Wednesday, 1 January 2014

No More Shopping Sins for Our Creative Corner

Hello everyone and a Happy New Year to you all! I hope this will be your most creative year yet and that you are well on track to realize your dreams!

There are some changes a foot over at Our Creative Corner and one of them is that from now on there will be no longer a team A and B but we are all showing our projects at the same time, so here is mine for this month.
The wonderful Claudia has chosen the theme this month which is "No More Shopping Sins, she wants us to use a long hoarded and never before used item from our stash. You can get all the details here
I used not one, but three hoarded items from my stash and combined them into a little wall calendar.
The first was the little shaped board I used for the background, the next was the Weathered Clock die by Tim Holtz, purchased last year on a whim, and never yet used, and the last one was the beautiful rose stamp (from Stampin back in the Netherlands), which has sat around un-inked for months and months.

So this is how I went about creating my piece:
I started by adding some texture through a couple of Crafters Workshop stencils and also added some bits of book paper. When dry I then covered it all with Gesso.
Here you can see the texture a bit better
I cut the clock from an old cereal packet, covered it with Picket Fence crackle paint and when it had done it's crackle magic added some Walnut Stain Distress Stain to seep into the cracks. I stamped the rose in Potting Soil Archival on Ranger watercolour paper and then coloured with Distress Markers and a water brush. Once I was happy with it I glued it behind the aperture in the clock.
The clock hands were done with French Roast Fresco paint.and fastened to the rose panel with a little brad.
Next I painted the background with a mix of Nougat, Stone and Taupe Fresco paints and added some colour to the raised bits with Gelatos and also some Treasure Gold in Pewter. I forgot to take a picture before I adhered the clock, but here you can see a few close up pictures of what it looks like.

Here you can see the whole panel after I also added some shadows with a Faber Castell Big Brush pen.
The sentiment is a Tim Holtz stamp, from the Way with Words set stamped and embossed with white embossing powder onto a dark brown scrap of DP.
Another close up of the clock with the shadow done with the brush pen. These blend perfectly when still wet but then are totally permanent.

The little calender came with the back panel which I got at a craft show for the grand amount of £1:00

I had a terrible job trying to photograph this as we have had so many really dark days, but I hope you at least got a bit of an idea.
Do go over to the Our Creative Corner blog, to see what my talented teamies have created and I very much hope you will play along with our challenge by going through your own stash to find some long forgotten items and give them a new leash of life.

Happy New Year everyone and thank you for visiting!!


maria's knutselplezier said...

Wow Astrid, what a great calendre , you made a masterpiece the first day of the year !!!I love the structure and al the beautiful details!!! Have a wonderfull year, I love your ART!!!


Brenda Brown said...

Amazing texture and colour Astrid and what a way to use some of your unused supplies, this would look fabulous on my wall for the new year lol.
I am looking forward to seeing more of your wonderfully creative art this year.
Happy 2014.
hugs {brenda} x0x

brenda said...

What a great theme idea Astrid and really like your piece which looks so tactile, a wonderful start to the year.

Happy New Year.

B x

Rita said...

Happy New Year Astrid. What a stunning creation to start a new year. Love all those lovely textures and colours. Hugs Rita xxx. See you soon.x

Redanne said...

Oh Astrid, I like this so much I think I need to make one! What a gorgeous calendar and that quote is perfect (not seen that stamp before). I just love the dimension you created in the background - a stunning piece! Wishing you a very Happy New Year! Hugs, Anne x

rachel said...

this is beautiful Astrid - really stunning use of your shopping sins! Hope you have a wonderful New Year! Hugs Rachel x

Maryann Laursen said...

A very HAPPY NEW YEAR to you too dear friend. And what a stunning creation here to start a new year of. It´s absolutely gorgeous. I also have this clock and admit, never use it really, so maybe I should lift your project here to get it used? ha ha ha I´m so looking forward to see, what beauties you´re going to share with us again this year, but I´m sure, it´ll be great in any ways.
I hope this year will be a wonderful one gor everyone here.

butterfly said...

What a wonderfully shabby chic project, Astrid - so pretty! Love what you've done with the clock, and the textured damask in the background is so beautiful. And the calendar hanging is a perfect New Year's Day project!

Happy New Year!
Alison xx

massofhair said...

A perfect project to start the year off, enjoyed seeing the processes of making your calendar. Hope 2014 is a wonderful year for you & your Family:-) xxx

die amelie said...

Your calendar is so beautiful, Astrid!

You did your magic on this one again and I LOVE it!
Happy New Year to you and a big hug,

Claudia x

Buttons said...

Beautiful calendar Astrid. I love the way you've used the clock as an aperture and added so much layered colour to this. Hope 2014 is a spectacular year for you and the family. Much love, Jenny x

Jennie Atkinson said...

