Thursday, March 21, 2013

Tattered Floral Challenge prepared to faint!  Lol....I actually did girly - well girly for me.  I did put my own spin on it though.  What exactly am I talking about?  Well I decided that this year I wanted to challenge myself and enter more contests, participate in more challenges, and experiment with different styles.  When given a choice I have a tendency  to gravitate to steampunk and grunge.

The contest I am entering is for Tim Holtz's Tattered Floral contest.  I decided to make a
configuration box as I have never done one before.  Here is the finished project:

 I started off painting visible areas purple.  Then I embossed Ranger Metal sheets and the HVAC metal tape and burnished it onto the box.  I painted with white paint, wiped off some and then let dry.  Scrupped off some more paint then Added purple and did the same thing.    I made a shelf for the top of the configuration box.  I made it out of chipboard, created sides, cut the top with an on the edge die, and then wrapped the whole thing in embossed metal and gave it the same treatment.
The flowers in the picture below this one, I used as the main pieces on the top.  I made two large and two small ones out of canvas.  I painted a ton of metal white, with touches of purple, I took an enamel piece I made and painted it as well. 

 Did I mention I am not girly.  I was going to make sweet little flowers to put on top.  That didn't happen.  My inner grunge voice came screaming through and before you know it I was inking and painting the canvas like crazy.  I used Dylusions and Glimmermists.  I also used tons of paint.  Prior to coloring I had treated it with modge podge.  Using the TH Tattered floral die I cut out many many layers for the flowers.  I hot glued them together.  The fabric was stiff and I had a hard time getting the freyed rumpled and tattered look I wanted.  So I got my hands wet and kept squishing and working the flower until I got the desired look.    I used different centers for each.  The flowers are actually a little bit lighter purple than in the picture.  For some reason they almost look blue in some of the pictures.
 Acloseup of the top

 Bottom Right Cube:  I added a stamp from the G45 place in time collection.  I pained a K & Company frame white and smudged purple onto it.  To all of the papers I added white paint.  I made little spools using the paperline as well.  Also tucked in there is some TH trim, an altered button, a bling key, and a flower that had been dipped in Utee, and then painted purple, highlighted in white paint.

To the front, I took a hinge I had, painted it white and hightlighted in purple.
Left cube:  Really the paper is the same color purple as the Bonne Fete paper from the collection - need to learn how to use the features on my camera.   I used paper from the collection, a Jolees gem, a Recollections birds nest highlighted with white, and a bird.
 To the inside top, I removed the configuration boxes and left it open.  I papered the whole thing using the same collection.  Added lace, flowers, birds nest, pearls, bird cages, etc.

Fingers crossed.  Please please.....those prize packages look awesome.  Fingers crossed.


  1. I love this Kel! All of the small details plus the hint of grunge with the girly. Great job!

    1. Thanks! It was definitely a stretch.

  2. WHAT !!??? NO ORANGE ???? Wow !! Kel you really came through on this one and I hope you get a great big giant prize along with a hug from Timmy himself !! Awesome job !

  3. I love this, Kelly! The little nods to spring hidden to be discovered at leisure - so clever.

  4. Kelley, this is awesome!!! Going through and looking at some of your creations, they are really nice. You def are very talented!!!