Sunday, 1 March 2015

Junk in your Trunk

Hi everyone

   Over at Our Creative Corner there is a new challenge - this time hosted by our wonderful Candice!

Junk in your trunk

Create something out of any kind of junk and re-fashion it either into something useful, functional or beautiful for the JUNK IN YOUR TRUNK challenge this month.
Candice is leaving the challenge open to your interpretation of what constitutes “Junk”

It may mean a set of hideously patterned china that you want to smash up and a make a mosaic...

It may mean reams of patterned paper you have lying around that you turn into a collage masterpiece...
It may mean doing something with skeins of wool that you intended to make a a sweater with...
It may mean doing something with rusty keys,nuts and bolts and random pieces of wire that you pick up off the street...
  You can create whatever you want to, however you want to and with whatever you want to.
The only rules are that your project MUST contain something that you consider Junk that you have reclaimed or recycled.

I used a spare lock ring - a while ago we needed to change our front door lock (long story - my fault!) and my husband went to buy a new lock. When he returned with it we decided we would keep the old lock surround which has a handle and throw away the one that came with the new lock.....

Hold on a moment.....throw it away???!!!! Noooo....I'll take might come in handy (cue husband rolling his eyes....)

Anyway, I was proved right as Candice came up with this wonderful challenge and straight away I knew it was the right time to use this ring. Clocks was the first thing that came to mind....

   After going through many ideas I decided to make a hanging ATC.

I cut out some card and selected a piece of patterned paper - I have a HUGE collection of printed paper - and sadly it sits unused in a drawer. I am a little addicted to the gorgeous sets of paper -I mean, they are always so gorgeous (often too gorgeous to use) so I hoard them possessively. This time I decided I would use one.

I selected a gorgeous rose patterned ephemera based one and stuck it onto the ATC with some PVA glue.

All that was needed on this background was to distress the edges a little with some Walnut Stain DI

Then I began creating some clocks

The large center clock was made with the brass ring. I covered it in Gesso first then coated it with several coats of Antiqued Bronze Distress paint. when it was very nearly dry I would wipe the metal revealing white and brass patches. And coat it again and do the same again. This built up several layers of paint given a layered and uneven 'peeled paint' look. When I was done with layering the paint I added a layer of Decoart Patina Green Antiquing  cream. When dry I wiped it with a damp cloth leaving a rusty aged look.

I followed the same technique for the metal flower

The smaller clocks were made from Idea-ology custom fasteners. These come in two sizes of fasteners and they also have small picture stickers and resin stickers. Several of the clock faces got used for this creation. A little Antiqued Bronze DP was added to the silver metal effect frames.

Other clocks were stamped clock faces added to buttons with Glossy Accents glue applied to form the glass effect of the clock. Wooden buttons were rubbed with a little classic Treasure Gold.

 I added a stamped butterfly which came from some Mini Tim Holtz stamps. This was stamped with Potting Soil Archival ink and painted with Decoart Turquoise Interference paint - this gives it a gorgeous shimmer...Brown wire was curled into antenna for the butterfly

  I used a Tando Creative cog that had been painted with gold acrylic paint and then covered in crackle glaze. This was then covered with English Red Oxide and Patina Green Antiquing creams to add a rusted effect. I added a little brass key.

The quote "It's never too late to find out who you want to be" was stamped in Potting Soil Archival ink onto card which was then cut into strips and inked with Walnut Stain DI.

 Brown wire was used to create a hanger for the ATC

Lace was applied to the bottom of the ATC

 And there is the ATC....made with some junk....Hope you like it and I hope it inspires you to get creative with some 'junk' this month!

Why not hop over to Our Creative Corner and see what the rest of my wonderful team have made?
We would love to see your creations over there!

Our Sponsor this month is

Crafty Individuals 

 They are very generously providing a wonderful prize for the winner who will be selected by

So get joining us in this wonderful challenge and you could be one of our randomly selected winners!

There is also the chance you could be picked as the winner and find yourself at OCC  in the Spotlight as our Top Talent..... could also be one of our Top 3's and be featured in the OCC Pinterest Gallery!

Hope to see you soon!

Happy Crafting!


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  1. OMG! That painted rust looks just soooo real, Laura!
    And your "junk" ATC is gobsmackingly awesome! Love love love it!

    Have a lovely Sunday! XXX
    Claudia x

  2. Beautiful creation! Love the bronze with real combo.. So pretty! Xx

  3. Love the altered weathered look, truly beautiful!! Hugs, Kerstin x

  4. Laura, thank you for creating such an awesome project for Junk in Your Trunk. I am absolutely in love with your rusty vintage metal finish that you have created. That takes some serious skill. I love the overall theme and feel of the project, clocks and flowers have such a romantic and nostalgic feel to them. Thanks again for all your help with helping nervous me set up this challenge.

  5. This is a gorgeous ATC card! I love how you used the glossy accents on the faces of the clocks. I need to remember to try that. Thank you Laura for all the inspiration you give all of us over at the OCC not just with your beautiful creations but also with your beautiful spirit. I'm so honored to be a part of your team. xxx Laurie Moore

  6. Ooh nice one! (Muses on clock department in Gosthwaites ;-) )

  7. Oooh how I love these clocks, Laura! And this beautiful rusty look, yum !

  8. OUTSTANDING!! Laura- This is my new favorite of yours!! So much gorgeous beauty and texture in such a small place!! A feast for the eyes!! xoxo

  9. Hi Laura, I love all the vintage colours you have used, looks amazing. The rust effect is so beautiful, got to try that! Hugs Jan x

  10. OMG, Laura! This is a hanging ATC! I LOVE IT!! Oh No--don't throw that away!! :) :) Look at how you transformed it! Is hubby rolling his eyes now ;) :) LOL!! :) I completely adore every single detail you put into this mini-masterpiece! I'm lovin' what you do with your Junk in Your Trunk, Girl!! :) :) XOXO-Shari
    OH--Congrats on the win over at Artistic Outpost!! YAY :)

  11. Laura, your hanging ATC is brilliant! To go from one little ring to your completed project really takes a lot of creativity. It is gorgeous! There are so many beautiful pieces packed so perfectly into this little ATC.

  12. Gorgeous Laura! I really love your treatment of that lock ring, it's such a great rusted piece to build your project around! Fabulous make! hugs :)

  13. This is totally amazing!!! Love how you used that old ring! Beautiful piece, and I love the saying. Have a grand day!

  14. Finally I can say…awesome project Laura!! Great background and awesome patina look on your metal bits! Superb!

  15. What a great transformation! I love this idea for an ATC. It's such a joy to see your beautiful, inventive work again. Sorry it's been so long since I visited. Life has been so busy and now my laptop keyboard has broken, so I'm using an ancient one that used to belong to my son, while mine is fixed! xxx

  16. Laura, this atc is absolutely brilliant! i love how you fit all of that time into such a small space! gorgeous all around! xo

  17. Fantastic use of that lock ring! Funny (and great) how one little throwaway thing can trigger so much creativity!


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