Wednesday 28 July 2010

Layers and Layers of Love

There's a shelf in my cupboard dedicated to projects on the go, or projects which I know pretty much what I want to do with but haven't got round to actually doing yet.

Every now and then I hear piteous little cries emanating from this location, to the tune of 'make me!...please!...decorate me beautifully!' It's a lot worse when I open the cupboard door: like an angry mob, only instead of angry, they're sad and ignored. 'You had such good intentions for me!...Why are you leaving me until last?...What could be better than altering me?' the voices cry.

Guilt overcomes me; I usually take something out, fiddle around for a bit, and then put it away again, distracted. Imagine, then, the enormous sense of satisfaction I get when I actually finish something from this 3D to do list. Never again will you go back on that shelf, my pretty creation!

One of the items on this shelf was a frame from Paperchase, bought in the sales for 50p seven months ago. I'd been meaning to paint it and make it look distressed; I also wanted to stamp on it, but I wasn't sure whether it would look good. I ended up painting the frame with lots of layers of different coloured paint, finishing with a white coat, which I then sanded down a bit. Then I started to stamp onto it, just randomly really, sometimes sanding afterwards.

I also had another go at the layering I mentioned in an earlier post. It's a frame - it's gotta go around something, and I thought a photo would be too... normal! I used lots of different scraps of paper, some gems, some pins... all sorts of things. It was fun, and helped me get over the fear of using lovely patterned paper only to cover most of it up!

So, all together:


  1. Absolutely adore this... think you did a Fab job!!!

  2. You are so amazing at layering!

  3. wow, thank you! I wasn't expecting such praise :-) - it's only really my second or third attempt! x

  4. I think you have made a lovely creation. It is very difficult to know when to stop. It is very pretty.