Riding the exercise bike to retreat!

Friday, February 25, 2011

Alcohol Inks and Altered Metal

This is what the tree looked like about halfway through coloring with the Alcohol Inks.
Here is the tree with all the colors on.
Detail view of the altered tree.
This week's Compendium of Curiosities Challenge from Studio L3 is the Altered Metal with Alcohol Inks technique on page 56. I actually aquired this little piece last night at my monthly quilt group meeting. We always bring items that are no longer wanted in our own stash to trade and share with someone who might have a use for them. It was originally a photo tree (I have all the little photo frames to alter at another time) and was all just a plain metal color. I added Rust, Ginger and Espresso AIs to the tree trunk and Lettuce and Bottle to all the leaves. The base is Butterscotch and Rust. Decided in the end it would be a good display for some of my handmade earrings. Hope you're all having fun with the CCC. Only a couple of weeks left I think and I still have 3 drawer fronts to go.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Finishing up those UFOs

I love the start of the new year. I always make the resolution to finish up those Unfinished Objects (UFOs), some of which have been sitting around for YEARS! And, of course, once you get one finished you now have permission to start something new, right?
I started this mystery quilt in January of 2008, so in the scheme of things, 3 years isn't that bad. I have some that have made it to or past the 10 year mark and are still unfinished. Shhhhhhh......don't tell! Decided to digitally scrap the pics using the Club Scrap Color in Black and White kit elements for most of it and a Common Threads quilt block brush.
Have a great holiday week end! Will have pics of Estrella War next week!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Club Scrap Valentine Blog Hop

My first ever blog hop. How fun! Here is my contribution. A digital layout featuring me and my Arizona crafting buddies. Most of the components are from Club Scrap's Love Ink digi kit, but there's a little Vogue, Gratitude and Bandanarama thrown in there too.
Thank you for stopping by my blog and I appreciate any comments. Now hop on over to Erin's blog and see some more cool Club Scrap art!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

CCC #31 Rusted Enamel

Talk about under the wire. I completely forgot about the Compendium of Curiosities Challenge from Studio L3 this week. The PSL starting over at Club Scrap and trying to get some sewing projects done has taken all my spare time. And I decided to make a card for my card team with the background I made for the CCC so I get a 2for this week. I used Stormy Skies and Walnut Stain as my inks and then cut it up into slats. It reminded me of leathery reptile skin so that's where the frog came from and who doesn't love one of Kermit's most famous lines?

Saturday, February 5, 2011

CCC #30 Altered Metal with Paint

I love this week's Compendium of Curiosities Challenge from Studio L3. This is going to be part of a book cover so it's only partially finished. I grabbed a TJ background I had laying around (I believe this one is an oil pastel technique) and some stamped lilies to go with my metal butterfly using the CCC technique with stream paint dauber and pearl violet Lumiere. paint. The butterfly is cut from a tin lantern that no longer works and I embellished with some wire and beads.