Wednesday, July 20, 2011

CHA day 2

Today was my last day at the show. I waited in line for about 30 minutes to do the make-n-take at the Advantus booth with the Tim Holtz stuff. Tim was at the booth helping with this project. The birdcage is new and the back pops off! You can collage inside the bird cage. There is a little photo of an owl and some silver tinsel in the birdcage. There is a chain tassel and a bauble that has been colored orange with alcohol inks. There's also a little piece of black tulle that I should have cut off shorter before I left the booth. The chain is the Tim Holtz lace chain. The bird cages are versatile. You can put whatever you like inside them.

I signed up for one class and it was a "Gypsy Journal" class using the Twinkling H20's and other similar products. I didn't get mine finished, but here's a photo of the class sample.

Another interesting thing I saw today was the Theresa Collins Stamp Maker. I have watched online videos about it and today I saw it in person and it took about 5 minutes to make a clear stamp. Part of the process had already been done, so what I saw took about 5 minutes. I am thinking of purchasing this so that I can make custom stamps for the backs of ATC's again.

Back to Houston tomorrow! Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

CHA Day 1 General

I'm here in Chicago at the CHA show. Previous posts for today talk about the Dylusions stamps and Crafter's Workshop stencils. Now some general stuff. I ordered in the new Tim Holtz stamps, the new Idea-ology stuff, a few things from Maya Road, a few new things from Rose & Meyer (German scrap), some paper packs for Halloween and Christmas, Picket Fence Distress Stain, the 4 ounce jars of Rock Candy Crackle Paint and a few other misc cool things. Tomorrow is my last day at the show and I have one class in the afternoon. Stay tuned for more news from the CHA show tomorrow night! Thanks for checking in!

CHA Day 1 Crafter's Workshop

I made the sample tags above at the make-n-take table at Crafter's Workshop. We were provided tags, lots of their yummy stencils, paints, color wash, distress inks, and acrylic paints. They let us go wild with the supplies after a few suggestions. Of course, whenever I am at a class or whatever, the first couple of things I make are usually not to my liking. After playing with the stencils some more and gathering colors up, I came up with the bingo tags above. They are made only with stencils, distress inks, colorwash spray, white acrylic paint and copper lumiere paint. First I stenciled some big white circles with white paint. I dried those with a heat gun to make sure they were dry. I sprayed red colorwash or I could have used red distress stain or even a red distress ink pad. The acrylic paint acts as a resist. After I applied the red colorwash spray, I just wiped it off the white circles. Next I took the bingo stencil and used black distress ink with a blending tool. Next, I used the punchinella stencil (above) with black distress ink and copper lumiere paint. The stencils are very versatile and I ordered a lot of them! I think these stencils are great for backgrounds!

CHA Day 1 - Dylusions!

Dylusions! I saw these samples at the Stamper's Anonymous booth and I was amazed! These stamps are wonderful. Later on at the Ranger Booth, the creator of these stamps, Dyan Reaveley, was demo-ing. She used the Distress Stains like watercolors to color stamped images. I ordered several of these stamp sets. Check out Dyan's blog here.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

June ATC for Collage Stuff Swap

Here's my ATC for the June Collage Stuff ATC swap. The theme is vintage children. For the background, I covered a chipboard base with vintage dictionary text and then overstamped it with a crackle stamp with brown ink. Next, I used one of the Tim Holtz Mini Labels dies to cut out the center. I used a bronze Copic marker to edge the cut-out and the sides of the ATC. The girl image can be found in the Collage Stuff Vintage Children Collage Pack. I colored 3 Prima Mini Craftable Flowers with Copic markers and glued black mini buttons in the centers. I put Tim Holtz Filmstrip Ribbon across the bottom of the ATC and arranged the flowers in the lower right corner. I found some little metal clock faces in my stash and cut them up. If you look carefully, you can see the little bit of clock face in the corner under the flowers. To balance the flowers, I glued the black tiny buttons in the opposite corner. I'm liking the Tim Holtz mini dies more and more. I've been thinking about trying the butterfly die on ATCs too. Thanks for stopping by!