Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Easter a la Tim Holz!

Tim posted the cutest pins using his bunny Alterations dies, so you know I had to try making my own! It was actually posted about a week and a half ago, when I had my nieces visiting, so the girls and I hit up a couple stores looing for wool felt and gave it a whirl. Very easy to make and so cute! These are the ones I have left, after sending some to my mom, my sister and the rest of my nieces. The large chocolate bunny just had to be made as well, and will most likely end up on an Easter layout.

I fluffed the bunnies' fur with an XActo knife blade (gently) to get that super fuzzy look.


Creative Chemistry Day 8

I'm learning so much each day and enjoying these series of classes so much!! Remember, you can still join in the fun at any time. These videos are a lifetime access deal for the bargain price of $35.

Day 8 is all about the fun to be had with paints!! I have so many memories of finger painting as a child, and I still love to play with paint.


Left to Right: Dabber Resist Technique; Crackle Paint Resist Technique; Shattered Stains Technique

For more information on these techniques, go to http://www.onlinecardclasses.com/timholtz/ and sign up! The live classes run only two weeks, but the the videos and PDFs are a lifetime access.

Creative Chemistry Day 7

Another day of fun and creativity with Tim! Today was all about the fun of embossing.


Left to right: Nostalgic Batik Technique; Rusted Enamel Technique; Distress Powder Resist Technique

For more information on these techniques, go to http://www.onlinecardclasses.com/timholtz/ and sign up! The live classes run only two weeks, but the the videos and PDFs are a lifetime access.

Creative Chemistry Day 6

I'm definitely running behind on my classes, but I want to keep posting these as I finish the two weeks of classes. Day 6 was all about the brand-new Distress Markers, which I was lucky enough to snag a full set of prior to the classes. Two of the techniques today were simply to play with the markers and become familiar with their properties. The middle tag is my favorite so far.. I love the look of that stamp and how it all came out!


 
Left to Right: Watercolor with Markers; Stamping with Markers; Blending with Markers

And a close-up of that cool stamped image!



For more information on these techniques, go to http://www.onlinecardclasses.com/timholtz/ and sign up! The live classes run only two weeks, but the the videos and PDFs are a lifetime access.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Creative Chemistry 101 Day 5

Day 5 is all about using Distress Stains. Tim is the coolest instructor, and he does each technique live on the videos. I love that each one technique is so quick yet yields such wonderful results.


Left to Right: Stained Kraft Resist Technique; Stamping with Stains Technique; Marbled Stains Technique

For more information on these techniques, go to http://www.onlinecardclasses.com/timholtz/ and sign up! The live classes run only two weeks, but the the videos and PDFs are a lifetime access.

Creative Chemistry 101 Day 4

Day 4 is all about the fabulous things you can do with the lowly re-inker. Did I mention how much I'm learning from Tim each day? This was a blast!! I haven't done the third technique as of yet, mainly because I haven't decided which stamp I want to use, but here are the first two.


Left to Right: Watercoloring with Re-inkers Technique; Layered Misting Technique

For more information on these techniques, go to http://www.onlinecardclasses.com/timholtz/ and sign up! The live classes run only two weeks, but the the videos and PDFs are a lifetime access.

Creative Chemistry Day 3

Day 3 was all about alcohol inks! I've loved these since they first came out and really enjoyed making these tags.



Left toRight: Alcohol InkAgates Technique; Archival Resist Technique; Stamping with Reflections Technique.

This video series is amazing. Not only am I getting lifetime access to the videos, but I'm learning something more about these peoducts each day! Remember, you can still sign up at http://www.onlinecardclasses.com/timholtz/.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Creative Chemistry 101 Day 2

Today was all about using Distress inks, which I love. We had three different techniques to try. Here are my tags created using today's techniques.

From Left to Right: Blended Distress/Spritz & Flick Technique; Brushless Watercolor Technique; Wrinkle-Free Distress Technique

For more information on these techniques, go to http://www.onlinecardclasses.com/timholtz/ and sign up! The live classes run only two weeks, but the the videos and PDFs are a lifetime access.

Creative Chemistry 101 Day 1

I may never get to take a class from Tim Holtz in person, but this is definitely the next best thing to that! Two weeks' worth of classes with videos and handouts, and lifetime access to everything after the classes end.

Day 1 was all about inks and paints. Our homework was to look at all our products and find out about each one. Here is my homework.

Creative Space Revamp

So... I got a wild hair around the beginning of January and decided to completely redo my craft area, in hopes that I would purge and get the stash down to managable (ie: usable) proportions, I would be able to FIND stuff, and I would actually USE stuff since I'd able to find it! Along the way I also rediscovered some items I had forgotten I owned, found some things I thought were lost, and made my room much more functional for me to use. I have yet to decide on a paint color for the walls, but that will come with time.

The biggest decision I made was to get rid of almost all the plastic storage I was using, as some of it was close to 15 years old and in need of replacement. I decided to go with the Jetmax cube storage system hits time around, as not only is it an attractive system, it's locally available to me at Michael's and Craft Warehouse. I would have loved to go to Ikea and shop, but it's probably a good thing that the closest store to me is approx. 2.5 hours away. The Jetmax storage was on sale in January, since that seems to be National Clean and Reorganize month in the US, so I purchased almost all of my items for 50% off. The other signifacant purchase was a labelmaker and a couple rolls of labels, so that I could label everything as it was given a new home. I have yet to finish the labeling of the plastic crawers, but the Jetmax is almost compeltely labeled at this point.

The hardest part was emptying the entire room; I somehow filled up a large share of the rest of the house doing this. The only things left in the room at that point were the entertainment center and the three tables in the center of the room. I debated whether or not to replace my worktable, which is my hubby's old PC table (from like 15 years ago!), but in the end I decided that that the reasons I like using that table outweighed what was annoying me about it. The other two tables are my mom's old dining room table and our old dining room table, which are both very sturdy and great for spreading out on and providing space for friends to come over and play. My hubby normally uses one for his R/C airplane building and repair unless I need the space for visitors, which is a good working arrangement and allows us both to work on our hobbies in harmony.

One of my frustrations with my previous set-up was the irritaion involved with using the Cricut and Cuttlebug, as the table I had them on somehow ended up as the catch-all for everything when I was clearing off my desk to work on a project. I have a smaller, easy to use, area dedicated to them now, with drawers holding dies, embossing folders, cartridges, etc. directly underneath. So much better!!!


My mists, masks, and templates were not easy to use previously, but I found this great wall storage at Michael's and it holds my misting products perfectly. Directly underneath is a basket holding masks and templates, and my canvases are behind the basket. I discovered that I have way more misting products than I thought (bad me!), but am using them now that I can see them.




These pictures were taken before I finished the entire space, but they give a good idea of some of the changes I made. This area used to consist of plastic drawers, which I've mostly done away with at this point. I decided to keep the smaller drawer storage sitting on the cubes, as they are organized and I haven't found a Jetmax equivalent that works as well for this purpose.
 

More pictures to come in a future post....