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Sunday, 10 August 2014

Compendium of Curiosities 8 - Faded Layers

It is time for Challenge #8 over at Linda Ledbetter's CC3C Challenge.  This fortnight is sponsored by the wonderful Linda Coughlin of The Funkie Junkie Boutique who is offering a $25 voucher to spend in her on-line shop.  Another lucky person will be chosen by the Curiosity Crew and that person will win a bumper bundle of Tim products, kindly given by Tim and Mario.

The challenge is to use Tim's Faded Layers Technique as found on Page 58 of the Compendium of Curiosities III.  I cannot explain the technique to you (you need to work from your own copy of Tim's Compendium) but I can say that Challenge 8 was certainly a challenge for me!  I had five or six failures before I got a result I was happy with.  There is one thing for certain, you really do need to use the card stock that Tim mentions on Page 58!

My lovely friend Mo cut some of the large bees for me and I have made a few projects with them but had one bee left over so I decided I could use it along with this amazing technique to create a wall hanging.


The wall hanging measures 7" x 5.1/2".  I used the correct card stock to do the technique and used Tim's Honeycomb and Cargo stencils.  I matted and layered onto black card, corrugated card and again onto black card.  The words 'be you' have been stamped in Black Archival ink using Tim's Text stamp set.

I added some curly wire to the hanging along with a piece of vintage ribbon stained with Broken China and Peeled Paint Distress Stains.  To finish off I added a little bee charm.



The bee was painted with Scattered Straw Distress Ink and then I used an embossing pen to cover the areas I wanted to be black and I added black embossing powder and heat set this.  The wings are cut separately from thick acetate, one plain layer and one embossed layer.  The layers were lightly coloured with Pool Alcohol Ink using a blending tool.  I added some antennae with some curled wire.

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It was a very busy week last week, hubby's birthday and meeting up with lots of crafty friends.  My lovely friend Astrid was travelling on holiday and we agreed to meet up.  I contacted my bestie friends Mo and Jenny (Buttons) so that we could surprise Astrid.  She was indeed very surprised and delighted to meet Jenny again and to meet Mo for the first time.  Along with our husbands, we had a wonderful time.  I won't show you a photograph, it is not a great one of any of us.

I thought I would show another creation I used the bee for, Astrid loves bees and I made her a little accordion storage folder:


I used Jenny (Buttons) fabulous faux wood technique which you can find HERE at Frilly and Funkie.

I made another for myself using the dragonfly this time, this was my first attempt at the wood technique.


The inside has been done in an accordion style so that lots of things can be stored inside.  I am using mine for spare die cuts.


Thanks for looking, I will be back on Tuesday with some sneak peeks of something coming our way just in time for Christmas!  I hope to see you then.  Hugs, Anne xx



40 comments:

  1. Fabulous creation Anne. Love the Bee and the honeycomb too. Glad to hear you all had a great time with Astrid and Christian. She would be really surprised when Jenny and No turned up. Have a Good Week. Hugs Rita xxx

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  2. Anne you have been busy....as a bee? I love your faded layers take, it's so well thought out. Beautiful...and the other makes are gorgeous too. Ruth x

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  3. Oh bother, ive just lost a really long comment! Ill try again. Anne all these are fantastic. The wallhanging is gorgeous, especially love its background. I bet you are way too self critical and need not have abandoned all those initial first attempts. I hope you have placed them in your super-fab binder. Thats a great and apt verse on its front! Youve nailed the faux wood technique perfectly and I think Jenny should send you a gold star for being best in class! Its so lovely that you have these friendships and have met again with Astrid. Arent you the Cilla Black with Mo and Jenny hiding in the wings, bet you all had a good laugh. Also Im sure Astrid loves her gorgeous gift. Wishing you a lovely week ahead Nicola x

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  4. Love the faded layers technique, it looks so cool! All the projects are fab. The wood effect is brilliant! Sounds like you had a fab time with Astrid and Co. Take care! xx

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  5. what a wonderful background you created Anne! I had some trouble as well - but didn't have the time to redo - so my fading is quite subtle - then realized I used Gloss card stock - thinking it would be similar to what TIm used - but perhaps it's not - I'll have to try again now! I also love your wonderful folders - the insects are so fun to use aren't they! I also should have made the wings on my project out of acetate! Love your bee and the cute bee charm!

