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Stampsmith New Stamps & Altered Frame

The stamps I won from Estelle at the Stampsmith plopped onto my mat just in time for me to enter the challenge over at the Stampsmith they want you to Recycle and Reuse.

I was like a cat on a bed of hot coals waiting for the stamps to arrive as Estelle decorates her envelopes beautifully so you can tell when the post arrives at a glance which is hers. I also pick off the stamps as they are always gorgeous and can you believe this time she put some little stamps in the envelope for me … purring with contentment.

I had a fabby time with Eve from Crafty Queens on Sunday, we made an album … will show another time, per usual mine is still a work in progress. The album was created with a plain white frame from Ikea. I actually loved the kit so much I bought another because I just knew that I wanted to alter the plain white frame and use the stamps that I had won. First pic shows the boring white frame.

Second pic shows how gorgeous the frame looks when altered with Alcoholic Inks … (Alcohol Inks). Dot suggested the inks and the alchoholic bit … I was going to cover with washi tape but the inks did a better job … thank you sweets, didn’t use the Lettuce green though .

I made three flip over pages, each page can also hold a tag and when the page is flipped over you can add a photo to the back if you want to. The third pic shows the tag and the fourth shows the tag inserted. You just slide between the punched edges. The beauty of this is that you can change your tags whenever you want … love it.

You will be seeing more of the stamps I won and below is how the frame looks on my craft room windowsill … very lucky to get this photo as the light is almost gone but can you believe it is a better shot and shows the colours beautifully. You can just see a sneak peek of the tags which are going to be added to the other flip pages. I adore this frame because each day I can flip and look at something new, plus I can add a new tag anytimg I want … cool eh. Hopefully tomorrow I will finish and post.

Entering for: Sarah Hurley Challenge – Anything but a card.
Crafty Creations – Anything but a card
Frilly & Funky – Spruce It Up


Wish List Book

Today was the first class I have given this year. My classes should have started on 5th January but because of being ill, today was my first. The girls were all having withdrawal symptons … and me!!! We made a Wish List Book, this means that when they see any crafting goodies they like they can jot it in the book so as not to forget. I took my sewing machine to the class … my old one (26 years old and still going strong) … not my all singing and dancing one … so that the girls could stitch everything together, rather than do it by hand.

The first pic shows the front of the book which we covered with a paper napkin then did lots of stamping. We also made a little save the page book mark.

This is the inside of the book again with lots of stamping but also I have used some digi downloads from the Graphics Fairy … do love this site and they are all free. The first pic shows the bookmark marking the page but this time you have the back view. To make it easier for us we stamped numbers onto the pages before we did anything so that we knew what order the book was supposed to go. There is nothing neat about this book everything is ripped and shabby, even the stamping isn’t straight which is so unusual for me but just the way I wanted it to look. Gold gilding wax has been added to the edges which really ages it.

You can see the middle page in one of the pics where we made two holes so we could add ribbon then we stitched straight down the middle and over the ribbon to make sure everything stays in place.


Inspirational Vintage Tag For VSC

Can’t believe this is my first posting since 2012. Belated Happy New Year to each and everyone of you.

Well what better way to start 2013 than with a tag one of my fave things to make. Used another gorgeous stamp from Leo at Flonzcrafts, isn’t she elegant looking. Added a gold border around the edge of her and also used a white gel pen to add the dots. When dry I smothered with glossy accents.

The original tag had a very pale background so I inked, stencilled, stitched, painted, gold embossed and stamped over it just to give more dimension. The Eiffel Tower was stamped and also smothered with glossy accents.

Thank you Debs for your lovely comment and for reminding me that I forgot to say this is my inspirational piece for Vintage Stamping Challenges … head still fuzzy and the link for Flonzcrafts is here.