Thursday, 28 August 2014

Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge 9 official entry!

Well, the wonderful Linda Ledbetter came to my rescue as I could not enter this challenge because I did not own a set of Tim's framelits and she sent me my prize for challenge 7 of the acorn Alterations stamp and framelits set.  It arrived yesterday, so I got to work straight away between teaching, kitting and not much sleeping, this is what I have come up with.

The acorn could not have been a better choice for me as my Art Studio is called Acorn School of Crafts or Acorn Crafts for short, hence my twitter handle of Acorncrafts!  To celebrate this, I have made a 12"x12" canvas for my studio which will celebrate its sweet 16th birthday in October!
 You might have seen my shrink plastic example using the normal Sizzix stamp and die set where I made charms for the back of my journal that I posted anyway even though I realized I would not qualify to enter this challenge.   So I decided to use it again...for the official entry into Challenge 9 over at Studio L3

Here you can see the before and after shrinking size of the acorn.
 I coloured two of the acorns before shrinking because the colour is more intense after it is shrunk. (it is best to colour on the reverse side to the stamping)
 Then I coloured the plain one after shrinking so that I would have 3 varied acorns.
 Once I had my acorns for my logo, I set about following Tim's instructions on page 63 of his book to make my 3D acorn to add to the canvas.

 I chose to curve my acorn's parts with the same stylus tool which I use to make my rose petals with.
 This is what it looked like when it was assembled, but it had such an indented back that I had to layer 4 pieces of foam tape so that it would stick to the canvas and hold its shape.
 Next I set about creating my logo which I cut out twice, once in green and the other in the golden yellow to layer in order to create a drop shadow.
 I die cut some of the tattered leaves from an old dictionary, distress inked them in peeled paint and spiced marmalade and added the veins with peeled paint distress marker.
 The canvas background was created with distress paints over texture paste through a brick stencil.
 The saying underneath my logo is:  "every little acorn grows into a big tree" done using the chit chat stickers and painted alphaparts stickers.
Here you can really see the curve of the acorn
Then I decided to fill the gap with an appropriate word band "possibility begins with imagination, which is apt for an art studio I think.

So this is my entry where this challenge's lucky draw sponsor is the generous Inspiration Emporium and Tim and Mario sponsor the winner of the Curiosity Crew's choice prize.


  1. Such a fun piece to hang in your studio. So happy that you got the tools to enter the challenge. Love the dimension you got by shaping the acorn and popping it up. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Belinda...your art is always wonderful! I love your originality! Your acorn canvas is absolutely gorgeous and will be such a wonderful original piece of your art in your studio! Linda is a doll, isn't she? So glad that you loved the acorn framelits set. I love the way you think outside of the box and came up with so many clever ways to use the framelits. The shrink plastic acorns are adorable, too. Thanks so much for sharing your art with us at CC3C. <3 Candy

  3. And beautiful use of your stamps and framelits prize and glad you got this in on time! Love those acorns and what a fabulous tag for the fast approaching autumn season!

  4. I LOVE your canvas! those colours are are just gorgeous. I would be proud to display it :)

  5. Wow this canvas is fantastic Bella!!
    Love everything about it and I hope you go really well in the challenge :-)!

  6. Oh you lucky girl you... I love the framelits... the acorns are perfect for you. Great piece of art for you to hang... love the rich autumn colours.

  7. The acorns are perfect for you!!! Love your plaque! The bricks rock too! Thanks so much for playing along with us on this Stamps & Framelits challenge at CC3Challenge!!!

  8. The acorns are perfect for you!!! Love your plaque! The bricks rock too! Thanks so much for playing along with us on this Stamps & Framelits challenge at CC3Challenge!!!

  9. Your canvas is fantastic! I'm so glad you got the set in time...and I'm glad you got to use the shrink plastic again..such a good idea. Have a great weekend.

  10. Your canvas is amazing Belinda! I love the autumnal colours which really make the acorn take centre stage and the wording is fantastic. This is one beautiful make! Anne x

  11. This is great Bella. I love the little details and lucky you to get it in time.

  12. Perfect choice of prize pack for you!

  13. Great work Bella, love the finished canvas.
    Happy crafting, Angela x


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