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Thursday, 7 May 2015

Compendium of Curiosities #27

I am bringing up the rear again with my creation for the lovely Linda Ledbetter's Compendium of Curiosities #27  where the challenge is to use Embossing Diffusers.  The Curiosity Crew have made some wonderful and inspiring projects.  You can find the technique on Page 61 of Tim Holtz's Compendium of Curiosities III.  If you still need a copy, you can buy a signed copy direct from Tim, HERE.

As always, there are fabulous prizes on offer for the winners.  Linda's Curiosity Crew will choose their favourite to win a bundle of goodies from Tim Holtz and his Logistic Director, Mario Rossi.  One randomly chosen person will win a $50 voucher to spend at Inspiration Emporium's online shop.  Great prizes!

Now that Spring is here and Summer is just around the corner I decided to use my Tim Holtz Sand and Sea die (the seahorse is a favourite) and, of course, the Embossing Diffuser, Set 1.  I cannot share the technique with you but this is what I created:


I used Tim's Wave Embossing Folder for my background, which was coloured with Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink to bring out the 'wave' effect.  The bubbles were created using Wendy Vecchi's Clear Embossing Paste - it is nice to use the clear, as the colour below will show through.  I added some more paste to the bottom and covered it with Tim's faux sand technique which you can find here.  I had some left over from then (yes I don't throw much away!). I backed the piece with some corrugated card which had been painted with Picket Fence and Mermaid Lagoon Distress Paint.


The seahorse was coloured with Mermaid Lagoon and Cracked Pistachio Distress Ink and a layer of Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint was applied over the top.


The sand dollar was coloured with Antique Linen Distress Ink, edged with Gathered Twigs.  The starfish is coloured with Abandoned Coral Distress Ink.  They were all coated with Clear Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint.

To finish off I added some twisted rusty wire for the hanging and one of Tim's new Idea-ology tiny bottles with some faux sand in it.

I hope you will check out the new May challenge at Inspiration Journal which is 'Get Pasted' - no not literally, but you need to use Embossing Paste somewhere on your project. There is a $50 prize for one randomly selected individual to spend at Inspiration Emporium.  If you do shop there and use my code Redanne, you will receive a 10% discount on your whole order.

As always, thanks for looking and I hope to see you again soon!

Hugs, Anne xx




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43 comments:

  1. this is sooo fabulous Anne - absolutely gorgeous - I adore the colours - that pop of red on the seastar is awesome! I love the textures too - from the corrugation to the embossing and crackle effect - all beautiful - I can't believe you kept that sand mix! Lol!!!! nearly time for Port Sunny! Will see you very soon! Hugs rachel x

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  2. You call it "bringing up the rear," Annie, but I call it "saving the best for last!" This is magnificent! You know I love the colors and the seahorse is at his best in this color! I feel like I'm dipping my toes in the sand when I look at your pretty seaside creation!! Hugs, Darnell xxoo

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  3. Fantastic project Anne, love your seahorse he is beautiful. The new DI colours are sensational aren't they, so far all very bright. The rock candy gives the perfect crackle for the sea embellishments.

    Going to Port Sunlight in Oct as too late for tkts after cancelled class.

    Have a fun day there:-) xxx

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  4. I agree with you Anne the seahorse is lovely and the colours you've used just make it.
    Happy crafting, Angela x

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  5. This is such a gorgeous creation, Anne. Love the beautiful seahorse, sand dollar and all the fabulous details. :)

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  6. Love the bright colors, your wonderful little bottle of sand (I still have some left over too!) and all mounted on the torn cardboard - a wonderful summer creation Anne! Julia xx

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  7. Another crafty tool which I don't use often enough Anne. Love this vibrant but oh so cute hanging. Another inspirational piece which is making the ole grey cells work overtime for me. Thanks sweets.

    Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x
    ShirlsCards.

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  8. This is stunning Anne. The scene you have created is wonderful, I love the colours and such a beautiful seahorse.
    hugs Sue xx

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  9. This is fab .... makes me think of summer. I love the colours and the seahorse looks amazing! Hugs Linda xx
    Ps. Are you off to Port Sunlight this weekend?

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  10. This is so gorgeous, Anne!

    Love the summery feel to your fab creation!
    Hugs,

    Claudia xxx

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  11. Love this one Anne and you got to use your Mermaid Lagoon!! The crackling on the seahorse makes it look so real and great mix of greens and blues with the pop of coral. Brilliant! Elaine xx

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  12. You always rock the seaside theme Anne. This is an absolute winner in my eyes. Those colours are fantastic and the whole design is brilliant. Definitely making me reach for a bucket and spade, just need to go back a (fair) few decades in time! Nicola x

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  13. OK, so this has just moved to the top of my list for favourite beach projects ever!! I can't stop staring at this gorgeous piece Anne!! From the corrugated background to those beautiful blue waves and bubbles...hypnotizing!! Loving all your crackled elements too! Wow! What an inspiration you are! hugs :)

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  14. That crackled seahorse is just beautiful Anne, I just adore seahorses! The colours are beautifully stunning and majestic. I always adore your undersea creations xx

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  15. Love your crackled seahorse and the colours are gorgeous . Love that ivy die on the left , whose is that, it's so delicate. Gorgeous background too Anne. Have a lovely weekend. Tracy x x

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  16. Ooo Anne love your undersea creation,it's like being given a peek into the watery world of the seahorse. Love the wave EF and of course the beautiful seahorse and you have showcased the new Distress colours to perfection. Stunning! Hugs Lottie x

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  17. Oh Anne- I just love everything about this piece. The colour, the texture, the dimension!
    Simply wonderful.

