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Monday, 24 August 2015

Destination Inspiration-Departures at Terminal 3

 
Welcome to Terminal 3 of our travels to Destination Inspiration.  It's me Shari (Ain't That Artsy Fartsy) and I will be hosting today's leg of our journey with my bags packed for, what will be for me, my final ride with the AVJ Creative Guides. 
 
My journey is taking me on a bit of a detour at the moment, but that doesn't necessarily mean that I won't veer back on course and meet up again with my AVJ Teammates in the future.  I hope that will be the case, but until then, I leave you with what I created using this month's ensemble--
 
  • Product - Alcohol Inks
  • Technique - Alcohol Ink Ombre-Compendium of Curiosity 3/Page 57
  • Color - Butterscotch
  • Substrate - Metal Foil Tape  
 
 
I couldn't help but include a little bit of Anne's challenge theme of Things with Wings to my Destination Inspiration project, too!  Let me show you a little bit of what I did to incorporate this month's valise items onto this card--
 
 
I gathered items of metal foil tape, Adirondack Alcohol Inks and matte & glossy stocks.  My metal foil tape is actual ducting tape-It works the same as any 'craft-grade' metal foil sheets, it's just short in width and there will be seams.  Embrace Imperfection, right?
 
 
The first place I applied the AI Ombre technique was on stock that I covered with metal foil tape.  I used Butterscotch AI & Lettuce AI, then Butterscotch AI again with Terra Cotta AI.  See the seams?  I'm completely OK with this because....
 
 
...I die cut those pieces with Tim's Butterfly Duo die, and once these get run through their texture fade, the seams will be virtually invisible! 
 
 
Now onto the background.  I'm using a piece of glossy stock and the grungy circles image from Tim's Psychedelic Grunge stamp set. 
 
 
I stamped the circles onto the glossy stock with Distress Embossing Ink and covered with clear embossing powder.  I carefully heat set with my embossing heat gun, taking care not to get the tip of the gun too close to the stock, because the glossy stock can bubble. 
 
 
Here's the second place I used the AI Ombre technique--For my background, I used Sand, Butterscotch and Lettuce AIs.  I applied each color separately then blended together using the AI Blending Solution. 
 
 
I rubbed the raised surface of the embossed circles with Coffee Archival using my finger.  Then I ran the panel through my sewing machine to add the messy stitched border. 
 
 
I used a couple of extra die cut butterflies to use as my templates to machine stitch an outline, then I outlined the outline with my water brush and Black Soot DI. 
 

After running the butterflies through their texture fade, I glued clear seed beads to the bodies using Diamond Glaze. 
 
 
I added the butterflies to the surface along with a Small Talk sticker, attached the panel to a mustardy-brown card base and inked all of the edges with Black Soot DI and my ink blending tool. 
 
I've hope you've enjoyed this 3rd sojourn along our travels to Destination Inspiration.  We'll be waiting for you at Terminal 4 next Monday--Until then, happy creative travels!
 
 


42 comments:

  1. This is just beautiful Shari! I love the colors and techniques you used on your background - and your butterflies are gorgeous - love the seed bead bodies - and the wonderful stitching around the borders - great job with the supplies in your travel bag! I'm so happy to have met you on this team - and look forward to continue seeing you out in blogland - hugs to you - Julia xx

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    1. Thank You, Julia! :) I'll definitely be out and about in blogland as time permits and come a visiting whenever I can :) You know how I love your witty and charming creations and you've got me as one of your followers for as long as you blog!! Thank you for your support and inspiration!! XOXO-Shari

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  2. Stunning Shari, what a great take on those travel ingredients, the background is stunning and I LOVE the way the butterflies turned out!!

