Thursday, 30 August 2012

Anything but a Card and back to Messy!

Since my last post I have finished two cards which were looking sad half done on the desk! I also promised myself I would put the card making to one side for a  couple of days and do this project.

It seems a long time since I have completed anything that wasn't a card - I'm enjoying the whole card thing but also have acknowledged that I have missed the mixed media stuff and making something for no particular reason except for making sake!

I bought a Tando Mini Printer Tray at a visit to meet with Maureen at BarjanB recently. (Actually I bought rather a lot of stuff whilst dearly beloved was with Barry and Maureen's OH which left the coast clear for Maureen and I to mooch about in the shop!)

First, I painted the entire thing with acrylic paint. I used K and Co Flora and Fauna paper on the outer and inner cover.
I then randomly stamped over it with a Clarity 'crackle' stamp in Versafine Smoky Gray. It probably doesn't show up very well in the pic! and then inked the edges with Victorian Velvet DI.

The birdcage stamp is from My Mind's Eye and the tiny pearls for the hanging I glued on by hand - (real fiddly and don't think I'll be doing it again in a hurry!). The wording stamp is by PaperArtsy.

The fabric rose edging is from my stash and I made the flower by ripping into circles more of the paper stack, spritzing with water, scrunching up and securing together with a brad. The 'rose' was put onto two fabric leaves and a pice of tattered fabric that I inked with the same DI.
The inside front cover was stamped with a mixture of PaperArtsy and Inkylicious bird themed stamps and some scraps of lace glued on. 

The 'tray' interior was then rubbed all over with the DI and stamped over again with the same crackle' stamp.

From the top -
Birdhouse and the Ivy is a Marianne die. Scattered Straw DI used on some string and then glued to make a 'thatched' roof! Popped a tiny mirror onto the back of the heart opening.

Silver wire wound round with three small blue beads to form what I hope looks like a nest! attached to a small crocheted circle.

Bird image from same paper stack. Word stamp from an Invoke set. Feathers, green fibres and a small speckled egg all from my stash.

Three small black dewdrops from stash and wording 'without wings' cut from an odd sheet of paper.

Egg stamp and egg wording from an Invoke set stamped onto 'duck egg blue' coloured card

Two scraps of lace and three scrabble letters from my stash.

There are a couple of challenges that my tray may fit -

MAWTT - Flying High
Totally Stampalicious - Anything Goes
Natalie and Amy - Anything Goes
Unique Crafters challenge - Altered project 
Tando Creative - Leaves and trees

Thanks for calling in - hope you liked my little creation as a change from my usual cards! x


  1. Wow, a stunning creation. Love all the details inside as well as the front.
    Yvonne x

  2. Oh WOW! This is stunning, who's a clever little Viv then, it's so pretty and everything fits together beautifully. Love it!
    Thanks for visiting my blog.
    Teresa xx

  3. wowee Viv your project is scrummy delicious, beautiful choice of colours. x

  4. Hi Viv

    Oh .. this is fabulous.

    Love all the little elements.

    Gorgeous inside and out .. .. it must have taken ages to complete.


    Love Jules xx

  5. Fabulous creation Viv great colours and creatin and the inside is as lovely as the outside


  6. This is beautiful! I adore the gorgeous elements--the string of pearls holding the cage is fabulous and I LOVE the floral trim!!! :)

  7. Stunning inside and out. Love the colour of course being pink which I adore. Hugs Mrs A.

  8. Thanks so much for playing along with us this week for the Pile It On "I Spy Something With A “P”” with us! Just loved your card, and hope to see you back here next week!

    PIO DT
    Jenn Zeeb

  9. This is a really stunning creation Viv, love colours and wonderful attention to detail really.

    Thanks so much for joining in my It's a Gift theme at Allsorts this week.

    B x

  10. Wow, this is gorgeous - and opens up to such a cabinet of delights!
    Alison x

  11. This is stunning Viv.... love your choice of colours and all the lovely pieces inside xx

  12. wow this is fantastic many pretty details and your colours are beautiful :D

    xx coops xx

  13. WOW, what a gorgeous project Viv, love it. Love the colours and all the beautiful embellishments you've used.
    Hope you have a great weekend.
    Caz x

  14. Thanks for sharing your beautiful tray with us at Allsorts. Tracy x

  15. Your tray is gorgeous! Thank you for joining the "Wings & Things" challenge at Paper and Such.


    Stop by my blog to check out my {Belated} Birthday Blog Candy!

  16. Oh my Viv what a lot of work! fabulous of course too, love the shabby chic look and that gorgeous flower too :) Viv xx

  17. Wow, what a beautiful project, so pretty. Thanks for sharing it with us at Natalie & Amy's challenge.
    Donna xx

  18. Just gorgeous! Beautiful piece, love the flying and bird theme. Kim

  19. Oh WOWSER Viv.Loving the detail you are soooo talented.Do hope you are well.xx

  20. WOW!! This is such a beautiful and inspiring project :D Thank you for taking part in our first ever challenge at Natalie and Amy's challenge and good luck.


    Amy xx

  21. Oh wow, this is so beautiful, absolutely gorgeous :o)
    Jackie xx

  22. Just stunning, love the embellishments & colours you have used!

    Thank you for sharing with us at Natalie & Amy's for our 1st Challenge & MAWTT, good luck!
    Hugs Shell xx

  23. Love the vintage feel and the gray and pink combination! Thanks so much for joining us at Paper and Such for this week's challenge!

  24. This is so beautiful Viv its just gorgeous, I adore the way you have designed this card Oh my, what a beautiful creation and another fabulous flower well done .
    Thank you so much for your super comments on my blog . Have a super weekend
    Big Hugs Elaine

  25. This is just over the top gorgeous! Love the nature feel to it and those flowers and ribbons are to die for! The inside is just spectacular with the egg and the nest being my fav! Amazingly awesome work


  26. Absolutely stunning, a gorgeous project!

  27. Amazing project,just stunning.

    Thank you for sharing your work with all of us at Crafty Boots Challenges.


  28. Like it!! like it!!! I love it vivvy babes, now you know my addy but wrap it well cos I dont want it dmaged, its soooooo beauitufl your clever clogs you!!!!! xxxxxx

  29. absolutely perfect, Viv! Really love your project with all the scrummy details!
    Hugs, Alessandra

  30. It's really good - it can fly my way any day!!!

  31. Beautiful project!
    Thanks for playing at Pile It On!
    Helen x

  32. WOW!! This is gorgeous!! Thanks for joining us this week over at Hiding in My Craft Room!


  33. Hi Viv, this is a gorgeous project. Love all the details and a beautiful colour.
    Thanks for sharing with us at FSC

  34. This is so beautiful, you've worked so hard on this printer tray. Thanks for linking it to Tando this month.

  35. Thank you for linking this fantastic creation to the new challenge on my blog, I love this :-) Please check back tomorrow to see who is chosen by to win and to see the details of the new challenge, would love to see you join in again :-) Elaine Craft My Life All Crafts Challenge -xxx-


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