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Sunday, 15 September 2013

Forgotten Things at Our Creative Corner

It is that time again - mid-month and time for some more inspiration for the challenge that I have the pleasure of  hosting this month over at Our Creative Corner which you can find HERE.  I hope you will go over and see what my talented Teamies have made.   Full details and rules can be found through the above link if you would like to join in, you have until 28 September - so lots of time left.

When I was cleaning up and clearing out my craft room I came upon this fabulous Tim Holtz Assemblage Clock base which I bought last year and had totally forgotten about (how could I?!). I do love how Tim's products can take both grungy and feminine approaches.  This is what I did, just click on the photos for a closer view:



This is the 'bare'clock, it is lovely and shiny but very plain.  It does have a glass front so that you can put lots of embellishments inside (and they will keep clean) or make it into a working clock, as I have done.  Tip: if you are making a working clock then you will need quite small hands on the mechanism and I bought a 'silent' mechanism as the ticking one I had in stock was quite noisy!



My clock went through four make-overs before I found a combination that I liked,  it has been black, red, white and now pale blue.  It nearly went in the bin, but I persevered.  I have sanded the blue back a little so that you can see some of the white below.  I used Fresco Finish and also Tim Holtz Distress Paints to cover the clock, over an initial base of Gesso (and unintentionally several other coats of paint!).

For the inside of the clock I laid down some lace on the inside edge, which I had tinted blue with Broken China Distress Paint and I cut a circle from some gorgeous BoBunny paper to make the clock face.  The numbers are Tim Holtz Remnant Rubs.



I wanted to add a pocket watch to the side, but the Tim Holtz one is a little large so I have used a Prima - Finnabair mini one.  I added a Renmant Rub clock face, added the word 'time' and then filled the void with Glossy Accents to give a clock face look.


For the front and second side I added some lovely flowers, the large ones were gifted to me by my lovely friend and fellow Teamie, Jenny (Buttons).   They started off as pale pink and I spritzed these with a mix of London Blue Dylusions spray and Broken China Distress Paint which I mixed in a spray bottle with a little water.  The paint toned down the London Blue beautifully and was a dream to work with.  It does not add texture but really give the flowers a firm feel.  I added a couple of stamped and coloured butterflies for some added interest.


To finish off the back I added some more of the sprayed flowers and a butterfly.  The clock back still comes off so that the batteries can be changed.

Thanks so much for looking, I hope you have been inspired to find some 'forgotten things' and join in the challenge at Our Creative Corner.  Big hugs, Anne x

61 comments:

  1. That's gorgeous Anne, I've been finding so many forgotten treasures whilst I've been sorting my workroom out, might try and join in this time. Elizabeth xxx

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  2. That's gorgeous Anne, I've been finding so many forgotten treasures whilst I've been sorting my workroom out, might try and join in this time. Elizabeth xxx

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  3. Stunning makeover Anne. Feminine but still with the Timmy touch.

    Great that it works too x gorgeous embellishments to complete the look.

    TFS and have a great Sunday. It's certainly wet and windy as forecast but I don't care.....enjoying the rest x

    Crafty hugs Annie x

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  4. Wow! I don't know what else to say except Wow and Wow again! xx

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  5. Oh I LOVE this, so glad you kept going with it!! That blue shabby chic feminine look is just beautiful and I adore all the little elements you have added and the fact it is a working clock! Thanks for the tip about the Distress Paint/spray also, will definitely give that a try! You have just inspired me to do something with my clock that has been lurking around my craft room for at least a year....

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  6. To echo Astrid's comment, thank goodness you persevered with this and didn't bin it!! Love that it is beautifully finished from every angle and you have even added that mini watch - clever idea. Also very inspired by the idea of adding a little paint to sprays as I often find my own sprays can become too translucent and lack a depth of colour. You are one clever lady. Hugs, Jenny x

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  7. This is just so pretty and such a good transformation. I love the way you keep coming up with so many great ideas. Hugs, Jacky x

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  8. Was für eine geniale Idee.
    So wunderschön und verspielt, und funktionieren tut sie auch noch :-)
    Großartig, Anne.

    Liebe Grüße
    Sophie xx

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  9. Utterly delicious, Anne - I'm so glad you persevered, and what a beautiful clock you have as a result of that determination! Lovely tip about the quiet mechanism (I have a lovely clock from Ikea that I can't use because the ticking keeps me awake!), and the opaque look from adding the paint to the sprays is brilliant. Wonderful inspiration for a great challenge theme... properly challenging!
    Alison xx

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  10. To me, this is like a last shout-out for the summer! What a gorgeous colour you ended up with Anne - just perfect with those flowers and butterflies. What a wonderful addition to any room - so pleased you persevered. Love, Margie xx

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  11. WOW!! This is stunning Anne, I am pleased that it did not end in the bin!
    I love the colours and all your detailing looks amazing and so beautiful. I especially love the butterflies.
    hugs Sue xx

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  12. Good Morning Anne. What can I say that has not been said already. Your talent is boundless. The colours are just so beautiful and the elements all fit in so well. An extraordinary piece of work. In fact I can't stop looking at it. Have a Good Day. Hugs Rita xxxx

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  13. What a wowser Anne love the before and after pics. The final makeover is sooo pretty and I am glad it didn't go in the bin.

