Thursday, June 9, 2011

Making Art! Challenge 16

The latest Making Art! challenge at the EverythingWendyVecchi yahoo group is based on a piece in her first book (page 34 to be exact), but all members can participate even if they don't have the book.  Lori (our fab list mom) says, just be sure to include at least one of Wendy's stamps, and the following elements from the original piece:  ric rac, ball chain, and a circle in a square.  Okie dokie.

As I've mentioned before, I'm in a birthday card club and we decided that this year instead of sending traditional cards we'd send 4x4 pieces.  Each person could then assemble their "cards" into a little book.....something that will be a lasting memento.  So, whenever possible, I'm doing my challenges on coasters so I'll have a supply of cards to send out for the coming months. 


First I scraped some aqua and purple metallic paint (one of my current favorite things to do) on the coaster.  When dry, I used Wendy's houndstooth background stamp over top, in black archival ink.  The smaller square on the coaster was inked with dusty concord and chipped sapphire, then overstamped (in sepia archival ink) with Wendy's number background stamp.  The flower, from Wendy's It's More Flower Art set was colored with broken china and faded jeans, and highlighted with faded jeans distress stickles.  The leaves are from Dimensional Rose Art, and were inked with peeled paint and crushed olive.  You probably can't see it clearly, but I used the distressed lines background stamp, also from It's More Flower Art on the leaves (in olive archival ink).

For the circle part of the circle on a square, I used a large bottlecap that comes with those flowery scallops.  The birthday sentiment is an old Stampin' Up stamp.  Instead of using the ball chain as a hanger, which is what I probably would have ordinarily done, I used it an an embellishment for the bottlecap, glueing it in place with Glossy Accents.  Then more GA was applied over the birthday greeting.

The ric rac speaks for itself, but I did add a few silver brads to repeat the metal in the bottlecap.  I was going to end it there, but decided the piece needed one more touch of bright green, which you can see in the flourish, embossed with Zing's leaf embossing powder.

To change the topic, I totally missed my three year blogoversary back in March, so have been looking for some other blog related milestone to celebrate.  Well, the next time I blog, it will be my 500th post!  Don't know when that will be, or what I'll do, but some sort of giveaway will be involved.  Stay tuned.

17 comments:

Nancy said...

This is very cool, Eileen! Love the colors!!
My blogoversary is coming up - I've yet to come up with the 'how' for my celebration, so I'll be watching what you do! ;-)

Helen said...

I love the colour on the coaster - totally scrummy! Must go check out this challenge as soon as I get home from work.

Lesley said...

Gorgeous colours!!!! And i love what you did with the ball chain!!!

Penny Duncan Creations said...

What an AWESOME card!!!! They will be a hit in the books you all will make!!!! How FUN!!!

Bunny Vance said...

Love it! and the colors are out of this world! What a great idea with the size and coaster! then bind at the end of the year ~ totally awesome idea!
Thanks for sharing!
Bunny

SusanK said...

Love the idea of 4x4s! These colors rock - love the ball chain inside the bottle cap, too! I missed a few milestones myself so maybe something special will happen at thte next one? Only time will tell. Love watching your space to see what you create.

Dorothy said...

Love the 4 by!!!

Tammy D said...

Neat-O Eileen.

Lori said...

Well, here I thought this one would take you at least a day to think of an idea... so much for a challenge where you're concerned. lol. Seriously, you incorporated all the elements beautifully, love that ball chain in the bottlecap! (somehow I knew you would do that..lol) Thank you for being a loyal participant in the MAC's!

Marjie Kemper said...

Beautiful! Love the color combo and the bottle cap is fab.

Alicia said...

This is so cool Eileen! LOVE the ball and chain inside the bottle cap as it makes the flower really stand out! *Hugs*

Nancy Lynn said...

Love what you did with the bottlecap and chain on the coaster. Way too cool.

Vic said...

Another great piece! I love the color combo.

Kathy Eddy said...

This is such a fun piece Eileen and very cleverly done! I love your use of the chain!

craftyM said...

Love it... my all time favorite colors! And what a great idea... a little birthday book! VERY NEAT!
M-

Angie said...

STUNNING! Love the color combos and what a terrific idea for the chain!

2amscrapper said...

This is a great piece!