Friday, 24 July 2020

Steampunk clock

For Day 90 of the 100 day challenge, I decorated a clock dial with gilding flakes, noting that it would at some point become an actual clock.  And here it is!
The mdf base was made by my youngest son at school in Year 8, sixteen years ago .... now I have finally got around to using it :-)
The background paper is from the Stamperia collection 'Cosmos'.  I cut panels for the front and sides, having painted around the edges of the mdf in bronze.  These were sealed with Mod Podge and allowed to dry before adhering to the clock with wet glue, so that they wouldn't bubble up under the subsequent varnish.
I then die-cut the gear corners for the front and decorative panels for the sides, dies by Memory Box and Marianne respectively.  The metal cogs/gears in both antique copper and gunmetal finishes were from stash and adhered with Cosmic Shimmer glue, which I have found to be excellent for sticking down metal.
The clock mechanism was inserted (and tested!) so that the dial could be placed accurately.  The dial is a little too big for the base, so I attached tiny feet (originally sold as dolls house furniture knobs) to increase the height just a bit.  Then the dial and hands were attached.
I felt it needed a little more and stuck a row of pearls to the top edge and some more around the cogs/gears at the front and sides.
It will now have pride of place on my mantelpiece :-)
I am sharing this with Sandee & Amelie's Steampunk challenges Summer Special and with the CraftWorld Steampunk Inspired challenge

Cross Stitch update

I had a little break after finishing the 100 days ... :-) But here is the latest update! Yet another shade of pale beige on the beard!! Half of that done, also some more red on the hat.  I have now rolled it right down the frame in order to do the upper wreath and ribbon, after they are done it will roll back up to finish the jacket trim.

Wednesday, 15 July 2020

Day 100: Scrapbook layout

I have made it to the end of the 100 Day challenge!! At the start I didn't think I would be able to keep it up, so I am well pleased :-)  I have started and finished projects, made huge progress on UFO's and used stash I had never used before!
Today I have a scrapbook page to share.  The main paper is from Stamperia and the central panel is made from two sheets from a 6" paper pad (acid free, I did check!) from The Works.  The reverse of the 6" papers handily had journalling lines, so I used the trimmings to form the journalling bases.
The arrow circle and title were cut on the Silhouette.
There is also some stamping on this page, although the paper has quite a lot of grunginess, I just had to add a few more splats and drops!

Tuesday, 14 July 2020

Day 99: Thank you card

I am sharing this with NBUS, as it is a brand new stamp set (from SU), which arrived today!  Never has a stamp seen ink so quickly!
The background is done with Distress oxides in Dried Marigold and the new Speckled Egg, both were shmooshed over the panel and over stamped with splotches in both colours.  Then I used Memento black to stamp the SU Queen Anne's Lace and sentiment from the same set.  I didn't want to cut a mat (!) so the panel was then edged in the black ink and affixed to a white blank, I am very happy with this one :-)
See you tomorrow, for Day 100!

Day 98: Cross stitch update

Two more shades of green completed on the right wreath upper middle section and a good amount of white on the jacket trim.
This is the last update during the 100 day challenge, I am amazed by how much I have been able to do, it will actually be finished by this Christmas, with any luck! 
See you tomorrow!

Day 97: Wall Art - blog challenge

My first make with yesterday's backgrounds!  This is a piece of wall art, using a DaliArt butterfly and an old sentiment, which may be Hot off the Press, but I won't swear to it :-)
The background of the die-cut panel (Crealies deckled square) is some smooshed DiOx in Speckled Egg, Shaded Lilac and Cracked Pistachio.  I stamped the butterfly in Versaclair Morning Mist and then very quickly sprinkled clear embossing powder over it, then cut a mask so I could spray over the top.   The sentiment is just stamped, no embossing.
It will go into a black frame, as below, but it's hard to photograph without reflections!

I am sharing this Butterfly with Allsorts challenge blog, who would like something beginning with B.

See you tomorrow!

Saturday, 11 July 2020

Day 96: Galaxy backgrounds

Some more play with Distress Oxide sprays ... I was aiming for a 'galaxy' look, so sprayed DiOx inks onto graphite pearlescent cardstock.  I used speckled egg and shaded lilac on the left hand card, then the same on the right hand one, but adding mermaid lagoon and wilted violet.  I don't have a red in a DiOx spray so tried a distress spray stain in abandoned coral - not sure I like it, but it might grow on me, at the moment it looks more like blood drops at a forensic scene rather than a galaxy far far away!
Now I just need to decide what to use them for.
See you tomorrow!

