Posts Tagged Tammy Tutterow

Nov 6 2012

Always Thankful

Welcome Back…we are always thankful for you stopping in…

Today we have a gorgeous tag from Tammy Tutterow to share with you…

Did your breath catch like ours did? Stunning.  The warm colors, the fabulous texture, the simple sentiment that says it all.  We love every detail…please, please head over to Tammy’s Blog to see all the details…

…because the beauty is simply in those details! Tammy shows you step by step how you can make these tags for your friends and family to show your gratitude in her awesome tutorial…

You are sure to find a technique or too to use on your gratitude gifts for the November Monthly Challenge.…add a link here to enter to win $50 in Emporium Dollars.

Apr 4 2012

Everything is Coming up Roses

We were all excited when we first saw the Sizzix Tim Holtz Alterations Tattered Pinecone Die.  It makes the most perfect little pinecones…

however…that’s not all…it seems that several of us have discovered that it makes the sweetest, most perfect roses as well…

Tammy made hers out of cardstock…

Shelly made hers out of glassine…

and, felt…

and, Chelle made hers out of vintage sheet music…

So, play with your dies…try something new, the results can be gorgeous!

Mar 27 2012

More inspiration for all…

As promised, here is a bit more inspiration from our team…they have been busy, busy creating these incredible works of art…

Shelly Hickox played with her tattered pinecone die after being inspired…read all about it on her blog!

Kelly Booth has been a good student in the Tim Holtz Creative Chemistry Online Class  and shares some of her homework with us…

Tammy Tutterow is LOVING her stamp2cut software and eclips machine…head on over to her blog to see how cool it is, she has some great close ups of how intricate the cuts are!

Chelle Fowler made several of this tag to send out to our customers…small and sweet, a little reminder that we appreciate you!

Speaking of appreciating our customers…our fabulous General Manager, Joy Kennedy, loves spending time in her studio creating tags to send out with orders too! Maybe you have been a lucky recipient of one of her delicious tags? This sewing themed one using the mask technique is one of my favorites!

We hope you found a little inspiration here today…it’s all about finding one thing that sparks your imagination and gets you in that creative spirt…let your mind take you on a creative journey today!

Feb 7 2012

Put a Heart on It Monthly Challenge

Have you heard the saying ‘Put a bird on it’ from the Portlandia skit? Well, we are putting a twist on it for our February Challenge…Put a Heart on It!!!

Here is some inspiration from a few Inspiration Team Members to get you started:

Shelly Hickox  shares this fantastic tag where she used her Faux Crazed Porcelain technique on her heart.

Beate Johns shares this lovely card using a Classic Hearts Nestabilities heart.

Pam Hooten shares this gorgeous card where she used Distress Crackle Paint & Rock Candy Stickles on her heart.

Tammy Tutterow shares this great tag using a Distress Cardstock heart.

Okay, your turn!!! Have fun with the challenge, we can’t wait to see your projects!!!

For a chance to win $50 in Emporium Dollars to spend in the store just add a link to your submission below (your link does not have to be to a blog, it can also be to your SCS gallery…use code IEMC10 or other gallery online!!!)…and, remember, you can enter as many times as you want…so create away!!! Contest begins on February 7, 2012  and ends on February 29th at midnight…the winner will be randomly chosen and announced on March 1, 2012.

Nov 1 2011

November Monthly Challenge: Calling All Tool Lovers!

Happy 11-1-11…seriously can’t believe it is already November!!! I won’t scare you with a countdown to Christmas!!!

The Monthly Challenge this month is all about sharing your favorite TOOLS!!! The Inspiration Team has been thinking, thinking, thinking and have come up with their favorites…perfect for Christmas gift ideas!! There I go again, mentioning the ‘C’ word!!! But, it will be here before we know it, so shop early!!!

First up this month is Tammy Tutterow with her favorite tool…the Tim Holtz – Idea-ology – Tiny Attacher

Here are some gorgeous projects from our very own Tammy Tutorial…

and, a close up…

a favorite way to attach sentiments…


and, of course, in the making of gorgeous ribbon flowers…

Speaking of tutorials…here is Tammy’s tutorial on extending the reach of your Tiny Attacher…

Tiny Attacher long reach stapling

I was chatting with some of the gals on the Studio Calico message board recently about the fabulous Tiny Attacher by Tim Holtz.  A few mentioned that they wished it had a longer reach.  I shared that I use it opened up for areas that are beyond its reach.  I tried to explain how to do it, but it is really just easier to show so I snapped a few quick images.


Swing the bottom handle to the left just like you would to open the stapler to fill it.


