Wednesday, October 6, 2010

You have a permission to laugh uncontrollably

You see, when I first started paper crafting couple of years ago I mainly dabbed my hand at collage and Tim Holtzy-stuff.

So when my friend needed a card for her bosses retirement he asked me to "do something you used to do, you know, before you went all artsy"!!



So 3 days of hair pulling, meddling and messing later, that's what she ended up with.

My craft room floor is still crunchy with all the UTEE and I tend to find random globs of dried matte medium in dark corners of my desk. The whole thing is done with canvas and grungeboard and glimmer-misted, painted, frayed and embossed into total oblivion.

It's actually a tri-fold card but you can't see it on the picture.

I know it's a totally feeble attempt at mixed medium project but hey, I DID try!! lol AND my friend liked it, which is probably a main thing!

I would like to enter it into Simon Says Stamp And Show challenge which is "numbers" this week. Sorry, girls, for putting my botched-up mess next to your gorgeous work! It also qualifies for Stamptacular Sundays challenge which is "layers".

Oh, and I almost forgot to let you know that 7 Kids College Fund has now new Sarah Kay and Kraftin Kimmie images in stock. If you buy ANY Kraftin Kimmie stamp before Oct 11th you get 10% off if you use a code KRAFTIN!

Thanks for looking and happy crafting!


Renkata said...

Annika you are really an artis, ohhh do you give lessons :)
Stunning work .

-Sanna- said...

Wow, this was stunning.
Great job.....


Hi Annika - well, yes, I am laughing but definitely not laughing at your amazing card - I am laughing at your wonderful story - you are FAR too modest!! I absolutely love the card and you should be proud of yourself - I wouldn't know where to begin placing all those gorgeous elements together. Love the gold theme, the swirls, the UTEE - all of it!!
HUgs, Sylvia xxxx

Crystal said...

WOW Annika this is GORGEOUS I LOVE LOVE all the gold!!!! Beautiful work gf!

Marilyn said...

Your card is gorgeous & I wish I could put together something like this. The blue/green is a very striking compliiment to all the gold. It is so pretty!

Stella said...

Wow; a masterpiece. You tried and it turned out fabulous!!!

Dorcas said...

I'm not laughing, I swear! :-) No, I thik you did a nice job and you followed instructions and gave your friend what they wanted so thats a happy customer right there! I definately know what you mean about the UTEE! I buy it by the jug! Hahaha I actually like the Tim Holtz grunge look and I use it a fair bit on my ATCs and collage work. I was just saying to my friend Stacey that its like I have two personalities, One for my cards (clean& crisp, happy colors) and one for my altered art: distressed, grungeed and weird! lol well this is a long comment!

Danielle Champagne said...

Hi! Annika, WOW WOW WOW such a masterpiece. I laugh at the description of your floor and table, that sounds familiar to me! but, I admire this magnificent card. All the work you invested to created this beauty. It is so well put together, lovely colors, al the glitter and the thicknesses, the crackled glass technique, so nicely done. AND the layers... may I invited you to play along with us at Stamptacular for our Layer-it-on challenge this week, your card is perfect for our theme!

Unknown said...

WOW... This is so beautiful.. I look like you had some fun playing with it....

Danielle Champagne said...

I'm so happy you entered your card, it's wonderful.
Thank's for playing along with us this week in our Stamptacular Layer-it-on challenge. Hope to see you again soon.

Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

Holy crap, girlie, I think this is spectacular, my kind of mouth-watering art. I haven't been on my reader yet today, but I was looking through the thumbnails over at SSSS and saw this. I clicked on it without realizing it was yours. I love it - the color palette, the UTEE, the canvas - all perfect. Now quit your whining and tell us the truth - didn't you have fun messing around with it? :)


Archies Mum said...

Wow that card is just amazing, very artistic and you can see how much work you have put into it, excellent

email: said...

This is lovely! I really like the golds and the flowers! Great work :)

Thanks so much for entering the Simon Says Stamp & Show Challenge!!!


Debbie Schneider said...

This card Annika shows the true artist in you - it is really a piece of art and created solely from the depths of your imagination!!! You are such a full rounded, incredibily talented artist - your work is truly an inspiration to all!! Love it!!!

helencreaty1 said...

waw great creation, the golden color look so good in your tag, well done

Lynne Forsythe said...

I could have sworn I commented on this LOVELY....maybe I just spent too much time drooling I forgot to...BEYOND GORGEOUS!

Thanks bunches for playing along with the Design Teamies and Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge!!

Marlene said...

Not laughing at all!!! Another jaw-dropping card (even if it did leave a mess all over the place...heehee!) Really, there is NOTHING you can't do, right? I'm thinking you're gonna tell me you can fly soon.

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

You are amazing Annika!! Stunning use of mediums!! The mess...isn't that why you called the Messy crafter...LOL! Could not resist...sorry!! No seriously you have serious talent no matter what you do Annika!

debby4000 said...

Oh this is brilliant Annika, love the embossed swirls.

Tara said...

So sorry for not dropping by for a while Annika...... wow, your altered art card is stunning and I can tell it took you ages, so much for the eyes to feast on! Gorgeous creation!!
Big hugs, Tara xx

Di said...

This is just stunning, i used to love playing with all this stuff but mine just ended up a big mess. Its a work of art! hope your friend frames it!
Hugs di xxxx

Amy Johnson said...

I don't know, this looks really 'artsy' to me. I could never create this!

Evonne said...

Annika, you are sooooo critical of yourself! This is a fab piece of artwork, and I love it! I could have done with a laugh, but sorry - no uncontrollable laughing here, just jaw dropping awe!
Sorry for the lapse in communication over the summer. Drop me an email and we'll arrange to catch up! Hope all is good with you right now!

~jan said...

I could just imageine what my craft room would look like it I attempted this! *laugh* It may not be what you usually do, but it is beautiful! It's good to step outisde our comfort zones! :)

Netty said...

Totally terrific, adore it.
Annette x

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