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Friday, 1 July 2011

I'm back & Tilda's Gone Cuckoo - Paper Play DT Project

Hello peeps,
I'm soooooooo pleased to be back with you all in the little land of blog! I know most of you didn't realise I'd vanished but I missed you all lol. Blogger has been causing me problems visiting some blogs for a few days & it went completely haywire on me on Wednesday I didn't get chance to enter any of the challenges with the cards I'd just posted, I went to upload my Paper Play DT project in the DT blog and got error code 413 & that was it, a blogger blackout! I couldn't get to my dashboard, comment etc, all I could do was get to my blog which looked to me like a complete jumbled up mess. I thought it was my blog that had gone badly wrong but google help had hundreds of people reporting various 400 error codes from around the world which was a bit of a relief, not for others but for me lol. I have almost had tears and many a tantrum & sworn at blogger repeatedly & kept trying various things trying to access blogger with no joy & then when I was virtually at a complete loss I tried deleting cookies and hey presto it fixed blogger, woo hoo happy dance lol.

Remember that girls, try deleting cookies if you get hit with a dreaded 400 code, or maybe it will help with the various other blogger problems it's worth a try.

I'm a day late closing my candy and was going to do the draw but had a quick glance at Mr Linky and spotted 3 double entry's straight away so to make it fair on everyone I have just closed it & will check through properly now I can read it again, and do the draw in the next day or two and share some more sweet stuff.

Today I have my very late
to share, I expect you have all seen the challenge already but if not the challenge is

This one had me reaching for a cuckoo clock I'd been meaning to put together and decorate. A couple of the piccys are taken inside & the rest outside as the dangleys kept getting blown around and kept facing the wrong way in the outdoor snaps
Ingredients -
Images - all Magnolia
Medium - distressed inks
Paper - Magnolia
Roses - Wild Orchid
Pearls - Hero Arts
Sparkle - dazzling diamonds glimmer mist, crystal glamour dust & diamond stickles

The cuckoo clock is made by Kaiser Crafts and is made of MDF & comes flat packed. I was just in the process of painting it and I remembered I'd done my usual & hadn't taken a before piccy, so minus the white gesso to prime the wood & the balcony fixed together this is what it looked like before I got my hands on it
After I'd primed the wood with gesso I started slapping on loads of picket fence crackle paint, as you know I love this stuff. Once that was nice and dry and all cracked up I papered the base & put it all together.

Here's a close up of the top half of the cuckoo clock.
Rather that leave the hole for the cuckoo I had a brain wave to stamp and colour the gorgeous Magnolia window which fits just perfectly where the hole for the cuckoo was, I then popped a flower box in front and decided one of Tilda's birds would look cute as the cuckoo!
The whole clock has been very generously spritzed with dazzling diamonds glimmer mist and has a gorgeous sparkly shimmer.

Here is a close up of the bottom half of the clock, all those various Magnolia stamps have been coloured, cut and then outlined with a black aquamarker which took hours.

A couple of tips. if you are like me and don't like the white edge around cut out images yet have really fiddly bits that are virtually impossible to cut out without leaving any white surround eg the butterfly's antenna, stamp the butterfly/bee etc onto the paint or paper where you want to place it as well as onto card and colour it and just cut out and 3d the coloured body. Also for outlining the cut out image for a neat finish if you colour with distressed inks use a black Aqua promarker which can easily be removed with a damp paintbrush should you smudge it.

On the danglys I have stuck a couple of super cute mini magnolia's
You don't get the chains for the danglys in with the clock so I have used keyring rings to attach them to the chain and also to attach the chain to the clock. The chain I have made using some jump rings

I'm entering my little clock in the following challenges -
Polka Doodles - home sweet home, Just Magnolia - anything goes, Totally Papercrafts - bingo (gems, glitter, ribbon), My Mum's Craft Shop - something old, something new(stamps except 1 old, Tilda with Kite new), Flutterby Wednesday - open, Truly Scrumptious - things with wings, The Shabby Tea Room - my favourite things, TOMIC - shimmer & pearls, Make It Monday - anything goes, Scrap Creations - anything but a card, Lexi's Creations - a bugs life, Timbroscrapmania - in the garden,  Alphabet - I for insect

A huge thank you for all your lovely comments, I had 86 comments to moderate when naughty blogger let me back in to play, I will do my best to get round to you all but it could take me a while lol.
Whatever you are doing have a wonderful weekend and thanks so much for stopping by


  1. OMG !!! OMG !!! OMG !!! you blow me away with your creative talent, this is fabulous, stunning, totally awesome and phenomenal (blimey that was a big word for me) love it you very talented lady
    Hugs Kate xx

  2. Wow! This is absolutely amazing Mandy. I have just finished a card using Crackle Paint and Cheerleader Tilda, not sure 'bout the finished look though. Glad to have you back!
    Hugs Hazel xx

  3. omg this is soo amazing sat just looking at all the detail must have taken days to complete but well worth it

