Tuesday, December 28, 2010

T!m's 12 Tags of Christmas - Day 8

Here is my Day 8 creation (for lack of a better term)...it's certainly not a tag!

This is a lovely votive lantern thingamajig. The base of this is started life as a zen garden from Dollar Tree...to which i added 3 battery powered votive candles from dollar tree. the lantern shade is made from the most beautiful sheet of pearly white paper from the newest Club Scrap collection called Vogue which has been stamped with Brilliance Starlite Silver and Club Scrap's own white pigment ink pad in swirls (unknown) and sparkles (Club scrap).

The row of houses and sleigh & reindeer were cut with my Silhouette out of an old piece of Club Scrap paper from the Bugs collection and inked with Pine Needles & Barn Door. The reindeer are stamped with the poem "twas the night before Christmas". The Sky's The Limit! is a stencil from the Club Scrap kit called wings. The houses are topped with White Opal perfect pearl and sprinkled with ultra fine glitter and also sprayed with English Ivy glimmer mist.

The clock/moon is exactly that. Both images were downloaded from the internet and overlaid in photoshop. I printed the combined image onto transparency and adhered to another piece of the pearly paper which was inked with Mustard Seed DI.

I think it took me longer to type this description than it did to do the actual piece. Onto day 9!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Spontaneous Art

This piece evolved and took on a life of it's own. It demanded to be made, and so I obliged!

While perusing Dollar Tree the other day, I spotted this gift bag and knew I had to have it. I was thinking I would just frame the two cardinals together or decoupage to a tray or something. Being from Kentucky, I've always been fond of Cardinals (although it is the state bird for 7 states!) and I just knew I had to have this image and do something with it.
I rummaged through my collection of thrift store frames and found this gem I got for $5. I separated the pair of Cardinals but then I needed something for the center opening. I thought I would easily find a poem about cardinals and Christmas, or cardinals and winter or something online, but I did not.....so I wrote my own. Yes, I wrote my very first poem, or at least my first in more years than I could possibly imagine. So, here is it is (be gentle with your feedback, lol), and my final wall hanging.

Cardinals always seem to me,

The ornaments of winter’s tree.

A shock of red against the snow,

Joyfully singing wherever they go.

True gifts of winter are the cardinal pair,

Flying about without a care.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

T!m's 12 Tags of Christmas - Day 7

I did another door hanger. I've said it before, but I have a tough time doing art, just for the sake of art, so I always feel like it has to have a function. Also, I've slowed waaaaaay down on my production due to getting ready for a final exam and prepping a final paper/presentation.

This shape is slightly different from the last and I've used paper from Club Scrap's Arts 'N Crafts collection for the base. For the JOYFUL letters, i've used a combination of thickers and grunge board letters which I inked with DI's and stamped with the Dreamy Collage wood mount stamp from Club Scrap's Expressions kit.

I made my own sticky back canvas...works like a charm. I just used some inexpensive duck/canvas (you can also just buy a drop cloth from the hardware store) cut it into manageable lengths and run it thru the xyron.Additionally, I don't have the color wash, but I just mixed some of my distress ink re-inkers into my mini mister with water and it sprayed beautifully on the homemade sticky back canvas....probably could add a little perfect pearl and you'd have it all in one mister, but I opted to then spray with a glimmer mist. I then hand cut my poinsettia petals and leaves. I've used the rays embossing folder and covered that area with Rock Candy Stickles which caused some of the red to bleed off onto the paper, but oh well, there are no mistakes in art, right?

Monday, December 6, 2010

T!m's 12 Tags of Christmas - Day 6

In case you can't tell, i'm using up any white Club Scrap paper that I have. For this I've used the back of Key to My heart ( i hate doing that, but a girl must do, what a girl must do). Inked it up with dusty concord, chipped sapphire & vintage photo distress inks. Not sure where the purple satin ribbon came from...could be Club Scrap as well, but I know the gemstone brads are from the Solstice collection. I colored one of the clear gems purple with my bic marker. All elements cut on my Silhouette from designs made within the software. Stamp is Inkadinkadoo (Artistic Holiday)

Sunday, December 5, 2010

T!m's 12 Tags of Christmas - Day 5

I didn't love this design as it was coming together, but it's growing on me and I like how (from a distance with your eyes squinted a bit, lol) this almost looks like santa's body shape.

