Friday, August 8, 2014

Who Remembers CDs?

 Before . . .
Do you remember in the "old days" when everything for our computers was stored and backed up to plastic CD discs that were stored in clear cases?  In the name of progress, those days have now gone by the wayside, and you're most likely to use small stick-like objects, known as flash drives, to do the work of those former CDs.  With this "new" innovation, if you're like most, you're now left with a few of those CDs and clear covers lying around your home, just waiting for something to be done with them.  That was our "ATC Workshop & Swap Challenge" for July . . . just what can you do with these slim little cases? If you look at them with a creative mind, they're actually just a blank slate waiting for some attention. Take a look at the amazing "after" results from our extremely talented group of artists . . .

It seems this month's Challenger, Charmaine Conway, had bling
on the mind . . . Paris Hilton and Kim Kardasian style.  Using
"rhinestone" sheets and a craft mirror, she's created the essential
compact with that perfect glamourous movie star look.

Deb Schinzel loves her Gelli Arts!  Using an assortment of paint
colors and stencils, she's created backgrounds for both front and
 back covers while practicing her Gelli Art techniques. She
added one of her favorite Dina Wakley stamps as the perfect
embellishment, and finished off with a "BE" flower inside.

Charlotte Fern looked at her case as the perfect
embellishment for her granddaughter's journal.  After placing
her case on the cover of the journal, she added coordinating
blooms, butterflies, and bling, making the perfect place for that
special teenage girl to keep all her thoughts and secrets.

Jean Hamrick had visions of her upcoming vacation 
going through her head as she began working on
her Challenge.  Keeping everything with a tone-on-tone
blue color, she added all her favorite embellishments that
were perfect for all her travel thoughts.

For her Challenge, Kristen Johnston designed the perfect oragami
"fan" book.  With front and back covers covered with layers of torn
oriental papers and dictionary pages, and a tissue "lotus" unfolding
from the center, Kristen's finished project truly lives up to
its name . . . "the journey awakens the soul".

Lylia Hagerty has been experimenting lately with epoxy
sculting clay and has discovered she loves it!  So much so, she
 "sculpted" this beautiful hanging piece for her Challenge.
Filling each side of her CD case with clay, she then added many
of her favorite silver-toned embellishments (some of which she's
handmade), creating this gorgeous finished piece.

When Mimi Lawrence first ran across this funny Polish saying,
she knew she wanted to use it for her Challenge.  Before
sealing her cover closed, she used the backside of the cover as a
picture frame to highlight her words.  With a touch of bright colors,
she created the perfect circus tent look.  Continuing the circus theme,
she framed the edge of her case with striped Washi tape before
adding her hand colored monkey as the perfect embellishment.

We all know how much Terri Durst loves to sew!  As a quilter turned
papercrafter, she envisioned her case as the perfect home for all those
loose sewing needles she had laying around.  After decorating her cover
in shades of her favorite color, purple, she applied a magnetic sheet to
the inside to keep all those needles safe and handy.
Any member of the group can "Challenge" the others with creating something special and unique.  The only "rule" is that anyone who 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 Chipboard Banners ~
coming soon!

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