Saturday, August 28, 2010

CCC #11 - Blended Batik and Friends

Where do these weeks go? Already Challenge #11 over at Studio L3 - click on the Compendium of Curiosities pix to go take a peek!! You will see some absolutely stunning art and be drawn to creating some art of your own - what could be better?

On a card kick - so here's another one for a sweet lady I know. I used shiny card stock to do the technique and a stamp I picked up years ago from the Dollar Store and finished it off with Peeled Paint Distressed Ink. I framed the flower using Spellbinders Nestabilities Classic Scalloped Circles Large (& the largest one). The stamps, both the flower bouquet and the verse, are from Sweet and Sassy Stamps and are digi. Wanna know a secret? I gave up this paper scrapping and playing a couple of years ago and went all digital - now I'm using both and having an absolute blast. I've also been playing with my new Promarkers - feel as though I'm still in Kindergarten but I'm getting better. (used Rose Pink, Sunflower, Petrol Blue, Pastel Blue, Coral, Spice, and Cool Grey 2) I didn't have the right color greens to match the Peeled Paint so I had to improvise but it turned out just fine.

Anyway, busy week next week with my oldest, and her husband and two cats, moving back in for a couple of weeks before her apartment is ready but will try to stop by and see what everyone is up to. Have a great week!

Sunday, August 22, 2010

CCC #10 - Distress Stickles

One thing I have in common with my friends - we all love the beach. The sound of the waves, the fresh air after life in the valley, the unhurried life that seems to be, wants to be.

So when Linda L. chose Distress Stickles as this weeks project with all the sparkle immediately sand came to mind. I had a Stampin' Up stamp, which I've never used, that was given to me by one of these beach lovers so just thought I would try it on a birthday card for that same beach lover.

I used Basic Grey paper, the sand dollar stamp, a Happy Birthday stamp that I borrowed from Linda and forgot to look at who made it, Distressed inks and Distressed Stickles in Scattered Straw, Faded Jeans, Milled Lavender, and Antique Linen, some Prima flowers and with black centers from SkyBluePink (which should have been more than one size since the flower were but I only had one size), and a piece of brown ribbon from my scraps.

As usual, great fun - thanks Linda and the other Linda too!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Out in the Woods

Week 8 Compendium of Curiosities Challenge! I decided to do something earthy this time - well not really, Linda loaned me a die cutting machine and there was a Sizzix tree die at the bottom of the box! Inspiration can come from many places.

I used grunge paper to do the trees and inked them with peeled paint distress ink - yeah I finally got a green!! Oh and some vintage photo too on the trunks and finished them off with a little rub of Scribbles iridescent gold paint along the tops of the limbs. I used sand paper for the dirt and inked it just like the trees only lighter. The background of the tag is inked with tumbled glass and vintage photo and spritzed with a mixture of blue, green, and white perfect pearls. I cut the sun using my Spellbinder rounded petals die and inked it with rusty hinge and barn door. I added some yarn from the basket and a few wooden beads to set it off and a little plastic tag the says "Journey."

Great fun as always! Now for a look see at what everyone else has done - go to

Sunday, August 1, 2010

CCC #7 - Peeking

I think the cutest pictures sometimes are the ones where people or animals are peeking out from behind something. This weeks challenge over at Studio L3 was all about peeking. Well, really it was called Tinted Vision Fragments but there was definately some peeking going on. So go over and take a peek yourself. These challenges are fun and I'm learning a lot - and they are perfectly suited to the novice or the experienced.

My little peekers were created using Tim's Fragment Charms and a section of his Lost and Found Collection papers (ATC size) with little animals. There is a frog playing a cello, a boxing kangaroo, a very fancy piggy, and much more. I absolutely loved it. So using the techniques found in the Compendium of Curiosities book I created several charms with the animals peeking out thru the alcohol ink colors, I backed them all with dictionary paper and sealed them with glossy accents.

Thanks again Linda H. for sharing and Linda L. for sponsoring all this fun!