Tim Holtz August 2014 Tag

I am making this tag based on Tim Holtz’s August 2014 tag seen here.  He uses a multitude of techniques to include texture paste through stencils, distress embossing powder on the edges, and sewing film/measuring tape onto the tag.  Although my tag may look nothing like his, I did mimic his methods.  And I believe that is Tim’s hope for the challenges:  we take his techniques and make our own art.

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In case you’re wondering, 5′ 7.5″ is my height

I’m doing this post late at night, and therefore the picture is being taken inside.  The artificial lighting doesn’t do this tag justice at all.  I will retake it tomorrow in the daylight and post for ya’ll to see.

This tag has been entered into the following blog challenges:
“12 Tags of 2014 – August” from Tim Holtz
“Dressing Up” from Bitten By the Bug 2
“Use your punches and dies” from The Crafter’s Cafe
“Button it Up!” from Craft Hoarders Anonymous
“Bingo” *lace, charm, and blue* from Chocolate, Coffee, and Cards
“Summery Colours” from That Craft Place

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Wings of Faith

I stumbled across this quote from J.M. Barrie recently and thought it was just beautiful.  I’ve have always had a thing for butterflies and flight, so this really spoke to me.  I fiddled with the phrase in Microsoft Word until I got a format I liked.  Then, I printed it onto regular printer paper and cut it out.  On the back of the paper, I lightly traced the letters with a pencil.  Then I flipped it over and rubbed a scraper over the front to transfer the pencil to my card.  Finally, I wrote over the pencil with a marker.

Some creative, but simple, stamping went into the rest of this card.  The butterflies are from the Stampin’ Up Watercolor Minis set.  They are actually 2 stamps overlapped for a great dimensional look.  The butterfly in profile was done by inking only 1/2 of the stamps.  The flowers all come from the Stampin’ Up Easy Elegance set.  To achieve this look, I inked the stamp with all 3 colors before stamping.  Using ink pads, I carefully lined it up so only the stems were green and the petals were pink.  (Markers could be used instead of ink pads.)  Then with a slightly darker pink marker, I inked the petal edges blending the colors directly on the stamp.  If your inks have dried some, rewet them by huffing or breathing warm air onto the stamp.

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“for to have faith is to have WINGS”
- J.M. Barrie

This card has been entered into the following blog challenges:
“Word Play” from Country View
“Summery Colours” from That Craft Place
“Summer Days” from Vintage Stamping
“Spring or Autumn” from The Squirrel and the Fox
“Anything Goes” from Brown Sugar
“Anything Goes” from Simon Says Stamp Wednesday
“Anything Goes” from Cute Card Thursday

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Red All About it

Call me a tree hugger if you like, but I don’t like to be wasteful.  I save most of my paper scraps for future projects and recycle the ones that aren’t salvageable.  I recently cut out this image to use for a background on another card and was left with 224 little triangles.  It would be such a shame to toss so many perfectly cut triangles.  So the result was I designed another card to use them, well just a few of them.

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From the Edge to Edge Cricut cartridge

My background was done in 2 layers.  First, I inked victorian velvet distress ink with a round blending tool through the Tim Holtz Bubble layering stencil.  Second, I used a Stampin’ Up marker in baroque burgundy and marker spritzer to mist some splats of color.  Both the cover and inside sentiments are from the Stampin’ Up Cheery Chat set.

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Inside sentiment: “Sharing in the happiness of your wonderful news!”

Each triangle was inked with Ranger perfect medium, then dipped into a homemade mixture of gold perfect pearls and ultra thick embossing enamel (UTEE).  After heat embossing, they were glued down with Tombow mono aqua liquid glue (by far my fav liquid glue).

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Glitzy emboss

This card has been entered into the following blog challenges:
“Best Wishes/Congratulations” from Pile it On
“Use your punches and dies” from Crafter’s Cafe
“Monochromatic” from Crafting for all Seasons
“Luxury” from Addicted to CAS

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Desert Garden Stationery

Sorry for the delay this morning.  I love Time Warner internet when it works.  Too bad it stopped working nationwide last night.  That’s the 2nd time this month.  And with us living on a military base, we don’t have any other options for internet service.  Grrr.  But on the positive side, when it is working, it’s lightening fast.

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Witty Wednesdays with Christi

One of our Exploring Cricut and More followers asked this question recently.

