Saturday, August 1, 2015

Final Compendium of Curiosities Challenge - #34 Layering Stencil: Monoprint


Hi everyone, and boo-hoo! We've come to the last challenge in the Compendium of Curiosities III. I can't believe it still. It went so fast.

The Compendium of Curiosities III Challenge is hosted by our lovely hostess Linda Ledbetter on her blog. Each challenge comes from the wonderful book "A Compendium of Curiosities Vol. III" featuring amazing products and techniques by non-other than Tim Holtz.

Join us with your creation based on the featured technique and your project could win you an awesome prize pack from Tim and Mario and you also have a chance to win the random draw from our generous sponsor this time: The Funkie Junkie Boutique. All the details, rules and links are at the end of my post so be sure to keep reading all the way through.

Okay, back to the final challenge. It's called Layering Stencil: Monoprint and can be found on page 48 in the book. I created a masculine birthday card because, well, I have SO many handmade cards in a nice display rack and would you believe I didn't have a single masculine card in there?!

My card measures 5" x 7" and features the Correspondence paper stash. This and Wallflower are my two all-time favorites from Tim. I go to them all the time.



I cut a piece of Mixed Media Cardstock to do the Monoprint technique and used the Stars stencil. On the left is the actual technique and on the right – rather than waste all that paint – I grabbed another piece of cardstock and pressed the stencil down on it. Great effect, just a bit lighter. I'll be saving this one for another project for sure. I love how it turned out. And by the way, I used the two newest Distress Paint colors: Blueprint Sketch and Hickory Smoke. Both were distressed with Vintage Photo ink.



I cut my card base from dark blue Kraft Core cardstock and sanded the outer edges. Then cut the star paper from the Correspondence stash and distressed the edges. One of my favorite things to do to pattern paper is spray it with Antique Linen Distress Stain to instantly antique it. Check out the next photo to compare that same star paper in the back of the pile. See the bright white background?



Then I gathered several papers in the stash. I cut one of the papers with the Courtyard On The Edge die and blended some Fired Brick Distress Ink over the top.



I stamped this Bingo image with black archival ink. It's from an older Stampers Anonymous clear cling stamp set called Playful Journey from my local Michaels store years ago, .



I gave my technique piece a rough tear across the top right corner and inked the edges with Walnut Stain, then starting building my card.


Here's another look at the finished card. I got so caught up in putting it together, I just stopped taking photos. Doh! Here are some close-ups below of the finished card.




I stamped Remember The Now from the Mercantile stamp set with Red Geranium Archival ink onto a tiny tag and popped three Artisan Studs in the corner. I love these adhesive-back embellishments. I hoard them! They are from Close To My Heart, and they come in brass and pewter in two different sizes.



I used the Hashtags stamp for the Happy Birthday wish. Stamped in Blueprint Sketch ink. 



I punched various 7/8" circles from a variety of papers in the stash to place behind random openings in the Courtyard die-cut. Finally, I added a Shield Charm to reinforce the message. 


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Do you have the fabulous Compendium of Curiosities Vol. III book by Tim Holtz? (the master of all things vintage and distressed.) If not, you can find one at your local craft store, scrapbook store, or you can get a signed copy by Tim himself by going here. 

You can find all the CC3 Challenge details and FAQs here.  The lovely Linda Ledbetter is our hostess of this fun series of challenges, and all you have to do to participate is create your project, and upload to her site. Be sure, though, to read through all the FAQs so you're eligible to win...

We're working our way through this fantastic book of techniques and tips, and challenging you to join in the fun. This round's challenge is sponsored by the great folks at The Funkie Junkie Boutique who have a fabulous gift voucher to give away to one lucky random winner. Also, the Curiosity Crew's Choice scores a giant prize pack of goodies straight from Tim and Mario!

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Even though the Compendium Challenges will soon be over, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Paints will be planning, plotting and creating, of course! We hope you'll stay tuned September 1st for some special news about what we'll be up to next, leading up to next year's fantastic creative get-away in Costa Rica. In the meantime, please join us in the final Compendium Challenge. Let's go out with a BIG bang!




Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Precious Memories Baby Album

Recently I had the lovely job of creating a baby album (for hire) for a friend. And even though I don't know the person who will actually be receiving it, I thoroughly enjoyed the process of creating it and imagining the sweet Mom who will enjoy putting her baby boy's photos inside.

Due to time constraints, I didn't make notes of measurements so there will be no tutorial for this one. I apologize. It was simply made with love. I used Graphic 45's newest baby collection "Precious Memories" with a bit of their older collection "Little Darlings" to fill things out. It's great how well these two collections worked together!

Here's a look at all the pages...lots of photos.























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Oh, and I failed to mention earlier: my friend actually asked for two albums. It was easy work making the second one. I simply designed a page for the first one, then repeated all the paper cuts and placed them in orderly piles on a side table. Once the first album was completed, all I had to do was assemble the second one. Piece-o-cake!


