over 200 years old and HUGE!!!  of COURSE they are kid magnets and have been for generations:

pezzy’s new little buddy from next door:

seriously y’all how CUTE are they?????

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new studio G!  i KNOW my gallery is seriously out of date and i hope to work on it soon.  in the mean time here are the latest pics i got (no series number for them yet):

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last i have a fun project for you that i did recently.  i had the opportunity recently to get into some Viva Decor Pardo Clay along with a number of other Viva Products and made several pieces with some Tim Holtz stamps:

i started off with a piece of Ranger’s white glossy paper and some alcohol inks – ranger’s paper IS the BEST to use with alcohol inks.  i did a simple polished stone background.  I stamped the TH stamp using Coffee Archival Ink.  i added a TH foliage embellishment & metal corner and a bit of german scrap across the top – German Scrap can be aged a bit or changed altogether with alcohol ink.  (Many of these items are in stock AND ON SALE on my website.)

my corner piece is Pardo clay.  I rolled it very thin with my pasta machine.  I stamped a TH corner stamp into the clay and then i brushed on some Viva Decor Precious Metals gold paint so it settled into the impressions but not so much on the surface.

The butterfly is some really cool stuff from Viva Decor and available now at SCACD called 3D Glitter Gel Paste.  I cut a butterfly from the Cricut Storybook cartridge out of the thick back of a DCWV paper pad to make my stencil.  Next I smoothed glitter paste over it, then removed the stencil for a gorgeous raised butterfly!

well that’s enough out of me for now!

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Tim tags 2009 – Tag 1!


a lil drive by posting for ya!


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**in addition i have been posting some limited items at incredible prices in the >>clearance<< section.  these are things i pulled out while doing inventory, mostly items i ordered for myself but since i have to order in multiples i have lots of extras.**

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i finally got a chance to do one of Tim’s 12 tags from this past Christmas.  i am going to try to do one every month at least!  so this is tag #1 from Tim’s tutorials.  i did two cards using the same tutorial:

i thought i would like the bottom one better but i think i like the top one best.  i will be seeing Tim next weekend for a class before CHA – maybe i will give him a valentine – what do you think???!!!  tee heeee!  i left out a few steps – the wire ribbon, the icicles but i like it!

these both use the sketch from papertake weekly which is a good one!

now off to coax she-who-never-sleeps into her bed for the night to give hubby a break :)

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SFYTT and a card bunch for ya!




scroll all the way down and you will see this:

THE TOTAL PACKAGE — Tempting Treats
Designs by Marti Wills
Create a sweet stamped card and treat bag topper that look good enough to eat.


So go get your copy today!!!!  and be sure and grab up some of my YUMMY Chocolate Treats 1 & 2 stamp sets from the Polkadot Pie collection because you know what happens as soon as Christmas is over……VALENTINE’S DAY!!  they are already flyin’ out the door – that’s how i knew the magazine must have come out!


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i have a few cards for you today all using the stamps i recently released that are made from drawings done by my brother – you can see them >>HERE<<.  these images are PERFECT for Tim Holtz-ish styled stamping & fun TH products:

This one was stamped in versamark and covered in Distress embossing powders.  i distressed all the edges with my paper distresser tool.

next up is my brother’s gorgeous christmas fireplace illustration stamp – again i stamped in versamark and used several distress embossing powders.

this last one is inked up with a few different colors of memento dew drops - with the shading built right in it is super easy to ink up a few different colors that follow the shading patterns, stamp and you’re done!

i STILL have a few of these beautiful stamps left in stock for some wow christmas cards for those who don’t always want to have to color in an image!  i am hoping to get time this weekend to use these with some of tim’s 12 tags tutorials he is doing right now!  are you doing them as well?  FUN! FUN STUFF!!


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