‘Craft Creations’ Category

  1. 12 Tags of 2015 – July

    27th July, 2015 by iGirlZoe

    At the beginning of the month I made a July 4th wall hanging inspired by Tim’s July Tag. Since then Tim has announced his new Halloween products as well as some awesome accessory stamps and dies for those crazy birds we’ve all gone crazy over. It was all the excuse I needed…

    Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015 July
    I have been so inspired by Richele Christensen’s awesome crazy bird cards, (complete with names and personalities), that I had to create my own.
    …May I introduce, “Count Peckula,” an Undertaker from Twittervania. 😉

    Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015 July
    The base is black soot distress spray stain sprayed on a manila tag and watercolor cardstock and paper from the industrial stash, stamped with the new Undertaker set.

    Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015 July
    The tag is edged with idea-ology industrious stickers, covered with a little mushroom and espresso alcohol ink and stitched.

    Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015 July
    I wanted to give the impression of lots of bats hiding in the dark, so stamped the bird crazy eyes onto watercolor cardstock lots of times and cut with the corresponding die. I edged the eyes with black soot distress marker to fully immerse them into the dark background.

    Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015 July
    This is how I made Count Peckula…

    Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015 July
    See a video on how to create the base bird here!

    CAPE POINTS: die cut an additional set of wings from watercolor cardstock, colour with festive berries and edge with black soot distress markers.

    VAMPIRE FANGS: die cut using the die pictured from watercolor cardstock, trim (as pictured) to create the fangs.

    WALKING STICK & TOP HAT: stamp the candy cane from the new crazy things stamp set and elongated the stem with a journaling pen. Coloure with the black soot distress marker to cover the candy cane stripes. Stamp the top hat from the Undertaker stamp set.

    Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015 July
    Attach the cape points and the vampire fangs with a dab of glossy accents and then cover the vampire fangs with glossy accents to give an enameled look.

    Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015 July
    Thanks for taking the time to look at my tag. You can see this months tag and techniques on Tim’s blog.

    Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015 July
    CMS #240 Undertaker / CMS#237 Crazy Things / CM#212 Bird Crazy / #660954 Bird Crazy Thinlit Dies


  2. Ranger Ink Mixed Media Summer Canvas

    13th July, 2015 by iGirlZoe

    Hello everyone. I am really excited to share my guest tutorial over at Ranger Ink today with step-by-step mixed media summer themed canvas.

    Ranger Ink Mixed Media Summer Canvas

    I hope you can hop over and take a look, there are lots of step-by-step tutorials from other guest artists in the Ranger Ink Project Library.

    Have a great week.


  3. 12 Tags of 2015 – May

    5th May, 2015 by iGirlZoe

    I love it when the 12 tags of 2015 are posted just before the weekend as it allows me to dive straight in. The reveal of May’s distress colour twisted citron AND May’s tag ON THE SAME DAY got me really ramped up to get inky.

    Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015 May
    I had a look through the new Tim Holtz photobooth cards and found a card that inspired me to pay homage to my postman …bringer of happy mail, (who I love and regularly run towards, screaming, whooping and cheering loudly)!

    Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015 May
    I reached for a sheet of new idea-ology burlap, which comes with corregated and cork sheets and decided that the cork worked better for me. I used this new stencil which I am a little bit in LOVE with and reminds me of the arrows on postal packaging I’ve received.

    Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015 May
    The Swiss post colours are yellow so I grabbed my mustard seed distress paint and covered some alphaparts.

    Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015 May
    There was lots of postal ephemera to choose from in Tim Holtz’s ephemera packs. I also used mustard seed distress markers to colour the postal uniform in the photobooth card. Check out Tim’s tag for techniques. I cut up one of the new small talk sayings to read “always be on the lookout for the” and placed above the “postie” alphaparts. I am always on the lookout for the postie! 😉

    Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015 May
    Thanks for taking the time to look at my tag. You can see this months tag and techniques on Tim’s blog and you can see the post translated into French on Scrapdeco’s blog.

    I hope you can check out the following challenge blogs.
    Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015
    Inspiration Journal Monthly Challenge
    Simon Says Stamps Wednesday Challenge


  4. Mother’s Day Cards

    30th April, 2015 by iGirlZoe

    Just squeezing in a second post inspired by April’s 12 Tags of 2015. This time with 2 Mother’s Day cards for a lovely American girl from my French class to send home. She asked me where she could buy Mother’s Day cards in Switzerland so I offered to make her a couple. She had recently given me some Reese’s candy, (and there’s nothing I wouldn’t do for chocolate)!!!

    Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015 April
    As time was limited, I turned once again to Tim’s April tag for inspiration. I am still waiting for my “craft dealer”, (as my DH calls her), to return from holiday so I can get my hands on Tim’s new flower garden stamps. However, with a little distress ink you can make any stamp work… (temporarily anyway)!

    Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015 April
    I used the alphanumeric thinlit dies to create a customised “Mother’s Day” banner. I LOVE these dies, they are SO versatile, I LOVE that about Tim’s products!

    Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015 April
    I can’t wait for Friday! Tim’s May tag and the new distress color is unveiled! Could Fridays get any better? I DON’T THINK SO!!! 😉

    Thanks for taking a look at my cards and I hope you can check out the following challenge blogs.

    Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015
    Inspiration Journal Monthly Challenge
    Simon Says Stamp Monday Blog Challenge
    Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge



  5. Through the Looking Glass

    10th April, 2015 by iGirlZoe

    Hello everyone. I am guest blogging over at A Vintage Journey today where Julia set an awesome theme, “Through the looking Glass!” You can see the finished project over there and the step-by-step below.

    Through the Looking Glass
    Take Tim Holtz’s square 5.75″ x 5.75″ idea-ology configuration box. This one was very kindly gifted to me by my good friend Genevieve, (thank you <3)! Through the Looking Glass
    Put aside the lid and insert boxes to use another day.

    Through the Looking Glass
    Cut a sheet of paper (7.5″ x 9.25″). Score across the top of the longest edge (1.75″), then turn the paper 180 degrees and score left to right (1.75″ & 7.5″).

    Through the Looking Glass
    Trim the excess square out of each top corner and cover the reverse in glue n seal.
    *TIP: work quickly, glue n seal waits for no one. 😉

    Through the Looking Glass
    Line the configuration box and paint the edges with distress crackle paint and set aside to dry.

    Through the Looking Glass
    Cover Tim Holtz idea-ology tiny vials and light bulbs with multi medium matte and set aside to dry.

    Through the Looking Glass
    Cover each with a good layer of distress crackle glaze and set aside to dry.

    Through the Looking Glass
    Once completely dry, drop alcohol ink on each bottle and set aside to air dry.

    Through the Looking Glass
    Put the corks back into the vials and make tiny labels to attach to the vials with string.

    Through the Looking Glass
    Arrange vials into your configuration box and then glue into place with glossy accents.

    Through the Looking Glass
    These hanging bulb lights were inspired by the AWESOME lights from this years Tim Holtz CHA idea-ology booth!

    Crackle glaze the bulbs, (same method as before), wrap wire around the top, secure in place with glossy accents and set aside. While waiting for the glossy accents to dry, poke 3 holes into the top of the configuration box. Once the glossy accents are dry, poke the wire underside through the top and secure with tape, (which will be covered next).

    Cover the outer top and side of the configuration box with picket fence distress paint and once dry, cover in a layer of distress crackle paint. Allow the box to dry completely and then rub walnut stain distress ink into the cracks and remove excess with kitchen roll (paper towel).

    Through the Looking Glass
    Next prepare the mirror frame. Die cut a Tim Holtz ornate frame from grungeboard and cover with tarnished brass distress paint and set aside to air dry. Once thoroughly dry, sand portions of the frame and cover in cracked pistachio distress paint and allow to almost dry. Wipe away paint with kitchen roll (paper towel), the cracked pistachio distress paint will come away easily from the painted surfaces and cling to the edges of the sanded areas giving a faux aged patina look.

    In order to hide the reverse side of my stamped fussy cut Alice image, I added distress crackle paint to idea-ology mirror. It also gives a cool shattered effect.

    Through the Looking Glass
    Finally, assemble your confirguration box adding several of the bottles to the top and adding some idea-ology hardware.

    I die cut “WONDERLAND” from Tim Holtz holiday words script thinlit die set. This fits in perfectly with the theme and helps me to continue my challenge to use my festive dies for other things throughout the year.

    Hope you’re still with me! To see the finished project, stop by A Vintage Journey and enter the “Through the Looking Glass” challenge.

    Thanks for stopping by and for your comments, I really appreciate them.
    Have a great weekend.