Thursday, June 6, 2013


Hi there!  Today is the first Thursday of the month!  Which means that today is eclectic Paperie's Get Altered Challenge!!!  Our lovely hostess this month is Toni!  She challenged us, and is challenging YOU, to alter a spoon!  What a fun challenge this was!

Here are all the deets on the challenge! 
The Get Altered Challenge is about exploring your creative journey, about stepping outside of your comfort zone, experimenting with new products, and creating altered and mixed media art.  
We want to see your work and hear about your inspiration!  All of those who play along with our challenge will be entered into a prize drawing for a $15.00 gift certificate to the eclectic Paperie store.

So grab your supplies and play along!  Here are a few things to keep in mind for this challenge…

-You do not have to use products sold in the eP store…but we do love it when you do!

-Share a direct link to your creation, not just your blog, using the Linky Tools feature at the end of this post.  If, for any reason, the Linky Tools doesn’t cooperate, please add a link in the Comments section of the blog.

-When uploading to any online galleries, please use any of the following keywords; eP, eclectic Paperie or Get Altered Challenge. Link your creations to the eP blog.

-If you’d like to be considered as one of our featured projects and be entered into our prize drawing, please be sure to add your link before Midnight on the 18th of June.  The winner will be announced right before the eTeam Picks Challenge.
Ok!  Now that we have that important business out of the way, let's see what I came up with!

I was really impressed with Julie Masse's challenge to use gel medium with a photo transfer Visit Link Here, so I wanted to try that same technique on a spoon!   My cousin is an avid collector of all things, and was recently having a sale to get rid of quite a lot of it!  I asked if I could have all of her serving spoons!  I received a whole handful!  YAY!  Future spoon projects!!!  

To get started, I gesso'd my spoons (my original idea was to use 4 spoons, but they all didn't turn out as pretty as the first one did!) first with a paint brush, and then with a sponge for full coverage.
I stamped party stamps from Tim Holtz's Blueprints #4 onto very thin note pad paper.  I cut the images out, and adhered them on each spoon.  I pressed them down, and flattened all the air bubbles and let them dry.

Once dry, I took my fingers which I dripped in water, just like Julie shows in her Youtube video, and gently massaged the paper off the spoon.  This is what you are left with!

I sprayed them with red and blue sprays, and let them dry.  

Here's the final project:
I apologize for the glare!  I don't know what was going on w/ my camera!!!
I had started with this board for Memorial Day, and then my inspiration was sucked dry because I was too busy with school activities.  So, I let it sit in my stamp room until now!  I could finish it now!  I created a piece of cake out of paper using my Cricut, and embossed the blue panels with one of Tim Holtz's embossing folders.  I painted Gel Medium on the panels to make them look more like fondant.  I added a couple rosettes to the top for "whip cream", and I was done!  I made the stars out of Tim's 3-D Star Bright Bigz Die. 
 I cut strips to create a flag and attached them with Tim's little findings.  I die cut a film strip from Tim's Mini Film Strip.  I took pictures from a page in Midway from October Afternoon, previously sold in eP's store, and cut each one and placed inside each frame.

The AMERICA is die cut from Tim's Strip Alphabet Die and adhered w/ glue.
 Here are closeups of each section!


I hope that I have inspired you to create with us!  I look forward to seeing what fabulous creations you come up with using a spoon!
Have a great day!