Monday, March 26, 2012

Day 6 and a Celebratory Give-Away!



It's Day 6 of Tim Holtz's Creative Chemistry 101 and I've spent my Monday morning happily playing with markers and watercolor paper while sipping on my Starbucks: VHCAWLC. (If you can tell me what my coffee is based on those letters, I'll send you something fun. First one to get it completely right wins.)

But that's not the only give-away today. I am officially celebrating hitting the 400 Followers mark! Thank you to all those blogger friends out there who faithfully follow. I love what I do and love to share with you, and to see what you're doing as well. I get so many nice comments and I just want you to know that I appreciate each and every one. In fact, I rely on your comments to gauge how I'm doing. And I'm definitely the type that needs the ego-massage once in a while, I have to admit.

So without further ado, I'm giving away a goody-box to a random follower today. Just leave me a comment on today's post and I'll draw a name first thing tomorrow morning and call out the winner on my blog post for Day 7's techniques tomorrow afternoon. You'll have to stop by to see if you won, and if you did I'll need your address, so be sure to check back tomorrow.

Okay, back to Day 6 in Creative Chemistry 101. Today's techniques focused on using Distress Markers through coloring and stamping, and Tim shared the differences and features of these great markers. I have ordered my Distress Markers but have not received them yet, so I experimented with Close To My Heart's markers which are also water-based like Tim's. I will be curious to compare the effects once I finally get my Distress Markers.

Here are the tags I created today while experimenting with Tim's techniques...

The CTMH markers produced pretty good results with some of the techniques, but not as well with others.



Here's a closer look at each tag and the techniques...

"Watercolor with Markers" Technique

Tim asked that we don't focus too much on a masterpiece of a design this time and more on the process and experimentation, and to label the techniques on our tag. I really liked the results of working the water brush into marker inks that were scribbled onto a craft sheet. (the bottom two I labeled "favorite.")




"Blending with Markers" Technique

This is one I found a little harder to control (at least with the CTMH markers) since the blending here was simply marker to marker. The last one I labeled "favorite" because I washed over the colors with the water brush. I'm starting to really LOVE that tool! 





"Stamping with Markers" Technique

Again, I think the Distress Markers might do a better job here. And I didn't have Specialty Stamping Paper (also on order) but I was pretty happy with the outcome nonetheless.


By the way, all stamps used today are from Close To My Heart.  
They're some old favorites I just can't part with. 


Thanks for stopping by today! And I'll see you tomorrow on give-away day!






38 comments:

Scrapthat said...

Awesome tags today...and your stamps are fabulous too! Who makes the fruit stamps?? They are VERY cool done up in the markers!! TFS!

inkypinkycraft said...

The tags are great, had fun playing with my distress markers too! Fun techniques, must try and upload mine later! Hugs trace x

Melinda Abrahamson said...

You have done a terrific job on the Tim techniques. Aren't you loving this class? Like you, I haven't received my order for Distress Markers. I was planning to wait to try this technique, but you have inspired me to try it with my CTMH markers. I love how yours turned out! The Enjoy Life tag is absolutely Yummy!

I love guessing Starbucks drink... Venti Half Caf Americano with lite cream?

Miriam Prantner said...

So loving seeing all your tags from this class! And congrats on the followers, I love to see what you do, even if I don't usually comment. Thanks for all your inspiration!

Bastel-Oase said...

I like your tags. You´ve done a nice job.

Creativ Hugs
from germany
Martina (Martae)

Lisa Fowler Windsor, CO said...

Congrats on 400 followers Annette!! I always love to see what you're up to and I've gained so much inspiration from you. THANK YOU!

kathy/North Carolina said...

Wow! You do GORGEOUS work! Your fruit is so lifelike. I'm very impressed! I didn't have the right kind of markers for these techniques, so my work is very lackluster today. Nice blog! Congrats on 400 followers!

Laurie Allen said...

LOve it!!!!! I am guessing it is a Venti Hazelnut Caffe Americano with light cream! I guess I will have to consider doing TH's class now!

Scrappin4kim said...

I guess I need to order these markers now too. Beautiful creations, you can add another follower!!

Creatique Candy said...

Very Inspiring Annette! I was going through my inventory to find a stamp set that would work & totally forgot that I have the Friendship Bouquet to work with for the stamp on ssp. I think your rendition with CTMH markers are awesome...I'm curious to see what they look like with TH Distress! I'm just so enamored by your talent in just embracing the techniques. TFS
(I don't do starbucks, sigh, so I wouldn't know what that is ;)...
I'm off to play & embrace thanks to your incredible post. HUGS

Debbie said...

