Monday, April 25

Show us your Metal!

Hello friends, it's Monday here and we are ready to play!



I love metal! I got totally inspired by this rusty pocket watch by Finnabair Mechanicals, and started creating off of this. 

This challenge is easy - all you have to do is add a piece of metal on your creation!

I headed off in a steampunk direction with this challenge, metal often leads me there, and I earned some "metal" by trying something totally new to me - ice resin! Wow!

I saved a container from some Prima wood icons, and the first thing I did was paint it black and let it dry. 


I figured it was time to try out my ice resins, and wow! am I glad I did, these are so cool!! I tried the ice enamel in the pocket watch, added old watch innards, and then filled in with the resin. In one of the boxes, I layered some gears, added resin and then some tiny micro beads. I set these aside and checked the drying time and when it said 3 days! I thought, whoa, I am NOT that patient!! Lucky for me mine was dry the following day.



I had a lot of fun finding things in my stash to add into the shadow box. As it evolved, I began to think of it as housing my every day treasures, little things you might find or see on a journey.




Details, details! I LOVE this new Stamp-N-Add Moth Wings from Prima with the metal body parts you can use (or you can stamp the insect body). I had some water color scraps from a previous project that worked beautifully with my colors. I added the micro beads and took apart some old jewelry to get the pearls.

My brain took me back and forth between treasures from the sea and the air, so I just decided to go with it! I had so much fun trying out some new techniques and working with new goodies, and it all started when I saw that rusty pocket watch.


Now it's your turn to show us your metal! I can't wait to see what you share, but just have fun playing.

It has been a joy to have Beulah Bee join us as guest designer this month, and share her awesome creativity with all of us! I am looking forward to more creative adventures from you!

Join in the fun to enter to win the $50 voucher from our generous friend, Simon Says Stamp!


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Head on over the the challenge blog to see how the design team is using metal this week! I am always amazed by their wonderful projects!!






14 comments:

  1. Gorgeous shadow box, Maura! Loving the metallic POPS!!


    *mwah*
    Steph
    Simon Says Stamp!

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  2. Fabulous steampunk piece MAura!!!! love the details! Barbara

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  3. This is amazing! Such beautiful pieces with metallic looks! Well done!

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  4. Maura, this is splendid. I love all the little pieces. Treasure boxes like these are eye candy of the Ming and brain. On My post next week I will add a piece of metal marked MH for you. I would join the challenge but don't really feel right about that. (Just because I get supplies so cheap) but We do love and recommend Simon says stamp up here in Canada.

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  5. Great project Maura, I love all the details put in the bays of the shadow box. The black background is a great idea to highlight all the elements! Hugs, Marzena

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  6. Awesome steampunk shadow box, Maura! I love all the little details and the colors on the butterfly are gorgeous. Cathie

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  7. Love all the beautiful elements on this piece, Maur. Great design! :)

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  8. wow Maura...you transformed a humble box into a magical project filled with delightful metal treasures...hugs kath xxx

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  9. Wow! This is stunning Maura...so much detail packed into the box and so much to look at, it's stunning and I think it's one of my favourite pieces you've ever created! :)

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  10. Fabulous shadow box, Maura! Love the black with the pops of color. Every item really stands out! Hugs, Sandra

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  11. Fabulous shadowbox! I love all the bright colors and all of the wonderful details you've put into each box :)

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  12. Wowzers! What a remarkable transformation of a boring box into a brilliant shadowbox!! I loved seeing each little detail and especially liked the vial and how you created a bubbly type of base for your fishes. Your mind just always seems to be in these cool mythical places that I want to travel and it translates beautifully into your art.

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  13. This is a gorgeous shadow box Maura! I love all the little bits and pieces and the wonderful bling, colours and textures.

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  14. Amazing project! That resin looks like fun. And congrats on your steampunk DT gig too.

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