Thursday, August 13, 2015

The Final Challenge at CC3C


The final challenge, Layering Stencil: Monoprint, bring us to the last technique in Tim Holtz's Compendium of Curiosities 3 book. It makes me sad to say goodbye to the challenges but I know that I'll keep up with the Curiosity  Crew through their blogs and on FB. They have provided amazing inspiration each challenge and I just want to say a big thank you.  Also to Linda Ledbetter for hosting all 34 challenges, now that's commitment!

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It's not too late to get your autographed copy of Tim's Compendium of Curiosities 3 book on his blog. 


For my last project I decided on a tag because Tim seems kinda fond of 'em. ;)

A little close up of the Layering Stencil: Monoprint technique using Tim's Honeycomb stencil. In the upper left corner I stamped a quote, from the Classics #16 set, which fits perfectly with my final entry. 

 I had to use this gorgeous butterfly from the Limitations set. It was water colored with Distress Markers-seedless preserves, mowed lawn, squeezed lemonade, mustard see, broken china, spiced marmalade- and received a dusting of Clear Rock Candy Distress Glitter for some texture.

(Voyage stamp is from the Classics #1 set)
I have enjoyed every minute of my artful voyage with the Curiosity Crew.
Thanks Ladies!!!


Wonder when book #4 will be published? Can't wait!!


The final challenge is sponsored by The Funkie Junkie Boutique and Linda is generously offering a $25 gift certificate to the lucky CC3C winner. Thanks Linda!

The Funkie Junkie Boutique


That's all for me today, take care everyone.
Lisa xx

Monday, August 10, 2015

More Fun with Finnabair

Finnabair's Time Capsule class project


I said a few weeks ago that I'd share the second class project that I made from my two day class with Finnabair but never did. It honestly slipped my mind with the craziness that has been my life this summer. I took the opportunity to get some home improvement projects done with my daughter home from college and as usual one project turned into another... :)

I'm back now to share my mixed media canvas from Finn's Time Capsule class. In the class we made three canvases however I'm only sharing my middle canvas for now. I have plans to personalize the side panels with photos of my mom and my late MIL. The trio will hang in my guest bedroom that honors the two of them. Hopefully I can get that done soon. 


The Flaming Hearts Ex Votos II relic by Sandra Evertson was part of our kit and it was altered with Finn's mixed media products

Various shades of mica powder bring this canvas to life. 

Prima blooms + Mechanicals make a beautiful bouquet.

Can you tell what my favorite product on this canvas is?

Before I tell you what it is let me say how much I love Finn's stencils. They are sturdy and super easy to work with, I used the Honeycomb stencil on my background with White Sand-Texture Paste.  

Ok, my favorite product is her Gold Mica Powder! 
When I mixed it with water and sprayed a coat over my canvas...pure magic happened!!

Finn's Bottle Cap Mechanicals were layered then filled with Crystal Glass Beads and Platinum Glass Glitter.  


I love the softness of this canvas. 


I highly recommend that you take one of her classes if you get the opportunity. You'll see for yourself what an awesome teacher she is and I loved getting feedback from her. She certainly inspired me to create something every day. I have a ton of stuff coming up in the next few months here on my blog and I can't wait to share it with all of you.  





This is our selfie which I am so proud of. It was two busy but totally fantastic days of creative fun!!! I don't know how she keeps the hectic schedule she's on with her North American tour but I'm so grateful she came so I could take her classes. Thanks Finn!!!

Thanks for looking, have a wonderful week.
Lisa xx





Thursday, August 6, 2015

Post It Note Box and Cover Set from The Cafe


Regina asked us to share samples of this set for The Cutting Cafe's  DT post on the 7th and I was tickled! Post it notes are so handy to jot down a quick note and now I have one to record phone messages and the other to record items I need to pick up from the craft store. :)



I used two shades of blue cardstock for the covers and ephemera and borders from Graphic 45's Bird Song and Typography collections. The edges were distressed with Black Soot Distress Ink and Velcro 3/8" circles were used to fasten the wrap bands together. The cover fits a 3x3 post it note pad.

