17 May 2012


A quick one today as there are a million and one things that need doing (such is life). I wanted to enter The Stamp Man Challenge 'Your Favourite Technique' and the Make My Monday Challenge 'Flowers and Music' this week. My favourite technique is a mixed media version of faux cloisonne (see HERE for video link) which involves embossing powder, pearl or mica powder and gold stamping.

I used the Spellbinders Square Fleur de Lis set to create the frame and used this technique on it. It was then attached to a small piece of paper from my stash which had been sprayed liberally with mica mist previously and was also attached to an outer frame in whitewash Coredinations card.

The whole lot was then mounted on ivory pearl card because it needed a backing to make it work (so much for making small projects!) Next, the flowers. These started life as tins holding chicken and mushroom pies!!

They began their transformation with the Spellbinders Rose Creations dies in various sizes. They were then coloured with Ranger alcohol inks in Shell Pink, Butterscotch and White mixative. When dried they were stamped with an Artemio music background stamp using Ranger black archival ink. Lastly they were shaped with the end of a paintbrush and an embossing tool, glued into place and centred with some little flowers punched from the same Coredinations cardstock.

The leaves were punched from textured wallpaper as I wanted a slightly tattered look. They were then arranged to look like they were cascading from the frame (ish!) and the whole lot was mounted on a square white card.

OK, not as short a post as required so time to dash off. Hope you enjoy the video link. Thanks to everyone who has sent such lovely comments. They are gratefully received. Hugs, Buttons x

P.S. Just realised the Simon Says Stamp and Show challenge for this week is Anything Goes so I will enter this too as it always has some lovely entries to look at.


  1. I love this piece of work - it's right up my street!! Flowers made from pie tins - a fantastic transformation! I love all the colours and the frame is gorgeous.I must check out the video after I've done this. Wonderful stuff!

  2. Oh my, just like Julia above, I am off to check out the video too - this is an absolutely stunning piece of work, so many techniques and such an amazing result. Wow. Anne x

  3. Gorgeous! I love everything about this piece!! You've really put alot of thought and time into creating such a beauty! Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

  4. This is absolutely stunningly gorgeous! LOVE the way you've made a metallic frame, and your faux cloisonne flowers are amazing! Thanks for joining us at MMM! :)

  5. This is stunning work - my jaw dropped further and further as I read your post - you are one clever and talented lady and it's great that you joined in our challenge again at MMM - Jacqueline xx

  6. Hi Buttons. This is gorgeous. I love the spellbinder frame and the flowers are lovely cascading from the frame. Good luck in the SSS challenge and have a great weekend. Annie :)

  7. Hi Button, me again, thanks for your comment on my blog. I tackled the spool with a pair of Tim Holtz scissor, not the safest approach, I appreciate, but it worked like a dream - just snip away is small bits and then sand down at the end. Best of luck with yours, can't wait to see the end result! Anne x

  8. Hi Buttons, just watched the vidoe link, will definitely have to try this one. Your piece is beautiful, so much detail i especially love the flowers.
    Thanks for all of your wonderful comments, I'm so glad that you feel inspired by what I do.
    Hugs Kimx

  9. Beautiful, especially the flowers.

  10. Good gracious Buttons! I'm absolutely bowled over by this - it's a real piece of art! The frame in particular is gorgeous.

  11. A stunning piece of craft...to make a stunning card....thank you for entering it into the Make My Monday challenge..Suzanne:)

  12. Wow - this is just amazing - stunningly beautiful and so much work involved, Thank you so much for sharing with us at Make My Monday.

  13. Wow! I was gonna say stunningly beautiful but Val beet me to it! lol. It is a stunning piece of art work love it. I'll be saving tins now...
    thank you for joing us at MMM
    suzi b :)

  14. This is just amazing Buttons! Just love those stunning flowers and the frame is so beautiful.
    Thanks for joining in with our challenge at Make My Monday and wishing you good luck.
    Hugs, Fliss xx

  15. Such a beautiful project. Stunning. Great technique too. thanks for joining in the Stamp Man Technique challenge. Have a great day. Angela


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