Year 2013 & Year 2014 2

Year 2013 & Year 2014 2

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Frilly & Funkie; 2018-The Year of Challenge #2... "All You Need Is LOVE"


 Whenever I hear the phrase "All You Need Is Love", my mind immediately pictures those four guys who made up The Fab Four; aka THE best band....EVER. Way back in my very young years, when I could still hear, my earliest memories involve The Beatles and hearing them on the radio. In 1970, I had my first heartbreak at the tender age of 4&1/2 when the news showed Paul McCartney coming out of some building and a reporter saying the Beatles were officially breaking apart. I guess I must've been born 'old' because I'd watch news or hear things on the radio that would set me to worrying. At that time, all my mind understood was that MY Beatles 'were no more'. I didn't realize at the time how their MUSIC would not just disappear. I happen to be a "saver" of sentimental things; not hoarding, but definitely you can see 'collections' throughout our home. One of those is our vinyl albums both my ChiefHubby and I have hung onto from our teen years- his being of the Beach Boys. 
             So as soon as I saw the Challenge's title, I knew right away my theme! And it matches with Valentine's Day just perfectly since that same week is when the "British Invasion" began with The Beatles appearing on The Ed Sullivan Show, February 9, 1964. My mind 'hears' trumpets sounding those first notes of "All You Need Is Love" during the live televised "One World" concert (above middle & above right photos) where their musical contribution included many other famous Rock&Rollers. However, the song originally came out during a film the Beatles made, "Magical Mystery Tour", in which the four are seen coming down the stairs in matching white tuxedoes (above left). This was the image where I drew my inspiration from for this project.
              Let's get some pics on here of how it came together....

I started pretty simple- during the Souper Bowl Party where we gathered at church to play cards, eat, and watch the Patriots (finally) get stopped. (No offense here, but I live in Indiana where we are Indianapolis Colts fans. "Deflategate" is still a subject!)
Getting the stairway right was the first adjustment I had to make....the next photo will show why.
Making sure the heads of the 'dolls' wouldn't be sticking out as it folded. This meant either making the stairs smaller, or the actual card (holding the stairs) longer. In the end, BOTH needed to be done.

You can see the card with the stairs in the background- I used 'braces' of cardstock inside the stairway, to help it "pop" back out without folding in toward the fold side.
A thicker inside was needed to help the dolls stand up stronger without extra support. So I used matte board- Hobby Lobby uses this to frame your photos with. When they get a lot of scrap leftover (the inside rectangles of scrap where your photo took place inside) they usually put it in the Clearance section of the store. You can get a pile of it packaged up for $5 to $10.
Then I used Glossy Accents to glue the backs of "skin" to the doll body "frames".

I keep the cartoon faces of The Beatles in my scrapbook files.

* IMPORTANT* Most people don't keep as much as I do on a computer. And that was the reason for my longer-than-planned absence from my Blog: I was still running on Windows XP until June 2017 - FOUR YEARS after they stopped supporting it! I just hated to give up all those old photo programs I LOVED! But, alas; my Android cell phone received a virus and it passed into my pc. Then passed onto the ChiefHubby's Vista-run pc and Android cell phone just days later. FOUR very expensive (my pc was custom made via my specs) items to replace. PLEASE DO NOT FORWARD "fun stuff" in those messages on your cell phones! iPhones are safer and we ended up with iPhone 6S for me and 7 for him. Plus 2 brand new setups and headaches to find new photo programs for professional photo edits I do.
Here, you see both sides of the body. Just line the faces up with the Sizzix Doll Body die and cut as usual.
This is where you can get creative with the various outfits that are available for the Sizzix Doll Body die. I have more outfits than this, but I chose these for what I needed to form a "tux" for each doll. In this case; the Firefighter's turnout coat made the back and front for the tuxedo jacket. The Policeman's pants and the shirt... aided by the tank top (from the Body die) and a hand-cut bowtie...formed the rest of it. The shoes were from the Graduation die. They looked 'dressier' and with an added topcoat of Glossy Accents- viola: shiny tux shoes !!!
Ringo....sans moptop hair. lol!
Choosing the 'little touches' from my stash of Tim Holtz IdeaOlogy items- probably my FAVE things !!!!
...and choosing the paper for the outside of the card....
....which needed to be extended, so I decided the perfect thing to do would be to add some psychedelic color pattern !!!
Those Tim Holtz RubOns again!!!
And playing with some Alcohol Inks to make the originally silver drawer-pull into a mottled-gold. The feel of it is pretty cool after you get done coloring/smudging/scraping to get it roughed up enough to look- and feel- distressed.
I also had to make 3 red & 1 BLACK rose boutonnieres. I used the TH IdeaOlogy Roses- the smallest sized worked great for these and added that last bit of perfection to take the outifts over the top!
(The black rose was a first for ME. Wild, man....wild. But don't forget: Paul was still 'dead' at the time! Double lol!!)  