Shapes: I've used a cut I drew in my Silhouette software based on T!m's Stylized Labels die and a cut I designed for the SC Belt buckle (did that last year for my christmas cards!). The poinsettia was also drawn in Silhouette and based on Outlines Posie stamp

Details: I don't have any green or red colored stickles, so I've used ultra fine glitter with my Sakura Quickie Glue pen. All the paper is Club Scrap (mostly from a very old kit called Key To My Heart although you can't tell since most of it has been inked over so much...there's a hint of it showing on the right side below his belt). The buckle was embossed several times with Silver embossing powder to get a thick layer of like UTEE. That big gawdy green gem has been hanging around my craft supplies for far too long and has now found a home!

Stamps: Inkadinkadoo

T!m's 12 Tags of Christmas - Day 4

For todays challenge, I recycled a Christmas card that I'd been holding onto for probably 10 years for just this type of purpose. I cut an ornament shape from the tres elegante black in Club Scrap's Vogue collection. I haven't gotten around to buying facets yet, so I used a fragment instead with red pepper and lettuce alcohol inks. Some of the baubles and beads come from Club scrap, and some come from some old jewelry i purchased at a vintage store, along with a couple of hat pins. Onto day 5!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

T!m's 12 Tags of Christmas - Day 3

Ok...mine doesn't look much like T!m's, but it's deliberate! I tried to focus on the technique and i took that as the tissue tape. I don't have tissue tape, but i stamped and inked tissue, cut it into strips and applied atg tape to the back of it and made my own. The button center is from a CM kit. The paper (except the dove) is Club Scrap from a kit that I think is called Nature's Retreat. Ornament, bird & olive branch & text all cut on Silhouette. In addition to distress inks, I used Club Scrap's white pigment ink for the swirls on the dove. Oh, and i used my Position-it (bought thru Club scrap) to line up the background text stamp (works like a dream!)

Updating to also mention the red lace around the outside. I bet that has been in my craft stash for 20 years. So glad to be using up some of these things finally!

T!m's 12 Tags of Christmas - Day 2

Again focusing on the technique or just being inspired by T!m's example, I did actually make my own custom stamp pad out of a cushion shoe insert! I don't have cut n dry foam and this worked beautifully (see pic below so you believe me!) I'd love to take credit for this stroke of genius, but it was entirely my brilliant & talented Sister's suggestion.

I've chosen to do this "tag" on a inexpensive frame (from dollar tree!) which I stamped with alcohol ink (because the distress ink wouldn't dry on it). I added a seasonal salvage sticker onto a a yummy charcoal from Club Scrap's latest kit called Vogue. In the 3rd opening, I added a real pinecone and faux pine bough (also bought at dollar tree). The metal embellishment is a bottle cap from a Bud Light (i believe) and a circle cut from the Seasonal Salvage Sticker pack covered with crackle accents.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

T!m's 12 Tags of Christmas - Day 1

December 1st finally arrived. I was so excited to see T!m's tag that i woke up in the middle of the night just to check it out and then had a hard time going back to sleep with visions of fences & houses dancing in my head!

For however many i'm able to follow along with, this year, I'm really going to try to force myself to think more artistically, and less literal (which is something i really struggle with), and avoid the temptation to copy exactly (although some i'm sure i will, lol). I sometimes lean more toward skittles than grunge (an ongoing battle between Jennifer McGuire & T!m), but I love the grunge look too, so I’m really not sure what my style is (still finding it I guess)

This one is created on a wood oval i found at Dollar Tree...the inking technique T!m outlines here worked perfectly on this surface after a base coat of paint. The rest of the elements (house, bird, fence, tree) are all cut on my Silhouette and in most cases were drawn right in the Silhouette software (the tree is the exception...it was a purchased shape). The limitation of the Silhouette is that I can’t cut grunge paper, so I turned to the next sturdiest paper I know….CLUB SCRAP! I’ve used the white paper from a very old kit called Key to my Heart and colored it with distress inks. For the house, I used a Fiskars texture plate (basketweave) to add embossing to my house. I cut that into strips and used dimensional foam pieces to create depth on my “siding”. I then sanded to reveal some of the white again. The bird is more white inked with barn door distress ink and accented with black enamel accents. The tree is inked with Walnut stain and accented with ultra fine glitter (for snow). Ultra fine glitter is also used on the fascia board pieces on the house. Tim’s crackle paint is applied to the Club Scrap paper fence, but I didn’t get much crackling. The 25 comes from T!m’s Seasonal Salvage stickers.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Compendium of Curiosities Challenge Week 23

Hello to all. If you celebrate Thanksgiving, I hope you had a blessed day full of good food, friends, family and fun! I've been loving my 4 day weekend which is sadly coming to a close tonight. But, I thought I'd get my submission in early just in case I can manage to find any time to play along with T!m's 12 tags of Christmas later this week. I'm so excited i can hardly stand myself!

