Queendom Relics by Rea'

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Compendium of Curiosities 2 Challenge 30

Challenge 30 Reflective Imagery

Wow , Can't believe it's Thursday again already!  Challenge 30 is due... will I make it ?
We'll see. Now you know  Linda over at  http://studiol3.blogspot.com/  has worked very hard to keep us engaged with Tim Holtz's  A Compendium of Curiosities Volume II. This week the challenge is from p. 55. This is one of Linda's favorite of  Tim's techniques, I can see why. You really ought to have this book by now... I hope  we've inspired you to go get it ( or put it on your Christmas Wish list) !

Okay on to my project ... this week's weapons of choice  Tim toys; tattered  banners, festive greenery, bricked texture fades, circle embossing diffuser ( all Alterations ),  and kraft-core , paper from seasonal stash and facet. Misc. stuff from Queendom stash red bling , twine, Santa stamp and sparkly fluff. I used  vintage photo, fired brick, barn door, old paper and antique linen distressing ink, and picket fence and tarnished brass distress stains. So much fun. I'll be back  ( gotta go post my card ... if I'm gonna make deadline)...
I'm back ... weeeeeeeeeee dogie ... these new techniques with these computers is gonna make me older real fast , I wasn't able to post the usual way ( gotta study that new link system... no time now... had to quickly set up my laptop to bluetooth to my computer to get my image up... I made it !!!
ANYWAY... please stop by Linda's blog and check out the amazing card  she did and the work of the
Compendium of Curiosities Community, these are some creative folks... enjoy ! See you next week I think ! 

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Graphic 45 November Challenge

Graphic 45 November Challenge

I love a challenge (boy have I come a long way )! This month  over at Graphic 45's
https://www.facebook.com/Graphic45 facebook page they had a Thank You Card Challenge soooooo
yours truly decided to participate.  Using November Cut-Aparts from their new Place In Time Collection I created this card. I so love the colors in this collection, this is another one of those must have collections. I only have two of these papers...BUT I will get the whole collection very soon!
I embellished my card using Graphic 45   ornate metal keys and metal brads, Tim Holtz's Idealogy corners, and a 7 Gypsies burlap trading card. Other misc. supplies from my Queendom stash, Bazzil bitter chocolate cardstock, paper leaves and jute twine. I distressed my edges with  walnut stain distressing ink. Oh and I used my baroque die to cute a shape from Tim Holtz's packaging; to create a frame for the burlap trading card which I embellished with splashes of antique bronze distress stain ( such a cool touch). I have enjoyed using re purposed items on my projects this week... so much fun!! Now if I can just remember how to post to their site... humm...

Friday, November 23, 2012

Thankful Settings
November Challenge

Thanksgiving Placecard November Challenge

Inspiration Emporium November Challenge - Thankful Settings
At  Thanksgiving and other special events of the year I enjoy doing tablescapes and making place cards for my table. Well,  since I did not have dinner at home this year I did not set my table. But my friends over at Inspiration Emporium are hosting "Thankful Settings" for their November Challenge over on their blog http://blog.inspirationemporium.com/  so I decided to enter my place cards. You can check my blog for the fun details of how I created them.

A Thanksgiving PlaceCard

A Thanksgiving Placecard
Oh... this was fun...using Starbucks cup sleeves I cut out pumpkins and acorns ( Mini Acorn & Pumpkin set) . Distressed them with spiced marmalade, wild honey,bundled sage and vintage photo distressing ink. I further embellished the acorn by topping the tip with antique bronze distress stain; and embellished the pumpkin with lime green stickles. Using my Tattered Leaves die I cut leaves from scraps of card stock and gave them texture using my bone folder, distressed the edges with vintage photo distressing ink and added splashes of antique bronze distress stain to one leaf, and stamping the other. Next I covered a cup sleeve using the antique bronze distress stains ( I love these). Next I punched a 3" circle from Authentique Thankful Collection paper. I assembled all of the componets layering them on an inverted cup sleeve ( I found it stood up on it's own better inverted) using pop dots on the acorns to make them stand out.

What do you get when you play with a Starbucks cup sleeve and a Butterball Turkey carrier and a few Tim Holtz "toys" ?

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Special moments...

Jayden and his "Tia"
Some of the most special moments are the "sidebars" with the little ones. Kyme and Jayden have this special bond. She is  HIS  "Tia" and he is  HER "Sharkbait"... they're conversations are too funny!

