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Sunday, 1 February 2015

Love Hearts, Ribbon and Lace

It's the first challenge of 2015 over at ALTERED ECLECTICS where the theme is Anything Goes as long as it's altered art and not a card or other papercraft.
For my DT project I had to go with a Valentine theme but opted for a different colour than the traditional red and decided to alter a small frosted glass perfume bottle as a decorative piece for myself.
Here's the naked bottle plus the bits and pieces I used.

I decided to use teal green and vintage white for all the painted elements, using crafter's acrylic paint.  The heart is made from Martha Stewart paper clay and a mould then painted.  The cardboard was ripped from a box and the outer layer of brown paper stripped away to reveal the corrugations.  Once painted I rubbed a little silver paint across it and used this to edge the sentiment and the heart. 
The stopper was covered with paper painted in teal before wrapping the lace around it and this and the ribbon was secured using a clear adhesive.  For the sentiment and heart I used a hot glue gun. 
The sentiment is a miniature plastic domino from a Christmas cracker, painted with crafter's acrylic in vintage white, then stamped using DI in Evergreen Bough. 
A few pearls and a teal acrylic rose on top of the stopper finished the bottle of nicely.
I hope you'll join us in this month's Altered Eclectics challenge.   Pop over and check out the amazing DT inspiration, then share your amazing projects too.

Sunday, 18 January 2015


I have put together several scrapbook layouts about our beautiful cat Smudge.  We got her in 2006 from a cat rescue centre and she became the fourth member of the family.  Sadly just before Christmas she developed a tumour and declined rapidly.  In November we had to put her to sleep which was devastating for all of us and we miss her constantly. 

I wanted to put together another layout, incorporating her collar and identity tag and whilst the previous layouts had been bright and lively, this one seemed to evolve naturally in a more muted colour palette: not sombre and not really intentional either.
I started with cream 12" x 12" card using DI Vintage Photo and a flourish stencil to provide a vintage-style frame for the layout.  The sentiment is from one of Tim's Stampers Anonymous 'Stuff to Say' collections using DI Black Soot with a chipboard frame which was heat embossed with Frantage aged scarlet embossing enamel.
I tried the embossing with texture fade technique using DI Fired Brick and Vintage Photo on white card which I cut into strips to form the background to the photo.
The frames are cut using the Cricut Elegant Edges cartridge and the post card stamp is from the Stampers Anonymous Postcards collection, stamped in Black Soot.   
I'm entering this into the current  challenge # 23 at A VINTAGE JOURNEY  which is 'Use a Portrait'.
Needless to say, after enjoying a couple of months without sofa throws and worrying about cat fur on our clothes, the house seemed very empty and so yesterday we collected another cat from our local Cat's Protection Centre.  She is completely black and 1-year old and before you ask, yes there will be a layout featuring our new family member very soon.