Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Tim Tag May 2016 - Finally

I had the hardest time coming up with something for this month's Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2016 Challenge. I think I am making the deadline by about 2 hours.



This month's tag involves 2 particular techniques - tissue tape resist and tattered florals. Part of the difficulty involved finding tissue tape. I eventually got some a Michael's, but I didn't have any idea what to do with it. Finally I re-read Tim's post on this month's tag and he says he doesn't really plan what he's going to do. He does it the day before it's due. That means - he is doing his tag right as I am writing... probably. Anyway, so I decided I would use what I have and just let the idea come from that. Well, you know my speciality is making little houses so I thought I would use a cool Graphic 45 stamp set and some Tim Holtz stencils and gentleman stamp as well as multiple colors of distress stains.

I think thematically the piece works - the cut out door and gable entrance, the words "If Opportunity Doesn't Knock, Build a Door', the gentleman who may or may not come to your door, the brick walls and the imagine and imagination sayings as well as the keys. The flower looks like it is an add-on which is exactly what it is. What I always struggle with is the colors. I am a monochromatic, kind bland color person. I basically do best with a color palette of black and white. BUT each time you force yourself out of the box a little bit, it gets better. I am going to take the Tim Holtz Creative Chemistry courses trying to expand my color and creative repertoire even more.

So the bottom line is that I got the tag done, I came up with a particular theme that I like and I'm pretty happy with its execution as a tag-making newbie. Now it's time to post it on the Tim Holtz blog before I run out of time.

Ya'll take care. Have fun making creative messes.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Tim Holtz Village Brownstone - New Die as a Christmas Church



I just got the new Village Brownstone by Tim Holtz and Sizzix. It's a very nice die that makes it easy to make a little building. It certainly adds to Village Dwelling series and makes me look forward to the future variations.

I decided for my first one I would make a rather traditional Putz house - a Christmas Church. Making the steeple and tower is the hardest part. The building structure itself is a breeze to make. The windows are lovely. My only comment about the windows and doors is that they make it harder to modify the building, not impossible, but a little bit harder.



I decided to use Snowtex on the roof because my seams for the steeple tower didn't look good. I didn't paint them well enough before I added glitter so they looked kind of grey. I added the flowers around the base to give a little more color but also to try to cover up some gaps for where the light goes underneath. You can see a bit of a gap in the photo above. The house is kind of narrow so the standard LED light just barely fits. I can do better camouflaging it in a later version. This was just a test version because I was so anxious to use it. Oh, and the roof shingle die is absolutely fabulous. It is so nice not to have to hand cut the shingles which is what I've done on many other houses.

So have fun with the Tim Holtz Village Brownstone. You will think of MANY ways to use this die.


How does a Cat do this?




This is Sunshine also called Sunny or Sun Bun who cracks me up all the time. She is kind of accidentally funny in my opinion. This is a photo of her excessive abdominal grooming. I know it's supposed to be a sign of some lack of environmental stimuli, nervousness, or something, but I cannot figure for the life of me what could be missing her life. And she certainly does not look nervous.

I also can't figure out how she gets in this pose. (Please forgive the pile of clothes on the bed. They are supposed to be on their way to the washing machine, but somehow got waylaid. )

Anyway, this photo is a non-crafty aside of my kitty, Sunshine.

See. She does not look nervous, she looks very content or even defiant in that awkward pose. 

Friday, May 13, 2016

The Owl's House done - Challenge Edition

I stayed up and finished the Owl House completely. I am pleased with how it turned out. I made the "book" out of a cardboard box that I covered with various papers and cardboard to look like a book. I used paper mache to make the tree and cover the inside of the book. There is a hole behind the owl where you could put a light so that the owl's eyes light up.










Here are a few of the supplies I used for the Owl House book:

Waltzingmouse Owl stamp and die - retired, which is really too bad because it's a great stamp
Martha Stewart Oak leaf punch
Tim Holtz Oak leaf punch
Many Tim Holtz inks and stains for the leaves and distressing the pages of the book
Teresa Collins Sophisticated Embossing Folder - I like it because it uses an 8.5 x 11 paper
Martha Stewart Scoring Board - you can't really tell from my photos, but I scored the edges of the book to look like pages.
Tim Holtz Bigz Bird Branch Die

I am going to enter this in 2 challenges because I think this piece fits well with both of them. I really like the idea of the Creative Carte Blanche challenge because of the emphasis on expressing yourself and encouraging experimentation. This month's challenge is Wood, Word, and Wild. When I read that challenge I knew that the Owl's House would be perfect for it. I've got the tree as the wood, the book has a title (the words), and the owl is wild.

