Saturday, December 18, 2010

12 Days Of Tim (Day 7)

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This card doesn't showcase any of Tim's techniques. It only uses his bird die cut from the bird and cage die.   I thought you would like to see it anyhow, so here it is.

Time For A Little Fun

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I thought I would post some Christmas stuff that doesn't really fit into any other category but they are fun images all the same.

Friday, December 17, 2010

12 Days Of Tim (Day 6)

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Since the images I posted are all birds I thought I would keep todays card in the same theme. The technique I used is from Tim's third tag or covering a grungeboard piece in tissue tape and then coloring it. First of all I didn't have any grungeboard so I used chipboard. I originally covered the cage in tissue tape too but then I found that when I stacked the 2 pieces on top of each other that it was too busy. (I covered the cage in gold crackle paint instead.) The sheet music is held in place with a corner punch from EK Success which is one of my favorites. If you want to see the finished tag and read how to make the bird click here.

A Little Bird Told Me

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Thursday, December 16, 2010

12 Days Of Tim (Day 5)

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Welcome to day 5 of Tim inspired Christmas cards. This one is actually based on a tag from last year and even though it has a lot of similarities most of the differences are because I had to make due with what I had. Below is the original tag so you can compare the 2 images. (If you want to read all about the techniques that Tim shows then click here to be taken to his blog.)


1. So the differences are that I didn't have any grunge board and even if I had it I probably wouldn't have used it. The stamp image I have is from the clear set and it is smaller then the one he used so it would have been harder to cut out of grunge board. I have flocking but it doesn't have the "sparkle" in it that Tim's has so I added a little glitter over the top. 

2. The image of my tree is also smaller and made by another company. I also used Flower Soft on the green parts to make the tree look more like an evergreen. 

3. I didn't have any bingo markers with the number 25 on it so I used some of Tim's metal numbers. Because they are so much larger  I couldn't put them on the car. 

4. I didn't have the "Seasons Greetings" stamp either so I die cut the word "December" from various alphabet sets that I own. I also made the background a little too dark with the Distress Ink so I had to paint white acrylic around each letter to make it stand out more. 

More Merry Kitschmas

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I just love the images from the 40's and 50's so here are some good holiday ones. I just love the wrapping
paper with the space theme.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

An Extra "Tim" Bonus

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I have been wanting to do one of these ever since I saw the one that my friend Eileen showed on her blog. After that I did a web search and of course saw the one that Tim taught a class on and then I had to have it all.  This one will actually be a gift for my sister-in-law Carolyn. The only reason I am showing it is because I know that she doesn't follow my blog. (At least I hope she doesn't.)

Below are all the close-ups of the various compartments and I will share the details on how I did things or what I used and where I found them.



The basket I had so no idea where it came from. The miniature holly garland and pinecones I got from a miniature dollhouse store called Timber Ridge Studio. He has lots of cool stuff and I think he even makes some of it. The candy canes I found at "good old" Michael's but they could easily be made from polymer clay.

The cardinal I found at Michael's and the nest I found at a local family owned craft store. It could easily be made from some fiber or even raffia. 

The window is from Retro Cafe Art and it is one of three sizes. This 2" square one fits perfectly but there is also an ATC sized one that Kristin had designed at my request. The bottle brush wreathe I found at Michael's and it is just glued to the back of the window. The window itself is painted white then I scratched the paint off in various places with a craft knife. Then I glued some packaging plastic to the back and brushed on some Snow-Tex by Deco Art that I have. I didn't have the glittery Snow-Tex so to make the snow look sparkly I brushed on some Rock Candy Distress Stickles.

I have no idea where I got the bear. He was in my drawer marked "miniature toys" and has been there a few years. (Sorry!)

The tree and presents can be found at Michael's again. The very small horsey toy down in the front I got at another miniature dollhouse store called "Dollhouse Collectables". When I say this place has everything I mean they have EVERYTHING.  If you are a serious miniature dollhouse collector then this is the place to shop. The numbers I die cut from a Sizzix die called "Ransom" and the "December" metal plate I can't remember where I got it. I think it might be by Making Memories but I have had them for a long time and I am not sure they are even made anymore.


Sorry but this is another one that I have no idea where I got it at. I wish I knew because I want more of them. I have an inkling it might be from a certain store but they are only local and don't have a website so even if that is where I got them you can't get them. However after having typed all that I found some at Create for Less but they are in assorted colors. (Which you can always paint.) Better go order some before you guys buy them all. 


The fence I found at Joann Fabrics and the bottle brush trees were at Michael's. I again added the Snow-Tex and Rock Candy Distress Stickles. The sled is from the Dollhouse Collectables again. (The link is above somewhere.)  

