Friday 4 February 2011

Compendium of Curiosities week 30 - Altered metal

Oh I can't believe there are only 5 more CoC challenges left before we have completed all the techniques in the wonderful bible of TH. Linda however hasn't let the full cat out of the bag, but she has said that this won't be the end - so what is she up to? Can't wait to find out.

This week as the title suggests we are altering metal at Studio L3 and I have been itching to get started on my configurations box that DH bought me for Christmas. I knew I had some lovely little metal things I want to use and had to go searching in the shed to find them.

The little boxes are going to reflect across the ages and times of the lives of our close family. So the first box represents our grandparents days when life was much harder with none of the technology we know of today. The mangle symbolizes the way the wife and mother had to work in the home to keep the family washed and clothes and everything clean. Not like today is it? I can remember my Nana doing the washing in the scullery in a huge sink, pulling the sheets out, giving them a wring as best she could by hand and then putting everything through the mangle before hanging it on the line. Even though I had an electric washing machine when I first got married, I still had one with the rollers, (and they were electric too), that you put the washing through to get the water out, spinners were around but I didn't have one for some reason. Oh boy I am showing my age aren't I?

So turn to P.48 in the compendium to find out how to do the technique and I am sure you will be altering all sorts of bits and pieces made of metal. It's so easy and great fun.

I have already altered a few more bits ready to make the next boxes, which I am sure you will see in the weeks to come. I just seem to have so many projects on the go.

Have a lovely crafty weekend and pop back if you have time. I am going to make something with hearts and wings on next to support my friend Zoe's new challenge blog called Just For Fun. Go take a look if you haven't seen it already.

luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox

Challenges to have fun with -
Allsorts - Saving Nature -  these little ornaments had once been stood on display in a printers tray, now they find themselves with a new lease of life rather than being thrown away.
Creative Friday - Vintage

Scrapbook Tag - Queen Bee

How about scrapping mini pics of your family as a tag? I thought this would be a great idea to do so that I could make a collection of them and find a nice box to alter and put them in. What do you think? This one is for Becca (eldest grandaughter) who is 13 going on 20 (aren't they all at this age?).

This was inspired by the Stampsmith Challenge - Royalty, Colour Q - poppy, coral, blushing bride , espresso  and vanilla (this transferred to the colour DIs listed below), Gingersnaps Creations - Kings and Queens

Tag and small frame made from TH tag and bookplates die
Invoke stamps - honeycomb and mini tag
Scrollswork Stamps - face, crown and ornate capital letters
Hessian and netting for masking and inking the background
DIs spun sugar, tattered rose, barn door, frayed burlap, vintage photo and black soot
Two bee stamps from my collection (I have loads of them - I wonder why????)
Making Memories - metal crown
7 Gypsies - word stamps
Mini bees downloaded and cut out.
Bias binding, one piece dyed with the pinks and red DIs

Other challenges to have fun with -
Crafty Emmas - Bold and Bright
Totally Gorjuss - as you like it - well I think Becca is totally gorjuss
Paperplay challenges - Stamp it out
Theme Thursday - Family
Dezinaworld - Charming - again I think Becca counts here and the metal crown charm
Sarah Hurley - Die Cuts

So, have a fabulous weekend and thanks for stopping by.

luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox