Time Flies

Our new challenge for the next two weeks over at Try it on Tuesday is Time Flies.

I hope you will join in the fun and for more inspiration please take a look at the amazing creations of my fabulous Design Team teamies over at our blog. A special welcome to Erika who has joined our Design Team too!

For this challenge I had fun creating a steampunk style page using some wonderful chipboard pieces from Boozybear – I hope you like it!

I started by adding Antique Linen, Ground Espresso and Rusty Hinge Distress Ink to the page by applying the ink pads to a blending mat, spritzing with water and then pressing the mat onto the page. To tie into the Time Flies theme, I selected some stamps with months, days and dates on them from a Documented stamp set by Tim Holtz and stamped them over the background using black Versafine Ink. Then I added some numbers and texture using a stencil by Carabelle Studios and Black Soot Distress Ink. To tone the background colours down a bit, I added some Neutral Grey Liquitex Heavy Body Acrylic using a palette knife and also stencilled Pébéo white gesso over the page using a sponge through an Abstract Grid stencil by That’s Crafty.

For the winged clock, I used chipboard pieces which included a Wind Up Gear, some cogs and gears, and also two steampunk wings from Boozybear that I won over at Sandee & Ameile’s challenge – thank you! I stuck the wings in place behind the clock face of the Wind Up Gear piece and layered some cogs over the top using Liquitex Matte Gel Medium. When dry, I added some brads to the centre of a couple of the gears and then I painted the whole piece using Iridescent Bright Gold Liquitex Ink. Next I covered it with some VersaMark Watermark Ink and Aged Silver Embossing Enamel which I heated with my heat gun until it turned glossy and dimensional. I then added some Green Patina Perfect Pearls by Ranger, Rusty Hinge Distress Ink and black Versafine Ink to give it an aged look and heated it with my heat gun again so all the elements merged together.

I repeated the layers of the gold Liquitex Ink, Aged Silver Embossing Enamel, Green Patina Perfect Pearls, Rusty Hinge Distress Ink and black Versafine Ink until I achieved the finish that I was after.

I repeated the same process to create the numbers which are also chipboard pieces from Boozybear. Then I attached everything to the page using Ranger Glossy Accents. To finish, I used the glossy accents again to adhere some metal and glass beads so that they look like debris which has come away from the numbers as they fly out from the clock.

Last week after a walk along the green at Lytham with our friends, we stopped by a café called Chell’s of Lytham. As this cafe makes their own ice cream I couldn’t resist having a couple of scoops; the flavours I chose were Sticky Toffee Pudding and Double Chocolate – yummy!

As you can see there was iced water, as well as Earl Grey Tea and Hot Chocolate …

… and as T Stands for Tuesday, I also have a cappuccino to share with the coffee lovers amongst the T Gang – wishing you all a Happy T Day!


I’m glad I found out about Challenge Blogs, like Try it on Tuesday, as I enjoy taking part, they provide me with inspiration for my pages and are a wonderful way to meet like-minded arty people. So here are the challenges I’m joining today:

I’m pleased to join the lovely Alison/Craftytrog and her Geometric Shapes challenge over at Art Journal Journey with the Abstract Grid that I included on my page.

With the steampunk vibe created from the amazing Boozybear chipboard pieces, I am very pleased to be able to join Sandee & amilie’s Steampunk Challenge which is Anything Goes – Steampunk/Industrial – thanks so much for the wonderful Boozybear chippies!

I’m happy to join the Put Your Stamp On It challenge over at A Vintage Journey as I used a set of Tim Holtz stamps for my Steampunk Style inspired page.

Over at Simon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday the challenge is Try Something NEW! so I’m pleased to join this challenge too as I used two new stencils and the Carabelle Studio one was bought at Simon Says Stamp.

Thanks for joining me today! If you have any questions or comments, I would love to hear from you.

Here is a list of all the materials used to create this art journal page:

  • Tim Holtz Distress Ink (Antique Linen, Ground Espresso, Rusty Hinge, Black Soot)
  • Tsukineko Versafine Ink (Onyx Black)
  • Liquitex Heavy Body Acrylic (Neutral Grey)
  • Pébéo White Gesso
  • Tsukineko VersaMark (Watermark Stamp Pad)
  • Liquitex Ink! (Iridescent Bright Gold)
  • Stampendous! Frantage Embossing Enamel Kit (Aged Silver FREK02)
  • Ranger Perfect Pearls (Green Patina)
  • Tim Holtz Collection Stamper’s Anonymous (Documented CMS226)
  • Carabelle Studio Art Template (Trame Tissus et Chiffres TE60034)
  • That’s Crafty! 8x8ins Stencil (Abstract Grid – TC8023)
  • Boozybear Chipboard Pieces (Wind Up Gear CP29, assorted gears and cogs, steampunk wings)
  • Craft Sensations (Brads CRO550/A)
  • The Brighton Bead Shop (Assorted Metal and Glass Beads)
  • Ranger Glossy Accents
  • Liquitex Matte Gel Medium

38 thoughts on “Time Flies

  1. Wonderful page Joe, love the clock and cogs, great effect. It would be too cold for me to eat ice just now, but thanks for the offer of cappuccino, that’s great at any time of the year! Just driking a cup as I write this…Happy T Day, hugs, Valerie


