Tuesday, 12 April 2011

My gifts to Tim, Mario, Margie, Glenda and Lynn

I decided that I should make each important person at this convention a gift. Knowing how Tim and Mario just LOVE their Starbucks, I decided to do them a matching set. I made Tim a tray and Mario a tin to store his travel stash of Starbucks sachets.
In both cases I covered them with torn telephone directory. Inked them up with Walnut distress ink and added the images.

For the tray: I used an ancient clip art for the coffee set and got the Starbucks logo off the net. Printed it out and cut the handle of the jug so that I could slide the logo under it. I used a glass and stood it on the tray and dribbled the Latte alcohol ink round it to look like a coffee mark. I place the metal charms where I wanted them and added the Pratley Glo two part resin layer on the top.

For the Tin: I stuck on the Logo and added the metal charm crown. Stamped the Zebra and the flag. Colored the flag with distress inks and drew in our iconic Table Mountain with the new Soccer Stadium and a tree for the Zebra to stand under, for fun I also added the moc coffee stain to the tin with Latte alcohol ink. I also added a layer of the two part resin to the top. Inside I glued a piece of velvet leopard print (cos we are in Africa after all) and adhere the tissue tape round the sides. I used a glue gun to adhere the ribbon, lock and hinges which were from my grunge board stash.

I painted Margie's and Glenda's pink roses with traditional artists acrylics on 12"x12" box canvases. These I did by just looking through a coffee table book of roses and copied a bit of this one and a bit of that one. I don't draw first I just make it up as the mood takes me. You can see they are quite different, done on different days.

Lynn's blue rose I painted at the convention using paint dabbers on Claudine Hellmuth's sticky backed canvas. This was great fun, cos you can just use the dabbers like paint brushes, only this time I had no photos to look at and winged it!


  1. Bella, these are all wonderful!! I love the roses, the tray but my fav has to be the tin, its just fab!! I bet they were all blown away by their stunning gifts, just beautiful! You spotted right on my tag piece I used the left over earing....lol, well spotted xx



  2. These are so super Belinda !!! I am sure they were much appreciated!!! Great work...

  3. Oh I am so happy that I found your blog link at Bella Creations! Love the creations for Mario and Tim! Awesome details and so them! The roses are beautiful! Am following and would love you to visit me!

  4. Such a cool and appropriate gift Bella, I'm sure they were blown away with this. Hop you had a fab time with THEE Lord himself:)


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