Thursday, 15 October 2015

DecoArt Mixed Media Haunts Challenge

Hi all,

Well what with holidays, chest infections and asthma attacks I have had an interesting few weeks, but I'm back now, soooooooo - on with the show.

The challenge was to create something spooky for Halloween using DecoArts products so I decided to do something like a Victorian display case.

Unfortunately the glass dome is really reflective so its hard to see through because of the reflections,so here is a photo of the inside


To start I cut a large circle of black card to fit the base of the dome to build the scene on.  I die cut Tim Holtz Branch Tree and the D Lites Wrought Iron die twice and also the D Lites Filigree cross die once.  I used a window die to draw round for the tomb stones.    I then made a half coffin from black card and added the letters RIP from the Tim Holtz Spooktacular Decorative Strip.  

This was then painted with raw umber antiquing cream, left to dry then wiped with a damp baby wipe, this gave it a great dusty appearance.  I had a plastic skeleton which I painted with Titan Buff and left to dry,  then added a layer of raw umber antiquing cream let dry again and then wiped with a baby wipe to leave some nice dark shadows.  The skeleton was given a black card top hat with some spiders web and added to the coffin as if it was climbing out.

The grave stones were painted with a mix of white gesso, dark chocolate, paynes grey, and evergreen DecoArt paint in a sploggy sort of way to look like old stone.  One of the trees was given a coat of transparent crackle glaze and after the cracks appeared a little white gesso was rubbed over the top.  For some reason this made the tree go slightly purple but I quite liked that so I decided to go with it.  This tree was mounted slightly off centre onto the other die cut tree and added to the base.

The two fence pieces  and the cross were sploged with paynes grey and white gesso randomly then given a coat of quinacridone gold to give them a rusty look.  The fence was added at the back of the base behind the tree, and the cross behind the coffin.

To make the rough grass I tore some strips of muslin and sprayed them with carbon black and yellow green mixed media mister but to tone it down a bit I also added some grey and brown from another make (sorry).  The muslin was added to the base by scrunching the fabric and gluing it down as I went along.

The base of the dome was covered in white modelling paste and dried with a heat gun to form a skin, then a damp stamp was pressed into the surface, I used a crack stamp and a text stamp, and then set aside to dry.  A coat of Titan Buff was applied and allowed to dry then a coat of raw umber antiquing cream was added on top.  Once dry this was rubbed with a damp baby wipe to reveal the titan buff under coat.

The dome was also given a spooky makeover.  I stencilled some bats onto the inside of the glass, as the dome was curved I needed to stencil some bats onto my non stick craft sheet and when they were dry I peeled them off carefully and added them to the curved part of the dome.  I then made a moon stencil and made some gold stencil paste by adding some metallic gold fluid acrylic paint to the white stencil paste, and added the moon to the outside of the glass behind the bats.

To add a little more atmosphere I added some clouds on the outside of the glass with white stencil paste.

Well there you have it my halloween extravaganza, and as anyone who has visited my blog before will tell you..... my daughter has already claimed this piece for her student house in Chichester!

Oh well


Saturday, 8 August 2015

CC3C - Challenge 34

Hi All

Oh dear I'm so sad its the final challenge, I've had a blast doing these challenges and have definitely been pushed out of my comfort zone at times.  This is a good thing.  Also many many thanks to all those who have commented on my creations I really appreciate that you have taken the time in this busy world to do that.....Thank you.

Anyhoo!  (before I start sniffling)  on to the last challenge:

A Journal page.  I was sorting out the pile of 'scrap' pages I had on my workspace, you know the ones.  The ones from cleaning brayers, cleaning stencil brushes, trying out paint colours, where you think I quite like that I'll save it and use it later.........and never do!  Well now I have used a small amount of the humungous pile, but its a start!

I tore the papers into small pieces and added some Tim Holtz tissue paper and also some tissue that has lovely maps on it (sorry cannot remember where that came from) and covered a double page spread in my journal.  I then covered it with gesso to even it out a little and moved the gesso around so some of the colour was stronger in some areas.

I then began the required technique using page 48 of The Compendium of Curiosities.  The colours I used were ripe persimmon, mermaid lagoon and cracked pistachio, and the stencils were Tim Holtz harlequin, honeycomb and burlap.

Ohh that came out quite bright so I decided to tone it down a bit by edging with black archival ink and a blending tool and adding some stencilling using both black archival ink and white gesso.  The stencils used for this were Tim Holtz schoolhouse and splatters.  I also used a Memory Box stencil rings and puddles to get some smaller splatters.

