Tuesday, February 22, 2011

My Tim Holtz Twitter Prize and CCC #33


I was awarded one of 4 Tim Holtz Limited Edition CHA 2011 Messenger bags in a Twitter giveaway by Mario just before they left for the UK! I'm reading along on Twitter when I had to back up - wait - that's - - ME!!! Pretty Cool!          
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The shoulder strap was so long, the bag hung down past my knees! Well, me being me, I had to do something.
Some folds and quick cross stitches took up the strap and left a loop for my large, old split ring (from my Dad's stash) which holds the key from my first car (Ford Pinto!); a piece of old hardware on antique silver ball chain (don't know WHAT this thing is - but it has it's own green patina and threads on one end - also from my Dad's stash - thanks again Dad!); a TH "Journey" Philosophy tag on a large jump ring; a TH gear and timepiece on copper ball chain. All of these things have meaning for me and I will enjoy hearing them jingle.
The 4 and the 7 (lucky and significant numbers for me) are TH metal numbers and I used the CCC #33 challenge of Altered Metal Alcohol Inks on page 56 of the book on them. Colors used: Butterscotch, Caramel and Rust. Kind of sounds like a weird ice cream topping!

I even know how I'm going to use the bag. Yes, I am going to USE it! Why have it sitting in a box or a drawer?? It's a lovely bag and it wants to be used. I fell in love with Dyan Reaveley's Art Journal style when I saw some of the CHA videos of her demos. I have done altered books and I love the feel of the pages after they've been decorated - all thick and substantial and all. It's been a while since I've done any and now I can't wait to start a new book trying some of her techniques!
So - this means that I will carry the art journal-in-progress and the box of tools/materials in my TH Bag.
 

When I layed the bag on my work counter, my Vagabond tried to get in it! I caught it just in time.

Once again, Thank you Tim! Thank you Mario!

7 comments:

Linda Ledbetter said...

Oh, cool! Congratulations on winning that fabulous messenger bag, Brenda! I'm thrilled for you, and I love how you personalized it with those beautiful altered metal pieces. You did a lovely job with the CCC technique, and creating something so personal and meaningful. I'm completely inspired!

Shirley said...

Congratulations on the bag first off!! I love what you did with the numbers. They look really nice on the bag.

Kate Palmer said...

OK first - I'm sooooo jealous, what an amazing bag, second I like it even more after you put your own personal touches onto it - YUMMY, and most of all I know you are a woman after my own heart, because you added things with personal meaning to you (I'm a huge fan of that!). Congratulations!

Dawn said...

The numbers look fantastic and congrats on the bag hun.

Love Dawn xx

Marjie K said...

Great job personalizing it. It looks wonderful. Congrats on the win!

MarleneMAZ said...

Lucky you winning the bag! Love the colours on your numbers.

Linda Ledbetter said...

Oh, cool! Congratulations on winning that fabulous messenger bag, Brenda! I'm thrilled for you, and I love how you personalized it with those beautiful altered metal pieces. You did a lovely job with the CCC technique, and creating something so personal and meaningful. I'm completely inspired!