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Friday 8 August 2014

Challenge 12 - Time flies

Thanks to everyone who entered all the gorgeous entries to Challenge 11 which closed last night and welcome, now, to challenge #12! It's Chris here and I'm delighted to take a turn in choosing our theme and playing host Creative Guide for this challenge. I've chosen a theme of...

'Time flies'

We would like to see anything relating to the passing of time which includes Tim's products - stamps, dies, Idea-ology etc. This is down to your interpretation of how quickly time passes and how you can demonstrate it BUT we want to see Tim's techniques too please. The rest is up to you!

Our challenge runs for 2 weeks whereupon a winner will be chosen by the team. The winner will receive a £10 shopping voucher from our host, Country View Crafts on-line shop. We will also be choosing 3 blog badge winners, our 'Pinworthies', who will be pinned to our special winners' Pinterest board.

If you are unfamiliar with our rules (they're very simple), PLEASE read them - you can find them HERE in our 'Travelling Instructions'. We will disqualify any entry that does not demonstrate one of the styles we're looking for and a clear, strong influence of Tim Holtz. If you are unsure what that means, you can find our interpretation HERE.

To help you on your journey our talented team of Creative Guides have crafted a project each for you to look at in the hope of offering you some inspiration...

My project demonstrates the passing of time from the child (top left) to the grown woman (bottom right) accentuated by the clock with wings in the centre. I've used a lot of 'non-Tim' products in this make to illustrate how we can be influenced by Tim even if we can't afford to buy all his products. [s] As usual, you'll find a how and what step x step on my own blog.

This time around I am sharing my birthday card organizer - it seems that someone's birthday is always upon me before I know it. Time indeed does fly. You can see my "Timspiration" in the Grungeboard Wings, Weathered Clock & Bookplate. Inside are 12 folders with room to store the cards for each month, all edged with Vintage Photo DI. The cover is held in place with a magnet topped off with Tim's metal clock face and a crystal knob.

For me the one thing that marks the passing of time has been watching my grandson growing from a toddler to a lively, chattering, full of life little boy these last couple of years. I have made a scrapbook tag to showcase some of the photographs taken on my phone and which don't print well for a full sized layout. A lovely keepsake for Nana!

Time definitely does fly - far too fast if you ask me, but I'm hoping to capture a little of that time with this altered clock. It was one of those very dark mahogany type cases and I've altered it with both Decoart and Tim Holtz products so that it is a very shabby chic piece that I am happy to display at home. The bird is carrying the timepiece to signify time flying - a rather literal interpretation from me today.

When I read Chris's choice for this challenge I had an image in my head of the universe and was thinking about how when we look out into space we are are looking back in time. I confess my end result does not quite match what was in my head but I am aiming to convey the concept combined with the duality of the present moment. I loved using the 'back' of Tim's papers for this project - they are fab!

Well for this time related piece I wanted to do a piece to celebrate that in August my husband and I will have been together 15 years, so a rather sentimental time related make for me using all things distress to create a rather personal make . I wanted this piece to have a soft feel and love how these Found relatives cards can make a brilliant central focus .

Time does fly and it would be so nice to capture it in a bottle as Jim Croce so beautifully stated. There are so many days that I wish I could make last forever and like so many of us, there really is never enough time. My project is just about that and saving time in a bottle, so maybe it just won't fly away. Enjoy and cherish all your time!

I decided to alter an 8 x 8" canvas for this challenge and time certainly flies, specially when you are having fun. I certainly did have fun creating this. There is nothing very deep and meaningful behind it, but I was in mixed media shabby heaven when creating it, and good times are the best aren't they?
There is a full step by step on my blog if you want to know more.

Its funny but when I was younger I never gave any thought to the word 'Time' other than the time of day. Now I am mature...................okay, older :-), 'Time' has taken on a new meaning in relation to how quickly it passes, months and years...where on earth do they go!!!!

Anyway...I have made an 8 by 8 card for Chris's fabulous challenge theme, using Madame Payruad Paper Stash, Oxford Impressions and a Clarity Stamp as well as Tim's Bubble Stencil and of course Distress Inks. The paper and mat layer were distressed along the edges and then inked with Vintage Photo Distress Inks. Ranger Sepia Accents was applied to the pocket watch to give a 3D effect....really cool !!

I love clocks and the mechanics, one of the most amazing clocks is housed in Salisbury Cathedral and is claimed to be the oldest working clock in the world dating back to 1386! an incredible piece of machinery, certainly makes your reflect on the passing of time. A great inspiration for my project, I decided to use butterflies flying around the old corroded winged clock. To symbolise measuring how time flies which is always ticking with the pendulum it never stops.
To see more on my project please visit my blog.

My teamies have created some magical projects to inspire and encourage you so we're hoping that lots of you will join in. Although the challenge lasts just 2 weeks that really is oodles of time to get crafting! >;o)

I hope you enjoy the theme and I can't wait to see what YOU come up with! The most important thing is to HAVE FUN!

We'll have another fab' detailed post for you on Monday.

Have a great weekend all!

Chris xxx
For Brenda and the VJ Creative Guides


  1. Way to go team mates - The projects for this fortnight are simply fabulous. I can't wait to see what our talented travel mates come up with this time.

  2. S@ndy is so right, the projects are indeed fabulous! This is going to be a wonderful challenge and I too, look forward to seeing what our amazing travellers do with this theme.

  3. And I will echo that too! A fabulous challenge Chris and stunning makes from the team. I am really looking forward to seeing all the wonderful makes from our travellers this challenge. Have a lovely weekend everyone x

  4. What a wonderful challenge theme, Chris. Fantastic and amazing work from the DT and all so inspiring. Our travelers are going to have fun with this one!

  5. Great inspiration; looking forward to seeing what everyone comes up with - great theme! Nikki

  6. Oh how time flies! such a fantastic challenge

    Fabulous Design Team Projects, can't wait to see what those taking part in the challenge create

    Jools x

  7. Fantastic, inspirational pieces ladies! Nicola x

  8. What great inspiration! I hope to be able to come up with something!

  9. Fun fun fun!!! Great makes from the DT. Karen.x

  10. Thanks for all the fabulous inspiration and for the for the fun challenge!

  11. As always brilliant projects by the Talented Design Team!

  12. So many lovely examples of time passing/flying by! I can't wait to sit at my craft table and create something with this theme!

  13. So glad I found your blog!!! Wonderful inspirational projects and a lovely theme. I altered a printer tray and which is based on beautiful memories and one of the section is showing time. Kindly let me know whether is my project is appropriate or not with your theme.
    Thanks for the challenge.

  14. Amazing projects... looking forward to finally having some time to come and see them in close up today!
    Alison xx

  15. Have visited all the blogs - such wonderful work - they amaze me

  16. What a great theme, so much scope. I enjoyed the challenge, thanks! x

  17. After seeing loads of videos of Tims techniques I spotted this site. . Am so thrilled. . Beautiful projects. . Am flushed with ideas . Thinking where to start

  18. Just found your site, I love all the projects on the theme 'Time flies' and hope I can join the next challgne (too late for this one). I very much like vintage and use a lot of Tim Holtz ideas and products in my creations. (