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Tic Tac Toe for October

Welcome to our monthly challenge and its a fun one.  I called it Bingo but was told it was Tic Tac Toe because I didn't have enough columns to spell BINGO but a 9-block would do a TIC TAC TOE so here you have it.


We have two sponsors this month:  Stitchy Bear Digital Outlet and Bugaboo Stamps.


I selected to use Tire Swing Set from Stitchy Bear and this is the card my grand-daughter and I created using colored pencils and Gamsol. My tic tac toe was diagonal "digital stamp, bling and a die cut".



I used two images for my second card. I am using Fancy SB Winter from Bugaboo Stamps and a digital scene stamp from Make it Crafty. I decided to do very little coloring and highlight the snow using a eplique pencil, a little sprinkle of glitter and my heating tool to set it quicker. It turned out really sparkly although it doesn't show well on the photo, the snow does resemble the real thing.

Well that's all I have to share today. I hope you will stop by our challenge room and play with us. Just click the October Challenge Tab above to enter.

Until the next time we chat
Be safe, stay healthy, and be happy creating

Hugs
~Lesia~

Another Altered Project

Okay now that I've discovered how much fun altering things can be I have absolutely lost my mind! I think I now have about 6 projects on hand so I will never be bored at least not for a few months.

I decided to alter a little bit more and this time it has a purpose. A co-worker (whom I can't announce) is reaching a milestone and we plan to do a review of her accomplishments and present her with a gift.  I was asked to create a card that everyone could sign, but instead of a card I came up with a different idea.

Check out what I did below with a couple of paper mache letters.

I forgot to take a picture of the two letters so I snagged these from Wal-mart just to show how they started (you know what I mean).

I painted them with acrylic paint, grabbed a few sheets of scrap paper (a paper pad that has only 5 or 6 sheets left) from my stash and started cutting and mod podging.  The end result with the help of a few flowers is shown below.

The cool thing about these letters is if you use a light colored paper for the reverse side then you have what could have been the inside of a traditional card.

I'll show you what I mean in just a second.  The paper pack is called Generations, but I cannot remember the brand name for the life of me. Anyway, I used a white gel pen to add the white spots to the flowers just to draw your attention.  Then in the corners I added gold sticker corners.




The flower arrangement on the "A" was created with some rafella straw that I braided, a piece of string I found and some crochet lace that I dyed and then punched out using a Martha Steward punch.


You can see the crochet lace and the white gel dots I added better on this photo of the "W".

Lastly I added pearls around the entire perimeter of both letters and then sprayed the whole thing with a gloss sealer to keep it all protected.




On the back I used the reverse side of the paper which was the right shade for signing.

Everyone thought it was a neat idea and I am hoping my co-worker will like it as well. I'm also hoping she doesn't decide to look at my blog this week because she's the only person with these initials. I'm pretty sure I'm safe because she is on business travel and will most likely not have time to relax.

I had so much fun doing these letters that I decided to buy enough letters to do at least 3 more sets for a few friends and enough letters to spell out my complete name.  I already have my initials but now I want everyone to know my name (lol)

Your comments are welcomed and I do love it when you stop by for a visit.  I hope you will visit again real soon.

Be Safe, Stay Healthy and Enjoy Each Day

Hugs
~Lesia~

Altered Art Introduction

Hello Everyone

I have been incognito for the past 13 days and here is why. If you remember last month for the bonus challenge I asked the M&M Girls to create a project using items I provided and those that were given items to alter did such a wonderful job that I decided to give it a go. So I went out and found me a few paper mache letters and boxes, a couple of old cigar boxes (hidden in an attic) and a few pieces of plain wood and canvas to work with.

It was such fun and I was having a blast playing with these items because for me this was all brand new and a learning experience.  Before I knew it I was hooked and everything I saw I wanted so my grand-daughter had to slow me down.

So I'll start sharing a few of the projects I have completed.  Let me see, first up will be my cigar box.  I've purchased 3 really old ones from an attic ($1.00 each) and 2 brand new from ebay.  Buying them new was a better deal (less work to clean). Oh well that's enough of talk because I am too excited so here goes my first altered cigar box. Don't know what to call the material but it is the really old lacquered king that have a lip-to-lip type of lid.  Let me just show you:



Here you can see the cigar box before I did anything to it...well actually, you're seeing it after I dusted and gave it a bit of a bath with a wipe.