I love that I can easily pull together Graphic 45 papers, ephemera cards, pockets & tags, and chipboard to create a gift like this. And I am a thrifty crafter, so for the embellishments I shopped the discount aisle of my local Michael's store and found the most perfectly-matched ribbon assortment as well as the gems & pearls. Everything else is dies, punches, buttons and twine that I already had. Oh, and the kraft album itself? Would you believe I found these at Tuesday Morning for 20¢ a piece? They're Zutter's Bamboo Spine Album. I bought a dozen of them! I had some 3/4" Cinch coils in my stash that worked perfectly with the albums.


Remember, you can always find all your favorite Graphic 45 products at Scrapbook.com. They carry all the Precious Memories collection, including the stamp sets.


Thanks for stopping in today. Have an awesome day!


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Graphic 45 Mon Amour Multi-Tag Mini Album

Hello everyone! There's a beautiful new Graphic 45 paper collection that you're sure to love. (No pun intended.) It's called "Mon Amour" and I've got a unique tag album to share with you over on the Graphic 45 blog today. I've used all three packs of the Graphic 45 black tag staples and lots of pretty May Arts ribbon. Mon Amour will be available soon, but wouldn't it be fun to WIN some of it?

Here's a peek below at a few pages, but be sure to hop over to their blog to watch my YouTube tutorial and to see all the gorgeous papers and accessories in this collection. Leave them a comment and let them know what you think and you could "win it before you buy it." Good luck!







If you're headed to the Paper Arts Show in the Chicago area, stop by the Graphic 45 booth and check out my album in person. It's always prettier in real life. If you do, make sure to come back and let me know what you thought of it. I'd love to hear.


Thanks for stopping in today. Have a wonderful day!



Saturday, July 18, 2015

Compendium of Curiosities #33 - Altered Surfaces


Happy Saturday! Welcome to another Compendium of Curiosities III Challenge. We're on #33, and if you're keeping track you've figured out we have one more to go and we've worked our way through the entire book! 

The Compendium of Curiosities III Challenge is hosted by our lovely hostess Linda Ledbetter on her blog. Each challenge comes from the wonderful book "A Compendium of Curiosities Vol. III" featuring amazing products and techniques by non-other than Tim Holtz. This week's challenge can be found on page 45 in the book and is called "Altered Surfaces."

Join us with your creation based on the featured technique and your project could win you an awesome prize pack from Tim and Mario and you also have a chance to win the random draw from our generous sponsor this time: Inspiration Emporium. All the details, rules and links are at the end of my post so be sure to keep reading all the way through.


I've been staring at a spot on my living room wall for some time now, thinking it needed something and decided it was more art! At the moment, there's one small burlap canvas (from the 6th Compendium of Curiosities Challenge) and the rest is blank. So I dug through my alterable pieces and found an 8" x 8" flat burlap panel. Perfect! Now to create. Let me take you through my process...



I began by mixing a few different Distress paints with texture paste and applying them to my canvas. First I spread a mixture with Scattered Straw then another with Broken China. I used the Latticework stencil on the topmost layer with Evergreen Bough. 



When the paint and texture paste dried, it was bit too pastel for my taste, so I spritzed the outer edges with Vintage Photo Distress Stain and the inner area with Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls spray. This is more my style!



Then for my altered surfaces, I chose lots of different metal Idea-ology pieces and applied several layers of paints, following the technique steps in the book. Fun-fun technique!



I've had these Letterpress Letters forever, waiting for the right project. The time is now! I love using words that speak to me in my art. 



I was inspired by this beautiful canvas by Richele Christenson. I loved how she used the "&" symbol for her "E" in Life.



For some contrast to my burlap panel colors, I colorized a Clipboard Clip and another metal foliage piece with Distress Paints like Wild Honey, Ripe Persimmon, Fired Brick and Antiqued Bronze.



Creativity, to me, feels like taking flight and soaring. So many places to explore and experiment. I die-cut and embossed a Layered Dragonfly and two Butterfly Duos. After inking the edges and surfaces with Vintage Photo, I spritzed with Perfect Pearls sprays. (Perfect Copper and Blue Patina).



I selected some Flashcards and started placing my elements on my canvas.



Then filled in the open spaces with some Elegant Flourishes die cuts and some leaves from the Autumn Gatherings die. These die cuts were cut from Kraft Core and sanded for a distressed look.



Here are a few close ups...






I haven't yet decided if I want to add some Glossy Accents to the letters or not. I will wait and see how I feel in a few days. 


Will you be joining us in the second-to-last challenge? I hope you will. It's a fun one that I'm sure you'll enjoy exploring. Thanks for stopping by today. Now go get painty!


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Do you have the fabulous Compendium of Curiosities Vol. III book by Tim Holtz? (the master of all things vintage and distressed.) If not, you can find one at your local craft store, scrapbook store, or you can get a signed copy by Tim himself by going here. 

You can find all the CC3 Challenge details and FAQs here.  The lovely Linda Ledbetter is our hostess of this fun series of challenges, and all you have to do to participate is create your project, and upload to her site. Be sure, though, to read through all the FAQs so you're eligible to win...

We're working our way through this fantastic book of techniques and tips, and challenging you to join in the fun. This round's challenge is sponsored by the great folks at Inspiration Emporium who have a fabulous gift voucher to give away to one lucky random winner. Also, the Curiosity Crew's Choice scores a giant prize pack of goodies straight from Tim and Mario!