Monday, November 8, 2010

no cooking...no cleaning...

so what else is new???

but I DID make art!
YIPPEE!

before I get into the post, let me warn you that tim's brand new configurations are ADDICTING...

let me say it again...
to make it perfectly clear...

ADDICTING...

my plan for yesterday was to start...
(like work an hour or so) & just get started on a configurations project...

6 hours later...YES!!!

6...HOURS...
OMG I was having too much fun to quit...

so, don't say that I didn't warn you...

here's my take on configurations...


the inspiration for this piece came from tim's alterations rosette die from Sizzix...

I've showed you layered rosette flowers before...
and another style layered Christmas tree...

this next tree has been sitting on my desk waiting patiently (not really!) for configurations to arrive...

this style rosette tree needed a recessed area, because it doesn't look good from the side...
so, I didn't think it was for a card...
but it's PERFECT for the configurations...
where you can hide the sides...

here it is...
with a grungeboard trunk, embossed with tim's woodgrain embossing folder...

the accoutrement makes a perfect tree topper...



I used just 2 of the little compartments (configures??? ha! that's funny!)...

from the 5 1/2 x 5 1/2...
the small square made a gift & a larger rectangle, made a drawer to stuff with goodies...

LOVE the curio knob on the drawer...

my mini stamp was a perfect reminder to...



the time change had me up @ 4AM...
and I was in the studio by 4:30, because I had another idea...

the box was finished last night, but was there anything else I could add?

this next photo is looking down...

the whole piece is sitting on an art parts rectangle (the base from my 3 1/2 x 5 1/2 frame) with a large scallop trim as the finishing touch...
there's a scallop on the top too...

tim's new salvage stickers are THE BOMB...
soooo simple to customize...



here's a side shot looking from the left...


and one from the right...



I was actually sad when I finished...
but guess what?

I have MORE...
I got EVERY SIZE!

reluctantly...
I told Rick to hide them so I can get some assignments checked off the TO*DO list...
I'll probably be hunting for them later...geez!

so, there are 2 morals of the story for today...
#1...
there art NO rules for art...
you don't HAVE TO use every little compartment...

and...
#2...
configurations & art parts are a match made in heaven!

ok...in addition to the products listed above,
I used a billion products for this piece...
here's some of the KEY ingredients...

I actually used the new espresso color wash on the inside of the box, mixed with heirloom gold Perfect Pearls Mist...

I used lettuce color wash to color the gift...
the drawer was inked with red pepper PIGMENT ink...(sooo simple)and I used the red pepper to alter the metal heart too...

I used Ranger's gold dabber to edge...
jet black archival & coffee for stamping...

Glossy Accents for gluing...

tim's lost & found paper stash & also retro grunge...





trinket star pin & mini Christmas tree pin, both from Maya Road...

from my studio 490 stamps...







now I'm off to suck up to Rick so he hands over the other configurations...
so I can...

make art!
wendy
ps...why oh why did I give them to him???
another ps...
I'm getting ready for a Q & A session later this week. stay tuned!

80 comments:

Helen said...

Wow, Wendy - go configure - you are the Queen! Love this - it is stunning. Haven't had a good day, you have made me feel lots better.

SusanK said...

Way cool! I like how you disfigured the configuration to make it work on a whole new figuration!

Nancy said...

Hi Wendy....OMG.....I just love the little tree and the whole idea! Just gorgeous !!!! Once again you have inspired me....the laundry will have to wait today! (Maybe tomorrow too !)

Tona said...

Another amazing piece of art!I can see why you didn't want to stop.

Nancy said...

Ok, here's one for your Q&A session: WHY DO I HAVE TO WORK HERE?!?! *lol* Reading this post - seeing the AWESOMENESS of this creation - I want to be HOME, playing, NOW! Why, why, WHY was I born beautiful instead of rich?!?! Or, why don't I win the lottery I don't play? I want to make art NOW, I tell you!
*sigh*
Ok, I feel a little better, am done hyperventilating (I think) .. but I really do wish I were surrounded by Art Parts & inks & stamps & papers, instead of papers & pens & calculators & monitors ... *lol*
Beautiful, Wendy ... absolutely beautiful!

Tammy Tutterow said...

Awesome project!!

Joyce said...

I love what you have done with the configurations. You are always thinking outside the "box".

Jen said...

Oh. my. gosh. That's all I have. LOL!!! LOVE.

Kathy said...

Wow, what a great project. I think Rick will give them to you sounds like a gem.

mcclar26 said...

