Thursday, October 23, 2014

Compendium of Curiosities 3, Challenge 13

Hello friends!

Can you believe we are already at Challenge 13 in the CC3 Challenge?  This one is all about the Worn Cover.

I am playing along with the lovely Linda Ledbetter and the Curiosity Crew as they make their way through Tim Holtz latest book, A Compendium of Curiosities Volume III.   Check out page 35 for all the details and inspiration.

As always, there will be a "Curiosity Crew's Choice" winner who will receive a fabulous assortment of Tim's products, courtesy of Tim himself and Mario Rossi, his Logistic Director.

This challenge is sponsored by Inspiration Emporium and one lucky winner will get a $50 shopping spree at Inspiration Emporium.

Be sure to check out Linda's blog for more details on the challenges and to see all the inspiration from the Curiosity Crew and all those playing along.

I thought it would be fun to make a Santa book with the Christmas Wishes version of the worn cover.  It could hold the Santa pictures every year, or perhaps the Christmas morning photos.  Something that could be brought out each year with the decorations to bring up memories of Christmas past.

The cover was colored with Iced Spruce Distress Stain.  The spine was decorated with some festive greenery using the Festive Stencil and some texture paste.  Once dry I colored them with Distress Markers.

The cover was embellished with a white pigment pen (Uniball Signo is my favorite) and a Fude Ball 1.5 Red pen.  I just enhanced the pre-printed patterns already there.  A little Glossy Accents on the Christmas Wishes and some Xmas Red Stickles finish it off.  Next came old St. Nick.  Almost like he was made to fit that spot on the cover, don't you think?

The inside cover was decorated with Distress Inks applied through the Festive, HollyBough and Christmas stencils.

Both the outside and inside were spritzed with Perfect Pearls mist in Biscotti.  These pics don't quite capture the magical sparkle it adds.

The Idea-ology Trimmings used to tie up the spine were embellished with a Facet and Fragments.

Really, I think I've fallen for St. Nick!  This new die is just the best Christmas accent and so fun to put together.  I used some hand made paper recycled from some old art pieces.  Just makes the perfect fuzzy Santa beard, sigh ;-).

The worn cover is a blast to play with.  I'm thinking this little Santa book will be perfect to hold some of those throw back Christmas pictures.

Thanks Linda and the Curiosity Crew for all the fun and inspiration.  To Inspiration Emporium for sponsoring this challenge.  And of course, a huge thank you to Tim, Mario, and team for the fabulous products and all the inspiration.

Thanks for stopping by.  Hope you enjoyed the magical Santa book.

Happy Creating!

Hugs,  Sharon


  1. I love your worn cover. Thanks for visiting my blog and letting me know that the image is half way down the page...I don't have an ipad, so cant see what it is doing! There are so many platforms out there to try and get it to work on!

    1. Thanks Belinda! You are doing great on the blog improvements! I'll let you know how it looks on my computer.

  2. You just can't help but smile when you see this Santa!!! I LOVE him! Great stenciling and love the dangles! Awesome!!! Thanks so much for playing in our Worn Cover challenge at CC3Challenge!!!

    1. Yes! That's it, the Santa just makes me smile too. So appreciate your feedback!

  3. How fun! This is a holiday treasure! Love Santa on the cover and all the stenciling you did. The dangles just set it all off! Thanks so much for sharing with us at CC3C!

  4. What a fun Christmas album! Your Santa is such a bright spot and Perfect Pearls Biscotti is one of my favorites, never lets me down. Love this!

  5. Omg the St. Nick is awesome on your Worn Cover. I must admit he is growing on my and I have one on the way. Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and checking out my Halloween Town. Originally the skeleton was packing a pumpkin. Then I ripped it out for the head. Hehe...,

  6. Beautiful cover! Your Santa is fantastic and I love the insides. Thanks for joining us at CC3C.

  7. Sharon you've transformed this cover! I love the embellishments you've created for the spine and the stencilling is one of my favourite parts. Jenny x


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