Friday 5 October 2012


Hi, the weekend at last, and it's been a long week, I'm full of a cold and feeling really sorry for myself, so you'll be relieved that this is a short post, lol.  We recently had some joiners in work and when I saw them using mdf, my little eyes lit up, particularly when I saw the scraps/offcuts they were chucking to one side!  Not wanting to waste an opportunity, I asked them if I could have these and they were happy to oblige.  They kindly left them stacked up in a corner for me to collect later, and there was quite a nice little pile when I got there. All smallish pieces in different sizes, but definitely useable.

This is the first one I have had a dabble with is quite simple, measuring about 3.5 in wide x 4.5 in high:

A couple of coats of Gesso on the base then distress inks in Fired Brick, Dried Marigold and Scattered Straw.  The Art Journey image was stamped in Jet Black Stazon then, using a waterbrush, I removed as much of the colour from the image as I could to try and give the illusion of some depth, although this is more pronounced in real life.  I have embossed around the edges in Aged Gold embossing enamel and stamped "Precious" in Jet Black Stazon directly into the enamel whilst it was still molten.  This piece is just under half an inch deep so I have used TH tissue tape around the edges, touched with some Fired Brick (not visible).

Before I go, here's the first of a few pics of my grandson, who is now 9 weeks old (hasn't he grown!) - it seems that he has been doing some modelling for Tricky Little Stitches, would you believe!  Here he is showing one of Karen's little numbers off, the Little Leo hat (Karen is the sister of the very talented Marie of Baileyrosy):

Soooo cute!
I will share another with you next time :-)

I'd like to enter this into the Shopping Our Stash Challenge, whose theme is "Go Green", as I've recycled the mdf offcut, Creative Inspirations Paint as they have an "Anything Goes" theme, and a 3rd entry into the Fashionable Stamping Challenge's "Alter Something" theme.

Don't forget that the Craft-Room Challenge also have a current theme of "Alter It" at the moment.

Enjoy your weekend.

Maria xxxxx


hazel said...

Your grandson is adorable Maria and I love what you've done with one of the mdf pieces that you were lucky enough to be given.
xxx Hazel.

craftingwithmabel said...

OOh clever girl getting the offices, and what a lovely use of MDF. This is absolutely lovely, I just love the picture and the gold background, I don't know why but it just reminds me of my childhood....the picture not the gold lol.
Of course I love the pic of Ethan too, he's far too cute Maria.
Enjoy your crafty weekend X

jimlynn said...

Your card is so beautiful and very creative!!! Love the look you gave the image by removing some of the ink! So pretty.
Cute grandson too!!
Thanks for joining us at Shopping Our Stash.

Anonymous said...

Hi Maria
The photo of your Grandson has not appeared on my screen which is a pity.
Great altered project, especially as the MDF would simply have been thrown out if you had not spied it.
Beautiful finish you created.
Thank you for sharing with us at FSC this fortnight.

Ephemera said...

Hi Maria what a little cutie your grandson is. Great idea to use the joiners leftovers for your gorgeous little plaque. Thanks so much for sharing it with us at FSC XX P.S. hope you feel better soon.

Michelle H. said...

Very pretty card!
Love how you used the distress inks.
Thank you for joining in on the Creative Inspirations challenge!

Jean said...

What a beautiful little picture you have made. I love the image and the way you have removed some of the ink. Your little grandson looks so cute. I hope your cold is better soon. Jean x

Glimpses of My Heart said...

Wow! I love this! I need to find someone using mdf and get their scraps! I love the image you chose and all the layers of colors! Beautiful! I can't wait to see what you do with the rest of the scraps! Thanks for playing along at Shopping Our Stash this week!

Yvonne Garner said...

This is just lovely and your grandson is adorable. Thank you for joining us at FSC. Best, Yvonne

Fliss said...

You have been busy Maria! Your creation is gorgeous and your little grandson is just adorable.
Thanks for joining in again at FSC.
Fliss xx

Anonymous said...

Oh Maria, well let me start off with the most important thing, your super cute grandson although it is difficult to think of you as a grandma/nan/nana/GRANNY lol having met you and seeing how young and beautiful you are. What a fabulous model he is to for Karens hat although he does look a tad surprised to say the least ! As for your picture, for once I concur with my devil of a sister it also reminds me of being a child , a bit like the time I tried to drown her on Southport beach but the tide was too far out ......., gorgeous piece of art maria and the ebossing and stamping is amazing. Hope your cold has gone away now and you are fighting fit !

Cathy L. Calamas said...

This is lovely. The gold around the edges is perfect. Your grandson is precious as well.

Vicky Hayes said...

Your grandson is a little sweetheart Maria and he looks gorgeous in Karen's fabulous hat! I really like your mdf piece with the gold framing the picture and way you stamped the word into the molten embossing enamel. Gorgeous! And what a great way to get your mdf blanks too! Vicky x