Monday, July 4, 2011

Grungy Monday #14, Simon Says Stamp & Show, & a Brand New Challenge!

I had a little extra time this afternoon and thought I'd hurry up and get my Grungy Monday challenge done. This week our inspiration comes from Tim Holtz's March technique from 2008. It's a resist technique using Adirondack Dabbers (love them!) and homemade shimmer mist. This technique is absolutely gorgeous; the photos don't do it justice at all!

Simon Says Stamp and Show asked us to use a flourish this week. I used one of my favorite little flourish stamps from Tim Holtz's Nature's Discovery stamp collection. My background is from the Papillon stamp set and was stamped using a Snow Cap Dabber.

My sweet little bird and cage were cut using the Sizzix Mini Bird and Cage dies. The cage was given a metallic look with my faux tarnished metal technique, and hangs from an Idea-ology Swivel Clasp along with an Idea-ology Philosophy Tag. The bird was painted with Picket Fence Crackle Paint. I loved the look, but it was a little dull. I wondered what it would look like with a nice, shiny coating of UTEE.Ooooh, it looks so cool! Like crackled enamel. What's also neat is that the top layer will crack too, if you bend it, so you get a multi-layered crackling thing going. I love experimenting!

Speaking of embossing - it's a new month, which means a new challenge over at the Inspiration Emporium blog! This month your challenge is to use any kind of embossing. One lucky participant will win a $50 gift certificate, so get out those powders and folders and get busy!

41 comments:

  1. You really did a great job with the technique. All of the colors and details are superb.

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  2. You are ahead of the game...at least compared to me! I'm thinking...that's as far as I've made it for the Grungy Monday challenge. Wonderful, wonderful tag, Shelly!

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  3. Beautiful! I love your little bird!

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  4. Your colors are stunning. The resist simply pops off the tag. I love it all!

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  5. Shelly, those teal color are so striking with the white paint-- this looks spectacular! I love the faux metal bird cage and the wonderful use of imagery. I always love your art, and this is one of my favorites yet!

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  6. i love the elements you combined to make Lord Tim's technique this week. The colorcombo, the stamps and dies... everything seems made to work together! and i'l remember the crackled enamel technique! :)))

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  7. Love the colours, your tag is fantastic - great example of the technique.

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  8. Terrific tag with such great dimension. Love it. xx

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  9. Your tag is sumptuous! I love the intricate pattern of the background! Beautiful!

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  10. Hi Shelly! This is one those "knock your socks off" tags! I love it! The teal background is gorgeous! Love the Papillon background you used! The little birdcage and bird...beautifully done. It's all just amazing! Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful tag with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge. <3 Candy

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  11. STUNNING!! love that grunge!!
    Kazx

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  12. Gorgeous tag! Love how you used that post/vine Tim stamp, it's perfect for the bird perch! Thanks for joining the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge!

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  13. Ohhhhh, this makes me smile!

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  14. Oooo My! That is a gorgeous shade of green you have there. Nice background you have used there - good taste I think!!

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  15. Fabulous job! Love the teal color, too - oohhhh, it all looks nice~ Also, love your rosette wreath! It is addicting---
    Beck

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  16. OK...yours is gorgeous. I love that green!

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  17. I just love everything about this Shelly...the colors, composition all of it!! The bird cage (thanks for the tute BTW) and picket fence bird are marvelous!

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  18. LOVE your tag! The colours and the bird/cage are just gorgeous!

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  19. what a gorgeous tag! the colors are amazing and so is the design!

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  20. Wow! just fabulous! you always do such great pieces for these challenges.

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  21. One of my favoritest techniques :-) and I LOVE the colours you used and the stamps. Perfect design! x

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  22. gorgeous tag,love all the little details.

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  23. I love the colours you've used on your stunning tag.

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  24. Fabulous tag. You have really shown the technique to its advantage. Truly lovely.

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  25. A stunning tag. The colours are gorgeous and all the elements fit together perfectly.

    Marilyn

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  26. Hey Shelly your rag is fantastic, the colors are really lush. Your little bird is very cool. Thanks for sharing your techiques.

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  27. I love those colors. Fantastic tag. Everything combines together perfectly..Donna

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  28. Love the teal white and black stamping - a fabulous trio of colours that look wonderful with the pewter tones of the birdcage.

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  29. Shelly, I absolutely LOVE your tag. From the color selection to the stamps you chose to the embossing techniques. (thanks for all the links too. Much appreciated.) Beautiful!

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  30. This is just gorgeous! I can't believe you made that birdcage...it looks like a metal charm!

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  31. Wonderful Shelly! Lovely tag. Kim

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  32. Wow, is an understatement for this extremely gorgeous tag! Beautiful use of embellishments!

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  33. Stunning piece. Love the crackle effect on the birdie.

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  34. Oh this is absolutely gorgeous Shelly!!! Love it!!!!!!

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  35. LOVE this Shelly...just Perfect!

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  36. What a lovely thought about fears/dreams... and a lovely project, too. Rest assured, I will be crediting you and your blog if I utilize it on my FaceBook Group (re: women's empowerment) and/or my beginner blog: http://wiccanwoman.wordpress.com/

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