Sunday, July 27, 2014

An Anniversary Artist Trading Block

*I'm so glad I squeezed in right before the deadline. I wrote this post while I was finishing my project very late Wednesday/very early Thursday when I got the call that my baby sister (and only sibling) was going into labor! Yay!!! Mackenzie May was born on Thursday evening a completely gorgeous healthy 7lb 7oz bundle of perfection....I am in love all over again! Who knew being an Auntie was this amazing. Now that I have had a mini gush... on to our regularly scheduled programming....

Welcome. As with my last post this one is rather long so go ahead and get comfortable, or just skip to the pics ;)

Summer is definitely in full swing and with the wonderful weather comes tons of fun activities for the family. This is lovely, as the kids get lots of outside time and so do I, but it also means a lot less time spent creating indoors at craft corner. However, I promised myself that no matter what I would do everything in my power to try and complete every challenge over at CC3. For those of you that don't know CC3 is the absolutely addictive and super inspirational challenge blog set up by the fab Linda Ledbetter. It is dedicated to the rock God of all things altered and inked, Tim Holtz. Every fortnight Linda and her amazing band of artists, the Curiosity Crew, pick one technique from the third addition of Tim Holtz's book Compendium of Curiosities and a challenge is set up dedicated to this particular technique. You do need your own copy of the book to play along as no technique tutorials will be provided. You can purchase your own copy at Tim's site or you can hop over to the generous sponsor of this weeks challenge Inspiration Emporium this is an awesome site full of everything you need and more. They are offering a $50.00 gift certificate to one lucky player, and if that's not enough the crew chooses another player to receive a swag bag put together by none other that Tim Holtz and Mario Rossi themselves! Rad! This time around we are playing with Tim's Painted Industrial technique. This genius technique is amazingly versatile and relatively easy to pull off, making it a favorite of mine. You can use it on 2D and 3D projects, it can be an accent or a focal point you can dress it up or distress it down you can make something vintage, modern, or shabby chic. It is great for those of us crafters/artists that love to save our scraps to use on a later project! So go grab a copy of CC3, turn to pg 46 and get your craft on!!

For this project I hopped on the Artist Trading Block bandwagon. All I can say is uhoh... I'm addicted. This is my first ATB, as I finally broke down and bought one of Eileen Hull's ATB Sizzix dies...LOVE IT! This is such a versatile die, I know that it will get a ton of use for not only ATBs but an array of other crafty goodness as well. The ATB I made for challenge 7 also serves as an anniversary card/gift. Since my husband and I just celebrated our 13th wedding anniversary and the traditional gift for year 13 is lace, I tried to create something that was both masculine but also has that lace feel. The painted industrial technique paired with the particular texture fade I chose does this well. I decided not to close my ATB so that I could include a micro mini album inside. The album also uses the painted industrial technique as well as papers from Tim's Laboratories paper collection. One of the designs matches the texture fade I used perfectly, continuing that Gothic lacey feel while also remaining somewhat masculine. Inside the mini album I have left little messages and memories of the last 13 years.

Country View Crafts: Word Play
Craft Hoarders Anonymous: Who's the Boss
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes
and of course Compendium of Curiosities III Challenge 7: Painted Industrial

Thanks again for stopping by, your comments and support mean the world to me. Until next time Keep it Crafty!