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Sunday, 17 March 2013

You Have Captured My Heart.........D

Hello everyone

It is time for another monthly challenge over at Crafty-Emblies (CE) and the theme this month is

Anything goes

I decided to challenge myself and make a mobile ... not a phone either lol. Firstly I had never made one before and secondly I could not make up my mind theme and shape/form it would take lol.

I sat staring at my table and spotted two boxes I had prev bought from CE and then the bulb shone brightly in my brain.  Hanging shadow boxes with lids in between.  I did not envisage how long this project would take but hey I enjoyed it.

I did all the basic preps using gesso, paints etc on all.  I stippled, crackled, used stone effect using different mediums etc.  You will be able to see and recognise the techniques I have used.

The first lid from which it would all hand from I used a stone effect on both sides, one smooth and the other peaked using different shades of browns, creams and then sprayed with shimmer mists.  I then adhered random words on both sides.  That part was easy lol.

For the first box I decided to make it as male as poss.  I stamped my Kanban Mannequin on the base of box and heat embossed in a spice colour.  I then added colour using brush and distress ink from the pad.  i then randomly stamped using a barbed wire stamp.  For the trimming I used some stiff mesh, cut it randomly and wiped over with pumice stone DI  to give the effect of wire mesh.  I finished the edges with chain from an old necklace.  I did the same with the other side after decoration inside.  I stuck lots of cogs and chain on the background and then stuck a penny farthing and 2 cogs around the sides to make it more 3D.  ever seen someone sitting there holding onto a piece of wood in place for ages lol.  I used glossy accents and did not want it all leaning over lol.  Round the outside edge I stamped cogs and then added more cogs.  Phewwwwww! wipes my brow, all this typing is making me thirsty lol.

For the next part I used the second lid.  On one side used letters from CE, You have captured my heart.  So on the reverse it made sense to collage lots of hearts. I used different techniques on these also, triple embossing, distress inks and stamps and sprayed with water, glossy accents molding paste and crackle embossing paste using shimmer mist along the way.  I used the triple embossed tall heart as the focal point.  I then used copper coloured wire to encase and capture the hearts.  I think in the end the wire took over in the focal point department. It took alot of my patience lol.

The final box was to be feminine so lots of flowers, lace and pearl trim was used.  The female mannequin by Kanban got it's chance to see light of day lol. Again embossed and coloured. Back ground randomly stamped with a swirly stamp.  the inside of the box I used many more Emblies, female themed of course. birds, birdcages, dress form, pram and buttons.  I am running out of Emblies lol and I like to site and hold things in place to dry!

 The best part of all was wiring them together. Voila finished at last! My word it is heavy however that in itself made it turn just nicely. 
I hope you enjoyed sharing my project.  It would be great if you could pop on over to Crafty-Emblies challenge blog here to join in the fun.  We would to see your projects to give us inspiration and you never know you may just win the £10.00 prize to spend on Emblies.  I think I need to win it now LOL.

Hugz Elaine xxx



  1. What an interesting project would love to see it all assembled and suspended, but suspect that would be a whole new challenge to photograph. thank you for sharing with us at Craft-Room XOXO Zoe

  2. What a great idea ... I love how you have decorated the boxes and the feminine one is gorgeous .. xxx

    Tina xxx

  3. Wow Elaine what a project, lots of work but worth it, I love the idea,it was brilliant If I say so myself,the one with the heart, looks like a beautiful umbrella, the male one, all those cogs, and a great stamp.The dress is gorgeous,lovin the trim on it. I love all the stuff, the baby carriage, the birds, fabulous. Its very original. Thanks for sharing you wonderful creation and have a great day..

  4. this is very clever Elaine, and lots to look at! I love the cog one the best, thanks for sharing with us at the Craft Room challenge, Debi x

  5. Beautiful Elaine, so much to look at and I love it all! xx

  6. Wow such a stunning and beautiful ceation. I love it. So much to look at. Fabulous. Thank you for joining us at PCJ Challenge.

  7. So much work went into this! Stunning.

    Thanks for joining in the WOW! Embossing Powder March Challenge and good luck!


  8. Wow Elaine,
    stunning creation, fabulous project!
    Thank you for sharing at Craft-Room Challenge;-))m

  9. Wow! This is amazing and such a great idea. Thank you for joining us at Craft-Room Challenge.
    xxx Hazel.

  10. WONDERFUL work how you have styled each box differently. So very effective and a work of love! Thank you for sharing with us at the Craft Room "me to you" challenge this fortnight! Suzanne xoxo

  11. So much to see and all of it stunning!

    Elaine xx

  12. I really love what you have done here hun, its absolutely gorgeous! tfs, hugs, Kim Crafty Emblies DT Member xx

  13. What a stunning piece of work.I love it!Thanks for sharing it at Sarah Hurley's Challenge Blog.

  14. WOW this is awesome! Love all the fabulous details.

    Linda xxx

  15. Fab recycling! it looks brilliant, thanks for joining us over at Sarah Hurley this month.
    C xx

  16. Fantastic creation, your mobile looks amazing! =)
    Thanks for joining us at Vickie's Challenge! =)
    Hugs, Elenor DT

  17. Amazing decorated boxes - so full of gorgeous details and textures! Boy, you were quick off the mark getting to me this morning - before I'd even made it round the DT!! Thanks for your lovely comment.
    Alison x

  18. Fabulous hun, very clever and wonderfully decorated.

    Great Big Huge Hugs

    Becca xxx

  19. Awesome project! I love the details! Thanks for sharing with us this week at Sentimental Sundays!


  20. Wowwww! very original creations! thanks for playing with "My Heart Peaces" this week. Good luck!

  21. Really stunning, absolutely love it
    Lindsay xx

  22. What a wonderful creation, just amazing.
    Thanks for joining us at Challenges 4 Everybody. Good Luck!
    Happy Easter
    Sandy :) DT

  23. Elaine this is incredible work as always! Thank you so much for joining my All Crafts Challenge, hope to see you join in again soon! Elaine-xxx-


Thank you for your comments. I really do appreciate them and they make my love of crafting much more worthwhile.
Hugz Elaine xx


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