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Tim Holtz Summer of Creative Chemistry 2016 Weeks 1 -3


Hello my creative friends!  I took Creative Chemistry 101 with Tim Holtz about four years ago and I’m getting a refresher this summer.  Here are the tags I created for the challenges.

Week One

Friends, you just have to take this class.  It covered so many things you need to know about Tim Holtz products – it was amazing!

  Day 1 –  Tim is a wonderful teacher; he discussed the characteristics and properties of the products; dye vs. pigment inks, translucent vs. opaque, solvent, oil, or water based vehicles and porous vs non-porous materials.

Day 2 – This day we learned techniques for blending, stamping, and layering with Distress Ink.  Also, the wonderful way they react to water.  It was fun going back and create these tags, but with some of the colors from the 2015 releases.

Challenge #1

Blended Spritz & Flick


Brushless Watercolor


Wrinkle-free Distress

I think I went a little crazy applying all the different colors and got the tag too wet; but it is wrinkle free!!


 Week Two

Day 4 – We learned techniques for coloring backgrounds using re-inkers and how to store our ink creations.

Day 5 – Tim showed us some wonderful techniques for creating background, stamping, and using stains for marbling effects.

Day 6 –  The techniques Tim shared with us for coloring and stamping with distress markers were awesome!!  He also discussed the features of the markers and why they are different to other markers, but I didn’t have time to make the tags.

Challenge #2

After going over days 4, 5 & 6, our challenge was to make tags using the techniques we learned.

Day 4

 Watercoloring with Reinkers


Layered Misting


Creating a Custom Pad


Day 5

Stained Kraft Resist


Stamping With Stains


Marbled Stains


We skipped a few days and went on to

Challenge #3

  This week’s challenge was to make tags using Perfect Pearls and Distress Inks or Stains.

Day 8 – We made some awesome distress crackle objects and paints and learned how they react.

Day 9 – All about Perfect pearls and Pearl mists we made ourselves.

Day 8

Paint Dabber Resist



Crackle Paint Resist


Shattered Stains Technique


 I also made a card for the Unity Stamps Masculine Challenge


Day 9

Perfect Distress Mist



Perfect Distress Technique


Perfect Splatter Distress


That is it for now, my friends, Thanks for sticking with me until now.

Have a wonderful week and don’t forget to make something awesome!!

Happy crafting,



Life Book Week Seven

The Art of Black and White with Donna Downey

This was a bonus lesson from Donna.  She said it was a challenge for her not to use any other colors, but she did great in her example.

I cheated a little because I remembered I had painted some sunflowers in black and white and never finished so I took that painting and refined it a bit.

I just added the shadows and made the right side where the light was shining lighter than the left.

I still think there is something else I needto do to this painting because it doesn’t look finished.  Maybe add splashes of white and black paint all over.

What do you think?


A closeup of the sunflowers


The Teal Bridge:  Build Your Dream and Affirmation Board  Bonus Lesson With Tamara Laport

This lesson was my favorite so far because it made me step out of my “comfort zone” and try new things.

First of all I used my own picture and did a transfer technique to the watercolor paper, and I made my own skin color using only four primary acrylic colors – blue, yellow, red, and white.  I learned this from a free class on the Craftsy blog.  You can get many free classes on a variety of subjects.  I have also taken several jeweley, greeting card, and mixed media lessons when they go on sale.

But, I digress! I wrote out some words I wanted to use for the Affirmation Board as if I was actually carying them out, then I used my computer to print out the words.  Here is the finished project using this picture of me!



Yes, I know, I look so young and fresh!  That’s because I did not add all the wrinkles and shadows!  But, that’s OK.  I know it’s me and I’m very happy with it!

Here are a few more details.  When I was cutting papers for my collage, I saw this quote and had to use it.  It says “Find the Beauty Within, Love with your whole heart.”


I used a variety of stencils, watercolor crayons, acrylics, scrabpook paper, and gesso for the background.  This shows the dolily stencil I used for the first time.  I cut out the flowers and the butterflies from papers I had in my stash – I think they were from a Donna Salazar paper stack – perfect!  I arranged the flowers and glued them around the top of my face.


This is a stencil I used with Faber Castell gold dimensionals.  The flowers on the left and bottom I stenciled through some paper flowers from Heidi Swapp.


On the upper right hand side, I collaged a peacock and didn’t cover it up as much as I usually do my papers.  I also took a piece of the paper flowers and added it to the edge.  I used red acrylic paint through another stencil to match the red on other parts of the painting.


On the left hand side I used one of Tim Holtz stencils and magenta acrylic paint to add texture.


The stencil I used for the hearts on top of “Family is Everything” is also Heidi Swapp.


And here is a closeup of the face.  The paper I used to cut out the butterfly  on the upper left hand only had half of it, so I used it in the corner.


This lesson inspired me to make a photo transfer of my mother on her wedding day.  Mom’s picture came out too dark so it didn’t show her left side.  She was also leaning on my dad, so the body was a little wonky.