The finished project:

The FRONTSIDE of the card....
SIDE VIEW- unopened...
BACKSIDE of card...
FINALLY got my hands on some TH IdeaOlogy Typography lettering! I used Watermelon Alcohol Ink to coat it (very heavily, so it would sort of "gather" on the top of the lettering. Just let it soak a bit till it dries.
This pic shows a closeup of word "LOVE" -which was a requirement...
Adding the TH IdeaOlogy Monocle was an idea from
another Crafter's SUPER IDEA from a project I saw a a couple weeks ago- that's what SHARING is about!!
Ringo, George, and John in their red rosed tuxedoes...
Paul's black rose stands out from the others as it was intended to.... even though Sir Macca is very much ALIVE!
(And in 2014, my ChiefHubby scored 2 tix to see him "Out There" in Indy- BucketList Item checked !)

(This last one was just for the fun of it- a timelapse of the video short....I stuck this onto Instagram. :)

We come to the end, finally. I'm not trying to make these as long and painful to read as I can, but I DO like to show how I came up with something- especially when I am really pleased with how it turned out! :)  This project is one of my fave I've ever done! 
And before I sign off this Challenge, I must give a huge SHOUTOUT to a few folks:
1. The Funkie Junkie Boutique - for sponsoring PRIZES for these Challenges ;
THANKS FOR CHOOSING MY Challenge #1 Entry "LOVE" as the top pick !!!
(Especially with so many hugely talented Crafters putting hard-to-choose-from entries in there!)
My winning entry allowed me to receive an invitation to be their
for Challenge #3 coming up next !!!!
( I am both excited AND nervous
to have such an honor bestowed upon my hands and imagination !!!)
2. The folks at Frilly And Funkie Blog : the talented Designers, and awesome friendly people who take time to get to know each other, and encourage each other !
3. A few very special friends: Candy Colwell, Linda Ledbetter, & Susan Mostek 
These wonderfully TALENTED crafty-sisters held a de-stash sale last fall and invited me to join them. I was able to add to my Tim Holtz collection of Alterations Dies, finally finding several of the retired dies that I'd been wanting for years! It was through the purchase of the TH Alterations Heart & Wings Die that I was able to play around with some honeycomb paper, the TH Movers&Shapers Journey Die, and the TH Queen of Hearts Mini Embossing Folder, which all ended up with the winning entry "LOVE" for my "word theme" of 2018:
THANKS, GIRLS !!!! Having you ladies as friends is such an HONOR to me!!!
The win is just as much YOURS as it was MINE!!!

As always: THANKS for checking in, and I hope you're inspired to join us in
"2018- The Year of" Challenges.
Please take care, stay safe, and...

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

I'm Baaaaaaaaack!! And starting a new Challenge with Frilly &Funkie: "2018-The Year Of"...

Well! It's about high time I got back!

And, it has been a long haul, lemme tell ya! Been a LOT of changes around here- all good though! More on all that later, as well as catching up on tons of things I've made over this last year. But, for now..... I'm BAAAACK! :)

The Challenges I am hoping to keep up with are sponsored by Frilly And Funkie Challenge Blog - where I also plugged in for the Tim Holtz Book3 Challenges archived in my articles. And, of course, there are PRIZES to be had- sponsored by the Funkie Junkie Boutique !!

