Riding the exercise bike to retreat!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

CCC29 Weathered Grunge

Well, after a few fits and starts I came up with something for Weathered Grunge, the Compendium of Curiosities Challenge from the lovely Linda at Studio L3. It's the book plate with the saying inside (in case you hadn't guessed) also tried Tim's technique of inking up the texture plate before running it through. Kinda like that!!!!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Colorful Layered Fragments Drawer Front

It's both exciting and sad to think that the Compendium of Curiosities Challenge from Studio L3 is winding down. I think we have 7 left. I should be able to get my last 3 drawer fronts finished within the challenges and I'm loving the way they're turning out. This week's is Colored Layered Fragments on page 57. I used one of my all time favorite Club Scrap stamps (Art Deco) to make a little fragment collage and then a clock with wings from Recollections clear stamps. Once again, an old earring colored with sailboat blue and wild plum AI functions as the drawer pull and I colored some epoxy letters with AIs as well. Looking forward to drawer #10.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Distress Misting Masks

I really enjoy playing with masks so this week's Compendium of Curiosities Challenge from Studio L3 is right up my alley. Some of these are my own distress ink mists and some are Glimmer Mists, but I love the effect with either. The mask is from Club Scraps Arts & Crafts kit and the butterfly is one I made from a coffee filter and alcohol inks.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

A Rusty Things Drawer (CCC # 26)

This weeks Compendium of Curiosities Challenge over at Studio L3 is right up my alley. I collect rusty things to create art with and so Rusted Grunge is perfect for drawer front #8. So, I settle in today to get started and I don't have the key ingredient, I did however, have EVERY OTHER COLOR available so I did a little mixing until I got what I wanted. I also searched through my rusty things and found a rusted coil to use for the butterfly body and base of the bead for the drawer pull. The "light" in the lantern is a yellow polished square from my scrapping supplies. Only 4 to go!!!

Thursday, January 6, 2011


We've had a pond at every house we've lived in and the new Lotus Pond kit from Club Scrap is just perfect for all my pond pics. The first pond was the one we had in Idaho from 1993 till we moved, with a giant rock and waterfall, my favorite of all our ponds so far. The second was our pond here in Arizona from 2001 till this past summer when we decided to take it out. The maintenance in the summer was just too time consuming and it was a bit of a hazard for our desert tortoise.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Parts 4,5 and 6 Finished Top Diminutive Vessels

part 4 was putting the basket handles onto the top light piece. I used a blanket stitch to outline.
part 5 we put the basket blocks together to get 16 postage stamp baskets.
part 5 continued to form 4 large blocks with oscillating postage stamp basket blocks.
part 6 put the inner light borders and center square; then the outer light borders all around.
And the final part was to put the outer border of medium fabric all around. Voila' a finished quilt top in just a few hours. Yeah! Now to get a backing, bat and quilt it. I'll post the finished quilt in a few days.

Part 3 Diminutive Vessels

Starting to look like the bottoms of vessels! I told you it would start to get exciting this hour. Wonder what's coming next?!

Mystery Quilt Day!!!! Happy New Year!!!

And we're off to the races! Part 2 was making some half square triangles with our already cut fabrics. Not alot happening yet, but it will start to get exciting in the next hour! Stay tuned!