Saturday, 11 February 2017

A little surprise for the weekend

It's hard to believe that a year ago I decided to close the shop and follow a different career path. I will always cherish the years I had at Creativity but it is so nice to be able to spend creative time making what ever I like, however I like, rather than keep up with the trends of today.

As I mentioned in a previous post I have collected stamps for years and this project uses small stamps that I bought at the Craft Barn in Lingfield when Maggie Wright was the owner.

Once the project is complete I will bind it using my Bind It All Machine, this is the front cover.

The background paper is a delicate olive with bursts of lilac and pink, sooo pretty.

The reverse of the paper is olive green the same design as the front but very subtle, perfect for the inside of my book cover.

As you open the cover this is what you see. A fairy in the grounds of the Castle. Every piece of foliage and flower is stamped and the flowers are coloured in a variety of colours using pencils.

Its deceptive because I have shaped the pages so they are layered and I have made "holes" so you can look through into the distance telling a story.

As I lift the page you can see the fairy stands out and the "hole" is a hand cut aperture revealing the
garden to the castle in the background.

Can you make out the buttercups, dandelion clocks and honeysuckle in the background?

The next section shows another fairy in the garden, a Well is stamped in the background.

As I lift the page you can see that I have left an edge around the right side of the fairy, I may stamp under her legs and behind her back, alternatively I could cut out those sections.

I plan to find some fairy sayings to lay over these backing pages, I might put them on acetate or vellum I haven't decided yet. The Well stamp is from the Stampendous range.

The fairies I have used so far are from Stamps Happen and the houses on the pages above and below are from Woodware's range.

I have a bit of work to go pages aren't complete, for example I haven't finished colouring this one and I need to decide how to decorate the reverse of the pages but I'm happy so far. What do you think?


  1. oh my word - so pretty Nina. I remember that front cover paper too......

  2. Oh my goodness Nina, you are so clever. The pages are delightful. Love the colours and how you have used the stamps. Great stuff