This FIRST CHALLENGE (Dare I say I MADE the deadline for the FIRST ONE?!) is all about what word or theme you would choose for your year of 2018... I'd def hafta answer that with the word "HEART"! Not only because I love hearts, but it seems to be a main theme in my life; since GOD is love makes total sense to me to always put HIM first in everything, and since HE gave you all the people you love, as well as everything you have (HE is Creator of all), then my HEART belongs to HIM. So, since my life with my ChiefHubby is all along that lifestyle, I'll go with that. I happened to have a favorite set of artistry from one of my older brothers- the one closest up in age to me. He did these just after we were married, so we are dressed for that event in these. I've used them once before for a Tim Holtz '12 Tags' and won for February that year. (Blogged Post in Articles) Since they are a very fave gift, and have hung on our hallway wall ever since- I was smart to scan them off not too long after getting our first 93?!? So, why not use them again, since the theme is still so STRONG!

Yes...that is actual metal- soft copper that I used with a new die that is actually a retired TH Alterations Heart with Wings!

I chose to put BOTH "heart" AND 'soul"... seems to me they always SHOULD go together.

These little trinkets came off a bracelet I purchased during a trip to Glacier National Park in Montana.... 2016. I toldyaso : I'll FIND a use for it!

Ok, I totally admit that this idea came from one of Tim's earlier tags. BUT, I dare ya to try cutting it with the TH Heart With Wings die: it was NOT easy to get this together. The trick was to actually pull it in HALF and THEN cut with the die, so that both halves come out. Then tiny-tape it back together to make it one piece again.

As usual- I can't seem to put out a Tag without also doing the BACKSIDE...

If you're going to say "part of this is upside-down"... you're wrong. 
Sorry, but my idea is that it should be looked at as if it were going "full circle", so the eye will travel around the entire thing. The "No.12" is for all the months of the year that you spend putting HEART things FIRST- and that starts with JESUS, in moho.

The detail of those tiny TH Fasteners are a bit difficult for RA-induced hands. But, I made it work!
And- I didn't get time to upload the BTS pics I took, but you'll notice I had a ton of FUN with those new Tim Holtz Oxide Distress Inks !!! I used both Vintage Photo and Iced Spruce on this entire project.

There's the TH RubOns that I absolutely LOVE using!!

Lastly- here's the hint on the backside: "heart" on the TH Word Key (another favie item still!) and a red diamond.... both items can be found on the FRONTSIDE; if you're game to FIND THEM! :)

Thanks for popping in- especially in so long!!!
See you again, SOON, with more!
Stay safe, and as always:

Monday, January 9, 2017

The A-2-Z Files ...Repurposed Vintage Address Card Filer

                 All throughout 2016, I've worked on this little collection of files. It started out as a copied idea of a similar item from one of Tim Holtz's designers and grew into an all-year project. The initial item (the card- filer itself) came from EEBay & didn't take much time to repurpose with cleaning, a paint job, then papering job. Making 1 or two cards a week, and almost none over the summer while we are away so much, I think I managed to fill it out nicely! Since I didn't get time to put together the usual mini album for 2016...this will fit the bill. So, if you're ready, let's check out the video...


         Ihave another coule of items to add into the next post, and after that I'll be catching up with my Dad's photo albums he had made up for each of his kids. (I'm making sure each of us gets copies of all the albums so each Grandchild will be able to share also.) After that...we'll see what comes up since Tim Holtz disconinued his 12 Tags series. I was fortunate to be along for the ride on 5 of those 10 years of Tags! I'd like to keep myself challenged to create, so I'll be taking a look around to see what interests me. Meanwhile...
                                  THANKS for checking in, and; HAPPY BLOGGING!!!

Thursday, December 29, 2016

DECEMBER TAG...The 12 Tags of 2016

The end of the 2016 Remix Tags comes to completion with these two fun techniques from Dec '16 & June '15 coming together in Tim's December Tag. Both techs are easy and you're likely to have items on hand enough to come up with either a version like Tim's or one that comes totally out of your own imagination. I took the latter route &  ended up with three different Tags this month. If you're only interested in the version that was my entry Tag for Tim's blog, then just scroll down. Otherwise; here we go...