Day 95: Cross stitch update

More work on the trim on sleeve and hat, a start made on some red on the hat, and a little bit of jacket which I had somehow previously missed!
See you tomorrow!

Day 94: Birthday card, new distress oxide colour

I am sharing this with A Bit More Time to Craft, their theme is 'Anything goes'.
There is a new Distress colour ... Speckled Egg, which is a vintage-y duck egg blue and is gorgeous.  I bought the Oxide inkpad and the Oxide spray.
I have used a new stencil, from Darkroom Door, shmooshed DiOx inks through, in speckled egg, shaded lilac and cracked pistachio.  I then found an old script stamp and stamped that over the stencil in weathered wood, but using the second impression not the first.  The stencil was removed and a few stamped splats were added.
The sentiment is from Phill Martin, as is the script, the feathers are Hot off the Press and Elusive Images, who have since become Chocolate Baroque.
This card qualifies for both Out of the Drawer for the old stamps, all but the largest feather were unused, and also Buy it Try it, as the stencil and inkpad were used on the day they arrived!
See you tomorrow!

Wednesday, 8 July 2020

Day 93: Double Gatefold card - blog challenge

I am sharing this card with Craftyhazelnut's Patterned Paper challenge, NBUS challenge 16, and Little Red Wagon  - who require patterned paper, never before used stuff, and embossing respectively.
This is a double gatefold card, the papers are from Kaisercraft, the sentiment from Woodware and the previously unused butterfly from Deep Red.
I heat embossed in Periwinkle from Stampendous, used a scalloped circle punch for the butterfly and cut the sentiment pennant by hand.
See you tomorrow!

Day 92: Cross stitch update

More work on the right wreath and a start on the right sleeve trim.
See you tomorrow!

Day 91: Christmas card - blog challenge

I am sharing this card with Retro Rubber, Anything goes, use an old stamp.
This bells stamp has a label with a 2005 date, I started stamping in 2003, so it's one of my oldest :-)  I heat embossed in gold, along with the sentiment from SU, which is a couple or three years old.  The panel was matted onto a simple patterned paper background, which is gold foiled, but it doesn't show well in the photo.
Keyword RRCB138
See you tomorrow!

Day 90: Clock face with gilding flakes

Experimenting with gilding flakes - I have stamped with them before, but never applied them to an object. I love how this clock face has turned out and it will become an actual steampunk clock at some point!
I can't believe it's Day 90 of the challenge - only 10 more days to go!
See you tomorrow!

Day 89: Cross stitch update

Just a little bit of work on the right upper ribbon - I have neglected this a bit over the last couple of days in favour of other projects:-(  Note to self: do better next week!
See you tomorrow!

Day 88: Pear Upside Down cake

I'm not fond of pears and DH had bought some but not eaten them, they were on the way to being inedible .... so I winged it to make this cake.  I generously buttered the base of a loaf tin, sprinkled soft brown sugar all over the butter, then placed the cut up pears over the base.  The cake itself is a standard sponge mix - for every egg, use 2 oz each of self raising flour, caster sugar and margarine or butter.  I estimated that my tin would take a 3 egg mix, though as it turned out, 4 would have been better!  But it still turned out really well and I will probably make it again, I rather liked the cooked pears :-)
See you tomorrow!

Day 87: Resin cast seashells

When I was a kid I used to make things using Plastikraft - I don't think it's around any more, but it was basically a resin casting kit of the 1970's.
I have been meaning for some time to take it up again and recently bought some resin to have a go, then found that I had some identical resin bought previously (about 5 years ago!), so am using the older one first.
The shells are from trips to the beach when the boys were young, so around 15 - 20 years old, I found the box of shells when we moved.
It's not a great first attempt, there are far too many bubbles, but I like them :-)
See you tomorrow!

Day 86: Cross stitch update

Not quite as much progress as I would like - it has been so hot in my craft room! Left upper ribbon is done, as is all the white in the hair and hat trim.
See you tomorrow!