Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Ranger's GREAT pumpkin challenge...day 2

the challenge continues &
today I share the Ranger blog with the talented Jennifer McGuire...

this challenge was over the moon fun for me...

in total, I used over 30 Ranger products!
seriously!

here's my pumpkin...



my first step was to age a plant stake with alcohol inks...
the photo above shows that it's toned down & looks much more vintage...
that shine was bugging me...



once the stake was ready, I attacked the pumpkin...

I started by swiping coffee archival over the raised areas, to tone down the orange & add some shading...


then with sepia archival, I stamped some random polka dots...


my spider was stamped with jet black archival...
I found it easiest to use him without the acrylic block, & shape him to the curve of the pumpkin...


next, I applied tim's stickers to black presentation board & cut them out...

sanded the edges with the sanding grip...

and distressed the edges with walnut stain...


I cut a banner from Claudine's sticky back canvas, removed the backing paper & placed it on my non stick craft sheet...

I like to remove the backing paper...
it keeps the canvas nice & flat & it makes it simple to color & then stamp on...

I misted the natural canvas with plain old water...
then applied the frayed burlap distress stain & moved it around with a blending tool, to give even coverage...


I wanted to use 2 different stamps & the background I chose would have covered most of the banner...
so I masked off a section on each side with a post-it note...

that allowed me to use the giant background stamp, with jet black archival...
and stamp just the center section...


then I removed the post-its and stamped the polka dots on the blank canvas ends, again with jet black...

I folded the canvas, as you'll see in the photo @ the bottom of the post...
to create a little extra detail...
then added the canvas banner over clearly for art BLACKOUT...

this makes the banner nice & sturdy & finishes off the back...


moving on...

I used 2 art parts leaves & inked them with peeled paint distress stain & stamped with with the text background, using jet black...


and then...I was having so much fun, that I forgot to take more photos!

I seriously...lost my mind in this project...

so, without photos...

I used grungeboard, Claudine's sticky back canvas & clearly for art to create a whole bunch of flowers...

I used Glue N Seal to add vintage text to my clearly for art, then die cut it with tim's tattered leaves die...

the leaves were misted with water...
then I just touched the tip of several of the distress stains to the leaf & watched the colors blend like magic...

heating the clearly for art (CFA), allows you to shape the flowers & leaves to make them very dimensional...

I liked the combination of grungeboard, canvas & CFA...
because it added lots of different textures...

the red heart is die cut from grungeboard, inked with fired brick distress stain & the LOVE is part of this stamp...

so...lots of flower stamps, lots of background stamps some leaves & art parts...
made this...


here's a closer shot of the banner...

the butterfly was stamped on CFA BLACKOUT with the gold paint dabber...

and the heart is suspended with a charm clip...


and here's the finished pumpkin...



I told you I used lots of Ranger goodies...

Archivals:

Jet Black, Sepia, Coffee, Vermillion & Olive


Distress Stains:

Peeled Paint, Mustard Seed, Rusty Hinge, Frayed Burlap, Lipstick, Scattered Straw, Fired Brick, Wild Honey & Forest Moss


Distress Ink Pads:

Walnut Stain, Forest Moss


Gold Paint Dabber


Alcohol Inks:

Pitch Black & Rust


Adhesives:

Glossy Accents, MultiMedium (matte), Glue N Seal


Claudine's Natural Sticky Back Canvas


Tools:

Craft sheet, Heat it, Ink Applicator with felt, Blending tool with foam, Mister


and believe me...

when I was done,

I was happy to have the craft scrubbie...


sorry for the lack of links...

BLOGGER/hughesnet is being a pain today...


in closing...

the pumpkin says...

give thanks...

so to thank you MY BLOG FRIENDS...


I'll ship this pumpkin to a random commenter...

if you'd like this guy to live with you...


just leave a comment &

I'll choose a winner first thing tomorrow morning...


thanks RANGER!!!

it was seriously FUN to


make (pumpkin) art!

wendy


63 comments:

KimSim said...

Oh Wendy, that's beautiful! I like that so much more than a carved one. I'd love to have it but if I don't win I might have to make one!

Gabrielle said...

Wow! That pumpkin is incredible! Looks like you had a lot of fun making it! Thank you for your generous giveaway!!!

Maria Stanley said...

That looks like it was a ton of fun! It came out amazing! I love that spider. I will totally have to make one either way! Love it!

Wanda H said...

Me, Me, ME... I'd LOVE to be a WINNER and have this Super Fabulous, Most Amazing, Totally Terrific guy live with me!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And be able to look close and touch and be totally inspired by it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mary said...

This is so beautiful, I can't believe you're giving it away! I'm loving seeing all these pumpkins, yours is such a great fall piece. =)

Cafe Crop said...

The pumpkin is gorgeous! Love all the different products and ideas to decorate it. A great inspiration for the naked pumpkin sitting on my dining room table right now!

Dawnll - Dawn's Craft Place said...

