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Monday 22 August 2016

CCM 171 By Or Under The Sea

Good morning and Happy Monday. Did everyone enjoy the Olympic Games? I am so proud of our Great Britain team. We even outdid our performances from the home games in 2012. Congratulations to all the medallists, and better luck next time for the ‘near misses’.

Right over to our challenge at Crafty Cardmakers, which this time is being hosted by Bec, By or Under the Sea.

We are delighted to be sponsored for this challenge by Woodware Craft Collection with a fabulous £12 voucher for our winner.

Apologies this is picture heavy!

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My Under the Sea is a bathroom cabinet that I purchased from my local recycling centre (or The Tip as we like to call it) for just £2. It started off as the most awful dark mahogany colour and boy did it take some sanding down to get it to the stage where I could even consider painting it. Ignore the ‘false’ mirror, but the reflection of the camera wasn’t exactly enhancing the pic so I photoshopped in a pretend mirror over the real one.

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Unfortunately I forget to take a pic before I started work but this one is after about three hours of sanding!

I mixed some emulsion to get an aquatic type colour and having gessoed it first I painted with the new colour. It was still a little too bright though so I dry brushed in some white paint to tone it down a little.

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This was actually finished in two stages, because my ME got really bad half way through and I pushed it to one side and didn’t get round to finishing it until I saw this challenge was due to be published so I cracked on at that point and finished it. However, when I started it, I only had a couple of underwater type stencils and a set of Magnolia dies which were ocean/underwater themed.

I textured pasted a mermaid and also bubbles through stencils. No idea where the mermaid stencil came from but the bubbles stencil is actually called Wave and is by Dutch Doobadoo. I also made my own embellishments from the Magnolia dies, and the tiny turtles which was a turtle border die, which I die cut several times and then layered up before painting.

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As you can see from the pic below, I moved things around before I was happy with where they all were, and before finally sticking them down, I painted them with Maya Gold paint, and also painted the mermaid and dry brushed some maya gold onto the top of the bubbles to give them a bit more definition. It was at this point it got pushed to one side and forgotten.

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Then the Heartfelt Under The Sea collection was released and I just knew I had to use it. I couldn’t face starting again, but hope that the addition of the Heartfelt pieces enhances it!

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I took a couple of sheets from the paper pad and stuck them inside the cabinet, adding extra diecut fish to the background.

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Before I stuck anything down, I placed various pieces to see if I liked them

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But I decided there were too many, and also it needed bubbles to match the front. After I stuck it all down I sprinkled Glamour Dust over the fish, you can just see some of the twinkles in the pic below, but in real life it’s must more twinkly.

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and the other side

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Before I put it all back together I gave it several coats of Plasti-Kote satin transparent paint spray, because obviously going into a bathroom it will have to deal with a lot of steam and I wanted to make sure that all those lovely paper pieces didn’t just fall to pieces in the heat and steam. Word of warning, if you go down that route yourself……. do it outside, the fumes and smell nearly choked me and Poppy dog.

Finally a view inside with everything re-assembled and the shelf in place. Can you spot the non deliberate error? Yep, I forgot to measure where the shelf was going to be so I could hide the join in the two different sheets of paper! Ooops

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As you can just see above. I stamped a gorgeous little Stampendous sentiment at the front of the cabinet. Near the sea We forget to count the days. I love this sentiment because it’s exactly how being near the sea makes me feel.

And here it is in more close up

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Looking at it from the left, this is the view on entering my bathroom, well not quite. This is on top of my cooker at the moment, but after it has sat outside for a few days to get rid of the smell from hell, it’s the lefthand side you will see more of as you enter the bathroom.

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Sadly it wasn’t until it was all re-assembled I realised that I should have tried to find a way to remove the mirror before sanding down as you can see, at this angle, the reflection of the dark mahogany areas I was unable to reach with the sander! I may have to see if I can sort that out over the coming days. I also had to die the knob as I forgot to get a new one and the original one was bright white and stuck out like a sore thumb.

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And finally the view from the right. By the way, my Daughter informs me I should have cleaned the mirror before taking a photo! But it took me so long to get a pic from the side that didn’t show the mess reflected in it, that a couple of finger prints are neither here nor there!

I am entering this into:- (way too many! but this has taken me ages, so I am showing off!)

Alphabet Challenge - M For Mythical (the Mermaid)
Altered Eclectics - Aug: Anything Goes
Bastel-traum - #44 Mask/Stencil/Die Cutting
Classic Design Team Open Challenge - #05 Anything Goes
Crafting Musketeers - #40 Anything But a Card
Crafty Boots - Anything But a Card
Crafty Hazlenut’s Patt Paper - Aug: Anything Goes
Deep Ocean Challenge - #135 Seaside/Beach
Delicious Doodles - Aug: All Creatures Great and Small
Ellibelles Creative Moments - Critters and Creatures Linky Party 6
Fantasy Crafters - #2 Aug: Anything Fantasty Goes
Fantasy Stampers - #69 At The Beach
If You Gave A Crafter A Cookie - #50 Photo Inspiration
Little Red Wagon - #355 Surf’s Up
Love To Create - #17 Anything Mixed Media Goes
Make My Monday - #28 Photo Inspiration
Melonheadz Friendz - Use Diecuts and/or punches
Mixed Media World - #17 Summer/Sea/Nautical
Morgan’s Art World - #17 Anything But A Card
Not Just Cards - #35 Aug: Anything Goes
Pile It On - #115 Die Cut Embellishments
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Go Fish
Sparkle N Sprinkle - Aug: Anything Goes with loose glitter ( I promise it is there, please read post!)
The Crafty Addicts - #22 Use Die Cuts
The House That Stamps Built WIW Photo Challenge - A1716 a1716
Worldwide Open Design Team Challenge - Aug: Anything Goes

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  1. Wow! Oh! Wow! Stunning up cycling, I love your methodical patience in designing your project. A wonderful interpretation which is perfect for our challenge. Hope your well. Thanks for sharing your cabinet with us at Make My Monday. Caz DT.

