Monday, 30 June 2014

Compendium of Curiousities 3 Challenge - If the Shoe fits...

Hello again,

Welcome to the Distress Marker Watercolor challenge.
You can check out the link here to see other great projects

For this post, I made a card, but of course, I love 3D projects, so I made some shoes to go with it.
It started with a great cut file I bought off the Silhouette online store.

True right? Rock those heels girls. Although, truthfully, I am a sandals and Puma kind of girl.
I watercolored the background with picked raspberry distress marker, and "ombred" the words as well.
The circle has been given the blending treatment and spritzed with raspberry distress.
Then  I made some shoes to go with my project. I really wish they were real because I would totally wear the faux Burberry ones.
Here's another look at the shoes
This little pink and black one (above) was watercolored too, but I ended up sponging a deeper color over top.
This challenge is sponsored by Inspiration Emporium, letting the lucky winner shop with a $50 gift card.
Thanks for looking today I hope you like my shoes, if you need me, I will be out conquering the world, or maybe just a nap...

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Compendium of Curiosities 3 challenge #4 - Texture Paste /Subway Stencil

Hi everybody
A big shout out to the CC3 challenge crew. Thank-you all so very much for the kind comments and votes for the crew's choice. The gazebo is sitting on the counter at Urban Scrapbook for customers to enjoy.

It will be a challenge to top myself on that one,I think. On to the next  challenge - texture paste with stencils. To be honest, I don't use a lot of texture paste. I still have Dreamweavers paste from years ago. Black, white, translucent, glass beads, lightweight... ( I said I don't use it, but I didn't say I don't own any LOL)

I have this great subway stencil from Ronda Palazzari  for TCW that I wanted to use.
When we were in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia this past February, the sweet man and I took the train around the city A LOT. it's fast and cheap and easy to navigate but, with any big city, there are always funny little signs you notice here and there. I figured it to be common sense not to urinate against a wall in the train station, but apparently the need to "remind" people is necessary. 

Now remember, I also work in an inner city Emergency department, and the sweet man is a Paramedic,  so we found this signage to be quite hilarious.

Here's the link to check out  super creative and talented submissions for this challenge

Stencils: Subway and Arrows(TH)
Distress colors: faded jeans, festive berries, frayed burlap, antique linen
Dies: memory box, Silhouette cut file

I was playing with different papers and had some leftover watercolor paper so I did the same thing only a little smaller, the finished card is 5x7

One more scooter cut file and texture paste through both the subway and arrow stencils this time.

Hope you enjoyed my quirky little story. It's always the little things that seem to stick in your memory the longest.

I should also mention that the even numbered challenges are sponsored by the Funkie Junkie Boutique. Check it out, it's a cool online store.
Thanks for stopping by today see you next time.

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Roses for my Graduate

More Faux Tea Roses...
I made this shadow box with a bunch of paper roses to compliment my baby girl's high school graduation photo. It was taken in 2012 but it still is as precious and meaningful to me as it was 2 years ago.

The flower colors were chosen to compliment the photo. I used the tattered pinecone die and also the tattered floral movers and shapers die for the larger peach roses
The green flowers started out white, and sprayed with Heidi Swapp color shine (chartreuse)
There are lots of little details as well. Leaf punches, pearls, and a few ideology trinkets to keep your interest. 
I hope you liked my project. It's funny because a lot of times I look at older items I have made and think, "oh I should have done this." But this one, for me, is perfect and that is a huge step on the journey to be less critical of myself and my art projects

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

June layouts for Urban Scrapbook - Dad

Hi everyone,
This month's challenge kit features Good ol Sport from Graphic 45.
I made one layout, but had a lot of leftovers, so of course, I had to make 2 pages (because I had 2 dads)

My dad served in the British army during WWII. This is a great picture of him at their base camp in North Africa. He played cricket and other sports during his prime. A great page featuring Dad.

This paper was a bit too "loud" so I toned it down with Picket Fence distress stain.

Here's the other layout featuring the "sweet man's" papa.
Great picture of John in the 1950's. So suave and handsome.
Again, I toned down the plaid paper with distress stain
I love all the "cork board" souveniers.
All the paper, linen ribbon, cork and plastic numbers etc are in this months kit. I added the die cut pocket watch, and a few ticket stubs from the boxing match (what did we ever do before Google?)

Thanks for looking today. Celebrate the men in your life. Happy Father's Day.

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

CC3 Challenge #3 - Faux Tea Roses

Hi everyone. Lets take a walk into my secret garden. This project got a little bigger than expected but me and 3D is a perfect storm. 

The challenge this time is using the Tattered Pinecone die from Tim Holtz, to make these beautiful roses. The sponsor this time is Inspiration Emporium for the lucky random winner. 

You can check out the teams' projects and entries here:

Everything in this project is either paper, ink or embossing powder and one big background stamp for the "ground"
The roses are made with patterned paper or coffee filters.
The "tree" is TIm Holtz' tapered fringe die 

Gazebo,bike,fence and chairs are from Silhouette cut files
Bird's eye view
Hope you enjoyed a tour around my little gazebo garden. Thanks for lookin'