Friday, December 31, 2010

The Eight Days of Christmas Stockings

EightStockingsofChristmas blog

Finally finished my eighth stocking this evening, just before the end of 2010. Excuse the mess in my cabinets. I didn't prepare them for photography. This is where I have hung my eight completed Tim Tag/Stockings. It's in the kitchen, the room we use the most, so I am able to get the most enjoyment of them. I am really pleased with this project and my interpretation of Tim Holtz' tags. Sorry I didn't get all twelve finished but maybe next year. On to Valentines now.....
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Day Nine Christmas Stocking

Day Nine Blog

I was determined to get at least one more stocking completed before the stroke of midnight.

This one represents my interpretation of Day Nine using a rosette. My rosette is made of Time and Space pearl paper, inked with violet chalk ink and Stickled along the perimeter. Also have some fibers fastened behind it which stick out a bit. Not sure they show in the photograph.

Supplies used: Cardstock from Club Scrap (kit used: Time and Space pearl, Written Word Blackberry and a button from the Retreat Bundt box).

Bling on stocking is from my stash. Letters are grungeboard, painted with Snowcap Dabber and then covered with Confetti Purple Pizzazz nail polish (bought specifically for crafting).

The stocking cuff is made of something sent to me by my sister. I can't remember what she called it but it's like a metallic ribbon. Cool. Edges of stocking are inked with silver metallic ink. Sorry I can't give more details but these component parts have been sitting on my table for weeks and I just don't remember what I used. Happy New Year.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Day Eight Christmas Stocking

 Day Eight

This is one of my favorites of all of Tim’s tags. And I didn’t even like it when he first posted it.

I happened to have his mask for this one, a recent impulse purchase. And because of the shape of my stockings, I had to do the technique on the piece of cardstock BEFORE cutting out the shape. The row of houses is another interpretation by sister Chrissie of Tim’s row houses, cut on the Silhouette.

Supplies used: Cardstock from Club Scrap (kits used: Key to My Heart gray and green was from an unidentified POP, swirl background stamp is unmounted from Be Wonderful). Glitter on snow from Martha Stewart. Wire for smoke from my stash. Clock stamp from Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Journey set. Dymo label.

Distress inks, Rock Candy Crackle (on stocking cuff), white Enamel Accents (for snow on houses) from Ranger. Stocking mat and row houses cut on Silhouette SD.

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Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Day Ten Christmas Stocking

Day Ten Tag Blog 
Here we are at Day Ten. Don’t even ask what happened to Days Two, Six, Eight, Nine, etc. etc. etc.

I am very happy with this one also. I had to compromise on the recycled packaging by placing it only on the cuff, heel and toe of the stocking using some Tim Holtz packaging run through the Cuttlebug with the Snowflake embossing folder.

Supplies used: Cardstock from Club Scrap (kit used: blue from Varsity, red from Collections). Snowflake embossing folder from Provo Craft. Goosebumps greeting from Quickutz. Glitter on snowman from Martha Stewart. Snaps from my stash.

Distress inks, White Paint Dabber, black Enamel Accents from Ranger. Snowman and greeting label cut on Silhouette SD.

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Day Seven Christmas Stocking

Day Seven

I must be the slowest “tag” maker in all of Craftdom. Everyone else is now sitting back with their feet up while I still struggle away on my tags. This one is one of my favorites and I did enjoy making it. Once again, I don’t think I had the success that Tim does on the inking of the embossing folder but I’m content with my results. I love my poinsettia though I did not make it from Sticky Back canvas as did Tim. Mine uses the red fabric from Painted Desert. I’ve been hoarding that piece of “paper” for years. Finally had a use for it. The rock candy stickles are all over the green swirled surface of the stocking.

Supplies used: Cardstock from Club Scrap (kit used: Painted Desert red fabric and green cardstock, also green leaves from Retreat Bundt box). D’vine swirl embossing folder from Provo Craft. Flourishes are Tim Holtz Grungeboard Elements. Also sprayed the poinsettia with my home recipe of Perfect Pearl spray. Bling from my stash and colored with Bic Mark-its.

Distress inks, Rock Candy and Xmas red Stickles, gold Paint Dabber (on flourishes) from Ranger. Poinsettia cut on Silhouette SD.

Thanks for looking. Edited to fix those letters. The incomplete Stickles were driving me crazy. Now they look sparkly and red. Thank you for looking.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Day Five Christmas Stocking

Day Five Tag Blog

It has become apparent that such mundane things as housework, etc. are going to get in the way of my timely completion of these tags. I was able to put the finishing touches on Day Five this morning before I started my cleaning rituals. I actually messed up the first version of this one yesterday and had to start from scratch. Man, I hate it when that happens.

