Gooodly Morning Stampers and a very Happy Easter to you all! Many thanks for the fabby transportational entries for last weeks challenge! This week sees a milestone for the Sunday Stamper, we have reached our 200th anniversary... where did that time go huh? The challenge started off on January 27th 2008 with me picking a theme and there wasn't anything really specific about it, apart from to use stamping. Within a few weeks I had added in the extra element which is that every theme has a song title attached to it, that in itself makes it a challenge for me sometimes lol. This week the theme is NUMBERS and I also have some goodies to giveaway for one randomly picked entrant. More of that in a mo. Firstly, I should tell you how to join in... which is simples: make a little something, it can be anything you fancy. Add in the theme and some stamping and then hop back here to leave me a comment with a link to the place you are showing your entry. I can then hop on over to visit. The challenge is open to all, if you haven't got a blog/Picassa/Flickr/Facebook, you can enter by email... if you do send me an email or enter by Facebook etc, please can you leave a comment in the comments box letting me know how you have entered, that way you will be certain to be entered into the candy draw. To be in with a chance of winning the Candy, please leave me a comment AND pop the candy picture into your sidebar, linking back to this post... if you leave me a comment AND enter the challenge, you will be entered into the draw twice. I am going to be a bit strict with the entry requirements this week because this candy is my thank you to everyone who has supported me, this blog and the Sunday Stamper over the years. Believe me, you all make me smile big with your lovely comments :O)) So, if you are a Candy Only blog, please do not leave a comment, you won't be entered into the draw... like I said, this is my thank you to those who have been loyal supporters. I will be popping around to check that comments have been left by genuine bloggers and not Candy Only blogger too (cor, I feel all school marm-ish now lol) The challenge will remain open until 21:00, Saturday 14th April 2012 and the candy winner will be announced on next Sunday's challenge post. If the candy is not claimed within 7 days of the winner being announced, I will re-draw and a new winner will win the candy.
So... my entry. I wanted to make something to commemorate this milestone and decided to alter a shadow box. This is an 8" square variety and I had tonnes of fun playing and adding all the elements. I started by painting the box with my very favourite Traditional Tan paint (have you noticed that I haven't mentioned it for a few weeks? Well, that is cos I had run out!!!) Once the paintwork was dry, I sanded over the top so it went back to the wood... and then got inky with a blending tool and Walnut Stain Distress Ink. I then lightly spritzed the box with water, dried it all off and then got a splatty stamp and used Coffee Archival to add some splats. The centrepiece is a patchwork of cardstock. This is a doddle to make, simply cut a piece of card to fit inside the aperture and then using a pencil and ruler, mark out a patchwork pattern. I use a pencil to mark approximately on the back of each piece a number - in this instance I did 1 - 13 so, when the pieces are cut up, you know where they are supposed to fit back into. I also add a little arrow pointing upwards so I know which way up the pieces are supposed to be. I used Old Paper DI and coloured all the pieces... and then used Frayed Burlap on some and Fired Brick on the rest and then edged them all with Vintage Photo.
The stamping was done using Coffee Archival - I used a load of Tim Holtz Mini's and then used Vermillion Archival for the "red" pieces and a small chequer stamp and for the "brown" pieces, I used Sepia Archival and a small sequin waste stamp to add some extra bits to the design. I stamped the sentiment in Jet Black Archival so this stands out a bit more from the background. Once all the pieces were completed, I used Cosmic Shimmer glue to pop them onto another piece of card, cut to the same size as the aperture and then edged right around with Vintage Photo. This was then glued into the aperture.
I spent a happy hour faffing with Idea-ology and trinkets I have in my stash... starting with the 200... which are Numerals, triple embossed with white embossing powder and then muckied (is there such a word???) up with Pitch Black Dabber. I found four backgammon counters in my junk box, so I sanded them a bit and gave them the black Dabber treatment and then glued these to the bottom of the frame so they act as feet for it. I added little Screw Eyes to the holes in the Plaquette so I could dangle some Chain Tassells and Baubles from them and finally I got sticky messy with some beads and a Corked Vial... I wanted it to look like the beads were falling out of it, so I used THE best glue in the world (IMO) which is Cosmic Shimmer glue... seriously, I know I keep on saying this but... it dries totally clear and matte and... it is super strong too! The beads are glued onto the frame with this glue... and they are stuck fast now. Cool! Oh and ... I nearly forgot, I used a couple of Screw Eyes to make Mona a pair of specs too... bless her, she does get some weird eyeware!
On to the Candy! What's in it? Here goes: Idea-ology: Chain Tassells, Plaquettes, Pen Nibs, Memo Pins, Roll of Tissue Tape. Sizzix Texture Fades - Poker Face. Maya Road: mixed bag of chipboard shapes, Scallop Mini Book, Assorted Ribbons & Trims, Country Home Flowers, Velvet Pleat Flowers, Velvet Resin Blossoms, Trinket Tin. Want to Scrap Chip Album Kit. 2x Canvas Boards. 2x Canvases. 10x 8pt Manila Tags and a little Alterable Wooden Box. So, to recap, to be in with a chance of winning the candy, please leave a comment and take the picture below, pop it into your sidebar with a link back to this post. If you enter the challenge as well, your name will automatically be entered into the draw twice. The challenge will close at 21:00 Saturday April 14th and the winner will be announced on next weeks Sunday Stamper post. **please, no Candy Only blog as you won't be entered into the draw!**
Right... that is more than enough wafflings from me for one day.... Again, THANK YOU each and every one of you who has joined in and left me comments over the past 200 weeks. I truly do appreciate every single entry - and it makes me smile big to know that you are still enjoying this "just for fun" challenge. Thanks for looking... as ever... TTFN!!
Sunday, 8 April 2012