‘Miscellaneous’ Category

  1. 12 Tags of 2015 – June

    30th June, 2015 by iGirlZoe

    Gosh I am really late with this month’s tag! I had my A1 level French exam, my birthday and I got sick all at the same time. Although I didn’t feel 100% on my birthday, I did get 100% in my exam!

    Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015 June
    Tim’s 12 Tags of 2015 lured me back to my craft desk and gave me the perfect excuse to use some of my birthday stash.

    Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015 June
    I followed the technique from Tim’s post and, as you can see, I tried a few different backgrounds. I loved experimenting and stitched these tags ready to use another day.

    Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015 June
    I settled on this slightly more muted background. I splashed a little picket fence distress paint over the top.

    Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015 June
    I LOVE the new distress colours and I wanted to use as many as possible on this tag.

    Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015 June
    I used the cloud die from the TH mini airplane and cloud die set to mimic cream in the top of the cup. I coloured it white using the technique from Tim’s post. I spritzed the newest distress family member, Hickory smoke, over the top with the distress marker and spritzer tool.

    Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015 June
    I used Tim’s remnant rubs to make the tea label and around the rim of the cup and then partially scratched off to look worn.

    Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2015 June
    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.


  2. 12 Tags of 2015 – April

    22nd April, 2015 by iGirlZoe

    My French studies continue to keep me busy (and out of trouble), but I made some time to have a go at April’s tag.

    12 Tags of 2015 April
    I didn’t think that I wanted the floral stamps, used in this months tag, when they were released! WRONG!!! While waiting for them to arrive and stalking the postman, I decided to improvise. I went right back to the very beginning and used a floral stamp from set #001! They aren’t designed to colour in so I used the distress markers direct to rubber and then spritzed with water and stamped. I love the look of this technique and have used it many times since taking Creative Chemistry with “the professor”…

    12 Tags of 2015 April
    I used Tim Holtz’s new mixed media die set. This set is worth buying a die cutting machine for! I am not kidding, it’s awesome! Unlike me with a craft knife!! If you follow me on instagram you will know what I mean! #CraftFail

    12 Tags of 2015 April
    I stamped the bee from another earlier stamp set #083 and then stamped a second time on shrink plastic, just the wings this time. With a blob of glossy accents, I attached the wings and propped them up with paintbrush handles until they had dried in an upright position. I watercoloured the stamp with distress markers. I added lots of remnant rubs to the tag and some discontinued idea-ology from my stash.

    12 Tags of 2015 April
    The new idea-ology tiny vials are seriously cute. You can see how they’re altered in my Through the Looking Glass post. I filled it with mustard seed distress glitter and sealed the cork on with glossy accents. I added an idea-ology screw eye and hung it from the chain. My DH made the honey label for me. I love his writing, he used to write me love letters when we dated as teenagers, so it’s special to have it on as part of my tag. <3 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.


  3. Tattered Floral Challenge

    22nd March, 2013 by iGirlZoe

    When Tim Holtz challenged us to his Tattered Floral Challenge, the Tattered Florals Die was one of my least used, mainly because it was too, well, floral!

    After several attempts I hadn’t created anything that I felt worthy of this challenge. Then it occurred to me that what these flowers were missing was some much needed grunge! I grabbed the new Tim Holtz Sizzix Texture Fades Gears Folder and came up with this!

    Tim Holtz Tattered Floral Challenge

    This is how I made it…

    Tim Holtz Tattered Floral Challenge
    I embossed a box lid and base and covered with distress paint. Once dry, I added a layer of broken china distress paint and then quickly removed the excess with a dry cloth. I swiped a blending tool with brushed corduroy distress ink over the raised embossed detail. Finally, I used an empty water brush to hightlight the raised areas with antique bronze distress stain.

    Tim Holtz Tattered Floral Challenge
    Next I die cut Rangers Metal Foil Tape with the Tattered Florals Die and covered with Adirondack alcohol inks and set aside to dry.

    Tim Holtz Tattered Floral Challenge
    Once dry, I embossed with the Tim Holtz Sizzix Texture Fades Gears Folder and then used a sanding block to take the dried alcohol ink off the raised embossed areas.

    Tim Holtz Tattered Floral Challenge
    I attached the flowers with gem brads and curled the leaves to give them a more dimensional look.

    Thanks to Tim’s challenge, I have a renewed love for my tattered florals die and look forward to experimenting more with my alcohol inks and metal foil.


  4. 290 Days till Christmas

    9th March, 2012 by iGirlZoe

    Altered Snowflake Decoration
    290 days (yes I’m counting)! I wanted to share an altered project that I made for a swap in the Tim Holtz Addicts group.

    Altered Snowflake Decoration
    I started with this naked snowflake that I picked up in the January sales.

    Altered Snowflake Decoration
    I covered the snowflake with Gesso and put face down on to a dictionary page, smoothed out the wrinkles and left to dry and harden. I used distress stains and inks to give an aged effect and gold adirondack paint on the edge of an old credit card to create gold streaks, (a technique from Kate Crane’s Art Journaling DVDs).

    Altered Snowflake Decoration
    I used sandpaper, distress inks and stains to age the edges and attached a chain and some other idea-ology pieces to decorate.

    Altered Snowflake Decoration
    ‘The word ‘snow’ is grungeboard covered with distress ink and distress stickles. I made the snowflake embellishment by cutting grungepaper with a Tim Holtz movers and shapers snowflake die, covering with distress ink and pearl adirondack paint. I made a snowflake wax seal, trimmed and attached to the center of the grungepaper with glossy accents and added a small pearl accent to finish it off.