  4. A gorgeous clock. I love the colours and the images on the balcony are fab.
    Nikki x

  5. WOWZER baby girl how AWESOME is this creation gawd what will you come up with nxt?? stunning am really lost for words for this Mandy..lots of work but well worth to blogger I have repeatedly cleared my cookies & chache (dont ask me what they are) blogger told me to clean em so i did still cant SEE any followers not even my own..sob sob..

    smiles blogging mummy xxxx

  6. Wow Mandy, what a stunning cuckoo clock - the Tilda images are fabulous. Love love love it!!
    Sylvia x

  7. Oh dear just tried to comment and it refused me! 2nd time lucky?! I love this so unique and pretty hugs rebekah xx

  8. What an amazing creation!!
    Must have taken hours and hours to finish! Sooo gorgeous Mandy. I can't belive from where you get all theese ideas to all your amazing stuff
    Well done sweetie :)
    Happy weekend to you
    Bunches of hugs, Jill

  9. Hi Wow This is so clever and so pretty and really just out of this world !!! Love every single bit ! The birds are super ! I am sure you will win lots with this amazing creation. Thanks for all the tips too ! Kitty ;o)

  10. Glad to hear that you have access again. You´re clock is really stunning. It´s great how you managed to use so much stamps and it doesn´t even look crowded. Lovely job.

  11. This is amazing. So much work, but worth it. beautiful. Elaine

  12. Oh my goodness, this is amazing! I have not seen something this spectacular in quite awhile, I love it!!

  13. mandy this is another wonderful project
    tahnks for joining us atTSM
    xoxo BA

  14. wow Mandy how stunning it is!!!!! you are one very talented lady!!!!!!

  15. This is Absolutley Stunning such a lot of work has gone into this your amazing such talent.:) Sandra H

  16. omg Mandy I'm dumbstruck and believe me it's not often that happens.
    It's exquisite, love, love, love it.
    Anne x

  17. Mandy this is absolutely beautiful.And a great tip about the cutting of the image. Thanks for that. Gosh, I love everything about this project, gorgeous work.
    Luv CHRISSYxx

  18. Wonderful work....It's absolutely GORGEOUS! Good luck in your challenges

    Regards from Spain


  19. Mandy, this is just Gorgeous! It must of taken you ages....
    Thank you for sharing your creativity!
    hugs Kobie

  20. AnonymousJuly 02, 2011

    What a wonderful project. Just gorgeous! Thanks for sharing at MIM
    Hugs Julie P

  21. so glad you're back on blogger - WOW! this is incredible! I love it ♥

  22. This is absolutely amazing Mandy!! You have put so muc time and detail into this!! I always love your creations!! They are very inspirational!!In regards to blog candy.. I may have been one of those that entered Mr Linky twice - sorry!! I couldn't find my name and although I had put your pic in my sidebar of your candy i couldn't remember if I had entered my name in Mr Linky!! So I'm really sorry if I'm the one that is making extra work for you!!! HUgs xx

  23. Wow! This is absolutely amazing!!!!!!!!! Love it!

  24. WOW!!! This is utterly amazing!!! I'm blown away, it's so beautiful!!

  25. This is amazing, what a beautiful creation, I love it.
    hugs linda

  26. WOWAAA!!! This is so pretty! Lil girls all over the world are going to go crazy for this!!!

  27. Everytime you post something Im blown away, that fantastic gazebo was amazing and now this, you are one talented lady, all the work in colouring those edges, you have the patience of a saint :-)
    Hugs Denise

  28. Oh wow Mandy, this is awesome!!!!

    Hugs, Tanja

  29. WOW!! This is stunning. I love it. Thanks for the tips. Kathleen x

  30. wow mandy what a stunning project so many delicious details,such a beautiful keepsake,i love it
    tracey x

  31. wow Mandy, what a breathtaking creation!
    xxx Margreet

  32. Absolutely incredible mandy. love the colours and it must have taken ages, so cute with the mini tildas on the danglies as well. hugs heidi, have a good weekend and hope that blogger is good to you too. xx

  33. wooooow this is beautiful!!! love it verry much.

    have a nice day!!!


  34. It`s a stunner Mandy.Totally gorgeous.
    I`ve had problems too with blogger to the fact i just couldn`t get on at all,just fept saying bad attempt or something like that.But hey it`s working ok now,thankfully.
    Enjoy your weekend,hope your shoulder`s ok?
    Take care Kelly.

  35. hiya sweetie
    this is so amazing hunni
    i just love it, it must of bin a lot of work
    have a great weekend sweetie
    hugs angelique

  36. oh wow hun this is simply stuning gosh,must have taken ages stunning work hun hugs cheryl xxxx

  37. Wow Mandy, what a gorgeous clock.
    I deleted my cokkies and found it so much better blogging (so far) :o)
    Jackie xx

  38. What a beautiful project Mandy, its stunning and I love it!

  39. Wow! Mandy you have made a fantastic job of turning the cuckoo clock base into a beautiful piece of work.I love it.
    I saw your work on the make it Monday blog.


