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Learning with Creative Chemistry 103

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I’ve spent the last few days learning and creating along with Tim Holtz in his online class, Creative Chemistry 103.  I’ll be sharing my samples from each day in the next few posts.

I created ATCs instead of tags like I had done in past classes.  I have a plan for using them in my reference book, I’ll share that later (if my idea pans out).

Here are my Day 1: Distress Accessories samples.

Day 1 DIY Ombre 8-6-2016 5-51-54 PM - Copy (2)

Distress DIY Ombre

Day 1 - 2 Highlight Stamping 2 8-6-2016 5-52-10 PM

Distress Highlight Stamping

Day 1 - 3 off-set stamping 2 8-6-2016 5-53-15 PM - Copy

Distress Off-Set Stamping

Day 1 - 4 washed watercolor 2 8-6-2016 5-55-23 PM - Copy - Copy (2)

Distress Washed Watercolor

Day 1 - 5 micro-glaze resist 1 8-6-2016 5-57-37 PM - Copy - Copy (2)

Distress Micro-Glaze Resist

That’s it for my Day 1 creations.  Thanks for stopping by.


My fabulous day

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Today was my birthday and it turned into a great day.  I woke to a card (with always the right color & size cash in it) and a big box of chocolates.


I received “happy wishes” texts from the family in the afternoon, then a delicious prime rib dinner at a favorite restaurant.

During the day I finished the Creative Chemistry 102 reference book that I posted about over two and a half years ago when I started the cover!  You can read that post here.  I finished the cover with some die cuts, added some tabs to the dividers and then used my Cinch to assemble the book.


102 finished book 7-9-2016 9-09-30 PM


102 book tabs 7-9-2016 9-10-33 PM

I’m happy to have an easy reference to the techniques and lessons from CC102.  I’ll be putting it to use as I work on the challenges for the Summer of Creative Chemistry.

A few days ago my friend delivered this beautiful fairy garden basket.  I just love it.


I hope you had a wonderful day.  Here’s to a great and art-filled week ahead,


Happy 4th of July!

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The Summer of Creative Chemistry continues with Creative Chemistry 102!  This week’s challenge is to create with three or more colors of Distress Paint.  I used two of Tim’s techniques to create some cards.

four 4th of July 7-2-2016 10-40-33 PM

I used the monoprint technique with Salty Ocean, Faded Jeans and Candied Apple Distress Paints to create the background for this card.

Paint monoprint 7-2-2016 10-39-51 PM

The same paint colors and marbling created the background for these three cards.  I used one piece of paper and cut it apart to make the cards.

marbled 3 7-2-2016 10-40-17 PM

marbled 2 7-2-2016 10-40-11 PM

This last one has stars stamped with Brushed Pewter and sprinkled with Pumice Stone Distress Glitter.

marbled 1 7-2-2016 10-40-01 PM

I’m having fun going back and visiting the techniques from past Creative Chemistry  classes and looking forward to Creative Chemistry 103.

I hope everyone has a safe & happy 4th of July.  God bless the U.S.A.


Creating with Tim!

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Tim Holtz is having the Summer of Creative Chemistry going on at Online Card Classes.  Reviews of Creative Chemistry 101 & 102 are going on right now, CC 103 will begin August 1.  As part of the reviews, Tim has been issuing challenges using techniques learned in the classes.  This week the challenge was to use Ranger Archival Ink.  I created these three note cards:

tim - yupo & ai background cards 6-26-2016 6-25-00 PM

I used Tim’s technique featured over at the Ranger site, using alcohol inks on Yupo paper to create the background.  I had recently purchased some Yupo and decided to give it a try.  I followed Tim’s instructions including stamping (and embossing) using Archival Ink but then finished off my cards a bit differently.

I love how they turned out.  They are ready to add a personal note inside, pop in an envelope and mail to someone in my thoughts.

I’m adding these to the Summer Of Creative Chemistry week 4 challenge gallery.

Thanks for stopping by for a look at my latest creation, your comments make me smile.




Happy Birthday, Linda!

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My friend is having a birthday and I made her a card to celebrate the day.

linda card 6-25-2016 6-44-39 PM

I shared some art supplies with her and needed a bag to put them in. I had this white gift bag on my desk waiting for an idea to cover up a stain.  I taped it down to my craft sheet, added some blended Distress Inks and stamped with Ranger Archival Jet Black ink.  I was very pleased with how it turned out.

linda bag 6-25-2016 6-45-48 PM

Here’s wishing Linda a very happy birthday.  I hope it’s a day with food, art and wine!

Thanks for visiting my blog.


Happy Father’s Day!

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I made a card for my son.

Jeremy Father's Day 6-18-2016 7-01-07 PM

It’s been so long since I’ve done a blog post, I’ve created some art but didn’t make the effort to share.  I hope to get more posts done in the future.

As always, I love reading comments.


The time has come!

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With Christmas only about a month away, I decided it’s time for me to dedicate some art time to the festive holiday.  The latest Studio L3 CofC3 challenge, number 15, is the Cabinet Card Pocket. The Cabinet Card Pocket technique is found on page 38 of Compendium of Curiosities 3, by Tim Holtz.  There’s a chance to win some fabulous prizes donated by the ever generous Tim and Mario, and this challenge’s sponsor, Inspiration Emporium.

I used a Santa photo of my sister and me taken in 1960!  My uncle stopped by our house and took us to a fire station to visit with Santa.  As you can see in the photo, my little sister was not impressed!

15-2 cabinet card 11-21-2014 3-02-01 PM

After I painted my 8 x 10 canvas with Faded Jeans Distress Paint, I used Snowflake Tinsel Embossing Powder for the snowflakes and Seafoam White EP for the swirls.  A red glaze pen made the little dots on the swirls.  I used goodies from my stash to finish it off.

I’m so glad you stopped by and, as always, I love reading you comments. Until next time, Vic

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