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A Friendly Reminder

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It seems when my grandkids come for a visit, I’m always reminding them to brush their teeth.  I came across a cute clipart walrus and an idea formulated to create an art piece for them.

I started by scraping some gesso on an 8″ x 10″ canvas.  I used Distress Paints (Squeezed Lemonade, Scattered Straw & Mowed Lawn) to create a “drippy” background.

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After the paint dried, I mixed some Studio 490 embossing paste with Wendy Vecchi (dandelion & carnation) Archival Ink re-inkers and stenciled a background.

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I did some stamping over the embossing paste (forgot to take a picture) and my canvas was ready for the elements.  In addition to the walrus (with Liquid Pearls – White Opal tusks) , I used a clipart toothbrush and toothpaste tube.  I used Distress Paints to color some Grungeboard shapes and letters, then used Distress Glitter and Glossy Accents to punch them up.  I created words on my computer, cut them apart and edged with Black Soot Distress Ink.  Foam tape popped some of the elements up and the rest are glued to the canvas with Glossy Accents.

I just love how it turned out and can’t wait for Tristan and Hailey to see it.

tooth3 8-19-2014 4-20-09 PMI’m entering this canvas in the Anything Goes challenge at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog and Everything Goes at Inspiration Emporium’s Inspiration Journal August Challenge.

Thanks for having a look and as always, I love your comments!


Faded Layers

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Challenge #8 of StudioL3’s CC3C is Tim’s Faded Layers technique from A Compendium of Curiosities, Vol.3,  page 58.  The Funkie Junkie Boutique is the sponsor of challenge #8, check it out for a ton of fun offerings.

I cut an 8 1/2″ by 11″ sheet of glossy cardstock into quarters and created four different backgrounds.  Here are the three I haven’t used yet:

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I’ve got some ideas for the cards I’ll create with them.  I needed a birthday card for Monday so I used my fourth background for this card:

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I love how the stamped and die cut elements (Sizzix Sweet Day) pop on the background.  If you want some great inspiration, head over to StudioL3 and check out all the fabulous faded layer entries.

Thanks for stopping by.  Until next time, Vic

Challenge #7

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I’m making my entry into Compendium of Curiosities Challenge #7 at close to the last minute.  I have a very good excuse – My grandkids were here and I spent most of my time with them outside watching them play in the pool!

Here are the details of the challenge:

Enter at Studio L3 – be sure and check out all the great design team entries and the challengers’ contributions, too.

This challenge is using the Tim Holtz’s technique, Painted Industrial found on page 46 of Compendium of Curiosities Volume 3.

The sponsor this time around is Inspiration Emporium what fun to spend a $50 gift certificate there!

I created a sewing themed canvas:

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Thanks for stopping by and you know I love your comments!  Until next time.


Challenge 6 – Tim’s Altered Burlap Panel

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I was ready to jump on Studio L3‘s newest challenge.  I love using Tim’s burlap panels and I’ve been using them a lot lately.  Challenge 6 introduces Tim’s Altered Burlap Panel Technique, which you’ll find on page 37 of A Compendium of Curiosities, Vol. #3 (a.k.a “CC3″).

My butterfly “obsession” was fed on my altered panel!  I used a tarnished copper technique on a butterfly I die cut from a tissue box.  I added some paper, wooden letters and stickers from my stash.  Tim’s Distress Paints, Stains and Ideology arrows pull it together.

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The Funkie Junkie Boutique is the sponsor of Challenge 6, and is offering a fabulous $25 shopping spree to one very lucky CC3 participant.  Be sure to check out the shop, it’s stocked to the brim with all our favorite crafting goodies!

As always, I thank you so much for stopping by and checking out my latest creation.  Your comments are always a bright spot in my day.

Hugs, Vic

Distress Watercoloring – CCC Challenge #5

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Happy 4th of July!  I’m jumping in Studio L3’s Challenge #5  from Tim Holtz’s latest book, A Compendium of Curiosities, Vol. 3 at the last minute!  I made a birthday card for a young man.

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The technique is Distress Watercoloring – Part 1 found on page 39.  A very fun way to color.  The sponsor for Challenge #5 is one of my favorite places to shop, Inspiration Emporium.  Go to Studio L3 and check out all the great Distress Watercoloring art.

My grandkids came for a visit earlier this week and we made slime!


Thanks for stopping by and, as always, I love your comments.

Will the Claudine stamps be on the way to you?

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The stamp sets are in an envelope and waiting for a label to:

Christine Rickert

Thanks, Vic, for your great giveaway! Love Claudine Hellmuth’s art and all products. Took a class with her and she is an excellent teacher! These would make such a cute whimsical card!

Christine please click on the Contact Me tab above and send me your mailing address.

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Please join me in congratulating Christine. If I don’t hear from Christine by Monday, I’ll draw another name.  Stay tuned for another giveaway next week.


Challenge #4 – Stencils & Texture Paste

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Challenge 4,  Layering Stencil – Texture Paste, which is on page 49 of A Compendium of Curiosities, Vol. #3.  Linda and the Curiosity Crew have created some stunning examples of this technique.  The submissions are great, as well.  Head over to StudioL3 and check them out.

This challenge is sponsored by The Funkie Junkie Boutique, a fantastic online shop that caters to fans of Tim Holtz

I made a couple of cards for my grandkids to celebrate the end of the school year and the beginning of summer.4 - collage 6-18-2014 8-03-06 PM


Here’s the close-ups:

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I love the texture from the paste with the stencils.  I’ll put some ice cream money in each card and they have some new books, too.  Thanks for stopping by and, as always, I love your comments.





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