Saturday, July 19, 2014

Painted Industrial

The CC3C fun continues with the latest challenge, Painted Industrial, found on page 46 of Tim's Compendium of Curiosities III book.  It's still not too late to buy the book here and play along!
I know, I know what you're thinking....Susan, didn't you get the challenges confused?  We did the Altered Burlap panel last challenge!  Well....when I thought of Painted Industrial, I immediately thought of my grandmother who was a "Rosie the Riveter" during WWII at the Boeing plant in Seattle, Washington.  What could be better to use than Tim's Riveted Metal Texture Fade and what better way to tell a story than on a burlap panel?!  I love it!

Grandma was one of many women who went to work at the Boeing factory building planes for the war effort while the men were overseas fighting.  It was a doubly hard time for her as her oldest son was a pilot in the war and she worried about him a great deal.  The work not only gave her satisfaction but helped get her mind off the constant worry regarding my uncle's safety.

My Grandpa also worked at the factory, taking the night shift so that my mother was not left alone at home.

I started this panel by adhering two of my finished painted metal pieces to the burlap panel.  I then added some small pieces of red cardstock in the corners to pick up some of the red in the Rosie the Riveter poster I found and downloaded online.

I adhered the printed and reduced size poster over the top of the metal.  I then cut a slightly larger red circle for a mat for Tim's ephemera clock and added several ideology pieces to the top, including a clock, small gear and game spinners.

I reduced in size a photo of my grandmother and matted it with a small piece of dark blue cardstock and then framed it with another piece of metal.  The word "documented" from Tim's Alpha Parts was painted white with Picket Fence white Distress Paint and the whole thing adhered to a piece of red cardstock behind it.  I finished the lower left section by adding some gears.

To finish the top right section of the panel, I enlarged a stamped airplane from B Line Designs.  It's not quite the same as the ones Grandma was building, but with the addition of some small propellers I made, it is closer.  I added another gear and  then added the year "1943" using Tim's Deco Type Industrious Stickers on a piece of navy blue cardstock and adhered all to the right upper corner.
Now I can display this panel dedicted to my grandmother in the same room as that of my grandfather. See what fun you can have by combining different techniques from the book?!

Once again here is the finished panel.
Get Tim's book out and get started!  This week's sponsor is Inspiration Emporium.  They have a $50.00 gift certificate just waiting for a randomly chosen winner.  Tim and Mario's prize package is another fabulous one as always, so what are you waiting for?  If you are not sure about all the rules, head on over to Linda Ledbetter's CC3C site for all the details.  Remember not to reveal the secret of the technique!

Happy crafting

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Altered Burlap Panel

Here we go with yet another wonderful challenge from the CC3C!  I don't know about you, but I am having a TON of fun with these challenges!  Here is my latest project:

Besides creating art, one of my favorite things to do is geneology.  The man in the photo is my grandfather.  I thought we knew quite a bit about him until I found his WW1 registration card online that said he was a fireman working for the railroad.  We had thought he was a auto mechanic his whole life!  So....I thought it would be fun to explore that part of his life.  Now the cap he is wearing makes perfect sense, even though he is also working on a car!

I started this piece by enlarging the photo of my grandfather and placing it inside one of Tim Holtz's cabinet cards (love those things!)  I  used Antique Linen and Vintage Photo Distress inks to add color to the edges and finished up with a bit of Aged Mahogany.

I stamped the train, railroad crossing and tracks along with the quote from Tim's clear set onto cream cardstock and colored and cut them all out.  I had stamped the tracks twice so that I could make a longer border.  I slipped the tracks inside the cabinet card on the left side, adhered them down and placed the railroad crossing sign over the place where the two sets of tracks met.  I then glued the train over the top of the tracks at the base of the photo.  The quote was the last piece adhered to the photo.

Boy, did I have fun with Ideology after that!  I adhered a Ring Fastener, Jump Ring and Word Key to the Cabinet Card and a Word Band that I wrapped around the card with one of Tim's Naturals Black and Cream Trimmings.  I used Aged Mahogany Distress Paint to color in the recesses of both metal pieces.  You just need to dab the whole metal piece with the paint and then wipe off the excess.  Cool!

Finally, I adhered the number 46 from one of the Plaquettes to the cabinet card.                    .
Here is that section of the panel finished:

To finish the burlap panel, I used Glue 'N Seal to adhere two pieces of red striped paper from Tim's French Industrial paper stack to the burlap along with a clock and rail ticket from his ephemera pack.  I wrapped ribbon around the top of the panel and added an Ideology Buckle.  The final additions were the metal Box
Corners and the  Number Brads that spell out 1895, the year he was born.

Hope you like this project!  Come join us and submit your Altered Burlap Creation!  This week's sponsor is The Funkie Junkie Boutique who will be providing a $25.00 to a random winner.  Tim and Mario will be providing lots of goodies to the winner of this challenge as well.

Get started and join us!  Don't forget to leave a comment on all of the Curiosity Crew's blogs.  Go to for all the details!

Happy crafting!