The rocking horse and skates are also from Dollhouse collectables. The cool thing (and also a bummer) is that they are solid metal. I say this is a bummer because I wanted to hang the skates from the side of the compartment and they are impossible to drill a hole through. 


I included these 2 photos just because they are really adorable. As you can see I was taking the photo on the floor next to the couch because of the sun light coming through the big windows in our living room. Dexter had to be in the middle of it all and I have a few photos of him walking through the frame.


When I moved to the other side of the room to get a shot in full sunlight he had to follow. (He's very good at being a "supervisor".)




An Extra "Tim" Bonus

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I have been wanting to do one of these ever since I saw the one that my friend Eileen showed on her blog. After that I did a web search and of course saw the one that Tim taught a class on and then I had to have it all.  This one will actually be a gift for my sister-in-law Carolyn. The only reason I am showing it is because I know that she doesn't follow my blog. (At least I hope she doesn't.)

Below are all the close-ups of the various compartments and I will share the details on how I did things or what I used and where I found them.



The basket I had so no idea where it came from. The miniature holly garland I got from a miniature dollhouse store called Timber Ridge Studio. He has lots of cool stuff and I think he even makes some of it. The candy canes I found at "good old" Michael's but they could easily be made from polymer clay.

The cardinal I found at Michael's and the nest I found at a local family owned craft store. It could easily be made from some fiber or even raffia. 

The window is from Retro Cafe Art and it is one of three sizes. This 2" square one fits perfectly but there is also an ATC sized one that Kristin had designed at my request. The bottle brush wreathe I found at Michael's and it is just glued to the back of the window. The window itself is painted white then I scratched the paint off in various places with a craft knife. Then I glued some packaging plastic to the back and brushed on some Snow-Tex by Deco Art that I have. I didn't have the glittery Snow-Tex so to make the snow look sparkly I brushed on some Rock Candy Distress Stickles.

I have no idea where I got the bear. He was in my drawer marked "miniature toys" and has been there a few years. (Sorry!)

The tree and presents can be found at Michael's again. The very small horsey toy down in the front I got at another miniature dollhouse store called "Dollhouse Collectables". When I say this place has everything I mean they have EVERYTHING.  If you are a serious miniature dollhouse collector then this is the place to shop. The numbers I die cut from a Sizzix die called "Ransom" and the "December" metal plate I can't remember where I got it. I think it might be by Making Memories but I have had them for a long time and I am not sure they are even made anymore.


Sorry but this is another one that I have no idea where I got it at. I wish I knew because I want more of them. I have an inkling it might be from a certain store but they are only local and don't have a website so even if that is where I got them you can't get them. However after having typed all that I found some at Create for Less but they are in assorted colors. (Which you can always paint.) Better go order some before you guys buy them all. 


The fence I found at Joann Fabrics and the bottle brush trees were at Michael's. I again added the Snow-Tex and Rock Candy Distress Stickles. The sled is from the Dollhouse Collectables again. (The link is above somewhere.)  

The rocking horse and skates are also from Dollhouse collectables. The cool thing (and also a bummer) is that they are solid metal. I say this is a bummer because I wanted to hang the skates from the side of the compartment and they are impossible to drill a hole through. 


I included these 2 photos just because they are really adorable. As you can see I was taking the photo on the floor next to the couch because of the sun light coming through the big windows in our living room. Dexter had to be in the middle of it all and I have a few photos of him walking through the frame.


When I moved to the other side of the room to get a shot in full sunlight he had to follow. (He's very good at being a "supervisor".)




12 Days Of Tim (Day 4)

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Here is day 4's selection and I bet you are all looking at it and wondering if I have lost my mind. Where are the Tim products or techniques you may ask? Well this card has neither but I snuck it in because it uses something of Tim's that most people throw away. YUP.... the packaging. The clear round part of the snow globe is from his packages of clock faces. I happened to have the snow globe stamp and the small Santa and reindeer stamp. (Can't remember where I got it.) I actually cut off the part of the stamped image of the globe and cut a hole for the packaging plastic instead. I left a lip of plastic around the edge and inserted it through the hole so that the edges were nice and neat.

Happy Holly-Days

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

12 Days Of Tim (Day 3)

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Well day three of Tim's techniques on cards has rolled around and this is the one I have chosen to share today. It uses some stamps from his 100th collection "Odds & Ends". I used the technique he shows of how to create a custom ink pad for a specific stamp so that it can be inked in several colors with one pad. Now I didn't have any of the "Cut-n-Dry" stamp foam but I had a compressed sponge from Dee Gruening that I tried. The compressed sponge I used did run the colors together a bit so I am going to be getting some of the right stuff on the next trip to Michael's. I also used one of Tim's embossing folders for the green background and I rubbed it with some Opalite interference rubber stamp ink from Tsukineko. If you want to see the original tag and read how the technique is done click here. 

All Aboard The Santa Express

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