She was very artistic and craftsy also.  She used to make flowers out of bread dough and make earrings, pendants, and home decor with them.  She loved canaries and always had them in the house singing away, and yellow roses, so I added all those elements to the painiting.

My sister, as well as some of my close friends and relatives said it was a close resemblance, so I’m happy with that.  I will make my sister another painting using a different picture because I have all the family photos.  She needs one of her own.


That is it, my friends!  The next lesson is all about Mandalas and I will share again here some time this week.

Thanks for coming over and leaving me a comment.  I read all the comments and they make me very happy to answer them.

Have a wonderful week!


Unity Stamp Be Inspired Challenge

I created this card for the Unity Stamps Be Inspired Challenge.  I was inspired by the new Tim Holtz’ crazy birds stamps.  Unity has this fabulous Swagger bird and I just modified it a bit.  I used watercolor paper and I colored the background and the birds using distressed inks in Tumbled Glass, Dried Marigold, Spiced Marmalade, Bundled Sage, Crushed Olive and Mowed Lawn.  I thought these colors matched the color challenge perfectly!

I added a bow tie to the top bird on the wire, and a small flower, I punched out of my leftover watercolor paper., to the girl bird on the ground, then I stamped “Sending happy thoughts” on another left over piece of paper and made it into a quote bubble.  The birds and the sentiment are popped up for added dimension.

SendingHappyThoughts copy

I placed the card in front of a watercolor painting I just finished and it looks like a good background for the birds.

I guess I’m having a thing about birds lately because I also entered the Thinking of You bird card I made for SVG Attic’s Spring Has Sprung Blog Hop in the Friends With Flair last Friday.

If you haven’t see that post, here is the card again!


Thanks for coming to visit and have a great week!

Happy crafting!


Part Two of Strolling Down Memory Lane

In the previous post I posted the projects I have created up to 2010.

My creative journey has taken me to wanting to learn new techniques so I took a class on line on how to draw mixed media faces with Suzi Blu Gypsy Art School where I learned to draw these faces:


Using graph paper as a guide to draw a face
Journaling page and drawing my niece in the hospital after brain surgery
Journaling page and drawing my niece in the hospital after brain surgery

One of the mediums I’ve always had trouble with, but tried my best to learn is watercolor.  I bought some classes from My Frugal Crafter, Lindsey Weirich.

Beginner Watercolor Class
Beginner Watercolor Class

I also took a couple of Tim Holtz online clases Creative Chemistry 101 and 102.

Distress Resist Tags at Creative Chemistry 101
Distress Resist Tags at Creative Chemistry 101
Creative Chemistry 102 Stamping Through Stencils

Creative Chemistry Tim Holtz – stencils and alcohol inks

These are some of the  canvas girls I created after taking She Art Girls class with Christy Tomlison.

I'm a Beautician Not a Magician for Pleasures Hair Salon
I’m a Beautician Not a Magician for Pleasures Hair Salon

I made this canvas girl for Christy at Scrap Chick

Canvas for My Scrap Chick
Canvas for My Scrap Chick
Sisters Mixed Media Canvas
SVG Cuts Spring Challenge – Mixed Media Girl with Cage
Wide Eyed Girl Mixed Media Canvas
Wide Eyed Girl Mixed Media Canvas

I took a bangle class with Christy Tomlison and learned to make beaded bracelets, and leather and lace bracelets.


I learned to sketch and journal with Junelle Jacobson’s The Art of Wild Abandonment



I had some issues going on so I joined My Crazy Life workshop lead by Art McCraken and created canvases to clear my soul and validate others.

Devotion Mixed Media Canvas for my sister who was taking care of her sick daughter in the hospital.

I wanted to learn to learn to draw more than faces so I took a How to draw Fairies class and made a few of these:

How to draw a fairy
How to draw a fairy
How to draw hair

Then FACEcinating Girls class was next on my agenda.  I learned to make whimsical girls on canvases and journal pages.

FACEcinating Girl
FACEcinating Girl

I also loved working with tile and vinyl and this is what I came up with:

Charro Tile For Brother-in-Law
Charro Tile For Brother-in-Law
Estrada Family Wedding Tile
Fishing Tile
Great Spirit Vinyl on Tile for brother-in-law

And lastly, I’ve taken several online classes and made more cards with SVG Cuts files and my digital cutter.

Missing You Houses Online Card Class Stretch Your Stamps
Missing You Houses Online Card Class Stretch Your Stamps

Sumper Camp Online Card Class
Sumper Camp Online Card Class
Online Card Classes Learning Techniques Inspiration Showcase

Inspiration Showcase

Inspiration Showcase

You Rock Guitar Card SVG Cuts Guy Cards

You Rock Guitar Card SVG Cuts Guy Cards

Little Peeps SVG Collection - You Rock Card

Little Peeps SVG Collection – You Rock Card
Window Lever Card SVG Cuts File Breezy Backyard Lever Cards
Window Lever Card SVG Cuts File Breezy Backyard Lever Cards