Saturday, March 28, 2015

Compendium of Curiosities Challenge 25 - Frameworks

Sorry if it seems I've gone missing here on the blog. I've got projects on all four burners but can't share a thing just yet. And this Sunday is my big Birthday Bash Card Workshop, so prepping for that has gone on for a week now. Cutting paper every day till I can't stand up anymore. Fun? Not exactly. But the end result is always fun, so I'm looking forward to that for sure.



I'm happy it's another Compendium of Curiosities Challenge today. I learn so much every time I do one of these challenges. I hope YOU are joining along too. The current challenge is "Frameworks" and can be found on page 64 in the book A Compendium of Curiosities Vol. III.


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: Inspiration Emporium. That's a whopping $50 gift certificate! All the details, rules and links are at the end of my post so be sure to keep reading all the way through.


My creation this time is a tag with a French twist, and features the Courtyard frameworks die, which I acquired as a gift from Tim and Mario. How nice was that? They were kind enough to send a package to each of the Compendium Crew a few months back to help us out a bit. So generous!!



Let me take you through my steps. I began with a regular manila tag and dipped it into Distress Stains on my non-stick craft sheet. I used the new Mermaid Lagoon, Broken China and Cracked Pistachio.



I swirled some Bundled Sage Distress Ink into the open areas, then inked my outer edges with Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain (my favorite 1-2 punch). A final spritz-and-flick with water and then I heat set it.



I don't know how the spritz-and-flick trick never ceases to amaze me. Just so cool.



I created a stencil from the Courtyard frameworks die from a piece of Mask Sheet and swirled some Mermaid Lagoon onto my tag through it. 



From the Paris Memoir stamp set, I stamped several images with Black archival ink.



I grabbed an old favorite paper collection "Lost & Found" and cut out a clock face. From the floral paper, I die cut the frameworks die again, popping out the center pieces and adhered the frames to my tag in different areas.



After coloring the Industrious Sticker border with alcohol inks, I adhered it across the bottom of the tag.



I used the Adirondack pen with Red Pepper and Mushroom alcohol inks.



From the Expedition ephemera pack, I cut apart Special Delivery and adhered it over the clock, then cut apart the April calendar from Lost & Found and, after crinkling it up a bit and inking the edges, adhered it to the lower right of the tag.



After coloring some crinkle ribbon with Wild Honey and Mustard Seed Distress Stains, I inserted a Wire Pin through the knot and attached an Eiffel Tower charm from the craft store. I painted the fleur-de-lis charm from the Adornments pack with Abandoned Coral and Festive Berries Distress Paints. Once the paint was dry, I tapped some Mushroom alcohol ink over the top, then finished it off with some Glossy Accents.



The arrow has been colored with alcohol inks as well.



Finally, I added Pour Vous (For You) to the bottom of my tag with Label Letters.



Here's a look at my tag again. Now it's YOUR turn. Grab your favorite frameworks die and try something fun!


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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!


And don't forget, you can find many of these great products I've used today at Inspiration Emporium's online store


38 comments:

  1. Fabulous tag Annette! Love how you've used the die cut as a stencil. Sue C x

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  2. Beautiful tag, Annette! My Mermaid Lagoon inks are paid for and waiting for me to pick them up at Whim So Doodle! Hopefully one day next week I can get down there to get them.

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  3. Brilliant tag! Love the colour choices and the combination of the stenciling and actual frameworks themselves!

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  4. Gorgeous, Snnette! You are so clever to mask the frameworks in your background and then use the multi colored die cut in your design. What a fabulous tag! I love every bit of it. Great tutorial, too!!

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  5. Oh my, that Mermaid Lagoon is a fabulous colour!! I love the colour tones on your tag and those pops of red here and there are amazing! Hope the Big Birthday Bash Card Workshop goes well tomorrow! Anne x

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  6. Oh you girls always leave me giddy and speechless on CC3 Saturdays! This tag is amazing... love the mermaid lagoon background; all that fabulous work... love the stamping too... and the industrial trim work ... such cool touch !

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  7. This is so pretty! I love watching how you create it step by step. Love the colors in your background and how you created your mask. You bring everything together perfectly with the stamping,layers of ephemera and framework diecut.