Next I tore a page from an old dictionary, making sure there were no naughty words of course, and tore this into strips long ways.  These were inked with Walnut stain distress ink and added to the middle of the layout.

For the focal point of my layout I used The Art of Brett Weldele stamp set from Stampers Anonymous.  I stamped the lady, the wings and the rose onto tissue paper and painted them from behind with Paper Artsy Fresco Finish paints.  I dried them with a heat gun to ensure the paint was really dry and then put a coat of white gesso on the back to make the colours stand out.  These were then added to the layout using Slap it on Matt from IndegoBlu.  I then stamped the sentiment directly onto the layout using black archival ink.

As usual you need to check out Linda Ledbetters blog to see the great work that the Curiosity Crew have done for this challenge.  They have shown us such wonderful examples for all the challenges, so much inspiration, thank you ladies.

Also a big thank you to The Funkie Junkie for sponsoring this challenge,  and all the other even numbered challenges, thanks guys.

I hope that some of you will pop over to my blog in the future as I will still be getting messy and playing with paper , paint, ink and anything else that I can think of.  It would be nice to hear from you.


Tuesday, 28 July 2015

CC3C - Challenge 33

Hi all,

Well here we are just arrived back from a fabulous 2 week holiday on a Mediterranean Cruise.  Two weeks of sun, seas and new places, and a few cocktails!  The last few days I was thinking of what to do for this challenge and I think this one came after a few of my favourite Pear-Melon Martinis.

I made the Top Hat from some of the Fleather that I used in challenge 24, this time using an A4 embossing folder from X-cut called delicate flourishes.

I then prepared my altered surfaces as per page 45 of the Compendium of Curiosities:

Yes you may have noticed that I overheated the word on the right but I quite like it, its a little quirky, like me!

I then added some ribbon round the hat and added a nice red feather.  The rose and wording were added on top.

As its now Tuesday evening I have kept this post short and to the point, unlike usual.

Pop over to Linda Ledbetters' blog to see the stunning work of the Curiosity Crew, they really rocked this challenge.  Also many thanks to Inspiration Emporium for sponsoring the challenge.


Monday, 6 July 2015

CC3C - Challenge 32

Hi all

Frosted film this time.  I have a small (?) stack of 'things' to alter including some mirrors from a certain Swedish superstore so this is what I chose for my project.

 To start the frame I sanded the whole thing and then wiped the dust off.  I then covered the frame with various tissue tapes and masked off the mirror.

I then gave the whole frame a coating of Fresco Finish chalk paint by PaperArtsy in buff, stone and haystack.  Once this was dry I liked the colour but it was too pale.  I forgot to photograph this, sorry.  I decided that distress ink was the way to go so went in with fossilised amber, twisted citron and shabby shutters.  A quick blast with a heat gun to dry this and then a small amount of walnut stain distress ink found the edges and round the mirror, again dried with a heat gun.

Then using the technique on page 59 of The Compendium of Curiosities I cut the elements for my lilies using the Tonic die Oriental Lily.  This die cuts the individual petals and leaves so I could shape them and then construct my flowers.  The butterfly is Tim's Layered butterfly die and embossing folder.

I coloured the petals with Sepia Ranger Archival ink and Sunshine yellow Ranger Adirondack pigment ink, the leaves with Archival ink in olive and aquamarine and the butterfly using archival ink in aquamarine and blue violet.  The markings of the butterfly were coloured with pro markers.


I stamped some scrolls onto the frame using second generation black archival ink with a Creative Expressions stamp set called Scrolls and added die cut scrolls in gold mirri card over the top.  These were cut with the Tonic Royal Fern set of dies.  Some of the die cuts had lovely spirals as part of the 'waste' so I used two of these for the antenna of the butterfly and the rest under the butterfly.

I then added some random stamping over the whole frame using a variety of my Tim Holtz stamp sets.  I used second or even third generation stamping for this as I didn't want it to be too dark.  I then placed the flowers and butterfly ion the frame and felt I needed a edge to them so I also gilded the edge of the frame to hide any parts I may have missed with the tissue tape, wonderful stuff gilding wax!


There are some wonderful, and patriotic, examples on Linda Lebetters' blog so pop on over for some great inspiration.  Many thanks to The Funkie Junkie Boutique for sponsoring this challenge.