    Crafty hugs from Shirl x x

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  14. Hi Anne, I love the final colour you chose for your clock, very pretty shabby chic look. Beautiful flowers and butterflies and the finnabair pocket watch is a perfect size for this project. I admire the way you always pay particular attention to the back of your projects as well as the font and sides, almost like giving everyone a little surprise they were not expecting. Hats off for making this a working clock too, pretty to look at and useful too. Hugs Mo x

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  15. Anne this is just gorgeous, what a delightful clock to have around the house. I just love the shabby flowers and fabulous shade of blue and to have it working too - brilliant. What I find spooky though is I turned out a cupboard with and a cardboard box on Friday and found just one of these and it's now sitting on the spare bed waiting for me to find some time to give it a make over. How strange.
    Happy Sunday.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

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  16. Anne, this is beautiful. I love how the blue is sanded back in places to reveal the white underneath. The flowers and butterflies are so delicate and pretty. Great tip about mixing the Dylusions with the paint...wouldn't have thought of that. The lace around the inside is a wonderful detail and pairs so well with the pretty face paper. Just delightful!

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  17. How beautiful! love what you have done with it

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  18. Yes, how could you forget!!!!
    This is just so pretty and delicate, I love the beauty of this Anne.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  19. I can't really find anymore words to express how lovely this project is as I agree with all the other comments. Gorgeous just about sums it up and it has your usual eye for detail.
    Jo x

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  20. I have never seen one of these before Anne and it is so scrummy! I love every little bit of it, stunning creation from you and oh so beautiful too hugs Karen x

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  21. Such a stunning piece Anne. So glad you found it - and didn't put it in the bin! I'm on my way back from the GNR - managed to complete it in 2 hours 18 and feel content with that. Thanks for all your support x

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  22. Not sure how to say it any differently Anne - this is utterly beautiful! I know how you almost agonise to get each and every little detail just so - but the end result is simply superb. Have a lovely week. Nicola x

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  23. This is so beautiful, I love the colours you have used,
    Rosie x

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  24. Your clock make up is absolutely adorable, Anne!

    Love the tiny clock attached to the big one ;)
    And the delicate flowers too! So beautiful!

    Hugs,
    Claudia x

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  25. Fabulous Altered Clock Anne, love the blue and that mini pocket watch is gorgeous. Love the butterfly and added trim to the inside too. Very elegant. Tracy x

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  26. Wow! What a beautiful transformation and it works too! Fabulous work Anne. The blue shades are just gorgeous. It doesn't look as though those extra layers have done it any harm. I love the way you have decorated the back as well and like everyone else I'm loving that mini pocket watch! Xx

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  27. GORGEOUS make! I love the blue color you achieved and the way you did the back too! Beautiful!

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  28. So clever Anne. I love how you keep coming up with so many different ideas.
    Lynn xx

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  29. Now before I goggle and gaggle all over your clock, your post came into my in box not very long ago and I want you to look at all the people who came before me to praise your clock. Do they camp out overnight at their computer so they can be the first in line to leave a comment? Well it certainly is not a mystery as all your makes are blue ribbon winners!
    Anne your clock is gorgeous and I certainly am happy you did not throw in into your trash bin. As wonderful and pretty as this is, what I like most of all is the little clock hanging from the side. It give this beautiful clock, just a touch of whimsey. And then there is that gorgeous butterfly who is trapped in the hands of time forever.
    Sandy
    Sandy

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  30. So beautiful Anne! Love the pretty blossoms and beautiful butterflies!

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  31. Well I'm glad you persevered as it has turned out so well! Love the colour and the little clock addition, the roses are beautiful, it is lovely! X

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  32. This absolutely stunning! I bought one of these earlier this year and hav yet to find the time to work on it but its on my shelf waiting to be 'loved'. I love the colour you hav used here.. Beautiful! Carole Z x

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  33. Oh! WOW!, I love your wonderful Clock it is stunning. The colours and embellishments you have used are terrific.
    Now! there`s a great idea for these old clocks you see in "junk" shops.
    Must have a look and bring one back to life by re-cycling
    Thank you for the inspiration

    Patricia xxx

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  34. Just beautiful Anne! so glad you didn't bin it. A wonderful shabby, feminine piece with lots of gorgeous details to look at. I love that you stuck with this colour combination in the end Anne. Clever you!
    Hugs, Juliaxxx

