Sunday, 8 May 2011

CCM Spot 45 - Inchies

......inchies...?  Inchies...? What in the name of all that's crafty are INCHIES...?  
I heard you! LOL!   I said much the same thing myself when our team-mate Cazro came up with this mad theme!


Apparently, inchies are, as might seem logical, little inch squares on which one creates a mini-work of art.  And over at Crafty CardMakers this week, our lovely Cazro, demands no less than three of these little blighters on our projects.


So, much head-scratching and umming and aah-ing later, a lickle light-bulb went off in the Eiglas walnut....I mean brain and it came up with a small idea!


Ages and ages ago I bought some small ornamental Chinese coins and they came in two little divided trays. I've long since used the coins but I kept the lickle trays thinking, 'they're cute, they might serve a purpose one day'.... That was about 1825 days ago, so I'm glad I didn't hold my breath! LOL


Anyway......here it is!





What I did was......


I painted the trays roughly with gold paint. (I ran out of acrylic, so I made my own with a painting medium and gold powder.)
I then painted over this with Tim Holtz Distress Crackle paint in Picket Fence.
When this was dry, I wiped it over with a dry babywipe soaked in strong tea so the gold of the cracks was toned down a little and the white of the Picket Fence was aged a little.


Then I adhered a small hinge with Pinflair glue gel and a leaf ornament to the front.


When I was a child, I spent hours playing with my Mother's button-box, sorting them and tiding them (sad little child! LOL!) and these trays reminded me of that button-box as it was the same shape and had the same divisions so that decided what was going inside!


It had to be a selection of those same buttons I played with as a child! I kept my Mum's button-box and some of the buttons were quite old so these I used inside.


First I added a layer of Anna Griffin Clear Glass Finish and  a variety of micro-beads from Martha Stewart. Before it was dry, I pushed in the buttons.


Simples!


I may continue to add lickle bits over time and I look forward to having it displayed in my finally re-decorated hall in the Autumn!


Please pop over to CCM and have a look at the wonderful projects my clever teamies have come up with this week - they're amazing!


Hope you like it!
Hugs
Ei
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8 comments:

  1. You're so inventive, Ei! This is an amazing project.

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  2. This is brilliant, and what a great way to display those special buttons. xx

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  3. Ei this is fabulous! I have that lovely leaf clasp that you used on the lid. I bought it for a bracelet but it's way too weildy for that it would give the wearer wrist ache! Thanks for a great idea for using it.

    Lin xx

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  4. Oooh love this!!!! Lots of Cazro's girls are playing with us at AnnaBelle Stamps this week too~~~~~~~We love having you all along~~~~~We're only just down the road Pop in anytime!!!!!

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  5. Super creative take on the challenge! Looks pretty labor intensive! Beautifully done! Thanks so much for playing along with us at AnnaBelle Stamps!

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  6. What a super cute, inventive creation and a great take on the challenge!
    Thanks for sharing it with us this week :)
    Andrea

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  7. Oh wow!
    This is just stunning! I love it all! Your just so awesomely clever you are!
    Now why was I so scared to try this heee
    Hugs Melly xxx

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  8. just stunning and so unusual must have taken you ages
    great piece of work something different
    gill x

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