Wednesday, August 26, 2015

The August 12 Tags of 2015

Hi friends! Today I'm sharing my tag for August 12 Tags 2015! I can't remember the last time I created one of Tim's 12 tags or something for just the sake of making something. I need to do this more often! I had a great time, I even stayed up until midnight and that's way past my bed time.  

The tag is filled with great techniques! 

Love the background technique, I think that's my favorite part.

"go where your heart takes you"

Check out Tim's blog for the full tutorial!

Have some FUN and try some new techniques!
I hope you will join in and don't forget to upload YOUR tag on Tim's blog...there could be prizes involved! 

Thanks for joining me today!
Richele

Upcoming Classes at Scrapbook Island's Creative Escape!

Hello there! I'm so excited to be going back to The Scrapbook Island's Creative Escape in Los Gatos (San Jose area), California. The store is packed with products to create with and vintage finds to add to your stash, the perfect combo of goodies. The classroom is huge and  has big comfy chairs. 
It's a little piece of heaven! 
Classes dates September 25th - 27th, 2015


BIRD CRAZY FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Are you “Bird Crazy”?  Come learn coloring techniques using Distress Markers, water brush and the Distress Spritzer. Each card will feature a background technique with Texture Paste, Distress Ink, stamps, Layering Stencils and more. 
BONUS - Bird images are die cut for you!
Friday, September 25th 6:00 - 9:30 pm
Saturday's class is already FULL. 

SPOOKY HALLOWEEN WALL HANGING
If you love Halloween as much as I do you will love this creepy decor piece because it’s all about the “Spook” factor with skulls, bones, drippy blood and tiny potions. Class is filled with techniques using many of the new and old Idea-ology, Sizzix and Ranger products to transform an ordinary worn cover in to a wall hanging that’s perfect for Halloween. 
Saturday, September 26th 3:00 - 7:00pm
More info here!

ELEGANT HOLIDAY SHADOW BOX
Project photos coming soon after Tim's release announcement!
The project is packed with the new Tim Holtz Idea-ology products!
Create a nostalgic holiday shadow box by transforming an ornate metal Flip Frame in to a beautiful decor piece. There is lots of techniques to share in the class using Distress Spray Stains, Alcohol Inks, Distress Glitter, Stickles Glitter and more. Make little pinecones and flowers using the Sizzix Tiny Tattered Floral dies, they will even have a little frosty sparkle on them. You will love the new Tim Holtz Christmas collection from Idea-ology that gives the project a old time vintage look. Join me to create this unforgettable keepsake to display for many years to come.   
Sunday, September 27th 11:30 - 4:00pm
More info here!

If you have any questions call The Island's Creative Escape
(408) 402-3581 

I hope to see you there! 
It's going to be a great weekend! 
Richele

Monday, August 24, 2015

Those "Bird Crazy" Witches

Hello all! Hope you all had an awesome weekend. As you can see I've made another Bird Crazy card. These Witches are good friends all dressed up ready for Halloween. heeheehee

This card features Mono Printing in the background for a spooky effect, masking on the moon using a circle die and coloring with Distress Markers, Waterbrush and the Distress Spritzer to add a little texture. 

Stamp the Bird Crazy and Crazy Things images on to Watercolor Cardstock with Jet Black Archival ink. 

Color them with Distress Markers and then blend with the Detail Waterbrush. Add a little texture using the Distress Spritzer. You can see the full tutorial on coloring here. Don't forget Tim Holtz has a Bird Crazy Thinlits set that die cuts the bird, eyes, beak and wings. Makes it super easy. Coming in October is the dies for all the Crazy Things (accessories). I can't wait!

Using the Shatter Layering Stencil from Stampers Anonymous apply Distress Ink directly to the stencil, spray with water, press on to a piece of Watercolor Cardstock, blot off excess water and ink, then carefully lift off the stencil.  

Repeat the mono printing technique for the bottom section. 

Add Distress Ink to the edges of the card with a Mini Ink Blending Tool and Distress Ink. 

Die cut a circle from a scrap piece of paper. I used the middle Sized Circles Movers and Shapers Die but any circle will do. Save both the positive and negative from the die cut. Lay the circle over the background and use the Mini Ink Blending Tool to add Fossilized Amber for the Moon. 