Sunday, 28 June 2015

CC3C - Challenge 31

Hi all

During a visit to 'The Spirit of Christmas' last November, a craft fair specialising in Christmas themed items, I spotted a pair of metal wings about 8inches long and decided I had to have them.  I have several pairs of wings around the house and thought these would look good behind my bed side table.  However they sort of disappeared into the decor so I needed to mount them onto something.  There the tale stalled until challenge 31, I decided, mostly cos they fell off the shelf in the craft room onto my foot! that now was the time to make the background for them.  So here we go.....

The wings had a sort of 'old' finish so I rustyed them up a bit with a dirty wash of Deco Arts quinacridone gold and carbon black acrylic paints in lots of water and dried them with a heat gun.  I dry brushed them with some Pebeo Dyna paint in Iridescent Copper and added a little gold gilding wax round the edges to finish off and I then set them aside to work on the background.

Wow, paragraph three and I still haven't mentioned the technique to be used....opps!  Its Layering Stencil, paint resist, page 47 in the Compendium of Curiosities.  I decided to use an A4 size canvas board for the background.  I used a Sheena Douglas stencil, Clouds and Antique linen and  a combination of salty ocean, mermaid lagoon and tumbled glass distress ink for the technique background trying to make the canvas a little darker at the bottom.

I found I needed to add a little more distress ink at the bottom so I used faded jeans distress ink.  I then discovered just how mobile distress ink can be,  I had to hold the canvas while adding the extra ink and ended up with a lovely, LARGE, finger print right in the middle of my work!X@***  I just about managed to shade this out using mermaid lagoon but luckily I decided to do some extra stencilling on the canvas and hid it under one of the stencilled wings! (Breathe... there are no mistakes just happy accidents)

Having decided to stencil the wings I had to mask off quite a bit of the stencil as I only wanted the wing.  I stencilled the wings with faded jeans distress ink.  I used post-it notes to mask the stencil and just about managed it even though it was a humid day and they didn't seem as sticky as usual, yes I know the UK doesn't get that humid but we cannot cope with much anyway!

I added some stamped text for a bit more texture using black archival ink and the Sheena Douglas stamp set Aging Beautifully.  To finish the edges of the canvas I stamped some cracks from the same stamp set in walnut stain distress ink and edged with a little more walnut stain ink.

The bottom of the canvas looked a little empty so I used Tim's stencil, Rays to add a sunrise.  I first used white gesso as a base and then blended spiced marmalade, wild honey and scattered straw distress paint over the top for my sunrise.

Once the background was completely dry I attached the wings and was just deciding on the sentiment when my daughter wandered in to see what I was doing. When I told her what sentiment I was going to use, she said I should change it.  I was going to use 'If life gives you wings learn to fly' but she suggested 'If life gives you wings Flap'  I must admit this made me laugh soooo......

The words were printed onto kraft card and cut out individually and inked with walnut stain distress ink.  I then drew round them with a fine black pen and added a few white high lights, then added them to the canvas.

The Curiosity Crew have been hard at work as usual and their wonderful creations can be seen on Linda Ledbetter's blog.  A big thank you to Inspiration Emporium for sponsoring the challenge.

One last thing I bet you cannot guess where this piece is going to end up?  Yep thats right at University with my daughter, I'll just have to find another pair of wings for beside my bed! LOL


Sunday, 14 June 2015

CC3C - Challenge 30

Hi all

Faux cracked glass...hmmmm, I may have lost the plot completely but here goes!

I don't know why a light bulb sprang to mind but there you go.  I followed Tim's technique on page 54 of the Compendium of Curiosities on both the light bulb and the wings.  The wings are cut from acetate using Tims Sizzix die, Layered Dragonfly.  I tried the wings from the Layered Bee but they were a little too small, he is quite a rotund bee after all!

Once the cracking was dry I used Adirondak alcohol inks in aqua for the wings and sunshine yellow for the body.  The end of the bulb was coloured with pitch black alcohol ink.


To make the stripes I used some double sided adhesive sheet and cut a circle, using a punch, and then cut into the circle so I could make it into a cone.  I then covered the outside of the cone with black flock and attached it to the back of the bee.  The stripes were some thin double sided tape that I covered with the black flock and then wound round the bee.

To make the legs I wound three lengths of black wire together and formed them round the body of the bee and then glued them with hot glue.  When all three sets of legs were attached I was able to bend them so the bee could stand on his own legs.

