Saturday, June 25, 2016

New Workshops - It's All About the Scrapbook in Dixon, California

Hello friends! I'm so excited to be teaching at "It's all about the Scrapbook" in Dixon, California July 22nd and 23rd. 

“Sweet Memories”
Friday, July 22nd 6:00 - 9:30 pm

Transform an ordinary Tim Holtz Flip Frame into a charming vintage shadow box. You will be learning techniques using Ranger and Idea-ology products for photo tinting, painting to achieve the perfect vintage look, creating a layered background and more. Class includes everything but of corse you’re welcome to bring items or photos to personalize your project.


"Exploring the Colors of Distress"
Saturday, July 23rd 10:00 - 2:00 pm

Come explore your creativity using some of the NEW Tim Holtz Distress products, Dina Wakley Media Board and Sizzix Alteration dies. I will guide you through several techniques using the new Tim Holtz Distress Crayons and you’ll learn how versatility they really are. Coloring, shading, how they react when wet...the possibilities are endless. We will be creating 4 mini works of art to display in our Flip Frame, each art panel will be composed of different techniques and styles. 



"Family Mini Configurations Book"
Saturday, July 23rd 3:00 - 8:00 pm 

Create beautiful memories using the Tim Holtz Mini Configurations book where there is lots of places to add special treasures. Class is filled with techniques using many Idea-ology and Ranger products that will transform the ordinary into an extraordinary family heirloom. Everything will be included in your class kit like photos, trinkets and even a few vintage items. If you’d like to personalize your project your welcome to bring family photos, mementos and treasures. 

Call "It's all About the Scrapbook" 
at 707-676-5252 for more details. 

Hope to see you there!
Richele

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Experimenting with Substrate

Hello friends! 
I love to experiment with new product…today was a good day to test what Substrate can do. 

What is Substrate you ask?

It's a Tim Holtz Product. 
 It's a textured paper that is thicker then cardstock. 
It comes in 3 shades…white, kraft and dark brown. 
It's flexible.
 It can be painted or inked.
It can be washed.
It's great for die cutting.
It can be sewn and you know how I love to sew. 
It can be crumpled up.
It's fun to emboss. 
You can stamp on it. 

Here are a few photos from my experiments.

Snip the edge and then you're able to tear it. Love the layers that are exposed. 

Crumple it, works if you wet it or it can be dry too. 

I washed it after I crumpled it and it gave it the look of worn leather. 

Use Distress Spray Stain to create a old weathered look. The swatch on the left is what I started with. 

Embossed!

Die cut with a Thinlit! 

Die cut with a Steel Rule Die. Love this Gadget Gears 2 Bigz Die. 

Sewed it together!

Stamped on the Substrate with Archival ink. 
Colored the flower with Distress Markers and a Water Brush. This was a little surprising that the Substrate reacted a little like watercolor cardstock.  I see more experimenting in my near future. 

Colored with Distress Crayons then lifted color off through a Layering Stencil using a wet cloth. Oh my the possibilities. 

I had such a FUN day experimenting! 
I'm thinking of more ideas to try and can't wait to play again! 
What are you going to try?

Thanks for stopping by!
Richele

Saturday, May 28, 2016

12 Tag of 2016 - MAY Technique Remix

Happy Memorial Day Weekend! 
I hope you all have plans….spending time with family, creating, eating, shopping, or even trying something new.
If you have time I highly recommend working on your Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2016 Technique Remix for the month of May. This months Tag is filled with techniques and the results are AWESOME! Thank you Tim Holtz for another month of inspiration!  You can find all the details and how to on Tim's blog

Here is what I came up with! I love this stamp with this little boy and his dog! 






Have a great weekend and thanks so much for stopping in.
Richele

Thursday, April 14, 2016

A New Adventure - Weaving Fabric

Hello friends!!! As you know I love fabric and with Quilt Market coming up in May and I'm deep in sewing projects…right were I love to be. Sewing is my passion, it really sings to my heart and soul. The samples are being made with the new line of Tim Holtz Eclectic Elements fabric and is called "Correspondence". You can find it in stores now. 

I was looking on Instagram one day and came across some fascinating post from Tara Curtis aka T_JAYE on Instagram.  She is a Master of Modern Weaving so I went to her site and did some research. I bought a book and some weaving needles. I was ready to try my first project…. many weeks went by and finally I started my weaving. 

I drew lines on a piece thick foam core board at the angels specified. 

Using a Bias Strip Maker I made lots and lots of 1/2" strips. Did I say lots! 

Then I started weaving off a diagram in the book I had purchased. Here is the first layer. 