  2. Hard to believe the clock and gears are chipboard. I thought they were metal. Very cool page. With temps below 0 oF., it’s just too cold for ice cream. I’d rather have a nice, hot cup of Earl Grey.Happy T Day

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  3. Wow Jo! This is such a splendid page – the background alone is fabulous – the addition of those lovely metallic look steampunk elements takes it to another level! I’ll pass on the icecream but a cappuccino would be great right now – with snowflakes passing the window!!! Happy T day! Chrisx

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  4. A fabulous Steampunk style Time page Jo. You got some amazing metalic effects on the chip board pieces you used. The background is wonderful as well with the time related stamps you used.
    I will pass on the ice cream even though it looks delicious and have a warm drink, its so cold again here today.
    Happy T day wishes Jo.
    Yvonne xx

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  5. Such a beautiful piece for the new theme

    Great to see you mention Chell’s. We went in there last year after a walk along the green

    Have a great at T day

    Love Chrissie xx

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  6. Fab steampunk page, Jo. I love those chipboard pieces and how you assembled and colored them. They really look all rusty and oxidized.

    Sticky toffee pudding ice cream – yum yum!

    Happy T-day! Hugs, Eileen

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  7. Wow – that chipboard piece is truly fabulous, especially with the amazing distressed look you’ve created with all those powders – brilliant! Love the grungy layers of the background too… a really stunning page spread.
    Alison x

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  8. My gosh – I am absolutely thrilled by this amazing steampunk page! I love how you treated the chipboard! And this wonderful background – terrific make! ! WOW! You made me happy to link this fantastic page to AJJ as well! Much appreciated my friend!
    Your ice cream looks tempting, I had no one since the end of summer- but I should treat myself to ice cream soon again! You inspire me!
    Happy T-Day and happy TioT and happy AJJ and happy rest of the week dear Jo!
    Big hugs, Susi

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  9. What a great steampunk piece! I would like to have that on my wall. I love the way you made the cogs all look so metally. And the ‘debris’ that time left behind is a lovely touch. The background is beautiful too.
    Thank you for sharing a cppuccino. I really fancied one.
    Happy T-Day,

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  10. My sincere apologies for not visiting sooner, but my electricity went out about 4ish this morning. It is finally back on and I keep getting interrupted while trying to play catch-up. Now here I am, the host of T Tuesday, and am probably the last person to leave a comment.

    I was absolutely flabbergasted when I saw what you created for TioT. I was really impressed and think your focal images with the clock, wheels, and gears are jaw dropping gorgeous. This is one incredible spread. Thanks also for sharing it with us at Art Journal Journey, too.

    Ice cream. You sound like me. In the dead of winter I bought an ice cream cone at an upscale shop while snow was swirling around. I think you were smarter, though and ate yours in the warmth of Chell’s at Lytham. And you gave us all kinds of drinks to admire, appreciate, and share with you, too. Thanks for thinking of all of us with your various drinks and ice cream for T this Tuesday. Again, sorry to be so late visiting.

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  11. I love your Time Flies page Jo. The chipboard really looks like metal. You did a great job creating that effect! And thanks for your support at TIOT. I am excited to join! And you are a girl of my heart. Ice cream…and hot cocoa…Yummy. Perfect for a winter day. Hope it was a fantastic T day. I’m running a little late at getting back to people. Hugs-Erika

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  12. This is delicious Jo love everything about it.. those embossed cogs and gears are fabulous!! A real delight for our eyes.. Thanks for sharing this amazing creation.
    Big HUgs Tracey xx
    P.S The icecream sounds like heaven,,

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  13. A fabulous page Jo, the background looks wonderful and I love the finish you achieved on the chipboard pieces, they add a lovely texture.
    Ice cream looks fabulous, I’ve never had Sticky Toffee Pudding ice cream – drooling over the thought!
    Have a great day, Avril xx

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  14. I’m back, wearing my other hat…thanks for sharing this awesome page with us at Sandee and amelie’s Steampunk Challenges, Jo! Love that grungy, scratchy background which really sets off those gears and clock. You’ve created some awesome texture with the boozybear chipboard! and of course, a great theme with time flies! Stay warm, Maura

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  15. What a gorgeous background texture dear Jo. The chipboard pieces look so wonderful.
    You created a nice steampunk page which I love very much. So well done.
    Hope you feel fine. Did you also have snow in Britain? We have a bit since yesterday.
    Dear Greetings

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    • Thank you dear Sabine! We didn’t get snow here just freezing temperatures which meant all the rain we had the day before turned to black ice – so we hibernated …lol 😉. Other parts of the country had snow though. Wishing you a wonderful week! J 😊 x


  16. Just love your distressed not-metallic although looking very like it steampunky things. Your attention to detail is unsurpassed. I also really love the colours in your complex background which gives a perfect backdrop to Time whirring away.
    We haven’t had snow either but the pavements can be treacherous with frost and bits of ice.

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  17. Oh Jo – I really adore this – it’s right up my alley 🙂
    Thanks for showing the closeup shots that show the gorgeous details and textures – loveLOVE it!
    Ice-cream? sounded very yummy but brrrrrrrr – isn’t it too chilly for that ha ha
    Hope you have a lovely weekend.
    Gill xx

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