Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Outside the Box with the Travelling Monsters!

Phew!!!  Those two rascally little monsters decided to take a sight-seeing tour between here and their final destination of Canada.  I'm sure they will have lots of tales about their adventures, but honestly, 4 WEEKS? Didn't I tell them to go straight there?  Oh well, I'm very relieved to know they have arrived safely!

So, Key Keeper monster is now in charge of his very own garden and isn't he chuffed about that?  And this is how it all came about.

For the second month of the Stampotique Swap, the theme was "Outside the Box" and with this in mind I set to work.

First up, I blended 'stormy sky' fading into 'peeled paint' Distress Inks, then spritzed it with water to give it a bit more age.  I then stamped some leaves to add a garden.  When I cut the ATC I left little tabs on both sides to attach the gates which are a length of fence cut twice and glued together for added strength.  I coloured the gate with Archival 'watering can' ink.

Key Keeper is coloured with water colour pencils, blending the colours together.  I gave him googly eyes and his key is gold Liquid Pearls.

To finish off, I wanted to attach a padlock to the outside of the gate, but although I looked I didn't have one.  Then my friend Jenni found one in her bits 'n' bobs which was just the right size and so the gates could keep this little monster in his garden!

The other little monster who was Key Keeper's travelling companion was Feathery Monster, who was most excited about his overseas adventure.

So, although they detoured on their way to Canada, now that they are there, hopefully they will behave themselves and enjoy their time on the other side of the world!

Happy crafting!


  1. Absolutely delightful, Helen! Only they know where they have been on their amazing adventure. But, now they live at Nikki's house. How perfect!

  2. Absolutely brilliant! I love the gates and little padlock and that background you've created is stunning! I bet the recipient was made up with these? I would've been xxx

  3. Thank you Helen, I just love them xxx They never did tell me where they had been though ... but said it was fun. lol


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