Birds & Words

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Layering Stencils: Embossing

It is AwEsOmE that we've got a new challenge today because you guys just exploded the Cabinet Card challenge and any more creativity is dangerous!!  Seriously, the Curiosity Crew has a serious job to do and it's not going to be easy.

Our challenge this week uses Tim's Layered Stencils.  The technique can be found on page 50 of Compendium of Curiosities.  Click here to get your own copy if you don't already have it.  We don't describe the techniques on CC3C blogs, but I will say this:  you don't need very much to enter this challenge.  You very well could have all the Tim gear you need right now for this one.  You can go to work today!!

I used strips from a Christmas music page out of Tim's 8 x 8  Seasonal Collage Paper Stash as a layered background.    I love the subtle details of words to familiar Christmas carols.  The snowflakes are a Cherry Lynn die.  I used a mix of white ones and not so white ones cut from a Halloween page out of the Seasonal Collage Paper Stash pad.

I love this sweet little deer.  She (yes, she's a girl) is embossed with Distress Embossing Powder in Tea Dye.  I cut a strip of Grungeboard with the Ornate On the Edge die and covered it with Wendy Vecchi Embossing Paste.  Once dry I tapped a little Ranger Multi Medium on the paste and then sprinkled a pinch of Antique Linen Distress Glitter over it.  Stamped Tall Trees are embossed with Peeled Paint Distress Embossing Powder, one topped with a Maya Road trinket pin star snipped away from the pin.

I dabbed some Antique Brass Distress Paint on seam binding and crumpled it.  I love the texture it gives.

More Antique Brass Distress Paint and Antique Linen Distress Glitter combine for a framed "25".  I snipped out an oval backing from my well loved paper stash pad!  I always make my gift tags for gifts under our tree, as I'm sure many of you do.  This challenge was a perfect kick start to get that done.

Our sponsor for our lucky winner this time is Funkie Junkie Boutique, with an awesome $25 gift certificate.  Very cool opportunity to grow your stash for future challenges!!  Tim and Mario are also sponsors for the Curiosity Crew choice with a fabulous prize package.  Check out Linda's blog here to see a pic of the items you could win!  You'll also find the guidelines for challenges here.  Be sure and visit all host blogs and leave a comment so you'll be eligible for all the above.  What a kick to play along!!

"Inspiration exists, but it has to find you working."  Pablo Picasso  Amen to that!!

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Cabinet Cards

What a COOL embellishment!!  I am all about frames this year and these cards give you a lot of possibilities.  I can't wait to see what y'all do with these for this challenge #15.  I'm back in Texas visiting my family and had to prepare this one early so I did a fairly simple project this time, but I've continued to have ideas, so I'll be doing more with these soon.  But there's a story that goes with this one.....

My husband, Rick, has been a St. Louis Cardinal fan since he was a little boy.  He remembers an October when he was in 7th grade, walking to get his lunch in Lawton, Oklahoma, listening to the World Series on a transistor radio.  The Cards won that series in 1967 and Red Schoendienst was the manager of the team.  Red had had his own successful career playing in the major league for the Cards, the Braves, the Giants, and then back to the Cards to finish in 1963.  He was inducted into the baseball Hall of Fame in 1989 and the Cards retired his number "2" in 1996.  Kind of a big deal.

Rick was recently gifted with a baseball which Red Schoensdienst signed, just for him.  It was an incredibly thoughtful gift and couldn't have been given to a more appreciative fan.  I saw that little boy in Rick's eyes as he told me about it.
This is the thank you card I made for Rick to send.  The picture of of Red's 1965 Topps baseball card is slipped into a cabinet card and I added a few embellishments to enhance the cardinals theme.  Tim's embellishments made this SO easy.  The Stencil Mark Metal Clips "2" was just the thing, Vellum Ephemera, Pen Nibs (LOVE those - I can't find a project these don't work on), an "authentic" Word Band and "one of a kind" Remnant Rub.   I layered the cabinet card onto a folded note card.

You've got to get into this challenge!!  The package of Cabinet Cards Frames contains 5 vintage frames and are printed on front & back.  They hold a 4x6 insert and my mind is buzzing with some things I want to put in my next one!!

Our sponsors for this challenge are Inspiration Emporium with a $50 gift certificate and Tim Holtz with a grungy prize package that will make you swoon.
  • Find all the details and challenge rules on Linda Ledbetter's here.
  • You'll need to work from your own copy of Compendium of Curiosities III, so get your copy of Tim's book here.
  • Check out all the challenge hostesses blog's here.  This is important because you must leave a comment on all hostess blog to be eligible to win.  And we want YOU to win!!
Happy creating!!