Typography ephemera and border, label is from the set.



My second set...
Bird Song stickers and border, label is from the set.




Regina created a box that holds four post it note pads (which I did not create) but you can see her sample below. I'm thinking these would make great gifts for teachers or anyone who likes to keep track of things. :)

Post it note box
Designed by Regina Easter

Postit note 1
Designed by Regina Easter



The Cutting Cafe



Please pay a visit to TCC's blog on the 7th to see all of the inspiration by the DT. If you leave a comment you'll be entered into a drawing to win 3 Free Sets. The winner will be announced on the 21st. 

Thanks for visit today!
Have a wonderful weekend, wherever you are.
Lisa xx

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Feel Better Soon




Ribbons and Pearls

I have some news to share, Top Tip Tuesday, is closing and this will be our final challenge. Samantha has decided to close TTT after 5 years running. This was my first design team so it will always hold a special place in my heart. I'm fortunate to have made some wonderful friends during my 3 year term and I wish each of these ladies all the best. Samantha, thank you for taking a chance on me 3 years ago and for your love and support throughout the years. You are a treasure! 

With this being the final challenge, Samantha has lined up seven sponsors to shower you with gifts so be sure to visit the challenge blog for all of the details. 

All Dressed Up
Bugaboo Stamps
Bunny Zoe's Crafts
Faery Ink
Stamp and Create
The East Wind Shop
Whimsy Stamps



When I thought about TTT closing it reminded me of the first DT project I created, a tag for my husband. Since I began with a masculine project I thought it might be nice to end on the same note.  

I altered a Dusty Attic chipboard clock  and sprocket with Adirondack paints-black, gold and silver. Idea-ology gears were added with Glossy Accents and a paper clock from one of Tim's ephemera collections also made it onto my card. The black ribbon trim and Kaisercraft black pearls meet the challenge requirements and paper from two Graphic 45 collections pull it all together. The sentiment is by My Favorite Things and was a monthly freebie some time ago.  


I hope you'll join us for our final challenge and give Top Tip Tuesday a proper goodbye.

Lisa xx








Friday, July 31, 2015

CC3C - Altered Surfaces


I know it's a wee bit early possibly for a Halloween project. Perhaps it was a subliminal thing, it has been "hotter than blue blazes" and maybe I was wishing of cooler temps or perhaps I was thinking of Tim. He loves Halloween and consequently he designed a lot of fun stuff for us to play with. Who knows??? Sometimes you just gotta go with it.

I've been out of the CC3C loop for the past 5 challenges. Now sure how that happened (yes I do, real life stuff) but I'm back to play along with the final two. This one is all about altered surfaces and the technique can be found on pg. 45 of Tim's Compendium of Curiosities III book.

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I chose to alter two numbers from Tim's Idea-ology Alpha Parts, Numeric Words and Numbers, using the technique in the book. Micro beads were added because I like them. :)
See that bat? Well he started all of this, I found him on my craft room floor (don't ask) and before I knew it, I had bats everywhere lol.

You can see Tim's Shattered stencil on display in this photo.
I blended Archival Jet Black ink through the Shattered stencil over my canvas to build the the base layer. After it dried I came back with Distress Inks-Black Soot, Seedless Preserves, Spiced Marmalade, Mustard Seed, Squeezed Lemonade-and blended the colors randomly over the stenciled area. 

I'm totally into texture these days and the more the better. With that in mind I die cut my branch tree with black corrugated paper and gave each one several coats of gesso and distress paints. Bent branches add more dimension and hide various spooky creatures.

Like the owl hiding behind the branches. He's from Tim's Mini Halloween stamp set and because we have an owl living on the lot next to ours I wanted to include him. It's a bit spooky at night to take the dog out and hear him hooting. She's snack size for him and I don't want to wrestle an owl over my dog, but I will!

