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Saturday 6 November 2010

Recycling at Let's Ink It Up

Its time for a new challenge at Let's Ink It Up,

we had some wonderful entries in our last challenge so I can't wait to see what you have in store for us with our new challenge where the theme is


We have two fabulous sponsors for our challenge, so 2 lucky entrants will win a prize!! Our sponsors are Whimsy Stamps who are are giving the generous prize of a $15 voucher to one lucky winner! Wags'n'Whiskers have kindly offered a wonderful prize of a £15 voucher for
 Bunny Zoe's Crafts!!

You don't want to miss out on a chance to win one of those fab prizes!! I love this kind of challenge and I decided to recyle a book for my DT project for this challenge, I used an old book that was destined for the tip - i've always been a real book worm so I hate the thought of defacing a book lol. But its all in a good cause! I won't go into too much detail as this is a long post already but if you fancy having a go, there is  a wonderful tutorial from Elina over at Gingersnap Creations for how to go about altering a book so pop over and have a look if you fancy having a go. Here's the inside:

and a closer look at the lady below, the opposite side hasn't shown up too well in the photo as its a versamark resist technique but I've used an inspirational quote stamp from Graphicus. I gave the book a coat of gesso and then splodged on some purple. teal and blue paint before giving it all a coat of  Viva turquoise precious metal paint. The lady is from Elusive Images 'Peacock Ladies' themeplate stamped onto glossy card and masked to brayer the background. I stamped her again and painted her dress with H20s and gave it a layer of stickles, cut it out and decoupaged it with some silicone glue. The corner tiles are stampbord inchies and all the gold flourish and border stamps are also by Elusive images embossed with Ranger Queens gold EP.

The flowers are more recycling, I used the left over sheets of copier paper I'd used to get the excess ink off my brayer, die cut them with an assortment of Marianne dies, scrunched them, sprayed them with glimmer mists and then layered them up to make the flowers.

Here's the front of the book (sorry for the dreadful pic, all the acetate, embossing and glitter has totally foxed my camera LOL) The bp is from Artylicious Peacock Summer Party Cd,  stamped roughly with a crackle stamp for a shabby look and embossed with gold EP. The main image is from the Elusive Images 'Peacock Ladies' themeplate. I stamped it on card, coloured the face with promarkers and made a painted background with twinkling H2Os and then added a layer of acetate stamped with the same image. This time i didn't colour the face but added various colours of glitter to the gorgeous headress. The frame is a stamp from Stamp'n'around and is embossed in Peacock EP on gold mirri. The tassel was a white one coloured with glimmer mists

The back of the book is covered with the same BP as the front. I made a brayered background again using Waterfall Big& Juicy inkpad and then stamps  beautiful Elusive Images peacock stamp and embossed with Gold EP. The words are hard to read because of my horrible photography skills but they read 'The Result  of a Horrible Stamping Accident'. I love this stamp, I'm not sure of the make but it always makes me giggle whenever i use it :-)

I'm entering this altered book in the following challenges:
Rainbow Lady's Challenge: Make a picture
Paper Romance: everything but the kitchen sink
Inspiration Avenue: Happiness is... this
Ooh La La: Remember remember
Simon Says Stamp and Show: Something Shabby

Thanks for reading this post, i'm sorry its gone on forever lol. I do hope you'll find time to join in our recycling challenge at Let's Ink It Up, I'm looking forward to seeing all your ideas !!
You have until November 30th to get your entry in so plenty of time!!
Claire xx


  1. Claire, this is absolutely beautiful, wow! Thanks so much for sharing it with us at Ooh La La.

  2. What a beautiful project
    The papers and flowers are gorgeous
    Thank you so much for sharing with us at ooh la la this week

  3. Claire, your book is absolutely amazing! I love the stamps you used and congratulate you on a wonderful job you've done with the acetate, you are my altimate crafty hero! Gorgeous!!! warmest hugs my Friend! xx

  4. Claire, you have created a most beautiful and romantic picture! I love the colours, sheen, texture and 3D dimension to your scene. A gorgeous book. Thank you so much for taking part in my Make a Picture challenge at Rainbow Lady's Challenge this week.

    Janet xx

  5. Hiya Claire thanks for playing along with Simon Says Stamp and Show with your wonderfull project wowzerssss georgous colors and detaills. Thanks sweetie and hope to see ya again for the next challenge Hugs Terry xxxx

  6. Gorgeous, shimmery colors, Claire. Love your work.

  7. Great recycling and beautiful piece!

  8. Speechless Claire everything is so rich, regal and elegant looking you have made it look as if it is all from a bygone era. The peacock lady just finishes it all of superbly.
    I have had gesso on my shelf for a year now unused you have ispired me to dust it off and have a go.
    Hugs Shirley x x

  9. so incredibly elegant! Love it! Hugs Juls

  10. Gorgeous picture Claire so elegant and beautiful. Thanks for sharing this week Love Cynthia x

  11. Wow, thank you so much for sharing this with us at OLL. Hugs x

  12. Gorgeous crafting - love it - Hazel, OLL Guest Designer x

  13. Love the inchies on the corners ... thanks for joining the Fashion Fun at Gingersnap Creations.


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