Thursday, 14 February 2013

Get me - not crawling in under the wire! Sunday Stampers #244 and ABAC #12

Hello and Happy Valentine's Day to you and a very big thank you to all my WOYWW visitors who inspired me to carry on with a project which - if I'm honest - was a bit like pulling teeth!

Any way... 

I can't believe this is my THIRD post of the week - (OK I'm only managing this because I'm ironing on a need to wear basis!) I wanted to get my submissions in for Sunday Stampers (Endless Love) and Anything But A Card (Share the love) without having to rush (too much).

So here is my offering...

And here are some detail shots

(Handmade lace flower)

I have never done a project that has been such a roller coaster ride as this one! 

I loved my initial background stamping, but OH DEAR when I added colour to the canvas AAARGH!!! I hated it, not even my favourite crumpled tissue paper trick worked - it looked more like something from Chainsaw Massacre than Endless Love! So on Wednesday (gosh was that only yesterday?!) a coat of gesso and a rapid retreat were called for. 

After a spirit lifting voyage round the WOYWW world and some kind and uplifting reciprocal visits, I hit my craft room in a flurry of lace and flowers this morning and - in my eyes anyway - a phoenix has risen from the ashes! (or maybe that should be splashes? - groan)

Here or the (now not so gory) details


8x8 ins Daler Rowney canvas board


Sizzix BigZ / Tim Holtz Alterations - Caged Bird


Background text - Paper Artsy Hot Picks HP1006; Tiny Harlequin - unknown
Winged heart and rose vine - Kanban Stamp 09


Images - Ranger Archival - Jet Black (second impression used for rose vine)
Background - Distress Stains - Spun Sugar, Fired Brick, Weathered Wood
Bird cage - DI - Vintage Photo
Scroll - DI - Antique Linen

Markers (for colouring heart) - Promarkers - Ruby, Cardinal  Red

Wings - highlighted with Sakura Gelly Roll Clear Star


Bird cage - Hobbycraft acrylic - antique gold


Embossing powder - (bird cage) Stampin Stuff - Vertigre
Cream cotton lace
Vintage brass button
Mulberry paper roses
Red foam roses
Heart shaped deco pin 

Well that's all for now, I'm off to post my links, hope you like the end result, see you soon.


  1. I am so glad you went back to it, I love it I love the heart breaking through the cage I love the stamping and your inking of the background. Great job all round LOVE IT
    Ria xxxxx

  2. Gorgeousness... when things go wrong, slap a coat of gesso.. wonderful stuff! Loving the ickle heart in the open cage... Thanks for joining in with the Sunday Stamper x

  3. oooh this is so lovely..and what a great background on your canvas.. glad you persevered... Gill x ps ..what's ironing?

  4. Morning Maisie! Wow, what happens to visions overnight! The canvas really turned out beautifully. I just love the cage with the winged heart popping out of it. Topping this off with the handmade lace flower .... Love it. I have never seen one before. Going to look further in your blogs to see if you have a tutorial on that one....

  5. This is so pretty! I'd never have guessed that you had to "rescue" it! XXX Keren

  6. I think you just are inspired. What problem? Are you really sure you had a mind block?
    It's beautiful...don't understand all the details 'cos I'm not a crafty person but Oh Boy do I appreciate the work you've put in. Looking forward to your next 'Problem'.

  7. The birdcage? THe lace??? THE GLITTER?!?!?! PERFECTION :) Anything but a Card :) :) :)

  8. Maisie, I really love your blog, so many wonderful crafty makes. This card is absolutely gorgeous. Gesso is wonderful isn't it? I love it. I'm your newest follower too. Love this lots. Michelle xx


Thanks for sharing your happy thoughts. Maisie Moonshine x

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