Saturday, August 30, 2014

Compendium Challenge #10 - Assemblage Clock


Yes! It's time again for another great Compendium of Curiosities Vol. III Challenge! Challenge #10 is entitled Assemblage Clock and can be found of page 33 of this great book. To find out all about the CC3 Challenges and how to join in AND how to get your own copy of this fantastic technique book by Tim Holtz, keep reading to the end of this post. 


You've heard of Tim's great Idea-ology line of course, but have you ever altered one of his Assemblage Clocks? Check out my Christmas decor piece below. The possibilities are endless!



That Old World Santa in there has a special place in my heart. I have always loved this stamp ever since the old days of "Tim's 12 Tags of Christmas." Remember those? That's really when I first discovered Tim and all the wonderful products he used. Well, Tim used this Santa stamp on one of his tags and I loved it so much I raced to order it and I swear I use it every single year on something or another. It has to be my all-time favorite holiday stamp.



So back to the clock. I knew I wanted it to be red, so I first hit it with two coats of gesso. I put painter's tape across the glass front so I didn't have to bother taking the glass out. Not hard to do, just tedious.



I painted two coats of red craft paint.



I wanted to add some gold touches and didn't have any gilder's paste, so I went through my stash and found some Vintaj Victorian Gold Patina and Glaze. I mixed up a puddle of each on my non-stick craft sheet and then brushed here and there to add some accents. The glaze extended the drying time so I could spread and smudge the patina where I wanted it, sometimes using my finger. After it was dry, I sprayed a light coat of satin sealer over the whole thing.



Here's just a peek at the inside elements so you can see them better. Don't you love that Santa? He's so sweet looking.



I filled the inside with a small Christmas tree and tiny ornaments, then attached some adornments to the outside as well.



A holiday word band, mirrored star and some colored seam binding accent the lower portion of my clock's exterior.



More mirrored stars and a plaquette adorn the upper right.



Here's another look at the finished clock.



For more inspiration be sure to visit all the Curiosity Crew blogs. These girls are fabulous!
Here's another idea for the assemblage clock I made last year that really keeps time. I still have it in my craft room as my main timekeeper right above my work table. You can view how it was made here.


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Do you have the fabulous Compendium of Curiosities Vol. III book by Tim Holtz? (the master of all things vintage and distressed.) If not, you can find one at your local craft store, scrapbook store, or you can get a signed copy by Tim himself by going here. 

You can find all the CC3 Challenge details and FAQs here.  The lovely Linda Ledbetter is our hostess of this fun series of challenges, and all you have to do to participate is create your project, and upload to her site. Be sure, though, to read through all the FAQs so you're eligible to win...

We're working our way through this fantastic book of techniques and tips, and challenging you to join in the fun. This round's challenge is sponsored by the great folks at The Funky Junky Boutique who have a fabulous gift voucher to give away to one lucky random winner. Also, the Curiosity Crew's Choice scores a giant prize pack of goodies straight from Tim and Mario!

Now get your Compendium of Curiosities Vol. III book out, turn to page 33 and get creating with this fun challenge!


61 comments:

  1. Fabulous Christmas clock. (I love your working clock, too!)

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  2. These are awesome. The Christmas clock is just beautiful. What a wonderful decoration for the holidays. And the working clock is also gorgeous. I am just in awe of all the incredibly fabulous projects that you and the rest of the ladies have created thus far.

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  3. Annette I love each of the crews assembleage clocks they are all so unique and well. I love your Old Worldly Santa and the piece itself. Your distress worked out well and is becoming for the project. I love the embellishments. Job well done. I love your other clock as well. Thank you for sharing.

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  4. This is fabulous Annette, a perfect decoration for Christmas. I also love your working clock too....what a fun way to keep time x

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  5. Love your Christmas clock Annette it looks great and I love the idea of giving it the Christmas theme!

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  6. Ohhh, I LOVE this clock, Annette!

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  7. The Christmas theme is wonderful and that Santa is just the best ever. I love how you put the little candy canes on the tree and the baubles look amazing. Your clock looks amazing too.

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  8. Annette...your Christmas clock is darling! I love your vintage red exterior and your vintage Tim stamped Santa on the interior! He is one of my favorites! :) Your little Christmas tree to the right is darling, too. And the jingle bells just resting in the bottom....such a wonderful idea! :) I also love your exterior and how you've added the charms, the stars, the word band and the plaquette. Completely Tim and completely adorable! <3 Candy

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  9. Loving your Chrsitmas assemblage clock Annette, so clever and I love the color you used!

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  10. Your Christmas Assemblage clock is gorgeous. I love that Santa too...and he is a perfect background for your holiday time piece! What a fun piece that will be to have out at Christmas!!! Love it girly!!!

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  11. Oh Annette! LOVE the rust you achieved! Just awesome! And the inside is fabulous with all the balls! Just adore this!

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  12. You are one of my favorite geniuses. Your clock turned out awesome! I love the one you've shared that's your studio timekeeper, too. Its a hard thing to keep track of passing hours in the studio, good thing to have there. Does it help? ;-)

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  13. A wonderful Christmas clock Annette! Everything inside is placed perfectly so you can see that great Santa face looking out!

