Thursday, December 18, 2014

Through the Window Ornaments

I'm late getting my project linked up with (L3)Studio L3 Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge #17 Woodlands and Tinsel Twine which asks us to use either of these or both on our project.  It can be Christmas-y or not--let your imagination run wild!

The CC3 Challenge is based on the latest book by Tim Holtz.  Check out page 60 in your copy of A Compendium of Curiosities Vol. 3 for Tim's introduction to Woodlands and Tinsel Twine and then get playing!  If you don't have your copy yet, you'll want to pick up your autographed copy here.

You'll want to play along as one lucky winner will get a fifty dollar shopping spree to Inspiration Emporium!!!  How cool is that?  Another winner, the Curiosity Crew's Choice, will receive an awesome assortment of Tim's products courtesy of Tim and his super nice Logistic Director Mario Rossi.

I've used both the Tinsel Twine and the Woodlands smaller tree on my project which is actually 2 separate Christmas ornaments.  I've used a couple of other techniques from Tim's CCV3 as well. To make these, I started with Tim's Configurations boxes, painted entirely with Gesso, and stenciled all five of  the exterior sides with Tim's Gothic Layering Stencil and Crackle texture paste.  When dry, I wiped on Distress stains, let dry, inked with Distress inks and spritzed with Perfect Pearl gold spray mist (brown colored ornament only) for a gorgeous shimmer that you will just have to picture in your mind, because I cannot get it to photograph!  I glued on a modified (I clipped the prongs short) Idea-ology Ring Fastener to the top, so it can be hung from a tree.  These also may be table top decorations--because of the design they sit at just the perfect angle to peek into.




For the brownish ornament I cut a recycled Christmas card and scored it, so it fit perfectly inside. I stamped a scrap with a wood image from All Night Media using Archival and Distress inks and cut this to use as a hardwood floor. The sleeping kitty is cut from a book "Parlor Cats".  I cut the back side off the tree so it would fit flat against the "wall". I colored this smaller Woodlands tree according to Tim's instructions on page 60 of his book,  painted some "pearls" from a necklace (I hope they weren't real!) with Distress stain and alcohol inks and glued them into the tree.  I colored one of Tim's mirrored stars with alcohol inks and glued that to the tree top.  I made a ribbon "tree skirt". I painted the rocking horse from my stash.

I took a photo before adding the window frame so I could get a clearer photo of the "room" with my camera.



The window was die cut using Tim's Window and Window Box die (first time I've used that!), painted with Distress paints to resemble old wood, and treated to Tim's Colored Crackle technique. I cut a second window from card stock and sandwiched some scrap fabric between the two windows to resemble drapes.I gave the back side of the window the same stencil treatment as the exterior of the box. The drapes help to cover the gap that occurs because the window opening is larger than the box opening.


See how nicely this becomes a table decoration that you can peek into because of the design?

I had to do a little "construction" with additional card stock to close the gap between the box and the window frame. It can be seen by the slight line near the joint here.  This is why I used the Tinsel Twine to finish it off.

Once assembled, I glued tinsel twine around the joint between the box and the window to give it a finished look.  The Tinsel Twine was colored per Tim's instructions to give the look of vintage mercury glass .


I could not get a shot of the front and the back at the same time!

For my second ornament, I stenciled the exterior and the back of the window as I did with the first ornament. I also attached an Idea-ology Ring Fastener as before.   For the interior, I inked a tree stamp (Hero Arts), with Distress inks, spritzed the inked stamp with water and stamped my image on dampened watercolor paper.  Once dry, this was scored and glued into the box as with the first ornament.  I chose some trees from my tremendous hoard of tiny trees since they were already perfectly snowy for my scene and small enough for the box (I only have the 2 Woodlands trees--one is too big for the box). I had to trim the backs off so they would sit flat on the "wall".I glued a Mirrored star to the background.  The sweet little deer was die cut (Tim's Movers and Shapers) from watercolor paper glued to chipboard and stamped using Tim's Holiday Collections stamp in Archival ink.  I colored using Distress inks and a water brush and highlighted with Picket Fence Distress paint.  I made a mix of Rock Candy Distress glitter and Glossy Accents for the snow.

The snow I made is at the feet of my deer and around the bases of the trees.  

See the stamped image of trees in background. This went around all three "walls" of the interior.

I used the Colored Crackle technique for the front of the window frame, made some home made curtains with Tim's Eclectic Elements fabric I won on Tim's blog this summer, and hung them from a homemade curtain rod (skewer and wooden beads from stash).  I used gel medium on the fabric to stiffen it up to hold the pleats. I used a piece of waste thin, floppy plastic packaging for the window "glass" and treated it with Glossy Accents and to a sprinkling of Distress Rock Candy glitter to look like frosted window panes. I  assembled and glued the box to the window and glued Tinsel Twine which I colored to coordinate with the box around the joint as before.


It's difficult to see the frosted panes and the Colored Crackle, but it's there!


These will be special gifts to two special friends. I hope they like them!  Thank you for taking time from your busy days to stop in for a visit and for leaving one of your heartfelt comments!  I read them all, and they really encourage me to continue to grow in a crafty way!



UPDATE:  I was so excited to get these linked to Studio L3 CCV3 that I forgot to use just my name in the link, not my blog name!  I hope this doesn't disqualify me!

Additionally, I would like to enter these ornaments into the following challenges:

A Vintage Journey #21 "Let's Celebrate" I am heavily influenced by Tim in making my boxes not only by the use of SO many of his products, but by use of his techniques and by his ability to take anything and make it look so perfectly vintage!

