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Wednesday, 9 November 2011

WOYWW - Crafty Work... Hurrah!!

Finally managing to do a little bit more with my wrist... still not up to full on regular stuff, but happy to be making again... just wish I had the time!!! STILL looking after the grandsons and feeding 5 each night... my day finishes at 3.10pm so I can pick them up from school - normally I am just in full swing making mode at that time!!! Anyhoo, time to share the altered piece I started at the weekend, in a class with the lovely Linda Elbourne!!! Been trying to get to meet her for ages...

Well, the class was really interesting and VERY challenging - not because of the art and craft, but because we had to deface a book!!! I have NEVER done that before, but am getting into the swing of it... It started out a most LURID lime green, under it's dust jacket, when I paid £1.50 at the charity shop... it's not a very interesting book, so I sort feel justfied in altering and up-cycling it... Not yet finished but here is what it looks like now -

 I painted it in London Nights paint from PaperArtsy, then distressed it with vintage lace paint, vintage photo distress ink and some of the wonderful Inca Gold in bronze, put on with my fingers... I stamped with a script stamp, off the block, so I could get only partial prints...

 Here you can see the steampunk charm I was given. I cut out the large clock to go round it and then made a rosette when I got home, to mount it on... The lovely Linda cut minute pieces of foam for me to make the TH clock stand off the page - patience of Job that girl!!! Anyway, it worked...

 We stuck many many many pages down, and I have begun painting one lot here. I am going to make some Laura Denison pockets for some tags on the first 5 sets of pages, and then...

 We cut an aperture from the middle!!! This really WAS difficult to start, hurting the book so badly!! but I shall LURVE it when it's finished... I shall put time type stuff in my little niche... well they can't touch you for it!!! Tee hee

 And here are my signature roses!!! Made from grunge paper as ever... they look really grungy and vintage IRL... The rest are die cut and painted with distress inks...

I am loving this project and look forward to finishing it... but crafting is only bit at a time at the mo, and I am madly working on a masterpiece for the fragrant Freddie's birthday Thursday!!! Show you that after the event!!! Can't get back to DT stuff yet a while... then there's crimble cards to do/finish etc... it's all go!!!

Well, I hope you have enjoyed your little sojourn... if you don't know about WOYWW, pop over to the Stamping Ground and see our lovely Julia, whose wondrous idea this spying sharing all is!!!Thanks for the visit and I hope to see you chez vous very soon
Love and Light
Frankie
xx
I shall enter this into the following challenge(s)
Simon Says Stamp and Show - some up/re-cycling

29 comments:

inkypinkycraft said...

This is awesome, love it, just love it.happy woyww, trace x

jude said...

this is absolutely stunningly beautiful.Never tried to deface abook but you have me wanting to the ideas are flowing but have crimbo crafts to catch up with first.will keep popping back to see how it's coming along.,Have fab wednesday
hugs judex5

Helen said...

Fantastic Frankie - lovely to see you getting back & crafty. Hope all is well.... Helen, #1

Jacqueline said...

THAT is gorgeous!!

Happy WOYWW !

Jackie x

Franka Benjaminsen said...

This book project looks gorgeous. Wish I could follow such workshops. I think cutting these pages is the most difficult part, isn't it? Love the way you've decorate the cover. Love the colours and your grunge roses. Well done.
Bye, Franka

Neil said...

Hi there. Thanks for sharing your creative space with us this week. I hope the rest of the week goes well and creative too! That book is looking amazing already! Love the layers and colours!
Neil #57

lisa said...

It's so great to see you back crafting again, Frankie. You must be worn out looking about all your little ones.
Your altered book looks absolutely amazing. I love the colours and of course your stunning roses.
Happy WOYWW
Hugs Lisax #74

Laura said...

Looking good. I have never done one of these either!

Twiglet said...

Another gorgeous project from Linda's workshop! x Jo

The Sparkly Fairy said...

Wow this is amazing. I love the roses!

Emma - The Sparkly Fairy

Claire said...

This looks lovely..not done one before... will be nice to see it finished
Claire #69

Dotty A said...

Oh such a beautiful project... it's easy to see why you are enjoying it so much...
Thanks for the peek today and I've enjoyed looking around you blog very much!

Ann B said...

I have an altered book on the go - well I bought it and gessoed the covers but that is as far as I have gone. Reluctant to cut into it as it goes against the grain but it would have ended up in the bin if I hadn't rescued it. Your book is looking great - love the roses.

L00py's Craft Creations said...

Oh it looks wonderful, but I couldnt possible do that to a book, sorry, must be hurting you to do it, by the sound of it, but It'll be lovely when its finished,

Have fun

Happy WOYWW Lou #44

KSD Creations said...

Your book is stunning. I think I'd have a tough time cutting into a book but if it came out anything like yours, I'd get over it.

Lunch Lady Jan said...

That book is gorgeous - all the detail is amazing! I really love steampunk stuff, it's fab!
Hugs, LLJ #42 xx

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Wow, Frankie, that's a wonderful piece of art.

Marjo said...

Awesome book. Thanks for the peek and sharing. Hope you are having a wonderful WOYWW.

xoxo Marjo

ScrappnBee said...

That is looking simply gorgeous! You go and upcycle! The roses are truely spectacular!!! Thank you so much for sharing your WOYWW. -Amanda

kyla said...

Glad your feeling a bit better...they must keep you very busy! What a fab course, I love your book-I think of it as giving a second life to a book that would otherwise be pulped!

Kyla no 128

Hazel said...

I'm in awe of your creativity and talent (Hazel WOYWW #89)

Candy C said...

Wow!! Your altered book cover is fabulous! I love the color you used and the really cool Stanislaus clock charm in the center of your weathered clock die. Really cool idea. The flowers are also just amazing underneath the weathered clock. I can't believe you have not done this before! You did a fantastic job. Candy

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Looks like an altered book to me! Great job! Love the clock and the roses, too. You will love the niche once you have it filled with goodies. The first one I made was the hardest. I finally learned to take it a few pages at a time. Happy belated WOYWW from #4.

Angie said...

Oh Wow ...that is amazing ...cant wait to see the final result ...love your signature roses on this.

Lindsay Craftymonster81 said...

Wow! This is stunningly beautiful, those roses look fab!
Lindsay xx

Kim Dellow said...

Ooo stuninng! Kim

Terry said...

Ohhh my goodness, your project is amazingly made, LOVE LOVE the signature roses wowwwzerssss and I am jealous, you even met Linda?? wowwwww I just know you had lots of fun. thank you for sharing hun Hugs Terry xxxx

okienurse said...

Awesome project!! Sorry I am so late getting around but DH left for China yesterday and I had to spend the past week getting him ready to go. Have a great week. Thanks for sharing. Vickie #56

Linda Elbourne said...

LOVE LOVE LOVED your book and I LOVED meeting you ... we MUST do it again one day :0)