Wednesday, December 22, 2010

The Compendium of Curiosities Challenge #25

Thanks to the couple of folks who noted my absence from the blogosphere and asked how I was.  Well, I've been battling a terrible cold that has knocked me out and made me very tired and lazy.  It's hard to get creative when your workspace is a mess and you lack the energy to clean it up. 

I pushed a few things to the side (and most landed on the floor), and made myself enough room to work on CCC # 25, which is scribble stain distress.


Yes, sadly this is the cleaned up version.  But there was a tiny bit of usable space on the table.

I'm still in tag mode, so I pulled one out and opened Tim's book to see what this technique is all about.  And it turned out to be one I've never used.  That really helped me get into a creative zone, so I did my best to ignore my sneezing and sniffling, and came up with this:


I actually used the technique twice:  on the background of the tag itself, and also on the paper (plain copy paper) I used to make the rosette.

The fleur de lis in the center of the rosette was pewter colored metal which I altered with Tim's chipped enamel technique (except instead of using distress embossing powder I used one of my favorites....verdigris from Ranger's Antiquities line).  The folded "ribbon" under the rosette is tissue tape over scrap cardstock to give it more heft.

The baubles attached to the top of the tag are all handmade from beads found in my donated stash. (That would be the big box of costume jewelry given to me by friends, family, and neighbors who may not understand what I do, but are happy to help out.)

Now, if only I can muster up the needed ambition to bake the cookies I always bring to my friends for Christmas dinner........


24 comments:

Helen said...

Wow, even when you're ill you produce stunning work!
Love the tag, the rosette is beautiful.
Have a very Happy Christmas.

Tammy D said...

Very nice. Please feel better!

Angie Hall Haviland said...

FABULOUS tag, Eileen!! I too love that Vert. embossing powder!!!

I sure hope you feel better soon!!!

teri said...

I'm so sorry to hear you are not feeling well. All that Tim Holtzing has knocked you out. I blame Tim! Maybe there is an application to cure the apres-Tim virus. Some kind of stamp or powder or liquid?

craftytrog said...

Gorgeous tag Eileen, great colour!

Nancy Lynn said...

Sorry to hear that you are not feeling well. Your tag is beautiful. Happy holidays to you and the best in the New Year.

Lori said...

This is an awesome tag, I love the colors you chose as the background, and I really love the verdigris on that metal charm. Hope this finds you on the mend, nothing like a good cold to suck all the life out of you. Rest up..and..drink plenty of fluids. At least that's what they say..

Elaine A said...

Hi Eileen -

Sorry to hear you are under the weather sweetie. Hope you start to feel better real soon. You take care of yourself. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and may 2011 be a very good year for you!! Oh, and I love the tag. For a sick puppy, you still do amazing art - LOL!!

Hugs,

Elaine Allen

SusanK said...

Fab tag! Verdigris is such a neat color!

Sue Young said...

How I love it when someone else's work space looks exactly like mine!!!
hope you feel better in time for Xmas Eileen! sue

Minxy said...

Fab tag, looks great on the rosette ;D

Vic said...

It's wonderful! I love all your little details. TFS

I hope you feel better soon.

Kathy2eggs said...

Great Tag and I'm so sorry you are fighting a cold. I know how you feel...and my work space never gets truly cleaned!!!
Have a great holiday with your friends, they won't care about the cookies...it's you they want!

Netty said...

Terrific tag, love your tissue tape and Rosette and also the background, yep I love it all. Hope you are better soon and have a lovely Christmas. Annette x

Penny Duncan Creations said...

Oh Eileen....I've been out of the loop too not because I've been sick though....I hope you are on the mend.....I love your tag and I just LOVE seeing your creative area......I can just see you there!!!

Anonymous said...

Eileen,
Love your tag, hope you don't mind if I make one similar to it. I have the verdigris color but haven't used it yet, hoarding it-lol. Hope you feel better real soon. You are amazing.
Gail in Oklahoma

Anonymous said...

Wow Eileen - even under the weather your creativity knows no bounds. Hope you soon lose that cold and are in great shape for the New Year.

CuddlyBunny said...

Holy cow! Your creations are amazing and wonderful even when you're feeling ugh.

I hope you're feeling great soon and wish you a new year of fulfillment and joy!

Patzee said...

Eileen, so glad you rallied to make this super tag. Love the colors, too!

inge said...

Hello Eileen,

your desk looks like this when you're sick ? ... mine looks always like this and I don't have the excuse of being unwell...LOL

I missed so much of the CCChallenges so I'm not quiet sure which technique you used here. ( I must hop over to Linda's blog.. you tease me).

Anyway I like the result on both your tag and rosette ! Nice colors too !

And the verdigris embossing powder : it's one of my favorites too !! I love this color in real life and in imitation :)

greetings from belgium
Inge

Diann said...

Another beautiful tag! I hope you begin to feel better and can enjoy your holiday with friends! Can't wait to see your upcoming ART! Happy Holidays! Diann

Terry said...

Fabulous under the weather scribble tag! Love the rosette! My craft area only got cleaned up so I would have a wrapping space!!!! Get better and Happy New Year!

MarleneMAZ said...

Fabulous tag Eileen! sorry you have been ill. I love how you used the tissue tape on the rosette, great addition to it.

Linda Ledbetter said...

Happy, HAPPY new year, dear Eileen!

I love your gorgeous "Dream" themed tag-- the Scribble Stain Distress is lovely on both the background and the rosette, and wow, are those colors ever spectacular!

Of course, everything you make is gorgeous, and this is further proof of that!

I hope you're feeling 100% better by now and are well on your way to making 2011 your favorite year yet!