Sunday, February 5, 2012

Cuckoo for Botanicabella

Inspired by so many amazing projects at the recent CHA show, I decided to try an alter a Kaisercraft cuckoo clock I have had on hand for a while.  Going with a 'use what you have' mantra, I dug into my paper stash telling myself that I really could cut into some of the papers I have that I covet and horde. Most of my Graphic 45 papers fall into this category.  I love them so much, I just don't want to cut them! I decided upon the Botanicabella collection and I think it turned out really lovely.


I love all the imagery of this line as well as the palette.  I decided to showcase the queen bee as a nod to this weeks challenge over at Simon Says Stamp and Show as they are calling for kings and queens.  I always love trying to find a clever way to intrepret their themes! The crown was altered with a bit of alcohol ink to dull it down and fit into the color scheme. 

I scattered butterflies that were fussy cut from their paper after spritzing them with Radiant Rains mist.  I left many of them with wings raised to add dimension to the piece.  

I also used distress stains on this project.  I am in total love with these.  The only challenge is getting it in all the corners.  I simply apply a bit on my craft mat and add with a paintbrush.  It is tedious, but so worth it. 

The pine cone cut outs also got a splash of glimmer to add texture and a bit of sparkle.  They were attached with some bits of chain I recently scored on clearance.  I love it when I actually find a use for those bits that I pick up "just because" they are on good deals. 

I can't wait to find a spot for my new little clock to hang!

Thank you as always for stopping by, it really means the world to me.




  1. Cute cuckoo clock. Very creative use of the Graphics 45 papers. :D

  2. Vet cute little cuckoo clock! I love those G45 papers! I like your design and the little crown in the inset at the top. Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. XO...Candy

  3. That is a beautiful clock. I would never have thought to do something that. You used one of my favorite G45 papers. Wonderful creativity.
    Fellow ATTer

  4. I love this clock. The butterflies are perfect on it!

  5. adorable clock. I like to pick up things at a good price just because also. So totally true how much fun it is when you get to use them. Great job.

  6. Gorgeous and what clever idea's on this piece :)

  7. I adore the butterflies! What a beautiful composition!

  8. Really pretty work, love this, it is a cuckoo, never know it was paper. xox Corrine

  9. Love it!!! Especially the colors!!!

  10. Ahhhh you've used one of my all-time favorite lines on this project. This is so beautiful and love how you used the crown. Thanks for joining the challenge at Simon Says Stamp & Show.

  11. What a wonderful clock! So very creative.


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