There is nothing like our family time of fellowship, food, and fun ! Dinner was awesome hosted by my older sister Portya and her husband . We had turkey with stuffing, velvety mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, green bean casserole, crescent rolls and biscuits, and an awesome squash soup too!
Nobody went hungry in that house! We had a few "MIA" Larry (napping so he could go back to work), Ross (nursing his back), Sisco, Dr. Chrisy, and Aidan ( Dr. Chrisy got called in to work; the Nanny was off so Nana Sisco to the rescue) and Sonny ( my husband the resident MIA). Thanksgiving every year seems to become more difficult for our family as we have family members that have gone home to be with the Lord ( just weeks before Thanksgiving) and we miss them sorely. God has Blessed us richly in spite of our varied circumstances we continue the traditions set by our parent's and grandmother... WE GATHER TOGETHER !!

After dinner games

Kris, Nate, Jordan and of course Jayden too ( the youngest... stretched out) played tic tac toe!

Sister Kyme and her Boys

Kyme, Nate and Kris
It's difficult to get pics of these three together, but some how my niece and her hubby managed to "coral" them. Thanks "Jr." !


At all of our families we have a raffle and play games through out the gathering. We get raffle tickets for attendance, for bring our bibles and for games. Some of the games include locating various scriptures or quoting bible verses. In lieu of those games the kids had a worksheet for Thanksgiving and they received a bookmark for completion of their worksheets.

Cute Activity Table

Kids activity table
After dinner the kids did a worksheet and made apple turkeys. They had great fun with their worksheets, helping each other find the verses in their bibles. Great activity plan Aunt "P" !
Did you see that functional center piece?

Compendium of Curiosities Challenge 29

Compendium of Curiosities Challenge 29
Texture Fade Techniques  p. 64

Well... here I am again... challenge this was! Anybody else feeling overwhelmed with all the demands placed on you during this season? I am ! But I am determined to stay true to my interest. Linda over at www.studioL3.blogspot.com has just kept us going... did you check out her project last week, and man oh man those other challenge participants are so creative too! Don't forget to go over there and check them out.
Okay, so this week the technique is Texture Fades from Tim Holt's book A Compendium Of Curiosities Volume II p. 64. I love, love, love texture fades. I am soooooooo happy to be able to use mine ! And you know the drill ...
My weapons of choice this week are my  Thankful Background & Border Set texture fade woohoo ... for the texture fade ( they make me feel so special when I use them ). My other weapons my Mini Acorn & Pumpkin Set  ( Mover & Shapers), and my mixed media stamps and oh yeah the Autumn Gatherings die, such fun tools. I used  my sunset orange paint dabber, bundled sage, fired brick, shabby shutters, spiced marmalade, rusty hinge and vintage photo distressing inks. Other misc. embellishments from Queendom stash;  flowers, brads, burlap piece and of course bling !  Well, I think I got it all... hope you enjoy it. Happy Thanksgiving everybody ! Thank you Linda for another fun challenge.  Okay I gotta go get dressed for dinner ( I'm late again...BUT I needed to do this ... right?) !

Friday, November 16, 2012

12 Tags of 2012 November Tag

12 Tags of 2012 November Tag

Oh my what a fun tag... I started out disappointed because I did not have that fabulous silhouette stamp set that Tim used ( I love it it's on my wish list). Trip to the Queendom archives... I found my awesome fall stamp set, I think it is TPC Studio ( not sure it's lost it's outer wrapper). OH NO , I did not have some of the stains either (darn that Tim for using such cool colors that you just think you gotta have them all... I used what I had crushed olive, mustard seed, spiced marmalade, fired brick distress stains; mustard seed, weathered wood, wild honey distressing inks... wow , a pretty palette!
 I had those cool  mixed media stamps...I felt like a "big girl artist"  using those. I love these stamps,
they add so much to your project. I don't know what the twine looking string was, I pulled it from my stash but it separates and was easy to colorize just like the paper twine Tim used. See I CAN use what I have  to make a cool tag and be please with it too!! For all my fans that think I own everything Tim Holtz ever made... NOT ( not to say I wouldn't like to own every thing) ! I  DO have a rather LONG wishlist .  Even I have come to realize I can't have everything, but it sure is fun to dream !! More importantly I'm learning how to use the things I've bought... Thanks Tim !