AWESOME!! Wendy you rocked it again, no surprise though!! I LOVE to see your take on things and this is a fun idea!! I haven't gotten any of these yet, but this has inspired me to go and play!! Have a GREAT DAY!! Thanks for sharing!! =)
Larissa Heskett

Primitive Seasons said...

Gorgeous my friend, as usual! Love the art parts, love them.

Mary
www.primitiveseasons.blogpsot.com

Shirley said...

Fabulous Wendy! The tree is so cool, the whole piece is so cool. Gotta run, must shop!

paperqueen said...

OK, so you have officially been elevated to genius status in my little corner of the world.
I like to believe that I can think outside of the box, but you took the box and just about stood it on its head!
Why oh why did it never occur to me to use only SOME of the little boxes?
I bow to your genius!
Eileen in NYC

Wanda H said...

This truly is amazing!!! You were INSPIRED!!!! Wow!!! I have to ask.... Does the drawer really pull out??

Meme said...

GO Configure....Wendy figured out side the box? huh?

AMAZING!

Rick, give her the D@*% boxes! We need more!!!!!!!

LOL!

ellen said...

OMG it looks like a little store-front!! I LOVE it!!! You need to get a little mini-Wendy figure and put her behind like she's demo-ing... HA!

Hugs,
Ellen

PS - Did the sucking up work? HAHA.

papillon said...

it was totally worth the wait! you can't see me, but i'm giving you a standing ovation. i'm staying tuned for your next talent burst ;)

Debby said...

Amazing creation as always! Love how you did not use all of the compartments. Really enjoyed the classes on Saturday! Need to get some cleaning done (seriously it does need it around here) and then will have time to play!

funkycrafter said...

great projects. so many compartments, so little time. your studio must be the best playland ever. if i ever get the yardwork done and the garage cleaned i must start making things again. working outside in the fresh fall air seems to be the best sleep aid ever... just can't stay awake past 10, my favorite time to craft.

Mall Rat said...

What an awesome idea !! You are so full of brillant ideas. Makes me want to go home and put up my tree seeing a Christmas project :) Good luck on the hunt for your other configurations :) lol

Marijane said...

What a darling creation! I can see several of these little "vignettes" placed across a mantle or shelf creating a Christmas scene. Brilliant, Wendy!

Julie said...

Saw these cute configuration boxes at a local scrapbook store! I'm so glad you show us other ways to use these products other than the obvious. Thank you again!

Anita said...

Stunning! What a great excuse not to do cleaning. This is amazing!

Anonymous said...

Jeesh! I would love to have your creativity for just a day - no, make that a week. I made one of the configurations last week and thought it came out kind of cute...until....I saw yours. LOVE IT!!!!! :)

jacki said...

oh so cute! thanks for sharing your talent with all of us.

sue said...

You always think outside the box. Tim will flip when he see what you have created.

sweet craf-tea chick said...

oo oo, i love love love your creation, wendy!! so many awesome details! thanks for sharing and have fun!! *hugs* steph :)

Hels Sheridan said...

Oh my giddy Aunt - is there NO END to your amazing talents???? THIS IS... SO GORGEOUS... **whispers - I am so gonna have to sneak in while you are looking for those other Configurations and have it away on me toes with this little beauty!!**
Wendy, as ever... you have inspired me... am waiting on my Config's arriving.. .cannot wait to play!!
Hope you got some of your To Do list done.. .well, at least one of the things on there :O)

*wanders off to make a disguise to wear for nabbing art purposes LOL* xx

Dee in N.H. said...

A-MAZE-ZING! I so love this and can't wait to get my inky little paws on one of those. You have left me so inspired!

Joan G said...

Please, please put me on your Christmas list. If the answer is no I still have to thank you for this post. My mind is buzzing with "what if I did this, and this....and I could place this in the small compartment. Ok, thanks again

Ziggyeor said...

I love what you did with the configurations using only two boxes :)

Missusg said...

i have said i before and i will say it again.. i think you are a genius! i absolutely love your art.....

Rox said...

Love the color combos you pick! Another darling tree. I love all the little artifacts in this piece. It makes it so interesting. Thanks Wendy!

Linda said...

Love this! Just so unique and totally awesome.

Karla Anderson said...

I have my configurations sitting waiting for me to finish collecting all the bits and pieces I NEED to decorate them. I am kinda hoarding them and I need to USE them.

JeanFB said...

This is so fabulous! I adore all of the little details you've included. I don't have a Configurations set yet, so I appreciate the warning... I may not heed it, but I appreciate it, LOL!

Lisa said...

EEP! This is gorgeous!

