The clocks have gone forward, we have lost a whole hour, but what a lovely Spring morning it is, a lovely day for all the mums to put their feet up and be pampered as its Mothers Day here in the UK. A perfect day also to share with you a springtime altered book box I did recently. The inspiration for this project was taken from techniques shown in the March edition of Craft Stamper by Anna-Karin. I was drawn to the colourful little blue tit she had created and could not resist putting myown twist on the project.
The book itself was one of the brown papier mache ones and it was given 2 coats of gesso and a good tickle on all the edges and spine with treasure gold. The background was dry embossed, coloured with various distress inks, and then over stamped with a grid stamp.
The flowers are a mix of tattered florals and punched centres cut from card stock that has been pre- inked and stamped and they are sitting on a burlap flower with Kraft leaves.
Here is a close up of the blue tit, he was die-cut using the Bigz caged bird die, dabbed with embossing paste, painted and then dry brushed with black to reveal the detail of the texture. The ornate frame is cut from mount board to give it some backbone, it was coloured with broken china stain and then given a coating of sticky embossing powder and sprinkled with tumbled glass distress glitter.
The inside of the box was kept quite simple, just painted and lined with frayed burlap. A piece of textured card was coloured with distress inks and stamped with archival black, finished with a craftables butterfly die-cut and a ribbon to tie it all together.
On the close up here you can see the lovely summer grasses stamp and the sentiment, both of which are from Woodware
Yesterday me and Anne were escorted to the Happy Stampers show at Port Sunlight by Mr Anne and Mr Mo. The bribe was breakfast at the garden centre and a promise not to spend too much. We were both very good! we kept to the first part of our promise, and the boys went to walk off their hearty breakfast leaving me and Anne to concentrate on
not spending to much money! we did have a lovely time and met up with lots of crafty friends throughout the day and say hello.
Right off now to enjoy the sunshine, have a lovely day everyone