    You will be greatly missed, but hopefully you can return soon! xxxx

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    1. Hi Astrid! I couldn't help but bring those butterflies into this 'last' AVJ DI creation--they carry a bit more meaning for me under the circumstances as I depart this wonderful team. But, you won't be rid of me that easily ;) I've been a fan of yours even before I was fortunate enough to be on this team with you, so you'll see me coming by your blog to visit whenever I can!! Thank You, Astrid!! XOXO-Shari

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  3. Beautiful! Love the colours and the texture! The stitching and little spatters are brilliant additions....A great farewell piece! Chrisx

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    1. Thank You sooo much, Chris!! It's always so fun to take our DI pieces and think of creative ways to use them and I'm so glad that you like what I've done with this month's DI travel pieces!! Your kind words are very much appreciated!! Thank you for coming by!! XOXO-Shari

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  4. A gorgeous ombre background, and the butterflies are beautiful! Love the details to finish it off - the stitching and the splatters. We will miss having you on board, but I know our paths will cross frequently whether here or elsewhere.
    Alison xx

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    1. Our paths will always cross, Alison! You've been a huge inspiration to me and a supportive and kind voice, even before I got to be on the AVJ team with you :) It may take me a little bit of time to get around, but you'll always hear from me and have a fan and lover of your art! Thank You for everything, Alison!! XOXO-Shari

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  5. Gorgeous ombré effect, love the backdrop and those butterflies are so striking, love the stitching, always love to see stitching used in art. So sorry to hear you are leaving . Hope to see you back soon. Tracy x x

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    1. Thank You, Tracy!! :) :) It's been such a pleasure to be with you here on the AVJ team and your creativity has helped me branch out and try new things :) (you and Alison have me trying to use rusty wire more!) ;) :) You are one of my favorite creative people and you'll always have me as a loyal follower and friend! I'll be by your blog as often as I can to continue my art education with you!! (I want to get some pan pastels now!) ;) :) XOXO-Shari

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  6. Shari, what a fab take at Terminal 3 and what a great idea to add in some clear embossing with your ombré effect. The stitching is super especially around your butterflies to make them pop. You will be missed but I do hope you can join us again in the near future.
    Hugs and wishes, Julie x

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    1. Oh, Julie! Thank You sooo much!! It's been so wonderful to be here on the AVJ team with you, but you can't get rid of me that easily ;) :) I'll be by your blog when I can to admire the darling creations that you continuously astound me with :) :) See you out in blogland!! :) :) XOXO-Shari

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  7. What a beautiful way to sign off for a while Shari. Love the way the embossing plays with the ombre effect and contrasts so superbly with the butterflies. Looking forward to your return already :) Jenny xxx

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    1. In those famous words of Arnold Schwarzenegger--I'll be back!! LOL!! :) :) I'm so glad that you like what I did with our DI pieces, Jenny!! It's not easy following a creative talent like you!! :) :) But luckily, it's people like you who keep me inspired and wanting to learn and try new things and techniques and I Thank You for that!! I'll be by your blog to love you up when I can, so I'll see you out in blogland!! XOXO-Shari

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  8. Fun, fun , fun love those butterflies and the ombré techniques! Hope we keep in touch Shari xxx

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    1. Hi Jan!! Thanks so much for coming by, I sure do appreciate it!! You won't get rid of me that easily!! I'll be out in blogland as often as I can and try to keep up with you at your blog :) :) I'll be seeing you!! XOXO-Shari

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  9. Absolutely gorgeous Shari, I LOVE the butterflies and I always love it when you stitch your pieces. The ombre looks amazing against the embossed background, you certainly did a fantastic job with the ingredients! Thanks too for incorporating some wings in your project. I wish you well and really hope we see you back in the not too distant future. Big hugs, Anne xx

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    1. Hi Anne!! I just had to add something with wings!! :) :) I love your challenge theme this month and I totally had to add some pretty butterflies!! :) :) I'm so glad that you like what I did with our DI travel essentials this week :) :) That means so much!! :) :) Oh, I'll be out in blogland whenever I can and you know that I'll be by your blog to love you up!! I love your style and can always get a fabulous creative pick-me-up when I visit you!!! XOXO-Shari

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  10. Shari, this final piece is stunning! I adore those butterflies and the background is gorgeous as well! I know you will be missed at AVJ. Hugs!

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    1. Thank You, Terry!! Thanks so much for coming by and seeing me off!! :) :) XOXO-Shari

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  11. Oh wow Shari - yep, I'm awe struck.... this is just INCREDIBLY MARVELOUS.... seriously WONDERFUL. j.

