Saturday, October 12, 2013

Big Things Come in Small Packages!

If you've been following our blog posts about our "ATC Workshop & Swap" group, you know we frequently are given "Challenges".  Anyone in the group can suggest a Challenge and each Challenge is voluntary.  The "rules" are very easy ~ each participant creates 1 Challenge Item for "Show & Tell" using everyday mixed media materials . . . paints, papers, stencils . . . whatever strikes their fancy!  There are no themes or other guidelines, and the goal is to show each artist's personality through the type(s) of embellishments, decorations, or techniques used.  For October, each participant was asked to create "Altered Mini Matchboxes" in whatever design they wanted, and everyone who took part definitely took their altering skills seriously!  Just take a look . . . 

Deborah Schinzel surprised us with her furniture building skills when she showed off her cute, girly-inspired dressing table. Complete with a perfectly scaled mirror created from one of her favorite dies, she's created the perfect table for any little girl's room.  Look closely and you'll notice the miniature accessories on the table top . . . all created from small beads and little bottles!

Kristen Johnston comes to the rescue with her "Emergency Chocolate"!  Encased in it's miniature "glass" covered box, this sweet little treat is sure to be the perfect pick-me-up in any stressful situation.  Everyone should have one of these clever boxes in their craft rooms . . . don't you think?

It looks like Charlotte Fern took her Challenge seriously and couldn't stop at just one!  From circus animals to Halloween to Victorian ladies, she didn't leave the inside of each box without details.  Take a closer look and you'll see the Circus Elephant performing on his ball and the Halloween Witch arrives with her own version of 4 mini ATCs!  And with mini "pulls", each box is easy to slide open . . . a Tim Holtz' "Hitch Fastener" for her Circus Elephant and a mini skull bead for her Halloween Witch!

Like the old Ruffles potato chip commercials, Charmaine Conway seemed to be another crafter who couldn't stop with just one in creating the "perfect" room.  Complete with a mini faux Tiffany lamp and princess telephone, the only thing this room is missing is the olive green shag carpet!  While everyone enjoyed the "glamour" of this room, it was said it reminded them of a cheap motel room off the Vegas Strip . . . way off!

Last, but definitely not least, Titled "Wings", what can be said about Lylia Hagerty's answer to the Challenge other than beautiful?  Titled "Wings", she's incorporated her Challenge decoration with the monthly theme for the ATCs, "Things with Wings", creating the perfect shrine for all her feathered and winged friends.  Using techniques to create a faux wood look, she's added papers, charms, and embellishments to carry out her idea to perfection.

There you have it!  Please leave us a comment . . . or two! . . . and let us know what you think.  In the meantime, join us in congratulating and thanking all of these great artists for a job well done!  And iIf you'd like to take part in our monthly "ATC Workshop & Swap" or Challenges, join us the second Thursday evening of each month from 6:00pm-8:00pm and you too can begin to think big in a small way!  There's no membership required and it's FREE!  Hope to see you there!

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2986 No. Alma School Rd. #4 ~ Chandler, AZ 85224
s/w corner of Alma School & Elliot Roads in the Mervyn's Plaza
(located between Zoe's Quilts & Catherine's)
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