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Monday, 3 December 2012

A pocket full of posies at Vintage Stamping Challenges

Good morning my friends, we've got a brand new challenge starting at Vintage Stamping Challenges today and I've chosen the theme which is 'Pocket Full of Posies', we all love flowers don't we? As usual there is a generous prize up for grabs, from our lovely sponsor Leo at Flonzcraft. I've made a little gift for my DT project, hope you like it.

I've used stamps from the gorgeous 'Countrylife Pastoral' set which is a fab bargain and has some beautiful focal stamps, we often neglect the smaller stamps in a set but I wanted to showcase the beautiful flower silhouette stamps in this lovely set. I created a little gift box, using a free template from Craft Stamper magazine. I began by making the template up using brown card. I then used the template to create panels for each of the sections of the box, distressing them with antique linen ad tea dye distress ink and stamping with a crackle background stamp from Stampers Anonymous. I then stamped the flower silhouettes with versamark and embossed with gold EP. Lastly I added faux chocolate brown pearls using cosmic shimmer glue, I also used this to create some little pearl feet for the box.  I also made a floral brooch to pop in the gift box. My blogland buddy Joanna made some gorgoeus delicate jewellery a week or two ago and I took inspiration from her techniques to create the centre for my flower. Have a peep at Joanna's gorgeous work here.

I made the centre of the flower by stamping the flower silhouette on a scrap of craft resist cardstock and distressing with tea dye distress ink. I sprinkled on gold and brown mica flakes and a little green glitter and then attached a 30mm glass glintz with Maimeri gloss medium. Once it was dry I trimmed around the edge of the glass.
I made the flower by die cutting Crinoline fabric from the Funkie Junkie Boutique using the two largest flowers from Tattered Florals (3 of each). I also cut 3 of each of the flowers in netting. I coloured the crinoline flowers with distress stains and the netting flowers with alcohol ink. I layered them up, using a dot of cosmic shimmer glue in between each layer. I used more cosmic shimmer glue to attach the flower centre and left it overnight to dry. 

Next I had a bit of a problem as all the glue made it impossible to sew the brooch back to the flower. It taxed my poor little brain cell but eventually I came up with a plan lol. I die cut a circle of grungeboard, coloured with vintage photo distress ink and sewed the pin to the grungeboard before gluing it to the back of the flower. 

Phew, I was a happy bunny until I turned my back for a second and found Barney, my very mischievous puppy chewing it up! Eeek fortunately its meant to look a bit distressed lol.

I'm entering this (slightly chewed) project in the following challenges:
Alphabet Challenge: V for Vintage
Crafty Emblies: Vintage Shabby Chic
Joanna Sheen Challenge: anything goes but Christmas
Sugar Creek Hollow: Distressing
Totally gorjuss: anything goes with glitter

Well as its Monday morning, I'd better get my act together and venture out in the cold to go to work
Have a great day, whatever you are doing and if you have a few minutes do check out my talented teamies projects as they are really stunning.

Thanks for popping by
Claire xx


  1. Wow, a wonderful idea and a great piece of art.

  2. So very original Claire the a great take on this month's theme.

    B x

  3. Both box and brooch are absolutely gorgeous. You don't do anything by halves do you - so many different techniques and elements involved here. I have to say that box screams chocolate at me. Must be because it's the same shape as those ones that come in a big tin with lots of others.
    Beryl xx

  4. Oh goodness - I hope Barney didn't get pricked by the pin! Amazing piece of creating for that pin & very pretty.
    Paula (PEP)

  5. Claire this is just gorgeous and so beautifully crafted. Love how everything work so well together. Wishing you a wonderful Monday.
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

  6. Wow Claire!!! this looks so amazing! The "extra" distressing just looks like it is meant to be there, lol. And that centrepiece of the flower is incredible
    Dot x

  7. Thi is a lovely project Claire, I love the muted colours. The centre of your flower looks fabulous, and I love the layers, Judith xx

  8. wow this is gorgeous thanks for joining with us at glitternsparkle hugs trisha

  9. This is fabulous! Beautifully crafted! Thank you for joining us at Glitter n Sparkle this week, hope to see you next week too!
    Claire xx
    Glitter n Sparkle DT

  10. This is lush, I love making flowers too and this is gorgeous. Fits in well to our theme.

    Thank you for coming over and joining in with us on our 5th Challenge at Crafty-Emblies.

    Great Big Huge Hugs

    Becca xxx

  11. A gorjuss idea thanks for joining us at crafty emblies xx

  12. Beautiful Claire. The crackle came out really nice. I'm glad that Barney only helped you distress the flower and not destroy your lovely flower. How nice of him to be so helpful.

    Thanks for joining us at Alphabet Challenge Blog.


  13. Lovely project! thanks for playing along with us at Alphabet challenges
    Hugs Shaz x

  14. Stunning card thank you for joining us this week at Glitternsparkle Sam DT xx

  15. A really gorgeous box Claire and the flower brooch is stunning.
    Hugs, Fliss xx

  16. This is a gorgeous gift box and brooch Claire, so much fab attention to detail.
    Thank you for joining us at Crafting for all Seasons.

  17. such a wonderful brooch, so glad you joined us at Sugar Creek Hollow

  18. How gorgeous is that flower, just love it, the box is great as well. Love the colours you have used.
    Thank you for joining our altered challenge at Crafty-Emblies challenge blog, hope to see your work again,


  19. Wow, thats gorgeous!
    Thanks for joining us at CFAS!
    Jani x

  20. Claire I love what you made it is so amazing, where do you find the time for all your fabulous creations.

    Hugs Shirley x x


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