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Monday, 25 March 2013

Rules to live by......

Hello Blog Friends

When I saw the challenge over at Simon Says Stamp and Show, which is to use an inspirational quote I knew immediately what I wanted to use and do - that's unusual for me as I do not normally have any plan, I just start something and see where it ends up....

At Simon Says challenge there is a  $50 prize voucher to spend at Simon Says Stamp (for a randomly selected individual) and three others will be chosen by the DT for a Top 3 badge.

I have a few stamp sets by Wendy Vecchi, I love the words that she uses and I always feel so inspired by them.  The set of words on the front of this piece are ones that I have up in my craft room all the time. I do my best to live by the rules but can't promise that I always succeed..........

You can click on the images for a closer view.


It has been a while since I did a chunky ATC.  For this one I painted the block and the bead feet in black acrylic paint.  Whilst this was drying I prepared a sheet by using Tim Holtz Salty Ocean, Broken China and Brushed Pewter Distress stains which I smooshed onto my craft sheet with a little Picket Fence blended in.  I dragged the papers through, drying with my heat gun and then dragging the papers through again until I was happy with the coverage.  I then used Tim's spritz and flick technique to add a bit of interest.  I cut the pieces to size, coloured the edges with Black Soot Distress Ink, ready for stamping.

On the front I stamped this wonderful 'Rules to live by' using my Wendy Vecchi stamp and Black Archival ink.  I highlighted the numbers with a white gel pen.

On the other three sides I used stamped images from Tim Holtz's mini blueprints 3 set (which I have now swapped with my friend), directly onto the mat layer and again onto white card which I then cut out and applied to the original.  The inspirational words on all the other three sides are from a number of stamps from  my stash.









I sprayed the whole of the block with Glimmer Mist in Pearl to give it a nice sparkly sheen.

To finish off I added one of Tim's tap (faucet) pieces to the top.  I coated it in metallic silver alcohol ink in an attempt to make it shiny so that I could enter Hels Sheridan's Sunday Stampers challenge which this week, is something shiny.  Unfortunately the shine does not show too well in the photo.  Hels is also offering candy this week, I hope you will go over and have a look at her inspirational work, if you have not already done so.

For those of you who have asked about the renovation works - we now have a stone built extension to the rear of the house, which now has windows and doors but cannot be finished until the window lintels are fitted  but it is too cold for the mortar to set.  The new bathroom cannot be started until the extension is finished so we are a little behind schedule but hopefully all will be completed as soon as possible after this Easter weekend.  Fingers crossed......

Hope you all have a good week and wherever you are that you have better weather than we have!  Hugs, Anne x

44 comments:

  1. Hi Anne, your project looks amazing! I love the bg inking and the rules to live by are ones that we could all follow :) Cathy x

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  2. I must remember that combination of Distress Stains because it's gorgeous! This chunky is awesome. Love the sentiments you have used and the stamps to illustrate them. Each side is a work of art. Clever use of that faucet handle, too. Hope the weather soon improves for your renovations. I'm sure you will be happy when it's finished.

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  3. Great chunk ATC! Great rules to live by too :) Thanks for joining us for this week's Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge!

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  4. What a clever idea! The sentiment is worth reading every day! I love all of those images!

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  5. I hope you've got your wish list nicely growing, Annie, coz I have a feeling Simon will be writing a check out to your name!! Amazing inspiration art piece showcasing inspirational sayings!! xxoo Darnell

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  6. What a fabulous chunky Anne, I've never seen anything like this and a great job done I have to say. Sounds like a great technique too thanks for sharing.
    Elaine

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  7. Anne...what a wonderful chunky ATC. I love the blue background and all of the stamps you have added as embellishments. The blueprint lock and sentiment is wonderful! LOVE it! Love the blueprint light bulb and that sentiment as well. YOU are the one thinking with this very well thought out ATC. The back sentiment is also a very thought provoking one. And the front...well, I love that sentiment as well! Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful piece with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

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  8. Wow gorgeous project, love the quote!

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  9. Anne a beautiful make , love the rules to live by..and other great quotes you have added, gorgeous colours too and lovethe faucet knob on the top. Do hope all your work is sorted soon hugs trace x

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  10. Beautiful Anne! Lovely quote by Wendy and really like how this has been created!x

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  11. loving this as always Anne...I love Wendy's quotes and the beautiful colours and images you have used...hugs kath xxx

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  12. This is so beautiful Anne. I love the quote and the images and wording you have added look wonderful. Such gorgeous colours too.
    hugs Sue xx

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  13. ...what a little gem this is Anne, I adore that blue and the splash of orange on the compass jumps right out at you, a gorgeous smiley eye piece...Melxx :)