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  8. Ooooo La La, Annette! This tag is soooo fun! I'm always looking for new ways to use fleur de lis images and embellies for a family member who loves them, and this tag is a fab design idea! I love spritz & flick, too! I can't seem to make anything without it :) Happy Saturday!! Happy CC3 #25!! XOXO-Shari

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  9. I love how simple this tag is: It's simply BEAUTIFUL!!! And, you've reminded me of a few techniques I've been forgetting to use, & how simple they still are!!!

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  10. Annette this is just downright gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!! I Love every element to this tag... so beautiful....
    Hugs,
    Jo
    xox

    P.S. would you like to be my April Guest designer on my blog? Let me know, would love to have you.

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  11. Very elegant background, it suits very well with French air of the tag!

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  12. Wow! That's gorgeous! I love how you used the frameworks! :)

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  13. Using the framework as a stencil is genius, and so effective...love the result! Gorgeous colors, and love the arrow! Gorgeous tag! Been voting for your baby....hope she soars!!!

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  14. Gorgeous colours on this one, I'm loving the new mermaid lagoon. Great work using the die cuts as a stencil and using the die cut on the tag. Tres Jolie!

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  15. I never thought to cut an actual stencil - I just used a scrap framework cut that I made to get the centers. A real stencil would last a lot longer, I think!

    Paris --- seems to be in the air! I really like how you used Memoirs!

    And that color: I am eagerly awaiting my order of Mermaid Lagoon...

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  16. Yummy, yummy, yummy!!! The colors make me think of Easter. So springlike.

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  17. ooo I love the wonderful colors and layers! So gorgeous Annette! The die is wonderful, really want to add that one to the collection! Thanks so much!~kim

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  18. This tag is so amazing and full of details that make it special! I would never stop watching it.

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  19. Wow, what a fabulous idea to make a stencil from the die! THANK YOU so much for this; my dies all just got even more valuable! Beautiful tag, and I love the French theme. Can't wait to see what else you've been working on.

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  20. Love, love your tag! I can say only this, i love absolutely everything, colors, use of dies, details, border... Great inspiration!!! thanks for sharing with us! Happy easter BArbarayaya

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  21. Man oh man, these colors are GORGEOUS. Love the mix of metal too.

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  22. love the colors and the fact that you used the framework as a stencil.
    Beautiful!

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  23. Love that you made a stencil of the die. Going to do that with mine now. Love your tag!!!! Great placement using the framework die.

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  24. The frameworks stencil with the frameworks die cut is gorgeous, Annette! I love the dimension you created. Gorgeous tag and colors!

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  25. Beautiful colors and stampings on this wonderful tag!

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  26. Love this tag, Annette! Can't wait to get my hands on the Mermaid Lagoon! Great idea to create a mask with the Courtyard die too! It was so clever to add the alcohol inks as well. Lots of techniques!

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  27. Wow this tag is full of little details. The alcohol ink on the industrial sticker, the mask, all your great texture. And of course the spritz and flick!! Awesome tag!!

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  28. The colors on here are so divine. It looks so regal and elegant.

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  29. Such a lovely tag. The colors blend so well together and I love how you used the Courtyard Frameworks die for a stencil as well as a die-cut embellishment.

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  30. Brilliant Annette - love the combination of the stencilling and added frameworks, Nikki x

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  31. Your tag is stunning, Annette! What a clever idea to use the die cut as a stencil! Love the colors, textures and all the details there! Awesome!
    Branka xxx

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  32. Wonderful tag. I think creating a stencil from your Frameworks die is pure genius!

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  33. Cool tag. Love that you made a stencil from the frameworks. *is that mermaids lagoon the best color ever!!!

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  34. This is simply beautiful Annette!

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  35. I'm truly gobsmacked! Love the vibrancy and the crisp images on this tag! Very impressive! Wow!

    Claudia x

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  36. Wow, Annette! You had me at the background! But this tag in it's entirety is just FAB-U-LOUS !!! I love what you've done with the Industrious sticker at the bottom--very cool!

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  37. Your projects are always a treat Annette! Love the French theme on your awesome tag.

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