Tuesday, November 30, 2010

patiently waiting...

for tomorrow...

DECEMBER 1st...

when tim's 12 tags Christmas adventure starts again!!! YIPPEE!!!

even the announcement is over the top cool...
it makes my heart jump with joy!

my first thought when I woke up this morning...
is it TAG DAY YET?

and also starting tomorrow,
is my friend Lisa Pace's ...



it's based on projects from her AWESOME book...



I'm excited, because I LOVE to stay home when it's frigid outside...

these 2 friends give us plenty of ideas to keep us inspired all winter long & to get us in the holiday spirit...

here's the info on Lisa's workshops...

WITH A SPECIAL discount code...
that makes each project only $1.50!!
the bargain of the century!!

so if you're an early bird...
or a night owl...
the info is right there on your computer, for easy access @ your convenience...

I stole this right off Lisa's blog...
she likes me...so she won't call the blog cops...

Here is a link to the workshop.

This workshop includes 10 winter and holiday themed projects from my book "Delight In The Details". The workshop officially starts December 1st. Once registered you have immediate access to the supply list. Each week in December you will be provided with step-by-step instructions for three projects, along with color photos and a few tips until all ten are completed.

Projects Included
Page 15 Merry & Bright Ornament
Page 26 Joy Banner
Page 30 Joy Mini Album
Page 42 Snow Day Layout
Page 44 Winter of 78 Layout
Page 72 Gift Tag
Page 76 Christmas Cookies Layout
Page 91 Silent Night Christmas Card
Page 95 Christmas Greetings Christmas Card
Page 125 Santa Baby Layout

The cost for this workshop is $19.95.

In the "Sign Up Code" field at the bottom of the signup page,
enter the Case Sensitive characters below to get a $5 discount:

58F20


The adjusted price of $14.95 will be shown on the payment page before you complete your order.

You will have instant lifetime access when you complete your registration.

FYI, I will not be teaching the techniques detailed in the book-- just instructions and tips to make recreating these projects a little simpler.

I also have two Christmas workshop Coupon Codes that can be used.


12 Days of Christmas

or

A Very Vintage Christmas

Use the coupon code below
Code: 70A29
$5 off either Christmas workshop (14.95)

Both Workshops as a Christmas Package

Use the coupon code below
Code: 091CA
You get two workshops for the price of one (Christmas Package 19.95)*

* Note: Christmas Package is normally $34.95, coupon gives an additional $15 off

If you have any question's about Lisa's workshops...
the contact info is on her blog...

Let's make this a TRIPLE PLAY DAY!!!

I'll be back tomorrow with another quick & easy gift giving idea...

I was so happy to get this die, because I had a little idea brewing...
it's FUN!

And speaking of FUN...

Just for leaving a comment yesterday...
with no giveaway going...
no sucking up...
just to be nice...


Rick (the elf) is going thru my STUFF & packing up some goodies to send to...

Blogger paperqueen said...

Well, I'm ignoring the laundry and am off to make something plaid, LOL.
LOVE that technique....and the tissue tape-covered clear flower is also awesome. Thanks Wendy!
Eileen in NYC

November 29, 2010 1:07 PM

Eileen...please email your shipping info...(wbv1213@me.com)

The moral of the story?
comments are good...
very good @ random times...
just saying...
you never know when there will be another...

I'm off to the studio to...

make (holiday gift giving) art!
wendy

Monday, November 29, 2010

a little wish...

let's get started on a holiday gift giving idea...

my gift to you is a mini class...
with all the info you'll need to get started...

it's small...
the art parts frame is just 3 1/2 inches square, so it's a great quick gift to create for someone special...

here's a look @ the finished piece...


and the instructions...

using tim's alterations tattered florals die, cut the largest flower from grungeboard...

apply strips of tissue tape to the flower and use the blending tool with butterscotch pigment ink to cover the flower...
it will look like this...


remove the tissue tape & turn the flower 90 degrees & apply tissue tape strips as shown...

use the blending tool with denim pigment ink and ink over the entire flower...

then...
remove the tissue tape & LIGHTLY ink over the flower with the denim again...

use coffee archival to stamp the screen stamp over the flower...

mist the flower lightly with perfect pearls mist and use the gold dabber to highlight the petal edges...

your flower should look like this...


cut a 3 1/2 inch square of "clearly for art" and apply strips of tissue tape to cover it...
turn it over & cover the back with tissue tape strips...

using tim's tattered florals die, cut the medium sized flower from the tissue tape covered clearly for art...
by covering the material BEFORE cutting it, you end up with perfect edges...


use a scrap of clearly for art with tim's winter wonder die to cut just the snowflake...

randomly pounce the gold dabber over the snowflake...
I didn't cover it completely...
I like the worn off look...
it's more vintage...ish...

lightly ink the flower with the blending tool & butterscotch pigment ink...

use denim pigment with the blending tool to lightly accent the petal edges...

working on the non stick craft sheet, use the heat-it tool to warm the snowflake...
when soft, shape to form...

