16 May 2014

Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge 2

Hi everyone and welcome. Hands up who suffers from 'perfectionism'?... Thank goodness I'm not the only one!! The latest of Linda Ledbetter's Compendium of Curiosities 3 challenges gets to grips with the Distress Glitter technique as explained by Tim Holtz on Page 56 of his latest book, and this time it's being sponsored by The Funkie Junkie Boutique. There are also other prizes up for grabs from Tim and Mario no less!

The Design Team inspiration is outstanding and definitely pushes up the bar for those of us attempting to emulate them. And for that reason I made one card, wasn't sure it was good enough and made another! I can't go into details but it had a lot to do with the amount of glue...


This, then, is my 'official entry'. I love mixing the glitters (you'll have seen that in the April 2014 issue of Craft Stamper magazine) and the Frameworks diecuts lend themselves to this idea. Here you've got Tarnished Brass, Antique Linen and Pumice Stone Distress Glitters.


Like the backing 'paper'? It's not bought but created using my current obsession, the 'Distress Damask' stamp set. Stamped in Brushed Pewter Distress Paint it works perfectly as a resist to the blend of inks over the top.


I created an acetate stencil from the Frameworks die and its packaging so that ink can be blended through it too. If you haven't yet got a mini ink blending tool put it on the priority list as it is so much easier to apply ink through more detailed and smaller stencils with it.


The smallest of the Movers and Shapers ovals fits perfectly inside the laurel wreath so cutting one from Kraft Coredinations created the right size of plaque for the old jalopy. To finish some more arrows (cut and rub ons) and the sentiment, as this is intended for someone in particular...


And then on to the 'reject' which was a real pain to photograph - the glitter didn't seem to glisten as well until the sun made an appearance, but as I say, this may have come down to the amount of glue. Festive Berries replaced Pumice Stone on this Frameworks die cut and I added some charity shop bought seed beads and Glossy Accents for extra texture.


I created another of those Distress Damask backgrounds using a different one of the pattern shapes and Antique Linen Distress Paint as the resist. The ink blending and stencilling worked in the same way as the last card.


For this one the dragonfly stamp took centre stage; rather than let it get lost behind the glittered strip I cut another dragonfly and circular sentiment from Clearly for Art so they could be shaped and layered over it. The details were also highlighted by water-colouring around the stamped image with Distress Markers and a fine detail brush. To match the 'blueprint' look I drew lines around the edges of the card and painted them in the same way.


As I don't want to see this card (which I do like really) go to 'waste' I'm entering it into the current Country View Challenge - Nature's Glories, sponsored by Country View Crafts.

With the sun still out and the nights so much lighter it feels like this weekend should be a good one, even though it's exam/revision central around here. Definitely time to break out the barbecue and get in that garden to enjoy the good weather while it lasts! Hope you have a great weekend whatever you are going to be getting up to.

Take care of yourselves, Jenny xxx


41 comments:

  1. Ohhh I like BOTH of your Distress Glitter offerings Jenny! what wonderful techniques for your lovely background - and wonderful shimmer with the Glitter you used! I learned a lot from your post today!

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  2. Both cards are AMAZING! I'm inspired by so many of your creations, Jenny. And I'm so glad to see you're participating in the CC3Challenges.

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  3. Lovely cards Jenny! Yes it can be tricky stuff that distress glitter but well worth it, I love the way you have mixed the glitters and added the little beads a really lovely effect. . Have a good weekend ! Toni xx

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  4. Jenny...the queen of cards! Your cards a so cool! I particularly love the first one as I am such a teal nut! :) I love the chevron die cut with the mix of various brown tones of Tim's glitter. That looks SO COOL! Love your design! The second card is also very pretty. Thanks for sharing your art with us at CC3C. <3 Candy

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  5. GORGEOUS & GORGEOUS!!! My goodness--Winners, the both of them, I'd say :) Jenny, your style is Fantastic and everything you create just WOWS me, every time, Seriously!! Thanks for sharing these Awesome cards! XOXO-Shari

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  6. Hi Jenny, gosh you are a busy little bee this week! I like both of your cards, but I love the colours of the first one. The effect of the damask stamp against the background colour is lovely. As always I love your work. Mo x

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  7. Well I would have been very happy with the reject! But I am fiercely impressed (as always) with your main entry. Stunning background and fantastic glitter medium. Have a really lovely weekend. Nicola x

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  8. Oh Jenny I have to say I love both cards! The background papers look fantastic with those fab Damask stamps and what you did with the glitters looks wonderful! I really do love both, - you should not be too hard on yourself!

