Saturday, February 26, 2011

Dream Valley Challenge #1 - Anything Goes

Well as you know I was accepted to be on the Dream Valley Challenges Design Team. This is a first for me. Not only have I never entered into a challenge before but I've never been on a DT. I was a little intimidated. Good thing the first challenge was "anything goes". So I created some art for my ALMOST finished craft room (I'll be posting about that next week). I had an old wooden artist's pallet that I picked up at a random store a few years ago. I stepped out of my box and did some whimsical altered art (also a first for me). I flipped through my old art books for some inspiration and found this lovely Goya print:

It made me laugh! And anything that makes me laugh is right up my alley. Plus I had some scrap K&Company papers that I've been itching to use! Here's what I came up with:

The clock parts are older than I am! They were my dad's who used to make clocks for a hobby long before I was born. The ribbon is actually paper ribbon. I wanted to tie in the blue from the umbrella's.

Here's some close ups:

Goya has a much deeper meaning behind this portrait (side note: were all artists back then crazy in the head?), but I think the cat in the background to the left was saying "what the....a bird on a leash?!" (another side note: I had a cat named Panther who I walked on a leash. And I took her to parks)

When I found this quote it reminded me of how God takes care of me. He might not always be able to protect me from the storms, but He's there to walk through them with me.

Feel like you're up for the challenge? Visit Dream Valley Challenges and enter in your creativity. Here's what you could win!

1st Prize £10 voucher for Lili of the Valley

2nd prize is Fashionista and Dude Simply Sassy set

and 3rd prize is wee Windswept Simply Sassy


I'm entering this into the following challenges this week:

DYSU: Anything goes
Paper romance: Anything Goes
Crafty Purple Frog: A Touch of Magic
Paper Cutz: Spring
The Cheerful Stamp Pad: Anything but a Card
Alphabet Challenge: Q is for Quotes


melsanford said...

Oh wow! Beautiful! I love the clock :-) Love 'n' hugs, Mel xx

Jennie said...

Wow! Just WOW!
This is absolutely stunning!!! Woweee!

Jack said...

Just love this, and it made me laugh too. xx

Carole of Brum said...

A wonderful and unique piece of art, Mary, I enjoyed seeing it. How special to use your dad's clock pieces too, it'll be a great addition to your craft room. CoB

SusieLou said...

Hey Mary, this looks amazing and I love the saying too! Susie x

Kendra said...

Congrats again on the DT post! Love the clock!

Khristen said...

This is just GORGEOUS! I love it so very much, I just have to lift this idea and do the same! What a perfect hanging for any crafter's room, or the special gift for any artist! TFS! xoxo

Mags said...

This is amazing! I love the little Goya boy in his red suit! The sentiment is so lovely, too - I'll remember it next time I'm out in the rain, it's always good to be reminded that God is with us always! Thanks!

luv, Mags x

Lin said...

OMW what a fantastic creation for a craft area, and how special to have used your Dad's clock pieces. Every time you check the time it will make you smile I am sure.

Lin xx

Carrie's Corner said...

Wonderful piece of altered art! You did a great job for your 1st challenge. I'm sure this is extra special to you since you have a piece of your dad included. Very special!


Miranda said...

awesome project you're not only a woman of many thoughts but of many ideas too
thanks for joining the DYSU challenge again

Melly said...

Oh Mary
Its stunning! Are you sure you havent done this sorta thing before?? I love it and know how fab it will look in your craft room!!
the quote is perfect! And great to have a piece of your dad in it!!
Hugs Melly
Ps thanks for the other link, it really made me feel better! Your a star!!

Sandra P said...

Wonderful piece of art! Love how you added a bit of history :)(your dad)

Gorgeous :)

Thanks for joining Paper Romance this week!

Sandra P

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Lynne in NI said...

COOL clock! It'll look fab in your craft room ... great quote too!

WencheP said...

Such great work, it's really a piece of art! Thanks for joining us at Do You Stack Up.


Janet said...

great work! thanks for joining the corrosive challenge!

Regan said...

Wow! What a cool project! Love the clock hands I enjoyed reading your post... It's always interesting to read the back story behind things! Thanks for playing along @ The Corrosive Challenge! :)

Posh Cat Crafts said...

Wow what a gorgeous clock, I just love your sentiment. Thank you for joining us at Alphabet this week.

* Shaz * said...

Fabulous clock very unusual!! thanks for joining us at Alphabet Challenge this week.

Vicki Romaine said...

WOW! This is so neat! A clock! I love the way you used a palette for your base. Thanks so much for entering "Anything But a Card" on the Cheerful Stamp Pad. Hopefully you will return often and join in on future challenges. I can't wait to see what else you create.

princesskitten said...

What a wonderful project - love the hands

kitten DYSU team

Helen Ann said...

what a sweet saying lovely card

Thanks for joining us at Alphabet Challenge Blog - hope to see you again soon

Hel xox

PetraB said...

The image is fabulous, it made me smil.