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    1. Hi Joi!! Thank You soooo much!! So glad that you stopped by Terminal 3 this week!! XOXO-Shari

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  12. Shari your card is fabulous ! Love the way you colored the background, and adding the butterflies the way you did really make them pop. The details with added stitching looks gorgeous. Very impressive and creative.
    Thank you so much for sharing your art.øhugs from Monica... Spain

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    1. Hola Monica!! Muchas Gracias!! I'm so glad that you came by Terminal 3 :) :) When all else fails, or you need something else on your crafts--Add Stitching!! It works every time :) :) Thank you so much for coming by!! XOXO-Shari

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  13. Fabulous and inspiring as always Shari x Love those gorgeous butterflies and that wonderful background. The stitching just sets it all off. Will miss you but its great to know you are still creating and that I can drop in at leisure to see what you are up to.

    Best wishes Annie xx

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    1. Annie!! Thank You!!! My creative door is always open and you can come by whenever you want :) :) XOXO-Shari

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  14. Gorgeous Shari! I really need to learn how to use a sewing machine, that stitching is fabulous. I hope your detour is short and you return to us very soon. Nikki xx

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    1. Thank You, Nikki!! It's never too late to try a sewing machine! I'm a late bloomer to sewing myself (if you want to call it sewing!), but you can do it!! Once you start adding stitching to your projects, it becomes easy to add stitching to ALL of your projects!! :) :) Maybe one day, we'll see stitching on your goodies?! :) :) I'll be waiting!! :) :) XOXO-Shari

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  15. What a lovely piece - the butterflies are stunning. Thank you for the comments on my card - actually, both of them came through, so you must have clicked the correct button both times!

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    1. Hi Dorothy! Oh gosh, those comment buttons!! Thanks for verifying my comments came through at your blog :) :) And Thank You so much for coming by here at AVJ!! XOXO-Shari

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  16. What an incredible piece for your staging post, I just adore the colours and design and the free stitching gives it a wonderful feel of freedom. Good luck in your personal journey Shari, we will miss you tremendously and hope you come back to the AVJ family one day. Take care.
    Hugs Brenda xxxxx

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    1. Thank You soooo much, Brenda! I've so enjoyed my tenure here on the AVJ team and do hope I can come back one day!! XOXO-Shari

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  17. Wow....this is stunning and the combination of techniques is brilliant. Well done!
    ~~julia~~

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    1. Thank You, Julia! Thanks for coming by!! XOXO-Shari

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  18. Fabulous Shari, amazing AI ombre on both your butterflies and background and love the clear embossing with the psychedelic grunge stamp! I am so sorry that you are leaving the creative guides team here at AVJ, I am going to miss your wonderful creations very much. Hope you will be able to rejoin the team soon and I'll keep up with your wonderful creations on your blog till then. Thanks so much for this great tutorial and for sharing your lovely art, Deb xo

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    1. Thank You soooo much, Deb!! Your visit here and your kind words mean so much to me! I'll be out and about in blogland as personal time permits, so you won't be rid of me that easily!! :) :) XOXO-Shari

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  19. Shari
    This card is techni-colour glorious, with those beautiful colours which simply sing. Then to top it the fabulous butterflies who look right at home.
    As always, gorgeous texture.
    Shari, it seems a shame you are leaving but I know that in your heart, it will have been a tough decision but one you knew you had to make. You will certainly be missed.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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    1. Hi Lynne!! Thank you so much for stopping in and leaving such a wonderful message!! I'm so glad that you like this card (I may have even made another one in different colors!) ;) :) I will miss being here on the AVJ team, but luckily, all of my AVJ teammates and their inspiration, are all just clicks away!! Thank you again for coming by, Lynne!! XOXO-Shari

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  20. Your card is gorgeous ! Shari adore your chosen colours and how you have worked them so fabulously together . Your stitching is a wonderful extra touch of detail especially the stitching round each of the butterflies .
    So sorry to hear you are leaving AVJ for now but wish you all the best . hugs x

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    1. Hi Amanda!! Thank You soooo much!! Whenever my projects need a little extra something, I run them through my sewing machine! Not the most perfect stitching, but what does Tim say-Embrace Imperfection! :) :) Thank you for coming by!! XOXO-Shari

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