Sunday, August 29, 2010


This past week I decided to participate in Simon Says Stamp and Show's blog challenge that is anything Tim Holtz inspired.  I love grunge, distress inks, anything old looking, and anything that I can alter.  I created this house which was inspired by all things Tim.  I had trouble with my camera and the colors are not really showing the true "grunge look".  Other than the camera acting up and the colors not coming out right for the blog, the house came out beautiful.  I can't wait to bring it to work and show the gals.  I hope you all enjoy it and that it may inspire you in a way you have not been inspired before. :-)

         I began by stamping popcicle sticks with black archival ink from Tims Festive Sounds stamp collection.  I then distressed them with walnut distress ink. I glued them on the roof and the front edge with Claudine Hellmuth's multi-medium matt.  I love the stuff.  I covered the font of the house with some paper that I had in my stash...not sure where it came from.  Added a distressed and crackled frame that has Claudine Hellmuths sticky backed canvas behind the frame. I stamped the canvas with a stamp from Tims Nature Discovery stamp collection and then spritzed with Mini Misters full of distress inks and water.   I also used Bazzil cardstock that I embossed with one of Tims embossing folders. The sides and the back of the house were stamped with one of Wendy Vecchi's Ticket to Art stamps from that set.

 The flourishes are both grunge board and chip board.  I just purchased Tims Elegant Flourishes Die and cut some from that.  I inked them with distressing ink and finished them with stickles to give a bit of sparkle.

The flowers were handmade by little ole me. :-)  Tims Tattered Florals Die came in so handy to make these little fellas.  I cut the flowers from coffee filters and spritzed them with Mini Misters full of distressing ink and water.  Some times I add Perfect Pearls to the mini mister also.  I just love polka dots and I felt the need to give the little flower fellas some character of their own...dots.  They remind me of my Johnny Jumps Ups in my garden. :-)

      I added a distressed wooden fence around three sides of the house and added the flowers to the sides.

 I also added moss here and there on the roof and added a few flowers there along with the bird from Tims Caged Bird Die. 
I gave the bird two wings..one a heart and one the wing from the die set.   I added some ribbon, a hand made heart, and some of Tims Idea-ology pieces.  Under the roof edges I used a Martha Stewart punch to create an embellishment border.  I used recycled tacs (from another project) along the roof edges. 
   I would love to know your thoughts.  Thanks for looking.  :-)


Thursday, August 26, 2010


Rod and I were blessed to be able to attend Kaitlyns wedding on August 7th, 2010.  We were expecting our 4th grandchild on August 2nd and wern't sure we would be able to attend the wedding in Ohio. Thank you Miss Willoughby Rae for coming into this world on July 28th.  You made us very happy that #1 you were a girl and that we would be able to attend Kait and Matts wedding.  It was a beautiful weekend full of love.  We wish many years of health and happiness for Kaitlyn and Matt. We love you both. :-)