Wednesday, October 30, 2013

GCD/CARTA BELLA Kit - Tag Design project

   Happy Wednesday (hump day) to all....

Tonight I decided to work on another design project and I couldn't decide whether to do a tag or a card.   Then the idea hit me to make a tag.   I used the GCD kit that can be purchased on

In this project I utilized the following items that can be found in the kit:
  • 1 sheet of the CARTA BELLA Script & Scribbles paper
  • part of the Core'dinations Card Stock Black Soot

These items were from the Embellishment Ad On GCD/Carta Bella kit
  • the typewriter sticker from the Carta Bella - So Noted Element Sticker pack
  • three of the wood envelope decorative embellishment made by Prima

I also added in some items from my personal stash of Tim Holtz products to finish off the piece.

I hope you like this tag I made and if you have questions let me know.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by my blog...


Monday, October 28, 2013

Halloween Tag 2013 - Apothecary

  Happy Monday Everyone!  I hope everyone has a spooktacular time this week.  Halloween is fast approaching and I decided that I wanted to make my very own tag this year for Halloween.

My inspiration first started with a tag that I saw Shelly Hickox Apothecary tag she made using Tim Holtz and Wendy Vecchi in her design.

Well here is a tag I made that utilized several of Tim Holtz dies, stains, paints and distress glitter.

I really enjoyed making this tag and thank Shelly for the inspiration to make this one.

Hope everyone has a great week and happy haunting.


Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Card Design Project - GCD/Carta Bella Kit

  Happy Tuesday!  I hope everyone is enjoying there week and finding time to do some crafting.

I wanted to share another card design project I completed for Violet Divine Scrapbooking.  I designed this card using the GCD/Carta Bella Kit.

Here is what I used from the kit when making this card:
  • Black Lace
  • 1 - sheet of CARTA BELLA-antique silhouetts
  • 1 - sheet of Core'dinations Card Stock Black Soot
  • 1 - sheet of Core'dinations Card Stock Tumbled Glass
  • CARTA BELLA stickers
Items used outside of the kit:
  • Tim Holtz - Ranger - Black Soot Distress Ink
  • Tim Holtz - Ranger - Evergreen Bough Distress Ink
  • adhesive, glue dots, scissors and sand paper
  • Tim Holtz - Sizzix - Alterations - Ornate Frame Die - #658720

For this design project I started out cutting the Core'dinations Card Stock black soot to 10x7.  Then folded the card stock in half to give me a 5x7 card.  

I then cut the Core'dinations Card Stock Tumbled Glass and CARTA BELLA-antique silhoetts paper to desired size for layering effect.

I attached the Tumbled Glass paper to the card stock with adhesive.  Before attaching I scored the sides and distressed out the edging with Black Soot Distress Ink. 

I then took the antique silhoetts paper and distressed out the edges with black soot distress ink.  I then wrapped the black lace around the top and bottom of the patterned paper.  Then I adhesive that onto the Tumbled glass.  

I then cut out the Ornate Frame with Core'dinations Card Stock with black soot. I then roughed up the edges and accented with Evergreen Bough Distress ink. 

I attached that to the card stock and then added additional elements to accent the piece with stickers from the CARTA BELLA sticker sheet and added a lace bow with a floral accent. 

Thanks for stopping by my blog and I hope you enjoyed this project.


Monday, October 21, 2013

GCD/Carta Bella Kit - Birthday Card Design project

 Happy Monday everyone!  I wanted to share my design project made using product from the GCD/Carta Bella Kit.  This is a birthday card I designed utilizing paper found in the kit that can be purchased on

When making this card I used 1-sheet Core'dinations Black Soot Card stock and three styles of the patterned GCD/Carta Bella paper.

I then completed an alcohol ink technique that I learning from Tim Holtz Creative Chemistry 102 class - Alcohol Ink Technique: Monoprint.

I then used a stamp from Tim Holtz blue print stampset for birthday's.  An stamped this on top of the technique done with alcohol inks.

