Friday, 5 February 2016

Crafty Cardmakers Challenge -156

Hello Blog friends, 
After visiting Angela's blog  here  aka Felix the Crafty Cat last week and seeing her post for the Crafty Cardmakers Challenge  #156. I decided to make this card to play along.
The theme is Punches and/or Dies

I have used both die's and punches to create a card which is feminine and reminds me a little of the  Victorian style of cards.
My elements are
Tim Holtz :-     Caged Bird die
Marianne Designs :-    Swirl Leaf
Sizzix :-    Butterfly #12
Stampin Up:-     Bird builder punch  (leaves)
Crafty Individuals :-    Springtime background papers
Sentiment :-     Dimension Fourth (I think)
Flowers and bling from stash

I am linking up to play along in the

Thanks for looking, have a great weekend
Happy Art Making
Hugs Lottie x

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

WOYWW #348

It's Wednesday and that means it's WOYWW  which stands for .......
'What's On Your Work desk Wednesday'.
If you too would like to join in the fun then, take a picture of your work desk, table, etc. and share it with lots of other like minded people.
Hop on over to Julia's blog   Stamping Ground  for more info. Hope to see you there.

 Hellow desk hoppers, 
It's been a while since I joined in with some desk hopping, so here I am today with my desk.
I am just in the process of making a card for the Crafty Cardmakers challenge so on my desk are various die's and punch, papers and flowers etc. At the back of my desk there is a new stencil from Docrafts some new, sale die's (not put away yet) my jar of Starburst Sours sweets (love these) a glasses case that I want to try and re-cover, a stack of embelishments and my January Tim tag along with the stamps I used.
Hope you have a great day and have fun desk hopping, t, I'm off to do some desk hopping myself so see you soon. 
Happy Art Making
Hugs Lottie x

Monday, 1 February 2016

Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2016 January

Hello blog friends, 
Just making a quick post to share my 1st Tim tag of 2016.

I followed Tim's tutorial  Here
He says -
 "i’m going to be taking you back into the archives of my blog to explore techniques that might be new discoveries for some, and re-discoveries for others.  each month i will be “remixing” two previous 12 tags techniques to show you an entirely different outcome using the same techniques.  i plan to highlight new ideas i may have, perhaps show a new product that might exist now to achieve a similar effect, or just helpful hints i’ve learned since i originally shared the technique.  my goal is to empower your creative way of thinking and remind you that inspiration is right at your fingertips".

So, having spent a few happy hours in the archives with Tim, exploring his techniques, re-discovering the things he taut me and waiting with bated breath to be whisked away on a whirlwind of new discoveries I'm feeling empowered and inspired, my creative juice is flowing and with my fingers tingling in anticipation, here goes! 

I remember these two techniques from last year and in fact the Industrious Metal technique is one of my favourites,  though the Chalkboard Technique is one of my least favourite.

I used the gears from the Industrial Blueprint set of stamps for my image and  had to throw away my first attempt at the Chalkboard Technique before realizing my second attempt which wasn't much better could be covered by the decoupaged layer which was my third attempt and as it turned out was the best one,so as the saying goes 'third time lucky' was for me! 
For the top and bottom part of the tag  I used  a Cuttlebug  (Clockworks) embossing folder, and managed to complete the Industrial Technique without a hitch. 
The gear embellishment is cut from Tim's Gadget Gears die and put through the same Industrial process  (really happy with how that turned out). 
I didn't have any appropriate coloured ribbon so sprayed what I had with some DecoArt media carbon black mister along with a spritz of water and after drying I ran some brushed pewter Distress Stain over the top (love how that turned out too)  a gunmetal sort of grey with a subtle shimmery sparkle, just a pity it doesn't show that in the photo's. All that was left was to add a couple of metal gears and a word band. 
Eh Voila! my January 2016 tag is finished.
Ta Dah!

I thought I had done my best not to have the little smiley face in the middle of the cog but I see now I have uploaded the photos that he was determined he would. It is rather cute though dontcha think?
I am cutting it fine I know, that's one of my New Years resolutions out of the window already. 
All I can say is it's a good job Arizona is 7 hours behind us!!
Thank you for the ride Tim!
Hope you have a great week
Happy Art Making
Hugs Lottie x

Can you believe it blogger decided to teach me a lesson by refusing to play nicely. I could not get it to publish my post last night, Sunday, until now 11.40 am  Monday so of course I have missed being able to link up at Mr Tim's.
I have heard these things happen but I've never had a problem until now.
So lesson learned I must not leave things till the last minute.