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Friday, 14 August 2015

Compendium of Curiosities #34 - the Grand Finale

Hello friends and lovely new followers.

I am so very sad that this is the Grand Finale at the lovely Linda Ledbetter's CC3C challenge - No. 34.  It has been an amazing journey for me, I managed to enter 32 of the 34 challenges and enjoyed being taken out of my comfort zone many a time!  Huge thanks to Linda and her wonderful and oh so talented Curiosity Crew for the encouragement, the lovely comments, the win and the Hon. mentions along the way.  Thanks also to the wonderful sponsors Inspiration Emporium, The Funkie Junkie and to Tim and Mario for providing some fabulous prizes.

The sponsor for this challenge is Linda Coughlin from The Funkie Junkie who is offering a $25 voucher to spend in her wonderful on-line store.

The challenge this time is to use Tim's Layering Stencil - Monoprint Technique which you can find on Page 48 of Tim's Compendium of Curiosities III.

I started off my adventure with CC3C nearly 70 weeks ago by using Tim's beautiful seahorse die set (I know, I use it a lot!) to make a gift for a lovely friend.

I created a card and a frame to hold the card if she wishes to.

The finished card (unframed)
I started off creating lots of backgrounds with the technique (which I cannot share with you).  It is a great technique to play around with.  I opted for the square card at the front.  I used Mermaid Lagoon and Cracked Pistachio Distress Ink and Tim's Woodgrain stencil as I wanted to create an underwater  'reed' like effect.
I die cut and painted my elements, created a faux sand base (Tim show how here) and crackled some of the elements with Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint.  I chose not to use the red coloured seahorses in the end.
This image shows up the crackle on the seahorses very nicely.  I added seed beads for eyes to the seahorses and also added some seed beads to create some 'bubbles'.
The sand dollar is coloured with Antique Linen Distress Paint with a little Gathered Twigs DI around the edges.  The starfish is coloured with Abandoned Coral DP.  All of the greenery has been cut from various Tim Holtz dies and coloured with several of the green Distress Inks.
This is a view of the card in the frame, which has been decorated quite simply with gauze, some moss and a few seashells from my collection.

Apologies for the darkness of the photos, the weather has turned nasty here, it is raining heavily and very dark and gloomy.... I think we may have had our three days of summer this year....

This is my DT piece for Inspiration Journal and you will find many of the items I used in Inspiration Emporium's on-line store.  If you use my code Redanne you will receive a 10% discount off your whole order.  

I know this is the Grand Finale of CC3C but some of the Curiosity Crew have hinted that we will be seeing more of them, so fingers crossed - and thank you again to all of them!

Thanks for looking, I hope to see you again soon.

Hugs, Anne xxx




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39 comments:

  1. Wonderful technique and fabulous card framed and unframed. That stencil works so well for your water scene and what a stunning colour choice! X

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  2. Once again, you've done TH proud with the fabulous use you make of his products. He just smiled hugely when I told him the 1st hug was from a British lady who is probably his best advertiser!!! This one is just gorgeous with all the gleam on the seahorses, the colors & seaweed, the very realistic sand and that sea/reed background is stunning. How you can imagine these products put the uses you employ, never ceases to amaze me. Your friend will be so pleased to have this. It's just gorgeous! But then, your projects always ARE! TFS & Big hugs.

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  3. WOW Anne, this is awesome. I love your background. I haven't had a chance to play with the CCC3 Challenges in awhile (sad face) but I am really going to miss it. Great addition to the grand finale!

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  4. Fabulous job with the monoprint technique Anne! Love those colors and am so pleased you used the seahorses again! They really are wonderful, aren't they? Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful art with us. We have really looked forward to seeing them every two weeks! You are so talented! Yes, I think you will see more from us in the future. I look forward to seeing more of your art too!

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  5. As an ocean lover.....this is BEAUTIFUL!!! LOVE your colors!!!!

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  6. fabulous project as always Anne...love your beautiful monoprint background and your gorgeous crackled seahorses...have a great weekend despite the dismal weather...hugs kath xxx

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  7. Gorgeous Anne! Well done for entering so many of the CC3 challenges! I got off to a good start but have fallen by the wayside of late. I agree with you though Linda and the team have done a fantastic job and it's been great seeing so many fabulous entries from you and many other talented crafters. I hope Tim's thinking about a CC4 ! Toni x

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  8. What a lovely card/gift - it is fabulous.
    Such a lovely project and the result is a wonderful keepsake.
    Toni xx

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  9. This is just beyond stunning, Anne! Love those amazing crackled sea horses and your vibrant colours and texture and everything about this card! Fabulous project!
    Branka xxx

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  10. WOW! This is stunning Anne. Your design is outstanding. I love the background, gorgeous layers and the wonderful seahorses look so beautiful.
    hugs Sue xx

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  11. Gorgeous Anne, the colours are so eye catching and the backgrounds are lovely. I love the sea horses and elements you have added. Lovely card. Tracy x

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  12. I pressed before I had finished typing lol. Just wanted to add that I love your design framed . Tracy x

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  13. Oh my word Anne, your card is stunning but in the frame it's exceptional, I'm sure the lucky recipient is going to love it.
    Julie x

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  14. Anne....as always, you've created a lovely piece. I love your color combinations. So vibrant and immediately draws the eye to your work. I love those die cuts. I've not bought them but everytime I see your art using them, I'm thinking that I need them! :) Beautiful backgrounds using the monoprint technique. I wanted to thank you for joining us here at the CC3 Challenges. I know how much you love Tim's products and seeing how you used them to always create such lovely pieces was a treat for all of us. Finally, I want to thank you so much for your always sweet comments. It's so nice to hear from blogging friends and you always leave such positive, uplifting comments. Thank you so much! <3 Candy

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  15. Anne, this grand finale is a real stunner! All the details and colors are wonderful and how clever to use the woodgrain stencil for the water effect! Love this card and the frame adds another fabulous effect! Hugs!

