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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Challenge #125. That's the ticket.

 Jana here - This fortnight I am challenging you to use your tickets. Use a ticket in your project, or make a project that was inspired by the phrase

"That's The Ticket".

My initial idea was to make a ticket reward system to encourage my 12 year old to clean her room, pick up her toys and read a little extra each day. She is way too into playing on the computer and watching TV. Anyhow, that will still happen, but it didn't for this challenge. I was trying to get my fabric organized, when I found myself frustrated with all of my fabric scraps. I honestly didn't know what to do with them.  AND then I had a "That's The Ticket" moment. I started to think hard and heavy about hexagons. And English paper piecing. Something I NEVER thought I would do. (Never say never, it'll turn around and bit you in the butt one day.) And now I have started using my scraps to make these:

I can whip out about 30 a night while watching TV. I am still not quite sure what I will do with them. Quilt. Pillowcase. Embroidery pouch. Composition notebook cover. Who knows. BUT right now I am thrilled to have found a use for my fabric scraps. Head over to Studio 312 for more pictures and some links to great projects made with hexies.
Stay tuned here because I WILL make that ticket reward system for my daughter. She really needs SOME form of motivation. And I'll add it to this post.
Let's see what all the other wonderful poobahs have come up with for this challenge.

Gini here -   I am Ticket Stash Poor but I do have an old Craft Stamper Magazine freebie Ticket to the Enchanted Kingdom stamp from years ago so that was my starting point.
This is a presentation golden ticket to Fairyland Park.
This plaque will have to go on the wall as I can't think of another way of displaying it as it is a decoration and a completely nonfunctional thingamajig.
But I am rather fond of thingamajigs :-)
What I used and how I made it instructions are on my blog

Electra here -  I did a LO about my father when he was (much) younger than I am now.  He worked for Warner Brother's pictures.  That's why Bugs Bunny is on the window behind him.  I always loved this photo of him.
(He's the handsome guy on the left.)

Kristen here - you are totally worth the risk and don't you forget it! I got some scratch off tickets tonight, only one was a winner. It did not win me enough to run off to the sunset filled beaches with my dh either. $5.00 what a rip off. It did make a nice base for a card about being worth the gamble. Have a wonderful week... and remember.. you are a WINNER!

Deena here - I used every ticket item I could find and then still went out and bought the ticket paper just cuz I thought it was cute...what can I say?  Usually I just go into the stash, but this paper was calling my name on Saturday afternoon and it was chopped up by diner time...the best way!

Rosemary here and I actually have ticket stamps so I was excited about this and had ambitions for ATCs and then when I sat down to work on them, the ATC Inspiration Fairy flitted off to someone else (sigh, perhaps you?).  So, I then was inspired to create for the Postcard 2012 challenge, I'm woefully behind on the countries and voila!  I had just the ticket for this challenge (oooh, bad pun eh?).  Okay, so one of the countries is Brazil and so I made the tickets I used souvenirs from a fancy dress ball.  For more details on this and to read more about the Postcard challenge, you are just going to have to visit my personal blog.  (you even can read the writing on the other side, as well as the next country for this challenge and it uses ticket tissue tape.  woo hoo)

You have until the end of Saturday 10 March to join in with your fabulous creation celebrating tickets. Add your blog post address to Mr Linky below.
If you would like to join in with a previous challenge we've set (life happens and lateness is absolutely fine, we don't mind a bit) just add your blog post address to Mr Linky below. Please make sure your blog post refers to the previous challenge you are entering so we don't get confused. 
We look forward to visiting you!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Challenge #124. Warm Fuzzies.

Welcome to the 124th challenge of the Order of the Opus Gluei!

Rosemary here and I'm proposing a theme of

Warm Fuzzies

because this is the time of year when we're hopefully thinking warm fuzzy feelings for those we love or we're wearing warm fuzzy attire to keep us cozy in the chill of winter (at least around this part of the world).

I made little felt hearts to resemble the candy hearts (or conversation hearts as they are sometimes known).   Easy peasy to make (check out my blog to see just how easy)

I'm hoping you incorporate a texture into your project for this theme - perhaps felt, suede, flocking, velvet, embossing, needlecraft, whatever.  Or perhaps your inspiration will take you into the direction of feeling warm fuzzies in a less literal sense - it is almost Valentine's Day.

So, let's see how our theme inspires you and let's see that creativity here!

Need more inspiration?  Well, then check out what the lovely Poobahs of Opus Gluei have created!
Gini here -   I decided on the lovey dovey donuts of a Valentine's card for Himself who likes the colour purple. I prefer the colour red and seeing as I was making it, it's mainly red!


 The top heart pulls up for the message which I haven't written yet OR maybe it's written in invisible distress ink that you have to lick for the writing to appear.
Oh come on, surely you're not surprised?!!
You know full well that Tim Holtz can do anything with Distress Inks. 

Kristen here - I picked up sticks on my last outdoor walk before the 18 degree weather and snow hit this weekend! I used those as a nest for a warm and fuzzy bird. I used some adhesive backed felt material for the bird and the border. The "loads of love" sentiment also lends to a warm and fuzzy feeling. To make it EVEN FUZZIER.... I added some fun fur down the edge of the bird layer. The inside of the card has a repeat of the fuzzy border... so while the recipient is holding it, their hands will be warm... and feeling some fuzzy! 

Electra here -
This is my fuzzy.
Really, the only "fuzzy" thing on here is the peacock feather, 
but since I love peacock feathers and I love this LO, 
I decided this qualifies for Rosemary's challenge. 
That's the most excellent thing about Opus Gluei, how we can
each interpret the challenges in our own way and 
no one will send in the challenge police.
I do hope you will show us YOUR fuzzy! 
Deena here - it appears that my post had disappeared from this challenge for some reason?  Maybe my card wasn't fuzzy enough?  Not sure, but here it is anyway:
must say, that I just love my friend blogger and all the practical jokes he plays on me...he is definitely one who does not give me the warm fuzzies...more like a heated up fit of rage...

Jana - I decided to make a coffee cup sleeve. My oldest daughter likes to take coffee to school with her sometimes. But she uses disposable cups, and they don't come with the sleeves.

I have details and a couple more pictures on my blog.

You have until the end of Saturday 25 February to join in with your fabulous creation celebrating everything warm and fuzzie. Add your blog post address to Mr Linky below.
If you would like to join in with a previous challenge we've set (life happens and lateness is absolutely fine, we don't mind a bit) just add your blog post address to Mr Linky below. Please make sure your blog post refers to the previous challenge you are entering so we don't get confused. 
We look forward to visiting you!