Thursday, July 24, 2014

Spoon It Up . . .

Before . . .
Most of us probably have at least one or two that we use for cooking in the kitchen drawer at home.  You may even have a few laying around in your craft room thinking one day you'll give them new life in a project by doing something "different" with them. That was the test our Challenger gave everyone for the June "ATC Workshop & Swap Challenge".  Just what can you do with a plain-Jane wooden spoon?  It's really a blank slate waiting for some attention. Take a look at the astonding "after" results from our amzaingly talented group of artists . . .

This month's Challenger, Deb Schinzel, began by stamping one
of her favorite stamps on cardstock and cutting out the image
after handcoloring.  She then added embellishments as final
touches for that perfect "Diva" look.

Charlotte Fern had visions of Mardi Gras dancing
through her head as she designed her spoon.  With

the perfect "mask" stamp and celebration colors,
she's definitely ready to make the trip to New Orleans.

Jean Hamrick's spoon, in some circles, may be said to be
"two faced".  Jean hand painted each side, each with a 
different face, then added "hair" from curled wire and
"wings" created from chipboard embellishments.

Kristen Johnston designed the perfect "tuffet" right out of
Little Miss Muffet fame.  Removing the long handle & cutting it
into legs, it looks like it would fit any mininature home decor
without a problem.

It seems as though Charmaine Conway went overboard
and couldn't stop with just one charm.  Using a rough
wire wrap method and varying size of chains, she was
able to display some of her favorites for everyone to enjoy.

Lylia Hagerty, created the perfect home for this cute
mama bird and soon-to-be youngsters.  And to proect them
all from the scorching Phoenix sun, she's even added the
benefit of shade with her coordinating umbrella!

Terri Durst loves to sew!  And to keep all her loose pins & needles
close at hand, she's created the perfect pincushion.   With cro-
cheted petals and vintage buttons to hold her flower's "stem"
upright, who wouldn't love this in their sewing room?
Mirror, mirror . . . whose the fairest of them all?
Shiela Rose created her imaginative handheld "mirror"
just for that reason.  You can almost see your reflection in
the "glass"!  And what mirror doesn't need a touch of bling?
As you know, any member of the group can "Challenge" the others with creating something special and unique.  There're no "rules" except that anyone that participates creates one Challenge Item for "Show & Tell" using everyday mixed media materials . . . embellishments, paints, papers, stencils . . . whatever strikes their fancy! Without any themes or other guidelines, the ultimate goal is to showcase each artist's personality through the type(s) of embellishments, decorations, or techniques used.

Join us in congratulating and thanking all of these great artists for a job well done!  We'd love to hear what you think, so please leave us a comment . . . or two! . . . and share your thoughts.  And if 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!  No membership required and it's FREE!  Hope to see you there!

Watch for our next Challenge Results ~ Altered Mini CD Cases ~
coming soon!

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