Monday, 7 November 2011

Simon Says....................

Recycle/Upcycle this week, perfect challenge for using all those discarded bits and pieces, charity shop finds or unloved items, perfect opportunity to give them a new look.
I had this old book cover just lying around so I thought rather than just throwing it in the bin or just storing something else, I would give it a new look.
The first thing I did was to cover the entire piece in tissue paper which I recycled from a shoe box. I crumpled to add texture before adding any colour with Adirondack Color Wash Espresso and Sunset Orange.  I decorated the book cover with images from Tim's Papillon set along with embellishments including Memo Pins, Jump Rings, Corners and Philosophy Tag along with the Filmstrip Frames Decorative Strip Die.
I love the richness of colour the Orange and Espresso gave when sprayed on top of each other. All my images have been embossed with white embossing powder.
I added some dimension to my butterflies, adding one image on top of the other along with FLY added to jump rings, adhereing with Glossy Accents.
I added a Philosophy tag, which I thought was the perfect addition especially with this creation being an ALTERED piece. To complete, I added metal flowers from my stash and a Trinket Pin to one of my butterflies.

Please pop over to the Simon Says Stamp and Show blog and take a look at my fellow team members they have created some inspirational projects and remember there is also the chance to win a $50 prize from Simon Says Stamp.  I always look forward to seeing your creations each week.


Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a comment, much appreciated.  Enjoy your week. Tracy x x  
 

23 comments:

craftytrog said...

Fantastic recycled art Tracy! I agree, those colours look amazing! x

Sandy said...

OMG I´ve missed my words Tracy.
This is extraordinary. Fantastic piece.

Siobhan Fyffe said...

This is fantastic Tracy!! Those colours are so like rusty old metal. I would love to get a masterclass from you!!
Siobhan

Cheryl said...

oh wow hun this is brilliant gosh just love what you have done,amazing detail and colors hugs cherylxxx

Helen said...

Fabulous recycled book! Love the colours, must try that combination.

Barb Cady said...

I love the way you use white embossing powder, it really makes the images pop. One of your signature statements I think! xx

Emma said...

Oh wow, this is just gorgeous. I love everything about it and there's so much detail on it. I adore how you've used the trinket pin on the body of the butterfly. Just FAB!
Hope you had a good weekend.
Love Emma xxx

Candy C said...

Tracy, your altered book cover is so lovely. I'm amazed at all the attention to detail. I love your "FLY" jump rings body on your butterfly. That is just so cool! Well, I love how you've used all of your Ideaology pieces. Love the color-the white is striking against the distressed browns. <3 Candy

Carol Q said...

that is truly scrumptious Tracy!

Sue said...

Hi Tracy
I still think about you and hope you are enjoying life. I so approve of recycling and the book cover has gone to great use. The white butterflies are beautiful.
Take care!!!
Sue xxx

Heavens2Betsy said...

This is an amazingly beautiful transformation Tracy. You breathed new life into your book cover. penny

Juls said...

Hi Tracy

Yet again I find myself playing catchup!! I have enjoyed checking out the creations I have missed on your blog.

Fab recycling!! Hugs Juls

Kaz said...

Stunning!!! Love this tracy!!!

Chris - Creations in Bloom said...

I'm in awe of what you accomplished. It's really beautiful. Love the recycling you did.

hazel said...

Wow! This is stunning Tracy, I love everything about it.
xxx Hazel.

lynne said...

Hi Tracy
Stunning altered book covers.
Gorgeous stamping and wonderful detail.
Perfection!
Wishes
Lynne

Joanna King (aka Asia K) said...

Woooow, woooow, wooooow!!! Love this piece and the colours are super deliciously yummy!! xx

Gillian .... said...

Gorgeous project Tracy, love those rich colour tones, they really make the white pop. x

email: Steph@SimonSaysStamp.com said...

What an amazing book cover, Tracy! I love the layering and the film strips are so cool!

*mwah*
Steph
Simon Says Stamp!

Sarah said...

Really fabulous colours Tracy - just adore those rich brown tones and the white together, they are perfect companions. Love the added texture and the film strips looks really great - adding those extra optical lines and depth! Great upcycling of your book cover!

Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

This is absolutely fabulous, Tracey! I am really loving the dark colors with the white embossing. The way you blended your color stains gives it such a rich worn look. You have created a really stunning vintage piece!

Hope you have had a great week. Sorry it took me all week to get around to stopping by.

Hugs,
Linda

mustavcoffee, Gay Peplow said...

Fabulous creation and brilliantly recycled , I love this piece Tracey

Suzanne C said...

OOOHHH... LOVE THIS! Beautiful!