My friend, Miho, and her daughter, Chinatsu, sent me a wonderful birthday package from Japan. It included a very interesting stuffed doll that has a pleather bra on but whose tag says, "Bubbleman". Not sure if it is an error in translation or just a new icon toy. Along with Bubbleman, they sent a package of the freshest green tea that I have ever seen. It is the color of grass and it tastes like heaven! What birthday package would be complete without jewels of some sort (especially a birthday that is so close to Valentine's day). I was gifted with a pink and clear crystal choker, earrings, and an additional pendant to add sparkle to my evening wear. I'm sure either Bubbleman or Devon will attempt to steal these away! Thank you, Miho and Chinatsu, for my wonderful birthday gifts! I love you!
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 die...it 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!
OK...so 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 thislink!