It wouldn't have far to go to my house in WI!!!
Great design and so many great techniques.

Kirsten Alicia said...

Wow, the pumpkin looks WONDERFUL!!! What an awesome Thanksgiving decoration.

Debby said...

That would look lovely on my dining room table! I almost want to go to Hobby Lobby and pick one of these up and create something similar! Thanks for sharing!

Sarah said...

Well, Miss Wendy, you definitely get my vote for "Best Pumpkin"! This fellow would fit perfectly with my decor and have a loving home to reside in. He is gorgeous!!!!

Sarah said...

It's a stonker! Looks just amazing - makes me feel all seasonal and festive, but I will have to admire from afar as I think the customs and import folk might throw a wobbly if you try and get this on a plane!

Pam said...

Truly AWESOME pumpkin! I have seen these at the store, and wondered what to do with them - this is the perfect answer! Beautiful use of color and texture!!!

jody said...

Absolutely fantastic! Such a warm and comforting design! Brings me back to a special childhood memory of my mother's style! Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful keepsake!

Rhonda said...

Love your pumpkin Wendy, they are my favorite form of decorating...would leave yours out all year long!!!

michelle said...

I would love to give your pumpkin a home! It is an amazing peace of art! It just sings fall . . .

Connier said...

Wow, this inspires me to go downstairs and make art!

Lesley said...

WOW!!!! The pumpkin looks amazing!! Would so love to look at it in the flesh but seeing as i live in the UK....i'll have to dream about it instead! The person who wins this is extremely lucky!!!

Marijane said...

What a positively, perfectly lovely pumpkin that anyone would love to have at the center of their Thanksgiving table! Thanks for generously deciding to part with it. This would make a darling hostess gift, too!

Ruby Craft said...

WOW! WENDY! This is some pumpkin. It is bursting with Fall Colors, Thanks, Love and Creativity! WOW!

Susan Garman said...

Such a handsome pumpkin. The polka dots really set him apart from the other pumpkins on the block.

Gail Bales said...

Wendy, Your pumpkin is stunning! Absolutely gorgeous. I agree it should be left out all year. Thanks for the tutorial, I must try this even though it won't be as wonderful as yours.

SusanK said...

Oh boy..I'd love that gorgeous pumpkin centerpiece to come live at my house!!! I'd even save you the cost of shipping it and pick it up myself. And these pumpkins are on clearance right now so no reason not to attempt this myself...you can do this yourself at home. Seriously, you can. Ah, but will you??? LOL

Helen said...

Wendy, your pumpkin ROCKS I can't believe you would give it away - but I really hope I get lucky! Those art parts are just fab and I love how you stamped your little spider... he's cute!

debb said...

Seriously? I would love that pumpkin to come live with me- it is unbelievable! Love it!

Heidi said...

Such a cool and festive pumpkin! What a fun idea! That's a lot of Ranger on one vegetable :) tee hee! Big hugs!
Heidi

artbyvic said...

Your pumpkin turned out amazing! It would look lovely on in the center of my tabls! :)

Terry said...

Hey there Wendy, Your pumpkin is amazingly made, wowzerssss..fabuloux colouring and the shine looks a lot better with the inks on it. Fab flowers too, as allways a AMAZINGLY MADE WENDYLICOURS project. wow. And I can see that you had loadssss of fun with it. Thank you for sharing Wendy. Hugs Terry xxxx

Crafty mop said...

Wonder if it would make it to my house in one piece....doubtful as I'm in England ! Wanna do it just for fun and I will post a picture of how it is when it gets here .....lol it would be funny ......no seriously this is fab Wendy I just love your entry the spider looks great and all the leaves are fab ....... Got project books today or rather whipped out of my hands today for Christmas so thanks for that . Mandy x

2amscrapper said...

I can see how you got lost in this project. So many wonderful details and textures. It would be an honor to display this work of art in my home.

Karen G. said...

Absolutely love this pumpkin, love the shading and the little details. Would love to have this grace my Thanksgiving table!

Jean D said...

Beautiful! I would definitely be giving thanks if I saw this work of art in my mailbox. You've really outdone yourself, bravo!

mamakat said...

That is SSSSSSoooooooo flippn' cute, I can hardly stand it. I would love to make a home for it on my cozy fireplace hearth. The colors are perfect in my decor and it might enjoy the company of some other Wendy inspired decor items. LOL!
Great Job, Wendy!

Kathy Eddy said...

I am clearing pout a spot for him now to live at my house! He is stunning! you really blew this one of of the water. What a great challenge for you artists. Hope to see you in Madison this week-end. I have to work a few hours Sat. morning now so will get there in the afternoon sometime.

Mall Rat said...

I'm not just saying this .. but I mean it .. I love you pumpkin the best so far !! I just love your work, it's so me with the flowers and polka dots. Awesome job Wendy.
Have a great day !