Now to continue to showing you the inside and hopefully you can't see the dust in the corners, as I've just noticed I need to clean a bit more (think I'll buy from Ebay the next time).



And finally here is the reverse side of the cigar box.  I sanded it just a bit and took off all of the paper that had lifted or appeared to be peeling.





Then I proceeded to gesso the whole box.  Once that dried I used acrylic paint to highlight the edges.  Additionally, I tried to hide a few cracks I found just from the age of the box (mostly around the lid..another reason to buy new next time)




Now Whola...the top of the cigar box after I got a hold of it.  I'm not bragging but I sure am grinning from ear to ear.




I am so pleased how it turned out especially with it being my first time ever.

I thought for sure I would mess it up and that is why I decided to buy old and cheap so I could test and demo but this one turned out good enough to claim it as my own.





On this photo I wanted to capture the lace front and the little handle I added so you could open it without turning it upside down.


Okay and here is yet another angle of the front.  The paper is Secret Garden by Pink Paislee and it was perfect for this project.  The flowers are all from Wild Orchid and the Pearls are Recollections.

So now its time to move along.  I still have to share the inside and the reverse side with you.
I added trim around the edge to add a cushion for the lid when it closed and to hide a few of the cracks I noticed.  Then some scrap paper finished it off.  After I took this photo I went back and added a small resin frame by Melissa Francis with a piece of mirror paper to give the illusion of a mirror on the inside.   If anyone has additional ideas throw them my way please.


The last thing I did was add paper to the bottom so I could put my stamp of approval, and then I used these little dials to make feet for the box.  I think its best to paint and then adhere (might make it easier).




Well guys I am just thrilled...in fact I may have a bonus challenge where you have to enter something that was altered.  That might be fun but what would be a fitting prize for the winner.  Suggestions welcomed.  We'll see, I need to check with my team and see what they think.

In the meantime, I would love it if you would leave me a comment and tell what you think about my cigar box.

Thanks for stopping by!
~Lesia~

The Frenzy Continues

Yep, I'm back with another imitation of a Mo Manning favorite.  I think I almost captured it completely, but there are still a few subtle differences.  Do you see the difference?...not to easy huh?

Anyway let me start with the original creation by none other than Tracy.  Hello my lovely crafting mentor person....


Tracy's coloring skills never cease to amaze me...just fabulous I tell you.  You can check out the details of her card by clicking here.

While you're there check out her tutorials and other creations.  You will find yourself wanting to try your coloring skills and what I like is her ability to create something lovely with very little.

Not a lot of over-kill and yet a creation that draws attention and shares a message.  Now to move on to my very own creation of which I am simply proud.  Now to share my lift of this delightful card.


My card doesn't appear to be as bright as the original but I am sure I used the same designer paper so perhaps I don't have the best lighting in my craft-room.

Anyway I followed the basic coloring scheme and layout using what I had on hand for the most part.

I managed to get the greeting using my PC and Word, and the buttons came in a pack I had gotten some time ago.  As I said I am getting used to coloring still but my own technique and style is starting to merge although I find it real interesting to see how others color.  

Light to dark or dark to light, or do they lay a base color and then start the shadows.  Everyone does their own thing and for some reason they all turn out pretty darn good.

I continued using the left over paper to finish off the inside allowing a space for a personal message but keeping the color scheme the same inside.

Additionally, I have made it a habit to always create an envelope for every card I make.  This way should I need to give it up, the inside will be complete, my stamp will be on the back, and there will be a endorsed envelope that matches the card making it even more personal and special.

For this card I used "7 Gypsies "Venice" DSP, Mo's Digital Image "Sailor Boys" Distress Inks, Miscellaneous embellishments and the following copic markers:  

Skin E00, E11, E13
Hair E55, E57
Clothing B93, B95, B97, R35, R37, R39
Boat E35, E37, E39, E000, E00, B000, B00
Shading E41, E42, E43, C00, CO, C2

I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges:

Sister Act Card - Challenge #74
Craft for the Craic-Challenge#8 "Something With Circles" (9/28)
A Creative Romance - Anything Goes (9/25)
Treasure Time Rubber Stamp - Anything Goes (9/19)
Suzy Bee's Blooming Challenge - Anything Goes (9/18)
Crafting At The Weekend - Anything Goes (9/25)








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