Linda's challenge this week over at Studio L3 is the Double Distress technique (details of the challenge can be found here at her blog and details of the technique can be found on page 40 of T!m's Compendium of Curiosities. I've departed from my pennants for this week.

Double distress was done with the brick & woodgrain texture fades (on the fireplace front in grungeboard & and trim pieces in paper, but my Silhouette was working OT on this challenge. I cut about 45 holly leaves for the wreath and several sets of flames, all of which were colored in one way or another with distress inks and sprayed with perfect pearl mist. The stockings were also cut on the Silhouette. The paper (as almost always) comes from Club Scrap (it's just the best quality stuff out there!!). I've used several pieces from an older kit called Old South. The fireplace and hearth are constructed from book board (which I cut on my power miter saw....felt good to use a power tool for a change!) The Peace On Earth text was just done in PSE and printed onto another piece of CS paper from Old South, and the banner is a trick I picked up from the abundantly talented and lovely Jennifer McGuire.

I'm planning to dig through my basement stash and find an 8x10 shadow box frame (which I know i have somewhere, lol) to put this in. I was thinking of making these as gifts, but this one took me so long, I'm not sure i have enough time to invest for the number of them I'd like to make. Now that I've made one though, I'm sure subsequent ones would go faster.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Compendium of Curiosities Challenge Week 22

I'm going to keep this short and sweet as time is a precious commodity for me lately. This is my Compendium of Curiosities Challenge submission for week 22 (yes, 22!!!). You can find the details of the challenge here but you have to buy the book here for the details of the technique (which might be my favorite so far) It's well worth the money.

I've used a variety of stamps from a bunch of names I don't know right now. I've used Club Scrap paper (from the Blossom Kit) for the base & the offset shape around the r.

Take care all and thank you for looking.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Compendium of Curiosities Challenge Week 21

My muse is apparently back on it's late track. It's been a crazy busy week for me, so I'm just happy to post anything. Starting school is proving to put a real cramp in my crafting, so I've got to get better about budgeting my time.

This week the challenge put forth by Linda at Studio L3 is called Perfect Distress. All the wonderful details of which can be found on T!m's Compendium of Curiosities Book Page 38.

I really do like this technique all the way up to the last couple of steps. Then it feels like I'm ruining a perfectly (pun intended) lovely image! Oh well, I did it anyway and didn't get a lot of result from it, so I was happy with the way it turned out. This is the E for my CRE8 banner. Just one more letter to go and I'll have to come up with another inspiring word (suggestions welcomed and appreciated!)

I've used papers from Rusty Pickle & Club Scrap (Gratitude & Scholarship kits). Fired Brick & Vintage Photo distress inks. Heirloom Gold perfect pearls.

Have a great week y'all!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Compendium of Curiosities Challenge Week 20

Something must be seriously wrong because I've already completed my Compendium of Curiosities Challenge and it's only Tuesday??? What's up with that? This week, Linda has tasked us with the Industrial grunge technique which is found on page 54 of this fab book by the genius T!m Holtz.

I've used the wings & crown grunge shapes and a piece of K & Co paper for the pennant itself. The 8 (for banner CRE8) is cut on my Silhouette from a piece of paper from Club Scrap's Scholarship kit. The metal time piece is from another Club Scrap kit (i just don't know which!).

Hope all is well with you and yours on this election day....thank goodness the commercials can stop airing!!!!

In addition, I'm submitting this piece to these other challenges (all first timers for me!) Go check em out.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Compendium of Curiosities Challenge Week 19

Taking it to the EXTREME with masking this week over at Studio L3's Compendium of Curiosities Challenge. Check out T!m's blog for information about getting your very own copy of this inspirational manual. This technique appears on page 61.

