Monday, November 1, 2010

Industrial grunge: A Studio L3 Compendium challenge

Maybe it's only the addition of the rosette die to my repertoire of possibilities, or perhaps my juices are still flowing after finishing last week's challenge only yesterday.

Either way, I once again peeked very early at Linda's Compendium of Curiosities challenge and was inspired after work to leave a pile of dirty dishes in the kitchen so that I could hide in the craft room with page 54 of Tim's book -- and the new rosette die, of course.

This also means that My Guy got a little gift, too.

You see, when I say "T.I.M." at a craft store, My Guy would like to have a word or two with our Zen master of grunge. But, when I mention that same name here at home: There are no jealous rages. No upset scowls or even frustrated lonely sighs. No. Here at home "T.I.M." translates to "Holy crap! She's going to leave me alone for HOURS! Woohoo!"

Anyhow, it has been more than six hours since I began playing with Mod Podge and alder boards meant for smoking and grunge pieces and inky goodness and crackly stuff.

And this is what I have to show for it: A sort of vintage, circus, aged poster. Thing. I really like it ... except ...

I'm not going to complain *again* about how the flash always creates annoying shine and crackle doesn't show up at all and the multiple ink colors are slightly off and the metallic-look bits are washed out. Whew. I'm so proud of myself for not complaining.

... all of you kind readers should know that this challenge has been one of my favorites. Obviously I got to play with the rosette die some more, but truly this week's challenge technique is going to be something all of us will use again and again.

It's easy and beautiful and your friends will be very impressed with the cool: Plus, if you attempt it, you can join in Linda's challenge by Sunday 8 p.m. Mountain Time.

20 comments:

  1. Wow!! Awesome piece!! You really went all out and the result was so worth it! Lucky you...my guy eiter sighs or grimaces, then starts singing "all alone again" when I mention "T.I.M." LOL!

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  2. I really have to get that rosette die! From your flowers to that totally fabby image, this rocks big time! I can see the crackle, but I know what you mean about things not showing that you want or colors being just slightly distorted! Just once I would like a picture to look like what I think I am taking. My DH takes a picture of me and I see wrinkles, how does the camera do that?

    Before I forget, duh, the star came in a nice little pack with also a Northern star from Darice at Michael's. I just bought it a couple of weeks ago and if they still have more, I will pick up a package for you.

    Have fun and keep those stories coming!

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  3. Wow~ This is a major piece! I'm so impressed. Thanks for visiting my blog ...and yes, I remember Burl Ives and "Silver and Gold." Just had to be reminded. ;-)

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  4. Wow, its awesome, love that die, wonder when I will find that over here in the U.K. Love your lady musician

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  5. Your card is great - love the rosettes! I could see your crackle finish beautifully when I clicked to enlarge the picture.

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  6. This is great! love what you have done and of course the rosettes are fab!

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  7. Hey there by blogging friend, I did pick up a pack of the stars for you. They did not have very many left, so send me an e-mail with your address and I will send them off to you. No need to post this one. Oh I think I have a link to my e-mail, but here it is: stalways@verizon.net

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  8. This is a very lovely piece. good work

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  9. Fabulous work loving the vintage feel you have really captured something special here. Don't be hard on yourself those perfect pictures we see don't tell the whole story they must have been heaps that got binned and a photographer who took reels of pictures just trying for the perfect one LOL xx Zoe

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  10. Hey girl, look at you GO with those rosettes! They look spectacular, especially adorning your fantabulous card. The industrial grunge is SO cool, and that image makes me very, very happy. Marguerite reminds me of someone-- Jackie Gleason? (Sorry, Marguerite... just sayin'...).

    I see the crackle when I enlarge the photo, and it looks great! I love the grungeboard hinges, too. The whole design is really well thought-out.

    My guy has a similar response to the mention of Tim's name. There's the fear, I suppose, of a mortgage payment being diverted into craft supplies, but really, that probably wouldn't happen.

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  11. Lovin' those rosettes . . . can't wait to get my Vagabond. Did you know I've never bought a die-cutting machine before?! Nope . . . I think I've been waiting on Tim's! LOL

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  12. I love what you have created! I got my rosette die yesterday and I already understand the addiction. The image you used is very cool and the hinges work so well. My guy has finally figured out that I am busy Mondays and probably Tuesdays.

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  13. Brilliant piece! That image is fab!

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  14. Woo Hoo, you really crackled this one, its brilliant, yep ALL of it. The rosettes are to die for, oops sorry that wasn't mean't as a pun....and I adore your fab image as well. Perfect grunging...Hugs Annette x

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  15. Fabulous and fun! What a fantastic piece. ;)

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  16. Very cool piece! I think we are all loving the rosette die!!

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  17. Oh WOW!! What a brilliant piece of art!! Love it!! =)
    Hugs, SannaS

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  18. This is so cool. I am loving my rosette die.

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  19. I see crackle and multiple colors of ink, really, I'm not just saying... love it. I've got to fire up my rosette die!

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