Friday 3 March 2017

All Aboard- A Vintage Journey March 2017 Challenge

Hi Everyone and Welcome

Hope you've all doing good and have had a great week.
Today we launch our new Challenge over at A Vintage Journey. Lovely Brenda is our host this month and her chosen challenge is
and here's what Brenda has to say
'Come join in our All Aboard Challenge where you can choose what you want to step on board with and although we still need to see you working with the styles and genres listed in the banner at the top of the page you can choose whether you share a card, some altered art, a journal page, a painting. infact whatever you fancy but with no theme to follow . Lets have some fun , share our current creations and enjoy the informal feel of our birthday celebrations.'

To celebrate our birthday and the passing of time since A Vintage Journey began 3 years ago I have created a fully functional faux metal clock.
The body of the clock is created using Eileen Hull Box Square (ATB) die with mountboard. Once die cut, all pieces were primed with gesso and painted with Tim Holtz Distress paint.
The Mirror board panels were cut to fit each of the sides (including top and bottom) of the ATB. The panels were then altered using one of Tim Holtz new release Texture fade - Numeric and Tim's painted industrial technique. 3 of the panels were placed in one area of the embossing folder, 3 in a different area to achieve a variation in pattern .
A close up of the emboss -Just love the result!
The embossed panels were adhered to the ATB pieces and before assembling the ATB a hole was punched out of the centre of what would be the face of the clock. This would allow for the clock mechanism to be fitted securely.
The 'lid' of the ATB was left so it would open and close to allow for easy access to fit and replace the battery when needed. The internal area could also be used to store spare batteries or any other 'bits' you may want to keep safe.
The clock face was created using Tim Holtz Gadget Gears Bigz die, greyboard, mirror board , distress paint and Texture fade emboss folder - Numeric .
Chunky Inconal hex nuts were used for feet
and one of Tim Holtz Ideology Faucet knobs was adhered to a Iconal hex nut to create a knob/ handle
which would enable the 'lid' of the clock to be opened and closed with greater ease.
(see the video- but please excuse the lack of video professionalism - I'm still in training!!)
Then it was just a case of cutting the hands down to size, fitting them in place and of course making sure the clock works......
Is there a low pitched tick tock? Does the second hand move?
Yay! There is and it does .
(apologies again for the lack of video professionalism)
I really enjoyed making this clock
and I hope I have some inspiration for you to go and have fun with your creativity and join us in our birthday challenge. We always love seeing what you create and appreciate your entries.
At the end of the challenge there will be one lucky winner chosen by Random Org who will receive our Sponsors prize which this month is a £20 voucher to spend at Country View Crafts.
The Creative Guides will also choose 3 Pinworthy winners who will not only win a Pinworthy badge to display on their blog but will also be invited to join us as a Guest Designer for a future challenge
If you haven't already be sure to pop by A Vintage Journey to view some of my fellow Creative Guides projects . There really are some fabulous -not to be missed -creations to be seen! 

Thank you so much for stopping by today .
Your visits, comments and follows are very much appreciated .
Wishing you all a lovely weekend
Take care

'Know the true value of time; snatch, seize, and enjoy every moment of it. No idleness, no laziness, no procrastination: never put off till tomorrow what you can do today- TIME is Precious!'


  1. What a great piece for this challenge Amanda. What says birthday like the passage of time. I love the details and the bolts on the bottom for the feet is so clever. Great job! S@ndy xx

  2. So, so clever Amanda, I absolutely adore how you put this together and brilliant that it is fully functional as well. The grungy metal and black are such a dramatic colour combo, and the textures just really make this stand out from the crowd, - super!

  3. Totally fabulous idea here Amanda and I love the amazing details on your clock

    Thank you for sharing the step by step
    Happy AVJ Birthday
    Annie xx

  4. What a fantastic industrial make, Amanda - those deeply embossed metallic numbers are so cool, and the distressed finish looks fantastic. Brilliant idea to create a clock to count the passing of the days and years... a fabulous anniversary celebration.
    Alison x

  5. What an incredible celebratory clock and such a brilliant idea for our third birthday Amanda, it's perfect and thank you for being such a fabulously supportive and helpful Creative Guide and for consistently sharing such amazing projects on our wonderful creative journey we all share at AVJ. Huge hugs xxx

  6. Love your idea of a celebratory faux working clock . The embossing is gorgeous and I love how the Paint sits in all the detail. Well done on your video too. Big hugs. Tracy x

  7. Oh Amanda, this is so perfectly "you" and I just love it! You are one smart cookie to bake up a real working clock in perfect vintage steampunk style! A brilliant way to celebrate a birthday! Amazing, my friend. Hugs, Autumn

  8. I just love that you used an ATB to create a clock Amanda, it is quite simply FAB-U-LOUS and such a wonderful way to celebrate our 3 years at AVJ. Love all the details and your videos are excellent! Hugs, Anne xx

  9. Love the industrial feel of this.

  10. Wow Amanda! LOVE your industrial clock! the embossed sides are wonderful - and the big bolts make perfect feet! Such a clever and creative design! What a great project to celebrate AVJ's 3rd year! Julia xx

  11. Ah Amanda - another stunning creation - great idea, beautifully executed. xx

  12. Just WOW! I'm left speechless once again with such an amazing project made by your talented hands! I love the numbered panels and using the cogs for a clock face and hex nuts as feet is so darn clever! Very, very cool project! Thank you so much for your tremendous inspiration at A Vintage Journey! Hugs!

  13. Sara said it with; 'Just Wow!'
    ...... WOW!
    Hugs from Poppy and me, good to see you in Craft Stamper ;) xx

  14. fantastic project x wonderfulx hugs x

  15. This is wonderful Amanda and I am in awe that you created a working clock, well done you! Amazing patina and depth on those wonderful numeric panels and love the feet, brilliant idea! Thanks so much for sharing it, Deb xo

  16. This is fabulous!!!!!!!!! Love everything about it!!!

  17. This is Amazing! I love this box!!!

  18. Very creative use of the box die. And the embossed result is superb.

  19. Simply brilliant!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! love everything about it

  20. AMAZING as always LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your brilliant clock XXxxx

  21. Wonderful and clever industrial make!!! Fab work as always Amanda! Love so much the folder you used! Great effect! barbara

  22. This is so cool Amanda! Adding a timepiece to that block is wonderful and I love the industrial embossed numbers xx


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