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Tim Holtz Summer of Creative Chemistry 2016 Weeks 1 -3


Hello my creative friends!  I took Creative Chemistry 101 with Tim Holtz about four years ago and I’m getting a refresher this summer.  Here are the tags I created for the challenges.

Week One

Friends, you just have to take this class.  It covered so many things you need to know about Tim Holtz products – it was amazing!

  Day 1 –  Tim is a wonderful teacher; he discussed the characteristics and properties of the products; dye vs. pigment inks, translucent vs. opaque, solvent, oil, or water based vehicles and porous vs non-porous materials.

Day 2 – This day we learned techniques for blending, stamping, and layering with Distress Ink.  Also, the wonderful way they react to water.  It was fun going back and create these tags, but with some of the colors from the 2015 releases.

Challenge #1

Blended Spritz & Flick


Brushless Watercolor


Wrinkle-free Distress

I think I went a little crazy applying all the different colors and got the tag too wet; but it is wrinkle free!!


 Week Two

Day 4 – We learned techniques for coloring backgrounds using re-inkers and how to store our ink creations.

Day 5 – Tim showed us some wonderful techniques for creating background, stamping, and using stains for marbling effects.

Day 6 –  The techniques Tim shared with us for coloring and stamping with distress markers were awesome!!  He also discussed the features of the markers and why they are different to other markers, but I didn’t have time to make the tags.

Challenge #2

After going over days 4, 5 & 6, our challenge was to make tags using the techniques we learned.

Day 4

 Watercoloring with Reinkers


Layered Misting


Creating a Custom Pad


Day 5

Stained Kraft Resist


Stamping With Stains


Marbled Stains


We skipped a few days and went on to

Challenge #3

  This week’s challenge was to make tags using Perfect Pearls and Distress Inks or Stains.

Day 8 – We made some awesome distress crackle objects and paints and learned how they react.

Day 9 – All about Perfect pearls and Pearl mists we made ourselves.

Day 8

Paint Dabber Resist



Crackle Paint Resist


Shattered Stains Technique


 I also made a card for the Unity Stamps Masculine Challenge


Day 9

Perfect Distress Mist



Perfect Distress Technique


Perfect Splatter Distress


That is it for now, my friends, Thanks for sticking with me until now.

Have a wonderful week and don’t forget to make something awesome!!

Happy crafting,



Life Book Week Four And Dina Wakley

Fearless Art With Annie Hamman

This lesson was a lot of fun since I allowed my inner child to come out and play and make a mess on my art.  It really took me out of my comfort zone, but I was able to let it go and I didn’t spend too much time trying to make it perfect.

Annie had the collaboration of her four year old daughter, Tallulah.  Actually, Tallulah has been collaborating in her mother’s work since she was a year old when she would go into Annie’s workshop and try to mess around.  After several attempts at getting her to stop “bothering” her, she decided to allow her daughter to play along with her and as a result there’s been sensational pieces of art created by both of them.

I first took a face from a fashion magazine and made my sketch.  I chose this one because the features were very detailed, although I left the glasses off.


Then I stared adding the acrylic paints and worked on it for a while.  This is the first few layers.  I used a few stencils and added lots of color to her hair.  This piece of art went through several changes as you will see because my “inner child” wanted to change things and I allowed her.


Then, the inner child came out to play.  She wanted feathers in her hair and apparently she didn’t like the hair so she put in different strokes even over my pretty flower stencil.


So I went back and added another big flower on her hair.  My inner child came back and used more stencils and more paint, and then I decided that was enough out of her.


I went back and just changed the stencils and hair and worked on her forehead a bit and gave her new eyebrows and eyes with eyelashes even!  I also used a stamp and a white jelly roll pen to give her a few gray hairs and added details to the flowers and leaves. I left the collaged butterflies on her neck and on the top. I’m really happy with her and I hope to play like this once more.


That is it for this lesson and I’m so looking forward to next week.  So many people have signed up for Life Book 2016 that it’s hard to keep up on our secret Facebook page.  I love all the different interpretations and the art work is amazing.  There have been some beautiful, beautiful, pieces shared that intimidate me, but I have to keep thinking about the word I chose for this year “Beautiful.”  Everything I create is beautiful!

Art Journal Color Courage with Dina Wakley and Amy Jones

I’ve been meaning to post some of the backgrounds I’ve been creating after watching Dina Wakley and Amy Jones in the Interweave Store through the Cloth, Paper, Scissors. Shop.

I bought her book,  Art Journal Courage, through Amazon and I was hooked!  There is nothing like seeing the artist at work that’s why I decided to buy the videos.

She is truly fearless when it comes to playing in her journal.  I bought her bird stamps while they were on sale at the JoAnn’s online store.  Now I can’t wait to use them on the backgrounds I created.

This background was mostly created with ink sprays and stencils.  She has a great line of stencils, but I made my own and used some I had on hand.

These were also created with spray inks, but she introduced acrylic paints too.  To me it looked very busy, but I have to go back and finish watching the video so I can see how she fixed it.

 These were created on deli paper.  It’s amazing to me that I didn’t have to use my Gelli Plate, but I’m sure in one of her classes she’ll take it out to use it!


And Finally, the piece de resistance (spoken  with a French accent).   These were my favorite pieces because the colors are just so vibrant!  I used the sprays on the bottom and the stencils on top.


Now, to watch the rest of the videos and see how I can use my new sketchy bird stamps.  Thank you all for stopping by today and I look forward to your comments.