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  9. Your post made me smile, I have made two as well but neither is up to scratch - that old perfectionist is responsible! Yours, on the other hand is a real triumph, I love the damask stamp too and love the way you have used it here. I would not call your second card a reject at all - I love the colours on that one. Anne xx

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  10. Beautiful samples of glittery goodness Jenny! Love them both! Great attention to detail! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  11. SHUT THE FRONT DOOR! This is spectacular! Your mixing of the glitter is both clever and beautiful. Cutting a stencil from your framework dies, genius! I LOVE the damask background and teal is my fave colour. I think you should win, hands down. I REALLY LOVE THIS CARD, (YES, I AM SHOUTING)! LOL ;)

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  12. Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous!! I like both cards, but different things from each. In the first I love the colour and the second the dragonfly. Good luck in the challenges. Have a great weekend, I hope the weather hold out for you :o) x

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  13. Fabulous cards Jenny. I do love them both. Hugs Rita xxx

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  14. Both your cards are great and amazing how many techniques you have used on these cards alone, and you mentioned about the Tim Holtz mini blending tool...I just ordered one today,..I can't wait to get it, I'm sure it will make blending so much smoother...

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  15. Stunning work on both of these. I am useless with glitter so love to see what anyone makes using it and yours are wonderful.

    Love Chrissie x

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  16. Good. Morning Jenny,
    Both of these beautiful creations are absolutely AMAZING!!! I love them.
    Your design of both is fantastic although the fist is my favourite, I am not an orange person.......thank you for sharing your talents.
    Have a great weekend
    Hugs

    Patricia xxx

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  17. Brilliant backgrounds, Jenny!
    And the distress glitter has never looked better!

    Claudia x

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  18. Oooh fabulous glitter on those frames, love that dragonfly stamp, use it all the time. Great makes - gorgeous

    Samxxx

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  19. I really wish you could see the circumference of my eyeballs from when I arrive on your blog to the time I leave. I can't open them BIG enough to take it all in. I love that you're a perfectionist and if it means us seeing two cards, then so be it. They are both exquisite in their fabulous uniqueness. As for the bg paper...OMG! You created such a wonderful base pallet for these images. I can't pick a favorite, they both stand out in my book!
    Happy weekend
    Lisa :)

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  20. How fantastic, these are two wonderful pieces of art.

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  21. The background design is so beautiful and I like your touches of glitter on both cards.
    Great work .... as always Jenny!
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  22. Wow you have been busy the cards are fabulous and love the damask background :)
    Von ♥

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  23. These are both breathtakingly beautiful. I love the colours and soft, dreamy feel of the first but also love the complexity of the second!
    The seed beads were a great addition.

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  24. Both of these cards are awesome! I love the beads in the second one-so clever! The first one is very awesome too. I love the glitter color against the blue/greens of the rest of the card. And the car! :)

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  25. Beautiful cards, Jenny! Love the glittered frameworks! Need to get my glitter on too! Hope to have some time today to play. Hugs, Sandra

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  26. Elegant cards with stunning "blingbling" effects Jenny!
    Nice SUnday, Alie :)

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  27. Fantastic cards, Jenny - what gorgeous colours on the glittery Frameworks, and I just adore the dragonfly one. Sadly I shan't get to play this month - Distress Glitters didn't make the cut for the travelling stash!
    Alison xx

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  28. Love these cards, Jenny! The glittered Chevron frameworks are totally beautiful! Your cards are always such a treat. These dies are perfect for stencils! Hugs!

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  29. You have totally rocked these two cards! Love your glittery beauties! xxx

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  30. Both these cards rock Jenny!! Love the colours and your glittered chevrons are stunning!!! Beautiful creations!! ox

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  31. You make the most beautiful cards Jenny! Love the glittery die and the design of both of these! Thank you so much for playing along with us on the glittery challenge at CC3Challenge!!!

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  32. Wow.. both cards are gorgeous, Jenny. The glittered texture is amazing. Love the beautiful vintage color scheme on both cards, too. Wonderful design! :)

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  33. Love both your glittery cards, Jenny
    Rosie x

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  34. Both absolutely gorgeous, love the mixing of glitters and the beads a fabulous addition. Stunning!

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  35. Jenny your cards are both incredible! I love color that you've used and the glitter on the chevron... stunning! BArbarayaya

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  36. Wow!!! LOVE both pieces! So pretty and I love how you put them together! So enjoyed you playing along in the CC3C!

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  37. First card = AWESOME
    Second card = RUBBISH... pop it in the post and send it to me ;O))
    Seriously, you are TOO hard on yourself, they are both amazing... love the colours on both (which I usually don't go for red but with enough brown and cream to balance, it looks perfect, as does your card) Anyways.. guess I am trying to say... LOVE THEM!!! Thanks for playing along with the CC3 Challenge x

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  38. Both are beauties, love the colors and composition.

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  39. Jenny, these are both so beautiful. You've rocked out the glitter on the chevrons! Sorry to be so late coming 'round... thank you for joining in again at CC3C!

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Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving your comments - they are really appreciated. Jenny xxx

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