Saturday, August 30, 2014

Compendium Challenge #10 - Assemblage Clock


Yes! It's time again for another great Compendium of Curiosities Vol. III Challenge! Challenge #10 is entitled Assemblage Clock and can be found of page 33 of this great book. To find out all about the CC3 Challenges and how to join in AND how to get your own copy of this fantastic technique book by Tim Holtz, keep reading to the end of this post. 


You've heard of Tim's great Idea-ology line of course, but have you ever altered one of his Assemblage Clocks? Check out my Christmas decor piece below. The possibilities are endless!



That Old World Santa in there has a special place in my heart. I have always loved this stamp ever since the old days of "Tim's 12 Tags of Christmas." Remember those? That's really when I first discovered Tim and all the wonderful products he used. Well, Tim used this Santa stamp on one of his tags and I loved it so much I raced to order it and I swear I use it every single year on something or another. It has to be my all-time favorite holiday stamp.



So back to the clock. I knew I wanted it to be red, so I first hit it with two coats of gesso. I put painter's tape across the glass front so I didn't have to bother taking the glass out. Not hard to do, just tedious.



I painted two coats of red craft paint.



I wanted to add some gold touches and didn't have any gilder's paste, so I went through my stash and found some Vintaj Victorian Gold Patina and Glaze. I mixed up a puddle of each on my non-stick craft sheet and then brushed here and there to add some accents. The glaze extended the drying time so I could spread and smudge the patina where I wanted it, sometimes using my finger. After it was dry, I sprayed a light coat of satin sealer over the whole thing.



Here's just a peek at the inside elements so you can see them better. Don't you love that Santa? He's so sweet looking.



I filled the inside with a small Christmas tree and tiny ornaments, then attached some adornments to the outside as well.



A holiday word band, mirrored star and some colored seam binding accent the lower portion of my clock's exterior.



More mirrored stars and a plaquette adorn the upper right.



Here's another look at the finished clock.



For more inspiration be sure to visit all the Curiosity Crew blogs. These girls are fabulous!
Here's another idea for the assemblage clock I made last year that really keeps time. I still have it in my craft room as my main timekeeper right above my work table. You can view how it was made here.


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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 Funky Junky 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!

Now get your Compendium of Curiosities Vol. III book out, turn to page 33 and get creating with this fun challenge!


Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Eerie Tale Birdhouse Video - in case you missed it

Just in case you didn't catch it on the Papercrafters Library blog last week (there were some issues) I'm sharing my "An Eerie Tale" spooky birdhouse today on my blog.

What a fun Halloween home decor piece this makes. I love birdhouses and really enjoyed making this one. Check out how I made it here then let me know what you think.


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Papercrafters Library Feature - An Eerie Tale Birdhouse

Hello and happy Wednesday everyone! I'm excited to share a new project I just completed with the new Graphic 45 "An Eerie Tale" collection. I'm featured today on the Papercrafters Library blog with all kinds of photos and a video tutorial on how I created this fun home decor piece. Be sure to hop over there and check it out. They have a nice prize giveaway over there too, so leave a comment and you'll be entered to win.

Here's a quick peek at my Eerie Tale Birdhouse...




Saturday, August 16, 2014

Compendium Challenge 9 Stamps & Framelits

I'm always so excited for the reveal of a new Compendium of Curiosities Challenge! Challenge #9 is Stamps and Framelits and can be found on page 63 in the Compendium of Curiosities Volume III book. You can check out all the details about this great challenge at the end of my post.


Meanwhile, I decided on a pop-up card for this challenge using Sizzix Pop-n-Cuts dies.


The card measures 5" x 5" and features the "French Flight" Sizzix Framelits set. The "technique" is shown here on the front. I'm still a big fan of the old Vintage Shabby paper stash and knew it would be the perfect choice and blue for this theme.



With the exception of the pop of red inside, the overall color scheme is blues with touches of black. I think it's rather French indeed.



To really get the most out of this great framelits set, I went beyond the technique and tried a few things I'd like to share with you. First, rather than adhere the "technique" butterflies right to the card front, I thought I'd cut out the same butterfly shapes from my background paper. I saved the cut-out pieces for the inside of my card. Then I adhered the background paper to my black cardstock base.



The black cardstock base shows through, giving it a bit of drama. I bent and curved the wings to my butterflies and adhered them to the black spaces. 



I cut the Eiffel Tower twice: once after stamping onto some of the blue Vintage Shabby paper and once from black card stock which serves as a sort of drop shadow. I popped it up with foam tape then added the fragment, letters and charm.



I grabbed some Botanical Remnant Rubs and cut apart some small pieces.



And rubbed them onto the butterflies for the inside.



The diamond pattern will be the perfect place to write a personal message.


Okay, now it's YOUR turn. The hardest part is deciding which Framelits set to use!


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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!





Friday, August 15, 2014

Altered Botanical Picture Frame

Good Friday morning all, I hope this day finds you well. My Altered Botanical Picture Frame project is officially on the Ranger Blog, so if you've been waiting and wondering how to make one yourself, simply hop over there and check it out. I've supplied a full tutorial and supply list there. Lots of great Ranger products that we all know and love.

Thanks for stopping in today, and be sure to pop in tomorrow when the next Compendium of Curiosities Challenge goes live!





Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Graphic 45's New "Time To Celebrate"

"Time to Celebrate" is the name of one of the newest collections from Graphic 45. What a great line this will be for ALL occasions. From birthdays and weddings to babies and graduates. This is such a versatile collection!

