Thursday, October 20, 2011

Rusty Bucket


I will admit it. It's OK. I've come to terms with it.
I have a fascination with rust.
I admire how it can transform an everyday common metal object into something unique,
something that has a character all to its own.
I imagine the wonderful stories that the rusty object would tell of its life if only it could speak.
Rust, oh how I love you.
(er, maybe not when you are on my car though, Mr. Rust, then I don't like you too much...)


What a wonderful challenge we have for you at the CAS-ual Fridays Challenge Blog
-Just Add Color!


Clear and Simple Stamps is the sponsor this week and they let us play with their amazing new crafty stamp set, Craft Room. I wanted to showcase how this set is useful beyond a crafty setting, and the bucket called my name. With a few markers, I transformed it to a rusty old piece, full of bounty now as it has been in the past. Once again, I trampled out to the side yard to pick some wheat grass. I'm really happy with how the bucket, and the card itself, turned out, can I say that here on my own blog?


In addition to finding more details about the challenge, the awesome prize, the rules and inspiration from the Girl Fridays over at the CAS-ual Fridays Blog, Clear and Simple Stamps is offering up this bonus incentive:


Use the html code below to add the CSS blinkie to your side bar, and leave Clear and Simple Stamps a message (click on the link, it will take it right to where you need to go!) with a link to your blog and we will randomly select (3) blogs featuring the CSS blinkie with the Limited Edition Crafty Bonus stamp set! {bonus closes Thursday 10.27.11 at midnight, EST}

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Really looking forward to what you come up with and....
Please check back at 10:58 am CST on
Friday, 10.21.11 for the fourth installment of my Big Birthday Giveaway Game!

53 comments:

Nona said...

Wow, such a gorgeous CAS card, Karen! And I absolutely love the rusty bucket you've created. Amazing! :)

Have a wonderful weekend!

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

You can toot your own horn as often as you want, this is your blog after all! Love that you worked outside the craft room, and I think that's reflective oh how you find inspiration for your crafts. Great job.

yyam said...

Love the rusty bucket! The blend of colors is amazing!

Piali said...

A-W-E-S-O-M-E coloring!!!
It looks like a real rusty bucket...you've create the textured look too! Love this card!

Barb said...

What a fantastic card, Karen! Your rusty bucket really looks amazing! And you're right - rust is never a good thing when it's on your car! Hope you had a wonderful birthday! :)

Virginia L. said...

So rustic and natural! Love the subtle colors with nature! You rock at this one, Karen!

Chunyuan said...

love the rustic and natural feel. So unique.

Jay Gee said...

That bucket truly looks absolutely amazing! What a fabulous job you did colouring it :) Gorgeous card Karen.

MackieMade Paper Creations said...

The coloring on your bucket is amazing! Your card is gorgeous!

Lynn said...

Yes - you absolutely can say you love your own card...because it is 100% amazing...Karen Baker fabulous style...love it! How in the heck do you get that rust effect!?

Kelly said...

yep, you can proud as a peacock! The coloring is AMAZING on the bucket. Just amazing!

~amy~ said...

amazing...your rust coloring is pure perfection! What a neat card!!!

Audrey Pettit said...

My gosh, how fabulous, Karen! This really, really does look like a rusty bucket. And how cool you added the wheat grass! LOVE!

Jaclyn Miller said...

I will admit it, my jaw dropped when I saw your card. Not only did you think outside the normal use of the set, but the way you colored that bucket just blows me away - and then to add the natural wheat to it too. Genius, pure genius.

Jen W. said...

Karen, your rusty bucket is AMAZING! My jaw hit the floor when I saw it! Wow! And I'm loving how you've used the wheat grass on your cards lately - it really adds a special touch. :)

sherryann (aka Sherry Eckblad) said...

I absolutely love your rusty bucket and at first thought you had somehow managed to put a real bucket on your card. You never cease to amaze me with your talent.

Christina said...

That bucket is seriously amazing! I can't believe the realistic, dimensional look you achieved. And the natural grasses look just as incredible. One of my faves from you!

Jingle said...

That looks so amazing! I love how you did the rusty bucket! Tutorial on the way, perhaps? 'Cause I'm curious! Beautiful card!