  40. WhoooHoo! This is so Cool! Excellant! Bravo!
    Absolutely, The Ultimate! Love It!

  41. Your clock is amazing!! Wow.

    PS: Great to see you back. Blogger has been driving lots of people nuts lately :/

  42. Wow this clock is gorgeous and it's a great idea.

  43. Wow Mandy, this is stunning, I absolutely love it, going back up to look at your pics again xxx

  44. Why are you so damn talented ?? Mind you .... I'm glad you are, you give so much inspiration Mandy and make it sound so easy that I want to have a go !!!!

    Huggiest of hugs, Sandra xx

  45. Wow! This is absolutely amazing Mandy.Thank you!!!

  46. This is so very nice. Beautiful.

    Gr. Ineke

  47. What an amazing creation. Absolutely stunning.
    Debbie x

  48. OMG!!! This is so, so awesome. Wowzers, can't get my eyes of it. So beautiful.
    Have a great weekend.
    Hugs, Yvon

  49. o my, this is fantastic, Love it and all the work you have put in to this. Thanks for joining us at Truly S this week

  50. Blimey Mandy, this is just tops x
    You are sooo creative x

    hugs sally x

  51. Amazing Mandy, absolutely amazing!! You giving lessons??!!!! Demoing at Newbury show today and I ended up buying a heart shaped box to do something with!! I bought it for my "retirement", 17 weeks and 1 day left in employment, my dream and ambition in life has nearly come true!! Well, it will be after I have done my 25 years worth of housework!!! I just can't wait!! Take care and rest!!! Hugs Jo x

  52. OMW it's absolutely amazing xx Jna

  53. Обожаю Тильдочек!

  54. WOW, Mandy this is absolutly stunning. So much gorgeous detail to look at
    Thank you so much for entering our challenge at Truly Scrumptious this fortnight, good luck & hope you’ll join us again!
    Hugz Fleur xXx

  55. Well Mandy I can honestly say that I am lost for words. I will however try and tell you what I feel about this amazing clock. This to me is like magic, it is totally breathtaking, the colours, design and Tilda look truly awesome. I am afraid my words sound flat to me compared to how I actually feel seeing such wonderful creativity and inspiration.
    Lorraine x

  56. thank you for joining us at truly scrumptious this week for our things with wings challenge with a truly scrumptious project I love it

    Wendy DT TS

  57. Awesome! It must have taken ages to make, and it's simply stunning! WOW!!

    luv, Mags x

  58. OMG.. what a fantastic tilda clock.

    Thanks for sharing your creation with Make It Monday.
    Don't forget......... if you leave a comment on another entry, mention that you saw their card on "Make It Monday" for a chance at second prize. The more entries you comment on the more chance you have of winning second prize.

  59. OMG, dear Mandy, I'm speekless. This is so fantastic and so german *lol*.
    Great compliment for you.

  60. Oh wow! This is gooorgeous! Absolutely beautiful! Love 'n' hugs, Mel xx

  61. A fantastic summer project hun! Thanks for joining in with our Summer theme over at Wednesday's Creative Inspirations Challenge Blog! xxx

  62. WOW, such a fabulous design Mandy! I love your colouring and all the wonderful details. Thanks for joining us at TOMIC this week. Chris :)

  63. OMG Mandy!!! This is absolutely gorgeous!! Love it!! So fun! Thank you so much for joining us this week at The Shabby Tea Room!

    Shabby Tea Room Designer

  64. What a dreadful thing to happen, Mandy! I have been having some minor problems with Blogger myself but nothing even close to what you described. I hope it has been resolved now. Your cuckoo clock is out of this world!!! Like so many others, I am continually blown away by your creativity. This entire project is picture perfect and if you haven't already, you really should consider submitting it for publication somewhere. Welcome back to blogland and I did actually miss receiving my daily emails from you.


  65. Hi Mandy
    Wow! Super Wow!...Awesome Creation!
    Thanks for joining us at ALPHABET Challenge Blog
    Good Luck!
    Sonia **Sony** - DT
    Greetings from Puerto Rico

  66. Wow, that am I supposed to say about this?! None of the words I know describes what I mean about this project. It's beyond gorgeous, beyond stunning ... it's FANTABULOUS (let's say that's the "wow" word lol). Fab work!

    Thanks for playing with us at MMCS challenges this week! Hugs!

  67. Wow this is stunning!!!! with a capital S Thank you for sharing with us at Alphabet

  68. OMG hun
    how did i miss seeing this, what a totally gobsmacking creations, totally stunning, thank you for joining us at Totally Papercrafts this week, hope to see you next time, sue,x

  69. Amazing creation! Gorgeously embellished :)

  70. Wow what a beautiful project! Thanks for taking part in the Alphabet Challenge xx

  71. I'm forwarding this one to DH, because he doesn't seem to understand how you can decorate a clock with our supplies. LOL!

  72. Thanks for entering the Polkadoodle Challenge - hope you can join us again next week!


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