Saturday, 27 July 2013

'Just for You'

Darcy has been absolutely phenomenal over at Paper Artsy this week! If you want to check out some of her incredible projects, including an adorable giraffe - yes - a giraffe! Click HERE.
I wanted to play along, but just before Darcy posted fabulous garden party ideas, we had a party to celebrate Mr Magpie's early retirement. I would love to have thrown another party just to have a go at these brilliant makes, but - well - call me a wimp - 2 parties in a week seemed a bit excessive! I've always wanted to make my own paper, but I didn't think there would be time and the giraffe - well that was way too ambitious: I haven't even had a go at the Geisha kitty yet from last time yet! There was the tin watering can, which I loved, but I had nothing like it to alter! Then I remembered! Lin @ Art from Herts had sent me two little tins to alter. I decided to make them into hand-painted gifts.
I painted the tins with Gesso as Darcy did her watering can.
Then I decorated the insides by painting with Fresco Finish paint in Guacamole and lining with some Prima paper. I painted the outsides with Fresco Finish greens and blues.
I also made some wrapping paper using Darcy's idea of brown paper painted with Fresco circles and stamped with PA images. I used a Hot Picks plate and carried on the theme with a couple of corrugated cardboard tags.
And here are the gifts inside, one for Isaac and one for Matilda - our Magpie Brood! I painted a scene with puffy clouds on my tin lids and stamped on some leaves and grasses, embellishing with shrink plastic medallions of  Lynne Perrella Geishas in shrink plastic frames covered in Treasure Gold. I received a consignment of Polyshrink from Paper Artsy earlier this week and I wanted to experiment, so I also made little tiny shrink plastic birds from a Tim Holtz die!!! Here is a close-up.
Matilda has been in Cyprus and we've all missed her, so on Wednesday we'll celebrate her return to the nest with little gifts! Thanks Darcy for inspiring me to paint on tin with Frescos and to make my own gift wrap - so much more personal and thank you Lin for those lovely little tins to alter! Have a great weekend anyone who had a peep and thanks for dropping by Magpie Heaven.



14 comments:

  1. Genius idea!! Love the tins, and I am sure Matilda and Isaac will too.

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  2. Lovely, lovely projects. The altered tins are just great, and the corrugated tags are delightful!
    Alison x

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  3. wow these are just gorgeous, i just love that the whole thing is handmade!

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  4. Lovely idea, all totally gorgeous.

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  5. I love the corrugated card with Treasure gold and embossing, it's beautifully distressed and the colours are gorgeous!

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  6. Well done Julie the tins look stunning!! And I love the tags you've made with the corrugated card!!

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  7. Oh wow Julie these are gorgeous, I love the colours and images you used. You always get everything spot on which makes each creation really pop. Absolutely amazing, I love them. My mojo seems to have just returned lol, only problem is, with this heat, I'm wanting to craft early or late in the day lol. Hugs :-) Kezzy xxx

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  8. These are wonderful - love the colours !

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  9. What a great idea to alter those tins! They look fabulous Julie Ann, as does the wrap & tags!
    Alison x

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  10. Hey Julie, I've been waiting to see what you would create, after seeing Darcy's AMAZING giraffe, WOW those tins are GORGEOUS, beautiful papers, then the covers are well FABULOUS the colors, the stamping, then the beautiful chinese ladies in the beautiful frames, with our precious birds, the tags WOW love how you created them first the scrumptious corrugated, then filling it, the colors are beautiful, loooooove the butterflies , then the wrapping paper is fabulous, the parliament is again clapping, flapping there wings, you make us soooo proud, thanks for sharing your creativity, all of it, amazing work. I must get to my desk, I've been visiting since 7 am trying to get caught up, still more to visit, shesh, any who have a wonderful day, big hugs sweet magpie...

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  11. Hi julie ann just catching up with some visits now i've broken up from work. You've been very busy! And I must say I'm loving your work,

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  12. Sorry I Just pressed publish before I'd finished ! Anyway as i was going to say, those altered tins are just gorgeous! And i love the way you have wrapped them. I know exactly how much attention to detail you put into your work as I was showing my crafty friend the lovely WOYWW ATC you sent me when she was round for a cuppa yesterday. We were both marvelling at all the little details you had put on it! I'm off to check out that giraffe! X

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  13. These are just beautiful, especially love your tags! Chrisx

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