Sunday, 8 April 2012

Happy Easter

Here's the Easter Card I have made for my Mum and Dad. This is the first card I've made since taking Tim Holtz's Creative Chemistry 101 class and I was anxious to play with my newly acquired distress inks and markers.


Inspiration For The Card
I was going through my ever-growing stack of papers and found a lovely Basic Grey paper 'Pinking Shears' which reminded me of an old fashioned Easter egg patterned paper. That helped me to decide on an 'egg shape'  card which I designed in Corel Draw and then imported into my Pazzles Inspiration software.

How I Constructed The Card
  • I cut the card base from manila cardstock and inked around the front and inside edges with Tim Holtz Distress Ink 'Frayed Burlap' and over-inked with 'Spiced Marmalade' (love that colour). 
  • Cut out four ovals from the 'Pinking Shears' paper, inked the edges with 'Frayed Burlap' and then ran two of them through my Cuttlebug using a polka dot embossing folder, just to give a little texture.
  • Glued a polka dot-embossed patterned paper oval to the front and back of the outside of the card. Cut the two slits on the back of the card for the ribbon to pass through, then glued the two patterned ovals to the inside of the card. 
  • Cut the slits again on the back of the card, then threaded the ribbon through the slits ready to tie up when the card is finished.

  • Cut a smaller oval out of 250gsm white cardstock for the inside and decorated around the edges with Tim Holtz' new Distress markers  in 'Wild Honey' and 'Spiced Marmalade' then centred and glued the shape over the patterned oval, covering the ribbon and slits.

  • Printed out the 'Happy Easter' words onto 100gsm white paper and cut out the shape. (You probably could write this using the pen tool on the Inspiration but I'm still a bit of novice when it comes to this particular tool so decided to just use my printer).
  • Then I cut out the frame for the words from C'oredination Craft paper and stained the front with Distress Stain 'Wild Honey'. Glued the frame and words together and glued to the front of the card.
  • Then I wrote in the card, and tied up the bow. 
  • I can't work out how to successfully link the .wpc file to this blog post (just end up with a page of code) but I have linked the .pdf file which you can then import into the Pazzles software.
Hope you all have a wonderful Easter, and manage to get a little papercrafting in during the holiday break.

Sunday, 1 April 2012

Creative Chemistry 101 - Day 10

I must admit to feeling a bit sad that this is the last official techniques class.

I have learned so much over the past two weeks, and have enjoyed myself immensely. I am also very sure that the local scrapbooking shop I frequented over the past two weeks has thoroughly enjoyed my visits due to their vastly increased sales on those particular days LOL!

I have also 'met' lots of lovely fellow 'trainee chemists' and marveled at the talent that abounds in this wonderful world of papercraft. The generosity and enthusiasm of everyone I have encountered has been truly fabulous. The amazing talent that is the Master of Ink himself - Tim Holtz, the sharing of BHS and great food from Mario, and all those who have worked to bring this brilliant class to fruition, I thank you all. I have reveled in all this inky, sparkly, distressed goodness!

And ... as Tim said in his video - I've left the best to last!


  • Tag 25 - 'Rock Candy Distress Stickles' technique. Sparkly, sugary and just gorgeous.
And YES ... can you see them all to the left of the photo! Oh yes ... all 37 of them! I got them today. No time tonight to try them out, but you can bet I'm be playing with them tomorrow.


Creative Chemistry 101- Day 9

Ripped through the techniques in Day 9's lesson. Kind of. Well actually, if I tell the truth I had to have a couple of goes at getting one of the tags right - but that's because I'd watched Tim's video a couple of days ago and thought I'd remembered how to do the technique. Ha!

So, I watched the whole video through again, and whilst I HAD remembered two of the techniques correctly, I really hadn't remembered the third technique properly at all.

That's one of the beauties of this wonderful course. Once paid for, this course is available to it's participants for ever, so I can go back at any time if I forget a technique, or want to refresh my memory about a certain step or stage. I can conjure up Professor Tim at the click (or two) of a computer mouse and voila! he appears in my studio to help me out with a particularly tricky technique ;-)

So ... here are Day 9's little beauties!


  • Tag 22 - 'Perfect Distress Mist' technique. The light has caught the bronze Perfect Pearls and washed out the pic a bit - but it truly does shine in the light.
  • Tag 23 - 'Perfect Distress' technique. This was the tag that gave me grief initially. Second time round, after watching the video again, I tried again and am very pleased with the results. Up close and personal it looks really good and distressed wit ha bronze sheen.
  • Tag 24 - 'Perfect Splatter Distress' technique. This one is much nicer in person - you can't actually see the bronze Perfect Pearls in the the pic at all.
Considering I left my camera at work and have had to take tonight's pics with my phone, I'm actually surprised they turned out as well as they did.

Creative Chemistry 101 - Day 8

I'm playing catch up this evening.

I had to wait until I had a chance to get down to my local scrapbooking shop today to pick up the final supplies to complete Days 8-10 of Creative Chemistry 101.

Waiting worked out quite well. I had already bought Clear Rock Candy distress crackle paint on my last foray into the scrapbooking shop, so was able to get some ground work done for Day 8's homework. It meant I could set up the crackle tags and leave them to dry naturally ready for today's finishing.

So without any further waffling ... here are my Day 8 Tags!


  • Tag 19 - 'Paint Dabber Resist' technique. 
  • Tag 20 - 'Crackle Paint Resist' technique.
  • Tag 21 - 'Shattered Stains' technique.
I have to say I totally loved all three of these techniques. And was really pleased to be able to finish the crackle paint techniques that had been waiting so patiently for the past couple of days to be completed.