Friday, 16 May 2008

ME 2 U

I am part of a swap with my fellow Angels called Me to You.

Basically i have to make something each month to send to the person below me on the list of swappers, i do this every month, and in turn every month i also recieve something from a swapper doing the same. This month was my turn to send to the Host of the swap Claire.
The first thing i did was to alter a mini board book.
I covered the book using the denim adirondack alcohol ink and silver mixitive, stamped the D (stampers anonymous stamp) using black archival ink, the high lighted it with glossy accents, i applyed some faded jeans crackle paint around the edges, and finished with a funny little piece of metal that looked like a handle that i found, attatched with 2 brads that i painted using a silver dabber, i also used the dabber to run over the metel handle to get rid of the rust look.
Inside i covered the first page with paper from Crafty Individual, and stamped a little message with an arrow pointing to the other page. I added some swirls using a stamp and a silver dabber.
Now this is where i kinda changed things up a bit, instead of doing it as a book, i glued the remainder of the pages together, and then cut a hole into the pages to place an item in, leaving a bit that acts like a door, so the item inside the book is a secret until opened. Almost like "the gun in the bible" like you see in old films lol. I decorated the door page by just using faded jeans distress ink and again used the silver dabber to stamp some swirls around the door. I used vintage photo distress ink on a brown cardstock cut to size and stuck on for the door, and stamped "LOOK" onto it. I added a brad and bit of ribbon so it could be opened easly.

Behind the door stuck into the gap, which i had again coloured using the silver dabber, i added an altered domino i had done using an invoke art stamp and coloured with sharpie markers.
Not bad for a first attempt on a board book i think :O)

The second thing i made was a Clock.

I altered a CD using caramel, wild plum and eggplant alcohol inks for the base colour.

I then stamped the wording CRAFT TIME using a black archival ink, which while it was still wet i rubbed over with a wet wipe.
Why did i do this, i hear you ask, after just stamping it... well doing this removes the black and alcohol ink below but leaves the letters intact, so you get a negetive kinda image, and in this case it allows the sparkle of the cd to come through. (not that you can see in the pic lol)

I highlighted the wording uing glossy accents and added a tiny clock face to the middle, of which i attached the actual clock movement throught a hole in the center, as the movement covered up most of the mini clock face image, i added number peeloffs so the time could be read properly.

(same clock in both images but in different light)
I was very happy with the way this turned out and think i shall be making a few more. I have been told by Claire that she was very happy with both pieces which make me smile.
xxx Hugx xxx


Kaz Scrapz said...

Wow Nic - this book and clock are fabulous - I love the little compartment with door - and the clock is gorgeous. xxx Karen

Hels said...

WOWOWOWOW, hun this is soooo fabby - the book is simply stunning and I looove the clock too :O)) You are really clever and talented and inspiring too xx

Angie C said...

OMG Nicky, what gorgeous things you have made. I lurve the little book, it's stunning and that clock is just so amazing. I'm sure Claire will adore them

Sam said...

They are both absolutely clever thing Nicky. xx

craftyscot said...

these are fantastic Nicky, no wonder Claire was pleased with them, I love them

Ann said...

WOW!WOW!WOW! Stunning stuff Nicky - I love what you've done with the board book - so clever!!! And the clock is fabby too. You're a real inspiration to an 'Old Bird'!!! LOL!! Fabby workxxxx

Chriss Rollins said...

fab work have been playing today with altering stuff one was a cd but only with papers may try the inks next just happen to have a clock mec. thanx for the ispiration.
I love it.
chriss x

Lesley said...

Great book and clock! xxx

TinaB said...

Wow!!!!! Love them all xx