Friday, 20 January 2012

Altered Sardine Can Winter Wonderland

OK I'm running really late posting my Delicious Doodles Challenge project. I'm not really sure where this week has gone, but I'm almost certain that I've missed a huge chunk of it!

Anyway, the challenge this week is Winter Wonderland. Now, I should've used this an excuse to start on next years Christmas cards, but I'm soooo fed up of Christmas cards at the moment that I just couldn't face making one. So I thought I'd use it as an excuse to make a Christmas Ornament - how I wish I hadn't!!!!  The whole project has been a complete nightmare from start to finish. However, I think the main problem has been that I didn't allow myself enough time and so became impatient and you know what happens then! With hindsight I could've made a winter Birthday card, but you know me why make life easy for myself when I can complicate things!!!

Anyhow, here's my project - what do you think??? There are a couple of things I'd do differently next time, but on the whole I think I'm fairly pleased with it!

I took an old sardine can and flattened the edges with pliers to reduce the risk of injury to myself or others. I then coated the outside in a layer of texture paste. Whilst waiting for it to dry, I printed out the background image, cut it to size and glittered it up. Once the outside was dry I placed the image inside the tin and then added more texture paste. The Robin and Holly images were coloured with Promarkers and Prismacolor Pencils before being fancy cut and mounted onto the tin. Unfortunately, the camera hasn't picked up all the sparkle on this project, but I think you can just about see it on the picture below.

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you all have a fab weekend.

Claire x

Robin Redbreast, Holly and A Crofters Winter - Delicious Doodles
Prismacolor Pencils
Texture Paste
Sardine Tin
Glamour Dust

I'd like to enter this project into the following challenges:
Crafty Purple Frog - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp and Show - Anything but a card
Moving Along With The Times - Things with wings
ABC Christmas Challenge - Anything goes
The House That Stamps Built - Scenic Challenge with snow (Repeat Impressions DCC118 Designer’s Choice Challenge)
I ♥ ProMarkers - Anything goes
PanPastel UK - Anything goes
Little Claire's - Anything but a card


  1. I think it looks really great, shame you encountered so many problems making it. It'll need some very careful storing though. Good luck with the challenges. OOh, whats that phone codey thing (forgot what its called) top right, about?

  2. Wow what a amazing project thanks for sharing it with us at PanPastel Uk.

    Kerry DT Leader

  3. It looks wonderful, well worth the gnashing of teeth, thank you for joining us at I♥Promarkers this week
    Ruth x

  4. So beautiful your project become even tho you hit some problem during making it. One can´t tell from looking at it anyway. :)
    hugs Sandra

  5. I think it wonderful! A couple dozen more and some lights and you would have one gorgeous Christmas tree!

  6. Wow what a masterpiece, a fabulous project

  7. I can't believe this was an old sardine can!!! What a cool project! I love your little wintry scene and the beautiful robin perched on the holly branch. This is just adorable! Way to think outside the! :) Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show! <3 Candy

  8. Hello Claire!

    That day stealer has been in operation throughout the South, he's been here too!

    What poor sausage had to eat sardines?! Oooh the bones!! However, suffering for art was really worth it with your beautiful little wintery scene! The sparkle is beautiful and I can only imagine how much work this took you!

    Have a super weekend - 2 whole days worth just incase he tries to re-appear!

    Keryn x

  9. Eeeuwww, I hate sardines! Love the project though, what a great idea! Hope you washed out that tin??!! LOL xx

  10. Love it - the robin is brilliant - great idea - unfortunately no one like sardines here any ideas for bean tins???? lol xx

  11. Debbie D (Padster) how about my 40th Birthday Tin?

  12. wow that's just sooo cute

  13. This is amazing!!!!! I love it, your so talented!

  14. Wow! this is such a fantastic project and a brilliant idea, I love that you have recycled and it looks gorgeous. Thank you for joining in with the PanPastel challenge blog
    Lindsay xx

  15. Wow that is stunning, who would have thought of altering a Sardine can! beautiful project

  16. Wow Claire, its amazing what you can do with an old sardine can!! Absolutely amazing!! Thanks so much for joining in with my challenge at MAWTT this week, good luck! Pami x

  17. Wow! what a gorgeous design Claire! The robin looks fab on the holly branch and I love the way you've made the sparkly snow! it looks amazing!
    Thanks for joining us at MAWTT and Good Luck in the Challenge!
    Hugs Sue xx

  18. oh gosh Hun this is just super,just love this to bits its one super design Hun just brilliant work love that snow hugs Cherylxxxx

  19. What a great project! Thanks for sharing with us at The House That Stamps Built!

  20. Claire, I love the originality and creativity in this project. It is beautifully made and a delight to the eyes, I think you should make lots more. Thanks so much for linking it to the PanPastel UK 'Anything Goes' challenge this week.
    luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox

  21. You are so creative, this is absolutely beautiful x

  22. Awesome creation sweetie sooooo love what you have done with this tin.

    Lotsa hugs Vicky xxx

  23. This is a wonderful project. And it is so nice for the cold months of the year.

    Thanks for joining the monthly Little Claire challenge. x

  24. I absoloutely LOVE this beautiful little can of yours. Fantastic idea and a super gift idea. I think i want to make some myselfe.
    Love all the glittere and this texture paste.. Can i ask where you have bought it and the brand?

    Hugs from Renate

  25. Fantastic project! I love your idea and the result is gorgeous! Thanks for joining us at the ABC Christmas Challenge and good luck! Delphine xx

  26. Oh! WOW!!! Claire, this is so amazing. Thanks for joining us at Little Claire's.

    Donna x

  27. Beautiful ... What a great idea! Thank you for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show ... we hope to see you again soon.

  28. What a great project! So cute! Thanks for playing along with the ABC Christmas Challenges. We will have a new one on Wednesday - we hope you will play along again.
    Weekly Candy at

  29. Hi sweetie me aain just wanted to say thank you sooooooo much for your lovely comment it meant a lot lol.....& made me chuckle. mmwah hun.

    Lotsa hugs Vicky xxx

  30. WOW this is just gorgeous - really unique I love it!
    Thank you for joining in at MAWTT this week and good luck with Pami's Things With Wings challenge
    Hugs Laurie x

  31. AWESOME - this is soooo lovely. Wonderful idea and I absolutely LUV it :-D xxxxxxxxxxxx

  32. A stunning and beautiful project. Fabulous. Thank you for joining Little Claire in our latest blog challenge. xxGaynor LCDT

  33. What a lovely transformation from a fish tin. Thank you for taking part in the Crafty Purple Frog Challenge this fortnight and I wish you the best of luck in the draw. Best wishes, Kym (The Crafty Purple Frog Design Team Member) xxx

  34. OMGoodnes girl this is awesome, just love it, clever you


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