Sunday, October 29, 2017

Halloween Pearls

Over at the Paper Artsy Blog the subject is Pearlescent.  I love the gentle pearl sheen that was highlighted, especially the pearlized paper used in the wedding card in the introduction post.  I used this as a basis to make the background of a halloween tag using pearlized paste through a stencil.  I loved the effect on my spooky tag ( is very difficult to capture on a photo).

Here's hoping your Halloween is SPOOKY! :) Kim

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Red + Glitter=Christmas

Although my house is all decked out for Halloween. and we have just had one of the hottest weeks in October on record, my thoughts turn to Christmas.  I have been following Linda's 12 Tags of Christmas Funkie Junkie Style for several years but I have never played along.  This year I am determined to complete all 12, but have chosen to participate with cards instead of tags!

I am stating with Week #3 of The 12 Tags of Christmas Funkie Junkie Style sponsored by The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  Linda has gone all out with RED for a very festive eye catching tag.   I loved the red inked through Tim Holtz's Peppermint stencil and this was the source of inspiration for my card.  I used red/kraft striped paper in my stash that I placed on the diagonal for the base of my card.  The red didn't stop there...I cut out a poinsettia using Tim Holtz's Tattered Poinsettia die and made it pop with Festive Berries Distress Glitter. 

I was also inspired by  PaperArtsy's 2017 Topic 14: Glitter and I would like enter my card in this challenge as well.  So many fun ways to use glitter! 

Thanks for stopping by :) Kim

Saturday, July 8, 2017

A New Journey

It has been almost over 18 months since I have happy to have inky fingers again!  I was inspired by Julia Alston's card over at CAS Mix Up Card Challenge and a featured video by tjaniga featuring stamping, tissue paper, and alcohol ink.  A co-worker is headed off on a new adventure and I made this card to wish him well.  I love the vibrant colors of alcohol ink and the pairing of tissue paper with an embossed stamped imaged.

 I embossed the compass stamp from Tim Holtz's Classics #1 on acetate in gold as instructed in Tjaniga's video.  I used Botanical, Mariner, and Indigo alcohol inks for the tissue paper background. The sentiment from Tim Holtz's Classics #16 was stamped in Ranger Forget Me Not ink and again in Ranger Cobalt in to make it pop.

 I would like to enter my card in the CAS Mix Up Card Challenge.

That's all for now...thanks for stopping by :) Kim

Monday, November 30, 2015

Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015-November

Just a short post to share my version of Tim's November tag.  You can see his tutorial here. I am so glad that I was able to break away from life to play with this month's tag.  The embossing technique and foiling was so much fun!

Finally, I can add my pics to this post. Blogger was not working last night, so I upload my tag to Tim's site using Google +...not sure if that worked.  Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday :) Kim

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015-October

I love the Fall, especially October.  Things have been so hectic that the month has just flown by.  I made time this weekend to make my October tag.  You can see how Tim created his tag here.  Unfortunately, I do not own any of Tim's new dimensional dies from Sizzix.  So...I modified the Skull die, using my bone folder  to create some dimension.

 I used Antique Linen, Brushed Corduroy,  and Frayed Burlap Distress Inks to create my skull, Frayed Burlap and Walnut Stain Distress Inks to create his teeth, and Fired Brick and  Aged Mahogany to create the background.

I assembled the skull adding some dimension by scoring 3 points and cutting the background slightly smaller than the die.  I added an Ideaology spider in his eye for good measure.

I finished off the tag with additional Ideaology goodies including "beware" coin from Oddities Adornments, "Frightful" from Wicked Alpha Parts enhanced with Fired Brick Distress Paint, a spider and chain border from Gothic Industrious Stickers, and finally a piece form the Frightful Ephemera Pack.  I tied a piece of black tulle from my stash to the top of the tag. 

I had so much fun playing with this tag.  I certainly put me in the Halloween spirit (good thing...Halloween is only 3 days away!)  I would also like to enter my tag in the following challenges:

Frilly and Funkie-Something Wicked
Our Creative Corner-Halloween Horror

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015-September

What a busy just flew by!  Work is crazy and my Mom has sold her house and is moving in my direction.  A lot of memories have been made in that house over the past 37 years along with a lot of stuff to be reckoned with.  I did take time this weekend to play with Tim's September tag technique. You can find all his tag and step by step instructions here.

 I have grown very fond of Alcohol Inks and was excited to try something new.  I don't own any the metallic mixatives, only I used that along with poppyfield, pitch black and slate to create my background.  I used Dylusions Doodled Circles stamp set for my images and  Frosted film on Clearly for Art to give the doodles some movement.  I love the transparent gloss texture paste.  It went on so smooth through the Zigzag stencil...I had to keep peaking while the magic happened :)  I chose the CURIOSITIES wordband and finished off the tag with black Tinsel Twine.  Here are a couple of close ups...

That's all for now...have a great rest of the week!:) Kim

Sunday, September 6, 2015


My Mom's birthday crept up on me, and in order for her gift to reach her in time, it had to be mailed yesterday due to the Labor Day Holiday in the States.  You can probably guess that her favorite color is blue.

I started with  a piece of Anna Griffin paper and finally had the opportunity to  play with Wendy Vecchi"s crackle paste.  I added a drop of Watering Can Archival Re-inker to the paste before spreading it through Tim's Flourish stencil.  Unfortunately, the color was not distinct enough and I attempted to add Weathered Wood Distress Ink without using the stencil.  It created a shadow around the crackled flourishes, so I grabbed the gesso from  my stash and applied it to mute the background.  Then I added Weathered Wood to the flourishes while the stencil was in place.  I inked the edges with Chipped Sapphire.  The tulle was dyed with Chipped Sapphire, Weathered Wood and Hickory Smoke Distress Inks.  A golden "Wish" charm was distressed with Weathered Wood Distress Paint and is offset by a blue Tiny Tattered Floral rose and a Heirloom Rose.  Here are a couple of  close ups.

 I would like to enter my card in Frilly and Funky's A Touch of Gold Challenge.  
Thanks for stopping by :) Kim