Country View Challenges December's Festive Challenge "Nostalgic Christmas"

The Mirror Cracked #4 Upcycle/Recycle or a Christmas Gift (I've done both--a recycled Christmas card was used for my "room", a skewer and beads for the curtain rod, the waste plastic wrapper used as window panes, and the drapes were a throw away fabric scrap, and I've made Christmas gifts.)

Inspiration Journal "Sing, Sing It Loud!" (The scene in my brownish ornament depicts a woman playing the piano. I bet she is singing Christmas carols!)

The Artistic Stamper Creative Team December's Creative Challenge "Anything Goes"  Stamps: Tim's Holiday Collection, Hero Arts, All Night Media

Artist Trading Post Exchange "Let's Celebrate!" My stamped images are the floor of the Christmas scene and the trees in the background of the Woodlands scene and stamping on the deer.  See stamps used above. We are celebrating Christmas indoors and out!

32 comments:

  1. Wow! You have created gorgeous ornaments with so many details Sara!
    Thanks for playing with us at The Mirror Crack'd challenge.

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    1. Lucyna, Thank you for a very uplifting message! Merry Christmas!

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  2. Oh wow!! Love these gorgroues ornaments Sara. Wonderful scenes inside each one and all the accessories like the beautiful curtains and the cute deer. Love them both. Fabulous! Karen.x

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    1. Thank you for your very generous praise, Karen! Hugs!

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  3. Sara...your ideas for these sweet little window ornaments are amazing! I never would have thought of this! :) I love how you've used Tim's window die cut and configuration box compartments to create such dimensional little scenes! These are really really creative and I adore how you've combined the little woodland trees in your scenes as well. Great job! Thanks for sharing with all of us at CC3C. <3 Candy

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    1. Thank you, Candy! It is always such a treat to get one of these sweet comments from you! Totally makes my day! Merry Christmas!

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  4. Wow Sara, what a fabulous little gift for your friends. It's always so magical looking in windows of miniature projects. Love the detail and your frosted windows are a brilliant addition. Thanks for joining in the challenge at A Vintage Journey and good luck.
    Julie x

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    1. Julie, Thank you for your sweet comment, especially happy you enjoyed the frosted window panes. I was humming a little related Christmas tune when I was making them! Your comments always make me smile! Merry Christmas!

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  5. Love, love, love these! As someone who likes to peek through dollshouse windows, this is right up my street! Fabulous detailed work, and thank you so much for doing the treble again and joining in at Country View Challenges, The Artistic Stamper and at A Vintage Journey.
    Alison xx

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    1. Alison, Your comment just made me so happy! I love miniatures, so these were just so much fun to make! Merry Christmas!

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  6. What wonderful little window scenes you created - I love the sweet curtains and the window framings! thanks so much for joining us in the AVJ Let's Celebrate challenge!

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    1. Julia, I really appreciate your kind words! Happy you liked my old curtains! they truly remind me of the curtains we had on our windows growing up! I recently saw an old photo and verified this! Merry Christmas!

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  7. Oh, I love these ornaments! What a great idea. Thanks for sharing with us at Inspiration Journal. =) merry Christmas!

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    1. Thank you, Lisa! Happy you like them! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and your family!

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  8. Ingenious to be able to look in and look out of these windows and experience the different festive scenes that they hold! Sara you are a creative marvel! Thank you for joining us at A Vintage Journey. Jenny x

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    1. Thank you, Jenny! You are giving me a big, fat head with your generous praise! I'm happy I was able to convey the "looking in and looking out" ideas. Happy New Year!

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  9. Awesome projects, love the scenes you created through the windows. thank you for joining us at ATP Exchange.
    Yvonne

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    1. Yvonne, thank you for your sweet comment...so happy to link up to Artist Trading Post!

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  10. Gorgeous ornaments Sara! Love the windows and especially the curtains! Thanks for joining us at ATP Exchange. Sue C x

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    1. Sue, thank you! I'm happy you liked the curtains! I was happy to be able to use some of my Eclectic Elements fabrics and the tiniest scrap from a grab bag I got at an estate sale, since I don't sew!

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  11. These are wonderful Sara, I'm sure your friends loved them! Thank you so much for joining in with our challenge at Country View Crafts and I hope you enjoyed your Christmas and New Year.
    Sue xx

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    1. Thank you, Sue! Yes, they sure did! Not as much as I love giving them to them! And thank you for your holiday wishes!

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  12. CONGRATULATIONS on your Pinworthy Sara! These little windows are such as treat. LOVE THEM ALL! Karen.x

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    1. Karen, thank you, and a Huge Bravo on your Guest Creative Guide post on A Vintage Journey! Wonderful album with all the vintage goodness!

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  13. Ooh I missed this Sara, these are lovely, so shabby and wonderful. I can really see these being used as Christmas decs everywhere xx

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    1. Thank you for your many sweet comments you have left here for me, Georgie!

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  14. OMG what amazing decorations. What with these and the other beauties you shared with us your house must look fabulous.


    Thanks for sharing with us again.

    Lin
    The Mirror Crack'd

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    1. Awe, thank you so much, Lin! I was fortunate enough to have friends that like getting a homemade ornament! I'm certainly enjoying creating for The Mirror Cracked challenges!

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  15. Oh my this is totally stunning!
    I have started to follow you as I am inspired xx
    Thank you for the kind words for my daughter and I's configuration box too xx

    crafty hugs

    Sandie x
    http://fairytaledaydream.blogspot.co.uk/

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