The moon and stars were die cut from Tim's Crescent Moon and Stars die with iridescent paper. Distress inks were rubbed over the surface so the texture of the paper would pop out. I did add some shading with a black Faber-Castell Pitt Pen.

The trick or treaters (aren't they fun!) are also from Tim's Mini Halloween set and were stamped in Archival Jet Black Ink because it's permanent ink. I outlined each one with a Uniball Signo white gel pen for some definition. The Skull and Cross Bones metal elements were altered with gesso and Black Soot Distress Ink. They're from Tim's Idea-ology line as well as the Wishbone in the lower left corner. The white marbles are from my stash and I added micro beads to the top of each. If you enlarge the photo you'll be able to see the micro beads I added to the base of my trees. I'm kinda hung up on these things right now. ;)

Tim's Clipboard Clip will serve as the hanger for my canvas and it was altered with Brushed Pewter and Black Soot Distress Paints. I used strong adhesive glue and two long fasteners to anchor it in place. A Halloween token was altered with the same paint and glued in place with Glossy Accents. To finish I blended Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink over a 2015 Small Talk Stickers word strip by Tim, placed it on the clip and added a purple ribbon from my stash.

I love the lettering of Tim's Ransom alpha's and to highlight the letters I added a touch of Brushed Pewter Distress paint. Seasonal Chit Chat stickers, trick or treat, were altered with Seedless Preserves Distress Ink and a black Uniball gel pen. You can see the spiders I stamped, also from the Mini Halloween set, and the black glass bats from my stash. After they were glued with 3D Matte Gel I added a touch of the Brushed Pewter DP to the end of each one to highlight. 


This was such a fun project to create and even though I truly had no intention of making a Halloween canvas, I'm glad I did. My daughter loves it and has already claimed it for her holiday decorating this fall. 


The Inspiration Emporium sponsored this challenge. Thanks I. E.!

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I hope to be back later today with my second project from my class with Finnabair (still editing photos). It may have to wait until Monday because my hubby wants to travel to visit our friend who was in an auto accident earlier this week. He was airlifted to Memphis on Monday morning and was cleared for visitors this morning. It'll be a short and sweet visit I'm sure but I think he wants to see for himself that his friend is going to be okay. A big thank you to all of you who've said a prayer for him and his family! One thing is for certain, you never know what each day will bring in this life so let's make them count.

Have a great weekend everyone, wherever you are. :)
Lisa xx



Tuesday, July 28, 2015

My First Class with Finnabair

The Artifact Class with Finnabair


It's always exciting when you meet someone you admire for the first time. Well let me say that if you ever have the opportunity to take one of Finnabair's classes do it. She's an amazing teacher and inspires your personal style to shine!

Anna Dabrowska (aka Finnabair)

I attended The Artifact and Time Capsule classes at Donna Downey's Studio in Huntersville, North Carolina. So I not only met Anna but Donna and her husband Bill as well. The energy in that studio was phenomenal and I ended up signing up for two more events next year. ;) Guess I'm into live classes now!

So on to the first class which was The Artifact.
If you click the link you can see Finnabair's original on her blog.

Our classroom with all of us busy creating our collages. 


We created three 9x12 canvases using various products from Finn's mixed media line.


My finished project. :)

Mechanicals on display.


The texture is 3D and so it's fun to touch.

Prima Junkyard Findings were embedded into my favorite product of this class - 
this stuff is grand and the texture is amazing.

 
Mica flakes, micro beads and glass beads from Finn's Art Ingredients line.
Love these!!!

The lace peeking out makes me a happy girl. 

Who knew inexpensive brushes could look so good.

Left Canvas

Middle Canvas

 Right Canvas

 I used Finn's 12x12 Harlequin stencil and Modeling Paste on my background. 
Other elements were used as well to build up texture but I'm not giving any secrets away out of respect for her.  


After a day of creating masterpieces Finn gathered us for a group photo.
The Artifact Class with Finnabair
Saturday, July 18, 2015


Be back soon with my second project from the Time Capsule class.
Thanks for the visit!
 Lisa xx


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