Monday, 25 April 2011

Grungy Monday #5

I was thrilled when I was accepted by Linda to be a Guest Designer for Grungy Monday #5 but nearly panicked when I saw the technique she set us and it took me a while before I thought "yes, I CAN do this..."!  You can see what my fellow Guest Designer, Rachelle, does here http://orezonia.blogspot.com/

The technique is from May 2008  http://timholtz.typepad.com/my_weblog/2008/05/may-technique-1.html
and believe me, if I can do it, you can do it!  As you will see when you check Tim's original, he created a scrapbook page, which I have never done, but it's fine to adapt the technique to something else.

Fortunately I did have some foam, which is the basic requirement and I botched followed the instructions closely!   I cut my foam to 6x6 to match the piece of paper.  It took me ages before I thought of something I could use in the hole!!
I went on a bird theme withTim's birdcage die cut, the paper is by Basic Grey and I've had it ages so I don't know if it's still available.
I covered the grungepaper for the bird and birdcage with a piece of the same pattern as in the "niche"  but I added some distress ink to the cage to dull it down a tad.
I decided to let the bird free (an idea I have seen done a few times, and I like that idea,) so cut the bars of the cage apart so he can escape...






I made the bottle caps for the niche with hero arts letters on paper scraps and punched them out, adapting a technique I had recently seen using epoxy stickers which I don't have in circles)





I used Tim's mini rosettes to make an accent piece for the top of the bird cage, and stamped the words from a Paperartsy plate.  I fixed a piece of cardboard to the back to make it more sturdy.

Stop over now at Studio L3 to take part and check what she and Rachelle have done.

Products used - Tim Holtz dies, grungepaper, distress inks, Paperartsy stamps all available here and here ; as I say, not sure about the paper!

Finally, please also visit the All Things Tim Yahoo group where Gloria (list mom) has a file you can upload your project to.

Thanks so much to Tim for being the source of the inspiration - I have linked his blog, though I am sure you don't need it!!
(now all I have to do is schedule this for the right date and time, lol! fingers crossed!)
(P.S. just noticed now it's gone live, I haven't told you this is open for 2 weeks as Linda is going to Ranger U next weekend - have a ball, Linda. )

19 comments:

Kim said...

You did a Fabulous job with this challenge!!! I do like the broken cage! I'm agreeing with your first impresssion of seeing the tutorial---so thank you for showing your wonderful card and letting us know it is do-able! (still glad I have 2 weeks though!LOL)

Julia Dunnit said...

ooh it's really nice Helen, lov ethe inclusion of the BG paper too - kinda brings into perfect!

Linda Elbourne said...

Beautiful job done me thinks :0)

Rachelle said...

Oh, Helen, I love what you've done with the technique this week. And letting the bird "free" is a brilliant idea. I'm glad to be featured this week with you. Have fun!

donna said...

Beautiful creation Helen. I love that bird and your idea with the bottle caps was brilliant. Thanks for the inspiration...Donna

Jennie -The Artistic Stamper said...

How cool is this :)) love what you have done :))
now to find time to take part
x

inge said...

Hello Helen,

I like the depth and dimensions in the project !
Yes, I like the open birdcage too : birds shouldn't been kept in a cage...

I like the colors of the rosette as a contrast to the muted colors in the project.

greetings from Belgium
Inge

Carmen said...

Oh I love that you break the bars of the cage :D This is just lovely Helen .

Dragon said...

Helen, you cool dude!!! Fancy you being guesty and I have you on MY DreamTeam!!!!! Your piece is FAB and I will have a go once the hands have settled... Looking forward to your TIO piece now you dark horse you!!!
Love and light
Frankie
xx

Marjie K said...

Great piece! Love your bottlecaps and the open cage.

Lynn Stevens said...

Congrats Helen, on being Linda's Guest designer, what a fabulous project you made!
hugs lynn

Lori said...

Ooo, congrats Helen! I haven't even made it to Grungy Monday yet...this is a fab piece, you did well with the challenge! Totally love it!

Sue West said...

This is really lovely. Your bottle caps in the niche look great, and the little bird flying away is a lovely touch.
Sue :)

Lisa said...

I think it turned out great! All the elements work great together and I'm loving those bottle caps! Congrats on being a guest designer.

craftytrog said...

Congratulations on being a guest designer this week Helen! You certainly rose to the challenge with this awesome piece of artwork! The bottle cap word is a brilliant idea! x

Sherry Edwards said...

Fabulous piece Helen! I've just had a go, although didn't have any foam board, so used mountboard - and made just a very small niche! I had fun with it anyway x

Jane said...

I love your art piece. The theme came together SO well. The challenge was a little tricky since I have not done this for such a long time. Thank you for hosting.

minnie_mac said...

Beautiful piece. Love it !

Marilyn

Sam said...

Hi Helen. I have come via Linda's blog for the Grungy Monday. I love your piece. The escaping bird is a lovely idea and the papers are gorgeous. Well done!