this will be transformed from a lovely snowflake to a flower center...
I've been waiting to use that idea since I first saw the die...haha!

still working on the craft sheet, warm the flower & shape...
it takes a bit longer to heat, since the heat needs to go thru the tape to get to the clear material...

as a reminder...
clearly for art can be reheated & reshaped until you are completely satisfied with it...
don't like the shape?
simply put it back on the craft sheet, heat & reshape...

and...
remember the lecture...
look @ what things could be...
that makes the snowflake more versatile & useable all thru the year...

grab an accoutrement button for the flower center...

your clearly for art flower is no longer CLEAR...
and will look like this...
but it's still strong & durable...
I might be prejudice...but this stuff is FUN...

and the snowflake turned flower center is here too...


the flower assembled...
the different textures really make it look interesting...



on to the leaves...
stamp them on grungepaper using olive archival, ink with forest moss distress ink and stamp the polka dots with jet black archival...
then shape...

to complete the frame you'll need to cover the base with a scrap from tim's lost & found paper stash...

stamp it with the script stamp, using butterscotch pigment...

use jet black to stamp "wish" toward the bottom right...

the art parts frame gets misted with denim color wash...
heat to dry...
with the color washes it couldn't be easier...

then stamp it with the screen stamp & jet black archival...

use the gold dabber to accent the frame edge...

glue the frame to the base with Glossy Accents...

add some pen stitching detail...

sign your art...
wrap it up & you have one gift DONE...

this certainly can be customized with other colors to coordinate with the recipient's decor...

it could also be added to a journal cover...

I hope this has you in the holiday spirit and you're inspired to...

make art!
wendy
ps...I'll have more gift giving ideas coming...
stay tuned...

Thursday, November 25, 2010

thankful for...

YOU...
my blog friends & the opportunity to spread more joy...
that means free goodies...

but more on that later...

first...
thanks so much for all the sweet emails regarding tim's design team...

since there is no more tim holtz DT...
that is the reason the little logo thingy is gone...

but, please know that NOTHING will change for me...

I'll still be traveling the country to teach...
still using the same products I LOVE...
still making samples...
still sharing lots of art here...

SHARING art...
that's what it's all about...

tim & Mario are our friends...
I will continue to support tim, just as he supports me...
and I bow to Mario...
hail to the KING of TWITTER!

so since today is a day to acknowledge what we are thankful for...

a special thanks to Ted & Michelle Cutts, who believed in me and got me started on this art adventure...

and to tim & Mario for EVERYTHING you have done for me...
I am VERY THANKFUL for both of you...

and I must mention Ranger too...
Justin & Alain (the owners)...
I'm thankful for the confidence you have in me...
senior educator for Ranger?

NEVER EVER in my wildest dreams would I have thought that was a possibility...

the entire Ranger family is awesome!

and last, but not least, to my sweet hubby for his continued support & help...

next...
how about a little art...

I thought I'd show a few of the demo pieces I made while @ the stamp convention in Madison last weekend...

it's quite obvious...
I'm STILL hooked on plaid...

this ATC base is grungeboard and the plaid is created with tim's tissue tape as shown in this post...

but this time, instead of the new color washes, the same technique was done with distress inks...

I LOVE the combination of textures, using both grungeboard & clearly for art for the flower...

my screen stamp, stamped with coffee archival looks cool over the plaid...
those spiders make me laugh...


this demo tag showed using tissue tape OVER clearly for art...

this is VERY fun...
and totally transforms the clearly for art...
it's versatile...just what I LIKE!

I'll have a project with instructions for you next week...

using this die...

my goal was to make the snowflake...
NOT a snowflake...
stay tuned...

so...there's more plaid below...

the flowers are covered with tissue tape & the leaves are inked with alcohol ink & stamped with jet black archival...
using the polka dots and text...

oh...
and some ruler ribbon was added with the tiny attacher...

the index stamp @ the bottom of the tag is a favorite...



as promised...

it's time to spread the JOY!

the winning comment chosen
from the RANGER BLOG IS...

Hi Ranger! Thanks for sharing these great pieces of art with us! So beautiful and they provide so much inspiration. Thanks! Lynn B

and the winner from my blog is...

Blogger Lisa Somervillesaid...

Congrats to your winners! Fab Home Decor pieces! Thanks for sharing the details on the Ranger Blog!

November 22, 2010 3:02 PM


and since it's Thanksgiving...
I think we'll celebrate & have a 3rd winner...

Blogger Deb Smith said...

Love Love Love TSO in concert or on my iPod. Know you will enjoy and it will truly put you in the holiday spirit. Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends. There is much to be thankful for this year.

Thanks for sharing the project. Hope to get it made before Christmas!! Snagged it off of Ranger's blog yesterday but now need to pop over to leave a comment.

Catch u soon darlin.

Deb

November 22, 2010 9:39 PM

please email me with your shipping info @

wbv1213@me.com

and speaking of JOY...
OMG...

