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I'm a complete craft addict! I have a small business called Surrey Crafts teaching craft workshops from my studio in Esher, Surrey and at venues around the country. I teach mixed media, decorative painting, card making and papercrafts, jewellery making and creative embroidery classes. If you'd like to find out more just leave a comment, or take a look at my other social media pages:
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Friday 9 February 2018

Craft Stamper Blog Challenge project: Repurposed gift card holder and tonic bottle

Hi all. 
Here's my inspiration for the February Craft Stamper Challenge.
Have a look at the full challenge details and some gawjus projects by the team click here!
Lovely Auntie Betty gave us a John Lewis voucher for Christmas. I knew she'd love me to make something with it, so I painted it with DecoArt Chalky Finish paints in pink (Innocence) and white (Everlasting) along with a tag from Tando Creative which fitted perfectly! 
 I stamped these gorgeous stamps from Andy Skinner's new range of Stampendous Stamps (which will be released next weekend and will be available on Andy's Blog ).
I stamped them in light and dark grey archival inks. 
 I then used some of my fave Metallic Lustre called Iced Espresso by DecoArt, crushing it on my glass mat, adding water and just lightly brushing it over the projects.  Sometimes it looks dark brown, sometimes gold - I love it! 
I added lots more lustre around the edges, then stamped some of the flowers
from the same stamp set onto pink paper and cut them out.
I only used the ones stamped in brown in the end as they looked better with the lustre.
 Added lace and a strip of sparkly stuff from my stash.
 I had some embellies made from moulds and paper clay (heart) and jewellery cement (the butterflies) so painted them with the same products as the substrates. 
 I used the same chalk paints on the little tonic bottle. Then inked up the largest stamp from the set (a kind of vintage wall paper) with the grey archival and rolled the bottle over it.

 Added some text in a brown colour, and then painted on some metallic lustre (you can see it in the pics below) to match the tag and card holder. Lastly I added some of the same lace and bling to the bottle and tag. Then embellies, plus a bit of wire shaped into hearts and twisted to create a stem.

Here are all three part of the project. 
Products used:

DecoArt: Chalky Finish paints in Everlasting and Innocence, Metallic Lustre in Iced Espresso

Archival inks in greys and browns

Substrates: Repurposed gift card golder and dumpy tonic bottle, plus a Tando Creative Tag

Other products used: Lace, bling, hand made embellies


  1. What an amazing transformation! I love the pretty vintage look and feel to these pieces and all the details you have created are so amazing 😁. Thanks for the inspiration and wishing you a happy weekend! J 😊

  2. This is a beautiful project, so soft and feminine!! Love the details. Thank you so much for sharing with our products!!