Cher said...

oh its so pretty! everyone will want it Wendy...and ty for telling all the details...luv that about you! Hope you have a great holiday as well...good luck all!

Sandra said...

I saw the pumpkin on the Ranger blog first .... brought smiles, no one had to tell me it was a Wendy original!
Sandra ltg

Sandy @ Keepsake Crafts said...

Wow, that is gorgeous! It's definitely my favorite.

I can totally understand how you could get carried away playing and forget to take photos. :-)

Nancy D. said...

Love how your pumpkin turned out!

melissa said...

Your carried away is AWESOME!! I love all the flowers and leaves on your pumpkin. Thanks for a chance at adopting your creation!

Gillian .... said...

Holy Moly "The" Wendy Vecchi ... your Pumpkin Art is AWESOME ... a project oozing with creativity, love every single part of it. Alas,think Customs & Excise would have a slight hissy fit if it were to be shipped across the pond. x

Hels Sheridan said...

weeeeeell, I am a commenter, and I am totally random... so.. please pick me cos... I have never seen a pumpkin becaues I live in bOrInG England where pumpkins don't grow because no one understands what they do... and ... I LOVE this one... WOWZERS and THRICE, you rocked that challenge Wendy... hey, tis a... smashing pumpkin!!! Oh and ignore that Gillian one, Customs and Excise would LOVE to see a pumpkin cos they are in boring England too and will never have seen the like rofl xx

Leslie said...

Hi Wendy, I love this wonderful pumpkin! My son and fiance are planning their fall wedding - 10/6/2012 - and they want lots of pumpkins at the wedding and reception. Kelly (the bride) wants to decorate the outdoor wedding with lots of pumpkins. Anyway your pumpkin just reminded me of them and their wedding. I think I am off to Michael's to see if they have any more pumpkins!

Thanks for the inspiration!!!!

Tara C. said...

What an amazing pumpkin for this great pumpkin challenge. Love all the fall colors they would look amazing on my kitchen table!!! So random Rick pick me!!!

Debby L. said...

What a gorgeous pumpkin! You outdid yourself again. Your pumpkin would look great as the Centerpiece on our Thanksgiving picnic table at the beach next week! Yes, Thanksgiving on the beach comes complete with roasted and smoked turkey for my family and about 20 friends who are joining us. Happy Thanksgiving to all!

Heidi said...

Ooh ooh! Me, Me!! It would look great on my Thanksgiving table!!!

sue said...

Pick me Pick me!!! I love your pumpkin. What a fun idea.

octlove said...

I am seriously at a loss for words...insert the sound of crickets to symbolize the silence...this pumpkin is a-ma-zing!!!

All the added details just seem to give this project such pizzazz…love the extra touch of the polka dots with the shading & I am drooling over those flowers:)

rhonda said...

Oh how this lovely pumpkin would look in country/vintage home! Always in awe of your work Wendy!

Cheri said...

That is the most gorgeous creation! I would love to win this. Thanks for sharing all the details.

Tona said...

You rocked the pumpkin challenge!!!

Lisa said...

I would love to have that pumpkin, it would so fit in at my house. Guess if I don't win I will have to make my own. Off to do some shopping for supplies.

jackib said...

While I was on your blog admiring your WAY COOL pumpkin, he whispered to me that he really wants to come to live with me. I would take very good care of him, take him with me when I go out, feed him only the most healthy treats - sunflower seeds, of course, and cherish him all season long. He will have a place of honor on my table - of course, that is after I push all my crafting stuff aside. Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win this beauty! Good luck to us all!

kathy sheely said...

What I wouldn't give to have this on my counter to look at and be thankful for winning!!! Wish me luck.

pixiedust61 said...

That is one very sincere pumpkin. Linus would be proud to sit near that awesome pumpkin! Love it . All the stamping on the piles and piles of foliage!

marci said...

What a terrific centerpiece this would make on the Thanksgiving table - it is gorgeous! Thanks for the chance to win.

PaperJewels said...

Seriously, Wendy? That pumpkin is awesome! I would love it in my home!

Pixie Camembert said...

Just SPECTACULAR, Wendy. I LOVE the little fella. It is so rich in colors, textures and sentiment. Thanks for the chance to win! I'm off to play with some Tim leaf cuts.

scrappin-scrappin said...

Wowza, Wowza, Wowza!!! Your pumpkin is beautiful!! I haven't had a chance to stop by for awhile, awesomeness as usual!! Love it Wendy!!

Anonymous said...

this is very beautiful. thx for sharing!
kim

Jan said...

Your pumpkin is gorgeous! I love all the little details and work you put into it. I would be thrilled to win this!

Eileen said...

It is gorgeous, Wendy! A perfect showcase for all your amazing flowers.

Julie said...

Cool pumpkin! The spider is an interesting suprize and totally delightful addition to an already lovely pumpkin creation.

khushifairy said...

hey, this butterfly and Love peices are not looking very good with pumpkin. Without these, it would go better.
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