Tuesday, June 28, 2016


Hello everyone!  Welcome to my post for the June Winged Things creative adventure!  I hope you have been enjoying the projects posted by my wonderful cohorts here at Creative Carte Blanche along with all of yours shared here during this month.

I chose this theme as the I love "Winged Things" and the possibilities are endless.  Besides that, I had so many ideas going through my head!  I actually created two projects this month, very similar, using two different "winged" themes - I knew I had to get them out of my head and into a project, so here goes:

Here is the first and main project:

I have to admit, I LOVE to create with Altoid tins!  It's a good thing as my brother-in-law is addicted to them and goes through one tin a week.  Every time we visit them I come home with a huge bag of tins!

I had been saving this quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson from an older G45 paper for some time as I knew the right project would present itself!  This was it!  I began by preparing the tin (I used just the bottom of the tin and removed the lid) by adding some mushroom alcohol ink with a blending tool along the edges.  I then adhered the quote inside, allowing it to bend inside the tin to give it some depth.  Then I used a strip of adhesive backed burlap from Tim Holtz's Textured Surfaces                            and adhered it around the outside edges.  This is great stuff!

I set this aside and cut a piece of my favorite Wallflower paper to fit within a Tim Holtz burlap panel, tearing around the edges and adding Vintage Photo Distress Ink to give it more of a distressed look.  I then adhered it to the panel.  I laid the tin in the center of the burlap panel so that I could determine the correct placement for the other embellishments.

Now to decorate the piece. I mixed some Peeled Paint Distress Ink with some modeling paste and used Tim Holtz Stampers Anonymous Traveler stencil to add the word "Explore" at the top of the piece.

I used a thin die - Savannah Border by Memory Box - and cut out two border pieces from green card stock which were then adhered to each side of the tin over the top of the Wallflower paper.

I stamped B Line Designs' Large Butterfly onto a piece of scrap card stock that had been previously colored with Distress Paints and cut the image out.  This piece was then glued to the very bottom of the tin.  (Note:  If you look closely, you will see that the butterfly's antennae were cut off and a small piece of stiff linen thread was knotted at both ends, folded in half and adhered to the butterfly.  This was a great idea that my creative cohort, Cheryl Grigsby, showed me several years ago.  Isn't it great!)  Don't know it you can see it very well in this photo.

I also painted one of the Adornments Nature metal charms by Tim Holtz with Distress inks and glued it to the top of the tin.

To finish the piece, I added some roses and leaves I created from Tim's Sizzix Alterations Tiny Tattered Florals die and several dragonfly brads by Creative Impressions.  Here are a few more photos of the finished project:

Hope you like it!  Now for the second project - It is made in the same way as the first one, except that I covered the inside of the tin with papers and used more stamped images by B Line Designs that create more of a scene inside the tin:

I used paper from Graphic 45's Once Upon a Springtime collection for the back and the outside of the tin and a handmade green paper strip for the inside.

B Line Design images were stamped, colored with colored pencils and cut out.

I began gluing the images to the inside to create a scene:

I used a piece of Graphic 45 Once Upon a Springtime paper torn around the edges as with the first project and glued it to the burlap panel.  Then I used more modeling paste mixed with Peeled Paint Distress ink to make the grass at the bottom with Wendy Vecchi's Studio 490 From The Garden            stencil.

I die cut a bamboo shoot from from green card stock using Memory Box's die of the same name and adhered it to the right side of the panel.  A few small flowers from the Memory Box Flower Mound die were cut and hummingbird and dragonfly stamped images were colored and cut out from scrap card stock and adhered to the panel to finish the scene.

I think I am addicted to making these pieces!  I have even more ideas!

Thanks again for joining us for this month's adventure.  All of us at Creative Carte Blanche hope that you have enjoyed our projects.  Hels Sheridan will be posting all of the information for our July adventure, so stay tuned!


  1. Susan, both creations are beautiful, I love how you used the Altoids tins! I just love the colours on the first one, the butterfly is gorgeous and the sentiment is just perfect. The second canvas is delightful - the scene you created is beautiful! Anne x

    1. Anne, you are the sweetest person! Thanks for that lovely comment! I really appreciate it!

  2. So sweet, Susan! Your projects are so lovely, as they ever are. I knew you'd sneak a fairy in here somewhere!! ;-) Well done, my friend.