”Have had the Explore for about a week.  Used my Expression 2 for years and did center cut of photos for my scrapbooking pages.  Do a lot of birding around (next up is Africa) and center cuts make a great looking frame around bird photos.  I was wondering if you or the crew have a way to get a design lined up on the canvas to insure a perfect center cut of a photo.  The designs do not have guide lines that seem to be of much help.”

I have already answered her via e-mail, but I thought I would share my answer with all of ya’ll, as well.  Although I love my Expression 2, I never have used the center cut feature.  So my answer won’t be a way to adapt the technique to the Explore but rather how I would achieve the same result.

Let’s say your picture is 4″x6″ and the part you would like to cut out is 3″x5″, which leaves 1/2″ of excess on all sides.  Open cricut design space and insert an oval image.  Go to the edit toolbar and change the size to 3″x5″.  You may need to unlock the sizes, otherwise every adjustment you make will keep the image proportional and not the size you desire.  This is achieved by clicking on the lock icon until it opens.  At this point, there is no need to worry about positioning.  Where the image is on this screen is not where it will cut on the canvas.

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Only set the Size and not the Position while in this screen

Click Go and the matt preview will pop up.  In this screen, you can move the oval to whatever position you desire.  Click on the oval and a cursor box will surround your image.  Align the cursor box so the top left corner is at 1/2″x1/2″ on the screen.  Now, place your picture in the top left corner of your cutting matt (aka 0″x0″).  Load your matt and cut like normal.

Something to notice is Design Space creates a border of about 1/4″ around the matt where it will not cut.  So if you want to cut an oval placed directly in the corner of your picture, you will need to move the oval (and your picture) to another spot on the matt.  It may require some basic math, but ya’ll are some pretty smart folks and will have no issues.  Also, remember that each solid line represents an inch on the matt.  So even though the font is teeny tiny, you can count the lines to compare the matt on the screen to your cutting matt and make sure everything is lined up perfectly.

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Note, my image is actually set to cut at the 1”x1” mark

Another method is to ignore everything I just said, well at least the stuff about alignment, and just cut the oval in the default position onto some scratch cardstock.  Then, you can use this to “frame” your image to cut exactly where you want it to.  This is very useful if your desired image isn’t in the center of your photo.  In the example below, you can see that my picture is very crooked.  However, the flowers I want to show off are perfectly framed.  Just remember to line up the cardstock on the matt in the same spot each time and remove it before cutting.

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It doesn’t matter if the photo is crooked on the matt as long as your image is properly framed

I made a stationery set using a dozen pictures I took when Matt and I visited the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, Arizona.  The scalloped oval I used to frame my pictures came from the cricut Baby Steps cartridge, but obviously anything will work.  The paper I used is the 8.5″x12″ Southwest cricut cardstock.  One sheet makes 2 A2 cards plus a random extra 1″x8.5″ strip.  I just love how the colors coordinate so well with my desert flowers.

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A whole set of 12 desert beauties

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With Sprinkles on Top

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Challenge Week

This is week’s challenge over at Exploring Cricut & More is “Happy Birthday!”  We would love to have you join us this week.  And if you do, your project should include some sparkle or glitter just for some extra pizzazz!

While I’m a big fan of glitter glues (such as stickles), I personally have always shied away from dry glitters.  No matter how careful you are, they inevitably make a huge mess.  But lately I’ve been in the mood to “break stash” and try new things.  So I dug deep into the dusty corners of my shelves and found some pink and blue glitters.  They were such yummy colors that I thought they would make great sprinkles for some birthday ice cream.

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Happy happy happy birthday!

I used the Simon Says Stamp Ice Cream Cones die* for this project.  But rather than simply paste down some die cuts, I altered it up a tidbit.  Using the Ranger Inkssentials white opaque pen, I drew the waffle texture** on each cone.  I lightly traced the scoops with a pencil and then filled in my lines with some gesso.  It gave the ice cream some texture without being too heavy, like a texture paste would be.  Then, while the gesso was still wet, I added glitter to each scoop.

*If you like to coordinate, this die is part of the Lick It set.  I just received mine and can’t wait to make more ice cream related projects!
**Another side note, the die will also emboss a waffle texture on cardstock.  Look at how cute it is on Kreative Kymona’s card here.

