Friday 30 August 2013

Finding Mr Mojo–Tag 4 and Tim Holtz workshops

This tag was inspired by Tim's May tag 2012 (check out his blog for the full details of his tag), but I changed mine as I went along -  as you do!! It is a sample for Crafty Individuals who have new stamp sets just released and of course I love lighthouses so had to use this set asap. Please check out Jean’s blog to see the stamps and see the other DTs amazing inspiration.
I started with a tag that had been prepared from left over inks and stains from another project and stamped the numbers from the CI – 397 plate using cobalt archival ink.
I glued scrunched up blue tissue paper over the top and stamped the lighthouse and painted in using distress markers. The picket fence is perfect for colouring up the lighthouse itself.
The seagull was stamped separately on inked card, cut out and edged with walnut stain DI.
I added two wooden shapes both painted with white acrylic and this one stamped over with some of the names of the 31 areas used in the BBC shipping forecasts, as was the border that can be seen a couple of photos above.

Thought  would just add a few photos from the retail day and consumer workshops that Tim did this week. Firstly though I have to say it was just an amazing experience both from having Tim take the sessions and having him teach us about the products and how they work but also because I got to meet up with quite a few blogging buddies too, which was wonderful. So to Jennie (Buttons), Rita, Annie, Sue C, Jennie Boxall, Alison (Butterfly) thank you for an incredible time meeting up with you all and having so much fun. In fact Wednesday night we laughed till we cried.

Wednesday photos – beware you might need a cuppa to get through these lol.

Meeting Tim was fab.
and Mario ...
and Dyan.
Tables laid out ready for the day.
Tim teaching.
One of the 15 tags we made, this one just started and using remnant rubs,
Dyan teaching us how to use the Dylusions sprays.

Thursday's photos

Rita and Annie came down Wednesday....
Thursday's workshop - Sue, Jennie and me with Mario.
Tim teaching.

Jennie getting inky...
and Sue,
My work station. with tags in progress.
Our table (photo taken by Tim)
Us three getting stuck in (photo taken by Tim)
me getting bits ready to embellish the tag book (photo taken by Tim)

Just an incredible two days.

So today I am off to Swindon for the weekend where I will be with Alison again and more crafting friends joining in a 2 day workshop with Anna Dabrowska also known as Finnabair. (Photos to come next week). How lucky am I?????
Enjoy your weekend whatever you have got planned.
hugs {brenda} x0x

Wednesday 28 August 2013

Workshop card – Quirky Birds

A quick post today to show you the Quirky Birds card I made for my Crafty Individuals class last week and repeated again this week. Lots of lovely ladies attended and I got to meet a blogging friend, Jane of Jane's Journal, who lives in Surrey and quite near to where I used to live many years ago.
This card focuses on texture using heat embossing, embossing folders, the rusted enamel technique and adding embellishments including the hand made nest and embossed eggs.
We blended distress inks on the background of the stamped image and hand painted the birds.
These little eggs were a great hit. Again blended with distress inks, heat embossed in clear and stamped into while still hot. When cool they were blended over with walnut stain ink.
The ruler is a Tim Holtz embossing folder, the feathers from the Art of Craft (very cheap!), the sentiment is computer generated and the little pennants lift the TH postage stamp frame to reveal a hidden greeting. (Sorry forgot the photo of that bit!!).

I did take pictures of everyone's card, but sorry girls I have just run out of time to load them all. I will have to do a group photo in the future and get everyone on together.

If you are reading this today, Wednesday, I will be in Coventry with the master himself making lots of tags that I can use to inspire me in running my own workshops and tomorrow (Thursday) I will be attending his workshop making a tag book. When I get back I will post some photos of the sessions and my makes.