Then I wove the next layer. At this point I was thinking I sure hope this is right because there is no resemblance of a star yet. So I kept weaving on the leap of faith that it would all turn out the way I wanted. 

I started the third and final layer. Here is a view of the weaving in progress. The pink thing is the weaving needle that I purchased from Tara. I can't even imagine how you would do this without the weaving needle.  
You can start to see the star now. But at this point I decided that my fabric choices weren't that good. There was to much white space in my dark fabric. So back to the drawing board I went. 

I made more strips. 

I did a little trial run with some different fabric choices and I think this is going to be okay. 

I started again but this time I went back and looked at a video. So much easier to weave this way. The first layer was a piece of cake. 

The second layer was also pretty painless. All was good except for the little error I made in the middle of the piece, of corse it's in the middle. Right? After it was all fixed I was on to the next layer. I learned it's not a good idea to be distracting while weaving! lol

Now the third layer is complete. I really love the way the striped fabric added a new pattern to the piece. A happy accident! 

So worth all the work. 

After the piece was stabilized with iron on interfacing on the back and stay stitching around the outer edge. I trimmed the piece to size and sewed on the binding. 

I'm really excited how it turned out! It was well worth all the work and I can't wait to try another! 

To find out more about Modern Weaving head over to Tara's website, there is so much inspiration and information there! 
Thank you Tara for all the words of encouragement throughout the process.  

Thanks for stopping by!
Richele

Monday, April 11, 2016

Guest Artist - Tuesday's Tutorials with Marjie Kemper. l

Hello friends! I'm super excited to be featured over on the Marjie Kemper Tuesday's Tutorial Blog. The site features a new Mixed Media artist from around the world every Tuesday.  Click here to check out all the awesome inspiration. 


Here's a little peek…
Marjie, thank you so much for featuring my project! 
Don't forget to pop over to Marjie's blog.

Thanks for stopping by!
Richele

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Steampunk Canvas with Distress Crayons

Hello friends! Today I have more inspiration with the Tim Holtz Distress Crayons! I really love the versatility of the Crayons, how they react when a little water is added, the way they make the surface feel and they come in my favorite Distress colors. 


The Flip Frame is a great way to display my mini works of art. 
I cut down a piece of Dina Wakley Media Board to fit my Flip Frame (3 1/4" x 5").Dina's new Media Board is coated with Gesso and it's a great surface for the Crayons and I love the added texture.

Draw Distress Crayons directly to the surface. If you are working on a larger area you would want to work in small sections at a time. 

Add a little bit of water and blend the Crayons with your fingers. 

Add another layer of Distress Crayons to deepen the colors. Add Walnut Stain to the outer edge to create a border and dry with a heat tool. 

One of my favorite techniques to do with the Crayons is to lift color back off through a stencil with a damp cloth. The stencil is made with the Mixed Media #3 Thinlits Set. It's always a good thing when you can multi task a product and use them for more them one thing. You could also use a Layering Stencil the new Mini Layering Stencils are the perfect size for small projects and cards.

Use the stencil vertically and horizontally to create interest. 

Randomly add Remnant Rubs. Cut out a section of Remnant Rubs, position over the canvas and using the Rub Tool rub the words randomly over the canvas. 

Cut Found Relative out and adhere to canvas with Collage Medium. Brush a layer of Collage Medium over the Found Relative and let dry. 

Draw around the Found Relative with a dark Distress Crayon and smudge with your finger. This will create a shadow and make the guy stand out. Add a Vial Label with a little Remnant Rub number. 

Distress Crayons also work on metal! Draw Crayon directly on to metal pieces and rub off the excess with a dry cloth. The Crayon will stay in the words of the Quote Band and around the raised areas of the Timepiece. 

Attach the Timepiece and Mini Gears by poking a hole through the canvas and securing them with Fasteners. I added foam tape behind the Timepiece to raise it up. 

Mask off the areas you don't want to splatter with a Post-it Note like his face and the Quote Band at the bottom. The Ranger Distress Splatter brush is a nice size. It's small and I think the splatter stays more contained. 

Splatter Black Soot Distress Paint with the Distress Splatter Brush. Apply a few drops of Distress Paint on to your craft Sheet, pick the paint up at the end of the Splatter Brush and splatter on to canvas.  

Add Nail Heads to Quote Band with Glossy Accents. 



I am really liking the versatility of the Crayons and how you can use them in so many different ways. The possibilities are endless. I can't wait to get some more time to play and experiment. 
I hope you will love the Distress Crayons as much as I do. 

Thanks for stopping by!
Richele

Here's all the goodies I used for this project.