Saturday, June 30, 2012

CC2C Nos. 11 and 12: Configurations

Challenge: The StudioL3 Compendium of Curiosities volume II Challenge, technique 11 and 12

Technique: Configurations part 1 and 2, pages 33 and 34

Sponsor: Mario!

Main products used for this project: Configurations box, foundations box feet, color wash, distress crackle paint, clear embossing powder, snow white paint dabber, and little bits of nearly everything else in my craft room.

Project observations: Check out A Compendium of Curiosities volume II and you'll see that once again I meandered away from Tim's instructions.

Only a few of my configurations compartments are papered, and the remainder are painted, spritzed, glittered and crackled. Also, the exterior of my creation is finished using Tim's rusted enamel technique found on page 41 of his first Compendium.

So, I'm sure you're wondering how I finished this project in just 24 hours.

I didn't.

This one consumed minutes and hours here and there since I received the second Compendium a couple of months ago. It has been finished for a couple of weeks, but I'd decided to save it's unveiling for this challenge!

The box was so fun to make that I'm now putting together another ... maybe I'll have a second one to post before Linda's July 12 deadline!

Thank you for dropping by and let me know if you have questions about any of my configurations compartments!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Pagan wedding card

A coworker recently wed her love in a Pagan ceremony that took place on a California beach.

She's a wonderful woman -- smart and funny and grounded -- for whom I wanted to make a special card that would be meaningful to her beliefs and her particular ceremony.

An evening bonfire event, her wedding also included a hand fasting and broom jumping, so I began with a simple pedestal card in dark Kraft stock.

I coated the pedestal base and the "cover" base in peeled paint (green) distress emboss powder, which I then rubbed until the texture was softened, like beach sand.

The embellishments are a broom made of wheat stalk from our back yard, shells off of broken necklaces and a wisp of shimmery blue fiber.

Finally, I added the sentiment "Once Upon a Time" to the pedestal base because this obviously brings to mind the perfect ending to all weddings: Happily Ever After.

Show off your shrine

The Masonite shrine kits at Alpha Stamps have had me drooling for some time, so you can imagine how thrilled I was when I simultaneously found myself with a few bucks to spend on crafts and a new-to-me coffin shrine charm for sale at Alpha Stamps!

My original idea included one or two flowers dipped into UTEE: You should be looking at a dark, New Orleans style coffin and fence and dark flowers with dripping moss.

As usual though the difference between what I think a size means and the actual size resulted in me purchasing flowers that, while small, are not nearly tiny enough to squeeze into one of these coffin shrine charms.

This flower issue nixed my original idea, but drove me to this completed project that includes a shrinky skull drawn by My Guy (but I carefully trimmed and shrunk it -- aren't you impressed?).

The gold elements on the coffin are bits of Dresden border, also from Alpha Stamps, and the green moss is real moss that came home on our Christmas Tree!

The moss element is cooler still because this fun wearable art is made for a friend who also is the person we join every year for Christmas Tree hunting and for Halloween celebrating!

CC2C No. 10: Tissue wrap flower

Challenge: The StudioL3 Compendium of Curiosities volume II Challenge, technique 10

Technique: Tissue wrap flower, page 37

Sponsor: The Funkie Junkie Boutique

Main products used for this project: Tissue wrap, manila tag, black soot distress ink, perfect medium, enamelware embossing powder, StazOn opaque snow white and color wash.

Project observations: Tissue wrap flowers = yay! Simple, beautiful and unique. Who needs anything more?

Thanks for letting me keep this one short: As you can see from the span of time between this post and my previous post, I've been busy. First a trip that began two days after that last post, then a lot of plans and work and whew, Linda rescued me by giving us two weeks for this tissue wrap technique challenge!

I also have technically participated in challenge 8 and 9: See my pocket watch, made famous on page 35? I finished it the same minute as the deadline passed to post. And the technique from page 62, re purposed packaging, is featured on today's challenge project (the leaf!).

Anyhow, I've got a bit more than an hour to get this posted and linked up, so I'll see you later -- probably tomorrow for Linda's newest challenge!