Saturday, 20 October 2012

Happy tears at my house!!

I cannot believe it!! I made the Top 3 in the Rustification challenge at Simon Says Stamps . Happy dancing all over the house.

Hope you have a fabulous weekend too.

xx Michelle 

Sunday, 14 October 2012


Hello my friends

I have so much to catch up on. I have just returned from a few fabulous days away and will catch up on that tomorrow.

Today I wanted to show you my Rusty tins I have made. I have never altered a tin before, and never thought it would be this much fun. I will definitely be making another mess soon with an altered tin to show at the end of it.These projects were made from tins that I found here in New Zealand. We do not have altoid tins here so I will be trawling the internet for some as they are a different size to the ones shown here, and I love to play with every type I can! The projects here  are made from a gift card tin from Farmers and the other is an Eclipse mint tin.

The rust effect was created with the Langridge rust system. There are two bases one for rust and the other for verdigris. Once the base is dry you add the oxidising patina and wait and watch! I added two coats of the base and also varied the amounts of base and patina in different areas to get variation in the colour.

Inside the tin are a selection of images from The Graphics Fairy and embellishments I made with the rust effect on cardboard shapes. I dyed the seam binding to colours that I liked to match.

I love the Gypsy Queen Bee Tin and hope that its new owner The Ellen Bee enjoys it.

This little tin is all about the rust. I have layered three pieces which have been coloured with rust effect, verdigris, cinnamon stickles and lumiere paint in blue halo gold.

The tiny tag inside the tin is made from layers of cardstock stuck together to get some weight and dunked in rust, along with a few of the charms.

I love my little tins and hope you like them too. If you would like to see more I have made a video record of them, which can be found here

The theme of the Simon Says Stamp challenge this week is Rustification (Fabulous word!) I am going to attempt to link this up. I have never done that before so wish me luck. My first challenge, my first link and my first altered tin! Who knew there would be so many first times?? 

Love to hear what you are attempting for the first time!! 

Thanks for visiting 
xx Michelle

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Fabulous Free Digital Magazine

Handcrafted Inspirations Volume 2

I had to pop in quickly to tell you about a free (Yes - it is Free!) digital magazine.
I love free it is my favourite price and I thought you might like it too.

I am off for a read. I hope we both enjoy it!

xx Michelle