Saturday, November 22, 2014

Layering Stencil:Embossing

Seems hard to believe the holiday are upon us and we have arrived at the 16th - yes 16th - Challenge for the Compendium of Curiosities III Challenge!  This challenge proved to be a fun one as always!  This time it is sponsored by our friends at The Funkie Junkie Boutique who have a $25.00 gift awaiting one lucky randomly chosen winner!  Tim and Mario have provided yet another "WOW" prize package for the winner chosen by the Curiosity Crew.

All of us at the Curiosity Crew have been so amazed at all the talent out there!  Thank you to each and every one of you who have been participating with us for all the challenges.  Did you know it is never too late to join us?  You can purchase your autographed copy of Tim's Compendium of Curiosity III book here.  The go to Linda Ledbetter's site to learn all about the rules.

This challenge can be found on Page 50 of the Compendium of Curiosities III book.  Here is the project I created for this challenge:

I decided to use the Festive Layering Stencil which went well with the Christmas-themed tag I wanted to create.  Here is the tag before I added all the embellishments:

As you can see, I stenciled the bottom and the side edges of the tag, leaving the center open.
Now to embellish the tag...  I die cut the Prancing Deer from cream card stock and colored it by blending Antique Linen and Vintage Photo Distress inks onto the deer.  Then I created two pinecones from brown paper using Tim's Pinecone die.

The "25" embellishment, the bells and ribbon and the "Merry Christmas" came from Tim's Christmas ephemera pack.  After adhering them to the tag, I added a Mirrored Star just above the number "25" and to the bottom right corner of the tag, a Gumdrop to "Merry Christmas" and I cut around the bottom of the bells and attached the bells and ribbon ephemera to the deer's neck.

I also used a Tidings Token that says Christmas Wishes" and attached it to a hand-made chain using jump rings.  The first jump ring is threaded through the knot in a red acetate ribbon bow I made for the top of the tag.  I adhered two die cut pinecones and 3 small "real" pinecones that I had in my stash just above the Tidings Token.

The last piece of ephemera I used was a snowflake that came in the ephemera pack:

There you have it!  This technique is quite simple yet striking.  We hope you will pull out your stash and get to creating!  We can't wait to see what you make!


Saturday, November 8, 2014

Cabinet Card Pocket Challenge!

We have arrived at the 15th challenge for the Compendium of Curiosities III Challenge!  I was especially excited to do this challenge as I LOVE Tim's Cabinet Cards!  As many of you may know, I have already used them several times in past projects.  This time we will be using them again, but also adding the extra dimension of a pocket.  Here is my project:

wish I could claim these darling little girls as my own relatives, but, alas, they are Tim's Found Relatives.  That is just fine with me as they are so precious and perfect for my piece!  I had SO MUCH fun with this challenge!  I love pulling out my stash of Tim's Idea-ology and playing around with it all until I have something I just love!

I began by using a piece from my favorite Wallflower Paper Stash to go along with the Found Relatives inside the Cabinet Card.  I also fussy cut some flowers and a butterfly from the same paper and added a small piece of butterfly Tissue Tape to the top left corner.  I used a border from the Industrious Stickers on the edge of the photo.  It looked like this:

I continued to embellish the Cabinet Card by adding the word "Together" from the Alpha Parts Framed, another small piece of Wallpaper Stash behind a Book Plate, Remnant Rubs at the top of the photo and in the center of the Book Plate, a section of floral trimming on the left edge and a few extra small fussy cut flowers at the top left corner.

To finish this project I created a large tag to fit into the back of the Cabinet Card.  I added a large eyelet at the top center.  I used Tim's Crinkle Ribbon dyed with Victorian Velvet Distress Stain to create a bow and threaded another dyed piece through the eyelet, tying it around the bow to secure it.

Once again the finished piece looks like this:

Now open up Tim's Compendium of Curiosities III book and study the Cabinet Card Pocket Technique on page 38.  If you still don't have the book, it's not too late to order your autographed copy from Tim Holtz here.  We have noticed some new artists playing along with us for the recent challenges and we are thrilled!  There is so much talent out there!

This challenge is sponsored by The Inspiration Emporium who are generously providing a $50.00 gift certificate.  Tim and Mario have yet another fabulous prize for the winner of this challenge chosen by the Curiosity Crew.  To be eligible to win, head on over to Linda Ledbetter's website to read up on the rules.  It's easy and fun!

I look forward to seeing all your wonderful creations!