Tuesday, February 22, 2011

My Tim Holtz Twitter Prize and CCC #33

I was awarded one of 4 Tim Holtz Limited Edition CHA 2011 Messenger bags in a Twitter giveaway by Mario just before they left for the UK! I'm reading along on Twitter when I had to back up - wait - that's - - ME!!! Pretty Cool!          
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The shoulder strap was so long, the bag hung down past my knees! Well, me being me, I had to do something.
Some folds and quick cross stitches took up the strap and left a loop for my large, old split ring (from my Dad's stash) which holds the key from my first car (Ford Pinto!); a piece of old hardware on antique silver ball chain (don't know WHAT this thing is - but it has it's own green patina and threads on one end - also from my Dad's stash - thanks again Dad!); a TH "Journey" Philosophy tag on a large jump ring; a TH gear and timepiece on copper ball chain. All of these things have meaning for me and I will enjoy hearing them jingle.
The 4 and the 7 (lucky and significant numbers for me) are TH metal numbers and I used the CCC #33 challenge of Altered Metal Alcohol Inks on page 56 of the book on them. Colors used: Butterscotch, Caramel and Rust. Kind of sounds like a weird ice cream topping!

I even know how I'm going to use the bag. Yes, I am going to USE it! Why have it sitting in a box or a drawer?? It's a lovely bag and it wants to be used. I fell in love with Dyan Reaveley's Art Journal style when I saw some of the CHA videos of her demos. I have done altered books and I love the feel of the pages after they've been decorated - all thick and substantial and all. It's been a while since I've done any and now I can't wait to start a new book trying some of her techniques!
So - this means that I will carry the art journal-in-progress and the box of tools/materials in my TH Bag.

When I layed the bag on my work counter, my Vagabond tried to get in it! I caught it just in time.

Once again, Thank you Tim! Thank you Mario!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Romantique Valentine Box

My "Romantique Valentine Box" is finally done! The glue dried enough to take it outside for last light photos. It was a bit windy, but I managed.
The box wanted to be shades of white. I had some papers from years ago by Hot Off The Press and they were perfect! I edged it with Tim Holtz tissue tape, punched the corner papers from parchment, and hunted for a knob for almost a week before deciding to make my own!
I edged the box with my own tatting and added a tatted butterfly, stamped metal heart, copper-colored veined leaves, metal corner charms (aged with Pitch Black dabber and wiped off), Prima/Petaloo-stacked flower in shades of snow white to ivory and a glittery bling brad center to the top.

The knob has a story. I painted the little wood knob white, aged it, then was stuck. I was standing there thinking and playing with a piece of TH tissue tape when I looked down and a word jumped out at  me! Dream. Then another word and another until I had a 4 word phrase!

Mind - Dream - Idea - a Creation.

All from scraps of tissue tape! I sealed the knob with Diamond Glaze (would have used Glossy Accents - but don't have any right now) and as it dried, I played with it until it looked OLD. Like I remember some knobs in my Grandmother's house used to look. I even remember how they felt!

Hanging from the knob is a butterfly charm on ribbon, satin and organza. The front metal piece has a stone heart. This came off of a hair clip! Knew I saved it for a good reason.
The inside of the box has a bird. There are "Love notes" postcards and a Mini Album that will go inside. More on those later.

I almost put wood feet on the box, but these Tim Holtz feet were perfect after all! I really enjoyed making this and I'm sure will make more.

The design for this box is by Paper Engineer Extraordinaire Laura Denison. She does Ustream classes and sells kits and patterns. Laura is a genius! She has received high praise from the Guru of Grunge himself, Tim Holtz. Go to her blog to see what she made for his Ideology booth at Winter CHA 2011. Awesome artwork!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Compendium of Curiosities Challenge 32

This is my first entry into this Challenge from the Tim Holtz book of the same name. Lots of fun! I used all TH stamps and made a foam stamp from the Heart with Wings die. Prima Flowers and bling. TH "Love" ticket, the crown from the same Heart die - cut from corrugated paper I save out of the tuna boxes on display in the grocery, Distress Inks - 3 reds and Dusty Concord (just got this one - had to use it!) and a TH Muse Token that says "Lifetime".
This tag honors Valentines Day (I made it on the 14th) and the 35 years my hubby and I have been married.
You can join in or just view others' projects by going here to Studio L3.
Great fun! I just wish I had participated in this Challenge sooner!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Tatting comes out of the box!

Ah, tatting - "Hen and Chickens" pattern. My favorite easy pattern! Haven't tatted in a while. Hands have not forgotten! I can even still tat without looking.

I am trying to get all my tatting into one box in my attempt to de-clutter in the studio. Making a bit of progress but am still behind on my to do list.

Darn to do list keeps breeding when I'm not looking!

Friday, February 4, 2011

Mini Version of...

a Snowman! Didn't get much but we did get SNOW! This little guy is about all I could get after the sun has been out all day. Most of the snow has melted away. It was fun watching the birds fight over the feeders this morning. The cardinal pair were top dogs of course.
So - I get to say "yes, I DID make a snowman"!

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Lady Eleanor Stole - Finished!

Lady Eleanor Stole is done! Not a very good photo - it is night time and dark in the house. Just wanted to document it was done! Better pics and details to come.....