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Wednesday, 12 December 2012

Crafty Cardmakers #81 Our Final Challenge for 2012 – Inspired by a Song

I think I went a little mad at Crafty Cardmakers with our current and final challenge for 2012. I was sitting, as you do, at the pc and listening to music and Jim Croce’s ‘Time In A Bottle’ started playing and as I listened to the words it reminded me of all the Christmasses past when I had so many family around me, and of all the happy times and just what it would mean to me to be able to save time in a bottle to spend when, where or with whom I like. So I thought it would make a great final challenge for this year.

I would like you to click the link above for a listen, or read the lyrics below, and see if they can inspire you to create something a bit different to the normal Christmas challenges for this time of year. You could go with the entire sentiment of the song, pick out phrases, maybe make a scrapbook LO, something time related? I am sure you get the idea.

If I could save time in a bottle
The first thing that I'd like to do
Is to save every day
Till Eternity passes away
Just to spend them with you

If I could make days last forever
If words could make wishes come true
I'd save every day like a treasure and then,
Again, I would spend them with you

But there never seems to be enough time
To do the things you want to do
Once you find them
I've looked around enough to know
That you're the one I want to go
Through time with

If I had a box just for wishes
And dreams that had never come true
The box would be empty
Except for the memory
Of how they were answered by you

But there never seems to be enough time
To do the things you want to do
Once you find them
I've looked around enough to know
That you're the one I want to go
Through time with

Anyhow, I am in desperate need of a clock for my front room as I broke mine whilst packing to move, and have been so busy since I got here that I hadn’t had time to make one so this seemed the perfect excuse to get down and dirty and see what I could come up with.

CCM 81

I caved in and purchased a couple more PanPastel colours!!! I couldn’t help myself, since my experiment with the pure turquoise I was a goner, so I went for the Magenta, Violet, and Phtalo Blue too!

I started off by blending the PanPastels onto the clock base, until I was happy with the colour and then I placed a Tattered Angels Glimmer mask over the centre and used various TA Glimmer Mists to spray to leave the buttefly pattern on the clock base. Before I removed the mask I used a small paintbrush and removed the spray nozzle from some other TA Glimmer Mists and used it to paint the patterns inside the butterfly. The edges of the clock were stamped with various parts of a swirl stamp, and the sentiment was printed onto safmat, and is one of the phrases in the lyrics of the song.

I finished it off with a small floral embellishment on one corner.

This is my gift to me, along with the PanPastels (naughty Witch!)

I have to say that I originally did this on a bracket shaped clock, and I had it almost as I wanted it, but decided that the edges needed something a little extra, maybe some embossing. It was at that point I got really angry with myself as I overdid the embossing powder and it looked awful. There really was no way to rescue it so I attempted to trim the embossed part away but that made it look worse, so several hours of work ended up in the BIN!!!! Never has the phrase ‘there never seems to be enough time’ seemed quite so appropriate, lol

CCM 81 Fly

I am sorry that you cannot see the gorgeous shimmer on the butterfly and surrounding it, but the light conditions are not good, particularly as I now have a 6 foot tree blocking the natural light in my lounge and there is virtually no natural light in my other rooms!

CCM 81 Flower

I would love for you to show me what you can create over at Crafty Cardmakers and we have a fabulous prize offered by our lovely Kim which I am sure you will have a great deal of enjoyment using. So come on over and see if you would like to join in the fun.

I am entering this into the following challenges:-

Craft My Life – All Crafts Challenge #3

Crafty Bloggers – #6 Anything Goes

Di’s Digi Designs – Anything But a Card Christmas Creation

Glitter N Sparkle Challenge Blog – #10 Use Some Metal (My clock hands are metal!)

Great Impressions – December Challenge Anything Goes

Love To Create – #45 Anything Goes

PanPastel – #48 Song or Carol Title

Sugar Creek Hollow – #41 Stencils and Masks

Stamp Your Life – #1 Anything Goes

Stamps & Fun=Creativity – #129 No Christmas Card

Stamptacular Sunday – #193 Anything But A Card

Butterfly 2 Signature Lin


  1. Beautiful clock and I love how you did all the masking work!! Thanks for sharing with us at Love to Create Challenge!!

  2. fab project
    thanks for playing with us at stamptacular sunday this week

  3. A fantastic wall clock. Love the masking especially the gorgeous butterfly. Thank you for sharing your project with us at SCH as well.

  4. Gorgeous!!! Thanks for participating in our LOVE TO CREATE challenge!!

  5. This clock is stunning. I love it! Absolutely beautiful design and use of color. I have always loved that song to. What a wonderful heirloom you have created.

    Thank you so very much for playing with us in the Anything But a Card Gift Challenge at Stamptacular Sunday! So happy that you could join us this week.
    :) Pam

  6. omg.. I am LOVE, LOVE, LOVING this!! I want it!! :)
    What a great idea and the song, is fantastic hey!!
    Thanks so much for joining us this week at Glitter n Sparkle!! You've actually inspired me now!!
    Thanks, Toni - DT

  7. Absolutely gorgeous clock! and a really fab idea to make your own clock. Love the colors and the layout is fab. Love it!

    Thank you so much for sharing your creativity with us this week at Love to Create.
    Best of luck and we'd love to have you visit again!

    Love to Create Design Team Member

  8. this is so PRETTY!!!!
    Thanks so much for joining us for our first challenge on Stamp Your Life, hope to see you for our next challenge in January

  9. Beautiful!
    Thanks for playing with us at SFC!
    xxx Andrea

  10. Wow this is so pretty and beautifully soft colours. Really elegant. A fantastic replacement clock that you would not be able to buy.

    Thank you so much for joining us at the Crafters Bloggers Network Challenge
    (CBN DT)

  11. Such a pretty project and your song choice is just perfect, thanks for joining in at PanPastel UK.

  12. great clock its stunning thanks for joining us at glitter n sparkle and good luck emma xx

  13. What a gorgeous the masking of the butterfly and the colors, Yum! Merry Christmas to you and don't feel bad about treating yourself as you kind of treated us all by sharing your clock.
    Thanks for sharing with us at Sugar Creek Hollow.

    Patti SCH/DT

  14. This is so beautiful, thanks for joining us at Love to Create. xxx

  15. Lin, what a beautiful clock! I know what you mean by over doing it...this project has just enough! :)

    Thank you for sharing with us at Great Impressions Stamps!

    Happy Holidays!

  16. Well, you are a 'crafty' witch to make yourself such a lovely gifty! I LOVE that song, it was popular when I was in high school (yikes) and I was so sad when he passed. He definitely had a way with words and music. Happy Holidays to you. Thanks for sharing with us at Great Impressions! ♥ Sue Kment

  17. Such a beautiful creation, and I love the colors you used.
    Have a wonderful weekend, and Happy Holidays!

  18. This really is inspiring and a gorgeous piece Lin! I would love to feature you on my blog, will return when you are showcased :-) Thank you so much for joining me for my All Crafts Challenge-I hope you will join me again soon :-) Elaine-xxx-

  19. A really gorgeous project! The butterfly is beautiful. Thankyou for joining us at Crafty Bloggers Network

    Geraldine M
    CBN DT


    Youve been featured lovely :-) Elaine-xxx-

  21. Hi Lin :)
    I saw this on Elaine's blog and thought it was so pretty- bet the shimmer makes it even more so!!- gorgeous colours and I really like that butterfly!! :) I haven't tried Pan Pastels yet... but I won't think about all the good things I've heard about them too much- can' t afford to start another collection atm!! Lol
    hugs, Rachel x


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