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Zoe August 16, 2010 22

Hi Everyone!

Today I bring you my creation I made for the lovely Crissy Armstrong a fabulous illustrator and founder of Sundays with Crissy. This month we are creating a project based on our Favourite Time of Year. You could imagine that as a special holiday, season of the year or even a special moment in your life. This month Crissy is giving away a gorgeous pad of designer paper and FIVE of her gorgeous digi stamps of your choice!

I have a few favourites throughout the year but with winter here at the moment SPRING is my favourite time of year right now! heehee I can’t wait to see the flowers begin to burst, the weather warm up and of course see the butterflies come out in full colour. So of course in my project I needed to include flowers and the gorgeous Rose Butterfly I have fallen in love with that Crissy designed for Whimsy Stamps.

A little while ago I probably spent a few hours watching youtube videos by Tim Holtz and Ranger and I fell in love with the Memory Glass. I got some and had been sitting on it trying to think of some fabulous idea to do with it. Didn’t come but I made this instead. heehee

How did I make it…

I started by adding some distress inks to one side of the glass and then I added stickles all over it to give it frosted textured glass look. Hard to see in the photo unfortunately (I tried MANY photos).

Then I stamped the other piece of glass with a flourish stamp, it didn’t turn out dark enough so I decided to clean it off and ink again this time I added embossing powder to make it dark. Being glass however the embossing powder also stuck in places I didn’t want but I left it for a vintage look. Next time I will try using a static pouch first and see if that helps.

Then I put the two pieces together in the frame, added cinnamon stickles around the edge of the frame and also added some distress stickles under the area the butterfly would be positioned.

I made the butterfly by printing it and then colouring it with copic markers. The markers seem to take to the inkjet shrink film a bit better too than other film I have played with. I added my lightest shade first and then to create the darker areas I ‘dotted’ the next shades on.

The flower was made using the three smallest dies from the blossom nestabilities set which I cut from the shrink film then heated and whilst they were still hot I curled them up and held them in position until they had cooled. Then I inked the back with distress inks and added stickles around the edge which darkened the ink along the edge.

I found the glass leaves at the sewing store and I made the beads and the leaf and butterfly charms were given to me from a couple of friends.

Here is a close up of the gorgeous butterfly

I had a lot of fun making this as it was something other than a card! woohoo! ๐Ÿ™‚ I hope I have inspired you with this little charm project today. If that wasn’t enough and trust me it isn’t you’ll definitely want to drop by Sundays with Crissy to see what the fabulous crew have been up to.

Unfortunately I just missed out on the new Simon Says Vintage challenge but hopefully I will make it for the next one! ๐Ÿ™‚

However I would like to share this project with the following challenges that I haven’t missed! ๐Ÿ™‚

  1. Digital Tuesday – Butterflies or Lace
  2. Crafty Creations – Winged Things
  3. A pocket full of posies – All the glitters
  4. Stampotique Designers Challenge – Wings, wings, wings
  5. Flutterby Wednesday – Open
  6. C.R.A.F.T – Mini Beasts (insects)
  7. Incy Wincy Designs – A Bugs Life

Thanks so much for popping by! All your comments mean the world to me and bring a huge smile to my face. Thank you.

Hugs and take care

Zoe xxoo


  1. Mary Giemza August 16, 2010 at 3:17 am - Reply

    Wowzers Zoe! This is totally phenominal! I’ve got a ton of new ideas from your one post! Thank you so much for sharing your creative genius with us. Seriously, that butterfly is amazing! You are a definite master of that new shrink film – I NEED some! ๐Ÿ™‚ I know I owe you a return email. I apologize, I’ve been paralyzed with tooo many emails and challenges and real-life matters this past week! I promise to write VERY soon! big hugz, Mary

  2. Danni August 16, 2010 at 3:33 am - Reply

    This is just stunning!! Totally gorgeous! Thank you for playing along with my flutter by challenge!

  3. ScrappingStephanie August 16, 2010 at 4:09 am - Reply

    Wow, this is absolutely beautiful. I would love to make a piece like this. I think is would be perfect in one of my mimi albums. Oh how you have inspired me. Thank you so much for sharing this fantastic work of art!


