Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Compendium of Curiosities Challenge - Challenge 26

Hi all,

Well Challenge 26, smudge stamping page 42 of the Compendium.  |'ve had this note pad holder for a while and decided this was the challenge to use it.   I'm always looking for bits of paper to take messages and I can now put this next to the phone!  Just how long it will stay there who knows, my beloved hubby is always moving things!!

So on to the challenge.

The box is made of chipboard so rather than seal with gesso I decided to use chalk paint to make it look like 'stone.'  I used stone, buff and irish cream from the Paper Artsy fresco finish chalk acrylic range.  I then stamped some text and the writing hand from the Tim Holtz Typography Set and applied the technique for this challenge.

I used one of Tims Idea-ology ornate plates and added an embossed label, I also added a tassel that I found in my stash.  To make the quill pen I added one of the Idea-ology findings pen nibs and attached a red feather. An Idea-ology arrow completed the lid.

Each of the sides had a panel stamped with text from the Random Quotes stamp set and again the technique applied.  Each side then had some extra stamping which I coloured with various distress inks.  I then added embellishments and edged them with Pebeo king gold gilding wax.

These side panels were then attached to the box.

The inside of the box was painted with Turquoise Paper Artsy fresco finish chalk acrylic, I love this colour, I would paint my life in this colour.  I stamped the collage stamp from the Classics number 7 stamp set using picket fence distress stain, and the corner stamp in chipped sapphire and then applied the technique to both images.  I then over-stamped the sentiment in black archival ink.

To finish off the edges I rubbed some Pebeo king gold Gilding Wax over the edges and once dry buffed with a soft cloth to give a lovely sheen.  

Linda and the Curiosity Crew have, as usual, provided some wonderful examples and her web site is the place to see all this sumptuousness (I think the spelling may have got away from me there!).  Such wonderful samples.  Also thanks to The Funkie Junkie for sponsoring this challenge.



  1. Very well done, Lyn! You've used one of my favorite TimStamps and very effectively for your note pad box. That technique is fabulous with this image! Your quill pen is a statement element here, so cool!

  2. Love the way you used the challenge technique to re-purpose your notepad holder. Good luck with keeping it in the proximity of your phone...ours always seem to have legs.

  3. That's fabulous, Lyn! I could use a box like that by the phone too. Love all the stamping. Thanks for joining us at CC3C!

  4. What a cool piece to do! I love all the stamps you used! Great and neat idea! Thanks so much for smudge stamping with us this time at CC3Challenge!!!!

  5. So soft and subtle. Such a beautiful box. I always look forward to seeing your CC3C creations. Well done, once again!

  6. Lyn...your art is always so fun! I love the way you think and even more, the way you take those thoughts and create such cool stuff! :) This box is very cool...and useful! Love the stamps you've chosen to use. Neat placement and use of color. Thanks for sharing with us at CC3C. <3 Candy

  7. Cute box!! I love the idea of upcycling since it often gets us updating the house, but gives us a chance to be creative. I hope you can keep en eye on that box...my ChiefHubby does it, too. ;)