Thursday, January 20, 2011

Altered Mini Mister Holder ::or:: The Day I Fell in Love with Glossy Accents

Or...the day I made a thing that looks kind of like a pinball machine, or the day I was really bored and had a lot of new Tim Holtz idea-ology stuff to play with. Or the day I channeled Martha Stewart - remember how she was always obsessed with decanting dish soap and mouthwash into 'pretty' containers? That's pretty much what I did!

It all started with this. A very functional, handy Mini Mister Organizer that a kind friend gifted me with. Super useful, but not at all pretty! I had been using this:

 It's a vintage flower frog. Insanely cool, but I'll be honest...it's a pain to use. So I sez to myself, I sez.....couldn't you tart that Mini Mister thingy up a bit? A little TH paper to cover it? A few do dads here and there? A bit of stamping? Why not?

So, that's what I did! I first created a base by covering the edges of a thin piece of craft wood with Tissue Tape. I 'stained' some unfinished wood pieces with Vintage Photo Distress ink and attached them to the bottom, as feet. I wish I'd had the new Ranger Distress Stain - it would have been so much easier!

The back was made using the same wood. To decorate it, I stamped a panel of Tim's paper with the quote from his Life's Possibilities clear stamp set. I wanted it to stand out more so I highlighted the letters with Glossy Accents. The umbrella man - from the same stamp set - was stamped on Grungeboard, cut out, and attached using Glossy Accents. Various idea-ology pieces were also added using Glossy Accents. Sense a theme yet?

The block was sanded and then covered with paper (using Glossy Accents) from one of Tim's pads. It's hard to tell, but there's some stamping underneath the letters. Speaking of which...they are all Grungeboard and have been inked with various distress inks and adhered with - you guessed it - Glossy Accents. The idea-ology pieces were also attached with Glossy Accents.

On the other side, I added more Grunge letters and a couple flowers cut from Tim's Tattered Florals die. I also added a Grungeboard flourish that I used my Faux Tarnished Metal technique on. I love the effect on Grungeboard! A vintage Bingo piece and an idea-ology gear were added to the center of the flower using Glossy Accents. Indeed, EVERYTHING on this entire piece was attached, adhered, and just plain glued using GA. I actually tried another type of glue and it didn't hold. So, I tried the GA and it held like cement!

After the individual pieces were finished, I glued the whole thing together (GA) as shown. A gorgeous idea-ology Ornate Plate holding an Adage Ticket completes the piece.

Ok, so....am I crazy....or inspired? You be the judge. All I can say is this looks pretty cool sitting on my table!

51 comments:

  1. Shelly, all I can think of to say is if TH saw this, he would want it for his art room! Great project!

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  2. Shelly, this is absolutely GORGEOUS!! I love it. You have inspired me to fix up mine. Wow is all I can say.

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  3. Shelly, this is awesome!!!!!!!!!! I hope you sent pics to Tim.

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  4. I say inspired! That is just way, way cool! This is just over the top awesome, awesome!!

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  5. Girl...you are amazing! To heck with Tim's creations....this is out of this world!

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  6. if i knew it could be this cool...I so would NOT have given it to you. Can I have it back now?

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  7. Wow, Shelly!!! Totally awesome!!!This almost makes me want to go out and buy one of these holders just to alter it.....almost. You have to send pics of this to Tim. I wonder if he altered his holder?

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  8. WOW! WOW! WOW! So amazing! :) You do absolutely gorgeous work!

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  9. What a great job! This is fantastic! Can't remember my password so I am having to sign in as anonymous. LOL But my name is Elaine H.

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  10. you have to show TIm! its gorgy! luv luv luv it! cher from ATT

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  11. Wow, what a cool project. Glad I got to see it!

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  12. Must have taken you ages Shelly.
    It is so TH like everyone says,I am sure he would be very very impressed if he got to see it.
    And it's functional too!!!!
    Smiles:)

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  13. Well I would definitely say inspired! This turned out GREAT!..I love it!

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  14. just totally fabulous! I never even thought to decorate mine.

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  15. Brilliant: Taking the functional and raising it to art status: Love it!

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  16. Shelley, you are truly amazing! Never in 1000 years would I have thought up something like this. It's gorgeous as well as functional.

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  17. I love it. thanks for sharing and I will be buying one of these just so I can dress it up.. what a wonderful idea..

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  18. I've followed your artwork over the years through various publications and several websites. Your creativity has always impressed me and nothing you do says 'crazy'....just amazingly, insanely gorgeous! Love this so much and I'd bet Mr. Tim would to! You should be one of his designers, too!

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  19. Shelly, I love this! I really, really, REALLY love this! Gonna have to dress mine up too ... great idea. Thankx

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  20. Love your blog. Now I have to go buy a mini mister holder and make my own pin ball wizard. Thanks for sharing.

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  21. Wowza!! this is awesome!! love what you did with this.

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  22. Dude! This totally rocks! People should pay you to do art for them!

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  23. Absolutely fabulous! I know that feeling of wanting to jazz something plain and utilitarian up .... but boy have you managed to take it to a whole other dimension! Totally inspiring!

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  24. Are you kidding me??? This is the most super cool altered piece I have seen! That is wild and talk about unique! You sould send TH and e-mail and attach a picture of this baby! Love it oh so much! I have wanted to alter some Sizzix die storage boxes (for all the TH dies) and you have so given me a push! Did I say that I love this???

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  25. You are just plain CRAZY INSPIRED woman! Love this - love it!!! I really need my own little Mini Mister organizer to 'tart up a bit' :)

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  26. This totally rocks! I love it. Your pictures are awesome, too, by the way. Wow - so impressive!

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  27. This is crazy and wonderful. It reminds me of a pin-ball machine. Fantastic.
    Ros.

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  28. Yesss!! Oh my gosh, this is totally awesome girl!! WOW, I want one like that :) That is sooo creative. I just Love every single detail. I'm speachless, so I'll just get up and give you standing ovations my friend!! WOW!!

    Hugs and smiles,
    Linda

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  29. I love it! It is so cool. Cindy T

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  30. Thank you for sharing this!! It's beautiful!

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  31. Definitely inspired Shelly!! This is fabulous!

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  32. fun, fun, fun
    send a pix to T!m
    Thanks for sharing

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  33. I don't leave comments when I check people's projects out, but this is absolutely incredible!!! I'll bet you anything T!m would LOVE to have this!! The best alteration I've ever seen!! Totally inspiring!!

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  34. I would say you tarted that up very well my dear! love the whole piece!!!

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  35. Gorgeous work! thank you for sharing!
    Aloha, Kate

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  36. Flippin' freakin' fantabulous! Love everything about this! Great job, Shelly!

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  37. Super cool- now I need to get me one so I can alter it...

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  38. Definitely inspired! Best thing I've seen all week.

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  39. Absolutely love the "tarted up" pinball machine. Shear genius!

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  40. Love it, love it, love it! Now I won't look at my mini-mister holder the same! Thank you for the inspiration!

    Hugs

    ~Spike

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  41. absolutely inspirng! off to think about altering my boring old one!
    xx

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  42. Wow, I'm missing words, this is absolutely FANTASTIC. Love it.

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  43. This is just waaaay too cool! Love it!

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  44. ..wayyyyyyy cool!!! It turned out awesome.....

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  45. Very, Very Cool. TFS, very inspirational.........now where are all my Tim bits?

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  46. Thank you so much for this wonderful idea .
    I have created a mini mister holder ,put it on my blog and put the link to your blog on my blog so more people can be inspired by your great and wonderful ideas .

    Hugs Rosita ,from Holland

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