Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Compendium of Curiousities - The Assemblage Clock

Hi Everyone,

We are home from our travels - had a great time and saw some amazing things but - there is no place like home.  I'm so happy to be here and working in my studio again.

The lovely Linda Ledbetter is continuing to host the Compendium of Curiosities Challenge over at her blog, you can see it here.  The Curiosity Crew has made some fantastic items with the main theme being Halloween and Christmas.  I know it seems early to be thinking about these holidays but they will be here before we know it.  We are up to Challenge 10 and I was very excited to see that this time around the choice is the Assemblage Clock.  This is my favorite of all the great products that are featured in Tim's new book.  We are to use the clock for this challenge but after that, no rules.  I am hoping to win one of the great prizes, one from The Funkie Junkie Boutique and another from Tim and Mario.

The challenge over at Inspiration Journal is a fall theme and nothing says Fall like Halloween.  I will be adding my link there for sure.

Here is what I have to offer you!   Hope you like it.

I started out with the clock of course, I removed the back as well as the glass.  I covered the entire thing with gesso.

I knew I wanted a purple-ish blue but didn't have the colors I wanted so had to make it up as I went along.  I tried spraying it with "Afternoon Delight Denim" for Lindy's Stamp Gang but it was too blue so I said to myself "self" why not try some Alcohol Ink?  I squeezed some Eggplant Alcohol Ink directly on top of the blue and then spread it around with a foam brush.  Don't ya just love when a "happy accident" occurs?  It was perfect. The blue showed through the purple just enough.

I cut a circle from velum the same size as the back of the clock and then added some Mustard Seed DI on the edges.

I decided that I could make this project good for three challenges so made some leaves using the method that Tim challenged us to.  You can see how he made his butterflies here.

I colored my glossy cardstock with different colors of Alcohol Inks and then used the Autumn Gatherings die to cut out my leaves.  Since I hate white edges on things, I colored all the leaf  edges with a Distress Marker.  Rather tedious!!

I cut out my haunted house from a Cottage Cutz die and the Branch Tree from Tim and Sizzix,   I made the bow from Crinkle Ribbon that I died with a combination of Wild Honey and Squeezed Lemonade DI.  I cut the spider from the Candlelight Fright die and added some rhinestones.  I cut some cobwebs with the stripe die from Sizzix.

After assembling all the components I felt I needed just a little something more so cut some pumpkins from Honey Pop Paper to give some dimension.

Here's hoping a "happy accident" happens to you.



  1. A very happy accident indeed! I love that blue/purple case as it really makes your autumn assemblage pop perfectly. The spooky spider looks great sat on his orange bow too. Jenny x

  2. Oh sandy...A fabulous Halloween arrangement...I love how your Autumn leaves spill out and your little pumpkins are fantastic!..

  3. Love your midnight blue on the outside, a perfect happy accident. It suits your Halloween style perfectly and your leaves, foliage and pumpkins are super.
    Julie x

  4. Fabulous Halloween clock Sandy, great colours and autumnal elements, the spider is such a great touch! Love those little pumpkins too!!

  5. Sandy what a fresh vibrant clock. All those wonderful fall the blue on outside. The pumpkins are so adorable. Karen.x

  6. The blue was a great accident! I love accident when crafting, except if I drop and break something or spill a container of microbeads, of course! This blue is perfect! Love your clock and all the details you've added!

  7. A beautiful autumnal themed alteration... love all those little details and elements you added... Thanks for playing along with the CC3 Challenge and hope to see you again soon x

  8. LOVE your themed clock! The pumpkins are wonderful! Love all the color too! Thank you so much for joining us in the Assemblage Clock challenge at CC3Challenge!!!

  9. A great happy accident I would say! I love the gorgeous colour on the base clock and all the wonderful elements you added - and the pumpkins are amazing!

    Thanks so much for joining us at Inspiration Journal too S@ndy! Anne xx

  10. Inside, outside and all around your clock is so festive! Love it!

  11. Such a fun assemblage clock! Love the fall theme and the fun! Thanks for sharing with us at CC3C!

  12. Love the Halloween/fall theme too and it's altered beautifully. :-)

  13. Sandy what a great altered clock you shared with us. You made a fab job on this. LOVE your vibrant colors. Really reminding of autumn !!!
    Thanks for sharing your creativity. And a lovely tutorial too !!
    Hugs from Spain... Monica

  14. Fabulous, Sandy! What a great idea and love the colors. I hearted it and you are getting hits - hope they help.


  15. Sandy...your clock is so cute! I love the little die cut leaves! Edging them with Distress Markers is a royal pain but worth it in the long run! They are darling! I also really like your clock surface. What a neat eerie color! The Eggplant Alcohol Ink really gives such a cool, eerie glow to the blue. Love it! Great "Happy Accident". Your little die cut scene on the interior is really cute and I love the addition of the honeycomb pumpkin arrangement in the front! Thanks for sharing your art with us at CC3C. <3 Candy

  16. Oh my goodness, I love this! Makes me wish I had one of these clock on hand!
    Thanks for joining us in the the Inspiration Journal monthly challenge!

  17. Oh My, this is absolutely AMAZING!!! Love all those details - I keep seeing new things every time I look! Perfect fall themed project too! Thanks so much for playing with us at the Inspiration Journal Challenge! /Karin


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