31 December 2011

Personal goals 2012

1. Be a servant to others.

2. Share God.

3. Be all for my family.

4. Learn new recipes.

5. Understand football better.

6. Read more books than I did in 2011

7. Be all I can be.

8. Write and then write more.

9. Lose 8 pounds.

10. Don't sweat those things not worthy of\ my time.

Artistic Goals for 2012

1. Continue to put my work "out there"

2. Do at least one project every week that requires I buy no extra supplies.

3. Learn a new technique every month.

4. Make at least one card a week and mail it to someone.

5. Take a Tim Holtz class.

6. Attend a CKC or CKU.

7. Work at whichever I go to.

8. Meet more scrap artists.

9. Up cycle more items.

10. Find a way to enter the fair this year.

26 December 2011

Tim Holtz, Twelve Tags of Chistmas #8

II wanted to wait to do this tag until after Christmas. I did not want to feel obligated to do it in a Christmas theme. I LOVE LOVE LOVE the steam punk stuff. I can't help myself!  I thought this tag would be a great reflection of ME!  Yeah, I am kind of like a steampunk girl.  I am new technology with the old world vibe to it.  One of a kind, unique, and a bit off the wall.

If you have never googled "steampunk", you must.  There are some amazing creations out there dedicated to the movement.  There is even a challenge website that I think is just peachy.  http://gingersnapcreations.blogspot.com/  If you are into steampunk or challenges go check it out.  It is a wealth of information.

This tag features a canvas square from Technique Tuesday (I LOVE them), a yo yo flower made by me from my husband's dress shirt, FAB letters from Making Memories, stamps from 7 gypsies, steampunk chipboard by Bo Bunny, distress stickles by Tim Holtz, jute, washers and a chain from Hanks Bros True Value and ribbon dyed with my very own Michelle's Musings sprays in chocolate bar brown, GaGa Green and Sterling Silver.  Oh, and I dyed the washer red using cranberry alcohol ink.  The tag background is a page from Tim Holtz papers and I have stamped it with one of his words stamps (in a ghost fashion) using Stazon!

This tag might be fun for a man's birthday or even just for ME!!!

17 December 2011

I wish I may...I wish I might

Goodness me Tim, I did not have many of the items you featured on this last tag.  I had to improvise in a MASSIVE way.

Starting out, I don't have a sizzix so every single sizzix detail had to be hand drawn and then cut out by me.  This adorable little house was no exception.  I added some gold to mine because I knew that I wanted GOLD this time instead of a silver look.

I also did not (nor have I ever seen in stores) the tissue paper. I made my own.  I took regular gift wrapping tissue, stamped it with Stazon and then inked some of it (not all because this was difficult).  So all my tissue elements were done by me as well.

I did not (nor will I ever) have the baby thingy.  Sorry, but she sort of freaks me out.  It's like Christopher Walken or Ray Liotta, and I just could not have that baby on my tag.  I used a cool Santa that I have been hanging onto.  Yeah, I lost the dimensional aspect, but it features gold and that is the look I wanted.

Mine is pretty much totally different than Tim's but that is the idea to be inspired by his work, and that works every time.

Merry Christmas fellow Tim Holtz's fans!!!

Bonus tag created with leftovers!

Elf on a stinking Shelf!!!

Now, it has been some time since my kids were little.  Hannah is going on 15 and Trevor is pushing 10 hard.  They have grown out of that tiny kid phrase into the big kid phase.  Heck, Hannah is a full-blown teenager!

My little kids had elves.  These elves spent the entire year with us.  They ate, they drank and they were merry.  Their sole job was to ensure that the kids behaved.  They left good behavior notes, they reminded of an upcoming event so you had better behave and of course the kids had to "feed" them and that too counted as good behavior.  Our elves told Santa of any wrongdoings and that went on the LIST!

I always thought the purpose of an elf was to report to Santa of the good these kids were doing as well as the Naughties.  Essentially the elf could ruin your Christmas gift just by opening his mouth to Santa.

