Monday, 22 July 2013


Nearly three years ago Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog put out the call for a Design Team for an all new challenge blog. To celebrate, we are having a birthday inspired challenge. From balloons to cake, parties in general to birthdays in particular. The theme is one of celebration and we would love you to join in the fun.
I decided that the celebrate challenge was not only the perfect time to celebrate Simon Says Stamp and Show birthday but the ideal opportunity to create a piece for my teenage Nephew's birthday. The sentiment "Time To Celebrate" kept running through my mind and my idea was born, combining the time element with the Weathered Clock die and the celebration element with the Tim Holtz Birthday Sketch stamp. I also love to add texture to my pieces and Wendy Vecchi's White Embossing Paste came to my aid. This piece was a joy to create!
I began my canvas by applying Embossing Paste through the Crafter's Workshop Mini Tile Texture template.
I die cut six Weathered Clocks from thick white card.
Added hardware findings to the top of the canvas cut from greyboard for added dimension.
Colour each of the Weathered Clocks with salty ocean Distress Ink.
On the top Weathered Clock I also blended a touch of mowed lawn Distress Ink along with the salty ocean. Adhere all the Weathered Clocks together, giving wonderful dimension to the clock. Decide on the placement of the clock and then die cut "TIME TO CELEBRATE" from greyboard using the Block Talk Alphabet and adhere to the canvas. Remove the clock and then paint the canvas.
Apply salty ocean and mowed lawn Distress Ink to a non stick craft sheet and spritz with water.
Mop of the beads of ink with white card, continue this process until you are happy with the coverage and then stamp the Birthday Sketch image onto the card using black Archival Ink and cut out.
Apply Clear Rock Candy to the Weathered Clock, add a good thick coat.
Spritz the canvas with water and then paint with mowed lawn and salty ocean Distress Paints. Dry the paint with a heat tool to set and then apply more paint if necessary.
I would normally recomment a melt pot for melting Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel, however, on this occasion as I was only adding Ultra Thick to one piece I melted my enamel into an aluminium foil cake dish.
Add the hot enamel to the bottle cap, I used tweezers to hold the HOT dish.
I coloured the bottle cap with black soot and salty ocean Distress Paint so that it blended with my canvas.
I added the cake image to the centre of my clock adding the clock fingers to the centre of the cake. I also added a metal tag again painted with Distress Paints and added celebrate using label letters. For added interest and texture I also included some tiny clock parts which I coloured with Treasure Silver wax.
I added the wax over all the raised areas to highlight and also added a hitch fastener and ball chain, again to make my canvas more tactile. To raise the cake away from the Weathered Clock I added a piece of wood to the back of the cake painted with Distress Paint.
Treasure Silver wax has also been added to all the lettering adding a further layer of interest to my canvas.
To add definition to my canvas I added black soot Distress Paint to all the edges.
The Clear Rock Candy also adds wonderful texture to my Weathered Clock.
For more great ideas please pop over to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog and take a look at my fellow team members they have created some inspirational projects. Remember there is also the chance to win a $50 prize from Simon Says Stamp.  I always look forward to seeing your creations each week.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Tracy x x

Products Used:

Tim Holtz Alterations - Weathered Clock Die, Hardware Findings, Block Talk Alphabet
Tim Holtz Idea-Ology - Label Letters, Hitch Fasteners, Ball Chain
Tim Holtz Birthday Sketch Stamp
Wendy Vecchi White Embossing Paste
Crafter's Workshop Mini Tile Texture Template
Distress Inks - Mowed Lawn, Salty Ocean
Distress Paint - Mowed Lawn, Salty Ocean , Black Soot
Distress Crackle Paint Clear Rock Candy
Ink Blending Tool
Non-Stick Craft Sheet
Claudine Hellmuth Multi Matt Medium
Heat Tool
Clear Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel
Melt Pot
Bottle Cap
Prima Sunrise Sunset Vintage Trinkets
Prima Flowers Clock Parts Tiny Junkyard Findings
Paper Artsy Treasure Silver Wax



Jenny Marples said...

What a fantastic clock canvas! Love your ideas here Tracy. Hugs, Jenny x

Unknown said...

what a wow project and a fabulous step by step x

Unknown said...

what a wow project and a fabulous step by step x

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Tracy, Wow !! this canvas is stunning, loving the combination of colours and textures, stunning !!
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Julia Dunnit said...

cor, bet sSS will be delighted with this, it's lovely. Love the bottle cap and multi cut clock...and salty ocean has to be my fave colour so far, so it works utterly for me!

