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Oh, Deer!

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It’s time for the Compendium of Curiosities III Challenge #9 over  at StudioL3.  You can find the technique for this challenge on page 63 of A Compendium of Curiosities, Vol.3, Stamps & Framelits.

I used a set called Holiday Joy.  Although the set is designed for holiday projects, I used it in a non-holiday way.  Here in my area we frequently see deer standing by the side of the road with trees behind them.  I tried to recreate a scene like that on my little 4″ x 4″ canvas.

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I used Distress Paint for my background and to stencil the rays.  I used Distress Markers and Inks for my stamping.  After I cut out the images with the corresponding dies, I cut the antlers off and “adjusted” the head of the lighter colored deer to create a doe.  I glued the deer together is a side-by-side stance and the attached them to the canvas with foam tape. I added an Emerson quote that seemed fitting for the scene.

I put the canvas on a small easel (after it took the photo) and put it on mantel.  It will be another art surprise for my grandkids to find!

Inspiration Emporium is the sponsor for CCC3 #9.  I’m sure I would have no problem spending a gift certificate there!

Thanks for visiting.  Until next time, Vic



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.


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