Monday, June 18, 2012

Father's Day

Card - Gears from an old clock, Tim Holtz Elements

I've been wanting to experiment with Steampunk, but since it's so much different than my "usual" aesthetic, I have been hesitant to try. Ok, I've been SCARED. I have high expectations of myself. 

My Husband likes the style, especially since Rush came out with their new CD last week, and the graphic art featured on the cover is in a steampunk style. 

So, for his Father's Day card I pulled out Graphic 45's Steampunk Debutante, some old clock works, and a few of Tim Holtz' elements and gave him this card. 

I mod podged the backside of the man and put toothpicks along edges and his arms and legs  to reduce danger of bends. 

I really like it, but the only thing enabling the hand to manipulate the man is a brad. I'd like to figure out a mechanical operation and use heavier chip board or Tim Holtz' Grunge Board.   
Tim Holtz "Journey" Key
Paper - Graphic 45 Steampunk Debutante

Inside. Graphic 45 Ye Olde Curiosity Shop, Steampunk Debutante

Monday, June 11, 2012

Thank you

My Daughter's Teacher is a quilter. So for our year end Thank You to her, I decided to make her a sewing themed card. (And I was able to use leftover elements from my doggie post). 

I love My Mind's Eye papers, especially their Lost and Found line. So whenever I have a project that I can infuse with this wonderful paper, I do so. 

This is the card I made for my Daughter's wonderful Teacher! 

Happy Birthday!!

It's not always easy creating something by hand for another creative person. I have to just pour love in to the project and believe that the receiver will feel what I put in to it. 

My Sister-in-Law is a talented Seamstress and Knitter. She has an etsy site where she sells fashion and accessories for Doggie's. 

She likes getting homemade gifts from me, so I decided to keep an eye out for inspiration. I knew I wanted to make her something to hang on her sewing room wall, but I wasn't sure what. 

The inspiration came at a Scrapbook Store (of course) where I saw some cute little Jolee's Boutique stickers. 

I bought some other similar themed elements and some sewing themed papers and went to work! 

I searched for a quote about dogs or animals and found a wonderful one from James Herriot. The zipper is from Scrap. Columbia donated boxes and boxes to them. 

Tim Holtz - 12 Tags of 2012 - June

I've been busy with Birthday and Thank You presents, but I took a break. I really wanted to get started on the sweet tag Tim Holtz made for June.

I don't own the stamps he used on his tag, so I improvised. 
I used his film strip, and metal leaves, but I dug the other elements up in my craft room. 

A clock gear for a hole protector, an old fountain pen tip, a world charm from a bag of bits I bought at a thrift store, and the #3 is from a metal charm set purchased years ago. 

The "Du Visiteur" is ripped from an old map I bought in the same thrift shop. 

My Mother in Law gave me a pile of elements and clippings she bought years ago when she went through her cigar box purse stage. That's where the boy came from. I've been wanting a project for him, and I thought this would be perfect. 

Because I don't own any of his inks, I used coffee, stain I had leftover from a dollhouse project, and black stamping ink to distress the tag. I rubbed everything on with my fingers. I like using my digits as tools!  

Sweet Little Boy

Tim's Tag