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Saturday, 5 January 2013

Friendship and Art - Pocket Watch

Hello Everyone!

I have not had the time to do much crafting over the Christmas holiday and I should now be making birthday cards........ but, a lovely blog friend Chris sent me a tag (which I showed on my WOYWW post this week) and I was so inspired by it that I wanted to try and re-create the background.  I admit, I failed to re-create it as beautifully, but I did make something that I am happy with.  Thank you Chris for your inspiration!

I am sure that, like me, many of you are excited to see all the new products that Tim Holtz has been previewing this week, prior to the CHA.  I think I am going to be bankrupt soon because I want one of everything he has designed!  Seeing what he has come up with reminded me that I had an Idea-ology Pocket Watch still waiting to have a make-over.  

This is how it looked before I altered it.


And this is the 'after'.
 

 
I used Ranger Alcohol Ink in Silver Mixative to colour the outside of the pocket watch and also part of the flower inside (part of the flower is coloured with  Sail Boat Blue Alcohol Ink).  The flower is made up from three flower Idea-ology pieces.  I used a small circle of the background paper that I created, to line the watch (the pocket watch is standing on the rest of the background paper).  The sentiment is made from Tim's chit chat words and these are edged with Peacock Feathers Distress Ink.  The pearl brad in the centre of the flower is from my stash. 
 
The pearls attached to the top are Idea-ology ones and I coloured one with the Sail Boat Blue AI. I attached a long length of chain which I purchased from my local DIY shop.
 
This was such an incredibly easy piece to make up and the beauty of it is that the top is easily removed from the watch base so I can create lots of different designs for the inside, making it a very versatile piece of jewellery.
 
I am entering this into Hels Sheridan's Sunday Stampers  where the theme this week is 'Writing' as it has some words on it.

I am also entering this into Anything But a Card Challenge 9 where the theme is Anything Goes!
 
I know a couple of people have had problems with Blogger today and I had the most horrendous problems doing this post and getting the photos into this post.   Don't you just love Blogger.....
 
I hope you like my altered pocket watch and if you do please leave me a comment, I love to read them all and will always try to return the compliment.  Thanks for taking the time to look.  Crafty hugs, Anne xx
 


45 comments:

  1. Your piece today is delightful Anne.It will be wonderful to see all the other possibilities you will create with this when you alter it again. Tahnk you for joining us at Anything But A Card CHallenge where your wonderful work is always welcome!

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  2. I think we are all going to be skint for the whole of 2013 at this rate! There are lots of new products on the rise. Wish I was at CHA, or a fly on that wall! Love your pocket watch Anne, it looks great, and you're right, it's one of those quick makes but they look so good don't they. Michelle xx

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  3. Gorgeous. I love the colour scheme you have used. Though it has reminded me that I have one that I forgot about too!!

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  4. WOW and THRICE, this is ab.sol.ute.ly.stun.nin.G! (said in my best Craig Revel Horwood voice lol) LOVE IT! Thanks for joining in with the Sunday Stamper and a very Happy and healthy 2013 to you and yours x

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  5. Anne, this is simply beautiful. I love the colours and what a fab piece of jewellery.
    I've seen Tim's sneak peeks for CHA and I realise that I'm never going to have any money, ever again - I want the lot!!
    Have a lovely weekend. xx

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  6. Another lovely offering Anne, you are so artistic and such an inspiration to me.
    Currently I am unable to post pics using the 'insert image' button, there is no 'browse' button to allow me to select any files....this is using IE so I got around it by using Firefox - so maybe it's an IE issue?
    But again, love the pocket watch.
    Elaine

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  7. Oh, Anne, it's absolutely lovely! Never occurred to me to have it be a swap-out piece. That's brilliant!

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  8. wow Anne, Its beautifully elegant. the little flower looks brilliant and the words look great in there.
    Hope your well x

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  9. So feminine and elegant. You have really steered it away from the grungy side and given it the delicate Anne approach. It's a joy to behold. Clever idea to have a replaceable element as it really stretches the value/use of it further. Hope you get many pleasureable opportunities to wear it. BTW, have been over to see Chris's work - wow! Become a follower as a result! Huge hugs, Jenny x

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  10. WOW! This is truly stunning Anne. I love the design and the colours are gorgeous. Your ideas are just so inspiring, thank you so much!
    Hugs Sue

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  11. Wow this is truly beautiful...a treasured keepsake indeed...yes Mr Blogger is being very naughty at the moment throwing his toys out of the pram once again...hugs kath xxx

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  12. This is gorgeous Anne,a fabulous piece of jewellery.xxx

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  13. anne this is beautiful..such gorgeous colours with an elegance and softness about it!
    I am with you on the releases...they are so fab this year! wow I want, need ..well would love them all! best get saving! a really wonderful make anne trace x

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  14. Fabulous Anne. I so love this style. A beautiful piece to wear and treasure.

