Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Alter It

Phew, what a week! I started colouring in for this challenge on Sunday and the glue is still drying now, lol.

I've never actually altered anything before, but it's my daughter's 4th birthday next week and she has a small box on her bedside table that she keeps photo's in, this is now full so I thought I'd make her a new one.

I wanted to trim the top with lace, but I only have crocheted lace, so i hunted through my border dies, and I think this does the job.

I've stamped Elf Tilda sitting on a large mushroom by first of all stamping Tilda and then masking her by cutting out a stamped image of her on post it note as the low tack is ideal to keep it in place. Then I stamped the mushroom over her, I've outlined (the best I can) the outline of the mushroom on the backside of the stamp and this way you can visualise it through the clear block and get her to perch where you want her.

'Grace' has been cut out using Tim Holtz Vintage Market die, the other dies are all magnolia doohickeys. I've even used magnolia papers, everything just works so well together. I've toned the edges down a tad by painting white acrylic paint round the edges, so when you cut into the sheet all of the edges look the same. I've also used a punch to punch out the small flowers which I've put a small pearl in the centre of each of them.

I had a go of trying to colour with distress inks, here is my first attempt;

Terrible or what, LOL!! So when I was at work on Saturday night I googled and came across a great step by step guide by Jacque, it is brilliant. I also had some advice off Mel and I saw on a you tube guide saying to wipe the brush on the back of your hand (I'm sorry I can't remember who posted this), so when I got home and before I went to bed I had another go and this is it;

Secretly I'm rather pleased, especially with the one on the far right.

I've got a load of birthday's coming up which of course means lot's of birthday cards so I may or may not be on here for a while, it'll depend if I can make any of the cards to fit any of the challenges, lol!

I'm entering this into MDUC, 'Alter It'.



  1. I think you did a good job especially for the first time ever doing it. Love your project, its fabulous. TFS
    Hugs, Rosalee

  2. Oh this is really pretty and I'm sure she'll love it. I really like the scene when you lift the lid open. And of course I love your daughter's name. That's my middle name so I guess I'm biased. LOL!! Thanks for joining us this week at MDUC!! Hope to see you back. Hugs!

  3. Your work is so beautiful!
    Love the colours!
    Thank you for joining us at MDUC this week.
    Hugs Anne Kristine

  4. Hi Becky,
    Well done with the inks! It took me ages to get the hang of them.
    And now I have gone back to Copics!!
    But I do love using the inks.
    Love your box for Grace! so lovely.
    Mel. xx