Hi Annette, I'm new to your blog and love it and am now another follower! I am anxiously waiting for my order of distress markers to arrive so I can try out Tims techniques!

Tona said...

Your tags are amazing!

cpixylix said...

These are just lovely!!! I'm jealous I haven't been able to join in the fun yet to try these on my own. TFS your wonderful tags.

purplecinn said...

That fruit looks amazing :) Well done. I am still a day behind... I have the flu :( Hopefully I can play catch up in my study breaks! lol. Thanks for the chance to win. Your colouring looks marvelous even if it isn't tims markers! :)

Siv said...

Oh, wow! No wonder you have more than 400 followers (me now being one of them)! Those tags are just gorgeous!!
I'm not familiar with Starbucks, we only have one here in Norway, which opened last month or so at the airport.. So my best guess would be Very Hot Coffee With Lush Cream... Lol! :-)

Sandra said...

Love those fruit stamps, and you've colored them all beautifully!! My favorite is blending on the craftsheet too. It blends so nicely! And very easy to do too. Love it!!

Karen Geckler said...

Wow!! that fruit looks almost good enough to eat!! very real life coloriing! Love it!

Siv said...

Darned.. Got the letters wrong. Oh well! Hope you had a good laugh anyway.. :-)

quiltindiva said...

I haven't ordered any distress markers yet! I've thought about it before class, but I guess I need to really get on the ball and order those!
Your tags are awesome! I never thought to use my ctmh ones! Now I'm inspired to get mine out and experiment lol.

Heidi said...

Very nice job. Really like them. I was going to wait and do they tags after I get my markers. Now you have inspired me to try my stampin' up markers and see how they do. Thanks for the inspiration.

Colleen said...

I ought to know the Starbucks question. I heard you mention it the other day. I guess I'll have to be a random poster instead.

lisa_crofts said...

Your work is beautiful annette. Count me in

Reflective Art Studio said...

Wonderful work so enjoyed seeing your post. Thank you.

Kim said...

venti hot chocolate with almond an light whipped cream??? BTW...tags are amazing!!

Dawn's Daze said...

I always love your creations! You are amazing!

Angie said...

You are such an inspiration! I really enjoyed reading your marker post today. That is something I have struggled with time and time again.

Alicia C {sassyberry at juno dot com} said...

I have to agree. Venti HalfCaf Americano with Light Cream. Nothing else works, unless you request your drink 'wrong'. ;)

LOVE your blog, thanks for sharing!!!

antique annies said...

love love your fruit did a great job with the shading love your blog and love tims class also isn't he great! Kay

ceparie said...

Your waterbrush will be your BFF and you will wear it out and have to get a new one--this I am sure of because that is what happened to me.

Kate W. said...

As always, Annette, your tags are amazing!! The more I see you post these, the more I want to go sign up for this class! Thanks for always being so willing to share you talent -- it is greatly inspiring! :)

Anne Kristine said...

Oh..my.. your tags are just gorgeous!!
Love it ♥♥♥

Xanapan said...

Thank you again for sharing Annette! Great Tags, love the interpretation. I'm desperately trying to catch up on 101 Classes! Somehow work & family keep dragging me away.....soon!

Sue said...

Looks like you had better success with your blending of the CTMH markers than I did! Fantastic job! (and I still have the Something Splendid stamp set too. LOVE that sunflower!)

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the technique tips. I look foward everyday, checking out your blog.

Barb K
Tinley Park, IL

Mary said...

Love the tags! Just started following your blog and you are so talented.

lilscrappers said...

Pinned you on this one! Love it....I can't wait to see what you do with the Distress Markers, I too, used the CTMH ones with varied results

Heather said...

Annette,
I am so thrilled to have read this post today...I am currently at Day 5 of the class myself and was disappointed to not be able to play along with day 4 & 5 because I do not have the items or an equivalent but I am looking forward to day 6 and trying it with stuff I have. :) I can not wait tos ee what you do when those markers show up! LOL

Maddie said...

I love your tags! ... My kitchen is done in a fruit motif... Wish I could shade like yo absolutely gorgeous. I can not wait to play with all the goodies I got for the CC101 Class. Alas I was sick during so I have a ton of catching up to do!