Friday, April 9, 2010

Blogger's Challenge #146 - Alter It!

TGIF!
That about sums it up about this crazy week! It has been full of ups and downs, mostly ups thank goodness, but I'm not sad to see Friday come. I have a date with my handsome hubby tonight and neither of us is working all weekend! Yahoo! We might even get our garden planted, I can taste those home-grown tomatoes now!

So this week, our Blogger's Challenge Mom, Lisa, gave us one of my favorite challenges - Alter It! I love to take something that is, well, not so great and turn it into something that is. And it's appropriate that one of my favorite challenges is this week - because it is my last with the Blogger's Challenge group.
I've been doing these Friday challenges for longer than I can remember and they have pushed me so very far creatively and made me a better artist and stamper in the process. But, in all honesty, I need to shed some commitments in order to focus better on other things. While I'll still be stamping and sharing here on Fridays (and all week), I won't feel bad if I can't meet this particular commitment each week. Someone famous once said that "Time is our greatest commodity" and boy, is that ever true. Now maybe I can redeem some of it! :)

Speaking of time, here is the item I altered this week:

And here is my final piece:

I KNOW! It was a shame to cover up Zac Efron's face, but he's in love with himself, oops, I mean Vanessa, so get over him already! :)
And really, don't you like the clock so much better now?
I was going to give this to my daughter for her bedroom, but I may just have to keep it in the studio since it turned out so cute!

So, the short story of how I did it was to first disassemble the clock and work with just the face and hands. Since the hands were already secured to the face, I had to work with them in place. Using the glass clock cover, I traced it with pencil on a piece of Sending Love Specialty DSP - which is NOT just for Valentine's Day! I then trimmed it out using my Paper Snips, cutting inside the circle so it would be sure to fit easily. Then, I lined up the edges and creased the paper slightly in the middle without actually folding it all the way. I opened it up and did this again the opposite way so it would make a little 'X' fold in the exact center. Once I had this mark, I took my 1/2" Circle Punch and folding the paper again on one side of the 'X' slid the punch up halfway and added my circle to the middle of the paper. Does that make sense? If not, let me know and I'll do it again on some other paper and take pictures for you.
Anyway, once I had that hole, I was able to simply bring all the clock hands together and slide the paper over them through the hole. I glued the dsp down with Tombow Adhesive and proceeded to decorate!


The little pink rhinestones were actually on the original clock, I just picked them off so I could re-use them. I stuck them down with Mini Glue Dots. The butterflies were made with a piece of Roof Flashing that I ran through my Big Shot with the Beautiful Butterflies die and then again with the Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder. I bent them slightly at the center and curved the wings before mounting them to the clock face with more Mini Glue Dots.
That's it! All in all, very simple to do once I figured out the paper thingy.

I hope you've enjoyed my project today - I sure had fun making it - be sure to check out all the other Blogger's Challenge players by clicking the link on my sidebar. I know they will have some fabulous altered items to share with you!

Stamped blessings,
~~Robin

22 comments:

  1. OMG! I think the "after" looks so much better! What an adorable project. One would look so cute in my little girls room.

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  2. Altering a clock would never had occurred to me- but I love this....and I do need a clock in my stamping room......Thanks for the inspiration!

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  3. Great way to alter the clock! I'm sure Emma would love to have it in her room.

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  4. I'm going to agree! You did a fantastic job on your altered item! Much better!

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  5. This is AWESOME!!! I love all the materials we can cut with the Big Shot!!!

    As much as I thin Zac Efron is a cutie.....the clock looks much better now!!!!

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  6. Fantastic altered clock. It really looks pretty.

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  7. Way too cute -- it is absolutely darling! I would never have attempted this so I'm in awe of how clever you are anyway!

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  8. Now this is a WOW altered project! So much better then the original. Nothing against Zac but I like your altered version so much more.

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  9. So stinkin' cute! Defintley an upgrade from the original! Love it..and sorry to hear you won't be particpating anymore...I'll still peep in on ya though! {SMILES}

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  10. I've been wanting to make a clock. Your's turned out great! I may just have to give it a try. Thanks for the great inspiration. Beth

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  11. Totally Fab! Love the new look of it...but you should still give it to your daughter. Make yourself another one! :)

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  12. wow...I have never braved altering a clock...how inspiring..
    The butterflys are perfect for this project...
    TFS
    connie paxman

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  13. WOW!!! This clock turned out awesome!! I think I would have to keep it for myself!!! Sorry to hear you are leaving us here at Bloggers Challenge but you know I will still be visiting because you are awesome and my BFF!!!!

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  14. What a fabulous idea for an altered project! Love how it turned out!

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  15. Fantastically huge improvement over the HS musical! So pretty....I'll be stalking the clearance aisles looking for clocks, now!!!

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  16. Yep, much better after the alter! Beautifully done.

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  17. YOUR version is sooo much prettier than the original! Thanks for sharing how you did this...I once altered a clock and it never worked after I was done with it...but it looked pretty! Yours is lovely AND works....Perfect!!!

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  18. So sorry that you are not going to be participating (hopefully only for a while). This project rocks!! SO PRETTY and creative :-)

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  19. Ohhh I love that you altered this - absolutely beautiful. So much better then HSM! Although my daughter may disagree! LOL

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  20. Cute clock! Great idea to use the butterflies for the quarter hours!

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  21. WOW! What a great alteration! Your description cracked me up too. Thanks for the inspiration.

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