See you soon.

hugs {brenda} x0x

Monday 26 August 2013

Tim’s Tag for August

You know I definitely work better under pressure of time limits which is why I am often on the line for getting projects made. Of course that’s difficult when you have workshop samples to get done. But for today I am showing you my take on the Tim Holtz tag for August and all his instructions and inspiration can be found on his blog HERE.
I have used his techniques for masking and stamping but rather than a tag I have made a tag book. I used a giant size 12 tag and stamped both sides so that both the outside and inside of the covers were decorated.
The colours of distress paints I used for the background are – salty ocean, victorian velvet, walnut stain, picket fence and antique linen. And for the background stamping I used both distress inks and distress markers in aged mahogany, weathered wood, pumice stone and frayed burlap and also used coffee archival for the main images. At first I thought this background was far too busy, but once I had got used to it I really quite like it.
These show how the tag forms the front and back covers and I used tissue tape coloured with distress satins and distress inks to tie the little book up. The pages were sewn in using the sewing machine.
I dipped some of the pages in DI and added some little butterfly stamps and some tissue tape.
Hope you like my variation of Tim’s tag. Now having got back into masking again I can see me using it a lot again in the future.

Today Tim is due to land in England. ready for the two days he has booked at PI. Welcome to the UK Tim and Mario. Wednesday is the retail day training and Thursday is the workshop day. I am so looking forward to meeting up with Jenny – Pushing the Right Buttons -  again, we are doing the Thursday morning workshop together, but I will also get to meet Rita – RMG Creations, Annie – Curious and Crafty Treasures  and Alison – Words and Pictures - in person which will be a real treat. I think Sue – Stamping Sue Style -is also doing the morning session. Anyone else out there I know going to be at either days?

I hope you have had a good bank holiday weekend in the UK, enjoy the rest of it today.

Thanks as always for your visits and your comments, it is amazing how we can make such lovely on-line friends and then to meet some in person is one of life’s treasures.

Take care.

hugs {brenda} x0x

Saturday 24 August 2013

Finding Mr Mojo – Day 3

Hi and welcome to another of my Tim's tags for 2012 re-visited. Before I move on though I would like to welcome new visitors who have joined me in the last few weeks and thank you everyone who visits here regularly encouraging me in the work I do. You really give me the motivation to extend my artistic endeavours and make it so much more worthwhile.

This tag uses the reflections stamps on an embossing folder and reflects the techniques used in Tim’s tag for April.
The small movers and shapers dress form has been inked with tattered rose and frayed burlap and the corresponding distress embossing powders heated over the top.
It’s finished off with rock candy stickles and some watch parts. The wings and crown were covered with whitefire treasure gold and buffed up when dry.
Here's the tag before being embellished.
The base of the card with the sentiment band and some filmstrip.

Still waiting for Mr Mojo to turn up but in the meantime I am having fun with the tags.

I hope your weekend is going well.
Take care.
hugs {brenda} x0x

Friday 23 August 2013

Crafts-Too Summer Days 4

The fourth (but not final) week for the challenge at Crafts-too Challenge You where the theme is summer days with beach colours. I rarely use my lovely Dyan Reaveley creative journal so I decided to have fun creating a page for it. However I ended up not being happy with it and going for a smaller journal. You can see I am still in summer mode and I think Mr Mojo must be on his way home now.
This second piece I worked on used Dylusions sprays – pure sunshine, lemon zest, squeezed orange, white linen and Perfect Pearls mists – Cappuccino and Blue Patina.
The same colours were used with masks …….
…… then I stamped with coffee and blue cobalt archival ink.
I just love how the white linen picks up the other colours it lays on top of.
The flowers are from a Tim Holtz die and the spray of ivy is from a Marianne frame die, cut into pieces.
I used other Tim Holtz dies for the birdcage and for the lettering.
My yellow and blue colours are representative of the sand and sea.
Have you joined us yet? If you have or you haven’t we would still love to see your beach coloured projects for our Summer Days theme. Pop over to Crafts-Too Challenge You to see the DTs inspiration pieces and to find the link in the sidebar to be transported to this month’s challenge.
Happy Friday.
hugs {brenda} x0x

Challenges to have fun with -
Out of a Hat Creations - Masks/Stencils
The Cheerful Stamp Pad - Your choice