Years after our elf tradition was started, I read the real Elf on a Shelf book, well low and behold, he reports back too.  I see that our elves were just alike (even though ours were shipped from the Annalee section of the North Pole). 

Now my confusion grows......

Tell me, parents, why your elf does mischievous and sometimes evil things?  He was sent to your house to report good behavior and yet, when he walks through your door he becomes this evil little rat!!

 I have seen or read about elves thumbing through the Victoria Secret catalog, mismatching socks, making a mess with the sugar, in the pill cabinet, drinking beer, drawing faces on picture frames, throwing things in the floor. In general, creating more work for MOM! 

What type of message is your elf sending? 

My opinion?  You got a dud, quickly throw him/her out a march to your nearest store and spend $30 on a new one.  A real elf would take the dishes from the dishwasher, put your clothes in ROYGBIV order, clean the living room, vacuum the hall, sanitize the toilets, write a sweet note to your kids about how great they are.

This is behavior a good elf would exhibit.  This is the behavior your kids should do so a good report goes back to Santa. 

Has your elf been naughty?  Make him write an "I am sorry" note to your kids for showing them how to misbehave and then return him as soon as possible. Next time be more selective in the elf that you allow into your home, some of them could have serious problems or even be delinquents dressed up in proper elf clothing.  You want a highly trained well-behaved elf that will be a model to your children. Put them bad ones out of work and back in elf jail where they belong!!!! 

And if the second elf fails?  Well, it's gotta be your house!  Your house makes elves and kids turn into evil monsters. I would consider a relocation or just trading in the children, the house, everything and you and your hubby moved to Barbados. 

Merry Christmas and Happy Elf hunting.

11 December 2011

Tags of Christmas tag #7 and #11

Yes, I realize I have forgotten some of the tags, it's just that I loved these 2 so much that I had to make them RIGHT NOW!!!!

#7  was a vision of lovely from the get go.  And of course Michelle Champion had to improvise on the materials.  Our Hobby Lobby and Michaels stores have the worst sections for Tim Holtz products.  You either have to order them online or create your own.  I tend to follow with the later.  You will see that this tag is NO exception.

First of all, Tim called for glassine paper.  Yeah, well I don't have that but did have some envelopes.  I had to take apart  the envelopes in order to create the holly leaves from the bottom of the tag.  I think they worked out just fine.  Tim wanted me to color the pearls red, but I only had terra cotta alcohol inks so that is the route I had to take.  "A Joyful Christmas" is a stamp he has created and I adore it, but have never seen it in a store. I just had to make my own.  I think it turned out nicely.  Not as good as his, but a good second.  He requested you use his sizzix dies for the trees and leaves, but those had to be copied by me because I have no sizzix.   I added wires of beads to add a little flair.  Thanks Tim I enjoyed making this one.

The last one is not my style but thought I should make it because it might expand my interests.  This one is used on glossy paper, yeah I didn't have that so I used poster board.  He also used shrink plastic, but all I had was a #5 cup from Huck's ("HUCKS" said in a low Brick type voice).  I also did not have his Santa stamp  (found clip art online and embossed the ink while it was wet) and the Merry Christmas I had to create as well.  I did have ALL of the right colors of inks.  I generally don't like the glossy cardstock, but this wasn't bad.  Of all the tags I have made with Tim this year, this one was the easiest.

Thanks again Tim for some fantastic inspiration. 

04 December 2011

The tags of Christmas

One of my favorite times of the year are when Tim Holtz introduces his 12 tags of Christmas.  This year was "doubly" fun because he is allowing us to show off our versions of the tags.  I have put the first 3 in a blog, why?  Because I can that's why.  I even got inspired to do one of my own.

I have done them all but tag 3.  I could not do that because I loaned out all of my Christmas stamps. So that was impossible.  I had to change a few elements on each tag because I did not have what I needed.  The largest difference was anything Tim used with his Sizzix dies (pinecones, reindeer, snowman, leaves, Noel, 25) I had to create myself.  So I had to make a pattern and then go from there.  It took more time, but everything is 100% made by me, no computer, no cricut...just Tim's wonderful designs.

These were loads of fun, and I look forward to the next 8!!