Candy C said...

Tracy...your canvas is beautiful! I love everything about it! Your choice of distress paint colors are really lovely on this piece. That dimensional weathered clock with the rock candy finish rocks! The cupcake clock in the center is too cute and a great idea. I also love your letters and a of the other embellishments you have added. The bottle cap clock is also a great touch! Hugs, Candy

Anna-Karin said...

Gorgeous canvas Tracy!! Love your dimensional clock, crackles, the fabulous UTEE clock, and all the wonderful textures. The silver adds a really nice touch.

Mona Pendleton said...

What a fabulous canvas Tracy! I love all the texture and detail! That timepiece is stunning! Thanks for sharing the creative process!

Carol Q said...

what a great combination of elements and techniques Tracy. I do like the way you layer up your die cuts and your cupcake in the middle of the clock is genius!

Michelle said...

Tracy, your work is always exquisite, and this is no exception. You are a very gifted woman. Thank you for sharing that gift.
And thank you for your warm and encouraging words. I'm so overwhelmed by the talent that this team possesses. And even more overwhelmed by how wonderful everyone has been. Thanks Tracy! You're the best!

Meihsia Liu said...

Wow... Tracy, this is such a fabulous project! I love the gorgeous texture and the wonderful color scheme you've created. Your tutorial is awesome! :)

Anonymous said...

Wonderful use of that cupcake stamp and I think the texture achieved is fabulous.

Brenda Brown said...

A fantastic work of art Tracy, the layered clock adds depth and dimension and I love the cupcake as part of it. The colours work beautifully with the whole piece.
hugs {brenda} x0x

Dianne said...

Time to witness the MAGIC, 6 die cut clocks layered on top brilliant and gorgeous, love the color they look fantastic on the canvas too, that little clock in the bottle cap looks freakin fabulous, thanks for sharing the magic, and you're right the DT at SS have some fantastic creations to see. Have a wonderful week..

Clare said...

Stunning, love the colours!!

Paula Whittaker said...

wow what a great all the detail that goes in to making this piece.

May said...

WOW...Love it, The tutorial is fantastic... The colours & the detail of this piece is outstanding... Simply Beautiful... Hugs May x x x

rachel said...

This is wonderful tracy. Love the tutorial. Fabulous x

hazel said...

A fabulous canvas, I love all the elements and textures especially the little cupcake in the middle of the clock.
xxx Hazel.

lisa said...

This is gorgeous, Tracy, just my colours. I had to laugh, I've been hunting all over for that die but it's discontinued now. I thought I'd managed to track it down at last but no, stock number was wrong and the company didn't have any. Just typical isn't it!!! Still, I have the stencil and that works brilliantly to cut out just takes a bit of time, there's always a way isn't there!
Hope all is good with you.
Hugs Lisax

2amscrapper said...

amazing card! I love the idea of two clocks together for dimension.

Andrea Ockey Parr said...

WOW with a capital W-O-W! I simply adore everything about this! And when I saw all the techniques involved, I was floored! Truly stunning and I loved the step by step instructions. I'm honored to be on the same design team as you and can't wait to see what you do next!

butterfly said...

Wonderful! I love the central layered clock, and that beautiful bottle cap one too... Fabulous background texture and the gilded lettering is gorgeous - a really fantastic make, Tracy.
Alison x

Sandra said...

Really pretty canvas, Tracy! Love the clock with the sweet cupcake in the middle. I love the colors! Hugs, Sandra

Lynn Stevens said...

Tracy your creativity is unsurpassed! What a great idea layering all those clock faces for added dimension and the clock is way cool too.
Doing some catching up. Off to see more of your fabulous creations.
Hugs Lynn

Tincan Crafter said...

I ofund your blog by accident and I was so glad that I did because I loved this project so much. My favourite part was the clock-face in the bottle cap. Thank you for sharing your amazing ideas and creativity and for the step-by-step instructions. I am going to subscribe. So excited to be following you!

Anonymous said...

SOOO beautifully clever!

Suzanne C said...

Brilliant birthday cupcake clock!! So clever and cool!

Anonymous said...

Hi Tracy, fantastic canvas, I love it. All the textures are fantastic. XXX