The antenna were originally just wire which I bent into spirals at the ends and attached the the head of the bee, however I decided that this looked wrong so I cut off the spirals and added beads to the ends of the shorter antenna.

I love the way the crackle is shown up by the alcohol ink.  I just have to decide where to put my bee, I think I'll put him into my faux orchids, A Faux bee in a Faux Flower  LOL.

A visit to Linda Ledbetters blog will blow your minds with the gloriousness of the Curiosity Crews offerings for this challenge.  As usual a big thank you to The Funkie Junkie for sponsoring this challenge.

Ah well time I buzzed off, bye for now!


Sunday, 31 May 2015

CC3C - Challenge 29

Hi All

So this is the challenge I've been dreading, when I did the Creative Chemistry 102 I just couldn't get this technique to work.  Having experimented with it I can get it to work maybe one time in four so there are lots of interesting background sheets waiting to be used.  Still you can never have too many backgrounds prepared!

So after getting to grips with the technique, page 44 of the Compendium of Curiosities, I set about altering the door hanger that is my chosen project for this challenge.

I used mermaid lagoon and cracked pistachio distress paint for the base colour and tarnished brass on the top and added a little walnut stain distress ink around the edges.  After painting the wooden door hanger with black gesso I stuck the altered card to the hanger and, when dry, trimmed round the edges.

I have a box of die cuts that I've cut to try new dies that I buy and found the musical score and as this is for Caitlin it was perfect.  The only problem is that it was cut from silver mirri card sooooo....  I dabbed black gesso and tarnished brass distress paint randomly onto the surface but it was still too shinny.  To try to get over the brightness I decided to try a 'dirty' wash and mixed a brown wash that I had in a little jar with a little black gesso and covered the music with it.  This not only dulled it down it also gave it a strange matt finish which I likes.  I glued it to the door hanger and trimmed the edges.

The cogs beneath the music were also dabbed with black gesso and tarnished brass distress paint and also a little graphite texture paste for that pitted look.

I used my new Tim Holtz die, Block Talk lowercase, to cut the name from black card stock and added it to the hanger.

To finish the edges, which were a little uneven where I had cut out the shape from the card stock I used Graphite texture paste.  This gives a lovely glittery edge and some fantastic texture too.  I then decided to add some rusty wire, love this stuff!, so I wound some round the door handle hole and added a little more texture paste.

There are some fantastic examples from the Curiosity Crew over on Linda Ledbetter's blog , click here to go visit.  Also thanks to Inspiration Emporium for sponsoring the challenge.


Wednesday, 20 May 2015

CC3C - Challenge 28

Hi all

Well what a difference a fortnight makes, my hubby is out of hospital, eating anything that you put in front of him, pottering about and generally getting in my way.....and I love it!  Thanks for all the lovely messages and the thoughts and prayers, much appreciated.

So onto challenge 28.

I have had some of the Stampbord shapes in my stash for quite some time and they fell out of a cupboard when I was looking for something else and I decided to see if I could do the technique on one of these.  Well who'd have worked really well.

The colours I used were indigo, sail boat blue and aqua adirondack alcohol ink and I coloured my stamp board using the technique on page 57 of the Compendium of Curiosities.  

I stamped the funky grasses from the JOFY11 stamp set from PaperArtsy and the taller flower from set JOFY12, I love these quirky grasses and flowers.  The ink I used was black archival ink.  I then masked off the wings of the butterfly stamp from set 11 and inked up the body and stamped it on the edge of the stampbord. 

I needed the butterfly to be the other way round so I inked the stamp and used my brayer to take the image and the rolled it onto some scrap card.  I painted the butterfly wings using some of the PaperArtsy Fresco Finish acrylic paints and then double heat embossed with clear embossing powder to give a nice shine.

Before I added the wings to the stampbord I used a scratch tool to add some white highlights to the grasses and made the bigger leaves white.

I then stamped the word Nature onto some kraft card stock with some black archival ink and added some white highlights with a gelly pen.  I then added this and the butterfly wings to the stampbord.

To finish the piece I die cut a fancy oval from embossed silver card and mounted the stampbord to give a small silver rim to the piece.  I will add a hanger to the back so it can be hung up.

The examples from the Curiosity Crew are simply fabulous and can be seen on Linda Ledbetter's blog here.  Also there are the usual thanks to The Funkie Junkie Boutique for sponsoring this challenge.


Wednesday, 6 May 2015

CC3C - challenge 27

Hi all,

The next few weeks are going to be a little stressful as my beloved husband is in hospital undergoing a major operation as I type.  I miss him!  He's grumpy, has a terrible sense of humour, and watches far too much football but its too quiet when he's not here.

