Sunday, 27 April 2014


Hello my Lovelies, first I must apologize for not visiting, when I do get a bit of time, I have been at my desk, escaping the real world, it's the therapy I need right now, so thanks for stopping by to visit me.
The wonderful Miss Alison at Words and Pictures  made a block using beer mats, I was so excited, I have been wanting to make one for a long time so now I could with no die cuts.. Thanks Miss Alison.. 

 I started out by gessoing all the beer mats, stamping on them, I didn't like how that looked so these became the inside and I started again. Miss Lynne at Adorn made a gorgeous triptych with meadow flowers and corrugated, so I cut up some cardboard peeled it them went lightly over it gesso. I stamped the meadow flowers on canvas and added that on top. The lid I used some gessoed dictionary pages I had used for stamping the stamps a second time, not wanting to waste the ink.
 I used a glass bead with the letter M for my DS Martha and a piece of rusted material for the tab to lift the lid..
 I made a flower out of crocheted tea dyed pieces and a button for the middle and made a butterfly with lace, a bead for the head and a string of diamonds for the body, added a stick pin to it. I used Tim's tea dye to color the edge of the wings.

 I stamped up some card with gathered twigs to join it and on the inside of the lid

 I added a tea stained roses, I cut up some gorgeous ribbon my friend Tonniece gave me to add the dangly bits and some beads
 I added some of the stamped card to join the lid to the box.
 I used some tiny thread spools for the legs...
Thanks again for stopping by..
Update on Deb, the first round of chemo didn't take so they are starting her on another round this week, not sure when I will get around to visit, but know your in my thoughts and heart.
I wish you all a wonderful week,  ((( BIG HUGS )))..



pearshapedcrafting said...

I am so sorry to read that Deb needs more kimo, I know you will give her the support she needs right now! Will be thinking of you! Meanwhile, that's something amazing you have created for Martha, your choice of stamps is excellent, the colour choice so calming and I just love the lacy flower! Take care, Chrisxx

Anonymous said...

your sister will love it as the box is filled with love big hugs to you your friend sheila

Redanne said...

I cannot describe to you Dianne how fabulous I think your block is!! I absolutely love it, you have decorated it so beautifully, with the lovely lace and the corrugated card. Well done for creating it without the die too. Love it! Hugs, Anne xx

Astrid Maclean said...

Oh Dianne your ATB is absolutely out of this world and so very, very clever!! I love how the lid even opens! The stamping is so beautifully done and the way you have decorated the lid looks simply stunning! Your sis is just going to love this beautiful piece!!!

Anonymous said...

This absolutely takes my breath away, it is a faultless creation with the natural but delicate colour palette and all those delicious elements you gathered, none so sweet as the letter M beneath the pebble.
However I am so sorry to read about Deb, that is heartbreaking.
Please take good care of yourself, it is an awful time for you and could be draining with your visits to the hospital to be with her.

Anonymous said...

I forgot to add
Thank You for the sweet shout out!

Patrice said...

Dianne ... what a beautiful piece you show here. GORGEOUS!!!!!!
Greets Patrice

butterfly said...

You've created an absolute wonder for Martha - what stamping, and texture and beautiful embellishing, all adding up to a brilliant, brilliant ATB - I absolutely love it, Dianne. Thank you for the lovely shout-out... I'm so happy to be even a small part of the inspiration behind this wonderful creation.

So sad, though to hear about Deb's chemo. Will continue to send thoughts her way, and don't give a second thought to visiting or not visiting - you need to use your time for yourself in the best way possible. Thank you so much for choosing to spend some of it at Words and Pictures xx

Tonniece said...

Hugz Tonniece

Kate said...

Gorgeous! The croched flower and lace is a stunning addition! Such detail!

Gio said...

It's really impressive , Dianne!

I have to give a try myself on these cuties, I love them!!

Buttons said...

Oh my goodness this is an absolute gem! Love how you've put this together and embellished it so beautifully. Jenny x

Julie Ann Lee said...

Dianne, my dear cousin, this is so stunning I'm lost for words! Now that's a first for me! I love the soft femininity of it and all the fabulous details! It's as lovely inside as it is outside. Martha is going to love it, I know. As you know, my thoughts are with you and Debs. Take care of yourself, you're special Magpie Cousin. xxx

Sue Lelli said...

I, too, am at a loss for words! This is just STUNNING and BEAUTIFUL! sO MUCH love WENT INTO THIS PROJECT!

Gio said...

Wow, this one is very inspired!
I want so much to make an ATB, I have to hand cut the squares, but sooner or later...:-)