Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Two Challenges, An Etsy Shop and a Tutorial

Ah, how easy it was this week to do another double-duty piece for the CCC and SSSS challenges.  Please click on the respective initials to learn more about each one.  Why do I love these challenges so much?  I find it easier to work with a focus sometimes.  I am an admitted technique junkie, so love the opportunity to try new ones.  I am a sucker when prizes are in the offering.  Though I've not won anything yet, my competitive side lives in hope.
This week's CCC is the blended batik technique, to be found on page 36 of Tim's book.  And at SSSS, we're to do anything Lord Tim of Holtz inspired.  Pretty obvious that I can get two for the price of one here.
So, without further ado, blathering, digressing, here is my Lord Tim of Holtz inspired blended batik tag:
For the technique itself (which is what you see in the background) I used a bunch of neutrals....old paper, vintage photo, tea dye, and antique linen distress inks.  The stamps I used:  Post Card is from Tim's Letter to Santa set, and the script is from his French Marketplace set. Over the technique I stamped the postmark (also from French Marketplace) in walnut stain, and the Eiffel Tower (a Stampin' Up stamp) in black soot.
The ticket and advertisement, tucked under the large grommet are from the 100th Collection set and French Marketplace respectively, and I stamped them on scraps of manilla tags and inked and distressed them with a variety of the same neutral inks used on the large tag.
I finished it off with some lace ribbon on top and bottom, and that made me just have to use the image of the lovely lady, snipped from a Graphic45 sheet.
Now, what's this about an etsy shop?  No, not mine....I still have some issues with selling stuff (and let's just leave my issues out of this blog, thank you very much), but the shop of a good friend with mega talent.  Remember this?
 It is the fabulous one-of-a-kind charm necklace done for me by my friend Val.  Val's necklaces are stunning, and she has opened at etsy shop.  Check it out.....you won't see jewelry like this anywhere else.

As for the last reference in this blogpost title, every other Tuesday I do a technique tutorial on the Paper Imagery Designs blog, and today is that day.  Come and visit me there and see how to make some cool backgrounds with melted crayons!

26 comments:

Lori said...

Love the tag, it's awesome, of course. Neutral tones are so vintage, just goes with the theme so well. Well, congrats to Val! Her pieces are stunning, I must say. Will try to remember to check out PID, your tutes are always the greatest. And I didn't realize you had issues at all....lol... here's hoping you win the prize..and thanks for joining the SSS challenge!

minnie_mac said...

Love this tag. The colours you have chosen, all the elements contributing to the theme, and the way the lace on the tag picks up the stamped lace.

Marilyn

scrappin-scrappin said...

Beautiful tag Eileen!! Love the neutral colors!!

Tammy D said...

Love the tag. Just perfect.

TwoHeartsPath said...

Your Tag is Awesome as Usual!! I Love It, and all things Tim!!
The necklaces are Fabulous, it makes me want to dig through my junk drawer and try to fashion one myself!! I am sure there are buried treasures long forgotten in there!! I am off to see your tutorial now!! Thanks for sharing!!
Patti

Victoria said...

Great tag! You're so inspiring!

Dorothy said...

awesome CCC!!!!
Love the necklace!

MarleneMAZ said...

Gorgeous tag Eileen! all the elements work perfectly together.

Kerry said...

Eileen, I love it. I love everything about it, .

Kathy Eddy said...

Turned out fantastic as always Eileen! Love those vintage colors you chose. Love the necklace too. Hopping over to have a look at her stuff now.

Linda Cain said...

Eileen,
Every thing you do ROCKS!!!! Love it!

Helen said...

How beautiful! Gorgeous colours, and love the "technique" (I am having trouble with mine at the mo!) Off to check your tut now.

Helen said...

How beautiful! Gorgeous colours, and love the "technique" (I am having trouble with mine at the mo!) Off to check your tut now.

Nancy Lynn said...

That's a beautiful tag. Great job as usual. Thanks for the heads up on Val's shop. Have a wonderful day.

Elaine A said...

Eileen -

This is just so beautiful! What an awesome tag, you've nailed it! I love the things you come up with.

Elaine Allen

Angie Hall Haviland said...

FABULOUS tag, Eileen!! and thanks for sharing the bracelet---PRETTY!

LynneForsythe said...

Lovin' your tag!!! thanks bunches for playin' along with the Design Teamies and Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge!!!

Linda Ledbetter said...

Eileen, you are one talented girl! This is one of the prettiest examples of vintage elegance I've ever seen, and that cool Post Card stamp is a FABULOUS way to use the blended batik look! What a sweet design!

Okay, that necklace makes me want to go shopping, and I really can't do that because I have a CRUISE to pay for, for cryin' out loud! STOP TEMPTING ME!!! ;-)

I'm going to run right over to the PID blog to distract myself and admire your tutorial... ♥

Diann said...

Fantastic tag for your TIM ART challenges...love it! I really like the technique with the neutral colors. I love the necklace of Val's and will check out ther Esty shop. I bopped over to see your PID technique and it looked awesome too.....love to do the crayons myself! Cut out fabulous fall leaves from the crayon technique and use them in your Fall ART! Diann

Penny Duncan Creations said...

Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh......SUCH A GORGEOUS tag!!!!! Love all the goodies to look at.....And WOWZERS the bracelet Val made for you is AMAZING!!!!!

Nancy said...

Wonderful tag, Eileen - as always!!

Going to have to check out Val's Etsy shop - love her creations!

Nan said...

Beautiful tag..it's has such a soft and pretty feel to it. Love that postmark stamp too. Off to see your tutorial!

Trish said...

Wonderful tag!

Terry said...

Your tag is just beautiful! Love the colors and images! So soft and vintage! Love it!

Cardmaking Galore said...

Great colour scheme Eileen! And yes your friend's necklace is fab

Shawn Caro said...

Wonderful tag! I love the vintage look the lace adds to it. As for that necklace--Amazing! I shall head on over to Val's etsy shop right away. Take care, Shawn