Tuesday, 23 February 2016

12 Tags of Tim Holtz - February 2016

Hi Everyone  
How are you all doing? Hopefully all is good with each and everyone of you.  Sorry for my lack of blogposts over the last few weeks - had a bit of a lull here (not through choice) but its good to be back today to share with you my take on

This month I have chosen to mix things up a little, not with the techniques - they remain the same as Tim's but more the colours and stencils I've used and a slight tweaking of the theme. 
I have touched on the LOVE theme but not in a Valentine 's way 
No my tag is all about a lovely couple, Edward and Millicent (Ed and Millie to their friends - thats you and I),  who first met and fell in love back in Dec 1950 and went on to marry exactly a year later in Dec 1951. They never believed it would be possible to have a Christmas day wedding, even though it had always  been a dream of Millies but when true LOVE is involved anything is possible and the dream of a white wedding with snowflakes falling all around became a reality. 
So  Ed and Millie's love for each other was the inspiration behind my take on Tims tag . 
To create my background I used Tims Monoprnt Technique and the following products: tumbled glass, broken china, hickory smoke distress inks and Tims snowflake layering stencil 

I then followed Tims tutorial for the Embossed Paste Technique using Tim's christmas layering stencil and silver embossing powder before stencilling a few snowflakes in hickory smoke distress ink .

I gathered together all my 'bits' and arranged them on my tag before adhering in place.
I added the date of the wedding - Dec 1951 - to a small oval vial sticker 

A lovely photo of the young couple taken when they first began courting - don't they look good together?

A die cut heart, covered with paper from the correspondence pad and embellished with a tiny hex nut and black gem . 

an ideology arrow with a typed token attached with silver wire and small talk stickers to express the LOVE of this young couple, Ed and Millie . 
 A delicate splatter of Picket Fence distress paint helped set the wintery scene of the snow falling all around . 

And here is my finished tag that I will be entering into  
Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2016- February 

I hope you like my take on Tim's tag and my little story of romance.  Thank you All so much for stopping by today and as always
 Thank you Tim for yet another tag full of creative inspiration .

Its time now for me to go get some much needed Vitamin D - yay the sun is out and shining bright (for once) here in my little corner of the world so until the next time I wish you all a
 great day 
take care 

Friday, 5 February 2016

Industrial- A Vintage Journey- February 2016 Challenge

Hi Everyone  and Happy Friday 

Today over at A Vintage Journey it's the start of a New Challenge and this month Tracy has chosen the theme 'Industrial'. Here's what she has to say 

'Use your foil tape or metallic card stocks with your favourite texture fades/ embossing folders to create an Industrial creation all of your own. Whether its a background, bloom or anything, you don't have to limit your paint colour to black- The Industrial Technique looks great with all colours of paint!'

My kind of theme for sure and although I had a few ideas of potential projects I could make I decided to use this ideal opportunity to alter a box using Tim Holtz Industrial Technique. It's  something I have been meaning to do since I first began crafting but just never quite got around to. You know how it is - life just kept getting in the way!

So I sought out my set of three nesting boxes that I bought way back when and chose to use the middle size one of the three . 

 I gave the entire box (exterior and interior) with a coat of gesso and once dry a couple of coats of Back Soot Distress Paint 

I gathered the products I needed along with my painted box

and after measuring all the exterior surfaces of the box, excluding the base I  cut panels of Silver Mirror Board a few millimetres smaller than the actual measurements of the box and lid.  Now it was time to use Tim's Industrial technique. I repeated the technique until I was happy with the result.  

A  delicate application of Pewter and Silver gilding wax over the surfaces further enhanced the detail .
Now all that was left to do was adhere all the panels in place.  Ideally I would have liked all the panels to  match up but with this particular embossing folder it was near on impossible, so I had to settle for what Tim is always telling us to do and 'Embrace the Imperfection!' (not something I'm that good at - I've still got the jitters)
Although I know there are many ways I could have embellished my box it seemed a shame to cover up all the detailed embossing so I decided to leave it as is and instead make some compartments for the interior as I had been thinking whilst altering my box that I would use it to store all my 'metal crafty bits' i.e ideology, hex nuts, brads, wire ....... 

After measuring the width and length of the box interior I cut 5 panels to size from mount board and like with the box gave all sides and edges of the panels a coat of gesso and a coat of Black Soot distress paint before adhering in place to create 6 separate compartments

Here's a few photos of my Industrial Ideology box (sadly, not the best as it proved somewhat tricky photographing mirror board coupled with the poor light at this time of year) 


I have already started on a second box so that may make an appearance in the near future.  Watch this space..... 

If you haven't already, be sure to pop by A Vintage Journey to view more inspiring projects by my fellow Creative Guides.  With the February challenge only just starting there's plenty of time to join in the fun - we always look forward to seeing what you create and appreciate all of your entries. 

I would like to enter my Industrial box into the following challenges 
Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog- 'Enjoy your Embossing'

 Thanks, as always, for taking the time to stop by today. It always lovely to see and hear from you
 Its time now for me to go and tidy up my 'trail of destruction' so I'm all set to start again with my next piece of creativity.  
Have a lovely weekend everyone. 
Take care 
xxx .