This is a unique challenge blog where we are inspired by and focus on the Vintage; shabby; mixed-media; art journaling; industrial, timeworn and steampunk genres and encompass the talent, flair, expertise and ideas of many artists that we are inspired by. We welcome all types of projects - cards, journaling, assemblage, layouts, albums, atcs, altered art in fact whatever you want to share (as long as it is in good taste).

Monday 18 August 2014

Welcome Zuzu as Guest Creative Guide today

Welcome everyone on this fabulous Monday morning.
Today we have the amazing Zuzu with us today sharing a magnificent project for our ‘Time Flies’ challenge. Zee is well known for her fabulous altered art and a look round her blog will give you a wonderful and inspiring insight into her world of mixed media and transformed objects.


My name is Louise but in the craft world I am known as Zuzu  (or Z / Zee).  I started crafting about 8 years ago by taking up simple card making. (I shudder to think at some of the cards I churned out and thought were fabulous).  I soon realised that card making wasn't for me and I discovered things like, tags, ATCs, fatbooks etc. and did that for a while. Still I didn’t get comfy with crafting until I really discovered Altered Art (with the help of Tim Holtz and his products and techniques). 
3D objects seem to give me more satisfaction or adding a lot of texture to flatter objects. I love altered art in a vintage shabby chic style and fail terribly at clean techniques.

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Ever since I can remember, I have been a bit of a collector of old junk. needless to say, when an artist came on the seen who was also into old junk and who then started producing wonderful craft supplies to compliment this love of old and distressed, I became an immediate fan. Like Tim, I wander into junk shops and bric-a-brac shops and bring odd bits of it home and on one of those trips I found a mantle clock case with no clock inside. I managed to get it for £3 and it has been sitting on a shelf for a fair few months.
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When I was invited along as a guest then heard the theme was "Time Flies", I made my mind up very easily, to get the clock case down and give it a "Holtz" vintage distressed makeover. Also, I just received my new framelets die and stamp set from country view crafts so I HAD to include lots of those little butterflies. The clock case for the "Time" part and my butterfly framelits for the "Flies" part. once the clock was painted with paints and crackle medium I cut out and stuck on lots of butterflies cut out from the "Laboratorie" papers. I stuck a section cut from the "wallflower" papers on to the back of the inside and then stuffed the clock innards with moss, sticks and lots of Tim Holtz ephemera and ideaology pieces. to finish it off, I decorated the bottom of the clock with tissue tape.
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Wow Zee this is a fabulous transformation. I love the way you have changed the appearance of the clock case and all the wonderful elements you have added to the inside, it’s brilliantly conceived and executed and I just love your interpretation of the theme. Thank you so much for sharing your project and your wonderful imaginative and inspirational style.


Well there are only 4 days left to enter Chris’s challenge if you haven’t already and to be in with a chance of winning that £10 voucher from Country View Crafts. As always we love looking through your fantastic entries – so pop over to the challenge post and take a look at everyone’s work for a dose of creativity, ingenuity and originality.

Have a wonderful week and we will see you back here on Friday with the next new challenge hosted by our fabulous Alison (Words and Pictures).

Take care.

hugs Brenda and the Creative Guides xx


  1. Welcome, fabulous piece Zuzu. Like you, I love to collect "stuff" that one day will find its way into an art project. I love it when I have just the right piece of junk for the job. Thanks for sharing your creativity with us.

  2. Congratulations Zuzu on this terrific creation and guest design piece. Love your fab crackled aging of the clock. All the various decorative and story-telling elements are wonderful. Nicola x

  3. Wow, this is fantastic Zuzu! I really love how you aged it with the crackle texture and all your little butterflies are just amazing! Such a great piece of art! :)

  4. A labour of love and a work of art here from Zuzu! This is amazing and I love the way those butterflies take flight as time passes. Jenny x

  5. A stunning bit of altered art here from Zuzu, love ho the outside was done and the inside looks fantastic too, brilliant!

  6. Zuzu's altered clock is absolutely gorgeous, the crackling on the frame is amazing and I love all the ephemera elements and also the beautiful butterflies! Anne x

  7. Stunning work Zuzu, what a fantastic, detailed project. Nikki x

  8. What a glorious creation from the always amazing Zuzu - stunning textures and a wonderful natural feel to the whole piece... I love it!
    Alison xx

  9. This is an amazing alteration Louise and it's lovely to see you here as Guest Creative Guide. Lots of wonderful details. TFS and best wishes
    Annie x