Sunday, January 15, 2012

Scraps Of Darkness Stalker Challenge January 15th-March 15th

Hi everybody! Time for another creative and fun Stalker Challenge over at Scraps of Darkness. This month's challenge is to Stalk the internet or the recesses of your mind for a quote that inspires you, and then bring it to life through a layout or any other type of project you wish to create. You do not have to use a photo, just use your imagination to convey what the quote means to you.

The Rules:
1. Use at least 50 % Scraps of Darkness product.
2. Use the actual quote on your layout or project.
3. Use some type of technique i.e. misting, painting, inking (can be stamping), gel medium
4. Have fun!

Entries will be taken until March 15th, then the votes will be p.m.'ed to our Mistress Of Mayhem, Cheryl (C Mom Go), the winner will be announced on the blog and in the forum on March 18th, and the winner will receive a $10.00 Gift Certificate to the Scraps Of Darkness Store, and a RAK from my Etsy Shop .

I hope you can join us!

Here is my example layout for the challenge. I chose the quote "Beauty Is Only Skin Deep", and brought it to life through the image in the photo that depicts beauty taking off her mask to reveal what is underneath. I used my Scraps of Darkness January Kit-Escape, along with some past kit pieces and stash items to create it, and for the technique, I used some of the Lindy's Mists from this month's color add on, sprayed onto cloth then dabbed onto the layout, then stamped into the mist,  using some Tim Holtz ink to get my girlie grunge look. And last, but not least, I had tons of fun creating this piece, it really was right up my grungy alley.

I started with some card stock, distressed and inked the edges. I then took some of the Graphic 45 paper from this month's kit punched the edge and cut it down to the size I needed, took a piece of card stock from this months card stock Add On, punched the edge and layered it behind the G45 strip.

I took a Dusty Attic Frame and randomly inked it and added some bling from a past kit, and placed my photo in it. I did not adhere anything at the time so I could mark where I wanted my technique work to go. I then removed the pieces, took a piece of cheesecloth and dampened it with the Lindy's mist from this month's color add on and then blotted it onto the areas I wanted to add color to. I then took a Prima stamp, and stamped my pattern on top of the misted areas.

I cut up a piece of Teresa Collins trim from a previous kit and rouched it and glued it in random places on my layout. In the upper left hand corner I created my title "Beauty" and then finished out my quote underneath it "is only skin deep". I then took a Prima flourish that my sweet friend, Shelly Anne sent me, cut it up and tucked a piece under the corner of my DA frame. I attached one of my Autumn Splendor Butterflies from my Etsy shop on for dimension.

I took a beautiful Craftysprinkles (Mandy Harrell)  pin, cut it down to size and added it to the corner of my DA piece and placed another Autumn Splendor Butterfly on.

I then built a large flower layer up the side by placing a Prima Vine from my stash down then layering in the Petaloo knotted Ribbon Flower from the Flora & Fauna add on, a flower from the Romance add on, all different kinds of flowers from past kits as well as some from my stash, a sea shell, a Autumn Splendor Butterfly, and the other piece from the Prima flourish that I had cut up earlier.

I love the colors in this layout! I am totally down with the brown! It is my one of my most favorite colors, and with those rusts, creams and terracottas, I was in visual heaven with this layout! I really hope you can come play along with the challenge, but if not, I urge you to try a challenge at some place and at some time. They push you to create out of your comfort zone and get you to try things you may not have done before. They really can help you to grow as an artist.  I wish you a happy scrappy week! ~Renea


Dawn said...

your works of art are amazing--you are really talented!

madscrappertoo said...

Your work is fabulous! Love your blog. Glad I found you :)