22 September 2011


I am poorly bad. I have a horrible head cold that is making me feel really sorry for myself and I am coughing, sneezing, spluttering all over the place! I slobbed in front of the TV yesterday but I couldn't do that again today with out going bonkers so I very slowly made this little plaque. Crafty Boots' second challenge is things with wings and I had decided to make something with a ring of butterflies. This is really en vogue at the moment the lovely Sarah made a beautiful tag recently and my sister saw an amazing piece of art in The Royal Academy that she fell in love with. So this is my version. 
The backing is a large circle Art Part covered with the script tape from Tim's Hobgoblin Tissue Tape. I then covered that with Picket Fence Distress Stain and when it was dry I inked it with Peeled Paint Distress Stain. 
Then I stamped 10 Butterflies with Wendy's stamp and Jet Black Archival Ink onto Grungepaper. Once I had cut them out I used various colours of Distress Stain, using the darker shade (with a paintbrush) to paint the edges of each butterfly and add a little accent 
colour. Then in the middle I stamped a ticket from Wendy's Ticket to Art set onto white card, inked it with Antique Linen Distress Stain and edged it with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. As I got to this point I saw that this week's challenge on Everything Wendy Vecchi is to use a small 
stamp repeatedly as a background stamp (MAC #27) and so I used the little flower stamp from the same set and used Old Paper Distress Ink. I hope this counts! Then I added the sentiment stamped on Grungepaper and inked with Distress Stains. I must go and 
blow my nose! Thank you for stopping by! Gabrielle x
Before I go, my heart won Crafty Boots' first challenge which really humbled me - thank you very much Stephanie-Emma and co!


Crafty Boots said...

You are more than welcome your work is stunning, I am in awe!!!!! When I get home I will be studying your blog for inspiration and trying out some of your fantastic techniques! You've already given me some ideas to use on my Christmas Decorations!

Thanks again for joining in with Crafty Boots Challenges we love seeing your beautifuul work! xCBx

Jo said...

Art therapy at it's best! This is lovely, they all look as though they are perched for a second and will fly away at any moment. Get well soon coughy snotty girl! jo xx

Kaz said...

OOOO very very gorgeous!!! Hope you are feeling better big hugs


Dee's Craft Room said...

Congratulations Gabrielle.

I love what you have done with this butterfly stamp, they look awesome.

Crafty Boots DT

hazel said...

This is wonderful Gabrielle, I love all the different coloured butterflies. Hope you get better soon and congratulations on your win.
xxx Hazel.

Siobhan Fyffe said...

Your butterfly plaque is lovely. The colours are so vibrant. Hope you are feeling better.

Amy Tidd said...

Love, love, love! What a fab project! Thanks for taking part in Crafty Boots Challenge! Amyx

CraftygasheadZo said...

Stunning. Thanks for joining us over at Crafty Boots. Zo x

StampDancer said...

Absolutely gorgeous! The colors are so fabulous!
I'm sorry about your head cold. Hope it passes quickly.
Deb M