Time Flies

When Stampers’ Sampler magazine held a contest using a hot-air balloon template, I knew I had to participate.

The rules are simple … use the hot-air balloon template in the magazine and rubber stamps to make something amazing.

My submissions were not selected for publication, but they were fun to make and I wanted to share them …

This one started with paper from Graphic 45. I added ribbon with the Tiny Attacher so it will stay airy and loose like it was flying through the air.

Both the numbers and words are stamped. And the gears and game spinners are from Tim Holtz. Dimensional foam was used under both the balloon and the basket to make a 3D image.

Then I made this one … which I love!

I used Distress Inks to create the background color. The stamp is from Wendy Vecchi. I used a Glaze Pen to add the black dots.

For the basket, I used a Hero Arts background stamp and stamped on Cork Paper by QuicKutz.

Inspired by Tim Holtz

It’s no secret that I am a huge fan of Tim Holtz. I love the thought process that goes into making his products — and the ideas he shares to use them after we get them.

That said, you can understand how last week was one of my favorite weeks of the year. I loved the lessons and inspiration he put into his 12 Tags of Christmas.

Although I haven’t had time to try all of the techniques, yet, I did make a custom stamp pad with Distress Ink Re-inkers and Cut & Dry Felt. I even tried embossing after stamping with Distress Ink for a unique “looks wet” sort of look. Here’s the link to Tim’s instructions ...

And, here’s what I did …

Pretty cool, eh?! And, it came out perfect on the first attempt — which is even cooler.

Since rubber stamps are my latest favorite product, I am challenging myself to use them on scrapbook pages. It sounds simple, but it really is more difficult than one would think. So, this was my first attempt at incorporating stamps into scrapbook pages. The paper and ribbon are by Bo Bunny. The stamps are by Tim Holtz and JudiKins. The date is grungeboard letters by Tim Holtz, painted with a Ranger Paint Dabber. (Click on the images to make them larger).

If you notice the date, you will realize why I need to make myself incorporate my new love of stamping into my scrapbook pages!