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Gesso give the ice cream scoops some texture

This card has been entered into the following blog challenges:
“Use Your Stash” from Try it on Tuesdays
“A Craft Item you have never used before” from Craft for the Craic
“Best Wishes/Congratulations” from Pile it On

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Circus Elephant

This card is cut out with the Cricut image:  Father’s Day Card Circus Tent.  Despite the name, this image can be used for any occasion.  It cuts out a single layer so you can embellish it any way you wish.  I chose to make it into a child’s birthday card.

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The outside when card is closed…

I love this adorable elephant from Miss Kate Cuttables.  The full name of the svg file is “Elephant w/ Heart Balloon.”  There are multiple layers to cut.  However, I did not cut out the black layer and instead used a piece of sewing thread as the balloon’s string.  I thought it gave a more fluid look.

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…middle flap (What a cutie!)…

The stamp is from “More Great Greetings” by Stampin’ Up!  I cut out the confetti from shiny paper scraps.

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…and the inside

This card has been entered into the following blog challenges:
“Circus” from Make My Monday
“Feature a Creature” from Crafting for All Seasons
“Primary Colors” from Pile It On
“Spots & Dots” from Papertake
“Anything Goes” from Brown Sugar
“Anything Goes” from The Squirrel and The Fox

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Golden Wedding Bands

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Witty Wednesdays with Christi!

Summer always seems to be a big time for weddings.  In fact, Matt and I just celebrated our 4 year anniversary last week!  I am so blessed to have such a wonderful man in my life.  He has brought me so much joy over the past 5 years we’ve been together and I hope to big him just as much joy for the next 75 years!

The elegance of this card is in the simplicity of the design and yet intricate techniques.  The vellum label was cut out from the Cricut Essentials cartridge.  I stamped wedding bells onto the vellum with perfect medium and brushed on some silver perfect pearls.  Once this was completely dry, I stamped the sentiment with embossing ink, added gold embossing powder, and heated.  The bells faded into the background and created an almost holographic effect (see pic below).

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“Happy Wedding Day”

The wedding bands are from Everyday Pop Up Cards, champagne flutes are from Tie the Knot, and the background is embossed with one of the Love is in the Air folders (it’s a set of 6).  For the rings, I actually cut out the top layer twice so I could create 2 separate looks.  One was embossed with gold.  The other was painted gold and then I added glossy accents for dimension.  The diamond took some patience with a toothpick, glue, and glitter to create a princess cut.  Top that with more glossy accents for some shine.  I also added glossy accents to the champagne so it looks wet and refreshing.  Yum!

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Slight variations in the embellishment techniques for his & hers rings makes all the difference

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Check out that holographic effect!  And you can see the diamond’s shine from this angle.

This card has been entered into the following blog challenges:
“Gold” from Addicted to CAS
“Anything Goes” from The Squirrel and the Fox
“Summer Days” from Vintage Stamping
“Summer” from Simon Says Stamp

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Back to School = FOOTBALL!!

Texas just celebrated Back to School Tax Free Weekend.  I personally took advantage of this via a shopping spree at Kohl’s.  Out of curiosity, I did some research and found out that tax free days are offered in total of 10 states for clothes/school supplies and 4 states for hurricane preparation supplies.  Hope you enjoyed your random facts of the day.  Now onto crafting…

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Challenge week

This week’s challenge with Exploring Cricut & More is “Back to School.”  If it weren’t for the tax exemptions and sales, those of us without kids wouldn’t exactly notice back to school time.  With no teachers to thank or scrapbook pages to prepare, I was initially stumped.  But then I remembered, this means football will be starting soon!!!  And that IS a time to celebrate!  I was contemplating doing an Aggie themed card, but instead decided to hail my old high school where my brother, Richard, currently plays football.  The Plano East Senior High School (PESH) colors are black and gold with accents of grey or white.  All of the cuts used are from the Cricut Sports Mania cartridge.

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All Star PESH football player

It’s wild to think that I graduated from PESH 10 years ago this past May and now Richard is a Senior there.  Just look at these pictures.  He really has become a good looking’ young man.  And he has all of his teeth now…although it’s hard to tell with that “teenager smile.”  Briana is so young here, too.  Again, hard to imagine that little girl is now grown up, married, and has a beautiful baby boy.  My gosh, how time flies!