Thursday, November 15, 2012

CC2 Challenge 28

Compendium of Curiosities
Challenge 28 Reflection Stamping

I can't believe we are at challenge 28 can you ? I joined Linda over at  http://studiol3.blogspot.com/ with the CC2 challenges around about Challenge 17. It's been an amazing journey; I've learned so much, seen some talented artist and have had loads of fun trying to keep up. Thank you Linda!
Okay, so Challenge 28 is sponsored by her friends over at SimonSaysStamp.com, hope you've been over there to check them out... I have! They have Tim Holtz stuff and if there is something of his you want and don't see they'll try and get it... how cool is that !!

I love my  A Compendium of Curiosities Volume II by Tim Holtz; I can always use it to refer back to when I forget a technique. So this week we are using the Reflection Stamping technique on page 65. Get your book out and play along... you still have time!
This week my weapons of choice ( I like saying that you know... LOL ) are my reflections stamps CMS 111 and CMS 112, page 65 showed two versions of the technique and I tried both ( that's all I can tell you...turn to page 65 , then look closely at my card !). I also used my Artful Silhouette Stamps, my Sizzix  Birds, Flowers and Branches embossing folder. I loved my perfect pearls palette from challenge 25 so I used it to paint some of my details, added some pearls, ribbon and a word plate from my stash , I thinks it's a making memories embellishment.  Each week has been a challenge to come up with a way to use the techniques taught, that in itself can be a challenge but so fun... Don't forget to go look at the other creations at StudioL3. See you next time!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Tag Close-Up

Compendium of Curiosities 2 Challenge 27

CC 2 Challenge 27
Ink Palette - Alcohol Ink

  This week the challenge was from p. 52 of Tim Holtz's A Compendium of
Curiosities Volume II . Interesting technique... once again I did not have all the supplies ( I won't bore you with this weeks adventure) :)  I used this week's technique to create a unique tag with an overlay.
I must say though, I had an interesting time improvising... I thought I owned the fillable pen BUT to my surprise NO I DO NOT !! I used my LePlume Blender.

My weapons of choice this week  Dylusions Ruby Rainbow stamp, Dylusions Say What You Mean stamp, #8 manila tag, Tim Holtz Tag and Bookplate die and citrus, sunshine yellow, red pepper, sailboat blue, sunset orange and cranberry alcohol inks, peeled paint, wild honey, spiced marmalade and vintage photo distressing inks and Tims' bubble and honeycomb texture fade (bubbles). I used packaging from one of my Tim dies to cut a tag, that I used as an overlay. The photo does not do it justice it came out rather cute , I added fiber to add some more "whimsy" !

Linda over at http://studiol3.blogspot.com/ has worked very hard to bring us these awesome challenges each week, we appreciate her and this weeks sponsors over at www.thefunkiejunkie.com.
Don't forget to go checkout the other challenge projects ! See you next time !

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

My beautiful aunt...
Today we celebrated the homegoing of my Aunt Candy (Ernestine Candace Fuller), she was the last surviving sibling on my moms side of the family... my last aunt on either side of my  family ( my mom or dads side). A haunting revelation...we my siblings and my cousins are now the "older" generation!! Praise God we were blessed to have them all and we love and appreciate their legacy!
Oh and a side note... this was my "first" funeral as a minister ( not by myself) but along with another minister what a privilege and honor... thank you family!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Thursday, November 1, 2012

CC2 Challenge 26

Crumpled Kraft Suede

What an awesome technique this week...I say that all the time don't I ? But really we have been learning some awesome techniques. You gotta check out Linda's work ( and the others too) at her blog http://studiol3.blogspot.com/.  The work is amazing; what's even more amazing is that we have an opportunity to win a $25 gift certificate from this week's sponsors The Funkie Junkie  Boutique  http://www.thefunkiejunkie.com/... how cool is that!
Okay, you know the drill I cannot give you instructions...BUT I can tell you where to find them; turn to page 40 in Tim Holtz's A Compendium of Curiosities Volume II ( you've gotten your book by now right? ).
My weapons of choice this week are peeled paint distress stain, copper and green patina  perfect pearls, and spun sugar distress marker. I created my background for my tag per page 40.
I then added  one of the Shanghai Girls cut from Graphic 45 Bird Song Collection paper. To give it more definition I created an inner frame with my spun sugar distress marker and I used vintage photo distress ink for the outer edges. I fussy cut flowers from the Good Fortune paper (G45 also), I highlighted the flowers with the spun sugar marker and green patina perfect pearls on the leaves, and dabs of copper perfect pearls in flower centers. My finishing touches were to pop up the flowers with pop dots, then I added a bow at the top which I colorized with peeled paint distress stain. Can't believe how easy that was, such a great look ... feels cool too !