Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Meg's Secret Garden

  Today over at Try it on Tuesdays we  see our first Challenge for July, which is 'Show us your Metal'.
We all had different ideas and I do hope you will pop over to see what we made.

I chose to alter this 4 slot mail slider, using papers from the Graphics 45 Secret Garden stack.
The front shows my additions of metal, a small frame, a couple of corners and a fancy metal trim under the blue bow..
The lace  you see on the photo above was  added before I stuck down  the  base papers , so I could tie the case closed when I finished. You could stop here now as this is my take on Show us your Metal.

But this project does have an inside, so please read on if you would like to see  more.

Inside, a shabby look with torn papers and yet more elements from the paper stack

 More Graphics papers to cover this part of the case.
I removed all the glass slides  and found that after adding the grunge paste they were never going to go back in.
The grunge paste had some Shabby Pink Frantage embossing powder added before it dried. An experiment to see what happened.
 I then decorated the centers with small bits and pieces.
  When dry .it was sprinkled with a tiny bit of Aged Gold and more Shabby Pink  Frantage powder and given the heat treatment.

This resulted in a look I was quite happy with, a bit distressed, especially when the embossing powders blew around the insets, on a mission all of their  own..
 Parts of the grunge paste bubbled up as the heat  activated the powders I'd added.
Now if you are wondering, I did add a little Vintage Photo distress ink to the edges on the out side of the  case, I just cannot seem to make anything that does not include one of my favorite products.
All it needed now was to tie up the lace bow  to hide the secrets inside Meg's Garden.

Thank you for taking time to read through all this post, I appreciate you stopping by.


  1. The whole piece is beautiful with wonderful papers and images

    Your ideas amaze me

    Love Chrissie x

  2. Absolutely gorgeous! Hugs, Valerie

  3. This is just gorgeous Yvonne!!!!!

  4. This is so pretty, love how you did the inside.
    Hugz, Z

  5. One of my favourite items to alter, they have so much scope.
    This is incredibly pretty and full of sweetness and the most beautiful papers and images.

  6. What a beautiful book,love it. Hugs Bee

  7. Loving your gorgeous mailer, hugs Annette x

  8. Love this Yvonne, a beautiful shabby altered mailer.
    hugs [brenda] x0x

  9. Wow, that's a breathtaking project, so many wonderful details.

  10. What a beautiful project! Love your metal elements o OF COURSE but really like what you did with 4 apertures inside. Soo pretty and makes me want to reach for a slide mailer right away.... Hugs, Cindy xx

  11. I love your altered mailer, it is so pretty. The papers you used are gorgeous the grunge paste inside look great.
    Jean x

  12. Oh wow, so, so pretty, I adore this!!!

  13. This is so beautiful, love the pockets you have created with the torn papers, and gorgeous details to the slide recesses. Love the cover too.
    Avril xx

  14. Yvonne this is truly amazing! Love the torn pockets and the pretty papers, oh and everything!!!
    Val x

  15. Wow - what an amazing make... the papers are so lovely, and your grunge paste/frantage bubble frame is just fabulous!!
    Alison x

  16. What a delicate and gorgeous creation! Love the grungy framing and all the pretty details! Enjoy!

  17. Gorgeous shabby mail slider Yvonne :)
    Von ♥

  18. This is paper poetry to me, Yvonne! Lovely and tender colours and texture! A brilliant piece of art!

    Claudia x

  19. such a masterpiece, love the frantage and all the details that you have added on this amazing project