Sunday, October 26, 2014

SPS - Acacia Fairy

Sweet Pea Stamps

Today is my day to showcase an image from Sweet Pea Stamps and I chose to work with Norma Burnell;s - Acacia Fairy, I do so love these zentangle images, so beautifully drawn and enormous fun to colour :)

I think I stretched myself a bit far with this creation, 7 hours to make and trying to colour 4 images the same was a first for me.  By the end of it, with the images being quite small my eyes were all over the place hahahaha.


To begin with I made the box using a great template which was in one of the Tattered Lace magazines. Next I removed the background from the digi and replaced it with what I hoped would match up with the card I used,  In real life the colour is not a bad match but alas under the lights when taking the photo is is showing up far more pink/red than it really is.  I then printed the image 4 times so I can put one on every other section of the octagon.

 Next I coloured the images with Spectrum Noir Blending Pencils, certainly an interesting task colouring 4 images at the same time :)  Gold pen was added to parts of the digi and the background was coloured over again with one of the crayons and with an embossing folder underneath to give texture.
Here you can see how using a crayon with an embossing folder underneath creates the texture.
With all four digis coloured I mounted them using gold card and Spellbinders A2 Fancy Weave die.
 Onto decorating the box now, I cut a total of 8 of the fancy weave sections, four for the digi backing and four to fill in the remaining four sections of the box.  Next, using a Tattered Lace buckle die and the same card I cut another 12 elements.  One of each of these will be placed around the top sections of the box and the remaining four in the centres of the non digi panels.
 A simple tag with blue gems.  The same blue gems were used to decorate the top of the box.
To finish off a big bow in gold organza and turquoise ribbon.  Two gold lilies were added to the bow and the tag hung from it.  And there we go, all done.

  • Image -  Norma Burnell;s - Acacia Fairy
  • Spectrum Noir blending pencils
  • Dies - Spellbinders A2 Fancy Weave and Tatter Lace buckles
  • Ribbon and gems from my stash
Challenges entered


  1. Oh my word this is fabulous Mimi! What a gorgeous box and you have coloured the images beautifully I can see why it took you such a long time. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Sentiments and hope you can come back next week, good luck! Susan x

  2. I just have to say: Awesome!! Quirky Challenge DT

  3. My word! And that bow is scrummy!
    Thanks so much for joining us at Crafty Ribbons

  4. This is absolutely gorgeous and so beautifully ornate.It was certainly worth all the work,Mimi.Your colouring is phenomenal .I've just ordered some of these pencils and hope I can achieve results as good as this!! Thanks for joining us at Crafty Sentiments.Hope to see you again next week.
    Lisa x (GDT)

  5. Your gift box is so beautiful! Thanks for sharing it with us at Decorate To Celebrate! DTM, Sarah

  6. Hello! Thanks for participating with Crafty Ribbons this week and welcome back!
    La Vikinga / Member of the DT at Crafty Ribbons

  7. Just gorgeous meems! the image is fantastic - i love your use of blue. and this template - ooolala - i love it. what you have done with it here is spectacular! love and hugs, samara xox

  8. Oh WOW! this is very pretty and great color too!! Thank you for joining us over at Decorate to Celebrate.

  9. WOW! What an amazing project! Thanks for joining in at STAMPlorations!

  10. Oh My Goodness! This is fabulous work and the effort you put forth truly shows in your final product. We are so happy to you know that you have been selected as our FB 3D Designer of the Day for October 30, 2014 and your project will be featured on our FB page today. Please stop by to say hello and to grab your badge. Again, Congrats on an oustanding bit of crafting.
    Chana Malkah Harris, Owner
    613 Avenue Create Challenge Blog

  11. Gorgeous! Thanks so much for participating in our DECORATE TO CELEBRATE challenge!! Hope to see you again for our next challenge!!
    A Little Bit O' Paper

  12. Oh yes, she's so lovely ho wouldn't want to comefly with her! Lovely Creation! Thank you for joining Quirky Crafts this challenge!!
    ((Lyn)) DT


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