moroccan mosaic

Sunday, May 11, 2014

This week we are showcasing the letter "M" for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge.There's a multitude of ways to interpret this theme. Being that my name is Michelle, I had many marvelous ideas. For my project, I chose to create a Moroccan Mosaic Box. This box is now home my vintage Amber Brooch that was given to me by my Mother.
The inspiration for this box was from the Tim Holtz die cut strip that you see at the base of the box.  I've always thought there there was a Moroccan influence there that I wanted to further explore. 
The mosaic tiles were made by embossing a foil sheet and adding metallic distress paint. The foil sheet was cut into strips and then the strips were cut into many squares. I adhered the tiles with Wendy Vecchi Gold Embossing Paste.
Not only did the paste secure the tiles in place, it also gave the box a wonderfully warm glow.
What will you create for the "M" challenge? Show us your work by linking your project to the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Each week we randomly choose a participant to receive a $50 gift voucher to Simon Says Stamp. Your project could also be chosen to be featured in our Designer Spotlight. This is where we showcase our favorite entries.


Do you remember how you learned about the letter "M"?
I do!



24 comments:

  1. Stunning Michelle! The embossed metallic pieces look amazing!

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  2. This is brilliant, Michelle. Such an incredibly original idea and so effective! I love it! You made me smile about the Muppets. My husband called me a muppet the other day. I said, which one, and he said, Miss Piggy! He is still alive!

    Lucy x

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  3. Wow wow wow!!!!!! This is gorgeous!! I love love love the colors!!!!!

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  4. Oh my, Michelle - once again, a marvelous, magical, magnificent creation! Your mosaic box is stunning; perfect home for your special brooch! Oh, Sesame Street...still love it!!
    c

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  5. Wow.. this is such a gorgeous box! The metallic color scheme and the textures are totally stunning! What a fantastic piece, Michelle. Love it :)

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  6. Michelle, this is fantastic! What a great idea! Love the gold paste and all those wonderful pieces. Gorgeous!!

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  7. What a cool mosaic box! Love how the little squares look! Hugs, Sandra

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  8. Way cool mosaic box, Michelle! I love the idea and what a neat outcome :)


    *mwah*
    Steph
    Simon Says Stamp!

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  9. Fabulous project, and what a great place to store your special brooch! Happy belated Mother's Day!

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  10. Those metallic strips are so cool. You always make something so unique and creative for these challenges, I love to see what you come up with!

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  11. Love how you used the metallic paint on your piece!
    Turned out fabulous!

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  12. Let's hear it for the Muppets. And the letter "M" (says Maria smirking) ;))
    Love your project and that your brooch now has this special dwelling place.

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  13. Michelle!!!!!!!! this little box is totally stunning! I love this idea! An explosion of gold ! Wonderful piece! BArbarayaya

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  14. Your box really does have a wonderfully Moroccan feel to it, the little trim around the base is perfect and I love that you laid the tiles over Wendy's paste, what a clever and very inspiring idea - I love it! Anne x

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  15. I love your interpretation of the theme and I LOVE your beautiful little box! What an amazing creation and such a fantastic idea!! Thanks for sharing this, Michelle... :)

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  16. Ya know, sometimes all I can think to say is, SHUT UP!! You are so talented, Michelle!

    BTW, I happen to just see this comment of yours over on Char's blog: " ... Doesn't the fresh new paper smell cure headaches?" I just wanted to answer: Yes, Yes, Yes, it does! So does the smell of ink pads and the rustle of ribbons and the sight of embellishments . . . !" Have a great weekend! Hugs, Darnell

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  17. Michelle...your mosaic box is very cool. What a neat idea...using Tim's rivet texture trade and metal sheet to create those mosaic tiles. Very neat idea and finished project. <3 Candy

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  18. Those miniature Steampunk tiles are simply fabulous and add so much interest to your box. Blessings!

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  19. Beautiful rich gold lustre and sheen! Love the tiles you created and the texture it gives your Moroccan box!

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  20. Oh my word, Michelle - what a labour of love, and what a stunning result! Your mosaic is so rich and glamorous and full of texture. What a wonderful new home for that beautiful brooch I can just see peeking out!
    Alison xx

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  21. Michelle! How talented are you? That's obviously a rhetorical question because I think we know the answer is SUPER MEGA talented in every way. I loved this project because of its cool global vibe. I adore that technique you used to transform silver foil into the rich textured gold squares. You're the type of person I can picture living anywhere in the universe and drawing inspiration from all sorts of cultures and traditions. Beautiful work on this and incredibly "out of the box" (ha, ha). I also got a kick out of the reminder about how we all learned the letter M.

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  22. this is seriously beyond amazing!!! I just love everything about it!

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  23. WOW you are an amazing artist.. I am totally loving your blog.. :) thanks for the inspiration..

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