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  14. I´m falling in love for your Christmas-clock <3 Such a beautiful work and so lovely Details!

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  15. That's one gorgeous clock, Annette. I love how you were able to keep Santa so visible in the back, even though you have lots of beautiful embellishments up front. Fabulous job! (I love the older one, too.)

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  16. Awesome Christmas clock, Annette! It turned out so wonderfully! You did a great job with all the just-right embellishments and you were able to photograph everything so beautifully! I agree with you about that Santa. He is fabulous! Love the ornaments and the tree with him.

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  17. What a fun Christmas Clock, Annette!! All of the little details are just wonderful and the red & gold finish is beautiful--so festive! You've made yourself some holly jolly goodness, for sure!! Thanks for the wonderful CC3 #10 inspiration! I can use it :) XOXO-Shari T.

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  18. Annette, I love both clocks. The techniques are amazing. Thanks for inspiring us

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  19. Wow, Annette! The details on your Christmas Clock are fabulous. I especially love those tiny Christmas ornaments!

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  20. What an elegant, yet festive holiday design! I love all the little touches that make it so special. I agree, that Santa is the best!

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  21. This Christmas clock can't be more perfect. I don't think I have that Santa, so I think I am running to find and order. THANK YOU.

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  22. I love this clock! The Santa is quite magical. All of your detail create the perfect Christmas feeling.

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  23. I love the red color...with the gold it has such a nice antiqued patina...works so well with that Santa!

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  24. Love this clock! Your use of color is brilliant. Super job!

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  25. I love bottle brush trees, so your clock drew my eye right away. Painting it and leaving the glass in while you did was so smart. I love the completed look.

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  26. This would look so gorgeous just sitting in a foyer for added Christmas cheer!

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  27. Oh your Santa clock is just fantastic! That is such a sweet and classic Santa. Love your classic red. It's the perfect background for all the ornaments and embellishments. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  28. That Santa image is great, but what makes it for me are the embellishments you added on the outside of the clock.

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  29. So creative, whimsical and gorgeous! Love it!

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  30. Merry Christmas! Annette I love your vintage Santa in the background all the little embellishments. The red color with gold highlights is so rich! Love how you finished it off with the word band! Great inspiration!

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  31. I love your project.. makes me want to put my tree up :) All the cool elements on there, it's awesome !

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  32. Love your vintage Santa Clock... so magical... yes I believe in the magic! The adornments are so perfect! You created such a perfect scene for the "magic" of Santa; the snow flocked tree, candy canes, just awesome !

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  33. I can feel the magic... Beautiful!

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  34. Love the vintage look to this clock. I am a collector of Santas and that face is perfect. Great job!

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  35. Such a special Christmas piece you have created Annette. Yes, I do love that Santa stamp but I don't have it. Maybe I can still find one. Such great elements you have added to your clock.

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  36. Wonderful work on these clocks Annette! Just brilliant! Karen.x

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  37. He is a lovely Santa , very traditional. Love the red too

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  38. Fabulous clock Annette - hard to believe we are thinking of Christmas already. Time Flies.

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  39. Wonderful Christmas clock, love that shade of red, great additions as well, Ruth x

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  40. Great clocks! So cool that you made one into a working timepiece! I love that Santa really shows up in the back. Thanks for your inspiration!

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  41. What a perfect little Christmas scene! Thanks for the tutorial too! Love the large image with the other little stuff! So beautiful and perfect!

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  42. Fantastic Christmas clock - like you, I love vintage images and this was a great idea!

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  43. Love all the bells in your clock and the Christmas theme is just perfect with it.
    Julie x

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  44. What a festive timepiece. Its really vintage Christmas in a clock!

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  45. Oh Annette.. Fantastic altered clocks....loving your festive display!! ...beautiful touches...& Love your Santa background too...awesome inspiration :)

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  46. Love your Christmas scene in your clock! .....and your other one is quite a cool piece, too!!

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  47. Love your Christmas clock... so many great ideas - the decorated tree, ornaments and ah-mazing paint job. Great idea to mask the glass... really should have read your post before painting my clock. LOL.

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  48. I love your clock Annette! I like that Santa stamp too. =)

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  49. Gorgeous altered Assemblage Clock, adore the scene you have set and Santa sits beautifully in the back. I love your Christmas tree and the tiny candy canes. The touches of gold are gorgeous. Tracy x

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  50. Annette, I love your clock. Anything Christmas a a must in my world.

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  51. Annette, this is fab, I nearly went. Christmassy, but not quite on the Christmas countdown yet.
    Dx

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  52. Gorgeous Annette ! Love your Christmas clockx

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  53. I love this clock Annette! That Santa stamp is a favorite of mine too!

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  54. Love the Christmas theme, it came out so pretty! Thanks so much for sharing!~kim

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  55. Love the Christmas theme Annette. This is so cool!

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  56. Such a beautiful clock Annette. Love the Old World Santa and your Christmas tree. Thanks for sharing the link to your "real" assemblage clock...what a neat idea

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  57. I do remember all the years of 12 Tags of Christmas and this was my First Tim Holtz stamp set. It is still one of my favorites too. Love your both of your assemblage clocks. Very inspirational.

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  58. This is an awesome clock. love the colors. so creative

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