Anywhoo thats enough of that!!  I decided that this challenge would be a get well card for him so that when I go to visit tomorrow he can scold me for having blue hands, and I have, and to remind him that I miss him.

I used a piece of craft card and the Tim Holtz embossing folder Patchwork and following the instructions on page 61 of The Compendium of Curiosities I started the background.  I used mermaid lagoon, cracked pistachio  and dusty concord distress to ink the background and splashed some of the distress stain in the same colours over the top.  Once I'd dried the background I added some silver gilding wax to highlight the embossing and finished off with walnut stain distress ink round the edges.

I cut an oval from white card and inked with the same colours as before.  I die cut the letters for the sentiment using the Tim Holtz strip die Untieled in black card and mounted them onto the oval.  You may have noticed the 'jaunty' angle of the letters, this is because I cannot do straight lines.  I think its against some law or another! (LOL) I added some of the Idea-ology mini cogs and mounted it onto the card.

To finish I sprayed some seam binding with distress stains in the same colours, thats why my hands are blue!,  and dried it with a heat gun.  This was wound round the bottom of the card and tried in a knot.  I found some dried twiggy bits to put behind the knot and added another cog.

As usual you can see some fantastic examples on Linda Ledbetters blog from the ever wonderful Curiosity Crew.  Also thanks to Inspiration Emporium for sponsoring this challenge.


Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Tags of 2015 - April

Hi all,

What a month, its no wonder I'm almost too late for the April tag but, here we go.

Having cut the water colour card I stamped the steampunk flowers, Punky Flowers from Chocolate Baroque, using black archival ink.

I spritzed with water and, using mermaid lagoon, peacock feathers and ripe persimmon distress pen and the distress marker spritzer, I created my background. The flowers were coloured with vintage photo, fired brick, tea dye, and wild honey distress markers and blended with a water brush.  A final spattering of black soot distress ink finished the water colour panel.

I distressed the tag using a paper distresser and inked round the edges with walnut stain distress ink.
I then stamped the word punk using the Stampers Anonymous set Worn Text and black archival ink.  I then created a flap to push the panel through.  Once the panel was attached I added a couple of cogs to the bridge.  I used the Alpha Parts, Signmaker, to add the word steam above the bridge.

The ribbon is 1/2 inch seam binding and coloured with rusty hinge and wild honey distress ink and then blended with water.  Once dry I tied a bow through the hole at the top.

To complete the tag I hand stitched round the water colour panel with black embroidery thread.

Whew, just made it!


Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Compendium of Curiosities Challenge - Challenge 26

Hi all,

Well Challenge 26, smudge stamping page 42 of the Compendium.  |'ve had this note pad holder for a while and decided this was the challenge to use it.   I'm always looking for bits of paper to take messages and I can now put this next to the phone!  Just how long it will stay there who knows, my beloved hubby is always moving things!!

So on to the challenge.

The box is made of chipboard so rather than seal with gesso I decided to use chalk paint to make it look like 'stone.'  I used stone, buff and irish cream from the Paper Artsy fresco finish chalk acrylic range.  I then stamped some text and the writing hand from the Tim Holtz Typography Set and applied the technique for this challenge.

I used one of Tims Idea-ology ornate plates and added an embossed label, I also added a tassel that I found in my stash.  To make the quill pen I added one of the Idea-ology findings pen nibs and attached a red feather. An Idea-ology arrow completed the lid.

Each of the sides had a panel stamped with text from the Random Quotes stamp set and again the technique applied.  Each side then had some extra stamping which I coloured with various distress inks.  I then added embellishments and edged them with Pebeo king gold gilding wax.

These side panels were then attached to the box.

The inside of the box was painted with Turquoise Paper Artsy fresco finish chalk acrylic, I love this colour, I would paint my life in this colour.  I stamped the collage stamp from the Classics number 7 stamp set using picket fence distress stain, and the corner stamp in chipped sapphire and then applied the technique to both images.  I then over-stamped the sentiment in black archival ink.

To finish off the edges I rubbed some Pebeo king gold Gilding Wax over the edges and once dry buffed with a soft cloth to give a lovely sheen.  

Linda and the Curiosity Crew have, as usual, provided some wonderful examples and her web site is the place to see all this sumptuousness (I think the spelling may have got away from me there!).  Such wonderful samples.  Also thanks to The Funkie Junkie for sponsoring this challenge.