Give me a C!! So, here's what I've decided to do for the remainder of my submissions. I'm creating a pennant banner for my room that says CREATE (and whatever else I can come up with)...so here's the C. Back to using the reds, yellows and oranges with this one. Guess I'll have to face the fact that i'm drawn to these colors although I never wear them.

I've used a number of reds, oranges & yellow Distress Inks for this on paper from Club Scrap (Gimme a Ring & Scholarship kits); a cutting file courtesy of Laina Lamb and stamps from a variety of sources (too many probably, lol).

The mojo is slowly making it's way back to me, but finding the time to do anything about it is getting increasingly hard.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Compendium of Curiosities Challenge Week 18

Another week, another Compendium of Curiosities Challenge at the Studio L3 blog....this week it's Dabber Resist. My papers (as almost always) are from Club Scrap....these are from the Textiles & Notions and Simply Beautiful kits (oldies but goodies). I think this corner stamp is from Kelly Panacci, but don't quote me on that! I've added some dollar tree jewels and some lavender stickles for a little sparkle. Oh, and I used dusty concord & Rusty Hinge distress inks as well as my favorite pearl glimmer mist.

I'm still feeling like someone has stolen my creative mojo, but I managed to eek this out just under the wire. I wish you all a productive and creative week ahead! I'm super excited because I'm starting an accelerated college course tomorrow night (yes, at 43 years old I'm going back to school!) I guess you're never too old to learn, right?

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Compendium of Curiosities Challenge Week 17

This weeks Compendium of Curiosities Challenge (graciously hosted by the lovely Linda at StudioL3) is Fragment Charms. I'm embarrassed to even submit this sorry little piece, but it's all i had time for since I just returned from a wonderful 10 day vacation!!

After the Club Scrap Retreat, my sister and I spent several days exploring Door County in Wisconsin. If you've never been, I highly recommend it. Just a wonderfully quaint and beautiful area with oh so many picture taking opportunities. We saw (& photographed) a few of the peninsula's lighthouses and I plan to make a mini scrapbook of them (and some others I've visited). This will be one of a few charms which will adorn the spine. It's a photo of the Cana Island Lighthouse which is really the only "traditional" lighthouse in Door County. The rest were different than any others I've seen. Click here if you want to read more about it.

I hope to be able to submit something a bit better for the next go round, but thanks for looking!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Compendium of Curiosities Challenge Week 16

Wrinkle free distress - This is this weeks challenge at Linda's fabulous blog....not my favorite technique (more my fault because i don't seem to do it well than the fault of the technique iteself). I chose to use it on my leaves (although i'm sure you can barely tell). I added veins using the tea dye distress ink with a paintbrush. Then I sprayed them with Copper glimmer mist (love a little shine/sparkle).

I am frantically trying to finish packing and all my other little creative chores before leaving on a jet plane for the very long anticipated retreat at Club Scrap. My sister and I are meeting up at Chicago and flying the next leg together. CAN'T WAIT.

The Gala dinner is 20's Gatsby themed, so I found this hat at a thrift store and made these paper flowers & leaves to match my dress (maybe a pic of that will find it's way here eventually). This will be a sneak preview for anyone who will be there and also happens to view this blog (that's probably just one other person!). The papers are (of course) from Club Scrap. The green leaves are from the Castaway kit and the flowers are from a kit I have called Road Trip. All were cut on my Silhouette and sprayed with Pearl Glimmer Mist

Hope you are having a great day. I'm so excited i can hardly stand myself, so i must rush off to prepare for much fun.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Compendium of Curiosities Challenge Week 15

It doesn’t matter how many times I use AI’s, I fall in love all over again! They give such amazing results (usually!). So, for this week’s Compendium of Curiosities Challenge over at Linda’s fabulous blog the technique is called Alcohol Ink Agate on Grunge (it’s on page 53 of T!m’s amazing book).

I departed from making cards again for this one because I have had it on my list to do for far too long to make one of these earbud holders that I saw here. That one is leather and much more costly, but I knew I could duplicate this with Grungeboard the minute I saw it. I just created a pattern, traced and cut it out of grunge board (harlequin). For the strap, I just cut a straight rectangle of grunge and notched it so that you can easily hook and un-hook it. I used glossy accents to glue the strap to the shape and voila, my creation is fini (mixing my languages a bit there I think). Of course I could punch the hole and add a grommet/eyelet and chain to be able to clip it to something, but I've chosen to not do that just yet until I decide how i plan to carry it. I made 2 of them (including the strap) quite easily out of one sheet of grunge board and I plan to make more as gifts. The blue one is for my phone earbuds, so I stamped it with the words Call Me! and Hello from Club Scrap kit called Gimme A Ring. The pink/purple one is for my ipod and is stamped with the words Rockin Girl and a very small stamp of sheet music. You could also add your name or initials or anything you want.

