Mixed-media paper crafter; stamper, freelance craft tutor, designer of PaperArtsy JOFY stamps

26 April 2013

tick tock tick tock tick tock....

.... goes the clock in the box as the flowers bloom and grow...
I had such fun creating this piece - made from bits and pieces that were hanging around the studio - they've been 'up-cycled'.. like the box: its the lid of a small Tim Holtz Configurations box, painted in Nougat Fresco Finish (I love love love that colour), the back is covered in text scrapbook paper that I stamped seed heads onto but I forgot to photograph it before I assembled everything - doh! but you can see a little bit here:
I wanted the piece to have a sepia, almost monochrome look - so very limited colour..
I painted the flower heads (JOFY11) with Distress Ink to achieve a watercoloured effect (Walnut Stain)... stamping on the back layer of the box and then adding all the dimensional elements really helps to build up a sense of perspective and depth.
I love this clock die by Tim Holtz /Sizzix - I used to own an alarm clock like this very pretty but it is a hellish way to be woken up - seriously unpleasant - a little hammer on metals bells!! Not a soothing entrance to the day ahead...
This clock is much nicer! (its quiet for a start!).. I created it by cutting clocks from corrugated card (from cat food boxes that I've been saving - it has really fine corrugation) and one from plain card (for the front layer that would be painted). 
The flower heads I used are from JOFY12 - stamped on white and painted with Distress Ink (Walnut Stain), I also stamped onto a distressed scrapbook paper that I had, cut out the flower centres and heads and added them here and there... not really planned just what look good.
The piece has more of an Autumnal feel than any of the other projects I've made with the stamps and so I added a legend in top right hand corner (Mini15)(I find those little seasons words really useful).
Behind the clock I added a couple of die cut seed heads (quickutz) - die cut from kraft cardstock to keep with the natural sepia tones of the piece.
And I couldn't resist adding some wooden flowers... and some bling.. oooh not forgetting the bling on the clock face!
I stamped phrases from the JOFY stamp sets on to the sides of the box... and the mesh strip along each of the corners (just visible in the bottom left of this photo..)

I love this piece - it was fairly time consuming but not as much as you might think - the construction of the clock took the longest time, & there is minimal stamping...  I could happily make another one...

Must love'n'leave you - I'm off back into the studio to get ready for my visit to Colemans Warehouse on Saturday where I'll be demo'ing my stamps.  Looking forward to that - hope to see some of you there.


  1. this is lovely Jo!!

  2. very clever use of that die cut clock and loving the colour palette.

  3. It is just gorgeous, Jo!! Your stamps are just SO versatile!!

  4. Beautiful, absolutely LOVE the colour tones xo

  5. Fabulous dahling!!! What a brilliant way to use that die. Clever girlie.

    Lin x

  6. Anonymous2:32 pm

    Oooh, that's SO gorgeous!!!! Love the muted colours & all the flowers are beautiful

  7. This is fabulous. Love how you've used the new alarm clock die - very clever! xx

  8. Lovely very subtle and pretty :)
    Happy craftin

  9. Simply gorgeous... I completely love it!!
    Alison x

  10. This is even better in "real Life" - loved the demos this afternoon, thanks for all the tips. Sx


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