  4. Emily August 16, 2010 at 5:15 am - Reply

    I would never have thought of shrink plastic in the dies and then to see the rose you made!!! You are AWESOME!!! Beautiful work and fantastic details!
    Thanks for sharing! :o)

  5. kim howard August 16, 2010 at 5:17 am - Reply

    Wow, this is an amazing piece of work. The memory glass piece is gorgeous and the butterfly is a wonderful addition. Thanks for joining us at Stampotique Designer’s Challenge!

  6. Uptrot August 16, 2010 at 6:13 am - Reply

    Why is it Zoe that when I look at your blog you have always done something utterly awesome and I feel so ordinary. I have got some memory glass and never had a clue what to do with it, I must have go musn’t I!!?? Jill x

  7. Sarah August 16, 2010 at 11:16 am - Reply

    Absolutely gorgeous Zoe!!! Such a unique and beautiful piece of art!!! Your projects are always so inspiring!!!! TFS how you made this!!!
    Sarah ๐Ÿ˜€

  8. Maria August 16, 2010 at 11:39 am - Reply

    FANTASTIC! My jaw dropped when I saw this fabulously stunning creation. I keep staring at it and shaking my head in amazement. Your thinking outside the box really inspires me to get out of my comfort zone and keep trying new things. Big Hugs, Maria

  9. Julie August 16, 2010 at 11:36 pm - Reply

    This is a stunning creation, so unique. Thanks for joining us at C.R.A.F.T.
    Julie x

  10. Kaz August 16, 2010 at 11:41 pm - Reply

    This is such a lovely charm. Thanks for joining us at SDC x

  11. Willy Anderson August 17, 2010 at 2:23 am - Reply

    What a beauty, Zoe! Love the butterfly. Thanks for joining us at SDC # 13.

  12. Amy Duff August 17, 2010 at 12:02 pm - Reply

    This is outstanding! I love distressing you did on the piece to make it appear vintage. It’s just gorgeous! Thanks for joining us at Crafty Creations!

  13. Vicki August 17, 2010 at 12:23 pm - Reply

    This is beautiful! Thanks for playing along with us at SDC!!!


  14. Liz Weber August 17, 2010 at 9:06 pm - Reply

    WOW! Zoe that is exquisite. So very creative and gorgeous and clever and amazing. LOVE LOVE that butterfly and the creative way you created this is wonderful, thanks for sharing!

  15. Monique August 18, 2010 at 4:39 am - Reply

    Ths is gorgeous! Thanks for joining us at SDC!

  16. Shelly August 18, 2010 at 5:52 am - Reply

    This is drop dead gorgeous!!! A fabulous and very creative project!!!

  17. Eiglas August 18, 2010 at 8:39 am - Reply

    I guess this beautiful butterfly is big enough…! LOL!
    Thank you so much for coming over to play at C.R.A.F.T this week!

  18. monique August 19, 2010 at 2:34 am - Reply

    It’s beautifull !!
    I just uploaded a card that I created with one of your digital stamps. Maybe you’d like to see it: http://moniquesweblog.blogspot.com/2010/08/verjaardagskaart-birthday-card.html.

    Greetings from the Netherlands

  19. Kim Prince August 21, 2010 at 10:00 am - Reply

    WOW! This is just GORGEOUS!! Thank you for joining us over at Stampotique this week!

  20. Ayelet {Jenny} August 22, 2010 at 2:28 am - Reply

    Stunning creation! It is so pretty! Thank you for playing with us over at PFOP and good luck! X

  21. Crissy Armstrong September 1, 2010 at 1:02 pm - Reply

    Here I am, amazed again, not even knowing what to say, other than WOW. I seriously don’t know how you think these things up! This is just stunning! xo

  22. Marjo September 3, 2010 at 2:58 pm - Reply

    OMG Zoe.

    This is simply beyond words gorgalicious. Awesome x 10. I love it.

    Hugs, Marjo

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