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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Simon is on Instagram, use the hashtag #sssmchallenge.

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!!


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

    Simon Says Stamp!

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

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

  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.

  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

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

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

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

  9. Wow! This is stunning 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! :)

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

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

  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.

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

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


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