Saturday, May 24, 2014

Fabulous Faux Tea Roses

Here we are at the third challenge for the CC3C Challenge!  I had a ton of fun with this project!  Who would have thought to make tea roses this way - Tim Holtz, that's who!  I love it!  Here is the project I came up with:
I decided to make a middle step card with a bit of a vintage romantic theme.  I started off with the basic card that I covered with paper from my favorite Wallflower paper stash.
I then gathered up my supplies including some of my favorite images from B Line Designs, Lisa and the Open Book.  I also used Tim's leaf and love letter Stamper's Anonymous images along with his On the Edge Distressed Doily and Alterations greenery dies.  Please refer to Page 65 in Tim's Compendium of Curiosities III book for directions on how to create these gorgeous roses.  It's still not too late to pick it up.  Go to for your copy.
I wanted my little open book to have some pages, so I stamped the book once on cardstock and 3 times on text weight paper.  I stamped the love letter text on two of the pages and adhered all the pages to the center of the cardstock image and finished by wrapping a thin piece of gold cord around the book.
It's a bit hard to see in the photograph, but I added some Vintage Photo Distress Ink around the edges along with some gold ink.  I edged all the separate images with Vintage Photo as well.  Some Bundled Sage Distress Ink was added to the greenery and Peeled Paint to the leaves.

I finished this piece by adhering all the cut images to the different steps.  The tea roses were the last to be adhered using glossy accents.
I hope you enjoyed my project.  Are you playing along with the challenge yet?  It's not too late!  This week's challenge is sponsored by The Inspiration Emporium.  We will also have another fabulous prize package of goodies from Tim and Mario!  Don't forget to leave at comment at each of the Curiosity Crew Member's pages for your chance to win!  Join us!


Saturday, May 10, 2014

Distress Glitter Fun!

It's time for the second challenge of the Compendium of Curiosities III, Distress Glitter!  Still haven't heard about the Challenge?  It's not too late to participate!  Head on over to Linda Ledbetter's blog page and find out how to play along with us!

You can find the Distress Glitter technique on Page 56 of the Compendium of Curiosities III book.  I decided that I wanted to use my favorite color, Seedless Preserves, to create a glittered frame using Tim Holtz's Ornate Frame die.  Here is my finished project:
The "surprised" girl in the picture is my grandmother.  I wanted a vintage birthday card with a colorful twist, so I kept most of the card vintage by not only using my grandmother's photo, but Tim's fabulous paper from his new Wallflower collection.  I thought it all blended perfectly with the sparkly frame and the brighter colored hat, gift and cupcake from Tim's Blueprint set.  I stamped the images on cardstock first and then reduced the size slightly so that everything would fit well into the frame.

Here's a photo of the frame and Grandma before I mounted everything on the paper:
I think the paper really set the card off as you can see above.

I have so many ideas for using this image and frame for more birthday cards.  The sentiment could say "You're how old? No way!" or "Surprised I remembered your birthday?"  The possibilities are endless!  Don't have an old photo to use and make this card?  No problem!  You can always substitute one of Tim Holtz's Found Relatives.

This challenge's sponsor is The Funkie Junkie Boutique.  They will be providing a generous gift for one lucky winner, so come play along!