Pardon my blurry photos...not sure why I had such trouble photographing these.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Compendium of Curiosities Challenge Week 14

Mask Basics - Oh how I love a good mask! For my card I used T!m's mini mask called Florets and a mask i made from my butterfly cut on my QK Silhouette. I cut the butterfly and the square in the lower right from T!m's Lost & Found paper pack. Initially I used the mask on that square, but i didn't feel like that was quite enough, so then I decided to ink the entire front of the card. Once again, I'm using the wonderful papers of Club Scrap. This time from the Castaway collection. I sprayed the whole works with pearl glimmer mist. Oh, and I followed sketch # 71 on Priscilla Styles Midnight Madness Sketch challenge blog.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Compendium of Curiosities Challenge Week 13

For this weeks Studio L3 challenge, Linda has us making Grunge paper flowers using the instructions found on page 65 of T!m's Compendium of Curiosities.

I don't normally do "cute" Halloween...I'm much more into the macabre, but I chose to use my flower as an embellishment to a paper drawstring basket which I will fill with Halloween candy for my desk at work. The instructions for how to make this cutie can be found on the Club Scrap site here (I'm not sure but you may have to be a member to view the video tutorial....so, if you wanna join, let me know!!). It's very easy to make, and if you can't view the video, i'm happy to send you written instructions. The green paper is from Club Scrap's Wheel & Sprocket kit and the black is from the Expressions kit. The patterned paper is from a DCWV Halloween pack.

My flower is inked with DI's (peeled paint & dusty concord) and embossed with the checkerboard & retro circles texture fades. Leaves were cut with pinking shears. I added the eyeball eraser center & plastic spider just for fun.

Thanks for looking and be sure to take a moment today to say a prayer for all of those touched by the events of September 11, 2001.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Compendium of Curiosities Challenge Week 12

Hard to believe, but this challenge puts all of us playing along at Linda's Studio L3 site a mere 1/3rd of the way thru all the fab techniques T!m shares in his Compendium of Curiosities book...this one is on page 44 and it's called Chipped Enamel.

I took my inspiration not only from T!m, but also from another creative hero of mine; Jennifer McGuire. As you can see from her post here, my card is a shameless re-creation of her work (with substitutions).

I followed some/most of her instructions, except that i used sepia accents (instead of glossy accents) on my leaf and I didn't use mine as a mask, just made it a separate element altogether. I really couldn't tell you where i found that acorn charm, but I've had it for a very very very long time. It began life as a bright & shiny brass with a hole in the top (presumably to hang it from something), so I gave it the chipped enamel treatment to grunge it up a bit. My 2 bracket shapes were cut with my QK Silhouette and my card base and panel are both from Club Scrap (Matrix & Ornamental kits respectively).

Thanks for looking...feel free to leave a comment or provide feedback. For those of you who get to celebrate Labor Day, have a nice long Holiday weekend.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Compendium of Curiosities Challenge Week 11

The challenge continues...we are on week 11 and the ever lovely Linda at Studio L3 has chosen a most wonderful technique called Blended Batik which is featured on page 36 of T!m's A Compendium of Curiosities book.

I chose to do my card in silvery blues & greys because looking back, so many of my submissions were red and yellow and orange (which is really not me at all). So, hold on while i bore you with all the details (that i can share). The flower shapes are from Outlines Rubber Stamps which I cut on my QK Silhouette (my most favorite toy...i mean tool, ever!) as is the leafy vine image. The flowers were inked with Broken China & Pumice Stone distress inks. The buttons and the butterfly bookmark are from my stash. Most of the papers are from Club Scrap's Destinations kit (with the silver from the Culinary kit). 2 of the stamps used on the flowers are also Club Scrap (Henna & Michael Strong Paisley kit), the other flower uses the friend definition stamp from Hero Arts...they are sprayed with Pearl Glimmer Mist (which is an absolute must to own..i use it VERY frequently). The ticket is made with Autumn Leaves ticketed stamp set. Oh...and last but certainly not least, there's a hint of faded jeans distress stickles near the bottom.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Compendium of Curiosities Challenge Week 10