    I agree that I want all of the new TH releases so must start saving x

    Crafty hugs

    Annie xx

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  15. You've created a beautiful piece of art jewellery Anne! It's so elegant!
    Alison x

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  16. Hello Anne, you have created a Family heirloom and Work of Art, it's just brilliant.
    luv
    irene
    xxxx

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  17. gorgeous background and watch Anne - fabulous piece - glad you didn't mind me showing my take on your card - its so fabulous xx

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  18. So exquisite, Anne - the lustre of the warm silvery golden tones is just beautiful, on the clock and on the flower. LOVE the inclusion of the chitchat stickers. I've never really known what one would do with the clock, but you've completely turned me around on it (oh no, another thing to go on the list)... And I completely agree about all the new sneak peeks too - ouch!
    Alison xx

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  19. Very unusual Anne and very clever x x x

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  20. Anne, I love your altered pocket watch! Simply inspired! Carole Z xx

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  21. Happy New Year to you and yours Anne! This is really gorgeous. I love what you've done inside the watch because it's so delicate and feminine. The touch of blue in the watch and on the beads just brings everything alive and to another level.Lovely, lovely piece.
    I'm with you on the TH releases - I want/need most of them and I'm already in love with the little silver book and I NEEEEEEEED it!!
    Thanks for joining us at Anything But A Card this time.
    Juliaxx

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  22. Wow Anne, this is very beautiful!! You are so clever at having a go at so many different things :D I hope you're going to wear it ;)
    Have a wonderful weekend :0) Mo x

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  23. You are totally multi-talented Anne - that's a very beautiful piece of jewelry. Very cleverly done - I love all the elements, your design and inking. Fabulous crafting! Nicola x

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  24. What do you mean "if you like it"!!!!!! Anne this is gorgeous. This is absolutely gorgeous -- I don't know what Idea-ology pieces are but you better bet you britches that I am going to find out!! The flower inside the watch is magnificent. And the pearls just seem to be the right thing to top this beautiful piece of jewelry off. What would I do with out my British friends. -- You all inspire me like you would not believe. I just know I am supposed to live in England - the question is where? Balmoral? Buckingham or maybe Windsor. I do love the country side around Bath. Decisions, decisions.
    Happy New Year My good friend Anne and may I live up to your example in 2013!!!!
    Sandy

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  25. Oh Anne this is stunning!!! well done love it huggles hun xxxxx

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  26. What a beauty! Every detail is fabulous, and love the chain! I keepsake and wearable for sure!

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  27. Hi Anne
    Every element is so well thought out and the placement is perfection.
    This is very special indeed.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  28. I love it Anne, it's gorgeous, I'll have to get me one of those watches! TH, should give you a discount as I think you are one of his best customers! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

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  29. Hello my famous fabby blog friend, your pocket watch is awesome, how good will this look hanging round your neck! Reminds me that I have one lurking in the depths of the mayhem of stash, must get it out now! I agree, I want all of Tim's newies, we must win the lottery! Fingers crossed! Love barb xx

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  30. Wow, that Tim is really something isn't he, and what you've done with the pocket watch is incredibly inspired, Annie!!

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  31. That's just gorgeous...what an awesome keepsake :) Thanks for joining us at Anything but a Card!!

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  32. Yes, phooey on Blogger. Normally I can't upload pictures via Firefox, but today IE didn't work and FF did. Go figure! And I never could straighten out yesterday's post with the weird photo layout. Anyway, love your pocketwatch. Al; the bits you put in there go so well together. I love that Sail Boat Blue, even though I kept reading that as "snail boy blue" which was an interesting name to say the least.

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  33. Hi Anne,

    Oh, I haven't tried to do a post lately. I just don't get it with Blogger sometimes. but the price is right.....

    Your pocket watch piece is beautiful! Luckily I haven't seen the new products you are talking about. I absolutely can't add to my stash right now!

    Hugs,
    Kay

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  34. Hello Ann, An absolutely beautiful keepsake.I love the softness of the colours. I can feel a new alteration coming on. I would also like to thank you so much for your help and kind comments. It can be quite hard starting a blog if you are unsure.Give me a glue stick and scissors i will play all day, hand me a lap top and a mouse, i can cause all kinds of havoc.
    Thank you again you really are kind.
    Regards
    NELLE XX

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  35. Hello Anne, I love this pocket watch I had my nose almost up to the screen having a really good look, I couldn't take my eyes off it. The flower the words the colour everything - perfect.
    hugs Mo x

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  36. Goodness Anne, what a fab transformation...I just love it and it is amazing what you have done. Like Almo above, I just had to keep going back to it....It's gorgeous...luv aNNIe xx

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  37. What a precious piece, Anne! Love it so much, great idea. Adorably elegant jewelry ...
    Hugs, Suzanne xx

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  38. Oh this pocket watch is gorgeous! What a great idea for a necklace! Enjoy the week!

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  39. That is so, so pretty and creative! :)

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  40. That pocket watch necklace is gorgeous. The best part is that you can insert different themes inside it!

    Beautiful!

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  41. Love your pocket watch, Anne! It's so pretty. It has such a sweet, vintage quality to it! Love your design and actually, the simplicity of it. It's perfect! I also thank you for the very sweet comment you left on my blog about the embrace the old config. box. You're always so sweet! <3 Candy

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  42. It's superb Anne and a very beautiful piece of wearable art. I love the fact that its easy to change the design, thank you for mentioning that as I wasn't sure about it. Is the background you made the piece behind your watch? If it is it looks fantastic and the colours so,pretty. Thank you for your sweet words Anne, you know I appreciate them and how much I'm inspired by your creations every time I read your blog and in real life too. Sending you a big hug, Chris x

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  43. Your pocket watch is a gorgeous! I love the background paper you have made too. How nice that your can chance it if you want to - not that I would, its beautiful! xx

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Your comments are much appreciated! Hugs, Anne x

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