Sunday, 26 July 2015

Enjoy the journey.....

Over at
Compendium of Curiosities
Challenge # 33
I also can't believe that we are already on the second-to-last technique in the fortnightly challenges working our way through Tim's
Linda and her talented Curiosity crew
have been playing with
 Tim’s Altered Surfaces technique    
(Using page 45 of Tim's book )
My eldest son is working and living in Australia for two years, he has been out there 8 months already...So proud of him...and miss him sooooo much....but he is having an amazing time making new friends and having amazing experiences (which makes it a little easier for me!!).....and I'm sooooo excited because the moment...we are making plans to visit him on the other side of the world.
So I'm putting together some pressies for him, and I made this card (incorporating Tim's altered surfaces technique)with him in mind...
 Tim Holtz Alpha Parts
were used for the Altered Surfaces technique.
I've incorporated lots of TH idea-ology embellies (LOVE Tims embellishments!!) - (word band, arrow, wing, typewriter charm, monocle, hinge clip, philosophy tag, metal and file tab.)
Tim Holtz papers
 TH stamps (The Boys)
 I've highlighted Australia on the map using the 'Monocle'
I've chosen a 'A' from the 'Typewriter letter charms', My sons' Aaron's initial!
The alpha parts I opted for to use the Altered surfaces technique are.. an 'Arrow' and 'ADVENTURE' which is just the perfect sentiment...for all the exciting experiences he will be havingin Oz!
I've also used Tims faded layers technique (p.58 of his book) to create my backgrounds using 'bubble' and 'Harlequin' stencils and alcohol inks.

If you want to see what this challenge is all about....Hop over to Linda's Blog...
for the
Compendium of Curiosities Challenge #33

who along with her crew...have some gorgeous Altered Surfaces inspiration!
You will also need a copy of Tim's
Compendium of Curiosities Volume III book

....and for this challenge.
The wonderful Inspiration Emporium, 
Tim and Mario have very generously donated more fabulous prizes!


Hope you all have a lovely week!
Thanks for Peeking!
Jan x


  1. What a fun montage of tags and techniques. Your little guy looks like he has just the right "try to stop me" attitude about his wings and is ready for any adventure. Love it!

  2. What an amazing card, Jan - I just love the colours and your altered Alpha Parts look fabulous!
    Alison xx

  3. WOW oh WOW!!! What a card! He will enjoy this! LOVE all the altered surfaces and love the color tones! Hope you have an amazing trip! Thanks for joining in on the fun at CC3C!!!

  4. It is a gorgeous card for your son, dear Jan,- so fun with the glass over Australia, and the Tim techniques are all working beautifully on your card. Love your colours and all your sweet and fun adds. It will be so wonderful for you to visit him , far away from home.!!!!

  5. Gorgeous card! You have a lovely blog.

  6. Way to go, Jan! This card is fabulous! Love the altered surfaces as well as the colors used! Such a clever use of the monocle to highlight Australia! Aaron will love this! Have a wonderful trip to see him! Thanks for joining us for this challenge!

  7. Jan you have truly given T!m a run for his Idea-ology creativity. This card for your son is amazing and shows your love and missing him. I do hope you get to visit him in Australia. High on Life July...

  8. Oh My thes is an amazing card!!! Love the way you incorporated all the idea-ology pieces!! They all are amazing!! Awesome card!!!

  9. I am so excited...I cant wait to meet you xxx

    1. I'm sooooooo excited too Jen .....and can't wait to meet you either!! X x

  10. Jan, HOW EXCITING FOR YOU to experience your son's life down under in Australia next month! Have a fabulous trip! This card is simply amazing! First of all, I totally LOVE the colors. I love all of the Tim elements you've used here. Your collaged stamped images, torn papers, Ideaology pieces, altered Alpha Parts, tags ... just EVERYTHING works so perfectly together! Your son will love this! Your altered "ADVENTURE" and arrow are really beautiful and are so striking on your card! Thanks for sharing your art with all of us at CC3C and have a "Goo' day" as they say down under! <3 Candy

  11. Wow! This is NOT a card. This is a work of art! How fantastic! Your son will love it. I love how you highlighted Australia on the map with the monocle. Nice touch. And all that Idea-ology? How can you go wrong. So well done, so heartfelt. Perfect! Enjoy your trip. Now that's exciting!

  12. Oh, Jan, this is fab! Love all the surfaces you altered and how you brought all these individual pieces together into one beautiful layered collage work. Thank you for sharing with us at CC3C!

  13. Brilliant, Jan! Fabulous collage and I especially love how you highlighted Australia with the monocle. This technique looks especially good here as it adds texture to this beautiful piece. Your son is going to love it! Have fun down under!

  14. I love this Jan!! Incredible layers (love the different size tags used here). And you have such an incredible eye for use of space in this amazing card. I'm thrilled that you are going to visit your son in Austrailia. He will be so excited to show you around. Love the monocle highlighting Australia. And your colors ... amazing. Fantastic card! -- Mary Elizabeth


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