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  14. Beautiful Anne, I really love chunky ATCs and yours is superb! Love the quotes you used and your background is absolutely gorgeous. Glad things aare coming along with your extension and hope the cold weather doesn't hold it up too much longer! Chris x

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  15. Gorgeous Anne,love all the stamps you have used.xxx

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  16. What a lovely chunky Anne, I agree, lovely words and beautifully made. X

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  17. Hi Anne, I love your chunky ATCs and this one is just fab. Love the mini blueprints, stamping them again onto white really makes them pop and the Rules to Live By is perfect for this project.
    So sorry to have missed you at Harrogate, it would have been nice to finally meet. Next time, eh!
    Enjoy your week. Linda xx

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  18. this is fabulous Anne - I love all your rules to live by and agree with them all - fabulous chunky ATC - it is a while since we saw one! Love the blue too! Big Hugs on this cold morning! Rachel x

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  19. Loving your blue chunky ATC and all those quotes! The padlock and quote is great!!

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  20. Lovely - not seen chunky ATC's before and I love the words too Karen x

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  21. Oh my goodness, that is so, so cool!!!
    Very clever!

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  22. Love your Chunky ATC! I so have to have my hubby cut one for me! Love the blues and all the images! The quote is fabulous! Have fun! Hugs!

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  23. Hi Anne
    Brilliant!
    Inspirational quotes should definitely be on display and what a fabulous way to display a quote.
    Wouldn't this make a beautiful gift.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  24. Fabulous Anne .........I love your chunky ATC and its what we all should do !!

    Brilliant colours and stamps

    Crafty hugs

    Annie x

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  25. I love that you have so many admirers of your work and rightly so Anne xx

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  26. love your choice of quote, that is one of my faves... loving your chunky ATC ... Thanks for joining in with the Sunday Stamper x

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  27. Oh! WOW! I love it. Never seen and ATC like this before.
    Love the Rules

    Patricia xxx

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  28. A fabulous project Anne. You have created a great chunky ATC with wonderful words and rules to live by. This is very powerful.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

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  29. Anne this is really wonderful - I try to live by those rules to the best of my ability. I love all the sayings all the way around. You do come up with some wonderful ideas!! I know you will be glad when your renovation work is over - kind of a hassle to live with I know. But it will be done soon! I do love your chunky ATC and anyone would be proud to have it in their home!!
    Sandy

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  30. Brilliant... I love your chunky ATCs, and this is a great one: the blues are just yummy, great blueprint stamping, and the rules are just perfect - the world would be a better place if you could give one of these to everyone!!
    Alison xx

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  31. Another lovely block ATC Anne. The background is gorgeous! I love those quotes & the rules are ones I attempt to live by too. A quote I love, that goes alongside your rule number 6 is, 'Even if you stumble, you are still moving forward' :0) Mo x

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  32. I love your chunky ATCs - it's good to see one again! I do love these blueprint stamps - I wasn't completely sure until I actually bought some and now I love them. You've created a really lovely background, gorgeous colour, Carole Z X

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  33. Your timing with those quotes Anne is excellent - thank-you for inspiration - this is a wonderful piece. Wishing you much warmer weather very soon. Nicola x

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  34. I love your creation and that quote is amazing!!

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  35. Each time I see one of your chunky ATC Anne I think I mustask Super Star about a piece of wood. Once again I am looking at your wondrous piece and yes you know it....I am again inspired to ask for wood to try.it.
    I hope the sun starts shining for you. We are having a wonderful burst of Summer like conditions - loving it!

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  36. Smashing project, great colour and I love the rules. xx Flora

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  37. Gorgeous ATC Anne, wonderful quote & I Love the colours..I know it's sooooo Brrrrrrrrrr lets hope it warms up soon so that mortar can dry!! Hugs May x x x

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  38. this is yummy Anne its gorgeous and hope the work gets finished soon huggles Sue xxxx

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  39. Your chunky is certainly saying some inspirational things! LOVE it! I too love Wendy's sayings...very fun! Love the brilliant blue, and your images are fun! What a great little piece here! Thanks for quoting and playing along with us this week at Simon Says Stamp & Show!

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  40. Fabulous idea and the sentiment really rocks! Love the colors and that you decorated it all around. Your creativity is so fun to see, love it!
    Have a nice day, Kelly

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  41. This looked great from the front (wise words indeed) and then you turned it around and hey presto!!! Love how you've used the blueprint stamps with those words. Sorry not to have been around much. Sending you warm, cosy hugs Jenny xxx

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  42. What a fabulous chunky ATC, Anne! Love your colors and that WV Rules stamp is one of my all time favorites.

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  43. What a jewel! Gorgeous and awesome artwork, Anne, love it, LOVE it! Love the background and what you did with the blueprint stamps. Hugs, Suzanne xx

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