An then stamped the cupcake stamp again and used Tim Holtz distress markers to color in the stamped image.

Once done I cut the cupcake out and pop dotted it on top of the stamped image to give it a raised effect.

Then I used some of the pink ribbon provided in the GCD kit to create a bow and stamped a happy birthday saying to finish the card off.

Thanks for stopping by my blog and have a great week.


Sunday, October 20, 2013

GCD Kit - Canvas Design Project

 I wanted to share a design project that I have made using the GCD/Carat Bella Paper and Main Kiti Embellishments.   This kit can be found on

This kit has so much to offer and provide to any crafter that buys the kit..

Here are some pictures of the canvas that I designed when using this kit.

Items used in project from kit:
  • Prima Wood Doors
  • Petaloo Flora Doodles Darjeeling Mini Mix -8 pc flowers
  • 1 sheet - 12x12 - Core'dinations Card Stock Tubled Glass
  • 1 sheet - 12x12 CARTA BELL-A antique silhouetes
  • 1 sheet - 12x12 CARTA BELL-A tiny lace
  • 1 sheet - 12x12 GCD -Charleston-starry-night
  • 1 Prima Vintage Trinket - this was out of the Embellishment Ad On GCD/Carta Bella pkg
  • some of the Petaloo Darjeeling Medium Mix flowers - this was out of the Flower Ad On GCD/Carta Bella pkg

Items used not contained in the kit-
  • Adhesive, glue dots, glossy accents (Inkssentials Ranger)
  • Gathered Twig Distress stain
  • Tim holtz embellishments - from my stash
  • 12x12 sheet of chip board
  • 12x12 canvas
  • brown archival paint, evergreen bough distress paint
  • sander, scraper, scissors, pick
  • Sewing Machine, needle and thread

I hope you enjoyed this design project and thanks for stopping by my blog.  I will be working on several other design projects this week utilizing the GCD kit.  So keep an eye out for more posts later in the week.
Thanks and have a great week everyone!!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Tim Holtz - Creative Chemistry 102 - Day 5 - Embossing Effects

Day 5 - the last day of Creative Chemistry 102 - so sad...learning so much...  In Day 5 Tim discusses the versatility of embossing powders.   The techniques that he teaches are Rusting, Sticky Powder, Shabby Chic, Tarnished Silver, and Chalkboard.

I haven't been one yet to venture to much into using embossing powders in my work.  So today's class really benefited me as an artist as it has opened my eyes to more techniques.   It is great to see such versatility and adaptability that can be used by embossing.

Day 5 - the final day of class - very sad...CAN'T wait for Creative Chemistry 103...(just saying Tim bring it on..LOL)

  • First Technique - Rusting with Distress Powder Technique - Loved this technique and real cool way to give your die cut an authentic touch.
  • Second Technique - Sticky Powder with Glitter Technique- Okay this technique is the BOMB. I event took metal embellishments and completed the technique on them.  SO COOL...
  • Third Technique - Sticky Powder with Leafing Technique- I wasn't able to complete this technique is don't have leafing.  So once I get leafing I will post. 
  • Fourth Technique - Shabby Chic Technique
  • Fifth Technique - Tarnished Silver Technique - Okay Shelly Hickox this is an awesome technique Tim showed us...THANKS!!
  • Sixth Technique - Chalkboard Technique

Well this is the last of my posting of what I created from watching Tim's class and techniques shared/taught.

I hope you have enjoyed.  If you haven't been a student of Creative Chemistry 101 and/or Creative Chemistry 102 I HIGHLY suggest it.  You will learn so much and expand your reach, capabilities and creative flare as an artist by doing these classes.

Thanks for stopping by my blog and have a great one!  Trent

Day 2 - Creative Chemistry 102 - Embossing with Stencils Technique

 So I was finally able to complete a technique I had been wanting to try out.  I had to wait till I got the needed supplies to make my tag.   This is one of my favorite things learned in Creative Chemistry 102.  Hell I cant just pick one as there are to many.

