Tuesday, 1 April 2014

April challenge at Rhedd's Creative Spirit

Good morning all.

And it's the first of the month, which of course means a new challenge goes live over at Rhedd's Creative Spirit! As always, it's Any Altered Art Goes, and the team have been hard at work making some gorgeous examples for your perusal.

Here is mine. A set of drawers from the MDF man.

I started off by painting it black, inside and out, and then decorated with G45 Steampunk Spells paper.
I cut some of the little "cards" out of the pack and matted them with black card, before using them as decorations on the top and sides. Some gears die-cut from black card and metal brads and chains worked well with the papers, I thought, to give it a steampunk feel.

I dry-brushed the gears with bronze paint, to give the impression of "dirty" metal. I attached the brass chain with a Tim Holtz ring fastner on one side, and covered up the other side with a coin charm that used to be part of a skirt! (Just for the record, I loved that skirt, with its coin belt, and if it hadn't broken beyond repair I'd never have cannibalised it, but it did, so I now have a heap of embellishments, lol).

And while I was cannibalising clothing, I used the thin black ribbon I got from a top (you know, the ones attached to the inside for hanging them on hangers with...), and hung some steampunky charms from it, as well as a couple more coins.
I also dry-brushed a large black bloom with more brass paint, and added another die-cut cog as a flower centre.

I attached "handles" to the drawers in the form of small black buttons and further embellished the drawers with black pearls. (Again, no Jack Sparrow, sorry!)

A side view.

As you can just make out, I attached the ribbon to the top of the little card with a Tim Holtz pin thingie.

And a view of the top. Yet more cogs and gears...

It didn't take my daughter long to snatch it up and scurry off to her room with it once it was done, and it now houses her jewellery collection.

Now, off you all go to ohhh and ahhh over the other girls' pieces, and if that isn't incentive enough for you to come play along, maybe this prize will be:

How awesome is that? I want it! But seeing as I'm not eligible, I'll have to live vicariously through the winner. So what are you waiting for? Go forth and win this challenge for me, so I can see what loveliness you'll make with it! lol.

I'd like to enter this project into the following challenges:

Altered Eclectics - April
Simon says stamp - Anything goes
All Crafts challenge - Anything goes
Allsorts - Use those dies
Left of Center - Anything Goes (if LOC)

Have a fantastical day!



Jane Savage said...

I’m speechless, Sammy, this is AWESOME!! xx

Sarah said...


Sue said...

WOW!! This is stunning Sammy. Your detailing looks amazing!
Sue xx

Irish Cherokee said...

Nice Sammy. It is a treasure so make sure you put it where it can't be lifted. Great job of embellishing.

Sue said...

Wow Sammy!!! this is amazing totally love it:) huggles Sue xx

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous work, love the papers and colour.

Moira xx

Sandra Wright. said...

As soon as I saw this I fell in love with is just fabulous. Love the theme gong on there and all the co-ordinating embellishments.It truly is stunning...x

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Gorgeous altered piece, love the colours and design. The gears a re a fabulous addition. Beautifully embellished piece. Thanks so much for joining in the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Tracy x

Unknown said...

Thanks for taking the time to enter over at Left of center creative challenges. WOW this is fantascically wonderful I just love it.
Cat dt member

cotnob said...

This is fabulous Sammy, I love your gorgeous papers and great details.

Craftnut said...

Thanks for joining us at allsorts Tracy x

brenda said...

Stunning work Sammy, sorry I'm so late poorly computer clipping my wings.

Thanks for sharing at Allsorts.

B x

Steph said...

This is a brilliant work of art! You've included so many little details I could stare at it for hours :) Thanks for joining us at LOC Challenges.

maureenjscott said...

Wow!! love these drawers! Those G45 papers are my favourites and I love what you've done with them here! Awesome! Thanks for sharing at Left of Center this fortnight! Mo DT Coordinator xxx