Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Parcel has landed.

Hello and welcome,

I've been out all morning....school holidays and all.  I know I need to take the children to the movies, then some lunch, then a trip to the bank.  Wow is it that time already?  Let's head home now and have some quiet time.... watch a little tv perhaps.  We pull up the driveway....(I've been scanning the front porch for days now) what's that under the front door mat??????  O'h my.... step aside children your going to have to fend for yourselves for a min....its from Tim and Mario. lol. OMG!!!  My parcel has landed in Australia. Yahoo!!!!!!!  Quick let's get inside and open this baby up.
As promised here I am  to show you the parcel I received from Tim and Mario's surprise giveaway for leaving a comment on Tim's blog.

Are you ready????



Here it is beautifully packaged!!   By this stage I am almost bursting with excitement.





















I wonder what's in here! Let's see.





















Oh my its a Ranger Apron! I can't believe it.





















Now I'm sure many of you would agree....the apron would have been a great gift all on its own...but no there's more under here....WOW.





















Can you believe what your seeing??? There are not one but two new stamp sets in here and a great piece from the Eclectic Elements range.




















FANTASTIC!!!




















A new home for my apron.




















A HUGE Thank-you Tim....Thank-you Mario.  This is a very generous gift and I can't wait to use my new goodies.
I feel like I've won the ultimate prize this year having all of you wonderful crafter's paying me a visit. A very special Thank-you to each and every one of you who have left me a message...I enjoy reading each and everyone of them.
I too have many people visit...very few leave a comment. That's what Tim was talking about....so he and Mario decided to have a surprise giveaway for those who do leave a comment. If you would like to leave Tim a comment head over to his blog....here is a link..http://timholtz.com/sizzix-easter-candy-holders/

Who know's I may have my own surprise giveaway for those who leave me a comment.
Have a great day!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Tim's Surprise Giveaway!

Hello again,


Firstly I would like to make welcome all my new followers. I hope you continue to enjoy visiting my blog.

I hope your all having a wonderful day. I know I am......what a lovely surprise there is over at timholtz.com. They are doing a surprise giveaway for any-one who has taken the time to leave comments on the his blog. Selected from 77 comments I was one of 13 to win a surprise giveaway. ....and it's in the post...so I will be sure to let you know what it is.
Congratulations to all the other winners also.

#3 Karen Garrard

Thank-you so much to Tim Holtz and Mario Rossi for being so generous and creating a place we can all visit and be inspired.


Here is a photo from Tim's blog showing a trip to Ranger...... a production shot of the new mini ink pads.
There's heaps more great things over there. Click on  this link.....http://timholtz.com/on-the-road-surprise-giveaway/
Pop on over and let Tim know how much you love his products and you could be chosen in the next surprise giveaway.


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Have a creative day!


A Little bit French



Hello and welcome,

Today I have a post of a tag I designed for A Vintage Journey's 'A Little bit French' Challenge........here is the link to see all the wonderful entries......http://www.vintagejourney.com/2014/04/challenge-3-little-bit-french.html

The very talented Astrid from Astrid's Artistic Efforts is hosting this challenge. Pop on over to her blog and see her amazing entry.....http://astridsartisticefforts.blogspot.com.au/2014/04/a-little-bit-french-for-vintage-journey.html

Update:   I have been asked to include my French  Tag over at The Kraft Journal, so here I will create a link also to http://www.thekraftjournal.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/challenge-166-paris-or-france.html be sure to pop over to see all the amazing entries.  The theme is Paris!


Sorry no step by step for this tag as I had a few projects to get through today.
I used Tim's Tag and Bookplate Die, Tiny Tabs and Tags Die,  Idea-ology Film Strip Ribbon, Distress Marker Spritzer, Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain and Black Soot Ink Pads.
Papers are from Papermania Do Craft 'Madame Payraud's.'
Seam binding


























































Thanks for stopping by today.