Hello all...I hope you are having a good week! I was finally inspired for Linda's Compendium of Curiosities Challenge tonight looking at my photos from Stampaway 2010. One of the booths had some Wizard of Oz themed cards and I instantly thought, what needs stickles more than a pair of ruby red slippers??? So, here's the card I made. The paper is all from Club Scrap (Black is from Cruisin Kit, Red is from Ornamental Kit, Yellow is from Common Threads Kit and the tiny Silver is from Culinary). I ran the yellow thru Tim's brick embossing folder and sprayed with Pearl Glimmer Mist. The ruby red slippers were manipulated a bit in PSE and then printed out and then covered with rock candy distress stickles. The wand is made from a narrow strip of grungeboard that's been inked with Black soot. The phrase is from a stamp set called "You Go Girl" made by The Paper Company Studio and was snagged recently on a visit to Big Lots. Thanks for looking.....Thank goodness tomorrow is FRIDAY!!!!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Compendium of Curiosities Challenge Week 9

Here i am again, just getting this submitted under the wire and also I have a confession to make. I think Tim's products are wonderful and I own many and want to own just about all of them.......exception: distress crackle paint. I am not a fan. It dries up and becomes useless. I'm not the only one who has had this problem, so I do not have any that I can use and I don't plan to buy it again unless the formula is improved. So, i had to improvise with another crackle product that is a two step process and the results aren't nearly as cool...what's a girl to do.

This "handsome devil" is my SO as a child (isn't he precious?) I took a scan of an old photo and added devil horns (which you can't even see) and colored his shirt red in Photoshop. I coated corrugated cardboard with silver paint, then a layer of crackle medium and finally top-coated with a red. I REALLY need to invest in some good quality paints (like Claudine's), but again, i used what i had on hand. The flames and pitchfork were found online and cut with my QK Silhouette and the Grungeboard letters were painted with the same silver paint under the red. Although you can't tell it, i inked the mesh with mustard seed and the handsome is inked with spiced marm. There are probably many more layers and such i could add, but I'm tired and I think I'm afraid of ruining what I do have. TFL

Stampaway USA 2010

I attended the Stampaway Convention yesterday and walked and walked and walked for miles marveling at all the amazing products and artists in this industry. I saw a few familiar faces, like Judi Watanabe, Paula Best, MaryJo McGraw, and I searched in vain for Jennifer McGuire (I guess she wasn't demo-ing anywhere because I asked around!). Anyway, so.....the highlight would have to be finally "meeting" the stamping GOD that is T!m Holtz. I didn't actually get a chance to talk with him, but I did manage to get a couple copies of his CofC book signed for myself and my sister. He is so gracious and so personable...I'm not sure he took many breaks and he just kept churning out beautiful piece after beautiful piece and all with a smile. I just didn't have the nerve to initiate an introduction, but I did talk briefly with Mario who is just as nice as I expected.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Compendium of Curiosities Challenge Week 8

Inked Grunge - I'll have to admit that I've owned grunge paper for several months and never used it...shame on me! So, imagine my delight when I saw what the wonderfully talented Linda over at StudioL3 was issuing us CofC Challenge fans to do.

These are 2 pinwheels (not working pinwheels mind you) that I'll probably use as plant picks/decorations at my most favorite time of the year.....Halloween. I had fun with this one! Hope you did too.

Monday, August 2, 2010

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Thursday, September 9
Vendor Faire: not open; classes: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm; CK Sketches Workshop 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Friday, September 10Vendor Faire: 10:00 am to 6:00 pm; classes 8:30 am to 8:30 pm; Friday Celebration Crop 7 pm to 11:30 pm.

Saturday, September 11Vendor Faire: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm; classes 8:30 am to 5:30 pm; Super Saturday Crop 7 pm to 11:30 pm

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Sunday, August 1, 2010

Compendium of Curiosities Challenge Week 7

I sure am tired today...we spent the day on the Whitewater River in a canoe...great fun, but tiring. And i got home only to realize I hadn't finished or posted this weeks challenge....yikes. I really had to rush this one and I'm not pleased with quite a few aspects of it, but...as I like to say..."there are no mistakes in art".