The other challenge where I think it fits is the "Emboss it" challenge at this week's Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge. I didn't originally think I would be able to make something for this challenge, but then obviously I had to emboss my book cover so it works there as well.

So that's it for this project. I have been planning this one for awhile. Next I'm going to do another Halloween House. I'll tell you about that later.

The Owl's Wisdom - an Owl House, the preliminary view

I've been working on this "house" for quite awhile. I am not quite done yet. I have to decide about cutting a hole in the back of the house to let light shine behind the owl for one thing. The other thing is that I want to cover book with Mod Podge for protection and for a little shine so it looks like leather. So the owl is not glued down yet. Soon, very soon.

This is a just preliminary post because I just can't wait to show it.




    

My name is not L. Fowler, but I thought Fowler was a good name for an author who writes about an owl.

I hope to have it completed by tomorrow. I think I will enter it in more than one challenge. Usually I just do one challenge at a time because I'm kind of a single-minded person, but this one fits 2 challenges I have in mind, maybe more.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Raven Cuckoo Clock - Halloween House

I made another cuckoo clock but this one is for Halloween.



The house is simply a pattern I drew and cut out on my regular cardboard. It's painted with gesso and various greys and some black. I made it this height because I needed space for the raven, the clock, and the door. Next time I will leave out the door - who needs a door in a cuckoo clock anyway? The raven is a Tim Holtz mover and shaper. I cut out about 5 layers from cardboard and glued them together to fit in the recessed area. The clock is a stamp from Papertrey Ink. The door is hand drawn and cut out. The fence is a La La Land fence which I love because it works so well with the houses and is so easy to cut out. The pumpkins are made from Sculpey clay. I made the purple tree and glued on a glittered bat from an EK success punch. The larger bats that dangle are from a Tim Holtz thinlet die. They are the perfect size for this. The leaves are punched out of cardstock colored with various inks to make them look more realistic.

Every time I make something I learn more about what to do to bring my vision to life more effectively. One thing is that if you are making a cuckoo clock whatever cuckoos needs to be protruding not recessed. That was a mistake having the raven in a recessed area - not overwhelming, but definitely detracts from the design. Two, I have to learn a bigger color palette. All my Halloween houses do not have to be grey, though currently most of them end up being grey. I will work on that. Maybe I need to go back to covering them with paper. I did better and used more colors when I did that. The third thing is not evident, but I forgot to glue in the moon before I glued the house to the base. You cannot secure it when the house is glued to the base. Solution - I made a little slot for the wire to slide into. So now the little moon is removable which may make it easier to box up the house when it is out of season.

Here is a view of the house hanging on the wall. I just love the dangly bats.



I am going to paint a layer of glow in the dark paint on the moon and maybe the bats. It is already behind the raven and looks really cool.

I am going to enter this in an online challenge called "Anything but Cute - #13, Celebrate Your Style". I think this counts as not cute.  I mean ravens, bats, and a spooky moon should not be defined as cute, right?

That is where I am now. I am finishing something else for halloween that I am excited about. Still making mistakes and still loving the making. I should have the next project done in two or three days, so I will post it when I am done.

Thursday, May 5, 2016

Cuckoo Clock Cardboard House - Simon Says Stamp Challenge

I have had plans to make a cuckoo clock out of cardboard for a long time. This one does not work, however, but I think I can make one with a clock mechanism. I will have to look into that.

I am entering this one in the Simon Says Stamp Monday blog challenge under Home Decor. I think the clock counts as Home Decor, don't you? The challenge is supposed to have Prima flowers in it, but I just don't have any. I will have to rectify that when I go to the craft store again.


I made a simple house 4" wide, 6" tall and 1" deep. No windows here. The window where the bird goes is just a dark semicircle. The "clock" is a Tim Holtz clock die and the animals are from a Stampendous set. I didn't have the dies to cut them out so I had to fussy cut them.

The trees are from 2 different dies - one is a Sizzix Christmas tree and the other is a Hampton Art tree. I cut out several layers of each and glued them together and then painted them. The biggest challenge by far was making the pine cone thingies that hang down from the house. I must have painted them over about 5 times. They are attached to a gold chain with 2 jump rings. The chain is threaded through the bottom and the back of the house.

Here's a better close up of the house itself.


Well, that is it for today. Next up is a mixed media project that I have been planning for quite awhile as well. It's going to be cool.