Hi everyone. Well I've crawled out from under a pile of samples to share a new card and news of honours bestowed on me recently. First up the honours; well you could have knocked me over with a feather when I was awarded a Blogworthy Link from the one and only Tim Holtz for my Olympic take on his March tags! One of the most exciting and wonderful things about this was the fact that I was listed alongside so many of my fellow crafting friends and team mates. Huge congratulations to all of you!
Then my BFF Anne let me know that we'd both been listed as Top 3 winners over at Eileen Hull's Art With Heart challenge for our April Showers projects. We are both huge fans of her Artist Trading Blocks (as you may have realised recently!!) and I felt so incredibly honoured to have been picked out for my Spring Flowers box alongside Anne and our fellow Top 3 winner, Lucyana. If you haven't seen their projects yet please do.
And Anne was also kind enough to let me know she'd already received her copy of June's Craft Stamper magazine, and I'm in it again!! It is such a massive buzz to see my work published in such a well respected magazine.
And now for that card I promised you...
This one's for me - I made it for fun and because there was no way I was going to miss the start of Linda Ledbetter's latest Tim Holtz challenge Compendium of Curiosities 3 challenge. Based on Tim's latest book and sponsored on alternate weeks by Inspiration Emporium and The Funkie Junkie Boutique, Tim and Mario themselves have also added to the prizes too. And if that's not enough you want to see the line up of talent Linda has arranged to form her Curiosity Crew; seriously, it's like a who's who of the great and the good in the industry many of whom are my absolute idols! Head on over to the Compendium of Curiosities 3 challenge to find out more.
Each fortnight the challenge looks at a technique in Tim's new book, and this week it's the turn of Paint Marbling with the challenge sponsored by Inspiration Emporium. I had great fun marbling two sets of card which would contrast and compliment each other. Having stamped the bird's nest on the red version I tore into it to create this organic 'spidery' shape, and then the inks came out to play to emphasise and embellish the marbling.
You just might see where I stamped the large bird feather underneath the red layer before adhering it. Some gel pen doodling added to the drama of the web. Then it was down to the embellishing part. I stamped/embossed those beautiful lacy leaves onto a matching piece of pale brown paint marbled card, used the paint/ink distressed grunge paper technique from Tim's current tag challenge on the key and added some inked die cuts.
From this angle you'll spy the rub and industrious arrows; gotta say arrows are becoming a mini addiction (as if I needed any more!) as they really help to add movement and structure. Can't wait to get my mits on that arrows Frameworks die :)
I had a ball making this card for the Compendium of Curiosities 3 challenge and look forward to the coming chapters.
Why not head on over yourselves and join in the fun.
For now take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx