Sunday, 7 August 2011

Bottom of the drawer

So I was up bright and early this morning, so checked out the Sunday Stamper challenge which is wish, yep I could work with that and I'd got an idea for a colour scheme inspired by some silk flowers I'd seen.
This won't be going to Sunday Stamper challenge, nor is it the colour scheme I imagined!

I was however inspired by a comment on a previous post from Judy who said my Grungy Monday tag with all it's layers reminded her of the bottom of a drawer, you know everything all sort of thrown in together, random bits of paper, tickets, labels, old photos, buttons etc - a snapshot of a life.

I did start with a tag, you can just see it under everything!  I painted it  in a sort of lime yucky green with a pale greeny / cream (white added to the yucky green) over a layer of crackle glaze.  I then stamped in coffee archival a Tim ledger stamp and over stamped that with a text stamp to suggest writing on the ledger page.

The photo is one of mine that I printed on black and white and then used mustard seed distress ink to colour the fern.  (I love using this technique to alter my flower photos). Little bit of white paint dry brushed on the photo, walnut stain around the edge and a bit of rocky candy crackle glaze over the top (still trying to work out whether I like this or not - need to keep playing).

And then I just started creating ephemera stamping on scraps of Lost and Found paper with stamps from Tim Holtz and PaperArtsy (love that Ration Book stamp in the middle). Crumpled up bits of paper, fabric scraps, buttons and even a couple of old paper flowers (I have a massive stash of these and I need to do something with them).

Everything was stamped in coffee archival and edged in walnut stain distress ink. Once it was all glued down I gave a light spritz / splodge with a latte glimmer mist, just to give a bit more depth and texture.

The frame was one I made ages ago and was in the um pile, I found it  purely by chance when I was looking for  the string. Aha I thought, that will work with this tag as it continues the old aged granny type vibe and I think the tag needed to be mounted on something so that all the stuff on it was sort of grounded, anchored and framed (you know what I mean don't you)

So yes it wasn't what I intended to make, but often we start out with one idea (or no idea) and as we progress something different emerges - somewhat like life.

Right that's enough Radio 4 Thought for the Day breakfast philosophy, I need to go back in the craft room and think about wish ...




  1. This is just gorgeous! You are on a roll!!! Why not enter it into SS? I am wish-ing I'd made this (or owned it!) Loving how you're on a creative roll at the mo! You go girl!

  2. happy i found my way back to blogging and crafting, i wouldn't want to miss this! it's awesome, so much details and as always i love your color combo. soooo yummi!

  3. Jo, I really really love the composition to this project,it is a little treasure of ephemera. Why not for SS????? x

  4. Fabulous work, I love it - so many elements here it is perfect.


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