Thursday, October 13, 2011

Halloween Printer's Tray


What do you get when you combine a black 7-Gypsies printer's tray and all kinds of Tim Holtz Halloween goodies? Two full days of creative fun for me and a Sunday afternoon workshop for twelve friends.




I pulled out every Halloween Alterations die I owned (plus a few from my pal Patty - thank you) then grabbed a pack of the new Idea-ology Halloween Adornments, the new Halloween Muse Tokens, some new Halloween Kraft Resist paper, some Seasonal Paper and a some Texture Fades, and some Kraft Core Resist cardstock and got rolling. Oh, and let's not forget a few Stamper's Anonymous Halloween stamp sets. (no wonder my credit card bill was outrageous last month.)



Here's a quick close-up of each of the six displays in the tray.
















(Love these new Idea-ology Halloween Adornments!)



By the way, my 13-year-old thinks this isn't my best work and it looks childish. 


It's amazing how her opinion affects me. 


I got over it (not as quickly as I would have liked) but it got me thinking. As creatives, we truly expose ourselves when sharing our art. Unless of course we never show it to anyone. (That's just a shame.) But we've got to remember WHY we do what we do. Why we create the things we do and how it makes us feel. 

Recently Linda Ledbetter at StudioL3 wrote quite an eloquent thank-you letter to Tim Holtz on her blog following the crafting cruise. I was so touched by her words and her feelings about being rejected by her art teacher as a young girl and after giving up out of embarrassment how she discovered a few years later that her artistic dream was not lost, only dormant. It was then she wandered into a craft store and discovered the magic of Tim Holtz. 

Well, I can't even begin to express it like she can, so I encourage you to go to her blog at this link and read her letter. I don't want to re-post it here and take away from the honor she deserves. Just trust me when I say that it speaks volumes and will touch each and every one of you, no matter on what artistic level you believe you are. And you'll be glad you read it. I know I was.

Thank you Linda.

18 comments:

  1. I love this project because it shows a level of diversity in art.....and I love the owl face in the moon! The letter was nice, thanks for sharing! Really great idea for a workshop and wish I was closer so I could have enjoyed this one too! By the way, you were spot on with it.....because Halloween is for the child in us!

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  2. Well, Halloween is fun, colorful and whimsical which is what you captured here with this project. Love it!

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  3. I love your project, you captured more than Halloween, you captured art itself. You have some wonderful talent! Thank you for posting the link to the letter!

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  4. You did a fantastic job on this!!! What do 13 year old know anyway? LOL

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  5. LOVE this tray, Annette!! Very, very cool!
    As for your 13-year-old's opinion .. someday, he/she will grow into appreciating your creativity - promise!

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  6. I think your project is great!!!!
    Thanks for sharing it with us!

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  7. It's a wonderful tray and you've used all those yummy products and made them shine. I have one of those 13 y/o beings here as well. Ohhhhmmmmm. (And yes, I too was very touched by Linda's heartfelt letter.)

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  8. Um, ok...coming from a person who likes the candy and costumes of Halloween, but has never gotten into decorating, card-making, etc., HOLY CRAP! Your tray is totally changing my mind...and you can tell the 13 y/o I said so!! This is one of the ones I wish I could see in person! So keep on sharing! And I also was totally touched by Linda's letter.

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  9. Fantastic! Love all the details! This is something I could do! Definitely pinning it to pinterest! Thanks!!!

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  10. Oh, I love this, Annette. All of it works so well together. Another Halloween masterpiece !!

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  11. Fabulous feast of all things Tim and Halloween - just brilliant and bursting with colour and detail!

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  12. Thanks for the Linda tribute. I felt the same way. Sorry your daughter burst your bubble but don' be surprised if you here the "childish " word a lot while she is 13. Your project is brilliant and looks like such a fun piece to have around for Halloween..cheers..Donna

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  13. Well I can see how much fun this had to be for all! Fabulous tray and I love them all! The witches eyes are so darn spooky!

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  14. Wow, that's such a wonderful Halloween tray and really inspiring.

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  15. You've got a tough critic in the household there! LOL I think this is a fabulous project. Love all the embellies and crafting!

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  16. Love this Annette!! your creativity is amazing!! Had so much fun on Friday!!

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  17. I am so glad this was reposted on FB. I missed it the first go round. It's a great piece of art and truly a Tim inspired piece. Also, I loved what you had to say about Linda and her heartfelt letter. We've all come a long way, haven't we? ❤️

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