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Thursday, 24 November 2011

Butterfly Cabinet ~ Alter it Monthly






This little project is for the Alter It Monthly challenge which is Drawers, Doors & Secret Compartments. I was going to make a completely different project, but my little shrine and other goodies I've ordered is stuck in the post somewhere sadly. Boo Hoo! Will have to be more patient!!

This little cabinet had to be sanded down (least favourite job!) as I'd used it previously and was never happy with it so gave it a make over. It is painted with a few  coats of matt emulsion, then stamped with Tim Holtz Pappillon stamps and a Lost coast butterfly one in archival ink. I used a combination of water colours, inktense pencils and distress inks to colour the stamps. Then I waxed over the cabinet with some wood balsam I picked up from Tescos so much easier than using matt medium which makes the distress inks run and varnish which never seems to go on with out runs or bubbles.

Thanks again for all your lovely comments, so appreciated and hello to some new followers, astounded to say  there is nearly a 100, will have to think of some blog candy soon as a thank you.

Happy Crafting XX 





19 comments:

Cath Wilson said...

Ooh, that's pretty. It looks really lovely in those colours - great choice. I really like this x

Ann B said...

Stunning piece, love the colours and some of my favourite stamps there. Thanks for the tip about 'wood balsam' - not hear of that before but sounds a good idea and with a pretty name like that you couldn't go wrong.

Laura said...

What a lovely little cabinet it is so pretty. Laura

Sue said...

I love projects like this and the stamps you've used a perfect for the cabinet.

Zuzu's Blog said...

Gor_gee-us Paula.. thank you so much for taking the time to join in.
good luck xx

Elly said...

WOW..another stunning peace made by you. I love how you coloured the butterflies...Normaly pink looks too girly for me, but this shrine is very cooool (:o)

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Wow, Paula, I'm missing words, that's breathtaking. So wonderful. Standing ovations.

kjjc said...

this is so gorgeous. Beautiful soft colours and lovely clear stamping.

Meggymay said...

Your cabinet is gorgeous, love the colours and how you decorated it.
Yvonne x

Astrid Maclean said...

Oooh, love this, what a gorgeous piece! Love the colours you've used and they really suite the butterfly theme. Thanks for the tip of the wood balsam too, will give that a try.

My name is Cindy said...

This is soooo pretty!! I really like the colour and the finish looks amazing. What is wood balsam? I shall have to try adding it to my internet order this week!

Lindsay Craftymonster81 said...

Stunningly beautiful, love it
Lindsay xx

Yvonne Garner said...

Just lovely, Paula! Love those TH stamps. Your coloring looks of them looks so realistic! Best, Yvonne

Sue C said...

Gorgeous project Paula ! Sue C x

florenceandfreddie said...

Hi Paula. Gorgeous "pink" cabinet. It really is!
Regards Florence xx
P.S. Have a great weekend.

Sid said...

Gorgeous work, love the crisp finish and colour !!

Gillian .... said...

Absolutely beautiful Paula, love the pink shabby chic feel to this piece and of course it's perfect with the TH Papillon set, thanks for sharing it with us over at Alter It Monthly. x

Maria said...

Wow, this is stunning! I love how you've altered this - beautiful stamps. Must try the wood balsam - thank you for tip! Maria x

lynne said...

I smiled at your description of it being "a little project" - this is such an understatement!!!
Beautifully designed and would look amazing in any home.
Wishes
Lynne