Tuesday, June 28, 2011

And the winner is....

The winner of the Tim-spi*ra-tion shirt is ...... Gail!

 gail said...
Love, love, love the shirt. I love ALL of Tim's products (especially his stamps and distress inks), but Tim himself inspires me --as he shares his creativity, passion and journey, he inspires me to create outside the box and enjoy my own journey.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011


Hello all! Well, I have a reason to blog finally! :) I went to Stampers Ink in Shawnee, Ks this past weekend with 3 of my besties for Tim Holtz classes! We had a blast! I had the idea to make t-shirts for us to wear to the classes. Much to my surprise, they were a hit with many ladies at the event - and even Tim and Mario!! Per Tim's advice, I am offering the tees I designed for sale here on my blog and on the All Things Tim yahoo group! Just click over on the sidebar to get your very own! To celebrate I will give away one t-shirt to one lucky commenter. Just leave a comment on this post telling me what Tim Holtz product inspires you the most and I will pick a winner on Tuesday June 28th!

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Birthday Card Storage Calendar

Hey there! Wanted to share a birthday calendar I made for my sister. Each page is a pocket that stores handmade cards for the holidays or birthdays in that month.  I used Tim Holtz trimmings elastic with the ends stitched to make the ruffled band to hold the binder closed.  I didn't write who's birthday was when because my sister's handwriting is so much prettier than mine! All stamps are Papertrey Ink, as is the binder and pages. The front is covered with Pink Paislee Parisian Anthology paper inked with Tumbled Glass and Broken China Distress ink. The interior is stamped using CTMH Lagoon ink. Let me know what you think!

So I used my new light tent to take these photos. What an evil little contraption that thing is! The velcro for the front and the backdrop doesn't line up, it annoyed my tremendously. Anyway, I think I need more light, this was just with my Ott-lite and a halogen desk lamp. I will have to try again with better lighting and more time to fiddle with the tent.

Sunday, February 13, 2011


Whoa! Ok so the best laid plans right? Since my last post we have had 2 snow storms, the second dropping 6 inches. But the more I tried to get my room ready to post, the bigger the mess got! At this moment, every flat surface in my house (with exception of the bathroom counter, I do have limits people!) is covered in supplies or a project in some state of completion.  How did that happen? Is my attention span that sporadic?

I scrapped the build it yourself photo tent idea because the cpvc cost $14 and Amazon had a 30" collapsible tent for $30 with free shipping. I figured by the time I bought the material to cover the cpvc, it would be a wash. I got the Amazon one, and as soon as I have a clear surface to take pics on, I plan on testing it out.

I have been working on my version of this project from One Lucky Day. I'm loving it and it is almost done!

In the midst of the craftnado, I packaged up some cute project kits for some friends of mine to do at a crop next week. I think they turned out super cute! Will post pics. We will be making this... I originally got the kit from JBS Mercantile and then just bought the pieces to make the kits for them since JBS didn't have any more.

I finished some watchart and neckart kits I've had for awhile. I put one together when I got them forever ago, but some of the beads were just to big for my liking so from 2 watchart kits, I actually got 2 watchbands AND 2 necklace dangles!!!! Yay! And speaking of Scarlet Lime, the sweet Christy Tomlinson posted a free mixed media project. I really want to learn how to do this!

I made my sister a necklace charm and a couple of cards also. I also made a drawer for under my Ikea Vika desktop, measured wrong, took it apart, cut it down, finally mounted it and am not sure it will stay. The idea is great, a place to keep cutting mat, cutter, nonstick mat and such so my desk is clear, but my execution of it totally stunk!

Thanks for looking!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Snow Days = Crafty Days!

Well I hate to disappoint, but no cruddy quality pictures to share today! :) We have had a week of icy roads and cold temps, so I have actually gotten to spend some time in my craft room. I spent the last two days reorganizing/getting ready to post a tour! Since the last pictures I posted were so poor, I also got the supplies I needed to make a light tent for taking photos of projects and whatnot. I found this tutorial online, purchased the few supplies required, and can't wait to get it together and try it out.

On another note, there are a ton of CHA project pics popping up on all the blogs! I hate waiting for the product to come in, having no idea when it is supposed to ship. Patience is not one of my virtues, ha!
Tammy has shared all of her projects on her blog.
Laura posted her projects that Tim asked her to do for his booth! Check out her blog.

We got another couple inches of snow today, so I may get to finish up my room and post a tour!

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Paper Flowers!

Warning! Poor quality photos to follow! Taking pictures at night with my iphone yields less than quality results.

I wanted to give making paper flowers using punches a try. I have seen this book referenced several times on the internet, and though I did not buy it, it peaked my interest. I purchased this punch by Punch Bunch and this one by Martha Stewart. The two flowers below are my only attempts so far, and though the process caused some hand cramps, I am pleased with the results. I am thinking of buying the McGill paper blossoms leaf punches to go with my flowers. I think they may be a little easier on the hands.


I inked the edges of the red rose with fired brick distress ink, it was a bit thinner paper with a different texture than normal cardstock, Wausau paper I think. It seemed a little easier to use, and turned out a little better. The orange flower is just standard white core cardstock inked with Adirondack Terra Cotta Dye Ink on the edges. It is supposed to be a peony, I'll have to try again with a thinner cardstock maybe. I inked each individual petal before assembling them, I want to try inking after assembly and darker cardstock inked with a lighter shade.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Etsy Shouts

So I got a package in the mail yesterday, an Etsy order I had placed withGreatest View. It was packaged so cute! I was as excited about the packing as I was the product when I opened it!
And inside this little lovely:
Inside the little brown bag with pink washi tape: well I would show you but blogspot won't let me add the picture here, it wants to put it at the top of the post. UGH! It is a flower making kit with die cut little leaves and felt flowers, patterned fabric flowers and buttons too!

Also Donna Downey shared a sponser highlight of etsy shop Niklin Designs. She sells custom die cuts and rhinestone designs. I went to her shop to check out her hotfix rhinestone designs. The first design I saw was a maltese cross (fire department emblem). While I'm sure this would violate some unwritten rule against firefighting and bling, I was tickled to see it nonetheless. Made me want to buy something from her simply because she was representin' the profession ha!

I love digging around etsy, seeing what everybody thinks up to sell and make and whatnot. Go check these out, and if you find any cool stuff be sure to leave me a comment so I can see!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Cha-w 2011 Goodness

I have been feverishly stalking all of the company blogs for CHA-W sneak peeks. These are some of my favs. Lists are made, favorite shopping sites are bookmarked, all that is left is to patiently (I use this term loosely) wait for the items to hit the stores.

Maya Road has posted their entire release catalog on the company blog, dear heavens, 95% of it made it to my list. Vintage Trinkets, wood spools, and zipper trim oh my!

Of course Tim Holtz has wowed us once again with an amazing amount of innovative and must have products.

Crate Paper - seriously, you had me at paper. After Restoration, I am so over the top for more Crate!!!

Does anyone else hear angels singing? (okay, that may be a little over the top, but you get the point)

Wendy Vecchi Studio 490 Art Parts are amazing and some of her stamps are must haves.