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The time has come!

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With Christmas only about a month away, I decided it’s time for me to dedicate some art time to the festive holiday.  The latest Studio L3 CofC3 challenge, number 15, is the Cabinet Card Pocket. The Cabinet Card Pocket technique is found on page 38 of Compendium of Curiosities 3, by Tim Holtz.  There’s a chance to win some fabulous prizes donated by the ever generous Tim and Mario, and this challenge’s sponsor, Inspiration Emporium.

I used a Santa photo of my sister and me taken in 1960!  My uncle stopped by our house and took us to a fire station to visit with Santa.  As you can see in the photo, my little sister was not impressed!

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After I painted my 8 x 10 canvas with Faded Jeans Distress Paint, I used Snowflake Tinsel Embossing Powder for the snowflakes and Seafoam White EP for the swirls.  A red glaze pen made the little dots on the swirls.  I used goodies from my stash to finish it off.

I’m so glad you stopped by and, as always, I love reading you comments. Until next time, Vic

Colored Crackle

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Challenge #14 at Studio L3 is a very cool way to add a crackle finish to many surfaces. You can find the technique on page 53 of Tim Holtz’s  A Compendium of Curiosities, Vol.3.

The Funkie Junkie Boutique is the sponsor of Challenge 14, with a fabulous $25 shopping spree for a lucky challenge entrant.  And as in all the challenges, the “Curiosity Crew’s Choice” will chose a winner who will receive an awesome assortment Tim’s products, courtesy of Tim himself.

I created two projects using the colored crackle technique.  The first one was an up-cycled box:

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Over at the Inspiration Journal blog the challenge for October is “In Disguise” and my box is a disguise of this box:

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The colored crackle worked like a charm on the lightweight cardboard.  I, also, used the technique on a wooden frame.  The crackle isn’t very noticeable, I should have sealed or painted the wood first but I do like how it turned out.

14-1 frame colored crackle 10-27-2014 3-20-19 PMThanks for coming by.  I encourage you to go visit Studio L3 to check out all the different ways the colored crackle technique has been used.

Vic

No trick, there will be treats!

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I enjoy creating treat bags for my grandchildren for Halloween.  There are small toys, drawing supplies, healthy snacks and a bit of candy stuffed into the bags.  I made them each a card, too.

I used the (now discontinued) Accordion Album die from Sizzix to create the cards.

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I used scraps, stickers and embellishments from my stash, plus some die cuts.  The Art with Art Challenge at Eileen Hull’s blog is Tricks and Treats, perfect for my album cards!  I encourage you to go have a look at all the great art that’s been submitted.

I’ll end my post with Happy Halloween wishes and a couple of photos of a witch doll I created four years ago.  She’s made with a wire armature and muslin body, head and limbs.  If you have any questions about her, ask away.

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Until next time, thanks for stopping by.

Vic

13th on a Friday!

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I right up to the deadline for getting my CCC #3 challenge posted.  We’re up to number 13, you can read the details at Studio L3.  As usual we use a product from Tim Holtz’s A Compendium of Curiosities, Vol.3.

The challenge is found on page 35, Worn Covers.  I altered my cover to make an album to put the many pumpkin patch visit photos I have of my grandchildren.  I know they will enjoy looking through it often.

I used a technique I came across while browsing the web.  I glued Grungeboard shapes on the cover and used Glue n seal to adhere one ply of a damp paper towel. After it was dry, I painted the whole cover with Black Soot Distress Paint.  Once the black paint was dry, I used metallic paints to highlight the shapes and texture.  It turned out great but taking a good photo turned out to be nearly impossible!

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I think I’ll try a Christmas-themed album using the same technique.  The sponsor for challenge 13 is Inspiration Emporium and the Curiosity Crew will pick a winner for a fun gift from Tim.

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

Vic

Distress Photo Tinting – CC3C #12

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Challenge #12 at Studio L3 is an awesome way to add a vintage look to your pictures, old or new.  You can find the technique on page 41 of Tim Holtz’s  A Compendium of Curiosities, Vol.3.

Recently, we were looking through some old family photos of Dick’s.  I remembered him showing me this one of him on a horse taken 60 years ago!

dick on horse 9-27-2014 1-11-10 PMI scanned it into the computer and following Tim’s technique, I created this 5″ x 7″ canvas:

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I used kraft core Core’dinations and some fun embossing folders to create the background.  A few buttons from my stash were added for the finishing touch.

The Funkie Junkie Boutique is the sponsor of Challenge 12, with a fabulous $25 shopping spree for a lucky challenge entrant.  And as in all the challenges, the “Curiosity Crew’s Choice” will chose a winner who will receive an awesome assortment Tim’s products, courtesy of Tim himself.

Thanks for coming by.  I encourage you to go visit Studio L3 to check out all the different ways the photo tinting technique has been used.

Vic

Special Effects

Challenge 11 for Compendium of Curiosities 3 at StudioL3 is using Tim’s Special Effects Distress Embossing Powders.  You can find the details about Tim’s Distress Powders in Compendium of Curiosities 3.  The Special Effects Powders have been reduced to four but I have several from when more colors were available so I decided to mix them up for some fall leaves.  I made a couple of cards with them:

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My cards turned out to be very hard to photograph but, trust me they are fabulous in real life!  I added a bit of glitzy embossing powder on the leaves and Distress Glitter on the acorns.

The Curiosity Crew and participants submissions at Studio L3 are very “special,” be sure and go check them out.  What a thrill it would be to receive a Tim & Mario prize or a fabulous gift certificate from Inspiration Emporium, one can hope – LOL.

Thanks for visiting.  Hugs, Vic

Home, Sweet, New Home

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Over at Moxie Fab World they have a challenge to create a paper craft using this photo as the inspiration:

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My friend and her husband are just moving into a new house this week.  I was planning to make them a card and used this challenge for it.  Here’s the card I came up with:

linda home2 9-9-2014 4-22-33 PMI hope my friend will enjoy finding it in her mailbox.  There’s still time to enter the challenge, so head over and check out the details.

Vic

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