Happy New Year Astrid!

Such a fabulous project and I love the clock aperture! This is such a fabulous challenge and I love what you have used for it.

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Your vintage wall calendar is gorgeous, love the texture you've added. Great theme for the challenge. Happy New Year! Shirleyx

Maryanne said...

What a fantastic calendar, Astrid! As usual, the texture is wonderful and I love the coloring. That little rose stamp is beautiful.
Happy New Year to you! I can't wait to see all the wonderful things you create this coming year!

Julia S-W said...

Happy New Year Astrid!
I simply LOVE the background you've created with so many layers and techniques - it's a beauty Astrid. Great idea to make it into a calendar too. Like Anne, I may have to make a calendar for myself this year and your inspiration is perfect.
I so love your feminine, vintage look. It's never over done and always looks so wonderful.
Hugs, Juliaxxx

Barbara Rankin said...

Fabulous! Love the colors and textures and everything! As always, you are so very talented and I love all your work! Happy New Year!

Silvia(Barnie) said...

A fantastic piece for the start into 2014. Gorgeous details.
Wishing you a happy, healthy and creative year 2014.

Netty said...

Love your shabby chic calendar Astrid. Happy New Year, hugs Annette x

Anonymous said...

Great use of those hoarded & unloved items Astrid! Your calendar is beautiful!
Happy New Year!
Alison xxx

Marisa Job said...

Such a beautiful project!! Happy New Year!!

Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

This is utterly fantastic, Astrid! Absolutely stunning. Your design is lovely and I'm drooling over that beautiful floral stamp and fabulous embossing. What a gorgeous piece of home decor!

Wishing you the best of the best in 2014, good health, much love and plenty of crafty time!


Claire said...

Hi Astrid, love your calendar - hope you don't mind that I used your idea for my entry this month! Not that it looks anything like yours tho! Claire x

Suzi B said...

Gorgeous wall calender... I love it's delicate elegance.
Wishing you a happy 2014.
Suzi B xx

AngelicaS said...

Gorgeous! I love the texture it really gives it a vintage feeling.
Thank you for all the inspiration in 2013 and Happy New Year!!

Meggymay said...

Beautiful calendar and as always fantastic details.
Sending you and yours very best wishes for 2014.
Yvonne x

marda said...

Happy New Year Astrid. Your calendar is just beautiful. I love the textures and the simple little words to live by. Happy creating in 2014.

Margaret Mifsud said...

Beautiful texture and gorgeous color ... an absolutely stunning piece Astrid!!! Love the clock with the flowers on the face and the textures are absolutely fabulous!! You are a true artist ... really, really love this!!! ox

Shirley Chillman said...

A huge thank you Astrid you all your inspirational posts. I especially love your step by step tutorials they always look amazing. Beautiful wall calendar and I especially love the rose stamp.

Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x

Ros Crawford said...

What a beautiful calendar ... such a pretty way to start the year!

Susie Bentz said...

Beautiful - love all the shabby texture. Happy New Year Astrid!

Terry said...

Beautiful use of those hidden supplies! Astrid, I love this little hanging calendar! The texture is gorgeous! Happy New Year! Hugs!

Dorthe said...

Astrid, how very beautiful.
The texture, you master so wonderful, the gorgeous watch -l love it- and those colours-oh so beautiful. Such a lovely calender, my dear.
Dorthe, xox

Paper Profusion said...

This looks wonderful Astrid - gorgeous texturising and very pretty calendar. Yes - photographing is tricky at the mo alright. A very Happy New Year to you Astrid. Nicola x

Anita Houston said...

What a gorgeous and elegant make, and so practical too! I love the roses on the clock! I wish you a wonderful 2014, filled with many blessings!

Candy C said...

Astrid...your art piece made with hoarded items is totally beautiful! I love the colors and I really love the center of Tim's Weathered Clock and how you've softened it so much this those gorgeous roses. You have colored them to perfection. I also love the embossed images you've added to the corners. They are a lovely compliment to that clock center. Your art always amazes me, Astrid. I love it! Happy New Year. I am excited about the beautiful art that is still to be conjured up in that creative brain of yours! <3 Candy

Von said...

Beautiful texture and soft colours :) I could just see that with a clock mechanism with a real tick tock :)
Happy new year to you
Von ♥

May said...

Gorgeous creative piece Astrid... I adore the background & texture...the clock is amazing...Beautiful work & great tutorial...Wishing you & your family a Blessed 2014... Hugs May x x x

Ana K. said...

Another marvellous creation...great textured background and you really beautiful colour the rose looks like vintage wallpaper!

Sandy said...

Tick, tock I love this clock and yes I do know that once again the months will fly by.

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