I wanted to share this tag I designed and made by featuring this technique.

Now onto completing Day 5 of Creative Chemistry 102 - now that I have all the supplies I need. Had to wait for my shipment of products purchased from

I hope you enjoy my tag and thanks for stopping by my blog.  Have a great night!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Tim Holtz - Creative Chemistry 102 - Day 4 - Alcohol Inks

Day 4 of Creative Chemistry 102 - taught by Tim Holtz.  Day 4 is one that ventured into an area that I haven't used this element very much in my art pieces.  The focus was alcohol inks.  Tim discusses alcohol inks and their properties.  Tim is such a great instructor.  He is always very informative and provides an good amount of detail when instructing (teaching). 
The techniques he taught in Day 4 of Creative Chemistry were - Faux Patina, Tinted Tinsel, Ombre, Monoprint, and Faded Layers.
Day 4 - Let's get started...

  • First Technique - Faux Patina Technique - This was a really cool technique that you utilized various colors (blues/greens) of Adirondack Alcohol Ink to a metal element. SO COOL...

  • Second Technique - Tinted Tinsel Technique -  I like how you can make the tinsel look vintage.

  • Third Technique - Ombre Technique - this is really cool way to use alcohol ink and giving an awesome background.  I am happy with my tag with on exception.  One stamp smeared on me.  However, I took the thing that Tim says all to often - Embrace Imperfection - to heart.

  • Fourth Technique - Monoprint Technique - With today's class this is my # 2 favorite technique learned.  Really like the effect this gives you.  WAY AWESOME!!!

  • Fifth Technique - Faded Layers Technique - This is my ultimate favorite technique that was taught today.

I have found a great attraction to using alcohol inks through learning these techniques in Day 4 of Creative Chemistry I will be doing it now.  LOVED WHAT I HAVE LEARNED.  I would say that the biggest thing learned is working in a well ventilated room is KEY.
Hope you enjoy my tag creation made when learning these techniques.   Can't wait to use this in some of my upcoming art pieces in the very near future.
Thanks all! Have a great night...Trent

12 Tags of 2013 - Tim Holtz October Tag

 Happy Monday all!

Tonight I finally got around to making the October 12 tags of 2013 by Tim Holtz.  This tag was really cool to make as it actually incorporated a technique that Tim taught in Creative Chemistry 102 class.

The background of the tag utilized the technique of distress paint marbling and then we also accented the die cuts with distress glitter.

I really like the impact of this tag by the dimension, coloring and layering techniques.  I used different die cuts than what Tim used in his instructions.  One reason was that I didn't have the exact same die cuts...but still achieved the same cool effect.

Here is the my version of the October 12 tags of 2013 - October Tag.

I hope you enjoy.  Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

October Floral Tag Swap

Well in the month of October I was in a floral tag swap.   I ended up getting two partners to make tags for with the theme of floral.  For each person I was paired with I wanted to be sure to make something that fit their personality.

The first tag I made I used the focal colors of blue and teal.  She loves those colors and wanted to make a tag that had a vintage distress feel.   I really like how this tag turned out.
The second tag I made the them was focused on pink as the second paired partner loves that color.  I wanted to give a very vintage feel with this floral tag and think I achieved quiet well.
Thanks for stopping by my blog and I hope you enjoyed seeing what I created for this month swap.

What great fun it has been doing these swaps.  

Your friend in the art of crafting,  Trent!

Tag Design project - Prima Kit - Violet Divine Scrapbooking

Happy Sunday everyone,   I have been working on several tag design projects today that utilizes the Prima Kit that can be found on   The Prima Kit is at a price point of $29.50 and this is a bargain price.

I recommend you going to the store and checking out what great product is contained in this kit.

Here are two tags that I have designed today that utilizes the products in the Prima Kit.

I hope you enjoy these tags and thanks for stopping by my blog.

Have fun with your next craft project that you have planned.


