Monday 23 April 2012

Grab Yourself Some Tea as Anything Goes with the House Mouse & Friends Monday Challenge

Good morning to you all in the land of blog
Today sees the next fabulous challenge at the 

The theme today is 

Grab Yourself Some Tea as Anything Goes

we have two fabulous sponsors

One winner will get a $25 gift certificate from House-Mouse Designs

Pizzazz Aplenty
$10Gift Pkg

Now I thought I would move a little back into my altered art mode, so I spent a good couple of days creating a tea chest, originally a blank hardboard chest, which I decided would nicely hold different flavour teas.  You see my brother was drinking lots of these teas whilst going through his chemo, however think it may now be a little redundant as he is now able to drink all sorts :)

But do not forget to hop on over to the main challenge site to see the rest of the gorgeous eye candy to inspire you.

So here it is
Where to start with this one, well I used gesso to give it an all over coat, I then sanded this down.  I then used a wet wipe and some pale green acrylic paint and smudged on some green.  Followed with a few liberal coats of crackle glaze and another coat of sand acrylic paint.  Once dry I then scuffed it up with a sanding block before giving it a nice dust down.  Then the TH vintage photo distress ink and a make up sponge came out and I gave it a good distressing (you should see my fingers I do so love to get mucky).  I then over stamped with a gorgeous delicate floral border, before adding some additional embellishments.

The image was stamped, coloured with copics, and then given several liberal coats of high gloss embossing powder, before being thrown in the freezer, now at this point I decided to take a snooze, I asked the husband for half an hour and he forgot me.  Luckily for me it only added to the cracked glass effect on the image, that then was scuffed up a bit more with the TH ink
The image is called 
available here

Now just a few close ups for you
the little draws

The little tea roses and the laced and pearl edged cracked glass image

Some of the pearls decorating the corners where the flowers are not, I also added these around the bottom.
I would like to thank all of my wonderful visitors who take the time to leave me such inspirational and kind comments, and this then allows me to hop on over and visit you in return.

I would like to enter this creation into the following challenges

Fashionable Stamping - Embossing (on the image to get the high gloss for the cracked glass effect)
Let's Ink It Up - Distressing
One Stitch At A Time - Anything Goes
The Craft Place - Anything but a square or rectangle
The Stamp Man - Shabby Chic / Distressed
Wag's N Whiskers - Anything Goes
Shelly's Images - Anything Goes
I Brake for Challenges - Anything but a card
Just keep creating - Anything Goes



Monydav said...

Wow! Wonderful work, i love it!!
Kiss, Monica

ARTfulWings said...

Hi Kate - you should do more altered art - this is just GORGEOUS!!!! see you soon Polly xx BTW congratulations on your new DT spot - how do you get the time to fit everything in????

susiestacey said...

Hi Kate such a pretty project that would grace any table x Susan x

Doreen said...

Love your altered tea chest Kate,Sooo

Sue said...

Hi ya hun
oh wow this is totally stunning, what a gorgeous project, beautiful detail, well done hun,luv it, sue,x

amanda stokes said...

Hi Kate,
Absolutely stunning! :) x

Natali said...

Left everything.. Forgot about job... came from House Mouse Blog to see ALL Details!!! I knew it will be more photos here ))) lol
Amazing!!!! Love furniture in this stile!!! )) Great Job Kate !!! Your projects everytime "candy for my eyes" ))

sam21ski said...

Wow, gorgeous box Kate xxx

Dawn said...

Stunning project! It is full of gorgeous details.


Sue said...

Absolutely stunning!! What a project and what amazing results.
Kate this little chest could not be more beautiful. Your attention to detail is wonderful.


Carol L said...

What an amazing creation! It must have taken hours to put this all together, but it's gorgeous! I love the cracked glass effect!!

KarinsArtScrap said...

hi kate what a stunning tea caddy.
you have made this very beautiful and the house mouse stamp is looking great on it.

greetings karin

Lorraine A said...

A fabulous creation Kate :-) the imsge is adorable and just perfect for a tea chest ,, all the details are gorgeous :-)

Lols x x x

thimbles bobbins paper and ink said...

Oh my word, Kate! This is stunning! SUCH a beautiful tea chest or whatever treasures one would like to fill it with. Absolutely beautiful!

Jennifer xx

Catherine said...

What a wonderful creation, I love it...

ladyjanet_56 said...

Wit woo finally got on to say love your chest(TEA), congrats on the Wild Rose DT (but who else coluld they have?). Loved the Wrapped with Love card but I thought the fishing one might have been your anniversary card:) Hugs Janet

Did I say I'm almost dust free today! & yes some of the sheets have come off.

Sonia said...

Oh Kate what's a stunnig works!!
The stamp is so nice, so sweet :)
Well done!

Tracy said...

Hi Kate,
This is fabulous, I love the design and your choice of image. So pretty. A really gorgeous creation. Have a good week.
Happy crafting
Mousey hugs
Tracy x

Squirrel x said...

Wow hun, this is totally stunning! Such beautiful detail on the drawers and the HM image is gorrrrrgeous. Ok, maybe your brother won't need it for his tea now, but I bet he can still fill it full of his little treasures! Amazing work Hugs Sxx PS. And BIG congrats on your WRS appointment, you will be a fabulous asset to the team.

Inkypinkydelights said...

Hi Kate, This is lovely! Thank you for sharing at One Stitch at a Time and good luck with the Challenge. Judy DT x

Sandra H said...