Monday, 30 March 2015

CC3C - Challenge 25

Hi All

Another week another challenge, this time its frameworks, page 64 of the Compendium of Curiosities.  The next couple of challenges are going to be just that - a challenge as we are so busy in April that I have to really focus, not my speciality!

Anywhoo - on with the show:

I tore several strips of  paper from the Wallflower paper stash and stuck them on an 8inch by 8inch hessian canvas, then gave them a wash of white gesso just to tone them down a bit.  I then mixed some metallic gold embossing paste with a little of the white gesso and sploged it round the edges of the canvas.  Once this was totally dry I added some wild honey distress ink to warm up the canvas.  A little stencilling with the Tim Holtz Honeycomb stencil using both sepia and coffee Ranger archival ink completed the background.

I used the Honeycomb frameworks die and cut one honeycomb from patterned paper and one from grey board (this was the packaging from an A3 card pack, very useful).  The patterned honeycomb was then triple embossed with clear embossing ink and powder to get a good shine.

The grey board honeycomb was coated in the gold embossing paste/gesso mixture to try to make it look like beeswax.  The was then dipped into molten clear embossing powder in the melt pot to try to look like honey dripping from the honeycomb.

I used some paper flowers to link the honeycombs together and found a large bee and two small bees to add to the canvas.

The letter B is from the Stampers Anonymous Classics 14 set and was stamped in black archival ink and highlighted with a few little white dots.

Thanks, as always to Linda Lebetter and the Curiosity Crew for their unending inspiration, check out Linda's blog here to see their amazing work.  Also thanks to Inspiration Emporium for sponsoring this challenge.

Have a lovely Easter and may the Easter Bunny be kind to you all!


Sunday, 22 March 2015

CC3C - Challenge 24

Hi All,

Wow, I've had a blast with this challenge.  I have had this mannequin for quite a while and kept looking at it wondering what to do with it, well I suddenly had a brainstorm the other night.  My beloved hubby has been away for a few days and I don't sleep very well when I am alone in the house, I know at my age its ridiculous!  So while lying there listening to the house creek I started to plan out what I was going to do, by morning all I had to do was get on with it!  I wish all projects went like this.

So to start: - As the mannequin is made of pressed fibreboard I coated it in two layers of white gesso and allowed it to completely dry overnight. I then consulted the Compendium of Curiosities page 51 and applied the technique to the mannequin.

The next thing to so was to make the fake leather for the coat.  I learnt this in a workshop with Sheena Douglass.  Spritz a sheet of kraft card with a solution of glycerine in water until it goes soft and pliable.  Then put the card into an embossing folder and put through an embossing machine, then allow to dry.  Once dry add some distress ink, I used a combination of vintage photo, spiced marmalade and a little pine needles.  Then dry thoroughly with a heat gun and then seal with Glue and Seal, gloss finish, to give a nice soft leathery look.  To give added strength to the 'leather' back the sheet with fabric stuck with a strong glue.

My sister is a fashion designer and made me a pattern for the coat.  I used this to cut the coat, a bit of a struggle out off a single sheet of A4 but just about managed it.  I then assembled the coat on the mannequin.

I added a key to one lapel and an assortment of cogs to the other .  I made a key chain using a key, a fob watch and a wing and attached it to the coat using some jump rings.

To finish off the bottom of the mannequin I added some beaded fringe from a local haberdashery and the head and arms are door knobs from the local DIY store.

At the back of the mannequin I added a half belt with two mini fasteners, one at either end, and finished with a selection of tiny cogs from some assorted watch parts I had bought online.

As the surface of the mannequin is not flat I stamped the Top Hat image from Stampers Anonymous Mini Blueprints set 6 onto tissue and applied it to the surface with Glue and Seal matt.

The base of the stand was covered in torn paper from an old dictionary, (Ive always had issues with dictionaries if you cannot spell a word how can you look it up?) then inked with the same inks as the coat.  I then raided my stash, yes I have actually used some of my precious things!, and added lots of treasures to the base including the plaque that says Treasure, which was swiped with picket fence distress paint.

If you have seen any of my previous blogs you will have already guessed that my daughter has claimed this for her room at University.  Hey Ho!

Thanks to Linda, as usual for organising this fabulous challenge and do check out the wonderful examples from the Curiosity Crew on her blog.  Some fantastic work there.  Also thanks to The FunkieJunkie for sponsoring this challenge.