I'm featured on the Graphic 45 blog today alongside the talented Ginger Ropp as we share our creations with this new collection. Ginger created a gorgeous heritage mini album. Wait until you see it! It's incredible. I created a layered, fussy cut 5 x 7 card.

Here's a peek at my card. Be sure to hop over there and check out more close-ups, Ginger's creation, and the link to the entire "Time To Celebrate" collection. You'll love its versatility!




The cut-aparts make it so easy to create a formal invitation like this.



Although there is a dark cloud over the world today with the sad news of Robin William' death, I hope you're having a great day nonetheless. Thank you for stopping in to see me.



Friday, August 8, 2014

Celebrate this Friday with some Card Making

Today is a great day to be inspired. Just check out the Graphic 45 blog  to see what I mean. Plenty of inspiration for beautiful cards using gorgeous G45 papers and embellishments, of course.

Romy and I share our Botanical Tea creations and Ginny shows us how to make a sweet baby card with Mother Goose. You've simply got to check them out.

Here's a look at my card. Be sure to hop over to the G45 and leave a comment so you can be eligible to win their fabulous prize giveaway! Thanks for stopping here today. Have a great weekend.



Monday, August 4, 2014

Seaside Summer Mini Album

Good Monday morning all. The house is quiet as hubby is off to work, teenager is of course still asleep and sweet Suki is tucked quietly under my desk as I type this.



I have a fun and easy mini album I'll be teaching later this month, and also offering a take-home kit if you can't attend. (see details below)

The mini features some great new Close To My Heart products from the new Annual Inspirations Idea Book which is now LIVE online at this link or you can contact your local CTMH consultant for your own copy. You'll notice, if you go to the link, that you now have the option to download a PDF of the Idea Book so you have your own copy at your desktop at all times without having to go on the internet. Now that's handy!


The Seaside Summer Mini Album measures 4" x 8" and features the new Seaside paper packet, coordinating stickers and metal assortment, plus some stamping and added embellishment. The inside pages cascade from shorter to longer pages which come from the Cricut Artiste cartridge. 


Class Details
Sunday, August 24th
2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
$25
(Email to RSVP and I'll send you a supply list. AnnetteGreen@me.com)


KITS Available
Pre-stamped, pre-cut, everything included, step-by-step directions with photos. $25 plus shipping charges.
(Email me your contact info and I'll PayPal invoice you once I figure the shipping to your address. AnnetteGreen@me.com) Kits will ship on Monday, August 25th.



Thanks for popping in today. Hope you are enjoying your Monday so far!


Saturday, August 2, 2014

Compendium of Curiosities III #8 - Faded Layers

Challenge #8 for the Compendium of Curiosities III book is another amazingly simply technique with really cool results. It's called "Faded Layers" and you can find it on page 58 of your CC3 book. I LOVE this one, because of the WOW factor when you lift the stencil. (and that's all I'll say about the technique.)

Please read through to the end of my post for all the details on this fun challenge, how you can enter, how you can get a signed copy of the book from Tim Holtz himself, and how you can WIN prizes by participating.

My project for this challenge is a Halloween card. I know it's early for Halloween for some of you, but it's NEVER too early for me. And once I saw the new Stampers Anonymous releases for the season, I placed my order as fast as lightning!


My 5" x 7" card has a black base, purple background, then all kinds of layers of goodies on top. Let me take you through it.



Here's my take on the Faded Layers technique, featuring the new Gothic stencil from Stampers Anonymous. It gets covered up so much on the card, I just had to show it to you by itself. So cool!



For my paper layers, I selected Tim's Laboratorie Paper Stash and added some Distress Stain to pull the colors together.



A poison label is a must on a Halloween project, don't you agree? This is also cut from the same paper stash.



Using the Gothic Boo Sizzix Alterations die, I cut the 31 twice and layered them together. 
(You'll see later.)



I stamped two different sized pumpkins (the small one is from the new Mini Halloween 4 set, and the larger one is from the Carved Halloween set) When I saw those awesome samples from this entry on Tim's blog, I knew I had to get BOTH of these great sets!



Okay, I'm definitely not an expert when it comes to marker coloring, but I kinda know what I'm doing, I think. So I thought I'd share how I went about coloring my pumpkins. I started with Spiced Marmalade here.



Then most of the remainder of the pumpkins were colored with Ripe Persimmon.



When I went for my Rusty Hinge marker to do my next step, I found that it was starting to dry out.



So I grabbed my Ink Refresher spray and gave the felt tip of my marker a few spritzes and it came right back to life!



Now I was able to fill in the rest of the pumpkins with refreshed Rusty Hinge.



For the eyes, nose, mouth and stem I used Wild Honey.



And to finish them off, I added Vintage Photo on the stem and added a few touches under the eyes, nose and mouth.



When I assembled the card, I stacked the small guy on top of the larger one.



From Kraft Core cardstock, I cut some leaves and sprigs from the Sizzix Alterations die "Festive Greenery." Yes, it's intended more for Christmas (holly and such), but I think these make great, creepy Halloween leaves.



There's the layered 31 popped up with foam tape with a few more leaves coming out from behind the numbers. A seasonal Chit-Chat sticker warns you as Halloween approaches.


I hope you liked the tutorial, and I hope you're having fun with these challenges. Try this one out and get that WOW factor. You'll love it!


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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 Funky Junky 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!

Now get your Compendium of Curiosities Vol. III book out, turn to page 58 and get creating with this fun challenge!