Saturday, April 21, 2012

Cottage Roses, Lace and Butterflies

Who could resist Cottage Roses, Lace and Butterflies?  Not me... :)  My project today is for the monthly  Stampendous challenge to re-cycle or re-purpose and also for the Simon Says Stamp and Show Anything

My re-cycled project was triggered from a few things.  One is all the fantastic chunky ATC's (just one of them from Tracy that I loved!)  I have been seeing all over in blog land.  Two, it was time to take down the old swing set in our back yard as our kids are getting too old for it and it was starting to show it's age. That meant piles of wood scraps in the backyard and of course a few of those old pieces of wood happened to make their way into my craft room. :)

Here is what happened to one of those scraps of wood:  


  1. Paint surface with white acrylic paint. 
  2. Distress edges with brown dye ink. 
  3. Stamp image (Cottage Rose Jumbo Cling) using Ranger Archival Ink onto surface.  This was tricky as the surface is uneven so make sure to rock it slightly and press down firmly.  I also filled in with my micron pen where the image was softer. 
  4. Spritz glimmer mist onto craft mat and color flower using waterbrush. After dry shade with watercolor pencils. 
  5. Smear green dye ink on craft mat and paint leaves with waterbrush. Shade with watercolor pencils.
  6. Stamp sentiments onto white cardstock. Cut out and distress with brown dye ink.  (I promise the sentiments were straight IRL and only appear off-kilter in the photo LOL!) 
  7. Accent with butterflies.  (I embossed the flower and butterfly from silver to gold using embossing powder and versamark)
  8. Apply Versamark Ink over the surface and heat emboss using clear embossing powder. This will give a smooth finish and enhance the soft colors. 
  9. Assemble and accessorize. :) 
All the new stamps from the new release are available in the Stampendous Store

For more inspiration:

To play along you  have until Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 11:59 PM EST to add your direct link to our collection at the end of this post (or on the Stampendous blog).  You do not have to use Stampendous products.  The prize (drawn at random) is this a lovely Mother's Love Perfectly Clear Stamp Set.  Available in stores now, it will be on the website for purchase soon!

Due to shipping restrictions, the winner must have a US address. 

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  1. Wonderful reuse of that old wood, Sue! Love your spool legs, too!!

  2. A beautiful home decor project. Love the rose stamp and wonderful techniques you did. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Fantastic project, Suzz - WOW!!

  4. This is Glorious Suzz! Love how you painted your roses. Thanks for the step by step instruction. I've learned so much from you. Thank you.

  5. a great substrate to work on Sue. , looks lovely combined with the crocheted lace

  6. I really love this project! It's has a rustic elegance to it! Great job with recycling!

  7. Oh my gosh.. This is beautiful.. Love the beautiful colors. They sure are fun to make aren't they my friend.


  8. My three close crafting buddies and I are having a crafting get together for a few days in June and one of our planned activities is a chunky ATC. Your altered piece of wood is beautiful and I love the textured look of it. Gorgeous work as always.

    Lesley Xx

  9. You are so talented and clever Suzz. what a superb idea to use the wood. I've just got some new Stampendous stamps so must hunt out something to re-purpose/recycle.

  10. Amazingly creative, Suzz! I love the pretty flowers on the weathered wood! I am going to have to try one of these chunky ATCs, you've inspired me!

  11. This is gorgeous! I think you need to take one of those scraps, and stamp the clear Tree Swing set on it for sentimental reasons.

  12. Wow! Amazing what you can do with scrap wood, isn't it? :) This is beautiful! Love everything about it! Thanks for sharing your art with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

  13. I love this piece! How very cool and clever! The new Cottage Rose is a favorite of mine!

  14. Love LOVE your Chunky ATC....PURE BEAUTY! Made my first one this past week!! SOOOO much fun to create on!

    THANKS BUNCHES for playing along with Simon Says Stamp and Show!!

  15. ...from swingset to art room! lol....that will be a lot of chunky's...beig ones, small ones, and just think of what you can do with the chain!

  16. Stunning Chunky ATC - fab recycling too! I can just see that jumbo rose cling image burnt into wood too!

  17. WOW...ok..WOW... and who is too old for a swing set??? That's not even a sentence in English. But this is a fantastic way to keep the memory alive forever. Just gorgeous, Suzanne!


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