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  6. Hi Anne,
    Love all your new creations especially that first one with the honeycomb background and the lovely bee that you added. It goes perfectly with it. :)
    I just added something New to my blog. Please stop by and look and leave a comment.
    Hugs

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  7. What a fun and full post, Annie! I'm so glad you had a wonderful week with hubby's birthday and the visit with dear friends! How great that Mo and Jenny could surprise Astrid!

    I love that bee wall hanging you made for Astrid! And your bee and dragon fly accordian files are both stunning! Absolutely gorgeous AND practical and I really love that wood effect!! Love and hugs, Darnell

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  8. Wow a fabulous weekend indeed meeting up with great friends...love the accordion book you made for Astrid and I'm sure she will treasure it...loving both creations and of course the bee goes perfectly with your Honeycomb background and you're not alone in struggling with that technique...practice makes perfect....hugs kath xxx

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  9. Hi Anne love all the colours you have created on your wall hanging. The bee looks great especially with acetate wings. Nice to catch up with friends glad you all enjoyed it x

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  10. Just goes to show it pays to persevere. I love your honeycomb background and that bee even though it looks a bit scary! Your folders look great and I'm glad you had time to catch up with friends. Elaine x

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  11. Such stunning creations Anne.
    The colours on the wall hanging look so beautiful. I love all you detailing on the bees and the dragonfly with such amazing wings. The storage folders you made are beautiful too, the wood technique you have used is so effective.
    I am pleased you had a lovely time meeting up with some crafty friends.
    hugs Sue xx

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  12. Great use of Tim's technique Anne, looks really wonderful. Finished mine yesterday, not my best, lol! How wonderful you surprised Astrid and sounds like you all had a wonderful time. Great gift for Astrid too! Nikki xx

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  13. You've done it again Anne! Your faded layers background is so crisp and sharp and looks fabulous when combined with the beautiful bee. And Nicola is right, I will award you a gold star for your weathered wood folders. Having seen Astrid's one irl I know how wonderful it is and I'm so glad you made one for yourself too. It was so special to meet up with you all - thank you again for organising that fantastic surprise, what a great evening! Hope you have a really good week ahead. Jenny xxx

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  14. Fabulous piece Anne, I think your faded layers background looks fantastic and I love the colours you chose! The bee looks brilliant and you are so right, I love bees and I adore the little folder you made me, such a clever design!!

    Thank you again for the wonderful evening and surprises!!! xxxx
    PS can't wait for what you will be showing us on Tuesday!

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  15. Morning Anne, love your bee wall hanging, the colours look fab and nice job on the background.
    Love, love, love those little accordion folders, what a fab idea. Sounds like you all had a great evening too! Belated Birthday Wishes to your hubby ...... Have a great week ....hugs Linda xx

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  16. Hi Anne, love the bees on everything. The colours and the distress effects are gorgeous. Hope you are both well, pleased you had such a good time.
    Happy crafting, Angela x

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  17. Anne...your faded layers card is so pretty! I love the colors you've chosen and you did a fabulous job with the technique! You really were able to achieve a great faded images from the stencils! Way to go! I also love your bee! It's so cute! The wings are very cool and I love that you've matted your faded layers background with black. That really makes everything pop! Thanks so much for your sweet comments that you leave on my blog as well. They mean so much to me and thanks for sharing your art with all of us at CC3C. <3 Candy

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  18. Beautiful creations Anne. I love Astrids little gift. I love when crafty friends make gifts for each other because we all know how much work went into it we appreciate it all the more.