Fossilized Amber is the perfect color for the Moon! 

Place the Circle die cut over the moon to protect it from water spatter. NOW with the new Distress Sprayer splatter a little water. If you just pull the trigger slowly it will create droplets of water. Super cool don't you think. Love this feature of the bottle no more putting water in your hand and flicking. Let the droplets sit for a little bit or use a Heat Tool to partially dry them the blot off the excess and it will create a lighter spot. It's all about the layers. 

I also added some droplets of ink. Don't forget to protect the moon on this step too. 

Often times I can't find the right color cardstock in my stash so this is a great solution Cut another piece of cardstock a little larger then my background. Color the edges of the cardstock with Distress Marker or Distress Ink. Now you have the prefect color that matches your card. 

Ink all the edges with Black Soot Distress Ink on an Ink Blending Tool. 
Adhere the Layers together.  

Stamp the message from the Stampers Anonymous set Crazy Talk. This is a great set the has tons of Massages for the inside and the outside of your cards. Now you know how it's hard to get the message straight? With Tim's grid block it takes the guess work out of it. Mount the message on the block by lining up the grid with the bottom or top of the message. 

Then stamp the message on your card lining up the grid from the block. I like to test it on a scrap first. I love how easy these Grad Blocks are to use, so easy! 

Add the Bird Crazy Witches with foam tape.

Here are a few close ups! 

BEWARE: Bird Crazy can be very addictive!

Thanks for popping in, I always love that you're here.
Richele

Here's all the goodies I've used. 

Thursday, July 30, 2015

The Undertaker….

Hello Friends! I'm so excited you love those Bird Crazy stamps and dies as much as I do. Thank you so much for leaving comments on the last couple posts. I loved hearing from all of you and your choices for names were awesome!

I don't know about you but I love Halloween. I think it's one of my favorite holidays, maybe because it brings you back to your childhood. Although I can't really remember what I dressed up as a child I do remember the fun, the excitement and the CANDY! 

My card started with this colorful background. Start by spraying some Distress Spray Stains (Twisted Citron, Ripe Persimmon and Seedless Preserves) onto a piece of Manila Cardstock and let dry. Don't overlap the colors too much or you will get lots of brown. I added the bats with the "BATGROUND" Layering Stencil and Black Soot Distress Ink on an Ink Blending Tool. You can also add a little texture with the Distress Spritzer and a neutral color of Distress Marker like Hickory Smoke. One of the NEW Distress Colors for 2015! 
The Cabinet Card is painted with Distress Paint (Black Soot and a little Seedless Preserves and Twisted Citron) dry brush style and then spattered with a little Picket Fence Distress Paint.  
Love this Tim Holtz "UNDERTAKER" stamp set from Stampers Anonymous. So many great elements…backgrounds, focal points big and small, the Happy Halloween in a great font, and the spider…EEK! 

and the BATGROUND Layering Stencil……the name is perfect!  

The Undertaker is stamped on to Watercolor Cardstock using Archival Ink. Use an Ink Blending Tool and Distress Ink (Twisted Citron and Gathered Twigs) to add a little color around the edges to make him spooky. I think Twisted Citron is the perfect color! Die your Black and Cream Trimmings with Seedless Preserves for the hatband and tie on the side. The Heirloom Rose in a dark purple is the perfect touch. Don't forget the Corked Vial of poison, add it to the bow with a Loop Pin and a Screw Eye in the cork. 

The Halloween was stamped on to Manila cardstock with Archival 
ink. Color the Halloween with a Detail Waterbrush and Seedless Preserves Distress. Spritz over it with Hickory Smoke Distress Marker and trim it out with scissors. The Plaquette has a little Black Soot Distress Paint rubbed on it, looks old and creepy now! 

Adding little details to your projects makes them special…like the Corked Vial with a Poison label, stitching around the Cabinet Card, paint rubbed on the Plaquette, the spritzing….What details do you like to add to cards?

"TRICK OR TREAT"
Richele

Here's all the goodies I used from Simon Says Stamp!