Saturday, November 22, 2008

Multitude of Mixed Media & Skagway!

This post has, as the title suggests, a multitude of mixed media.....

First up is my book challenge page for the Creative Soul Retreat. The theme this month was "A few of my favourite things". Of course, I couldn't get out of my head the Gary Larson cartoon where (from memory) there is a couple of detectives in a guys house, he's dead on the floor, on shelving in the room there is "bright copper kettles, warm woollen mittens, brown paper packages tied up with string" and one detective is saying to the other... "These must be a few of his favourite things!"...... So what I did was to think about some of my favourite things (techniques) and I came up with this page.

Each square has a couple of my favourite things on it.
(top row, left to right)...
Old Germanic text and Micaceous Iron Oxide (a Golden paint - gorgeous!),
Gothic transparency image over foil tape,
Textured fabric with metallic thread wrapping,
(middle row, left to right)...
Canvas Paper with Rinse Aid Resist background & Metal wings,
Texture Paste and Silver Rub'n'buff,
Shrink Plastic with HIM stamp, Swarovski crystals and German Scrap,
(bottom row, left to right)...
Black Corrugated cardboard with black onyx mica glitter & embossed cuttlebug shape,
Foil tape and my tracing wheel to make the little track marks,
Webbing spray in both white and black and metal cogs.


Hmmmm.....the book page above looks suspiciously like the new inchie canvas class that I'm teaching in December at Scraptivate! Even though they may look similar, they are obviously different (to the trained art-eye!!!). lol The girls in this 4" x 4" inchie canvas class have a choice of doing either a Crimson/Black/Silver one, or a Blue/Cream/Burnt Umber canvas. Here's the blue one...



...and the crimson/black/silver...

While I was on an arty roll over the last couple of days, I also made a card for the Inkurable Stampers Challenge. This time the we had to use both a bottle cap as well as some beads in our project AND it was a Christmas theme. Well, you just KNOW that I have loads of Christmas themed stamps with reindeer, Christmas trees, Kris Kringle and the like.....NOT!
This was a bit of a challenge for me, but heck, that's what challenges are supposed to be dummy! (me dummy, not you dummy). Last month I was lucky enough to win a gift voucher from Barb at the Stamping Queen and I promptly chose one of the fabulous Stampotique stamps - Prom Queen. I already have Glimmering Hope and Girl with a Lunchbox so now I have a sister to join the other 2! Here she is in all her glory......warning....please don't take offence at the quote on the inside....it's something I have NO control over. I blame my Dad and my brother for my warped sense of humour. Definitely not my fault!


(see how keen I was to get this photographed? the glue under the crystal is not dry!!!)






I had intended to include some of my remaining mega-trip photo's but there just seems to be too much other stuff here...what the heck, it is my blog after all and if I choose to bore you with some pics, so be it! Skagway here we come.....


We had the 2nd big highlight of our trip in Skagway, a journey on the White Pass Scenic Railway, if you go to Skagway this is a wonderful train trip. It's also the only time I've ever actually been snowed on....and they DO look like individual little lacy things when the snowflakes land on you!!!! On the flats, not much snow....



a "bit" more snow....
Here we are at the end of the rail journey, ready to start the bus trip back. Beautiful scenery, yes, it was cold! From left to right, Mum, me, Ev, Pete and Joan, Grant was the photographer.

There was a fabulous building in Skagway that's being constantly repaired with driftwood, the way it was originally done. Wonderful! Do the 3 little pigs come to mind????



...and just in case you forgot how we got around on our mega-trip....

23 comments:

Renee said...

That's my card if card Kelsey. I love all things frilly and pretty, but I also like things a bit different. I think the quote is hilarious (well it gave me a chuckle anyway).

Sam Marshall said...

Love all the inchies- they look so cool. The different colour combinations are fabulous. The stampotique `Prom Queen' is awesome- my favourite. She looks like my girls on Halloween-lol. Your journey photos are fab!!!

Jenxo said...