Saturday, October 12, 2013

Tim Holtz - Creative Chemistry 102 - Day 3 - Distress Differently

 Creative Chemistry 102 - Day 3 - Distress Differently

This day Tim discussed the Distress products and taught us some great techniques when using the distress product line.

The techniques that he taught during Day 3 of class were - Smudge Stamping, Brayering, Photo Tinting, Faux Cracked Glass, and Glittering...

DAY 3 - Boy this day was such great fun!!

  • First Technique - Smudge Stamping Technique -  This was a really cool technique.  Not one I would of thought to even do.
  • Second Technique - Brayered Stains Technique - I really like this technique and will be using it very soon in an upcoming project.
  • Third Technique - Photo Tinting Technique -
  • Fourth Technique - Faux Cracked Glass Technique

  • Fifth Technique - Distress Glitter Rock Candy Technique - Very cool technique and fun tag
  • Sixth Technique - Distress Glittering Technique - This is the first time I used the glitter and really like how this looks.  The fact that you can distress over the glitter is so cool. Allows for further dimension in the elements of your project/tag.
I really enjoyed this day of class as it has enabled me to expand on my capabilities and depth when doing distressing in my art pieces.

Stay tuned for Day 4...It is taking me longer to get through this class than most as I am fitting in the class in between work, craft project list and designing for Violet Divine Scrapbooking.

Good day all and happy crafting to each & everyone!!! 

Tim Holtz - Creative Chemistry 102 - Day 2 - Layering Stencils

Tim Holtz - Creative Chemistry 102 - Day 2 continued.  In this session Tim Holtz discusses stencils and techniques when using stencils.  We are taught Layering, Embossing, Stamping, Sketching, Monoprint.

DAY 2 - Creative Chemistry 102 here we go!!

  • First Technique - Mixed-Media Layering Technique
  • Second Technique - Embossing with Stencils Technique
  • Third Technique - Embossing through Stencils
  • Fourth Technique - Stencil Stamping Technique
  • Fifth Technique - Stencil Sketching Technique
  • Sixth Technique - Ink Monoprint Technique
  • Seventh Technique - Paint Monoprint Technique\

This day was so much fun but I wasn't able to complete all the techniques as I have to wait to get my products I purchased on SimonSaysStamps.

Thanks for stopping by my blog and checking out what I made in based on Day 2 of Creative Chemistry 102 taught by Tim Holtz.    This continuation of Creative Chemistry is so awesome and I am enjoying it so much!!!

Thanks all!


Friday, October 11, 2013

Violet Divine Scrapbooking - Prima Kit $29.50

 Here are some projects that I created with the Prima Kit that can be found on   This kit is priced at $29.50 and has so much to offer.

Here are projects that I made when using this kit:

I hope you enjoy these design projects I made.  Just think what you could create with this kit if you had one of your own.   Be sure to run out and get a Prima kit today to start your own creation.

Enjoy and have fun! - Trent

Violet Divine Scrapbooking - My Mind's Eye Kit projects made - $19.95

 I wanted to again share the great projects that I made when using the My Mind's Eye kit that can be purchased on   This can be purchased at a great price of $19.95 and this kit as a wealth of products to offer.

Check out these great projects I made with this kit and just envision what you can create.

I recommend you go purchase this today and start making your first project with this great kit.



Amanda Burkett's - Birthday card 17th - Sunday, October 6th

 Here is the birthday card that I made for Amanda for her 17th birthday.

For her birthday we went to Dewey's Pizza and then to Kings Island for Halloween Feast.   It was great to spend time with her and celebrate her birthday.

Here is the card I made her....

thanks for stopping bye my blog.

Karen Knight Tag - Oct 2013

I wanted to share a tag that I made for a great crafting buddy that I have met through a crafting group I am in.    Karen Knight is such a great artist and has been a great joy to get to know thus far. It is great to meet someone that shares in your interest and hobby. 

Karen is from Australia and I am enjoying the friendship we are developing, sharing ideas, providing inspiration and having fun along the way.   Thanks Karen for all the great time we have shared thus far and looking forward to developing a long lasting friendship.