Sunday, 14 June 2015

Masculine at Mixed Media World

Hi Everyone
Another month has gone by for us all at  Mixed Media World and we have had another fabulous response from you for our Vintage challenge and some really fabulous makes from everyone. It's now time to do it all again and our theme for this month is
This months theme has been chosen by my fabulously talented team mate Donna and is just in time for Fathers day for those of us in the UK.

For my piece for this months challenge I have gone for a nautical theme by altering a rat trap into a memo holder, ideal for leaving that "Gone Fishing" note

First thing to do when altering a rat/mouse trap is to remove all the parts, I have to add at this point that removing them is a lot easier than putting the bits you need back on when it's finished!!
I then stenciled the word Remember (left)  and the chevrons (right) with modeling paste.
I then painted the trap using Fresco finish paints South Pacific, Bora Bora and Irish Cream.
I then stamped all my images and applied embossing powder and heat embossed. then applied to the trap with matt multi medium. once that was dry I gave the whole piece several washes of Fresco finish paint in French Roast which is great for added the aged look as this colour is translucent.
I added the fishing net which is a piece from a roll of bandage coloured with the same paints watered down.
I then aged a Tim Holtz word band and nautical charm from my stash with the same colours.
Some shells finish the piece off.
stencils used are Stencil Girl - Dube and Tim Holtz - chevrons
Stamps are all from Paperartsy sets HP1111 & HP1306.
we would all love to see your Manly makes so why not come and join in with us this month HERE, there is, as always, some fabulous inspiration from my team mates.
I would like to enter this into the following challenges:-
Craft Stamper - Textures
Anything but Cute - Masculine
welove2create - anything Mixed Media

This is my 2nd post of the day, my first is to celebrate 100 posts at FSC, to see all the details of that post and a chance to win my posted make you can find all the details HERE

thanks as always for stopping by
Amanda x


  1. Yep this is wonderful.....far too nice to just catch furry critters in them! I love the 'netting' too off to hunt down bandages now then!
    Biggest ratty hugs
    Donna xxx

  2. Brilliant bit of altering Amanda! Love it! xxx

  3. What an imaginative project, so full of texture!
    Thank you for joining us at Craft Stampers Take it Make it blog challenge

  4. Fabulous sea theme here Amanda and love the alteration and all the amazing details.
    Fliss xx

  5. A clever alteration with a lovely sea that blue, Amanda!
    Greetings, Alie :-)

  6. Absolutely fantastic! Love your altered mouse trap.. Much better use of it that killing some poor sod with it.. I really love the shade of green that you used on this. Gorgeous! Xx

  7. Amanda this is an excellent idea executed masterfully. I absolutely love what you have made. All the texture an colour looks fabulous. Love it! Xxx

  8. Wow how is this for an up cycling project?!! What an amazingly clever idea. Love the distressed blue/browns and the nautical feel x

  9. In one word-Amazeballs! This mouse trap is the kind of trap I like to see! Wonderfully creative use and upcycle of a not so lovely household (for some) item. Love the nautical feel and so very clever of you to dis-assemble it. I bet it is a pain in the tookus to get back together?

    Thanks for joining in our Make It Masculine challenge at Anything But Cute! Hugz. ~Niki DT

  10. wow this looks great, love how you incorperated the rat trap and the colors are beautiful!
    Groetjes Karin

  11. I can't believe you altered a mouse trap, that's like Einstein genius level thinking!! Seriously, the best recycle project idea I have ever seen!!! I love the nautical theme and the shells are a really great way to dress it up! Wonderful job antiquing all the bits, look like it came right from the bottom of the sea!!

    Thank you so much for joining us at Anything But Cute for our 'Make It Masculine' challenge! Hugs, Pamellia DT :)

  12. Fabulous love it! Thanks for joining in with us at the Take It Make It challenge. Elizabeth x

  13. Love this! What a clever piece of re-cycling. Thank you for joining in with the Craft Stamper Challenge ..... good luck! Linda xx

  14. Love how you altered a rat trap, fantastic idea and I love your theme too. The colours are fantastic and work beautifully with your focal pieces. Thanks so much for joining in with the We Love To Create Challenge. Tracy x

  15. Wonderful altered trap, great textures and colour palette!

  16. WOW!!! This is so creative! Love the colors, and vintage feel to it! Thank you so very much for joining our Make It Masculine challenge at Anything But Cute!
    Samra DT

  17. In love with this - the muted colour tones, the fabulous altered metal (especially the word band with its big screws), and the softer texture from the cheesecloth. A really fabulous altered trap.
    Alison xx

  18. Awesome masculine project and the best recycled item. Love the colour palette, the texture you achieved and the subtle stamping. Thanks for joining us at Anything But Cute.


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