Thursday 7 June 2012

You'll never guess who I'm GDT for!!!

Well have you guessed - I bet not!!! LOL

Only STAMPOTIQUE!!! Yep you heard right Stampotique!!! Shocked huh?? But not as shocked as I was!

I really don't know how I've contained my excitement and nerves for this GDT as it's completely out of my normal zone, but I have had a blast and will definitely be incorporating their stamps in more of my makes! I'm still a little (OK well a lot) surprised that they invited me, so I hope that I can rely on your support over the next month cos I kinda feel a little teency bit intimidated by the uber talented designers they have over there! Pop onto to the designers blog to check out some of the work.

For my first project  I thought I'd make an acetate exploding box, but it didn't quite pan out as I'd planned and I'm not entirely sure that there's an easy answer. If anyone who reads this post has managed to make a box without the problems I've encountered, please do let me know where I went wrong!!!

As you can see from my photo the box only opens on two sides. I tried a full explosion, but the walls went wildly out of shape, so I thought the solution would be to give it more stability by making the explosion on two sides only. It kind of worked but still isn't 100% as I would like it!! However, this was a "happy accident" for me, as I actually think I prefer it to a full explosion as it gives me far more scope for scene building!!

The next problem was trialing the caught in crystal technique using floor polish which I personally don't think is as successful as using glue! The alcohol inks don't spread as effectively and the solution struggled to contain glitters, plus it was really, really messy. However, I did make a discovery from this experiment which I'll share on another day, so again, it's not all bad!!!

So in summary, an all acetate exploding box is going to be a no, no for future projects. As is using floor polish to create the caught in crystal panels! So with the wondrous thing that is hindsight, I'll use black card for the box base and the caught in crystal acetate panels will be created using glue!

Anyway, lets move onto the things that did go right! :D The scene in the middle was created using the image Smushasha by Daniel Torrente and Cloud Clay covered in modelling paste and spray inks for the rock. I stamped the acetate panels with the image Daisy Daisy by Jo Capper-Sandon, coloured them with Metallic Promarkers and then placed a tiny pearl in the centre of each one. The text is also by Jo Capper-Sandon and can be found here. I then used a tiny flower punch to create the flowers on the rock and glued them to some cake decorating wire that I twirled around my pokey tool.

Well I think that's about it from me today, if you've got this far I'm impressed!! :D So all that's left to say is "Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you've enjoyed your visit!" I'll be back on Friday with another project.

Claire xxx

I'd like to enter this project into the following challenges:
Just Keep On Creating - Anything goes
Papertake Weekly - Anything goes
Hooked On Crafts - All that glitters
Make It Monday - Anything goes
Smudgy Antics - Anything goes
Catch the bug - Anything goes
Crafty Mess - Fantasy
The Secret Crafter - Anything goes
Simon Says Stamp & Show - Texture


  1. Hi Claire hun,
    Sorry I've not been around in a while - still watching your every move though!! LOL
    Wow, this is stunning. I love how your "fix" worked - nobody would ever know that it was meant to be a full exploding box - should have kept that to yourself and claimed it as a new take on an old trick!!! (Note for next time eh??)
    I love the colours you've used and the technique - I'm not brave enough to try anything quite so involved!! I love the image and your colouring. All in all - a fantastic project - and I read it all!!
    Take care hunni
    Dawn xx

  2. Congrats on your GDT Claire. This is just gorgeous,fab

  3. Really excited that you are the GDT!

    This is fabulous Claire. Only you would be mad enough to tackle an acetate exploding box. You pulled this off brilliantly, the colours look fantastic. (will you bring it with you please next time I see you as I bet its even more amazing in RL)

    Jo x

  4. oh wow Hun this is fantastic gosh the detail on this is just amazing only you could,do something like this Hun,just perfection,you are so so talented love it hugs Cherylxxxxx

  5. WOW WEE Claire you go girl what a great honour to be invited onto The Stampotique blog as GDT!!!!!! No wonder you have been so excited and wow what a fabulous creation it just looks wonderful and so much fab detail!

    Love these stamps too but they are so from my comfort zone that they don't appear very often mainly just to look at!! lol

    Thanks for sharing this Claire its wonderful and must have taken you ages to create will have my eyes peeled for your next work of art!!!!

    Love Chanelle xxx

  6. Love your exploding box, Claire! Great to use acetate.

  7. Wow Claire, absolutely fantastic! I love all of your exploding boxes but this one is exceptional! Congrats on the GDT!

  8. Congratulations on the GDT, you always do great stuff so you will rock it! Loving this creation, despite your misgivings. The colours are great and I love the way she is sitting on the rock.

  9. Well done, you - your box project looks fab-u-lous! I would never have known it was supposed to explode fully if you hadn't told us! Lol. As you said, I like the area for building a scene. Great work, hun and enjoy your GDT spot. Hugz, Jan xx

  10. Fabulous piece, I love the background and your use of the Stampotique Image is perfect. I love how you have built a scene. Thanks so much for joining in the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge. Tracy x

  11. Fabulous exploding box, I like the colours and the details, Thanks for joining in with us at Hooked on Craft this month Good Luck.
    Kevin xx

  12. Wowie!!! A fantastic piece of art. Wonderful exploding box, fab scene with the little mermaid and the gorgeous background and verse.
    Thanks for linking up with MIM this week,
    Remember, to be in the running to win the prize from our sponsor this week just leave a comment for another entry. Be sure to mention you saw them on Make It Monday. The more entries you comment on the more chances you have of winning!
    Sandy DT

  13. wow awesome, great explosion box, love the omage you used. thanks for sharing at Smudgy antics

  14. ooh you clever clever sussex gal, so proud of you, fab job xx EG

  15. Ohhhhhhhhhhhh soooooooooooooo coooooooooooool! This is (and am using my new favourite word now...) UH.MUH.ZING!

    I am not even the teensiest bit surprised you were asked, you never fail to surprise, astound and turn me green with envy at your talent.

    Congratulations Claire :)

  16. Although your project did not go as planned, I love the result! I really like having a background behind the image rather than the full exploding type of box. Truly a happy accident:) Awesome colors and fabulous use of that wicked stamp! You did a fantastic job! Congrats on your DT gig! Thanks for sharing with Smudgy Antics :)

  17. Wow, this is amazing Claire! Many congratulations to you on being asked to be a GDT xxx

  18. Congrats on your DT spot! your exploding box is gorgeous the background and the image are FAB! Thanks for sharing with us at Smudgy Antics this week :)

  19. the DT chose well. This box looks amazing even if it's not as you pictured it originally. Thank you for sharing at Smudgy Antics this week

  20. Congrats on making GDT...I love stampotique and your box. awesome awesome awesome!
    susan s.

  21. This is so cool! Congratulations on your top 3 at Simon Says. Blessings!

  22. Oh my goodness, this is just amazing, I just love the overall project, so unusual and beautiful. It must have taken you some time to make but all your hard work was worth it.

    Thanks so much for sharing your creation at Anything goes, Just keep on creating, I hope you will continue to play along. Sorry about the the delay in leaving my comment I have been overseas and then got sick, I will be announcing the winners and will have the next challenge by 01/09 :)


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