(Did you find them yet?)

Tara C said...

I finished my first box this weekend but how very boring it looks now. I love the alternative you made. Thanks for making art and being our inspiration.

Dawn said...

WOW, Wendy- I love it! How cool will it look sitting on a Hearth at Christmas time- you are great! I havent seen the configurations yet, maybe one day.
Dawn in SC

Brenda said...

Love it love it love it!

Lori said...

Love it, Wendy, it's gorgeous, and totally "outside the box"! lol! hahaha! Love the rosette as a tree, brilliant!

amy said...

LOVE this.
LOVE this.
LOVE this.
I was just telling Timi the other day that I had not seen any sample configurations without all of the pieces in it yet. And then, wow, here you go with probably the most inventive use of them ever. I'll say it again--LOVE it!

karen said...

Wendy...WOW!
I can't wait to get my hands on some of the configurations too! I just want to try some of your techniques and if I configure myself into a corner..so what?...then I can just keep going until I configure my way out again. You are truly an inspiration! Thanks!
Karen from Canada

Plume said...

Wendy! Go configure what you will do next? You surprise me all the time with your creations. That's a compliment!

Karen in Canton, MI said...

Wow! You are so talented! You put such a twist on the configurations box that I didn't even realize you had used one!

SeasideSandi said...

OMGOSH...the marriage of all these products and the continual output of your creative mind....simply beautiful!

secret scrapbooker said...

Gorgeous! Wendy I absolutely love what you have done :0)
Kate x

Gerrie Johnnic said...

OMGosh GF, how inkspirational, I am really luvin' your latest 2 posts.....if I only had a brain.xxoo

Stephanie Rodgers said...

Wendy--
Just love your take on the Configurations line! Leave it to you to make them 'your own'.

Sandra said...

very cute .... cleaning is over rated anyway!
Sandra

Melody (lacyquilter) said...

Awesome project.

Karenliz said...

OMG! Beautiful! I just love the way it came out.

Karen said...

wow, simply stunning. Love that you went outside the box.

Karen

Karen said...

Can't find the words for expressing 'even more awesome than the usual awesomeness'!
To only use some boxes, yep, but to go 3D by having them on their side: Genius! AND with Art Parts!

Joanna said...

That is stunning and unique! It's
amazing that you used only 2 boxes!
Love it!

Anonymous said...

I love how you didn't limit yourself to the depth of the box. Very clever to bring it out to the front the way you did. gives new meaning to out-of-the-box!!!

ScrappyPam said...

This is so stinkin' cute! Love the "out of the box" (hee-hee!) thinking!

octlove said...

Configures that you would come up with something like this!

You took thinking outside of the box to a whole different level…or should I say box:)

jan said...

Love the tree!!

jan said...

Love the tree!!

Bethan said...

oh flip...i just looovvvvee it!

lesleyworth said...

oh how YUMMMYYYY!!!!

2amscrapper said...

brilliant!

Anonymous said...

WOW! Love your "outside the box" thinking :) It inspires & encourages me to just cut things up, move them around or tear them apart!

Debbie C

Kathy Eddy said...

another brilliant piece! Your talent is amazing!

MA said...

Love how you put it all together..thanks for sharing.

Salamanda's Scrappy Adventures said...

Stunning configuarTion of all those elements.

Missusg said...

as always.. everything you do i love!!!

Wanda H said...

I still LOVE this piece and what fun to be here again via Tim's blog!!!!

Melissa said...

How awesome! Love every little part of it!

Andrea said...

Wendy this is really beautiful and soo so my Christmas style.... magic!

Scrapbookdoll said...

like your creation
marie-anne

Joanna McDonald said...

A unique piece of art! Thanks
for sharing.

Shirley Fread said...

Your creations are amazing and I'm sure the will take you a long way in the future! Good Luck!

Teepee said...

How clever you are! These are beautiful.

Mickie said...

A true work of art!! I can't find the configurations but when I do I am going to have a room full of them!!

Johanna said...

realy nice idea.
thanks for the inspiration.
i like the tree.
Johanna

mladybright said...

Love your ideas and jumping off points! Great for getting me out of the box!

~~Di F

jan said...

T!m sent me back again for another look! :) You personally know I am in love with your ART and could watch you work your magic, sorry I meant ART, 24/7! Thanks again for coming to the Madison show Wendy!

LOLena said...

Your little box of Christmas joy is amazing!! Love the tree and the trim along the top. I can see why Tim Holtz chose you for his team. Thank you for your service in furthering art in the cyber universe. Happy Holidays!