Love all the different techniques on your inchies. All the colors look gorgeous too.

Your Ho card gave me a giggle too... jenxo

Sarah said...

I love the christmas card you have made, it's awesome!

Linda Cain said...

WOW! WOW! and WOW!!!! LOVE the colors and all the canvas works!
You are too good!
Linda Cain

Chris said...

Kelsey, I haven't even gotten to the Skagway photos, yet. Because those inchies, heavens to Mergatroid woman! Those things (that canvas) make me green with envy. And usually I'm just green from tequila. Please let me take your class. please pleaseplease!!! Classes are the best places to steal -- borrow? things, no, I mean learn things from fabulous artists like yourself. You have NO IDEA what great Lobue stuff I got from Zinnia. And he hasn't noticed so far!

Here's the deal: can I try my best to make something this fabulous and then post it on my blog and then tell everyone where I copied it?

And that card! Come on. This is a yule card of my dreams. When do they go on sale?

Okay, off to Skagway.
You Rock

Chris said...

Thanks for these photos. I love buildings, and isn't this a stunner?
I love snow, too. After being raised in Kansas City I thought I wouldn't miss it, but I do! It's so lovely.

I'm glad you had such a great time that you can still share more with us.

Sherry Goodloe said...

Lovin' this post a LOT! And that "Ho" card? Oh yeah, that's a good one *smiles* xoxo

seth said...

These book pages are fantastic and I see a few of my favorite things there too.

Bevlea said...

challenge page is great Kelsey.. just love it.. and your card is terrific too.. reminds me of a santa joke I know vbg

Jacky said...

Kelsey, I love your Chrissy card...that is the best quote ever!!! Laughed when I saw it!

Your inchies for the class are great and your "favourite things" page for the retreat challenge is fantastic.

Jacky xox

Barb Conroy said...

Prom Queen has certainly turned out to be a fantastic, albeit grungy, Christmas chick!
Love the quote .. might have to steal that one from you!!
~xx Barb xx~

mary schweitzer said...

This is wonderful! And I LOVE the card!!
Mary

Shelly said...

Fabulous detail on the book page squares and inchies !!
And Prom Queen Ho is great. . . got a good laugh at it (the humor, not the art . . . the art is wonderful . . . LOL)
:-)
Shelly

Vicky said...

LOL, as soon as I saw this card over at Inkurable Stampers this morning I knew what the inside would say...I`m worried now LOL, & like Barb, I might just borrow the idea for a Xmas card of my own :) Love all the detail both in your page & also the forthcoming class...so much texture, thanks for sharing :)

Julie H said...

I am just catching up on my blog reading and thoroughly enjoyed your last FIVE (yes it has been a while) posts.
Your retreat page is stunning - and I can't wait to see it IN melbourne WOO HOO! Love the Christmas card too.

Genevieve said...

Ah, twisted, perverted and sick, just what I love in a person! Great stuff as always Kelsey. Dig the 'ho, ho, ho'.

Cheers!

Gaby Bee said...

A really wonderful post!
Your inchies are gorgeous. Love all the different techniques. Fabulous compositions.
Love the Christmas card also.

Judy said...

Gosh those metallic inchies are gorgeous - the first one is my fav. I told you you should have married m de m - he too love micacious iron oxide - lol!!!
did u see the vampire post on his blog - so cool! thanks for commenting on my blog too
xox

Jen Crossley said...

I love your Inches Kelsey,I hope I get one of those very cool Christmas cards its so you girl.
zzzz more holiday pic's zz only joking good to see what you got up to while you were away
Crozza

viv said...

loving the card kelsey! made me laugh.. those inchies look fabulous, as always ;)left you a little reward-thingy on my blog ;) hope you are well..

Jason, Alien said...

I love all things frilly and pretty, but I also like things a bit different. I think the quote is hilarious.Your inchies are gorgeous. Love all the different techniques. Fabulous compositions. Love the Christmas card also.

Nic Hohn said...

Love, love your "Favourite things" piece. Stunning!