Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Creativation 2017 Ranger Designer Challenge

The Evolution of Tim Holtz Distress was the Ranger Designer Challenge this year at Creativation.  What a great idea and theme! I was deeply honored to have been asked by Tim to participate, and my product challenge given was Distress Mica Spray. There are too many Distress products to name, and I could have used any of them as I love them all, but loved this particular challenge. Since the colors are Antiqued Bronze, Tarnished Brass, and Brushed Pewter, I stayed with that metallic palette, and added some Peacock Feathers as well. Can you believe I didn't use reds?!! I almost did. I have 27 step out photos, as this took me almost a week to complete, but I've only included some of the most important today...sorry. I went with a World Peace theme, since the state of world is chaotic right now, and planned everything around my sentiment...

Like the flowers,
we should all be instruments of
Where there is hatred,
we should all sow seeds of
If these actions are done,
we shall all see an Earthly garden of
It's hard to see all the elements involved with so much going on, but the step out photos I've chosen will hopefully add some insight into everything.,
I used black gesso on the background first, and then used Wendy's new  Rectangle Frame Stitching Stencil to mark off my holes.
Then I drilled each hole with a very small bit.
I added Peacock Feathers Distress Paint over the gesso, and then sanded areas for a distressed look. Then I pounced over some Alcohol Ink. I stenciled over the whole tag with various stencils and each of the colors of Distress Mica Spray, and then added stenciling with Archival Ink. Then I sealed the whole thing with Distress Micro Glaze...oh the sheen.
I hand stitched the whole border with Tim's new Craft Thread from Coats and Clark.
I make the blocks...hard to notice them as I used every inch of space...I used Grunge Board and Burlap.
I die cut circles for the borders of the blocks and added Grunge Board letters.
I die cut the globe world piece with burlap and made it into a block.
The finished blocks, with lots of Mica Spray. I love how they came out, and it's a shame you can hardly see them.
I cut out all of my favorite children from packs of Found Relatives.
I used Peacock Feathers Paint and all the colors of Mica Spray for the gears.
Here is the layout before all the pieces went on.
I used Eileen Hull's new Twist and Style Tool from Sizzix to make the vines.
Then I made lots and lots of roses from Tim's Tiny Tattered Florals die and Distress Cardstock sprayed with Mica. Everything was adhered with Multi Matte Medium.
Well, I thnk this is all from Creativation this year from me...it's a lot isn't it. I wish you all a wonderful day!!!

I hope your hands get creatively dirty soon!


  1. ANITA.... I am just in AWE of this FAB U LOUS CREATION...It is absolutely PERFECTION....LOVE...LuV....LoVe....AnD your message is soooo BEAUTIFUL....STUNNING...I am always blown away by your creativity!!!!!

  2. This is such an amazing piece, the step out really shows so well how it all came togeher, - and what a brilliant theme and wonderful quote!!! Those found relatives really demonstrate the diversity of people, such a great idea, and specially this week, such a timely theme! I absolutely love how you put this together, the stitching the twine, those beautiful roses....I could go on and on....
    Thank you so much once again Anita for all the hard work you put into these posts, I have enjoyed them all!

  3. Wow, wow, wow Anita!! I cannot quite get over that you drilled each of those holes individually AND cut all those found relatives (I thought you had used the new paper dolls) - I have a new found respect for your patience and attention to detail!! What a fabulous way to showcase the Distress Mica Sprays - I don't think they have ever looked so good!! Love the vines you created with Eileen's twist & style tool too! A masterpiece and I just love the sentiment... Hugs, Anne xx

  4. WAnita xx A beautifully thought out creation depicting peace for all xxx Thank You for sharing all the details and your fabulous photographs of your wonderful time at Creativation with Ranger xx
    Sending huge hugs Annie xx

  5. oops.... should red Wow Anita xx

  6. Just gorgeous and your sentiment is right on Anita! <3

  7. Yup, this is the one! Absolutely stunning... I was so in love with all the layered figures and the fabulous gears, flowers and wire that I didn't even notice how you'd done your framed letters - just brilliant! A new favourite for me, for sure.
    Alison x

  8. it's gorgeous! and you can definately see the WORLD blocks! the whole thing is a knock out! TFS Anita :D (I wish everyone had the step out photos and fabulous descriptions!)

  9. I love this project. It is so beautiful and carries out the theme so well. Thank you for sharing how you made it AND for making it.

  10. So glad you have shared all the steps Anita, as there are elements there that I missed or didn't realise you hand made eg the vine. The whole artwork is an absolute triump! No wonder it took you a week but there really is so much to be admired. Thank-you for sharing this beauty! Nicola x

  11. This truly is a beautiful piece and it's fantastic to be able to see how it came together. Thank you for sharing xx

  12. I have been admiring this composition in all of the photos from the show, but seeing the twisted wire vines up close - WOAH!!! I'm in shock, awe, and experiencing pure glee! How wonderful! Amazing details and concept. You rocked this challenge, Anita! Hugs, Autumn

  13. Brilliant! I am in awe - and in love!

  14. Oh my goodness what a great tutorial! Absolutely beautiful work Anita. Jaw-dropping!

  15. Oh my gosh, thank you so much for sharing how you made your amazing project Anita, I was drooling over it at Creativation wondering how you had done it. Gorgeous tag and a wonderful and uplifting message, thank you! Deb xo

  16. Anita, this is sooooo wonderful!!!!!!!! I love every detail!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. what a beautiful important significant piece of art you are created.... i can see your pure kind heart in this piece... these are not just words my friend i mean them... i love your soulful piece of art!! xox


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