Saturday, April 21, 2012

Compendium of Curiosities Vol. 2 - 2

Howdy Candies…I’m stamping by to share my CC2C Challenge from Tim Holtz amazing book of different techniques “Compendium of Curiosities Vol. 2”.  This challenge is a weekly challenge hosted by an amazing Ranger U Educator Linda L. via .  I was so tickled about this weeks challenge that I just could not wait to dabble into it.  I’m obsessed with Tim’s amazing ideo-logy line of trinkets & small parts, well there are some amazing little treasures that I’m learning to do more with & I’m loving every moment of it.  I’ve always wondered how in the world to color metals…not being very versed in working with metal bases I’m just pleased as peaches in how this came out.  I was completely inspired by both Linda & Angie (Guest Sponsor & Ah-Mazing Artist for this weeks challenge!) that I wanted to do a combination of the two.  Of course I was so nervous to ruin any finding I have (they are so precious to me…I keep reminding myself ‘Nichole don’t hoard it, create with it) that I wanted to make something smaller just to make sure if my experimenting turned out differently.  I also have Tim in my head saying “Embrace Your Imperfections”.  So I was inspired to create a special tag to go hand-in-hand with my finished pieces from yesterday; BSU Boise State due Tree of Life pendants for my new online Etsy store. Since each piece is always unique for both tag creations & the Tree of Life pendants I thought it would be a treat to share all the photos with you.  (I see you smiling…) (To leave a comment, thoughts, suggestions, or feedback - just click the title to this post & scroll to the bottom)

Close-Up Technique 2: Faux Patina

A Compendium of Curiosities, Vol.  2, page 58 (Click the Photo to purchase Tim’s Autographed copy today!)


Special Handmade Gift With Duo Pendant Purchase & CC2C – Technique 2 Challenge Submission: (Click the photo to participate in the CC2 – Challenge today!)


Of course I can’t tell you how fun it was to just be able to sit back & ‘catchup’ on some “Nikita”, “Law & Order Special Victim’s Unit”, “Hawaii 5-O”, & “Scandal”…yes “Scandal” is a close second to “Revenge” for me as far as being just a couple of my top favorite shows.  I had so much FUN & I also got to watch a snippet of Kellen Moore here in Boise doing Autographs…so of course my first duo pendant would be inspired by my love for our hometown football team BSU Boise State University colors.  These are hand-crafted from genuine sworvski crystals (amber & sapphire birthstone gems & pearls), silver, & artistic non-tarnish silver wire.  I’m so excited that I was able to create a way to package them with today’s challenge that I’m so giddy right now.  I’m still learning to take better photos & truly appreciate all of the feedback from them so far.  Thank you all for your support on my new endeavor in finally opening my own Etsy store…so without further ado pics of my first duo:

Close-Up View of my wrapping…(Click the button on my right side-bar to view my Etsy Store):


The Duo with a quarter in-between to illustrate the size for my customers:


The Large Pendant:


The Small Pendant:


I’m truly excited to be able to share both of these stories of my artistic journey.  I have a confession to make to my readers.  I don’t know how to time manage very well & I need to get better at regular posting.  Sometimes when you go a couple of days or a week (at the most) without seeing from my Studio or journey’s in life it is because I grapple with time management.  I promise you one thing…I always visit back & make time for each of you.  I’m deeply humbled by your words, encouragement, thoughts, feedback, & most importantly the gift of your heART’s too!  It means the world to me more than I could ever put into words.  So thank you very very very much for Stamping By…


Linda Ledbetter said...

Nicole, you have knocked my socks off again! BeeeYOUteeful work, girl-- your Faux Patina Idea-ology and tag are gorgeous! Oh, those colors are fab!

And.. your BSU Trees of Life absolutely ROCK!!! Truly art for the enlightened Broncos fan. LOVE them... love all your work!

Have a great weekend, neighbor!

Linda said...

really nice! Would love to do this but right now no time.... :-( Love your site and all that you do girl!

Donna said...

I love, it really looks authentic

crafty creations said...

Stunning work Nicole x Hilda

Peg Robinson said...

You rock girlie. The creativity is oozing out in each new piece. Can't wait to see what you do next.

Barb said...

I'm so impressed with this one, your colors are great, faux patina excellent.

Still working on mine & trying to get my hands clean:>) Barb

Terry said...

Wonderful use of the faux patina lesson! Love this tag!

artbyvic said...

Lovely pieces!

Sunshine Girl said...

Tag is lovely and I so love those pendants! You do need to just let go and start using up the stash (says she with hoards of stuff squirreled away!) - looks like your creative juices are really flowing at the moment!

Bella said...

Whooohooo, have you been to Linda's Studio L3 blog today, you need to go visit! HURRY!

Kim Dellow said...

Beautiful makes! Kim