Swing the black arm with the flattening plate down and to the right.


Return the first handle back in place.


Place the item to be stapled on a foam or soft surface.  Because the Tiny Attacher won’t set flat, you may need to work at the edge of your table as shown.


Press the top of the Tiny Attacher to eject the staple into your project.


Flip the project over and flatten the staple prongs.


When flattened, the staple will look just like it would if it had been flattened in the Tiny Attacher.


Easy peasy!


Thank you Tammy for starting off the month with a BANG!!!

And…last but certainly not least, here is the winner of October’s Monthly Challenge random drawing…

Congratulations DIANA!!!! We stinkin’ LOVE  every detail on your project…perfection!!! Please email your information to to claim your $50 in Emporium Dollars!!!  Thank you so much for playing along!!!

Now, run along peeps and play along this month…share your favorite tools for a chance to win $50 in Emporium Dollars to spend in the store! Just add a link to your submission below (your link does not have to be to a blog, it can also be to your SCS gallery…use code IEMC08 or other gallery online!!!)…and, remember, you can enter as many times as you want…so create away!!! Contest begins on November1, 2011  and ends on November 30th at midnight…the winner will be randomly chosen and announced on December 1, 2011.


Aug 9 2011

Distress Stained Muslin Tutorial

The amazing tutorial writer Tammy Tutterow shares how to  dye muslin with Tim Holtz Distress Stains today.  What a fabulous way to create incredible backgrounds to your projects…you aren’t going to be able to resist trying this!!!

Here’s Tammy…


I love working with muslin fabric.  I love that it is so versatile and inexpensive.  It is so easy to add color to with just about any ink, mist, paint, or stain you might have.  Today I want to share an easy way to add color using Tim Holtz’s Distress Stains.


Begin with a scrap of beige or white muslin.  I usually make color a piece much larger than my project so that I will have leftovers for future projects.  You can leave it smooth and flat or wad it up to add some wrinkles.  Adding color over the wrinkles will create some variations in the application making lighter and darker areas as you brush the color on.


Brush assorted Distress Stain colors onto the fabric using the built in applicator.  I usually work in strips, but you could do random patches, criss cross, etc.  You can use any assortment of colors.  In this example I used greens and blues and went for a more monochromatic color scheme.  I used Picket Fence last and made swipes over the other colors.  The Picket Fence created some softer color variations and blending.  If you like the effect at this point, you could stop here or . . .


Mist the fabric with water.  Adding water to the mix will cause the stains to soften and blend.  Distress products are reactive to water so adding water will create some intresting color washed effects.  If you are happy with the look you have you could stop. . .


wad the fabric into a tight ball to add more wrinkles and to allow the fabric to touch other areas of itself and let the color bleed onto other areas.


Blot the fabric with a dry cloth (I keep cloth diapers in my studio to use as studio rags) to help remove excess moisture.


The fabric now has very crisp wrinkles.  If this is the look I want, I will let it air dry.  It will dry with a somewhat stiff texture.


If I am in a hurry or if I want as softer look and feel to my fabric, I dry it with my heat gun.


Before using the finished fabric, turn it over and look at the back.  A good amount of color will have bled through creating a nice mix of color and original fabric color.  I often use the back side because of the softer finished look.


Thank you Tammy!!! This dyed fabric is fabulous!! For all of the details on how to finish Tammy’s gorgeous tag, go here and read on…then, go try it!!!


Apr 8 2011

Adirondack Color Wash

Color, color, color…we are having some drizzly weather here in So Cal, what better way to cheer up than with some COLOR!

And, when we think color, we think Adirondack Color Washes!!

Inspiration Team member Tammy Tutterow has been inspiring us lately with all her fabulous art journal pages.

The wonderful intensity of the water-based dyes are perfect for creating amazing backgrounds…

fabulous whether you are wanting a lot of color or a more subtle look…

We’ve all been playing with our favorite colors (there are 12 colors to choose from)…thank you Tammy for your fantastic inspiration!!

Here are the colors Tammy used on the pages we have shared here:

Mar 2 2011

Wednesday Wonders

Tammy Tutterow is the re-do queen!!! I love to see her take a plain ol’ picture frame and turn it in to something fabulous!

What Tammy can do with some gorgeous patterned paper, Claudine Hellmuth Studio Multi Medium, and Distress Inks is amazing!

Sorry, pardon my drooling! Vintage fantasticness!!!

Thank you, Inspiration Team  Member, Tammy Tutterow (AKA Tammy Tutorial) for inspiring us this Wednesday…just what we needed to get through the mid-week craziness!!!