Thursday, 19 February 2015

Alphabet Soup for ATP Exchange

Hi folk our talented team sister Ruth
is hosting the new challenge over at Artist Trading post Exchange. 
The theme is  'Alphabet Soup'.
Ruth wants us to use letters or numbers in some way other than a word marking an occasion or anniversary with them. Please pop over to read all the details and see what we all made.

I chose to make a notice pin board for my craft room

The base with the  alphabet was a piece of off cut MDF bought with two others at a craft fair  all for £1. This was glued to mount board and rubbed down with sandpaper. I also used a piece of peeled corrugated card,[ kept in case it might come in useful], it had been painted with white paint and had a bit of stamping.

Next job was to find a few chip board letters and  give them all a thick coat of   White Gesso

The bottles were die cuts Sizzix. 

I stamped some flowers on to the jars from a
Paper Artsy Joffy set using Ranger Gold embossing powder.
These were coloured using   Dylusions Fresh lime  ink spray.

The flowers and bird images are also Paper Artsy stamps, coloured with water colour paint and fussy cut out.

Next came the assembly. The base layer was shaded with a squirt of Dylusions  Sweet orange ink spray, spread around with a mop up paper.
Out with the walnut Stain and Vintage Photo Tim Holtz  distress stains, blending  with the same piece of above mentioned paper. The letters got the same treatment.
The gaps where the letters were cut out are good for pinning the notes through to my base.  I left gaps behind the
 birds , bottle plates and flowers so notes could be held there as well.

I have highlighted the products I used that are available from the Artist Trading Post, who also sponsor the challenge and offer a £10 store voucher for the challenge winner

Thank you for stopping by to take a look at my pin board, 
the comments you leave for me are always appreciated.


  1. Fantastic project! Love the colours, too. Hugs, Valerie

  2. Your hanging is so happy and beautiful. I love the bottles amd flowers.
    There is already Spring in the air:)
    Have a happy day,
    hugs xx

  3. The challenge caught my eye when I read through the posts just minutes ago! I really love the little birds and I really must try to join in! Your board looks really fun :-)


  4. What a beautiful hanger Yvonne.. love all the details you show ! Masterly!

  5. Love the green bottles that stand out so well against the amazing background

    Chrissie xx

  6. What a fab and colourful make Yvonne, makes me feel like Spring, wonderful!

  7. This is a perfect pin board Yvonne. The bottles and flowers are so pretty, love that green you used on them.

  8. Beautiful Yvonne! Love the vibrant green of your bottles and those little birds are so adorable and quirky! hugs :)

  9. Fabulous hanging Yvonne. Love the pretty flowers, green bottles and the great design. The birds are so cute.
    Hugs, Mar

  10. What a brilliant use of the 'bargain' mdf piece, love this and those birds are so cute on their bottles! Great make...inspired! Ruth x

  11. What a fun notice board Yvonne, love the bottles, that lime green ink is fab!
    Val x

  12. A lovely fun project, I love the lime green bottles, and the cute little birds.
    Jean x

  13. This lovely project makes me smile! Lovely bright colours, and those birds are too cute! Great place to leave some cheery messages ! X

  14. Great pinboard Yvonne. It's always nice to have something on display we've made ourself xx

  15. What a brilliant project Yvonne ! Like Toni it made me smile and what a fantastic piece to have in your craft room ! Sue C x

  16. Love your pin board Yvonne.....Great textures and details. Those little birds look so sweet. TFS and have a lovely weekend
    Annie x

  17. Playing catch up and you have been beautifully creative! Love this board with all the texture and colors. The added birds are too adorable! Happy Weekend!

  18. What a fantastic hanging... I love those vivid green bottles, the lovely flowers poking out of the top, and the adorable little birds - just brilliant!
    Alison xx

  19. Great pinboard Yvonne with lots of lovely details. Love that MDF off cut used as your base - clever idea. Juliaxx