    You made me laugh about not showing the photo,I hate having photos taken :)

    Hugs
    Donna xx

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  19. That bee is gorgeous, I love how you make blues and greens come together perfectly (and btw your card has gone in the post today too) xx

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  20. These are gorgeous makes Anne with some fab techniques. I love bees so they're all a hit with me! >:o) Chris xxx

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  21. Hi Anne, your wall hanging is beautiful - I love the colours and as for the folder, wow what a great idea and it looks gorgeous, I bet Astrid was thrilled - glad you all had a great time, hugs Carole Z X

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  22. Wow, Anne, the bee is fabulous and the background is breathtaking! Thanks for joining us at CC3C!!

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  23. I just adore the been and the dragon fly - I will get them eventually!!! Just ordered the butterfly for now as it was the only one in stock at CVC - your faded layers piece is just awesome Anne - just your colours - it looks perfect. I love the other makes too with the woodgrain - brilliant makes one and all! Hope you and david are well!! Big hugs rachel xx

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  24. Anne, you have been having a fun time with that layered bee! Oh how I love these projects all so gorgeous. It had to have been such a great time for all of you to get together with your husbands as well! Glad you all had such fun. Hugs!

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  25. Hi Anne, You have been busy... I adore the bee & the wonderful dragonfly...Love these amazing creations...Astrid will love her gift...Have a happy week.. Hugs May x x

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  26. Wow Anne! Some fabulous makes there! Love your faded layers, you've managed to get a lovely clear pattern of the honeycomb . Love that bee ! I've just bought the butterfly, really loving these dies, not sure how long I can resist that bee! Your folder for Astrid is beautiful I bet she was delighted you are a very kind and thoughtful person very best wishes Toni xx

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  27. Miss Anne you are TOO MUCH, the wall hanging is GORGEOUS, that bee is SUPERB with his fabulous wings and curly antennas, what a wonderful SPECIAL night out, your gift for Miss Astrid is DIVINE, she surely loves it , can't wait to try that wood technique, thanks for the link and all your wonderful creations, hope you have a wonderful week, ((( BIG HUGS )))...

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  28. It's always such a delight to pop in and see what you've done this week! (You do know when I finish commenting I will be hunting up pg 58 now that I have the book?). This is so pretty. Love the corrugated background and of course your 'faded' layer. You must have such a stash of charms - you always manage to have just THE right one for each project. Your bee looks way too real! I expect him to just wing it right off that background. Loved the other projects too. You have been a busy bee yourself! I sneaked off to Mo's link quickly, so I'm off to enjoy what I saw over there a bit closer. So glad you ladies had a chance to meet and have fun. Belated Happy Bday to your hubby as well. TFS & Big Hugs.

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  29. Such a wonderful creation for the CC3 #8 challenge Anne! Love your Faded Layers, especially using the Honeycomb stencil--perfect with that bee! Looking forward to following your blog and visiting more often :) XOXO-Shari

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  30. Lovely creations. The little file is fab and such a useful item.
    Toni xx

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  31. Gorgeousness abounds Anne, love your style and I love what you did with the technique... Thanks for playing along with the CC3 Challenge and hope to see you again soon x

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  32. More stunning creations, loving your backgrounds too and the more I see this bee popping up on projects it is growing on me.
    Julie x

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  33. You nailed this Anne! Love both of these, and that bee! The wood looks awesome too! So fabulous! Thanks so much for joining us on this cool challenge at CC3Challenge!!!

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  34. I SERIOUSLY love this. The technique is perfectly executed, highlighted in your wall hanging and perfectly highlights your lovely bee. Fantastic!!

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  35. Having tried the technique already, I can tell you, I think you did a super, outstanding job. I feel much better knowing it took some trial and error. So far, I just have error! I love your wallhanging!!!!

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  36. The techniques displayed in this post are marvellous, the background on the hanging and also the faux wood panel which looks so authentic.
    So lovely that you met up with Astrid and surprised her by arranging other friends to come along. I have no doubt she was touched that you created this folder with her in mind and that she will treasure it.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  37. So beautiful! I love the coloured background and the wonderful sentiments you've used.
    Rebecca.

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  38. Makes of all sorts are wonderful but the friends one makes along the way are priceless!!!
    Sandy xx

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  39. Beautiful busy bee creations, Anne - and what a lovely dinner party that sounds!
    Alison xx

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Your comments are much appreciated! Hugs, Anne x

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