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Saturday, 10 August 2013

The Chemist

A big welcome to my latest followers, I am so pleased to have you along on my crafty journey!

Do you ever have times when you would like to create something, not for any particular challenge, but just for yourself?  These days I seem to take forever to create things for challenges - so this one is just for me and just for fun.  As a child, my lovely Dad built me a beautiful Doll's House and I spent many months decorating it and building furniture for it and creating little scenes.  When I saw Tim's new stamps of 'The Chemist' I immediately wanted them so that I could make a Chemist's shop or some kind of display.  Easier said than done!  I tried using a configuration box but the images, although quite large, just did not work.  I don't have one of the new slimmer configuration boxes with a lid, which would have been perfect, but undaunted I used a box that I already had in my stash.  After all, this was meant to be just for fun.........



The box is 6.1/2" square and just over 1" deep, it is very sturdy and you can see in the photo that I have started marking out a window.


And this is what the shop front ended up looking like.  The finished item has an acetate window but I left it off so that I could photograph it better.


The Chemist's pots and jars are coloured with Distress Inks and they have been set on a small table created from card.  The Chemist and pot stamps come separately so that you can place them in different situations.  I love that about this set of stamps.  The wall in the background has been created with backing paper and the 'chemical formula' on the wall has been stamped with black Archival Ink.

The lamp shade was created from card and the bulb is a Tim Holtz Ideaology bulb.





The window frame has been painted with PaperArtsy Fresco Finish in Vintage Lace as the base.  This was coated with Crackle Glaze and then over-painted with Fresco Finish Chocolate Pudding.




The bottles are Ideaology - they have been tinted with alcohol inks, one in Rust, one in Denim Blue and then the jars were filled with coloured sand.

The labels are by 7Gypsies.  What self respecting Chemist in those days would have been without a bottle of Arsenic....

The sign base above the window has been created with a Tim Holtz On the Edge die - Plaque and Postage.


The colours on the chemist sign are the same as the window but I applied a thicker coat of Crackle Glaze and used a thinner top coat to give a more weathered look.  Alpha Parts have been used for the word.

I am so pleased with this set of stamps, the images are large - well done to Brett Wedele for designing them and to Tim for using those designs.

Thanks for looking!  Take care and have fun creating.  Big hugs, Anne x



66 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness Anne! This is absolutely stunning! One of my all time favourite projects ever, by anyone. Going to have so see this irl. Love that you have added real bottles and a lamp, and the equations on that back wall are ingenious. Tim and Brett really need to see it - would you mind if I share it on FB so everyone can see how clever you are? Your friend as ever, in absolute awe of your talent, Jenny xxx

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    1. Thank you for your amazing comment Jenny, you have really made my day! Will email you. Hugs, Anne x

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  2. Waw, what a fab character you have coloured Anne. Super project, I love those little bottles. xx Flora

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  3. oh I just adore this Anne - as soon as I saw this stuff I wanted it - I used to teach chemistry so its very close to my heart! I didn't realise all the stuff was available already - very excited!!!! Back to your piece though - its stunning - love the depth and all the bits and bats - just gorgeous xx

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  4. Fabulous art piece Anne. I think you have created something completely different with this. The colours and textures look fantastic and I really want to touch it. Great artistic talent used here my friend. Love it. Hugs Rita xxx

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  5. This is wonderful Anne. Such a fabulous design, I love the images and your detailing is just fantastic. This really is so inspiring, I agree with Rita, it would be amazing to see this in real life.
    hugs Sue xx

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  6. OMG...............Just brilliant

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  7. Really cool! You have such a good imagination and those stamps are brilliant! I bet you really enjoyed making something just for yourself! xx

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  8. This is brilliant what a fabulous idea and brilliantly executed.
    Love
    Amanda x

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  9. This looks brilliant Anne!!! It is great to create just for fun every now and then...I think sometimes that that is when magic happens. I love your chemist shop...so inspiring and creative. And so much beautiful detail. LOVE it!!!
    Dot x

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  10. What a cool vignette, Anne. I love how you have created the chemist shop and allowed us to peer through the window at his wares. Great repurposing of that box. Love the lamp and the real bottles. They add such depth to the project. Wonderful use of these stamps.

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  11. That is just super and perfect for a child 5 to 105!!! You always have an excellent eye for detail.
    jo x

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  12. This is Amazing! Anne you are so talented! I adore this - every tiny detail is wonderful - Lots of love and hugs Laura xxxxxx

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  13. Hello Anne
    It is not surprising that when one makes something just for oneself it turns out to be a special creation, and goodness this is just one of them, I know exactly how you feel re the Challenges, I enjoy participating and supporting the Blogs but sometimes it is difficult to be inspired with some of the themes and that is why it takes extra time to complete. I love your Chemist window, it is unique and innovative, now all you need to do is make the rest of the street!!!!!
    Smiles:)
    Sue

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  14. what a fun project...I love that window...happy crafting
    bibiana

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  15. Anne, this is really imaginative. I have some apothecary theme stamps and your little diorama makes great use of the Holtz ones in this project. What a very satisfactory way to spend some time for yourself.
    Ros.

