Monday, May 6, 2013

Singing in the Sunshine!

Hello, this is Julie from Australia where next Sunday will be Mother's Day.

My piece today is a Memory Tin.
My beautiful, crafty Mum has been gone five years now.
She gifted me with a wonderful treasure trove as she was a saver, recycler and collector of all those,
"I know they will come in handy pieces!"
For this project many of her bits and bobs were perfect.
Here's a how to.
1. Brush the tin with a couple of coats of Gesso
2. Gather together the bits of memorabilia you want to use.
3. Colour a piece of interfacing with inks
4. Stamp the wonderful bird from Unity "Sing your Song" using Archival Ink.
5. Cut into a heart shape and apply to the tin using gel medium.
6. Pile on the lace, fabric pieces and embellishments and cover liberally with Gel Meduim.
7. Colour to your hearts delight with any and all the mediums you like to use.

The frame was made using a Spellbinder Die, thin metal and Vintaj Finish.
8. Add extra colour with Perfect Pearls and Viva Decor Inka Gold.
9. Take your time doing this as the finishing stops any potential stickiness.

Make the back of the tin in the same way.

Now what could I use this for?

On the inside I used alcohol inks for a fairly simple finish as I wanted my cabinet card to shine.

Serendipity is such a wonderful thing!
As I went delving into my Susan K Weckesser Papers I found the perfect scrap with a whimsical sun to use as a frame behind the strong black and white image.
The finishing touch was to tuck one of Mum's handkerchiefs in behind her portrait.

I miss my Mum's happy go lucky attitude and incredible creativity.
My memory piece I am sure she would love.
She would be smiling at the idea of gel medium on the lovely laces.

The little blue Bird of Happiness reminds us to enjoy 
every moment 
every day.


  1. Oh Julie what a heart touching keepsake you have created in honour of your Mum!!
    Gorgeous details,beautiful pic of your Mum and love that you used one of her handkerchiefs.
    Big hugs


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