Karen.x




Sunday, April 6, 2014

A priviliged Journey




Hello and welcome,

Today I have another journal page to show....which I have titled......A Privileged Journey!  I found this image on Pinterest and as soon as I saw her I knew she had to be showcased. What an exquisite photo in all her beautiful wears. Her posture just screams confidence. I wonder what she did each day and whom she knew. Shall we give her a name?? Why not.....Clara Rose Winterton....was Ms Winterton running a milliner's empire at the turn of the century or was she an author? Perhaps she sat around in her parlor all day sipping English Tea. I love the way they dressed back in the day. True ladies.

The Grunge key I made for this piece is an idea I picked up over at A Chief's Wife heart's A Fire....Lyla is a very talented lady and has some videos on You Tube also. Check out her blog here.....http://larimore2.blogspot.com.au/

Ok  now lets get to the journal pages.




My double page. 




Lets get started...randomly applying Distress Stains.                                                                                    
Adding image with Multi Medium Matte and over the top to seal the image.                                           

Now for some stamping...I just love these new stamps called Stationers Desk by Prima.                               

OMG!! This part was a lot of fun using Tim's Spritzer, what a joy to use.  I used Distress Marker  Forest Moss.                                              
Now randomly adding some Crackle Paint for added texture.                                                                      

Not too sure this was such a good idea once it had dried as it is shiny. Pages curl up too.lol.                         














Somewhere here I did some stenciling with Black Texture Paste, the photos didn't turn out





Adding Distress Ink to the middle of the two pages.                                                                                   

450 Glue is excellent for ribbon and dries fast.                                                                              
Here is a tag I had made a while ago for another challenge. I decided it was time to use it on something.      

Adding some other elements behind the tag. Notice I managed to slip in some gears.                                 














Adding some rub-ons onto the tiny tag.














Place a hole in the top of film strip to put a brad through and glue the embellishment on top.













Some keys cut from Grunge board. I cut three but only used two.














Gluing them together.



Now to apply some Distress Paint. Once dry apply Embossing Ink and Black Embossing Powder and heat set. Repeat the heat embossing process twice. I only used the black key on this project.


Filling in the gaps with a black marker.                                                                                                      

Adding a Delish Brad to my key.                                                                                                               

By this stage I can feel my page getting quite heavy with the large embellishment in the left hand top corner, so I decided to add some thin card board to the back of my page for extra support.














The finished piece.......





















































































































Well that's all from me today. I hope you like this post. Please feel free to leave a comment or ask a question. 
Have a great day!!!

















Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Tim's 12 Tags of 2014 April

Hello and welcome,

It's that time again YEY................I have my April Tag complete. I know!!  I hear you!! I can't believe it myself, but I just couldn't wait to get started.  Two days in and here I am.  Anyway.... here is my version and a few extra photos along the way.  See how I made my flowers from another of Tim's dies.

Ok lets get started......Here is the link for the full tutorial.....http://timholtz.com/12-tags-of-2014-april/
Why not have a go and create your own masterpiece.





















From grunge board I cut the honey comb pattern.



















Instead of using paper like Tim did I cut up some tags I had sitting around. (I didn't use all of them.)



















Apply Glue n Seal to the grunge board then add piece of tag and let it dry.




















I didn't have mirror like Tim so I used Sticky back foil.



















I love getting my washi tape out.



















Not many in there, but enough for this job.







































Next I applied distress paint over entire surface, misting with water and dabbing with paper towel as it is heat dried.




















Here it is with the mottled effect.




















Some distress paint over my piece of honey comb.




















I heat set the paint then gave it a light sand and applied some vintage photo.



















Attach frameworks die cut to tag with glossy accents.



















Now to make my flowers......using some of those left over tags I talked about earlier cut some strips from the Torn Notebook die. Then with scissors make some random slits along the whole strip.



Wrap the strip around the stylus (is that what its called?) lol.  until you reach the end. Remove from stylus.






















Glue the end with a little glossy accents. Pull the edges of the flower out.



















Here are my cute flowers.




















For the leaves around the flowers I used the Festive Greenery die.







































With Tim's monocle  I added crackle accents on reverse and a rub on on the front.




















Please feel free to leave me a comment or ask a question. Love hearing from you all.
I hope you enjoyed my post today....so many photos I know.

Have a wonderful day!!!!!