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  16. amazing Anne...a stunning piece of art and you can tell you had lots of fun making it...enjoy the rest of your weekend...hugs kath xxx

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  17. this is amazing , clever you , have pre ordered mine and waiting excitedly for them to come, I love these stamps and the style and love what you have done they look fab, the little bottles are a wonderful addition and make the chemist shop look great! Anne i love this and that you created just for you xx hugs x

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  18. Oh Anne, you are so clever, as many others said, it's amazing! I love how you created it totally from scratch too, brilliant and so many wonderful details to admire! The bottles of course, the stamped, as well as the ideaology ones (love those 7 gypsies labels!) and I totally loved the lamp. A fabulous piece from start to finish, just stunning!

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  19. Hi Anne, This is amazing - I love the look. I can't imagine where you get all of your ideas from but this is special. Such a professional finish. You are so clever - you have spurred me on to do something different. Hugs, Jacky (PS Fuse has arrived - now I need some time to play with it).

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  20. Good morning Anne, Oh! My! Word! this is absolutely brilliant, I love everything about it, its amazing.
    All the little details are wonderful
    Have a Great Day

    Patricia xxx

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  21. So brilliant, Anne! As a dollshouse lover, this is so up my street - just love your shop creation. The little 3D bottles look wonderful, and I love all your colouring of the stamped images. Brilliant back wall and crackly frame - just love it!
    Alison x

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  22. Brilliant Anne. This is right up my street and shows the stamps off to their best. Great to see you creating something just for you, it's so easy to get caught up with just doing challenges or dt stuff xx.

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  23. Hi Anne, I love this. You have come up with some fantastic projects but this is one of my favourites. The time you have taken to do the little lamp and the bottles and the shaped nameplate over the top is amazing. This really is a brilliant work of art. Hugs Mo x

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  24. I don't do this as often as I should but now and then I love to sit and play just for me. You should do this more often Anne because this is blooming marvellous! A fabulous piece - just love it! Karen x

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  25. Stunning! Awesome! absolutely fabulous Anne, what great project its lovely. huggles Sue xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  26. This is amazing Anne and I'm so impressed that you managed to get the stamps so quickly and make something as brilliant in such a short time. I love the idea of the bottles and the window to peek through. Love, Margie x

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  27. I love this Anne, it's fab!

    Lucy x

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  28. WOW...Anne, I Love it...I could look at this for hours Fantastic work....the attention to detail is AmAzing... Love it... Hugs May x x x

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  29. Hey Anne! I call this wonderful!!! I love miniature scenes and what luck - you had the perfect box for your chemist. Oh to have some of your talent kid and I could use a good dose of your imagination too!!
    Sandy

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  30. A fantastic piece of art Anne and an ingenious way to use the stamps, I can see that you've enjoyed yourself and had a fabulous result! Hugs, Chris x

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  31. Spectacular scene you have created with your chemist and his little shop, Annie! It is SO detailed and every detail is in it's proper place and impeccably made. I wish we could have seen those doll houses. Do you still have one, perhaps? I'm sure they were stunning and provided you with hours of enjoyment, just like this time with your chemist. I, too, loved doll houses and paper dolls. I think a lot of us started out that way!

    I know you just did this for fun, but golly, I hope Tim sees this or a challenge appears that you don't know about ... not so much for a win (which you would deserve!), but so that more people can lay eyes on this sensational work of art!! xxoo Darnell

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  32. HI Anne...aaaah now I get your comment when you saw the brick wall on my card recently! This is truly stunning! I love every detail, the little lamp shade is such a fabulous touch. My dad made me a dolls house too..and a rocking horse. Somewhere there is a photo of me opening it on Christmas Day when I was very little, but at the moment it's missing. I too love to create things just for myself and I think it's when I'm at my most creative, hugs Carole Z X

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  33. So beautiful, Anne. What a lovely project to do, it must have been so much fun,
    Rosie x

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  34. Words fail me ... I'm completely in love ♥
    One of the most amazing projects I've ever seen ... *off to recollect my jaw* Hugs, Suzanne xx

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  35. Wow Anne that's incredible. You are so talented ;D
    The attention to detail is amazing.
    Neesie ♥

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  36. Hi Anne
    I so enjoyed reading your blog page and of course I could visualise you in your lovely craft room now I've seen it for myself.
    I'm glad you did this for yourself as you do so much for others. Well done its wonderful.
    Lynn x x x
    Ps. Just waiting for Ruth to come back of hols so that we can arrange a date for our next play day

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  37. Every visit to you leaves me inspred and in awe. You have so much talent Anne I love to see each & every one of your creations. I love Jenny's idea of sharing this on FB & I bet Tim, et al, would be thrilled to see this latest incredible work of art of yours. Loving hugs, Mo :0) x

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  38. A fabulous piece Anne ! really great idea I love the whole concept of this and your skillful execution, very clever! I used to be a Saturday girl in a chemist shop and the cellar store room had shelves full of those gorgeous old jars and bottles with beautiful gilt labels, I loved looking at them. I often wonder what happened to them, probably worth a small fortune now ! I agree with Jenny I'm sure Tim will love this x

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  39. Wow this is just fabulous Anne an amazing creation, I just love it.
    Hugs Brenda xxx

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  40. What a wonderful piece Anne made all the better because it is for you and it was driven by a wonderful personal memory.
    Your attention to detail is WOW!