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  18. This is such a cool project Anne. Love the colors and the textures and yes love the corrugated cardboard and the rusted wire too. ..They all blend so well.

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  19. How lovely, Anne! I love your theme for this challenge. The use of the oval embossing diffuser in the center of this undersea card is perfect. The bubbles in the center really stand out! I also love the new colors used for this project! Thanks for joining us for this latest CC3 Challenge!

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  20. This is so awesome Anne. It makes me yearn for warm Summer days and taking walks in my favourite place - the beach. Wee Man & I will be seeing some seahorses at the London Aquarium in July. Such fascinating creatures.
    Have a great weekend, whatever you are doing {{Hugs}} xx

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  21. Anne, what a super card! I've never seen the waves embossing folder. It's perfect for your theme and that sweet seahorse seems to want to steal the show. Thanks for sharing with us at CC3C! Hope you have a lovely weekend.

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  22. OMG, Anne, this is incredible! I think you may have single-handedly sold me on embossing diffusers with this project. Beautiful colors and textures (love the crackled bits and the pop of the red starfish).

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  23. Gorgeous! Anne Love the coastal feel you have created with all the lush colour, detail n textures . Another winner hugs xx

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  24. Gorgeous bright brilliant colors Anne! LOVE these dies! Great and fun scene! Thanks so much for joining in on the diffuser fun at CC3Challenge!!!

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  25. It's beautiful ! An "avant-goût" of summer . Gorgeous colours and textures.

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  26. I know I am going to shamelessly copy this - fantastic Anne and such a timely post too! How did you know I have sand and sea on my mind!!!!! I love this Anne - you have made a whimsical and gorgeous sea hanging. Your sea horse could not be better and I love the idea of the little bottle. For me, it is one of your very best makes!!!!!
    Sandy xx

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  27. Anne, another of your brilliant projects, love it.
    Patricia x

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  28. Hi Anne, I forgot just how much you manage to make Seahorses come to life. What a brilliant project with fabulous colours and textures. Not forgetting your adorable seahorse.
    Have a great weekend, Julie x

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  29. Wonderful Anne, you have me humming 'Under The Sea' LOL!

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  30. another gorgeous make , love the embossed detail in the background too x

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  31. Fabulous project Anne. Such beautiful colours & textures.
    Toni xx

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  32. Oh Anne--I'm throwing my hands up on this one! :) :) Just AWESOME!! :) :) I swear I'm looking through a glass bottom boat and seeing this wonderful sea scene swim right before my eyes! I just LOVE THIS!! OK--I'm calling it--WINNER!!! Good Luck!! XOXO-Shari

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  33. Still enjoying some very slow Internet, but getting around! Anne, you have created a wonderful ocean view! Love all that gorgeous crackle! Hugs!

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  34. Absolutely fab Anne (as always) and perhaps I should say "thanks" (a little tongue in cheek - laughingly) as you have just alerted me to that die which is a 'must have' now. Same goes for the 'wave' folder. Oh dear, as if I did not spend enough yesterday when we met up (I later went on to a new art shop in Liverpool - don't ask). Can't blame you for any of my yesterday shopping though. Lovely to see you - and what a beautiful gift you gave to me.
    Love
    Neet xx

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  35. UTTERLY SUPERB Anne!!! The close ups really give the sense of how careful you've been to get each and every technique completed perfectly - the crackle, the sand, and oh my goodness the mixed diffused embossing! This should be a winner my friend. Jenny xxx

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  36. So much gorgeous detail, colour and texture! Your seahorse is so incredibly beautiful.
    Rebecca.
    x

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  37. Such amazing detail & color. You have truly captured the sea - the water & bubbles are so true to life. As was the texture on that wonderful sand dollar. Of course the sea horse is adorable and love the coral, blues & the tans as you've combined them. The sea grass was another super detail. All of it combined on the painted corrugated background...adds up to just sheer wonderfulness! I don't know how you keep doing it, but you do!!! TFS & Big Hugs

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  38. Anne, I totally LOVE this. You really rocked this challenge, and beautifully so. I love all the touches too, from the crackle finishes to the faux sand. So fun!!

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  39. What a wonderful sunshine summer holiday atmosphere, Anne - the colours are so vivid, like a tropical beach, and I love the corrugated background. The tiny vial is a fabulous finishing touch. Hope you have a wonderful holiday!!
    Alison xx

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  40. Annie...this is luscious! I spent some time at the beach in March and just looking at this card makes me want to go back! The colors are beautiful. I love your design. The crackled sand dollars look so real! Your diffused embossed oval is perfect in the background of that gorgeous blue. Totally love everything about this! Thanks for always sharing such beautiful art with us at CC3C. <3 Candy

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  41. This is beautiful Anne, the colours are amazing, especially the gorgeous seahorse, hugs Carole Z X

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  42. Wow! Beautiful creation, I love this beachy scene, Cathy x

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  43. Oh Dear Anne, how far behind I've got! This is fabulous - I love seahorses - so delicate! Chrisx

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