Thursday, June 5, 2014

CC3 Challenge #3 ~Faux Tea Rose~Let Your Dreams Fly~June 5 2014

Greetings! I hope you are having a lovely day this day:)

It has been just about two weeks already since the last project in the Tim Holtz, "Compendium of Curiosities Volume 3" Challenge hosted by the wonderful Linda Ledbetter! Do take a look there at all the amazing projects and beautiful blog. Best part is, you can join the challenge any time! Just order your own copy of the guidebook from Tim Holtz here and he will autograph it for you, too!! Then follow the prompts which are posted each two weeks til we make our way through them all. I'm learning tons already!

This is an odd numbered challenge, so it is sponsored by the Inspiration Emporium and they are offering a $50 Gift Certificate to a  random lucky entrant! So cool and generous, thank you!! There is also a super cool prize pack donated by Tim Holtz and Mario Rossi to be awarded by the Curiosity Crew!

For this challenge we had to use a specific die and transform it into a lovely rose. Don't worry, grab your copy of the book to see how! It was my first time trying this technique and after a couple of tries I think I got the hang of it. It is so fun!

Well, here I go! Below is my entry for the Faux Tea Rose Challenge sponsored by Inspiration Emporium. If you are curious, my supply list and process is below the pictures:)

This is my project, "let your Dreams fly". The garden is such a fun and relaxing place to enjoy and seek inspiration! I have roses and garden critters with a twist:)

My roses were made with air conditioning foil tape bought at the hardware store. Gardens should sparkle right? I attached the tape to cardstock then die cut it. After that I embossed the cuts using the honeycomb and bubbles texture fades. I added alcohol inks to get the yummy deep color! I LOVE the foil tape and inks, they are so far among my favorite 'stuffs' to play with:)

Next my magical buggies! My next favorites, gears and cogs, no wonder I love all things Holtz, right :) !! The mini fasteners work great here too, so many uses.

My lovely dragonfly checking things out! The rose vine is painted with distress paint on top of gesso, I wanted a grainy distressed look. The fern-like leaves are also gesso covered then painted with Distress Stain, again the get the fading and brights all at the same time. Everything is mounted on my self made 'fence': constructed from popsicle sticks with more distress, can't have too much distress!

I really love how the roses change color depending on the angle of view. It is a fantastic quality in the foil tape and alcohol inks.

Steampunk roses and buggies, a wonderful place to let your dreams fly.

Please leave me a word (or three) on what you think:)

Entered/Linked into the:
CC3 Challenge 3 Faux Tea Roses

The piece also works well for the wonderfully open challenge held at Simon Says Stamp: Monday "Magic" theme.
SimonSaysStamp Monday Challenge: Magic, Alcohol Inks on metal, magical<3 Gear & Cog Buggies<333


  1. Love your technique for your roses, and your mechanical bugs very original. Mo x

  2. WOW!!! The color of the roses are my fav! Love that you did them in metal! Your buggies are magical too...totally digging the dragonfly! All are gorgeous against the white fence...a dreamy scene! Thanks so much for joining us in our rosy challenge at CC3Challenge!!!

  3. This is very pretty, love your rose color.

  4. Beautifully creative!! love the dragonfly!!

  5. This is lovely! And - yes... alcohol inks on metal are magical! Thanks so much for joining us at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog! - Ashli :)

  6. Gorgeous faux tea roses! And the crackled peeled paint is perfect! Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Hugs, Sandra

  7. Hello. How did I miss your faux tea rose piece? It's really really pretty! Love the peeled paint background. I also wanted to thank you so much for leaving such a nice comment on my blog. I hope to see your work on this latest challenge at CC3C with textured paste/stenciling layering. <3 Candy

    1. Thank you! and you are very welcome, your working is wonderful:)

  8. how cool to mix and match things like that. Have to try it sometime.


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