 Until next time, play, play play!~


Online Card Watercolor Classes Day Two – Continued

Distress Inks, Tube Watercolors, & Stamping

Jenifer Rzasa made this class look so easy.

We first practiced three different techniques – Using distress inks on the stamp then stamping it on paper and then using water to spread the color – like on the cat.

The second one was using the distress inks on the stamp, applying water, drying it and adding water on top of the image to give it some texture, and then using a pen for the details.

My favorite was inking the stamp, spraying it with water, then applying it to the paper.  I used different colors of inks on this flower stamp.


 I did the sample of the two  stamps with distress inks – easy!

The first image was stamped with water proof ink, and the second one with Versamark and white embossing color.  I like both ways, but coloring on the black image was my favorite.


Then, using watercolor tubes I did these two cards.  I didn’t have any skyline stamps so I used a stencil and pencil to draw the buildings.

These two cards  made me crazy, but I grew to like this one, especially after I added the splashes on top.


The second try is another stencil of a neighborhood and a heart, so I used Thinking of you card.


Hope you like – they are very different than I usually make.

Thanks for stopping by!


OnlIne Card ClassWatercolor for Card Makers – Exploring Mediums

I’m sharing a few cards I made yesterday for the online card class.  This is the second class I’ve taken and I’m loving every minute of it.

Here are the cards for day one – Using Markers

After heat embossing with gold, I used my markers directly on the watercolor paper.


 The leaves on the right are the ones I practiced embossing and colored with distress markers.  The image on the watercolor paper are markers on the stamp and stamping on the watercolor paper spritzed with a mist of perfect pearls. The die cut leaves were colored with distress markers on the sheet and gold mist.  I also used a bit of washi tape and an old book page.  The background is a background stamp.  I used a distress ink pad.


My take on Kristina’s masking and adding a blue glow on the paper.  I noticed after I cut the watercolor paper that it was a little off center.  I still like it!  The You’re so thoughtful is a Unity Stamp.


Day Two – Traditional Watercolor

Laura Bassen gave us an introduction on Peerless Watercolor.  I tried several washes on watercolor paper and this is the one I liked the most.  She used a beautiful layering stamp, but I didn’t have one.  Instead I used the distress inks and rock-and-rolled several colors to achieve the variations.  I fuzzy cut the flowers and the butterfly and used the free flowers stamp from Unity Stamps


That’s all I’ve had a chance to create.

Until next time, happy crafting!


Part Two of Strolling Down Memory Lane

In the previous post I posted the projects I have created up to 2010.

My creative journey has taken me to wanting to learn new techniques so I took a class on line on how to draw mixed media faces with Suzi Blu Gypsy Art School where I learned to draw these faces:


Using graph paper as a guide to draw a face
Journaling page and drawing my niece in the hospital after brain surgery
Journaling page and drawing my niece in the hospital after brain surgery

One of the mediums I’ve always had trouble with, but tried my best to learn is watercolor.  I bought some classes from My Frugal Crafter, Lindsey Weirich.

Beginner Watercolor Class
Beginner Watercolor Class

I also took a couple of Tim Holtz online clases Creative Chemistry 101 and 102.

Distress Resist Tags at Creative Chemistry 101
Distress Resist Tags at Creative Chemistry 101
Creative Chemistry 102 Stamping Through Stencils

Creative Chemistry Tim Holtz – stencils and alcohol inks

These are some of the  canvas girls I created after taking She Art Girls class with Christy Tomlison.

I'm a Beautician Not a Magician for Pleasures Hair Salon
I’m a Beautician Not a Magician for Pleasures Hair Salon

I made this canvas girl for Christy at Scrap Chick

Canvas for My Scrap Chick
Canvas for My Scrap Chick
Sisters Mixed Media Canvas
SVG Cuts Spring Challenge – Mixed Media Girl with Cage
Wide Eyed Girl Mixed Media Canvas
Wide Eyed Girl Mixed Media Canvas

I took a bangle class with Christy Tomlison and learned to make beaded bracelets, and leather and lace bracelets.


I learned to sketch and journal with Junelle Jacobson’s The Art of Wild Abandonment



I had some issues going on so I joined My Crazy Life workshop lead by Art McCraken and created canvases to clear my soul and validate others.

Devotion Mixed Media Canvas for my sister who was taking care of her sick daughter in the hospital.

I wanted to learn to learn to draw more than faces so I took a How to draw Fairies class and made a few of these:

How to draw a fairy
How to draw a fairy
How to draw hair

Then FACEcinating Girls class was next on my agenda.  I learned to make whimsical girls on canvases and journal pages.

FACEcinating Girl
FACEcinating Girl

I also loved working with tile and vinyl and this is what I came up with:

Charro Tile For Brother-in-Law
Charro Tile For Brother-in-Law
Estrada Family Wedding Tile
Fishing Tile
Great Spirit Vinyl on Tile for brother-in-law

And lastly, I’ve taken several online classes and made more cards with SVG Cuts files and my digital cutter.

Missing You Houses Online Card Class Stretch Your Stamps
Missing You Houses Online Card Class Stretch Your Stamps

Sumper Camp Online Card Class
Sumper Camp Online Card Class
Online Card Classes Learning Techniques Inspiration Showcase

Inspiration Showcase

Inspiration Showcase

You Rock Guitar Card SVG Cuts Guy Cards

You Rock Guitar Card SVG Cuts Guy Cards

Little Peeps SVG Collection - You Rock Card

Little Peeps SVG Collection – You Rock Card
Window Lever Card SVG Cuts File Breezy Backyard Lever Cards
Window Lever Card SVG Cuts File Breezy Backyard Lever Cards