Thursday, March 19, 2020

Big Bill's Lab

Hello All,

Today marks a special day. It is the first day of Spring and I have been asked to be the guest designer for The Male Room! I know during this time of overwhelming confusion, fear, and quarantine there is one thing that is true, family. More about that later. What a wonderful and fitting time for this challenge. Here is my card for today, enjoy!

I just love the Art Deco sentiment and its gold adornments. Lots of old relics on this card signifying all the things that were found in my grandfather's lab. I sponged the masked areas using DI: Gathered Twigs, Tumbled Glass, Scattered Straw, and Hickory Smoke.


Above: All sorts of items from Big Bill's microscope to all his beakers. I left the colors monochromatic with a bit of turquoise. Big Bill's lab had painted teal floors throughout. Left/Below: I stamped a microscope and sponged the area using an old, but good, technique; masking using Post-It Notes. Right/Bottom: He also had this old-style typewriter and of course a ton of beakers. Again using the Post-It masking technique. I mixed the ink color for the images from black to brown.
 


When I was a child I lived in a duplex. A duplex is one house that has two living units. I lived downstairs with my dad and upstairs lived Mickey Nana and Big Bill, or Grandma and Grandpa. I had the unique opportunity of living downstairs from my grandparents for many years. Getting between the units proved to be a bit unconventional; you had to pass through the garage, the lab, and down the staircase. 

Yes, the lab! Big Bill was a chemist during his working years and brought a lot of his equipment with him during retirement. He had a motley of trinkets, things, and objects in his lab. Including a drawing table and chair (I would give my eye teeth to have nowadays), chemicals in glass containers, beakers, tubes, hand and machine tools of all sorts, books, and books on science, engineering, nature, you name it he had it. That is why I designed this card to be a ton of things all together on one-panel, just like his lab. 

When he died we donated most of his chemistry equipment to my high school and the rest we auctioned off. I dream about the lab every now and then and upon waking up I always find myself smiling that I had the privilege to live with such a remarkable person, my Grandfather, Big Bill.

Well, that is all for me!! I want to thank The Male Room again for this amazing opportunity to be their guest designer this fortnight. I also want to thank you for taking the time out of your busy day to join me at TheGrandStampede. If you are new to my blog, please consider following me to get all my postings. If you are so inclined to leave a comment and let me know how I am doing, that would be great too.

I hope you all have a fantastic day and lots of good crafting vibes headed your way. Stay safe and healthy!!

All the best,

No comments:

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Labels

(PIN)spirational (76) 4 Crafty Chicks (1) A Day For Daisies (3) AAA Birthday (4) AAA Cards (49) ABC Christmas Challenge (1) Addicted to CAS (39) Addicted to Stamps (2) Addicted to Stamps and More (30) All Dressed Up Challenge (1) Allsorts Challenge (4) Alphabet Challenge (2) Always Playing with Paper (11) Animal Friends Challenge (3) As You See It (10) Brown Sugar Challenge (12) CanYouCaseIt Challenge (1) Cards in Envy (21) Cardz4Galz (2) Cardz4Guys (12) CAS Colours & Sketches (24) CAS Mix Up (1) CAS on Fridays (7) CAS on Sunday (5) CAS Stencil Challenge (1) CAS Watercolour Card Challenge (12) CAS-ology (54) CAS-ual Fridays (4) CAS(E) this Sketch (90) CASEing Christmas (1) Challenge Up Your Life (6) Christmas Card Challenge Blog (2) Christmas Card Throwdown (1) City Crafter Challenge Blog (37) Color Hues (4) Color INKspiration (2) Color My Heart Color Dare (35) Colour Q (26) Come and Get It Challenge (3) Craft Stamper Challenge (2) Crafty Cardmakers (2) Crafty Creations (1) Crafty Gals Corner (10) Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge (1) Create with Connie and Mary (8) Creative Inspirations (2) Creative Knockouts (5) Creative with Stamps (46) Cupcake Inspirations (27) Curtain Call (18) Daisy Chain Challenges (2) Daring Cardmakers (2) Day of the Month Card Club (4) Design Team (289) Double D Challenges (37) DRS Designs (4) Fab Friday (5) Fab n' Funky (2) Fantasy Stampers (1) Freshly Made Sketches (109) Friday MashUp! (3) Fusion (32) Gina K. Designs (1) Global Design Project (2) Guest Designer (40) Hand Stamped Sentiments (18) Happy Little Stamper- Anything Goes with Dies (1) Happy Little Stamper- CAS (3) Happy Little Stamper- Christmas (4) Happy Little Stamper- Mixed Media (1) Happy Little Stamper- Sketch (1) HLS Christmas Challenge (1) Holly Jolly Christmas (1) House of Cards (49) If You Give a Crafter a Cookie (6) IN(K)SPIRE_me (5) Inkspirational (45) Inspire.Create.Challenge (1) Inspired by All The Little Things (10) Inspired By... (9) Jingle Bells (1) Joy of Sets Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge (1) Just Add Ink (13) Just Us Girls (51) Less is More (23) Let's Squash It! (1) Little Tangles Challenge (4) Make It Monday (2) Make My Monday (61) MarkerPOP! (1) Match this Sketch (1) Merry Monday Challenge Blog (2) MHK Designs (114) Miscellaneous (3) Mix It Up (1) Mod Squad Challenge (10) MoJo Monday (1) My Time to Craft! (6) Naughty or Nice Challenge (3) NBUS (7) One Layer Christmas Card Challenge (2) Paper Craft Crew Challenges (7) Paper Pals Arts (2) Papercraft Challenge (3) Pattie's Creations Design (3) Pause Dream Enjoy Challenges (1) PolkaDoodles Challenge (1) Rainbow Card Challenge (5) Retro Rubber Challenge (19) Retro Sketches (4) Rubber Dance Blog (1) Runway Inspired Challenge (2) Seize the Birthday (9) Sentimental Sundays (1) SheepSki Designs (1) shopping (1) Shopping Our Stash (15) Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge (5) Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge (6) Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday Challenge (1) Sister Act (1) Sketch Saturday (13) Society of Stampholics (3) Sparkle and Shine (3) SSS Wednesday (10) Stampin' Royalty (2) Stamping Sensations (6) StampInkPaper (5) STAMPlorations-Theme & Sketch (3) StampPeddler (26) Sunday Stamps (45) Sweet Stampin (4) Technique Tuesday (1) TGIF Challenges (3) The Card Concept (33) The Challenge (4) The Color Throwdown (106) The Crafty Addicts (1) The Flower Challenge (13) The House That Stamps Built (1) The Library Challenge (4) The Male Room (86) The Merry Christmas Challenge (2) The Paper Craft Crew (1) The Paper Players (108) The Sisterhood of Crafters (2) Tic Tac Toe Challenge (3) Time Out Challenge (20) Try Stamping on Tuesday (2) Tuesday Morning Sketches (1) Tuesday Throwdown (11) tutorial (1) Twofer Challenge (14) Virginia's View Challenge (5) Waffle Flower (1) Watercooler Wednesday Challenge (12) Wednesdays Creative Inspirations (4) Weekly Christmas Challenge (1) Your Next Step (1)