June 14, 2015

Spending Time in Nature

Hi everyone... well we've had some rain and now the sun is shining and all nature is in full bloom. One of my most favorite times of the year. This month at Anything But A Card, we are celebrating being "Out and About" using the outdoors for inspiration.

I decided to alter my T!m Holtz Clock with a darling picture of my furry family. They were playing in the garden that day and perfect photo opportunity.

I first took the clock apart to remove the glass (no need for it on this project). I wanted my clock to have lots of texture so here are a couple pics of the process... First I mixed white acrylic paint with Viva's Stone Effect Paste, but you can use seed beads, sand, really anything that provides texture.
Then using a foam brush I pounced the product all over the clock, inside and out. 
Allow to dry and then apply your inks, paints, micas, whatever you choose to color your clock with. I used a combination of Lindy's sprays, Dylussions sprays, and Vintaj Pantina in the color moss. Unfortunately I forgot to take a photo of this, but here is a photo once the project was completed. 
I also randomly swiped Versamark and then applied Ranger's Rust embossing powder and heat set. I was really wanting to go with that mossy, green look to the outside and I believe I achieved it. 

Then, using a glue gun, I added reindeer moss to the inside and applied my photo. 
The sunflowers were created using Sizzix Tattered floral die cut with yellow crepe paper. Four layers for each flower was used and I then crunched the petals and added yellow Stickles to the petals. Large brown velvet buttons were used for the centers. Rust embossing powder was used on the rake chipboard and also the edges of the birdhouse. Then everything else was glued in place. 
Hoping wherever you are that the weather is pleasant that you are able to get outside and enjoy the outdoors. Stop by Anything But A Card to get some wonderful inspiration for your projects. xoxo Toni
This project is entered into the following challenges: 
Try It On Tuesday - Watches & Clocks
Simon Says  Monday Challenge - For the love of plants
That Craft Place - Anything Goes 
Sandee & Amelie's - Ravages of Time
The Mirror Crack'd - Shadow Box
Altered Eclectics - Anything Goes


Claudia N. said...

Gosh! Such a fab make-over! LOVE the highly textural and worn look you have achieved - and all the rusted bits look so great being contrastet by that lovely bouquet of flowery goodness!
Thank you very much for sharing this fab altered clock with us at SanDee&amelie's Steampunk Challenges!

Claudia x

craftysahmiam said...

What a fantabulous project, Toni! Fun to look at all of the wonderful details surrounding your precious pups photo :)

Bee and Dee said...

A brilliant project love it and a great tutorial, thank you for joining us on the TIOT challenge hugs Bee

Meggymay said...

An awesome project, wonderful textures and details and so much to look at. Thank you for joining us at TioT's this time.

Maura said...

Wonderful texture! Delightful theme with plants and pets. Bet this's will be finding a nice display space. Thanks for joining us at SASPC this month!

Suzanne C said...

What a charming frame to a sweet photo! Brilliant details and fabulous effect! Thanks for playing along with us this week in the Simon Says Stamp Monday Plants Challenge!

Rupa Swaminathan said...

That's a cute little garden for your little fellas. So cute! I love the textures and the mossy perfects for them!

froebelsternchen said...

Fantastic ! Thank you for joining TioT#s!
oxo Susi

Kerstin F. said...

Gorgeous, love the rust effect and the nature feeling! Many thanks for playing with us at SanDee&amelie's steampunk Challenges!

Mrs.B said...

This is a fabulous alteration, love all the details. A great way to frame that lovely photo.
Thanks for sharing with us at TioT
Avril x

Unknown said...

Wow.Fantastic work.Love the awesome texture on the clock and all the little details and embellishments are awesome.

Jolanda said...

lovely project! so many fab details:0)
thanks for joining the MM challenge at TMC!
grtz Jolanda

Astrid Maclean said...

Stunning project, absolutely love what you did here, just beautiful!The added textures and elements look amazing, wow!
Thanks for adding it to our challenge at Countryview Crafts and sorry I only come to comment now, but better late than never I guess...

Shilpa Nagaonkar said...

Gorgeous make, Toni. I am amazed to see how you have created beautiful garden in that tiny clock.
Thanks so much for joining us at Mirror Cracked this month.

SandeeNC said...

Just had to pin this to my board, it's so flipping pretty!

Lisa Winnard - TheCraftarageStudio said...

Great project Toni. I love this, fabulous!!!
Thanks for playing along at Altered Eclectics,
Lisa Altered Eclectics DT

art (ärt) noun - supplement, alter, or counteract the work of nature. The conscious production or arrangement of sounds, colors, forms, movements, or other elements in a manner that affects the sense of beauty.