Monday, August 8, 2011

If Friends Were Flowers...

I'm back and I'm making flowers!  Tim Holtz grunge style flowers, that is.  After yesterday's no flowers challenge, I was tempted to cover this piece with all kinds of handmade flowers, but I reined myself in and settled for one, plus I used the floral DP from Tim's Lost and Found Paper Stash.  What is it, you ask?  It could be a wall hanging or a piece of table art.  Haven't made up my mind yet - LOL!

Our challenge this week at Simon Says Stamp and Show is to Show Us a Tim Holtz technique.  I opened my Compendium of Curiosities to page 65 and made Tim's Grungepaper flowers, almost exactly as pictured.  I could have altered the paper, but I really liked the look of the ledger paper and text paper he used so I just CASed his flower.  The Grungepaper was cut with the Tattered Florals die and the leaves were cut from canvas with the Tattered Leaves die which I dyed in a puddle of ink and water I mushed around with containing a couple of drops of artichoke and vintage photo inks.  I wanted the leaves to be more brown and dried looking than green.  I muted the bright floral paper with a brushing of Snow Cap acrylic ink dabber.  The Hardware Findings and bookplate diecuts are chipboard covered with DP and ink distressed with Vintage Photo.  Same for the word Friends which was cut with the Vintage Market letters die.   If you are interested in seeing the detail up close, just click once on the photo.  Click a second time to really zoom in.  

The sentiments were done on my computer, lace and floral metals are from my stash.  I have to tell you I really struggled with this piece.  I think my mojo left for another week's vacation.  I just could not get inspired and felt like I had creative block.  I was almost late with my submission for this challenge.  Hope your next piece goes easier than this one was for me!  Hop on over to the Simon Says Stamp and Show challenge blog.  You are sure to get a great dose of inspiration from the other designers on the team!  What's your favorite Tim Holtz technique?  Hope you will show it to us this week!

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Thanks so much for stopping by and for all the lovely and encouraging comments.  I so appreciate all the comment and visits!

18 comments:

Candy C said...

Hi Linda. For having creative block...you came out of it really well. I love your friends piece! You put a lot of effort into this...the layering, the stitching, etc. I love it. <3 Candy

Suzi said...

Wow! Linda, this is just gorgeous, I love the papers, flowers is exquisite as is all the wonderful additions. Stunning creation sweetie.
Hugs
Suzi x

Marjie Kemper said...

Beautiful, Linda! I understand the need for a flower after all that denial on the OCC piece. Love the hardware finding covered in the DP and must say thanks for your tip about toning down the bright paper with the snowcap paint. Have a great day!

Amystarz said...

I think it's safe to say that creative block has now left the building. This is a beautiful piece. I love the muted tones of the floral paper stash paper and the book print on the hardware findings and vintage market letters. Lovely lovely creation!

MD said...

FABULEUSE
BRAVO

Lori said...

Beautiful Linda! Love that flower, and the brown tones, really awesome!

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

I love your grunge flowers and your friends creation is gorgeous. Tracy xv

Linda R. said...

WOW!! I just love popping in seeing your creations.. Your card is Beautiful.. Love that flower..

Hugs, Linda

Conniecrafter said...

Cool flower and I really like the white wash on the paper, gives it a neat look

Darlene G said...

LOVE your card. A great "Friends" piece.

coldwaters2 said...

Hi Linda what a beauty this is the flowers and aged look is totally gorgeous I love it.
Hugs
Lorraine x

Shelly Hickox said...

LOVE the creative way you've combined all of these die cuts. Gorgeous creation!

tracey said...

I love the flower it is wonderful and the texture of the leaves is great .

LynneForsythe said...

Linda.....how does one even create something without flowers....IT HAD TO BE HORRIBLE....hehehehe (I saw it and it was beautiful!!)

Glad to have you back in your flower mode!!

Gillian .... said...

Hi Linda, love all the different use of the dies, the stitching detail finishes it all off perfectly, another fab DT project!

email: Steph@SimonSaysStamp.com said...

This is gorgeous, Linda! I'm especially a fan of the newspaper letters and flower.

*mwah*
Steph
Simon Says Stamp!

sasa said...

Hi Linda, I would be bursting to get flowery too! Love the layering and those leaves. Really like these subdues tones and natural tints. Another creation full of detail and love! A huge thank you for all your lovely words - I'm on my hols deprived of all my crafty stash, just itching to get back.Wishing you oodles of inspiration for this weeks Dt theme (and don't you just luuuuuurve the new folk?
Sarah

Trish said...

It's so beautiful!

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