  2. Wow wow wow what a lovely project,must of taking you ages,beautiful piece of art,something different,love it thank you for joining in with us at world wide open and good luck

  3. wow!this is a masterpiece!
    thank you so much for playing along with us at make my monday-challenge!

    Hugs and kisses from germany,

  4. What a fantastic project. Love all the amazing details, and I enjoyed reading about the process. Thank you for joining us at If You Give a Crafter a Cookie. Sandy/Cookie DT

  5. Wow what a transformation, brilliant work, well done and so fabulously illustrated on your blog too. Love it.
    Thank you for sharing with us over here at Classic Design Team Open Challenge and best of luck with your entry.
    [Annette Registered Owner/Admin for Classic Design Team Challenge]

  6. Back again, and again super great work.
    Thank you for sharing with us here today at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Annette DT Registered Owners/Admin for World Wide Open Design Team Challenge

  7. Hi Lin, such a gorgeous box. Have a great week, Angela x

  8. Awesome project Lin. Love all the little sea creatures and bubbles. You did a fabulous job on this cabinet. Thanks for sharing with us at The Crafty Addicts and we hope to see you again soon. Hugs, Gale DT

  9. Wow, wow, wow!! This is amazing!! You put sooooo much time and effort into it. Fabulous! Thanks for playing with The House That Stamps Built.

  10. WOW!!! What a wonderful transformation! Love it. Thanks so much for joining us this week at Little Red Wagon!

  11. So awesome. I love this project and you recycle that cabinet into something so totally fabulous. Love it! Thanks so much for joining us this time at the Pile it On Challenge, Elizabeth (DT)

  12. Wow, this is probably the best bit of re-cycling I have seen in this context, you must be so pleased with yourself. Your design is fabulous and I love the colour and the oh so cute images, wonderful. Thank you for sharing your work with all of us at Crafty Boot Challenges.


  13. WOW, this is amazing. Having read what you had to do to get to the gorgeous results, it's delightfully SEAWORTHY!

    So glad you could join us at Morgan's ArtWorld.

  14. Wow Lin!! What a beautiful project. Stunning. The details are so stunning. Have a wonderful week crafting. Judy

  15. Hi Lin - this cabinet is simply stunning!!!!!!! I love everything, but especially the bubbles running up the sides of the mirror.
    Hugs, Helen x

  16. What a cool project! Thanks for joining us at Melonheadz Friends.

  17. Beautifully done! Love how your mirrored front works so perfectly with our challenge this week! Thanks for joining us at The House that Stamps Built!

  18. What an awesome project you have finished - sounds like you really put a lot of thought and work into it,but oh what an inspiration. Thank you for joining us at The House of Cards challenge this week. Shirley H.

  19. You never cease to AMAZE me how talented you are. This is one stunning piece of work. So many beautiful elements added. I just can't stop looking at it ALL! You sure rocked this challenge Lin.

  20. Wonderful project!

    Thank you for sharing with us over here today at the Classic Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Carla DT

  21. Wow!!!!! What a work! This is really great!
    Thanks for joining us at Basteltraum.

  22. Wow! Your cabinet is a stunning piece of upcycling. Wonderful applicdaiton of elements, such perfect details. A treasure to behold.Thanks for sharing with us at Fantasy Stampers. Caz DT.

  23. Awesome work Lin, you must have a lot of patience:O)! I love it, who would not, big sigh of envy.

  24. Wow Lin this is fabulous so much work in this. Wish I had your patience!

    Bec xx

  25. Wow, what an amazing project!! So much work, but totally worth it. I love the colourful fish, beautiful finish and wonderful bubbles. Thank you so much for going fishing with us this week at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog!!

  26. What a terrific transformation and so worth all that sanding. The bubbles look fab. Thanks for joining in at Crafty Boots Challenges this time.

  27. Wooow, what an awesome work!!! It looks amazing, my friend!! Thanks for sharing your project with!! Hugs, Tina

  28. Great project love it thank you for joining us at Delicious Doodles Challenge Sue DT x

  29. Just gorgeous!
    Thank you for sharing with us over here today at the Classic Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Veronique DT for

  30. Stunning workmanshop Lin, I love your visual tutorial, greatly admire the work involved. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Make My Monday. Caz DT.

  31. WOW what a stunning cabinet! I love all of the sea creatures and fabulous air bubbles! Thanks for joining us at Alphabet Challenge Blog.
    Tammy x

  32. I LOVE projects and yours is just amazing! So much to love about it--your color choice and fish and those bubbles! Just brilliant. I'd say all the time and effort you expended resulted in a beautiful piece of art. Bravo! Hugs, Kathy

  33. A fabulous creation and great use of patterned papers too. Thank you for joining us at Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge.
    Kath x

  34. This is sooooo pretty. love it! Thank you for playing along at altered Eclectics this month. Sammy-x

  35. So many amazing details here Lin, love all the underwater creatures.
    Thanks so much for sharing!

    Critters & Creatures Linky Party
    Let's color Linky Party

  36. Hi Lin,

    Thought you would like to know that you have been Placed in the Crafty Boots 'Anything but a Card' Challenge. Many congratulations.

    We are offering the winner and both runners up from this challenge Guest Design Team spots for the Crafty Boots challenge that starts on 10 October. Please contact me at if you would like more information about participating in this new challenge.

    Do not forget to collect a copy of the Crafty Boots Challenge Top Three badge from our blog.

    Kindest regards.



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