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you from Rick & I...

remember...
dessert has no calories on holidays!
I think that's what I heard...

take care...
enjoy your day and...

make art!
wendy

Monday, November 22, 2010

spreading the...JOY!

OK...

it worked!!!

I DID sweet talk Michelle this past weekend & I scored some GREAT stuff to giveaway here...

so...

let's spread the joy to...

Blogger sweet craf-tea chick said...

ohmyGOSH, your tag is amazing! wonderful techniques resulting in such a gorgeous piece of art! thanks for sharing and inspiring us! have a wonderful weekend! *hugs* steph :)

November 18, 2010 11:18 PM


and how about an extra surprise goodie box for...

Anonymous debbiek said...

Wendy, your art is museum quality and I LOVE sitting down to soak up some inspiration from you whenever you come to a convention here in Wisconsin. I was so thrilled to do so yesterday in Madison! Those Perfect Pearls Mists are simply GORGEOUS! Thanks for all the great tips.

November 21, 2010 10:49 AM

CONGRATS to the 2 winners...
please email your shipping info & we'll get those gifts out to you...
wbv1213@me.com

and to spread more FUN & JOY...
here's a project that I created for Ranger, using tim's AWESOME (& so addicting) color washes...

YES...
the color washes are PERFECT for grunge...
yippee...

it's cut from grungeboard...

this piece starts with the 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 art parts frame as the base...

the background is Claudine's natural sticky back canvas...
LOVE LOVE LOVE the natural...



this is the featured project today on Ranger's BLOG ...

you'll find a link to the supplies you'll need along with the instructions there...

I think we should spread MORE JOY...

want to win some supplies to MAKE ART?

just leave a comment here...
I'll choose a random winner @ 7am on Thursday, Thanksgiving morning...

want a SECOND CHANCE to win?
just pop over to Ranger's BLOG...
and leave a comment there too...

I'll choose a second winner @ 7am on Thanksgiving morning...

the moral of today's story?
spreading the joy is FUN!!

what is joy for me?
on Friday we have tickets to see Trans-Siberian Orchestra in Chicago...

and even BIGGER JOY is...

heading to the studio to...
make art!
wendy
ps...
may YOUR day be full of JOY!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

tissue taped & color washed...

not since grungeboard has a product completely addicted me so quickly...
it has won my heart...

seriously...

enter tim's redone...
AMAZINGLY FUN...
color washes...

I literally have a million ideas for using these sprays running around in my little brain...

it's all I can think about...
SERIOUSLY!

and I'll prove the point by saying I got up
@ 4:03 am, to make this tag...
the idea wouldn't let me sleep...

lets start @ the beginning...

use tim's tissue tape and add a few strips to a manila tag...

what's cool is that the tape leaves no ugly residue when it's removed...

it's the perfect mask...



mist over the tag with butterscotch color wash...
and you'll have this...


then add some vertical tissue tape strips & mist with sailboat blue to get this...


mist with water to change the look to this...


since my style is still more vintage...


it's looking better now...


WARNING...
here's another reminder about looking @ all the possibilities...
OK...some might call it a lecture...
whatever...

this yummy tim accoutrement button is GREAT on both sides...
actually, the back side is the perfect flower center...

just chop off the shank...
add some jet black archival...
and now you have 2 options for one button...


then add a little studio 490 stamping...




some tim's trimmings misted with butterscotch color wash...
and attached with the tiny attacher...

a grungepaper flower created with sunset orange color wash & a bit of espresso color wash...
misted with the new sunflower sparkle Perfect Pearls Mist...

a little word made from tim's new salvage stickers...

here's the finished tag...


and here's a closer look...



now think of the possibilities...

don't want straight lines??

tear the edges of the tape...

or get out those OLD decorative scissors...
blow off the dust...
& cut the tissue tape...

stamp before removing the tape...

use it on other surfaces...

I could go on & on about these sprays...

I made a few other VERY VERY FUN things with the color washes...
but that's for another post...
stay tuned...

and if you don't have my "clearly for art" yet...
just sayin...

you will want it when you see the new twist I have discovered...

it had me completely freaking out jumping for joy...
it's over the top cool, if I say so myself...
just you wait & see...

it looks NOTHING like the other clearly for art things I've done...
NOTHING!!! I even impressed...ME~

it's not shiny...people are asking...what is that stuff?
just saying...be prepared if you want to play along...

I'll be demoing & showing LOTS of cool techniques this weekend @ the Alliant Energy Center stamp convention in Madison Wi.

hope to see you there...
in the Stampers Anonymous booth...

I'll be the one with the inky fingers...
that is until I use my craft scrubbie...

oh...wait!!!
one more thing...
craft scrubbies make great stocking stuffers for guys...
Rick has one to use in the garage...
it removes grease like a dream...

Christmas is coming...

gotta run now...
time to pack demo stuff so I can...
make art (in Wisconsin)

wendy
ps...I'll be working with Michelle...
Mrs Stampers Anonymous...
I'll do my best to sweet talk her out of some hot off the press rubber...

for a little giveaway here...

I bet Michelle likes comments!
What do YOU think?