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Charity Shop Find

Whilst browsing in a charity shop recently I came across a dingy brown box, at first sight it was not impressive but what caught my eye  was that the lid was indented into sections and had a glass protection cover. The box also had two sections – the lid slid open to reveal a velvet lined section with a further part under the middle piece. So I bought it, took it home and left it on my desk for a month or more wondering just what I was going to do with it! Finally I did something!

Side of box

Side of box

After removing the glass from the lid I painted the whole exterior of the box in a shade of blue acrylic paint; not sure of the shade as it was one I mixed myself! A script stamp was stamped onto tissue paper in Archival ink using second and third generation impressions; the tissue paper was crumpled up tightly, straightened out and then adhered to the box with diluted PVA glue (white glue). Once the glue was dry I stamped butterflies around all four sides using a range of stamps and various inks especially Big ‘n’ Juicy Mountain Meadow and Hydrangea.

Top of butterfly box

Top of butterfly box

The butterflies under the glass were stamped onto white card with black Archival ink and coloured in with pencils. Then the button box and charm collection were raided to add various bits to the top particularly the area bottom right, here there is a large domed silver ‘button where the spindle for the sliding sections is hidden. The domed silver ‘button’ was not pretty so I disguised it with my own buttons and charms!

close up of the disguise!

close up of the disguise!

I created a flower from a tomato paste tube and adhered that to the silver ‘button’ and then added the butterfly charm which was coloured with alcohol ink. Further buttons, charms and flowers layered around the metal flower.

bottom of the lid section

bottom of the lid section

To finish off I sprayed varnish around the box sides and rubbed gold wax along the edges.

 

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Uk Stamper’s ATC Swap

For a moment or six my brain (or what passes for my brain) had a block over this month’s theme for the UK Stamper’s ATC Swap, Vonny came up with ‘Opposites’. Various ideas flashed through that poor overworked and overloaded brain cell but no inspiration dawned until a couple of days ago whilst rifling through a box of cards I had made many moons ago. Languishing in the box was a card I had made using an idea gleaned from Barbara Grey of Clarity Stamps, aha I had my idea for the ATC Swap!

ATC Swap 'Opposites'

ATC Swap ‘Opposites’

I have had this feather stamp for many years and have no idea of the name of the manufacturer – anyone know?

Normally for the swap we make three ATCs but this month we are doing four. Vonny has been organising and hosting the swap for quite some time now and an excellent job she makes of it too. Thank you Vonny!

Materials:

Black and white cardstock

Versamark embossing ink

Black and white detail embossing powder

Feather stamp

Thank you for looking x

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Postcard Swap

This month over on UK Stampers the theme for the postcard swap is Blue and Birds. I find having a theme easier to get some idea of what I’m going to do but the outcome never seems to bear much similarity to the original idea – think this is called ‘organic creativity’!! Rather like that description!
Here is my postcard:

October 2013 Postcard swap

October 2013 Postcard swap

I shall wear this bird image out! I seem to use it quite frequently.  My masking technique still needs working on as there is a halo effect around the first bird’s belly!

Materials:

Stamps – Clarity Stamps;  Hero Arts Antique Engravings; PaperArtsy; Inkylicious Oriental Awakening; Creative Expressions.

Inks – Versamagic Night Sky, Ocean Depth, Aegean Blue, Hint of Pesto, Purple Hydrangea, Perfect Plumeria, Malted Mauve, Pink Petunia.  Whispers Green Leaf, Royal Blue, Rio Purple.

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