Thursday, 7 March 2013

M is for ... Magasin

Hello again!

I'm taking part in the Dictionary Challenge over at The Craft Barn you can find details here if you want to play along. This weeks challenge is letter M but only words from Ma to Me - a cunning twist to stop people cheating! I'm using an old French-English dictionary - so my word for this week is Magasin which means shop.

Here are my pages... (remember you can click on the photos to look at them in more detail)

and here are some detail shots...

As soon as I decided on using the word Magasin I knew I wanted to use the fabulous Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe papers and then find some stamps or images to provide additional curious "stock" for my gorgeous fantasy shop.  I had a really fun time going through my stash to find interesting stamps and rub-ons for embellishments and, of course, what would an old curiosity shop be without a  genuine flying pig?

You can just about see the acetate flying mechanism, top right in this shot...

If you look really closely at these two pictures (above and below) you can just about see the large clock face stamped on the background. It is coming from behind the left hand edge of the portrait of the Bee Lady and curving round over the fish. (I wanted to have lots of layers of interest on the page, but as this layout is in a book which needs to be close-able, I can't build up too much dimension) 

I love the dresser crammed with curios in the Graphic 45 paper and have added
  • a penny farthing
  • a fish
  • a toy boat
  • an hour glass
  • a weather vane
can you spot them?

At the bottom of the next shot you can just see the alphabet washi tape I have used to "ground" the images

Hidden behind the peacock feather is a birdcage, a bicycle and a compass (you can see these better if you click on the first photo to enlarge it).


Patterned paper

Graphic 45 Olde Curiosity Shoppe 6x6 stack


Distress Inks - Antique Linen (background inking applied with inking tool and clock face stamped behind dresser), Gathered Twigs (toy boat, hour glass, fish, compass and bicycle) Shabby Shutters (colouring on toy boat) Stormy Skies and Weathered Wood (colouring on fish)

Tsukineko Versafine - Onyx Black (bird cages, chandelier, tiny frame, pointing finger)


Tiny frame - Studio G
Pointing finger, owl cage and chandelier - Pink Paislee - Phantom
Large clock face - Kanban
Compass - Prima #555023
Bicycle - Royal and Langnickel - Journey stamps
Standing birdcage - cArt-us - Birds with cage
Hour glass, fish and toy boat - A la Maison - Billy Bosun's 13 Stamps and Stationery of the Deep Blue Sea


Bee Lady's bee - 7 Gypsies - Rubbings - Element Fragments
Weather Vane - Royal and Langnickel - Home Collage


Penny Farthing, Peacock feather, washi tape - from stash
PinFlair silicone glue

Top Tip

Rub-ons and flimsy dictionary paper are not best friends! - The dresser is strategically placed over an "oops" where the adhesive on the rub-on has lifted the surface off the paper - you have been warned! ;0)

I REALLY REALLY REALLY enjoyed doing these pages (can you tell?) I hope you like them too.

Oh and regular visitors please note the complete absence of my tiny Harlequin stamp (I had a bit of a twitch but I stayed strong!!!)



  1. Wow... this is brilliant - I really LOVE IT! So many fabulous elements but especially love the flying pig with great acetate mechanism - thats such a cool idea.. Couldn't see the hour glass - bet it was right on front of me LOL Gill x

  2. Totall brilliant page and I can SEE that you are really enjoying these! Love the flying pig too! Thank you for joining us gain over at The Craft Barn Maisie x

  3. F A B U L O U S page!!! Tons of details and brilliantly added details! Including nooks and cranies just like the real thing. What a fun time I've had with your page! Well done!

  4. Your page is brilliant - love the Graphic 45 papers, all the detail and that flying pig is so funny!!

  5. What a great page, love the G45 papers and all the elements but most of all I love that flying pig!


  6. I love this page, there is so much to look at,
    Rosie x

  7. I thinkl you have quite a "melange" in your shop. Great page, the more you look, the more you see.

  8. What a fabulous display in your curiosity shop. I love all the different elements especially the flying pig.

  9. Such a great idea, wonderful project.

  10. A wonderful and unusual word and the page you have made is terrific.

    Love Chrissie xx

  11. Oh I absolutely adore what you've done here and now those G45 papers are on the wishlist! Hugs, Jenny x

  12. had to come back to leave a comment here too - this is soooooo stunning, it takes my breath away! just gorgeous... *sigh*

  13. No doubt - you enjoyed yourself creating those pages!!! Lovely and a great idea!!!

  14. Wow, so much detail has gone into this page. I think I'd find something different each time I looked at it.

  15. Oh my, we absolutely love this page, it has so many things to look at, just as you'd imagine The Old Curiosity shop to be! I really think the bears need those Graphic 45 papers.

  16. Ooooh what wonderful many lovely the flying piggy! :)

  17. Certainly is an old curiosity shop full of things. I like the way your clocks are raised up and that little piggy is great. Nice spread

  18. I love this! It's whimsical and fun. The detail is incredible. The layers and the dimension are wonderful and quite an accomplishent on such a relatively flat piece. Great choice of papers, stamps, and embellies. So cool. I want to visit this shop IRL.

  19. Your page is beautiful. I love it!

  20. Amazing page Maisie, you can truly see the fun you had doing it. I adore the peacock feather, finishes the page off perfectly.
    Hugs x

  21. FAB-U-LOUS page and a great word Maisie one of my favourite books The Old Curiosity Shop loving the details - its hard not to use a favourite stamp so well done to you! lol.


  22. Fabulous page, great stamps and love the flying pig.

    Sylv xx

  23. This is truly amazing, love it!!
    Thanks for playing with us at the Craft Barn.

  24. what a great inspiration of the topic. Just to warn you - I am a new follower. Maybe you like to follow me too. Have a great weekend.

  25. Congratulations Sugar - you have done a wonderful job with this and we ALL love to shop that's for sure!!!!!

  26. Yep, I'm not surprised this won! Fab u lous!


Thanks for sharing your happy thoughts. Maisie Moonshine x

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