I struggled with the metal letters. When Tim does it, the result is a shiny enamel-like surface. Mine was more lumpy and bumpy but since it somewhat resembles snow, I decided I could live with it.

Supplies used: Cardstock from Club Scrap (kit used was Simply Beautiful tan and green). Stamp from Vintage Christmas by Crafty Secrets. Holly stamp from Inkadinkadoo. Sheet music from a bilingual Missal.

Distress inks, Stickles, Rock Candy Crackle and Paint Dabbers are from Ranger. Santa shape and label cut on Silhouette SD.

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Sunday, December 5, 2010

Sometimes….it takes a brick house…..

Finally, the fourth house in my Little House series. The original is created for Linda Ledbetter’s Compendium of Curiosities Challenge #23 at Studio L3. This week’s technique is Double Distress on page 40 of Tim Holtz’s inspirational book. Check it out to learn the technique. I have used it on the entire support structure and the chimney.

BrickHouse Blog 

Supplies used: All cardstock from Club Scrap (kits used were Let Me Count The Ways for the house and Academy brown for the door, windows and trim, Ornamental for roof). Bead doorknob from Study in Red.  Chimney is made from Grunge Paper. House and chimney textured in Cuttlebug folder called Tiny Mosaic Texture. Window “glass” is Bic Mark-it Summer Melon on recycled Post Office glassine envelope. Distress inks from Ranger. All house cardstock shapes cut on Silhouette SD. Credit to my friend and fellow crafter Farley Cross for teaching me how to make a chimney.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Day Four Christmas Stocking

As announced, we also completed the Day Four project today. Here is my interpretation of Tim’s master work. I struggled a lot with this one but I am finally satisfied with the final product.

Day Four Tag Blog

Supplies used: All cardstock from Club Scrap (kits used were Collections, Gimme a Ring and Memoirs). Evergreen stamp on green fragment also from Club Scrap. Beads on center strand from Matrix, Sparkle and From the Heart Club Scrap kits. Snowflake on red fragment is recycled from a Christmas card from 2009. Patterned paper from Daisy D.

Alcohol inks and Distress inks used to edge all cardstock are from Ranger. Stocking shape cut on Silhouette SD (as were all the other stockings). Fragments and December stamp from Tim Holtz.  Tulip Pearl fabric paint and Mark Richards metal stickers used as bling.

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Day Three Christmas Stocking

Life does get in the way of crafting, on occasion, so I haven’t yet completed Day Two. But in a marathon session today, Chrissie and I both completed Days Three and Four. Here is my interpretation of Day Three:


Supplies used: All cardstock from Club Scrap (kits used were Mirror Mirror, Let Me Count The Ways, Ornamental and Memoirs). Evergreen sprig stamp also from Club Scrap. Sheet music stamp from Hero Arts.

Distress inks, Rock Candy stickles and Snowcap Paint Dabber from Ranger. Cardinal shape cut on Silhouette SD. Seasonal Salvage sticker greeting from Tim Holtz.  Tissue paper flower created by cutting thin strips of tissue paper from stash, stamping with sheet music stamp, inking with Tea Dye distress ink and then applying in continuous circles on a grungeboard circle covered with adhesive. Bingo marker in the center. My own Perfect Pearls spray uses water and a mini-mister.

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On The First Day of Christmas….

…..Tim Holtz gave to me the first of twelve days of inspiration for Christmas Tags. I don’t work nearly as fast as Mr. Holtz, nor as most of my crafty friends, but I do have the best of intentions to complete all twelve tag creations before Christmas. However, I decided this year that rather than make tags, I would create my pieces as stockings to hang in the twelve glass windows of my kitchen cabinet.
So here is Day One:
Day One Tag blog
Supplies used: All cardstock from Club Scrap (kits used were Serengeti, Solstice, Memoirs, Blossom, and Give Me a Ring). Snowflake stamp from Inkadinkado, also Club Scrap. Ticket designed by my sister Chrissie of Making Impressions. Stars and circle paperclip from my ancient stash. Distress inks and Snowcap Paint Dabber from Ranger. House and fence cardstock shapes cut on Silhouette SD. After cutting the house shape, I ran it through Tim Holtz’ Sheet Music Texture Fade and then rubbed lightly with Snowcap.  DecoArt Snow-Tex used on stocking cuff and fence. Cotton swab used for chimney smoke.
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