ePlay Challenge – It’s All About Wood!

Good morning!  It’s my turn this month to host the ePlay Challenge over on the eclectic Paperie Blog.  I’ve challenged the Design Team (and anyone else who wants to play along with us) to use wood on your project!

Here’s my project for the challenge . . .

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You can find out all the details and more photos over on the eP Blog!  I hope you’ll join me over there and play along with us as well!

Thanks for stopping by and joining me today!

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Butterfly Bouquet!

Hey everybody!  Hope y’all are doing well and staying out of trouble like me!!  Things here are a little crazy but I guess if it wasn’t, we would all thing something was wrong.

It’s my turn to post on the eP Blog today . . .

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and you can find more pictures and details there, so I hope you’ll hop over to the eP Blog and take a look.

Thanks for stopping by here!

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Quietfire Design Blog Hop with Scrapbook Adhesives!

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Good morning!  All this week, the designers for Quietfire Design and Scrapbook Adhesives are joining product for some very creative projects.  Today is my day to post on the Quietfire Creations Blog. Here’s a quick look at my project!

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Please join me on the Quietfire Creations Blog for all the details and more photos.  There are prizes and lots of creative goodness for you to draw inspiration from, so I do hope you’ll join us and hop along!

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Completed Altered Book for ePlay Challenge!

Hello everyone!  I hope you’ve all had a good week and Spring is starting to knock at your door.  If you’re like me, you can’t wait for warmer weather and little sunshine!  I’m so looking forward to short weather!!!!

I’m back today with my completed altered book.  It’s only taken me over a week to find the time to finish it . . .

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When I left you last (this post), it looked like this . . .

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Using the TCW Mini Harlequin Stencil, white embossing paste was applied to the front (sorry failed to get pictures).  More embossing paste was applied to the middle, moving it out with my fingers.  Once all the embossing paste had dried, the book was painted with Lowe’s Pantone Tropical Oasis satin paint (which is a pretty bright turquoise color).

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DecoArt Americana black glossy paint was mixed with DecoArt Staining Antiquing Medium and brushed over the book, wiping away the excess.

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The center cherub is part of the Spellbinders® A Gilded Life Collection.  The same black/antiquing mixture was applied to the cherub to add a little more detail. ICE Resin® Shattered Inclusions were added to the bezel part and melted UTEE was poured into the mixture.

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Seam binding was dyed with Black Soot Distress Ink and a ribbon was then tied to the top of the cherub.

All in all, I’m fairly happy with the way the book turned out.

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Don’t forget that this altered book is part of the eclectic Paperie’s ePlay Challenge – Push Your Boundaries! You still have time to participate this month and maybe you’ll be one of the lucky winners!

Thanks for stopping by and joining me!

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ePlay Challenge – Push Your Boundaries!

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Welcome to eclectic Paperie’s ePlay Challenge – Push Your Boundaries! We’re altering our challenges in 2014, creating one, month-long challenge, increasing the prize drawing, holding a design team blog hop, and including a product discount with each new challenge!  Check out the details below:

  • We’ve combined our two challenges into one, announced on the first Thursday of each month.  This gives the design team more flexibility with challenge topics and projects and allows you more time to enter!
  • We’ll also feature a product each month, and during the first day of the challenge, you’ll receive a discount on the featured product….be sure to check for the special code!
  • Our prize drawing is increasing from $15.00 to a $25.00 gift certificate and the winner of each challenge will be announced on the last Thursday of each month and will be featured on the eP blog.
  • Each month we’ll hold a blog hop featuring the beautiful artwork from our design team…just scroll down to the bottom of the post for all of the links!  Talk about inspiration!!

Our challenges are about encouraging you to explore your creative journey and inspiring you to step outside of your comfort zone.  When you submit your artwork, share a unique card, scrapbook or journal page, a canvas, home décor project, or anything that you’re excited to share!  We’re looking forward to crafting with you!

Today’s special is on Liquitex Acrylic Gesso and Liquitex Acrylic Clear Gesso and for one day only, you can save 10% on a bottle of gesso…perfect for all of your altered projects!  Simply use code GESSO03 when checking out.

This month’s challenge is Altered Books – Gesso.

In 1979 when I first went to work as a legal secretary, I purchased two books – a legal speller and Gregg’s Reference Manual.  The legal speller was altered a year ago and became Shield My Heart.  For this month’s challenge I decided to alter the reference manual.

I began by placing the #4 die from Spellbinders® Classic Rectangles LG and taping it down to the front of the book.

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Using the rectangle as a guide, the front cover and a number of pages were cut out using a utility knife.

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Book binding tape was used to cover all the pages, including the inner cut edges of the rectangle.  Gesso was applied to the front and back inside pages, gluing the covers to the book pages.

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The entire book was then covered with gesso, giving me a workable service for whatever this books ends up being.

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As of right now, this is as far as I’ve gotten.  I ran out of time yesterday and wanted so badly to take part in this first challenge hop, that I decided you would probably be okay with seeing the beginning stages of my altered book.  I’ll be back in the next day or so with my completed project!

Thanks for joining me today and I do hope that you’ll try your hand at the ePlay Challenge and join us!

 

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