Friday, 7 October 2011

Celebrating!

Well I had to laugh when I looked out of the window on my birthday...despite all the lovely sunshine we have had recently there was a howling gale and torrential rain! No surprises for October really, especially as this is usual birthday weather for me, but  it was a shame. Mind you, I did manage to have lunch outside in the sun the day before so I am not really complaining.
I have had a lovely few days celebrating with a gorgeous bunch of flowers including these orchids, new crafting goodies to play with including a Tim Holtz 'A compendium of curiosities', various Idea-ology embellishments, distress inks, acrylic paint dabbers, crafty individual stamps, charms and some lovely paper chase boxes and files. We have had a yummy take out curry and went to the cinema to see 'Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy' - an excellent movie.
With the new goodies I made this altered printers tray. It is small, at only 6x6 inches, but was my first ever attempt. I loved it so much that I now want a bigger one! I used distress inks, Lavinia, Hero Arts, Tanda and crafty individuals stamps, crafty individuals nature images, Tim Holtz Ideology frame and glass bottle, shells, a conker, a pressed leaf, and a bird cage charm...more detailed photos follow.  I am entering this into the Simon Says Stamp and show challenge for this week, as some of the techniques used were demonstrated by Wendi Vecchi, although I don't own any of her stuff so I hope that this counts. This also fits with the sew many cards challenge to use the colours burnt orange, yellow and brown, all of which can be seen throughout this piece.
I had so much fun incorporating all the different things, playing with inks, paints etc, that I want to get hold of a full size one to alter for our study wall.  I am going to enter this into the Pixie Dust 'Anything but a card',  and crafty creations 'crafty decoration' (this is a wall hanging).
As I used autumnal colours for this and a small conker and real, pressed autumnal coloured leaf I am also entering this into Stampavie's 'autumn', Fussy and Fancy 'fall' and Paper play and stampin' for the weekend 'autumnal colours'.
The largest panel is shades of brown and has real shells, a glass vial full of sand (from Cleethorpes beach!) and so fits with the DYSU 'brown', CCCB '3D' and Delightful challenges 'make it dimensional' challenges.
Parts of this piece also have the same colours as the inspirational photo from this weeks Flourishes Timeless Tuesday challenge and the butterflies (there are 2 of them), mean that it also fits with the Flutterby Wednesdays 'open' challenge.
I apologise for the photos..all will be improved once my new computer arrives on Monday! Have a nice weekend everyone,
Love,
Caro
x

28 comments:

WencheP said...

Oh my gosh - this is awesome! Such a great project! Thank for joining us at Do You Stack Up.

-Wenche

Sandra said...

Wow !! What a gorgeous project. So stunning ..I like it very much.
Thanks for joining us at SAM challenge
Hugs
Sandra

NancyD said...

This is an amazing project - very detailed and lovely. Thanks for joining us at Delightful Challenges. NancyD

Danni said...

Wonderful project!! Thank you for playing along with my flutter by challenge!

email: Steph@SimonSaysStamp.com said...

Neat!! I like that you have some insects attached to the outer edge! The framed nature part is cool and the pictures are gorgeous!!!

Thanks so much for entering the Simon Says Stamp & Show Challenge!!!

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Patrice said...

Love those printer's trays & love what you did with yours!

Candy C said...

Hello Caro. Your Tim Holtz printer try is beautiful! So many lovely nature scenes and embellishments to look at! Thanks for sharing it with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge. <3 Candy

paperfun said...

Absolutly gorgeous!!! I love all the little things in each box.

Thanks for joining us at Sew Many Challenges.

Mari

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

What a delightful shadow box, thanks for playing along with us at CCCB!

Sandra Stephens said...

Absolutely gorgeous Caro...love it.It has so many different elements...you will be looking at it for hours and still see something new....now where can I get a frame from!!!
Hugs,
Sandra
xx

Ros said...

Lovely project ... and yep it's pretty cold and wet here in the UK ... Thanks so much for sharing this with us at CCCB

Marjie Kemper said...

What a beautiful tray! I can't get over how small it is and yet you were able to make each panel so interesting. Fantastic piece!

Kelly A. Clark said...

This is just hang-onto-your-hat COOL! What a lot of work, but it turned out great. Thanks for fluttering by at Flutter By Wednesday!

Naomi said...

Wow, this is GORGEOUS! I can't believe it's your first attempt! Love the fall colours and all of those fabby embellishments! Sounds like you had a WONDERFUL birthday despite the weather...looks like you got spoiled and have a lot of goodies to play with, now! :D Anyway, I hope you had an AWESOME birthday. Thanks for joining us at DYSU, this week!

Fuzzy Slippers said...

This is so gorgeous and inspiring! I'm so glad I stumbled upon your blog!!

Erin said...

Great project! Love the nature theme. Hope you had a great birthday. Thanks for joining us at Pixie Dust Studio.

Lynne Forsythe said...

Caro.....what a WONDERFUL printers tray!! so many AWESOME creative things to look at!

THANKS BUNCHES for joinin the TEAMIES and Simon Says Stamp and Show!!!

Wendy Colledge said...

Just LOVE it!!! Just gorgeous.Thank you for playing along in the challenge this week @ Paperplay Challenges.

Margaret said...

Fabulous!!!!!

Margaret :o)

Liz's creative corner said...

Wow fab project, great detail and colours, thanks for sharing it with us at paper play, hugs Liz xx

Sheryl said...

Wow! This is a stunning project! You did a fabulous job. I love the warm Fall colors.
Thank you for joining us at Fussy and Fancy for our, "Fall or Halloween" Challenge!
Hugs, Sheryl

Silke Ledlow said...

Holy smokes, this is really beautiful Caro!!! The shadow box is very unique...what a great idea! Happy belated birthday :) !!! Hugs ~S~

Linda R. said...

This is such a wonderful project.. Thanks for entering it into our challenge over a CCCB so I could see it..

cnelson said...

So GORGEOUS! Thanks so much for joining us this week at CCCB!

Claire Phillips said...

Thanks for playing along in our decoration challenge at Crafty Creations - fab work! Great creative project! Cheers Claire x

Mummylade said...

Love your autumn colours! I'm so glad you entered this in our challenge at SFTW, and good luck!

Nina said...

Wooaaw, what a fantastic project!! Love all the details and the beautiful colours.

Thanks for joining us at Stampavie and More, hope to see you again :)
Hugs, Nina.

Suzie McFloozy said...

Wow what a fantastic crafty project - stunning x
Thanks for playing along with us at stampin' for the weekend and good luck x
((hugs)) Suzie xoxo