Wednesday, 16 April 2008

From Me To You

These two items I made for a swap I'm involved in, each month we have to make something "altered" and mail it to the next person on the list. Well this month I had to make and send to Nicky - Nicky does some really beautiful altered pieces so I was a bit worried about what to make.
This first item is an old CD which I altered. I cut the cd shape out of some lilac paper which was out a kit I got ages ago from QVC. I stamped the little girl onto the paper and then added distress embossing powder and heated it. I then added the letters onto the top of the cd - these again are from a QVC kit. I then stuck this paper onto the front of the cd.

For the back of the cd I used my alcohol inks to cover it and then when it was totally dry, I used some Squiggly Inc stamps from Paper Artsy and randomly stamped the swirl pattern. I took a piece of glossy card stock and my cranberry and wild plum alcohol inks and inked up the glossy cardstock. I then stamped another little girl using stazon ink onto the alcohol inked background, I rounded the corners and then simply added a little flower using a brad to fix it in place . Both of the little girl stamps are from Paperbag Studio's and are from the Dreamer set.

This is my very first altered cd and I am quite pleased with the end result and can see me doing lots more of these.
The next item I made for Nicky is a little tag booklet with small concertina pouches inside. This project was in the Craft Stamper magazine and I just had to have a go at it. I must say mine didn't turn out as I wanted / thought it would - but it was my first time, so maybe I will have another go sometime in the future.

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I cut the tag booklet template out of some card which already has a sort of bluey mottled effect to it and then I used a little distressed ink on it. I decorated this using Cat's Life Press stamps and rusty brown stazon ink.

For the concertina flaps inside, I made 5 little folders/pockets from the same mottled cardstock and then used some green distress inks and gold glimmer mist to colour them. I used some chipboard letters which I covered in distress ink and then I triple embossed them - spelling out NICKY. I attached these onto the front of the little folders. For the inside of the little folders I cut some white cardstock into squares and used blue distress ink to colour them. I used various Cats Life Press stamps, mainly pictures on the front and words/quotes on the back.