As you know if you've read my blog the last couple of days, I've been privileged to be guest designing for Catherine Pooler over at StampNation, and this week's challenge is "Doodling." She's had a big name co-sponsor, Tattered Angels, who sent the designers all sorts of fabulous goodies with which to play, and we posted our projects on StampNation a couple of days ago with sneak peeks on our respective blogs (here's my post). There are all sorts of cool prizes to go along with this challenge (go here for full details). Well, I couldn't stop with just making a card, oh no, I had to go much further. I've been in a wood block kind of mood lately, so...I made another one and pulled out all the stops with Tattered Angels products! They've developed a new line of papers called "Tattered Tangles" which are mistable and paintable, plus they also sent some of their Glimmer Glazes, some rope yarn and even some darling mini clothespins. And here is what I came up with.
Of course my husband asked "What is it?" Umm...it's pretty, said I. And it has little inspirational, fun quotes. And, and...uuhhh...what indeed. It's JUST BECAUSE, that's what it is.
I took a 4x4," 10' cedar fence post and had the home improvement store cut it down into many 4" blocks and sanded this one until it was silky smooth. OK, the fun part of this project is that it is the reason I went to Home Depot last week THREE TIMES to buy tools. A vise for my workshop that I'd been wanting for years but had never gotten around to getting. A new drill (that I didn't use here.) More tools. Spray paints. Fun stuff! I also paid a visit to some other stores for some of the findings.
Each side of this block uses TA papers, including this flower, the pieces of which I misted with the alcohol ink sprays I made from their Glimmer Glazes. They're such a deep, rich color that I knew they'd be fabulous in sprays, and they are! I mixed the Sangria and Desert Sun and came up with this fun orange blend then attached some organza shapes (melted in a candle flame first) and some jewelry findings (flattened bead caps, flower bead, pearl).
The cute sayings were cut from the sheet that was chock full of them, so many from which to choose! I sprayed them all with ink sprays because the new TA papers take sprays so beautifully. The drips and dribbles add lots of character.
Another of the sayings, another flower, this time using the Sangria and Blue Oasis sprays. All of the sayings have been edged with corresponding colors of glitter glue.
This is my favorite side. I LOVE the saying, and I had the perfect charm to hang from the little clothespin...
...which I dry brushed with gesso and also glittered the top. The bird charm even matches the whole color scheme quite by accident!
You can see the distressed edges and corners. After sanding the block with my handy dandy orbital sander (hence the need for the vise) I sprayed it with black paint and then white, then I sanded the edges and corners down to reveal the layers. Then I decoupaged the papers on with Mod Podge.
This block will decorate my craft room nicely and I'll turn it to view whichever sentiment makes me happy for that day. This is a good one.
The finial makes my daughter laugh every time she sees it. She was expecting something small and dainty, but this block, with all of its bold, graphic papers called for something with a little more oomph, hence the finial that normally would go on the end of a curtain rod. It's metal and quite heavy, and I attached it to a wooden round piece for added height and painted the whole thing black. Since the theme of the challenge is doodling, I doodled on the finial with silver shimmer paint and sprayed it with clear sealant.
I dry brushed the bright orange rope/yarn with gesso before wrapping it around the base and topped the whole thing off with a couple of vintage earrings. Actually, they're mine so I guess we can't call them vintage, can we. CAN WE. Right. One of them was missing the largest pearl but I had one in my stash, so...problem solved! Some rhinestones on tops and sequins sprinkled on the sides finish this...thing off. Oh, and some tiny wooden craft store finials spray painted black for the feet. This thing deserves to be lifted up a bit.
Thank you SO much for joining me today, and do hop on over to Catherine's blog to check out the challenge which is still going on. There are prizes from Tattered Angels as well as from Catherine, so you won't want to miss it!
Craft Hoarders Anonymous #4 - Show Sparkle, Glitz or Glam (sequins, rhinestones and vintage jewelry)
The Shabby Tea Room #210 - Anything Goes
Altered Eclectics - Anything Goes
As You Like It - Favorite Coloring medium and why - (I love alcohol ink sprays and frequently make my own with various color mediums. I've used three sprays here that I made with alcohol and glimmer glazes, a red, yellow and blue, to mix and mingle into other colors, both on the flowers and all the sentiment pieces).
Frilly and Funky - Neglected Dies (Tim Holtz Tattered Flowers and Spellbinders Rose dies - I haven't used them in ages!)