Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Copy Cat? Or Inspired By?

Morning. It's time for another challenge over at Stampotique and this time we want to see you CASE a member of the DT's work. Now this is a challenge that I'm not altogether comfortable with as whilst I think it's OK to take inspiration from another person I don't think it's OK to copy their work in it's entirety especially when no credit is given to original artist. In addition when someone has created something brilliant, that little voice of self doubt creeps in and tells me that I'll never make anything as good/beautiful and as a result kills my mojo. Anyhow, as the challenge had been set I thought I'd play along, so I had a good look round my fellow team mates blogs and selected my victim!!!

I decided that I CASE my uber talented teamy Samantha Read and make one her fantastic glass cubes. I knew that it was going to be a challenge to make one of these that looked half presentable, but man I didn't think I'd fall at the first hurdle!! Oh and you'll have to excuse the picture quality on this post as well, it was an absolute nightmare to photograph!

Firstly, my Memory Glass was only 1 1/2" but I decided I could live with that, but then I spotted that Sam had used Super Glue :O - help........!!!! I'm such a messy worker that the words Super Glue struck terror into my heart. I've only used the stuff once and it almost ended in a trip to A&E with the kitchen worktop in tow!!! So with that in mind I was all but ready to go and CASE someone else! However, you know me I won't be defeated, so I slept on it and thought I'd try a couple of other things in place of the Super Glue.

I started off by trying UTEE which was OK but didn't allow me enough time line up the glass fully. Then I moved onto Memory Tape - this was reasonably successful but just looked a little cumbersome and kind of swamped my cube. So my last resort was Pinflair Glue - omg I love this stuff! It worked a treat!

I then stamped Snowman, Oh...Tree and Picket Fence onto white shrink plastic, coloured with pencils and then once shrunk glued them into position. I added some "faux snow" that I got in the Pound Store and then sealed my cube.

Sam used molten embossing powder to create the "faux soldered" effect on her cube and mentioned that her's had fallen to pieces a couple of times whilst dipping - eeekkk - molten UTEE burns just do not do it for me!!! I contemplated leaving the glass joints as they were, but then noticed that I had a tiny gap in the top right corner. So, I thought I'd try my usual swipe with Versamark and embossing powder technique. So glad I did as it worked just fine and I felt like I had a little more control over where the embossing powder went. Also, where odd specks of the powder stuck to the glass it gave a frosty effect (this can be scraped off if you don't like that effect).

To finish I added a shrink plastic snowflake and some glass pearls. I then looked at it and thought that it needed something else, so I added some Pinflair Glue Icicles (idea for these nicked from here). I've tried to show you how gorgeous they look in the above picture, but seem to have failed miserably :(

So what do you think of my spin on Sam's cube, is it a copy cat one or simply inspired by her?

Thanks for stopping by today.

Claire x

I'd like to enter this project into the following challenges:
Through The Craft Room Door - Anything goes
Make It Monday - Anything goes
Stamptacular Sunday - No rules
Inspire Me Friday - Anything goes
Anything but a card - Anything but a card


  1. Oh I think definitely inspired by. It's gorgeous - absolutely gorgeous and I'm trying to wrap my head around how teeny tiny it must be if that is shrink plastic.

    I keep thinking about trying that pinflair glue and you may just have convinced me.

    Nothing wrong with your photos - he is amazing! Another to add to my favourites of your creations... he just may be near the top ;)

  2. What a fabulous project Claire,love

  3. You have added touches that make it your own enough for it to be 'inspired by', it is fabulous! Gotta be one of my faves too. x

  4. This is awesome Claire and you're so brave to try and make something so gorgeous and difficult to do.
    Know what you mean about superglue and burns from utee as they scare me too.
    Hugs, Fliss xx

  5. STUNNING Claire ♥♥♥ It's so adorable and so much detail

  6. Absolutely wonderful, Claire!

  7. Absolutely fabulous! I think you aced it, copied other inspired, its gorgeous!

  8. Hi sweetie,
    I think it is fabulous. Copied/inspired by - what does it matter? After all they do say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery don't they?? I love it - as I do all your fabulous creations.
    Dawn xxx

  9. Oh WOW, this is just Fantastic,Claire. Love, love, love it!
    Michaela xx

  10. I'm with you on the CASE idea not sitting very comfortably so I won't be entering this challenge but that said I LOVE your cube.. it is different enough to be said to be "inspired by" rather than copied exactely:)

  11. Claire this is amazing. I can see a few of these sat inbetween strings of fairy lights.

  12. Fabulous project claire, came out brilliant..

    Thanks for sharing with us at Make it Monday..

    Luv CHRISSYxx

  13. OMG Claire - this is bloody gorgeous! Absolutely love it! You can make three or more and they look great on a windowsill with twinkly lights! As well as on a fireplace! Karen x

  14. Wow, wow, wow, I adore this, absolutely beautiful x

  15. Oh, Claire, your post is too funny! Love the way you describe things! Gave me a giggle--thank you for that!
    I think your cube is darling--I love your little snowman, the little scene, the icicles, the sparkle and the cube itself! Thank you for sharing this with us at TTCRD. Hope to see you again next week! :^)
    Hugs, Penny

  16. This is beautiful, you really set yourself hard tasks don't you?! Well done with seeing it through to the gorgeous end! x

  17. beautiful, I love how you created the scene inside the cube-turned out amazing!

  18. Wow! Great little glass cube! I like the details around the edges, and the inside. Your writing style is marvelous. Really beautiful little trinket!

  19. This is gorgeous my sweetie I've not seen these before love the icicles hanging down, its awesome hun.

    Lotsa hugs Vicky xxx

  20. This is so awesome! Love the whole idea, just fab!

  21. Fantastic christmas project, what a good idea to take your inspiration from the Sam's one, so cheerful too !!! (I took a peek also), I really love your glass cube ! Coco x

  22. this is amazing, I've not seen anything like it before!
    Beautiful Claire, you did a great job!! lots of inspiration in blogland...I'm so glad you shared it @ Inspire Me Fridays!

  23. Claire, your glass cube is stunning, hun. What a pretty decoration for christmas. Hugz, Jan xx

  24. OMG.... This is amazing. all the details and the creativity to problem solve it all. YEAH. What a reward. Really you photos look amazing as well. Thanks for your tip on the glue.

  25. Absolutely gorgeous Claire, you didn't pick an easy one did you lol with all those beautiful little details, but what a fab result. Sue x

  26. fabulous project claire! this looks like hard wook and very fiddley but you have done a super job. i love it!


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