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  41. Oh my goodness Anne, this is fabulous. Love that you added the equations on the back wall, love how you did the brick, love the little bottles, love the whole thing!

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  42. Anne you are like a creative chemist yourself! I love how you created this 3D scene with 2D stamps. The dimensional elements like the lamp and arsenic vials make this piece come alive...just like the Dr's "Monster". "It's Alive!" {maniacal laugh}

    Amy*

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  43. Hey Anne...first of all...thanks for saying that you do what I do with die cuts; set them to the side and have to work up the courage to use them! That made me feel better...even if you don't really do that! :) Now...this chemist piece is too cool! You were really inspired when you created this! LOVE IT! You always have such neat pieces with such beautiful detail! It's always a pleasure to come to your blog. <3 Candy

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  44. Love this Anne, you are always so imaginative with your stamps.
    They were made for this design and fit perfectly. You are a real inpiration. Hugs, Angela x

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  45. FABULOUS!!!! So cool you already have the images...lucky you! Love the shape and the window! AWESOME design!

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  46. A beautiful vignette. So cleverly done. I love it!

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  47. This is stunning Anne, you just get better and better. I have been thinking about these stamps and having seen this just need to buy them! Tim will love it I'm sure! Fabulous. Hugs barb xx

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  48. Oh wow Anne! This is superb - all the little details are incredibly fabulous. The lamp shade and bulb are so clever as are the little labels on the bottles. I can just see this guy mixing up lotions and potions. As Sue said - now you need the rest of the street!

    I'm sorry to have been absent - there was something of a disaster/crisis that completely absorbed me. Hope all is well with you. Nicola x

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  49. This is fabulous - just like the individual room type dolls houses which people make but better. Love those stamps - my wishlist grows!!

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  50. Wow, how cool is this ?!Such a fabulous idea, so many wonderful details.

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  51. I am glad you made yourself something, I know what you mean. Your idea is really neat, I like the fact you can add more to this and create a scene for any occasion. Your so talented with ideas and making them come alive. This is one of those fabulous ideas. Love it!
    Hugs Kelly

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  52. This is fabulous Anne.........how wonderful to make something like this just for you. I love it there's so much to look at. x

    TFS and crafty hugs

    Annie x

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  53. WOW!!!
    Anne, das ist super geworden.
    Eine fantastische Idee, den Mann hinter das Fenster zu stellen mit seinen vielen Mixturen.
    SUPER!

    Umarmung von Sophie xx

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  54. Wow!! What a stunning creation, Anne. This stamps couln'd be used better. Very coooool! (:o)

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  55. Brilliant Anne - I love all the details and the overall design of your Chemist's shop. Well done on making something for yourself and doing what you want to do rather than having to use a certain colour. I can see you making a series of these!!

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  56. Incredible creation Anne,,,,,love the vintage effect and all over your creativity,,,,,my friend,.

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  57. That is fantastic Anne - I so want these stamps and now I want them even more.
    Have a anice time.
    Hugs, Neet xx

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  58. Oh my, this is a project with a great amount of intricate details. Which you have done so well & it looks so authentique as to what I think a chemist shop would look like. So enjoyed reading the how-to, and looking at your finished piece. It's amazing as always. I'm glad you decided to do this for yourself. I could see it was a labor of love. Also like your new picture too! TFS & Hugs (I'll say it again: No one does TH quite like _you_ do!)

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  59. Absolutely fantastic! I love this chemistry lab and all the elements you used to put this together! Very clever, Anne! Hugs!

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  60. Yahooo, look at all the lovely comments, so well deserved, this is a stunning piece of artwork, I loooove the brick in the back and it really looks like we are looking it the window, the bottles are so kool,all the cut out pieces are wonderful and the light fabulous,gorgeous piece of artwork, thanks for sharing..

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  61. Oh WOW Anne, What a wonderful creation and perfect for the upcoming Halloween season. Its even better when you make it for yourself. Your dad would be proud to see you re-creating these miniatures inspired by his handy work.
    Hugs Lynn

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  62. Anne this is just super! So many great details - I especially love the writing on the wall.

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  63. What a brilliant creation Anne and I don't blame you at all for wanting to do something 'just for you'. I love the lightshade and bulb! What attention to detail.

    Hugs
    Lesley Xx

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  64. Look Anne, you've done it now, I had to go and order these stamps, I am running out of space lol!
    Big Hugs, Angela x

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  65. Awesome work Anne :)
    Von ☺

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