Hi Kate, oh this is so beautiful so much details, just love the image too!:)x

coops said...

wow this is fabulous kate.stunning cracked glass effect on the image and really gorgeous vintage colours :D

xx coops xx

Christine said...

Hi Kate stunning cute creation fab image & colouring very creative piece of the way you crackled the image..great T chest of drawers

smiles Christine x

Tammy said...

Wow! Adorable and awesome at the same time!

McCrafty's Cards said...

Wow Kate this is absolutely wonderful.
Kevin xx

Gail said...

Gorgeous image!
Love what you've done with it!
Great little chest!

Lindsay Craftymonster81 said...

Wow! what a stunning project, love the sweet image
Lindsay xx

Heather said...

Hi Kate, hope all is well and you are not going along and rushing around and snatching unknown blogs!!!
Such an beautiful creation, beautiful design and colours - I love your crocked look, well done hubby, probably could bet that effect if you'd tried!!!

Heather xx

Dorte said...

Stunning project, Kate and a lot of pretty details. The image you have used is lovely.
hugs Dorte,xx

Unknown said...

Awesome creation, love it. Thanks for taking part in our Distressing challenge at LIIU, good luck. Hugz Suzanne

Kim Dibben said...

WOW, amazing project, love it !!!
beautiful piece of art,
Kim xx

Darlene said...

WOW! This is AMAZING!!! Beautiful job! Thanks so much for joining our "ANYTHING GOES" challenge at Shelly's Images! Please come back and join us again real soon!!
Shelly's Images DT

Arline said...

Wow! This is stunning hun! Beautiful!xx

Helen said...

This is gorgeous Kate. I must get myself some housemouse, as well as more Bella, Penny Blacks, Magnolias and everything else I'm hankering after!! I booked on your next copics course, I'm really looking forward to being shown how to do it properly xx

Mrs.B said...

Hi Kate, this is a fabulous little altered tea chest with a beautiful 'topping'. Love the crackled glass effect.
Thanks for sharing with us at FSC.

Brenda Brown said...

Kate this is a fabulous altered chest and what a great job you have done with it. Thanks for linking to The Stamp Man shabby chic/distressed challenge.
hugs {brenda} xox

Rachel x said...

Oh, this is just gorgeous, Kate!! :) It is so pretty- I love the vine stamps and soft colours!! :) Glad your image was okay, too- eek!!lol- cracked glass is a great effect!! :)
Thanks for joining in with our Earth Tones challenge at Dream Valley this time!! :)
hugs, Rachel x

Sonia said...

Hi Kate:) I mention you in my new post;)

Lee said...

Well Kate,as with all your creations,this one is Super Stunning I really Love it.xx

Nikki Byrne said...

WOW!!! What more is there to say? Thank you for sharing it with us at OSAAT this week. Good luck. Hugs


Silvia(Barnie) said...

Wow, such a wonderful piece of art, looks beautiful. Thanks for joining us at Fashionable Stamping Challenges this fortnight.

Debbie said...

Hi Kate...well what can I say other than absolutely stunning. Fabulous.
Hugs Debbie x

Debbie said...

Hi Kate...well what can I say other than...absolutely stunning. Just fabulous.
Hugs Debbie x

Kezzy said...

Wow wow wow gorgeous tea chest, stunning work. Love the image and the colouring and crack effect is amazing. Thank you for joining us at That Craft Place Challege Blog :-) Kezzy x

Vicky said...

Beautiful Kate :)

hugs Vicky x x x

Andie's Space said...

WOWSERS Kate! This looks fabulous! What attention to detail, I love it! Congrats on your well deserved, Wild Rose DT position too. I don't know when you find the time! Hope you're keeping well.
Have a great weekend.
Big Hugs,
Andie xx

MagsB said...

This chest is astounding!! Just fabulous! Thanks so much for joining in at Dream Valley Challenges.

love Mags B x

Asia King (aka Joanna K) said...

Beautiful little chest of drawers, really nice soft, dreamy design. I love it even more because I have just finished decorating the same set of drawers lol; ).

Thank you for joining our Fashionable Stamping Challenge ;). Hugs, Joanna x

Ps. Please come and join my 2nd Blogaversary candy ;-). Hope to see you there and good luck!

Susan Hogan said...

A beautiful project - so pretty. Thanks for entering this in LIIU's April Challenge and best of luck!

Love crafts forever said...

Absolutely gorgeous project Kate. Thanks for playing at OSAAT.
Hugs Nataliya

Karen C said...

This is awesome! Thanks for playing with us at One Stitch At A Time! Best of luck in the draw!
Karen C (OSAAT DT)

Paper Sewn Visions said...

Gorgeous altered project. Thank you for sharing and joining in at LIIU. Hugs, Velma

suzARTe said...

this project is just lovely. All the hard work was certainly worth i as it looks amazing, the way you have photographed it is great as well.

Thanks so much for sharing this project at Anything goes, Just keep on creating. I hope you will continue to play along :)

Lynne Moncrieff said...

This is so pretty.
Thank you for sharing with us at FSC.

Ephemera said...

How gorgeous is your beautiful altered chest. I drink herbal teas and this would be ideal for them. Thanks for sharing with us at FSC. XX

Sue said...

Congrats, Kate, your little tea chest is a Featured entry on the House Mouse Designs Stamped by me gallery!!

Well deserved too!!


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