Saturday, April 14, 2012

Compendium of Curiosities 2 Challenge Begins!

Everyone who loved participating in the first Compendium of Curiosities Challenge (me! me!) was thrilled when Linda announced that with the publication of CC Volume 2 there would be a new series of challenges on her blog.  Finally, that day has come.  Click HERE to get the total scoop from Linda herself.  And, if you don't already own Tim's new book, click HERE to get your own autographed copy.  And just in case you recently returned from a lengthy alien abduction, click HERE to find out more about Tim.

The first challenge is to make a custom foam stamp and then use in on a project.The directions can be found on page 66.  I made a stamp from Tim's Townscape on-the-edge die, and used it to decorate a small unfinished wooded frame.



After a coat of gesso on the unfinished wood dried, I colored it with distress stains.  I used peeled paint and broken china.  I stamped the townscape foam stamp with black paint, then colored in the windows with distress markers (mustard seed and spiced marmalade).

In the tiny opening of the frame you'll see two separate Wendy Vecchi stamps (from her Homemade Art set) that I combined together.  The house is part of a much larger stamp, and in the original has writing inside the house.  Using painter's tape, I masked off the writing and the rest of the stamp, leaving only the house with nothing inside.  In that same set is the sentiment, which fits neatly inside the little house.  Random luck?  I think not.  Wendy is just too good about creating stamps that fit well together for me to believe in coincidences.

I used Ranger's black archival ink for the stamping, and Tim's distress markers for the coloring.  Now, if only someone I know would move into a new home I have the perfect gift.

The generous folks over at Simon Says Stamp are going to be giving away a $25 gift certificate to a randomly chosen participant, so what are you waiting for?  It's time to make a foam stamp.


25 comments:

Alicia said...

Super Cool and what a great finished product! *Hugs* and good luck in the drawing!!

Kirstin said...

wonderful use of the challenge!! you have a piece of art no that I hope you are hanging in your home with pride!

Vic said...

Great piece!

Bearcrazyman said...

Great job as always!

Christina said...

beautiful piece..... Love it!

Kathy Eddy said...

This is just adorable! I love your bright color and great choice for making a stamp also.

Dorothy said...

Wow Eileen!!!
That is so cool!

Penny Duncan said...

Oh how COOL!!! Love it!!!

Linda Ledbetter said...

Tim + Wendy + Eileen = a perfect trifecta of wonderfulness! As you always do, you've made visual magic. Thanks for being part of CC2C, Eileen!!!

Ally White Cat said...

dreamy and wonderful..
susan s.

Suzan VonEssen said...

Love love love this!!!

Kris Whittaker said...

I love your frame. Great use of so many Tim products!

Jennie Atkinson said...

Great project!

Nicie Ibarra said...

Beautiful work!!! :)

Bethan said...

loving it!!!

Shelly Hickox said...

Love this!!! It's one of the few dies I don't have and now I'm thinking I just might need it. Very cool use of it!!

Shelann said...

As I sit here sipping my Cosmo I contemplate your beautiful art of which I may have to make one for myself, yah!

Wanda said...

What a beautiful piece of art!!!

Marjie Kemper said...

Great piece! Love the way you did the windows on the houses.

Lori said...

Fabulous! Love that die as a stamp!

Patzee said...

This is one of the coolest creations from someone who has created lots of amazing art! I love the boldness of the stamp surrounding the message. Very cozy and effective.

Sunshine Girl said...

This is fabulous - looks like you had lots of fun!

SophieNewton said...

How stunning is that!! I used the same die for my stamp too, I love these little houses, your colours are gorgeous.
Sophie x

Ann said...

Love your frame - it's sooooo cool!!
Great colours too!
Ann xx

Maria said...

Wow, this is absolutely amazing!! Love this and I love the Wendy Vecchi touches as well!