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  16. Really gorgeous Anne -- I absolutely adore your sea horses!!!!
    Sandy xx

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  17. You always rock that seahorse, and your background monoprint is perfect for the sea theme! LOVE this! Thanks so much for joining in on this last challenge and all the challenges before at CC3C!!!

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  18. How glorious this is Anne! you REALLY make this die set shine - the colors are SO bold and bright - and your framed scene is truly wonderful - your friend will just LOVE this - who wouldn't???!!! we are having a lovely hot summer - practically all of July and Aug with just a few days of rain - wish I could send you some sunshine! Julia xx

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  19. This is Amazing! Love it so much!!!

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  20. Just beautiful - the background is fabulous Anne. Love the faux sand and the sea horse shimmer! Bright and fun! j.

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  21. this is wonderful Anne - absolutely gorgeous - and its so good that you've managed to join in with so many of these fabulous challenges. Well done to you! Big Hugs rachel xx

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  22. Gorgeous seahorses in another glorious underwater scene, Anne - I love it in the frame - really drawing the eye in to enjoy all that texture and sparkle. Wonderful!
    Alison xx

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  23. This is spectacular, Annie! It's been wonderful walking with you on this creative journey and delighting in all your amazing creations! No one does ocean and seahorse scenes as well as you do!! Hugs, Darnell xxoo

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  24. Just gorgeous Anne, your stencil monoprint background is beautiful (all of them !) and love the amazing texture from the sand and on your lovely seahorses. A wonderful piece, your friend is going to love it! Deb xo

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  25. Such a grand piece for your finale Anne. Truly unique as usual and a stunner.

    Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x
    ShirlsCards.

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  26. Wow! Anne what a way to finish! Your card either framed or unframed is stunning ! Your chosen background is fantastic and I never would have thought it was created using the woodgrain stencil ! Love the sand and you ALWAYS rock the seahorse . Your attention to detail as always is second to none. Stunning!

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  27. I desperately need to get my hands on that seahorse die, you always make it look so beautiful!! Wonderful patterns on all your panels, I just love the way they look like water bubbles! Such a wonderful project Anne, a refreshing underwater scene! hugs :)

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  28. This is sooo cute! It would make a beautiful decor in any room. Love the bright colours with the white frame. The background technique is very cool! Hug,
    Ingrid xxx

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  29. I love this technique and can't believe it is the last challenge! I have really enjoyed seeing everyone's takes on his techniques. This is a great use of the woodgrain stencil as an underwater scene! You are a true genius.

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  30. Hi Anne, you have certainly made good use of these dies, surprised you've not worn them out! But it's a lovely piece again and they are gorgeous. Love the background technique and everything about it. Happy crafting, Angela x

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  31. ANNE!! Look at this beautiful card/shadow box!! You have, once again, knocked this one out of the ballpark!! I love this underwater scene and completely adore how you have one of the seahorses hanging on to a piece of sea grass!! I know your friend is loving this every day she sees it!! Way to go!! Cheers to a happy and creative week, Anne!! XOXO-Shari

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  32. Wow Anne! What a gorgeous under water scene you created! The crackled detail looks amazing! All the little creatures are so cute!

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  33. Anne, I adore this! You definitely had some fun with this technique. I love the photo of all the playing you did. Those are all fabulous and I'm sure will be put to good, creative use soon enough. Your signature sea horse theme is once again wonderful. Love the crackle and all the texture. It's been so much fun sharing the CC3 Challenge experience with you. Thank you for your participation and all your amazing works, and your lovely comments along the way.

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  34. Oh my word Anne! This is so freaking cool! LOVE that you used the woodgrain to create a sea background..so stinkin' clever! Ack...love your sea horse theme...what to go for our last CC3 challenge!!! THanks for sharing.

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  35. The vibrancy of this is superb Anne - it looks positively alive! Always love your 'underwater' pieces and am especially bowled over by this one. Each and every element is superbly done.

    You lucky ducks with your 3 days of summer - we only got 2 days here!! Nicola xx

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  36. The background is spectacular and provides the most perfect underwater feel.
    Anne, I don't know if it is my laptop or not but there is no text with your posts.
    Anyway, it isn't spoiling my enjoyment of viewing your art as this is fabulous.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  37. This is wonderful Anne! Love the depth this has by you great choice of colours!! I wish I had found more time to play …but then we wouldn't have ben away as much as we'd like!! Chrisx

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  38. Ooh this is so beautiful! The background is gorgeous and all the elements are wonderful especially those magical sea horses! It looks lovely in the fabulous frame! xxx

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  39. This is stunning Anne, love the colours and fabulous background, hugs Carole Z X

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