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  35. Fabulous! Your perseverance certainly paid off! Love the colour you ended up with & all the other elements you have added.
    Amy x

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  36. Stunning work! I love butterflies and little clock!!!!!!!! So shabby!!!! Thank you so much for the comments you left on my blog!!!!! BArbarayaya

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  37. Hi Anne, I love this but did you know that you can buy similar clocks for a lot less at the Matalan store?
    You just have to take the inner bits out.
    Big Hugs Angela x

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  38. in a word "STUNNING"...I know I have one of these clocks somewhere and feel truly inspired by your beautiful make to unearth it and have a little play...hugs kath xxx

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  39. I am glad you persevered! Your clock is so lovely.

    The colour is so nice and your embellishments are spot on. Love that little hanging charm you made.

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  40. I am glad you persevered! Your clock is so lovely.

    The colour is so nice and your embellishments are spot on. Love that little hanging charm you made.

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  41. Oh my goodness, that is gorgeous!
    You could sell those!

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  42. What a gorgeous one-of-a-kind special clock you have created. It is so vintage & feminine looking. Loved the tiny clock you added to the side, and the wonderful face on the 'main' clock. Thanks for the tip on combining the Dylusions with the DI paint. Yet another technique to try. Those sprays are quite intense in color, but are so much fun. Loved all your details on this, which is what makes your work so extra special. TFS & Hugs

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  43. Oh Wow Anne, that is one gorgeous clock and as my bedroom is shades of blue ..... Well??? Lol! Seriously though you really have made something anyone would be proud to have on display it is so pretty and you have put such a lot of thought and detail into it. I for one am so glad you did not give up on it.

    Hugs
    Lesley XX

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  44. Wow Anne, this is beautiful. Love the inside with the blue outside, great colors. The florals and watch hanging down is awesome, love that!! This is a very beautiful project...worth the redo's.
    Hugs Kelly

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  45. Fabulous....love your clock...

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  47. The clock looks very nice in blue. Not only the inside is great, but the back... Awesome!
    I have an old clock myself - I just might try something like this. Thank You for your most inspirational post! :)
    Have a great day, Anne!

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  48. Oh Anne, what a beautiful piece. The colour you chose is perfect and I love the wee clock hanging at the side. I think it's fabulous how you've made it a working piece and gorgeous from all angles :o))

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  49. Such a pretty clock. I like the pale blue colour and the little pocket watch and the flowers and butterflies are beautiful.

    Dianne.

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  50. I don't have one, but have wanted one and just don't see them in the craft stores! Wowzer on this beautiful time piece that is the real deal! The butterflies are such a lovely embellishment! Love this!

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  51. Oooh! Such a lovely creation you have there. I like how you made it all soft and girly and not the usual manly gears and grunge people usually do with Tim stuff. I told my hubby about those clocks once and he was excited about them so I shut up right away least he want to me to get one and do something with them. They are great--but for other people!!

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  52. Gorgeous, now who would have thought that time could look so good.
    Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

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  53. I'd love to have a gorgeous clock like that in my bedroom, the transformation is AMAZING, love the color, the flowers, and the butterflies, now that tiny pocket watch is the best, it's a brilliant make thanks so much for all your inspiration, hope you have a wonderful weekend..

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  54. Love your clock Anne, Great colour choice in the end...the papers are beautiful and the fact that it is a working altered piece is amazing...Love it all... Hugs May x x x

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  55. Hi Anne,
    I am back! I have missed seeing all your lovely creations!
    Hope you are doing well. :)
    Wow, love how you decorated the clock and made it into a working one!
    The color and embellishments are perfect.
    I just uploaded a Bon Voyage doll to my blog and a Altered Spoon. Please visit and please leave a comment.
    Hugs

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  56. Oh, Lord, Annie, this is another museum piece! I LOVE LOVE it in the blue. All the little details are incredible!! I wish Tim would read your blog and comment. What you do with his products is magical and he NEEDS to see your art!! Love and hugs, Darnell

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  57. This is absolutely amazing, Anne. Love it. Big hugs, Suzanne xx

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  58. Wow. Beautiful Anne and I'm do glad you stick with it and it did not go in the bin. I love the versatility of paint. If you don't like it you can just paint over.
    Sorry for the absence life is getting in the way of commenting time at the mo. But it's always worth stopping by here xx. Hope all is well with you x

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  59. Wow. Beautiful Anne and I'm do glad you stick with it and it did not go in the bin. I love the versatility of paint. If you don't like it you can just paint over.
    Sorry for the absence life is getting in the way of commenting time at the mo. But it's always worth stopping by here xx. Hope all is well with you x

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  60. Fantastic! What a beautiful transformation, Anne. Love how you added the flowers and b'flies on top.

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