Friday, May 27, 2011

Grungy Monday 08 Water Color

Well,  it’s late Friday night and I have completed my project for the Grungy Monday Challenge, once again Ms. Ledbetter at L3 has dug deep into the bag of tricks and pulled out a challenge that  was originally posted in September of 2008 by Tim Holtz.   The tutorial for this week’s challenge can be seen by clicking this link.  Click here
I have to say, I was not feeling this challenge at all.  I don’t have Adirondack Inks, I don’t have sentiment stamps and the last time I dabbled in watercolors was back in ’81 in the required college art class with the Dean of the department, who did not mark lower than 3.0 as long you tried. 
So this challenge really stumped me.  I had nothing.  I messed around with some stamps. Tried different inks and paper combinations and finally achieved an image that started to talk to me.  (more like a whisper and pictured below) 
Anyway once things got rolling I inked the background and repeated the imaged on a ATC. Sewed the ATC to the card (a first) and found the love quote online by none other than Edgar Allen Poe. 
All in all, I am very happy with the way this tag turned out and glad that I did not take a pass on this week’s challenge.
Thanks for stopping by, see you soon.
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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Grungy Monday 07 Color Blocking

Greetings and welcome back to the here and now!  This week Linda has again provided us with 2 special guest star designers to inspire us for 7th challenge, in the Grungy Monday Challenge.  This go ‘round we are to use Tim Holtz Distress Ink Color Blocking in our project.  When I saw the tutorial video, my mind went to Mondrian and Frank Lloyd Wright.  I could not shake the imagery, so I held on tight and went with the flow. 
In this piece I used Fire Brick, Tumbled Glass, Peeled Paint and Mustard Seed DI.   The lines are drawn with an embossing pen and black powder.  I was glad to be using my steel straight edge.  The 2 of the gears under the clock are craft glassine and the small one is wax paper.  All inked with cranberry alcohol ink.  The gears on the edge are craft glassine, crumpled and dabbered with silver, gold and black paint and smudged with rust and black alcohol inks. 

GM 07 Bonus

As an added bonus, My daughter got into the swing of things and wanted to present her GM 07 Project

Here she used many DI colors and some chalk inks.  She stamped some gears and embossed the robot image. 

Friday, May 13, 2011

Grungy Monday 6 Weathered Wood

Hello Krafters, I am so glad to be posting my submission for the Grungy Monday 6 Challenge, which you can find details on Linda’s blog at Studio L3.  (Blogger was down for maintenance on Wednesday for a ½ hr and finally is back up).  This week’s challenge was to set your way back machine to the year 2007 and see Tim Holtz create a wood grain effect using paint dabber resist technique.  Check out the step by step tutorial here!

Since I had the time machine all fired up and ready to go I ventured further into my own past to find the inspiration for my piece.  I have decided to try to incorporate the GM challenges into the project that has been on my work bench for some time now. 

For this tag I used my silver dabber with tumbled glass and rusty hinge DI.  The corners are stamped with weather wood and silver perfect pearls.  Stamped some flourishes and added some bling and a flower.  The photo corners were made with a MS punch and dabbered with silver and gold.  Thanks for visiting, until next time, Mr. Peabody take me home!

Friday, May 6, 2011

GM 05 Embeded Object

Well Easter is over and it’s back to crafting.  Thank goodness Linda at Studio L3 was busy with Ranger U and gave us an extra week for submitting an entry in the Grungy Monday Challenge.  This go round was a TH technique to embed a found object.  Check out this really fun technique here! 
I’ll have to admit I wasn’t feeling up to the challenge and was thinking I would take a pass, but the Easter Bunny brought some new toys and I was itching to play. 
I used my new LaBlanche Apple Blossom stamp with sepia archival ink, used DI to colorize the image with Peeled Paint, Worn Lipstick and Mustard Seed. I even got to use my favorite tool for inking: the good ol’ Q-tip.  I cut the image out, found the crazy little bird brooch in our thrift store treasure stash, and things started taking shape.  A little DI ink on the edges, a subtle flourish in the corners, some metal bits and voila!  Doesn’t he look dashing sitting in the apple tree? 
Happy Mother’s Day!