Monday, January 31, 2011

Altered Metal with Paint: A Studio L3 Compendium Challenge (with Gingersnaps)

Welcome to this week's Studio L3 Compendium challenge.

I finally followed the directions and did exactly what Tim described on page 48 for the Altered Metal with Paint technique. I even used a "sanctioned" Holtz piece -- and some, ahm, cheaper than you could believe star charms that were most definitely not Holtz.

Still, let's all be honest: Once you've learned some of our Mr. Holtz's better than life techniques ... even the cheapest crap looks fantastic!

That's what he gets for sharing.

Again though I did stick to the instructions using mostly the recommended products, and  I could not be happier with the result.

One thing I am sort of cheating on this week is the combination of challenges. I know, I know everyone does it.

So, for hardly the first time in my life I'm saying ... if it's good enough for them ... it's good enough for me ... which brings us to this: Welcome to my Gingersnaps' color challenge piece!

I always want to particpate in the Gingersnaps challenges, but can't find the time. I'm not going to mess around anymore. If I can combine a challenge or two, and I haven't been admonished not to do so by a particular challenging blog, I'm going to mix and match and bring 'em together.

How else does everyone do it all? They don't, that's how.

One more note before I go: The background for the embossed "Wish" sentiment in the ornate plate is beautiful, in my opinion, with spots and blotches and dots of color from Adirondack color wash.

Color wash is excellent stuff and my first ever foray into the Holtz/Adirondack/distress art that was not  prompted by a challenge or instruction.

I'm sure that what you're now thinking to yourself is "What?" "She creates like an expert!" "How is this possible?" "She's been showing off and blogging for ... how long has it been ..."

Which is the very final mention I have: Look out for upcoming events during this week that might include a blogaversary at the very place you are right now!

24 comments:

  1. ROTFLMAO!! CB can I quote you?? "Once you've learned some of our Mr. Holtz's better than life techniques ... even the cheapest crap looks fantastic!"
    When I read that line I was drinking some wine (surprise, surprise) and just about spewed it onto the puter!! You're hilarious girl!

    Now I must say this piece is beautiful and you have payed a great hommage to this technique! Love the sentiment too! I don't recognize it? Is that another CB original quote too? :D

    I totally understand the challenges thing, you want to do them all but can't. Then again sleep is SOOOO overrated!

    Hugs

    ~Spike

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  2. What a delightfully sweet card :D

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  3. Beautiful card and I love the sentiment also.
    Have a great day.
    Hugs,
    Marie

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  4. I totally believe that it is never the stuff - that make the art -but the artist abilities and ideas. So who cares if the budget doesn't allow for all the high priced accessories use what you like. Art is always better if it doesn't put you in bankruptcy court to make it.

    So what I'm trying to say is I think this is a super great piece.

    Hugs,
    Penny

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  5. Ohh wow that is such a cute saying and i adore your piece my friend, its magical
    also i just wanted to let you know i have a free shabby chic collage sheet for today only, please feel free to pop by and grab it while its there.
    have a lovely day
    hugs June x

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  6. LOVE it!!! as well as your monologue!

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  7. Love this!!!! The metal looks fabulous and the quote is sooo cool!!!

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  8. Gorgeous creation! Love it! Thanks for playing the Gingersnap Creations Coffee and Cream Challenge!

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  9. Oh I love the little stars ans the altered metal. The whole idea of staging a cute phrase is also very charming. Bravo!

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  10. Its super reading your posts, Love your card and the words. xx

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  11. LOL! Another side splitter, and might I add, your piece is fantastic! Love the colors, and that "cheap crap" looks awesome!

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  12. Absolutely gorgeous artwork!! Truly enjoyed reading all about it! LOVE the dangling stars!! :)

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  13. Absolutely lovely! Great quote! x

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  14. Love the saying! It's OK to cheat a little sometimes, we all do it! And yes crap, and scrap can look good! I used a pop can this week! lol
    Pam

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  15. Am here with two hats on..first as a C&C entrant sort of person.....and I am adoring your design and your altered painted metal, and loving your quotes.... and secondly my Gingersnap Hat where all the above applies as well....lol Thank you for sharing your Coffee and Cream with Gingersnaps. Annette x

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  16. Love your dangling stars, what a great touch to a great piece.

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  17. Wonderful art! I love the quote and the backgrounds and the metal including the stars. I have followed the belief that" cheap crap" can be made to look wonderful and sometimes it even works. You should write a book - we would all buy it and read it over and over.

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  18. Hey Tracy your so right, we all have to combine challenges, or we would never get anything done! Your CCC/Gingersnap Creations is Fab by the way. I bet if you look around you might find another challenge or two to enter it in!LOL
    Hugs Lynn

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  19. Great piece. Love the metalwork.

    Marilyn

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  20. WOW!! What a gorgeous card!! Beautiful!! =)
    Hugs, SannaS

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  21. Beautiful piece and the best challenges are ones to ourselves and those great accidents we achieve- love that background paper behind the Wish. And those cheapo stars-perfect!

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  22. Too Funny! Sorta fits in with my Mom's adage, after dump-picking (could do that in the old days in NH) slap a new coat of paint, and it will look like I paid thousand bucks! I love the sentimentand the plate and stars. And gratz on fitting in 2 challenges! Why do we feel like we're cheating???

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  23. CB, this is a heart-stealer! What a magnificent card, girl. I LOVE the text-- LOVE IT! The painted metal looks awesome, and the sweet little stars are perfection. I love this and want to hang it on my wall.

    Isn't Colorwash the BOMB?? I love that stuff. Try it on silk-- you'll be smitten.

    You're ALWAYS welcome to combine my challenges with any you'd like-- the more the merrier, as far as I'm concerned. Oh, and happy almost bloggiversary, too-- can't wait to see what you're plotting!

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  24. I love this and your "Wish" plate is like so fabulous! Perfectly amazing card and it is not at all cheating to combine challenges! In fact the more challenges you can combine in one piece, the better a creative mind you have!

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