So, without further ado...here is my entry for the challenge that the lovely Linda over at StudioL3 is hosting. It features my dear sweet boy, Maxwell Smart (or just Max for short). I'm planning to use this as a scrapbook page embellishment, so I started out by printing a bunch of words that I think of when I think of Max onto a 12" long strip of Club Scrap paper (old paper...from the Bugs collection). I inked it with all kinds of lovely DI's and then colored my fabric thickers with Shabby Shutters. The Filmstrip was cut with my QK Silhouette from some white cardstock which I inked with Black Soot. The fragment...well, that's the secret this week; but the answers can all be found in T!m's wonderful Compendium of Curiosities (this particular technique is on page 55), so go out and get yourself a copy for pity sake!!!

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Compendium of Curiosities Challenge Week 6

For those following along, please turn to page 66 in your Compendium of Curiosities Book to find T!m's Multi-medium collage technique. I LOVED this challenge but as usual, I struggled with my idea/theme a bit. I recently got my July kit from Club Scrap called Destinations and the stencil has the cutest little arrow for pointing out where you are on a map, so I created a trace outline of it in my QK Silhouette software and played with the size a bit…cut several layers of paper and adhered them together to make my own “chipboard” version. Same thing for the heart which I inked w/barn door, then ran through T!m’s Swirls texture fade and inked again w/vintage photo. The license plate was created in photoshop and then just printed on cardstock (from Club Scrap Sonoma kit). For the background paper, I knew I wanted to use something from T!m's lost & found stack, but the color on the one I chose was too similar to my embellishment colors, so I photocopied it in black and white on my printer and then just lightly inked that with Old Paper & Vintage photo distress ink. The base of the card is a from the Club Scrap Freedom collection (inked with vintage photo and black soot) and the matte is a beautiful sparkly red from Club Scrap’s December kit called Ornamental.
I don't know about you, but i'm tired just reading all that...i always seem to find a way to make simple things more difficult. I guess i like to "suffer for my art"!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Compendium of Curiosities Challenge Week 5

Distress Embossing - Boy did I struggle with this week's challenge. Biggest obstacle is that I don't own any distress embossing powder...oh horrors. I know, I know, I should be taken to the woodshed and properly disciplined. I plan to purchase some online as soon as time allows, so please forgive me!! I ended up finding a "recipe" online for distress embossing powder, and although I'm not thrilled with the final results, it's all I have to submit...sorry.

This is a tag that was started a while ago and this little owl (which is distress embossed) was the final touch.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Compendium of Curiosities Challenge Week 4

Used the friend definition and metallic aquamarine paint (folk art) for the shabby chic technique on the tag. the rest is just distress inks (tumbled glass, shabby shutters & vintage photo). Oh, and the allegro cuttlebug folder.

Compendium of Curiosities Challenge Week 3

This week the challenge technique at http://studiol3.blogspot.com/ is called Alcohol Ink monoprint. I wanted to do a patriotic design, so i chose reds & blues and here's what I ended up with. The flag is adhered to a card made from a lovely sparkly red in the Club Scrap collection called Ornamental.

The flowers are my own interpretation of T!m Holtz's tattered florals dies that I created on my Silhouette.

Compendium of Curiosities Challenge Week 2

This is a project I've had in my head ever since my dad passed away a year ago, so i'm happy to finally have it on paper and out of my head. The Compendium of Curiosities Challenge for week 2 is to use a fragment in your design....I have used mine to highlight my Dad's nickname "Coddie".
If you are interested in playing along, hop on over to see Linda at Studiol3.blogspot.com and join in the fun.
The story behind my Dad's nickname goes something like this. When Dad's baby brother Harold was born, my grandparents asked little Carl what they should name his brother and he said "let's call him Coddie"! No one knows where it came from or why but it stuck like glue to my dad instead. Harold, on the other hand, later became known as Taters....and I don't know the story of that at all.
I sure do miss Coddie...i hope he approves of his "tribute" tag. Love u daddy.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Compendium of Curiosities Challenge Week 1
Linda at Studio L3 is hosting this challenge and I just had to join in all the fun. This week's technique is called Waterstamping and I very quickly threw together this piece. It's not even in it's finished state, so I'm not sure what it will be. Maybe just a scrapbook page embellie, but I absolutely love the distress ink color combo: mustard seed, spiced marmalade & fired brick.