Lindsay said...

Seriously amazing Karen! You totally took this set in a different direction and it's fabulous!

Colleen Dietrich said...

Amazing rusty bucket full of wheat, Karen!

Laurel said...

Holy cripes! That is an awesome bucket you created there. How in the world did you do that using Copics? WOW! Seriously. UNBELIEVABLE! This is AWESOME!

CraftyDee said...

Wow amazing! That rusty bucket looks so realistic!

Sarah said...

Oh my goodness! Your coloring on that bucket is divine! No wonder you want a Rust textured background stamp.

jengd said...

That rusty bucket is just amazing! Beautiful job!

lynn said...

don't know how you did this, but it's awesome, karen!

BabyBokChoy said...

I think this one deserves the word "transcendental"!!!!

Lindsey said...

I am totally entranced by that bucket and how masterfully you've coloured it! And using the real grasses is fabulous.

Jenny said...

Only you could make rust look and sound so inspiring :) Your shading is perfect as is the whole design :)
Jenny x

Diane Jaquay said...

oh wow, Karen, that bucket is just too cool!!! Beautiful card!

artfuldelight said...

Your card is amazing, that bucket is awesome!

Lisa Petrella said...

Oh my word!!! Your rusty bucket is SPECTACULAR!!! AWESOME coloring!! And I LOVE the addition of the wheat grass too!

jen said...

wow. that is some gorgeous rust you've created- and the wheat grass is a wonderful compliment! (I love rust-not on my car-too- but I wish there were a way to let something rust & then seal it so it would stay like that, instead of continuing to melt away...)

Kelley Eubanks said...

Absolutely gorgeous!! I love rust too... well... on decor items anyway! :) Maybe that is why i like to ink edges so much! :)

Pauline said...

Wow, this is just amazing! Your colouring really is awesome! Love this!

Shelly said...

What a BEAUTIFUL card! Your coloring is amazing...just lovely :)

lisa arana said...

Get outta here!!! That rusted bucket is friggin' amazing.

Marlena M. said...

I love this look. It reminds me of those 3D copper scenes...love the life in your creation. ;)

Trinh said...

I love your rusty bucket, Karen! It looks fantastic and I love that wheat grass too.

Jessica Wekenman said...

Karen, this card is absoltely amazing! The rusty pot and wheat stalks are ingenious! The detail is gorgeous, yet perfectly executed to a CAS masterpiece! I love it!

~Tammy~ said...

Holy smokes....this bucket looks real!!!! Your coloring is stunning! You continue to blow me away!!! This card is off the hook!

Michellem said...

Your rusty bucket is the best looking rust that I've seen in a LONG time!! So cool and I especially love that you picked the wheat stalks to put in it!! Perfect finishing touch!!

Alice Wertz said...

wow! i absolutely LOVE how you colored the bucket. so in love with the rusty look you created. you are amazing, Karen! this is fabulous!

Clear and Simple Stamps said...

STUNNING :) let me repeat....S-T-U-N-N-I-N-G! This is CAS at it's best - a simple design that is so visually engaging and brilliantly designed.

Heather Innusa said...

Is that really markers?!? Looks like distress inks - I absolutely LOVE it so much!!!

Julie E said...

Gorgeous!!! That is amazing!

Emily Leiphart said...

Wow, I love all the detail on that bucket. Gorgeous card!

Laura Davis said...

Wow, stunning!
hugs
Laura

Mynnette said...

This card took my breath away! I really thought that the bucket was rusting metal--and the addition of the real wheat is simply fabulous! This card is a true piece of artwork!

Maria said...

I absolutely love the rusty bucket you've created! Stunning card!
Hugs,
Maria

wendyp said...

that rust is amazing! The colors are perfect!!!

Steph Zerbe said...

50 comments... wowza. This card is a show stopper. The wheat grass alone is so fabulous, simply because you thought outside of the box. Now the coloring is STUNNING! I am in ahh, girl! I have to try my hand at making a Mr. Rust of my own with this bucket. Thanks for brilliantly featuring this bucket!

Julie Day said...

I am in complete awe of your bucket! You'll have to share your secret sometime :) Love how you added some real grasses to it :)

Annette said...

wow love this card...that is just too clever..