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Monday, July 28, 2014

CC3C #7 Painted Industrial you may have noticed that the previous post said CC3C #4 and this one is #7.  Where did #5 and #6 go?  Remember how I said that I was not going to purchase any additional supplies this year? Well, if I don't have everything I need to complete a challenge, then I skip it and hope I can participate in the next one.

So, Hurrah! I had everything I needed to complete this wonderful Painted Industrial challenge and I really love this technique.  In fact, I thought my soon-to-be 11 year old grandson would love it, too so my project is his birthday card.  He reads incessantly (and NOBODY is complaining about that!) so I thought he would enjoy a tag bookmark that matched the card.

I hope you enjoy this project. If you would like more information on the techniques we are working through, purchase Tim Holtz' latest book, Compendium of Curiosities III...he will even sign it for you if you buy though this link!

Each odd-numbered challenge is sponsored by Inspiration Emporium where they give a $50 gift certificate to a randomly selected entrant.  How wonderful is that?  And the winner of each challenge gets a box of goodies from Tim Holtz himself (more than likely mailed by his trusty side-kick Mario).

Here is my entry for Challenge #7:

Thanks for checking in!


Thursday, June 19, 2014

CC3C #4 Layered Stencils with Texture Paste

This challenge took more thought than actual time in completing the project.  As some of you may know, I suffer from neuropathy in my feet and I have a difficult time walking.  I'm always looking for shoes that are comfortable and that supply enough support.  I had a pair of clogs that I wore when I was going through Esthetics training...the typical 'nurses' shoe.  I know the saying goes that we can wear white after Memorial Day, but trust one should wear white clogs unless the occasion warrants it.

All this intro is leading to my project.  I decided to alter my clogs in a way that also fulfilled this week's challenge.  So, Ta Dah! On to the show!

Here are the original shoes.  Very white (and very large!) They are made of some type of poly material. 

Knowing that Distress Paints are not reactive with water once they are dry, I decided that would be the way to go to 'paint' my shoes.  Because my closet is full of varying shades of green and a whole lotta black, I decided to go with three shades that would bring a woodsy, nature look.

 I started with Walnut Stain Distress Paint.

 It took a couple of coats to get the desired coverage.

I used Forest Moss as my second color and Bundled Sage around the band at the top.

Finally, I added my embellishment...Which was this week's technique so I can't describe how I did it. If you are interested in following along with us on these challenges, you can purchase a signed copy of Tim Holtz' Compendium of Curiosities III here.

Behold! My newly designed pair of comfy shoes!

Thanks to Linda Ledbetter and all the Crew for this challenge and many, many thanks to the Funkie Junkie Boutique for sponsoring this challenge with a $25 gift certificate! And as always, Tim, Mario, and their gang for their ongoing awesomeness!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

CC3C #3

Here I am again with the third project in this challenge using a faux tea rose. We are not posting instructions on the techniques of the challenge in order to insure that people who want to learn buy Tim Holtz' fabulous book from where we get all our inspiration!

I skipped #2 because it used a product that I did not own and I have vowed to not purchase any more art supplies until I make a good dent in those that I already own.  However, this week's challenge is sponsored by Inspiration Emporium.  If I win the $50 gift certificate, I can buy enough new products to ensure I never have to skip a challenge again!

On to the Challenge!

Products used: Distress Ink pads in forest moss and frayed burlap, Distress Paints in bundled sage and picket fence, Ranger's Archival Ink in Jet Black, Ranger's Inkssentials Glossy Accents, My stash: 6X6 chipboard panel, hand-dyed paper, sage ribbon, quote stamp.

Painted chipboard with Bundled Sage distress paint, went over with picket fence to lighten, used glossy accents to attach a piece of my hand-dyed paper.