This is the front side of TAG 1, which was created specifically for the Annual CHRISTmas Party for the Ladies Circle group I am involved in at Church. We each make (or purchase- if you're feeling very UNcrafty or short on time) an ornament to exchange by drawing names or playing 'Musical Ornaments'.
If you're guessing the entire setup of pieces is a Nativity scene... you're right!!! Inside the 0 is a snippet of sTH's Holidays stashpaper  Valentine's Day "LOVE" which is the Baby JESUS. The rest of the 2016 numbers are supposed to represent Joseph, Mary, and their donkey that carried Mary to Bethlehem. The word JESUS letters are the Choir singing in the sky, and the angel Gabriel leading them. The star is at the top on the ribbon.

This is the back side of TAG 1 - complete with mistletoe! The second technique is used here on the word "Dec".
                                                    Here are some closeups of TAG 1...

                   Next, I made 10  more tags -all the same design-  & I'll call theses all TAG 2....

These are the FRONT sides of all the Tag2 copies I made- one for each Bestie who lived in snowy-below-zero-frozen Indiana...which ended up matching the weather perfectly since it all blew in early this winter!!! You'll note that each one is slightly different since each is personalized with the first letter of the Bestie's last name and the number is related to their Wedding Anniversary. Tim Holt's Holidays stash paper really came in handy for all the tiny backgrounds to the pieces of IdeaOlogy and Glossy Accents gave the impression of 'ice' so I used it liberally! My craft studio was a "disaster area" which finally got relief with a good cleaning (along with the rest of the house) after 8 full days of getting all the 12 tags put together. In time to head south for both holidays.

And these are the BACK sides of each of the TAG 2 copies. The heart shape (A retired Christmas tree Sizzix Die) on the tree stands for JESUS (GOD is love itself) and the rest of the ornaments are the silver and gold of newer friends and old.

                                       Here are some closeup pics of the set of 10 "TAG2"...
"Frozen" looked almost real when I added some Distress Picket Fence Paint!

The mix of "new" in metallic silver thread and the "old" of the burlap went over nicely with the two ribbons I put together for the top to hold a pin with a jingle bell.
The "holly" looked GREAT with all the snow I added in sprinkles, sprays and dips all over everything!

A bit closer look at the tree and snowflakes embossed on the backsides.

                                             And lastly: TAG 3... my DECEMBER TAG!

                                                                        Front Side
WARMTH, SUNSHINE, and BEACH was the mixed theme since we were planning to spend CHRISTmas and New Year's in Florida with our Dixon side of the family- first time in 3 years down here during deep snow of the north for the winter holidays. We saw some of them on the summer trip to Montana, but missed our College Girls Basketball Frosh girl since she had so many things going on all summer and missed Montana.  
Decorating for CHRISTmas in DeFuniak Springs, Florida, takes over 3 months to get all the lights around the perfectly round lake here. So here's my take on that thought- complete with the many-layered cuts of Tim's new Thinnest palm tree! I left a Cash Key empty so I can put a photo of the ChiefHubby and I on the Emerald Coast we took on CHRISTmas Eve.  
                                          Here are some closeups of my DECEMBER TAG...

Both this and the next shot are from the FRONT SIDE
The "seaglass" is actually Tim Holtz Fragments broken up into odd pieces and some Alcohol Ink added in little puddles (to make it darker) and allowed to dry. The castle die cut was an extra goodie sent from The Funkie Junkie on one of my summer orders of Tim Holtz dies/supplies. THANKS, Funkie Junkie Boutique!!!
And these last 2 shots are from the BACK SIDE of my DECEMBER TAG.

Aren't 'we' CUTE?!

So, that's it and here I still am- typing this in and getting my December Tag up onto Tim's blog from SUNNY, WARM FLORIDA....where, unfortunately, a cold front has moved in and the temps dropped drastically this evening (Dec. 29th), but we DID get in a lot of beach time as well as tons of FUNNY, fun time with more family we love!!!
I hope you had a BLESSED CHRISTmas and look forward to the trip back home when I can pop in and see some other tags and crafted items from blogs, Pinterest, and Facebook!

Thanks for checking in, and...