Friday, October 3, 2008

September Catch up

I have been so busy working on holiday gifts...things that I can't post, it would give away the surprise that I forgot to post some of the fun swaps and Repeat Impressions pieces that I finished in September. So here is a quick recap.

For starters this Gothic Arch covers a slew of challenges from this past week starting with the open Theme Gothic Arches let us play with.

Theme Thursday challenged us with: This week’s theme is “road trip”! Use images that make you think of a “road trip” in your creation this week!

One Powerful Hour wanted us to focus on: This weeks theme is fun and flirty, or down and dirty, it's shoes!
I love a pretty pair of dainty high heals, and I love the comfort of an old ratty tennis shoe. Create a piece of art using any style shoe. They can be the focal point or in the background, maybe the shape of your card, the possibilities are endless.

I think this arch does an okay job with all those things. Not so sure that Theme Thursday will consider a walk around Paris as a road trip...but it would be a big one for me...considering I live an ocean away!

The background paper is an old map of Paris. I then poked random holes at some fun looking locations and strung shimmery DMC Floss from one hole to the next. I stamped a high heal shoe using Versa Mark ink and covered that with Pearl Ex Powder, after sealing that I attached the sight seeing woman and then all around the edge I added sequins filling the center with pink seed beads.

These Fabulous Pennants are for a swap with Alpha Stamps. The requirements were that we must use the Pennant shape and holiday themed collage sheets and or rubber stamps by Alpha Stamps.

I Selected New collage sheet called Old Fashioned Christmas. I attached it to the Pennant and then used Tim Holtz Crackle paints in weathered wood and old paper to cover the rest of the pennant. When that had dried I added the snowflakes which are stamped and glittered.

My finishing touches are the Dresden around the edges and a fabulous silver snowflake that I attached at the bottom.

You can see a lot of the crackle detail and the shimmery effect of the glittered snow flake in the close up picture.

Last but certainly not least is this piece that I did for Repeat Impressions. A Haunted Mansion belonging to who else by Count Dracula himself.

The background is made using orange acrylic paint. I let it dry and then smeared on in lines petroleum jelly, over that I painted very carefully, a cream acrylic. When the cream paint was dry enough not to smear I wiped the paint off, it removed the clear over the petroleum jelly leaving the fabulous random streaked effect. I thought it was a little to bright and happy so I stippled black and grey ink over the entire house.

All Stamps are from Repeat Impressions, I used the Bats, Haunted Tree, Dracula, Spiders Web, swirls, and Legacy Alphabet.

The swirls are purple pearl ex powder, when I took the photo they showed up blue. Dracula is painted with Twinkeling H2O's and so is the Haunted Tree. The Spiders web and the words are covered in glitter.

As a finishing touch I added the cat and pumpkin trim boarder...

Hope you enjoy!


Femmy said...

great work!! love all of them!! the top one is my favorite! such a great image and colours!!

Kreativgeschwafel said...

really fantastic - not only the theme thursday arch!

Stempelchaotin said...

Wow wow wow what for amazing pieces.
Unbelievable work. I love them all.

~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

You've done a fabulous job of combing several challenges, that's a challenge all in itself. I've enjoyed all of your Fall themed artwork, very nice!!! Great crackle finish on your banner too = Love it!

Willy said...

Wonderful pieces!

Kelly said...

beautiful art! all your pieces are wonderful!

Faye said...

Wow, I think you made up for lost time with this fabulous arch and the cards below it. They are all wonderful and the holiday ones look very intricate.

Barbara Hagerty said...

Everything here is wonderful!! I love the glitter snoflakes on your beautiful pennants, and the Halloween castle is fun! I LOVE the Barbie doll image in the first piece, and the vintage look is very nicely done! GREAT pieces, all of them!!

Linda Elbourne said...

Fantastic work!

carolann said...

Wow these are stunning hun you have been busy well done hun xxxx

LazyKay said...

Wow, you've been busy!

Great pics.

Love the work you've done, particularly the 'oh Christmas tree' piece.