Saturday, 25 August 2012

Marie distressed

Hi everybody. I have at last managed to alter my mouse-trap for the challenge at Out of a Hat Creations. It's a very strange thing to alter, and I did not really like playing with this little murder machine. Perhaps that's what me think of Marie Antoinette... I printed off some Marie images, and then went to work. I removed the dangerous bits from the trap, cut the image to size, and glued it down. Then I painted it with clear varnish, before using a 2-component crackle varnish on it. I used the indents on the trap to elevate her head, and put the nasty metal part behind it, after winding some silver ribbon onto it. I used some turquoise roses, some of which I sprayed with silver, and a matching butterfly for decoration. To finish it I used some silver seed-beads to frame the head.


The second trap has been turned into a note pad for the kitchen. I distressed and stamped a tag, which I glued on to make the background. The tag is a bit longer than the trap, so I can use the eyelet at the top to hang it up. I embellished it with a vintage image, a TH branch-tree, painted silver, and some butterflies. The posy of the girl has been glammed up with blue beads. I cut some scrap card to size, and snapped them under the trap part, and I can remove them one at a time as I need them. Now  I just need to hang a little pencil onto it



I used the rest of the Marie images glued to  some biscuit box card to make the book-mark tags. The images have all been distressed to within an inch of their lives, using my crackle varnish again. Now they look almost old enough to hang in the Louvre.
I am also linking to the 'Alter it' Challenge at the Stamp Man Challenge Blog







That was all for today.  Thanks for visiting, take care, and have a great weekend.


38 comments:

  1. What a lot of lovely creations! I wasn't expecting to see you posting this afternoon, usually you are a morning blogger! Hugs, Sarah

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  2. Hi Valerie, Wow 2 Wonderful mousetraps love the Marie Antoinette theme just perfect and love the colour. Great idea for a notepad. Also love the bookmark tags. so glad you joined us at Out of A Hat. Hugs Sandra XXX

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  3. Well, looks like you've had a fun day Valerie. Fabulous mousetraps - love the idea of the notepad - just mind your fingers! Stunning bookmarks too, gorgeous images and fabulous crackle! Have a nice evening, I'm away to watch the telly with a box of Maltesers! xx

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  4. Yummy, I've got fruit and nut chocolate and a Harry Potter DVD!

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  5. Mouse traps are a very unique thing to alter! The memo pad idea is fun and I like the Marie trap & distressed tags, too!

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  6. Gosh you are an inspiration!

    I really especially love the booktags. Honestly those crackles are amazing.... and the images are so pretty...I love the ones with the blue colour. Stunning!

    I love the altered mousetraps too... you are on a constant 'roll' !

    Karenx

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  7. I am loving your bookmarks! Not being a Marie fan particularly..I would have made the mousetrap a bit more gruesome LOL Hugs,

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  8. Naughty, naughty! But you are right, she's not a fave of mine, either.

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  9. Wow, what a busy and productive day! Love your mousetraps , love the way you know how to use those seed beads! They look like delicate curls on the Marie mousetrap! Love the distressed tags too, the varnish looks so perfect they do look like they should be in the Louvre!

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  10. You have been busy today Valerie 2 mouse traps and tags ! :)
    hope the rest of your weekend goes well for you
    Von ♥

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  11. Holy Doodle! You did get into your Arty Kitchen today didn't you. I adore all you Marie things. The first altered Marie is very clever, however, the sticky note holders - I don't know - could come in first. All beautiful and fascinating. hugs, Donna

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  12. Oh Val love the mousetraps, I have seen them on Pinterest and want to make one but just have to wait. Love the idea of a note holder.
    You book marks are wonderful. They have a real vintage feel with that crackle.
    Thank you for stopping by, you made my day!
    Lesley♥

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  13. Ohh I have seen a mouse trap or two in blogland lately... You have done a fabulous job of altering and I love the tags with the crackle paint too- wonderful and inspirational post!

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  14. Altered mousetraps, something different! Beautiful tags too.

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  15. WOW!!
    Beautiful creations, Valerie! :]
    Such a delightful visit... thank you for sharing your talents. ~xx
    Clever use of the mouse trap and I absolutely love the book-mark tags... THE CRACKLE EFFECT IS TERRIFIC!!

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  16. Gorgeous creations, Valerie! Love your mousetraps and your Marie pieces are fantastic!

    Have a wonderful Sunday!
    Gaby xo

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  17. Wow Valerie I can't think where to start to comment on this post as I love all the makes on here. The mouse traps are wonderful and both so different. Thank you for joining in at Out of a Hat this week with your works of art.

    Love Chrissie xx

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  18. Hi Valerie. Wow! Both of your mouse traps are fantastic and the tags.....I adore them. You have aged/distressed them to perfection. Really wonderful. Thank you for sharing with the Hatters again this week.
    Regards Florence x

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  19. Would never guess your Marie note holder started life as a Mouse Trap! Both are wonderfully re-purposed. thank you for joining us at The Stamp Man with these.

    love your tags they are so wonderfully distressed XOXO Zoe

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  20. What wonderful creations Valerie. Your altered mousetrap is fabulous.
    xxx Hazel.

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  21. WOW Val... I love your altered mouse traps... I don't think I have seen anyone alter that before... they look fabulous... and I just adore your distressed book marks... especially your second one... absolutely stunning...

    Hugs
    Jenny x

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  22. Creative use of a mousetrap....wonderful!
    I also love your bookmarks...:)
    Hugs xx
    p.s. not a fan of Marie either.

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  23. Where do I start?
    Fallen in love with all the Marie art (did you search the Internet for those images?) I am drooling Valerie, not a good look but out of my control and the altered mouse trap is also beautiful and a great idea.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  24. Wow - have you been busy. Marie Antoinette altered mouse traps - just genius! They are wonderful. Your tags are fabulous!! Love it all.

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  25. I love those Marie's just stunning in all her crackle glory xx

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  26. Gorgeous alterations.
    Love the Marie images,
    Yvonne x

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  27. I've never seen an altered mousetrap before...you did a fab job with them...and beautiful book mark tags...love their crackled vintage appearance! Jan x

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  28. Wow, you did a brilliant job with those mouse traps - well done for not injuring yourself in the process!

    Those bookmarks are BRILLIANT - what crackle varnish do you use? (apologies if you've already mentioned it in a previous post, I have the memory of a fish).

    x

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  29. Beautiful mousetraps and stunning tags - how amazingly busy you have been. I'm so impressed!
    Juliaxx

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  30. Simply stunning, I love these 'old' images and your distressing Valerie, that's a much better use for the traps too :0) Gay xxx

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  31. What an unusual thing to alter, it has turned out really well.
    Thanks for entering our Alter it challenge at The Stampman this time.
    hugs Kimx

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  32. Fantastic projects, the idea with the mouse trap is darling!

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  33. WOW. so many amazing creations here my friend. Love the crackled finish..

    Hugs~

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  34. Val that's so creative using Marie with the mouse trap. Off with her head. LOL. Love all the crackle finish
    hugs Lynn

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  35. The bookmark tags are so gorgeous, but I can't take my eyes off the traps! Fantastic creations. Love how you wrapped ribbon around the bar on the top one.

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  36. These are gorgeous, Valerie! I think these mouse traps are a great challenge idea. Wish I could join in,

    Lucy x

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  37. Hi Valerie,your mouse traps are totally fabulous,love them both
    Thanks for joining us at Out of a Hat
    Janet x

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  38. Gorgeous creations!!
    Hugs from Slovenia

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