Went over the entire piece with frayed burlap DI (distress ink)

Added a quote stamp
Added my faux tea rose. Voila!
UPDATE: Congratulations to the winner of this biweekly challenge!  I'm really going to have to up my game if I expect to compete with this caliber of artist!
CCC3#3 Winner

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge

I finally stepped out in faith and decided to join an art challenge.  I've been struggling with my muse lately and evidently I am muse decided to step out of the picture and not let me beat her up anymore.

In an effort to regain my artistic desire, I am joining this challenge hosted by Linda Ledbetter of Studio L3. All of the challenges will be based on the 34 techniques from Tim Holtz's latest book, Compendium of Curiosities 3.

So, without further ado, here is my submission for the first challenge sponsored by Inspiration Emporioum.  The prize is a $50 gift certificate!  Even though I've vowed to not purchase any new supplies this year, I don't think I would have an ethical problem with spending a gift certificate.

Hope you follow along on this journey...I'm excited to be back in the studio after a long, dry, non-creative spell.

Marbled technique on canvas. Dimensional Paste wings.
Subtle marble technique on grunge board

Color Combo

Friday, April 25, 2014

Back to bloggin'...again!

In preparation for Linda Ledbetter's Compendium of Curiosities Vol 3 Challenge, I'm back to hittin' the blog site.  Never was much of a blogger, but I have to have some place to share pics of my challenge pieces.  Who knows...maybe this time writing on my blog will take!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Tattered Florals Challenge

I am doing something that I have never done before. I am actually submitting a piece of my art to an artists challenge.  I procrastinated and left it until almost the very last day, but I pulled it together even though I am 4000 miles away from home (and all my craft supplies) and I finished it!

The challenge was to use Tim Holtz' tattered florals was that simple...make something using the die.  I decided that my project would be to use the die on recyclables.  I chose two different Teavana tea packages, a Kleenex box, and an aluminum soda can. I used buttons for the centers and placed them on a recycled styrofoam ring covered with recycled ribbon.

So here, for your viewing pleasure is my first ever completed challenge!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Lack of money can be a great opportunity for Creativity

For 23 years I had a career that allowed me to live without having to worry about money.  I raised my kids as a single mother, provided all necessities and most non-essentials (don't let them tell you that I was always buying plants and compost instead of food...).

Since I retired last December, my income reduced by 2/3rds.  That is a significant decrease especially for someone who wants to pick and choose when or whether she works.

One thing this reduction in income has showed me is that I can be really creative when it comes to funding non-essential purchases.  For instance, my friend's birthday is coming soon and I would normally go out and drop a wad of money on something that she probably wouldn't use very often.  Instead, I'm putting together a myriad of gifts gathered and made which will cost me next to nothing.

A good place to start is with all those boxes of nick nacks that everyone has stashed away somewhere.  I have two large eaves in the upstairs of my house where I packed away boxes and boxes of things anticipating that I would trade them out as whim dictated.  Several years later, the same items are still packed away in the same boxes.  I guess that means I really didn't need them that badly.

Secondly, I consider myself quite artistic when it comes to certain talents.  Oh, I couldn't draw a portrait of anyone if my life depended on it (if you need confirmation, check out Miho Yagi's profile picture on Facebook, bless her heart).  However, I do some great things with bleach, ink, leaves, and something to print on be it material or paper.  I also own every scrapbooking supply known to (wo)mankind.  This makes it fun and easy to create gifts.

Thirdly, I love to cook!  This gave me the idea of cooking and freezing things that I know my friend wouldn't do for herself.  Wouldn't you just love to have several packages of pre-cooked lentils, rice, or beans in your freezer?  So easy to open and create a fast meal or toss into your reusable bag for a healthy lunch.

The fourth idea cost a little bit of money but it has a large impact.  I donated to a small business on in her name and had the donation acknowledgment sent to her.  I think this is such a great helps entrepreneurs realize their dreams and means so much more than the cost of the donation.  Please consider this when you are creating your holiday gift list. is another website and  every charity has gifting opportunities.

Just in case my friend looks at this blog, I won't add any photos of actual gifts until after her birthday.  Stay tuned for photos of just how creative I can be!