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From left to right: Dad, Me, Briana, Richard, and Mom in front

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Loving the “don’t mess with me” glare!  What a jock!

This card has been entered into the following blog challenges:
“Autumn or Steampunk” from That Craft Place
“Gold” from Addicted to CAS
“Anything Goes” from Papertake
“Anything Goes” from The Squirrel and the Fox

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Ticket to Ride

I think I’m gonna be sad
I think it’s today
The boy that’s been driving me mad
Is going away
He’s got a ticket to ride
He’s got a ticket to ride
He’s got a ticket to ride
And he don’t care

I’ve always loved this song by The Carpenters.  Yes, yes…I said The Carpenters and not The Beatles!  It’s a sad song and the boys make it way too upbeat.  Karen sings it much better, but that’s just my humble opinion.  Oh, if you want a good kick, watch the music video.  It’s from the late 60s/early 70s, back when mop-tops and mustaches were hip, not hipster.

I didn’t set out to make a card based on this song.  In fact, all I knew was I wanted something vintage but hadn’t a clue what.  I started building up my background to get the creative juices flowing.  Distress inks were smeared in random spots and dabbed through the Tim Holtz Splatters layering stencil to hide the fact that this cardstock was once white.  Then torn pages from a very old book were inked around the edges and modpodged onto the background.  And a die cut from Tim Holtz Brick Wall decorative strip colorized with some distress stains, also modpodged on, completes the look.

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Takes me back to a time before my time

At some point, “Ticket to Ride” popped in my head.  It could be Matt was sent up to Idaho to help train their National Guard for 3 weeks and I miss him terribly.  Or just because my eye caught the Tim Holtz Mini Filmstrip & Tickets decorative strip die and I wanted to use it.  Either way, an idea had formed and the card’s design followed shortly after.  I included a lot of items from Tim Holtz’s Idea-o-logy line:  image is from Found Relatives cards; photo Corners Metal Hardware; and sentiment is Word Bands.

Because my design is a little heavy, it needed something strong to adhere it to the card.  For this, I love Cricut’s Terrifically Tacky Tape. They have it in both 1 1/16″ and 1/2″ widths.  And right now they are on sale!  In fact Cricut is having a big sale right now.  Be sure to check it out.  And if you plan to shop, please use a link from my site and help support my blog!
• 50% off clearance
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• only $19.99 for school cartridges
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I love how the colors turned out here

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“the journey awakens the soul”

This card has been entered into the following blog challenges:
“Vintage” from Cute Card Thursday
“Old/Vintage” from Simply Create Too
“Vintage Travel” from Frilly and Funkie
“Tickets” from Incy Wincy Designs
“Inspired by a Song or Movie” from The Squirrel and the Fox
“Let’s Cycle…Up-cycle” from Craft Hoarders Anonymous

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Give a Hoot Hoot for Birthdays

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Witty Wednesday with Christi!

This is a cute card for the whole family to give someone special on their birthday!  It was super quick and easy to make!  The branch is cut out of grungeboard with the Tim Holtz Bird Branch die.  There is actually a bird on the branch, but I just trimmed the little guy off.  I then inked the branch with various brown colors of distress ink.  The owls are from the Create a Critter cricut cartridge.

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Happy Birthday from OWL of us

The sentiment was the only “technical” thing I did.  But thanks to my Cricut Explore and the design space software, it was still very easy.  I used 3 different fonts (see list) and created a separate text box for each one.  After I got all of my text aligned how I wanted, I attached the text to the card.  (It is very important that you attach the text.)  Look through the picture tutorial for some visual guidance on writing text with the cricut explore and let me know if you have any questions.
• “Happy Birthday” – Curlz MT system font
• “OWL” – Wall Décor and More font
• “from…of us” – Baby Steps font

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Open a separate text box for each different font or text size you use

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When using the same font in multiple places, add spacing so everything will line up nicely

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The software will recognize and use any fonts already on your computer

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Select all of your text and the card (or whatever image you want to write on). Click “Attach.”

This card has been entered into the following blog challenges:
“For the Birds!” from Cute Card Thursday
“Things With Wings” from Try it on Tuesday
“Surprise Birthday Hop” from Merry Monday
“Celebrate” from Addicted to CAS
“Anything Goes” from That Craft Place

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