Wednesday, December 10, 2014

12 Tags of 2014 December Tag

I cannot believe that this is the 12th tag already and my first one of the year! I guess I have been pretty busy with restoring and shopping for Zippee, my vintage camper. It's funny because  I love seeing the tag each month and set out to make them but before I know it the month is gone : (
So here is my take on Tim Holtz December tag:

Here is the link to see Tim Holtz' original tag. He has great step by step directions and his tags are gorgeous.

When I was at Whimsodoodle I picked up some Frosted Sheets so I thought I would give the tag a try. In my neighborhood everyone is outside decorating their houses for the holidays so when I saw the window die I felt inspired.

I used the Pointsettia mover and shaper and the Festive Greenery dies also. The Frosted sheet was embossed through the Snowflake embossing folder.

To get the numbers to appear red on the brads I used Stickles, you can place a drop on the numbers and wait a little bit then take you finger and gently swipe across top of brad, the stickles is left behind in the debossed number.

I never used the Picket Fence Distress Marker before so when I started to outline the poinsettia and nothing appeared I was dissappointed but then a few seconds later I looked back at it and a wonderful soft, snowy color appeared. I love this marker!! I outlined all of the flower's edges and it gave such a lovely soft outline.

I had the Snowflake piece from a former Christmas Ideology set. It doesn't have a hole and I couldnt find my hole drill so I needed to make a bail myself. With some memory wire I created a spiral and flattened it out with some smoothing pliers. With some E600 I adhered it to the back and  "Voila!" I had a snowflake charm. A loop at the other end of the wire for a jump ring and it was attached to the hand-dyed ribbon.
We are streaming beginning at 10 am on Saturday, December 13th this project, it is perfect to house the Tim Holtz 12 tags! They hang down inside the Ice Shanty.
I will have the supply list up tomorrow and during the show I will teach you how to make it! There will be a free tutorial available up on our blog for Saturday only for your use, so make sure you grab it then. After that it will no longer be available because I will be teaching the class next year. Merry Christmas!

Ice Shanty Ustream Project
This was using the Hobby Lobby Pine St. Square but on the stream I will use the Carta Bella Warm and Cozy line
I hope you can join us at least for part we love drop ins, we tend to go for most of the day so I am sure we will still be on! Here is the link: 
If you have never been to ustream you can create a free user name so you can join the chat, there is also a free Ustream APP so you can take us with you on your tablet or phone!

PS If you wanna learn how to make the snowballs go to Paula Cheney's blog One Lucky Day. She has amazing tutorials and fun techniques to bring your projects up a notch.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Whimsodoodle and Paula Cheney

Check one off my bucket list! Friday and Saturday was spent at this wonderful store in St. Petersburg Florida. What a two days it was, I finally got to take classes with the notorious Paula Cheney!! I have been a big fan of her creations for such a long time and to sit and be able to take a class let alone 4 was a dream come true!

We started out making a lovely portfolio using the Tim Holtz large portfolio. I don't have a finished photo but here it is in progress: 
I was so glad when the woman next to me wanted to switch cabinet cards because she got the 2 girls and I was thinking I could use the portfolio for our next ScrappyCamperSisters adventure.  Aren't they sweet? They are out of the Found Relatives line from Tim Holtz. Paula told us she is working with him now, I was like what a great match!! 

Jill is a sweetie, the owner of Whimsodoodle, here is a pic of her and Paula:

The next class proved to be quite tedious for my liking, but I am glad I stuck it out because I loved the project and I would never had done it on my own, Darcie likes to alter things more than I do, so I was happy to have Ms. Cheney crack the whip. I love this little assemblage clock and the mermaid pearl technique made it all worth it! 

Friday, I had a lovely dinner at the Mexican restaurant around the corner with 3 ladies from class. One of them Lori invited me for breakfast the next morning at the Hilton, she comes over all the way from Miami just to take classes at this store!
Saturday we were up and at it early and got to work on the Christmas Configuration Box. I loved this project!!! May I say Paula's classes rock, she does all the hard work for you. You get to just assemble and learn cool techniques and the presentation on this was gorgeous, I can't believe that I didn't get a picture, I guess I was excited and just dug right in! I added my photo to the box when I got home, it is lovely in person.
The last class was working with the Worn Cover Album. We worked with one of these with Mr. Holtz when we went to Italy last year, this little mini is so cute not sure what I will put in it yet but it sure came out nice.
I was exhausted but totally inspired when I left and I did get to squeeze in a little shopping, not hard to do in that place!
So next time you find yourself anywhere near St. Petersburg or Central Florida take a stop in at Whimsodoodle and say Hi to Jill and the girls and give them a big hug from us!