Monday 9 June 2014

beaded envelope with a sprinkle of fairy dust

This month's Lavinia Stamps Challenge is 'add some beads or gems' and since I usually add some kind of sparkle to any card I make using Tracey's gorgeous stamps I decided to add some beads.

I was originally going to make a card with a beaded edging but I enjoyed making my envelopes so much yesterday I made another and added beads for texture around the toadstool houses.

Starting with my gelli plate I laid the opened out envelope (my template) underneath so I could see the area I needed to ink, and to help image placement.

You can just about see the ink I brayered on and the stamped images.

I picked up the second lot of colour onto what will be the back of the envelope, then realised I'd done it all backwards so started again, turning the envelope template over under my gelli plate (I can now hear you all shouting at me but don't worry, I get there in the end!!).

Just as I lifted this second print I realised that the first one was fine, it's an envelope, it doesn't matter which side the flaps go to fasten it!!  Duh!!!  Never mind, I now have two lol.  I drew around the brown envelope, cut it and folded it and then forgot to take anymore step by step photos - sorry!!

 I stitched the beads onto the envelope before I attached it altogether (glad at least a tiny portion of my brain was working!!).  Love that bronze embossing powder I found in my drawer ;)

The toadstools were stamped onto the envelope in order to get the fine detail around them, but I stamped and coloured them again on separate card to give them more definition and to cover up the line created by stamping over the flap at the base of the envelope.

The envelope was looking a little empty so I made a tag with a sequinned flower (when I tried this on the envelope it was too much with the beads but I really liked the idea!!)

They don't show up well with the camera but the sequins are two shades of pink and orange.

 Still loving that bronze embossing powder!!

I think it still needs some more tags inside but I'm happy with what I've done so far.


  1. Magical! Love your envelope whether you add more tags or not! This is just the place a fairy would choose to live!! Chrisx

  2. Wow, this is lovely! The attention to detail is amazing, the beads look great. (We have both been making little houses today!)

  3. Wonderfully done, Sarah ! I love your attention to detail !
    Corrie x

  4. Great use of the gelli plate and I absolutely love your envelope, you can't beat a bit of bling!!
    Amanda x

  5. What a delightful project, Sarah! I might have been concerned about mailing your envelope before today, when I receive some mail art (a postcard) from England with lots of sparkle and pizzazz on it. It arrived in the USA in perfect condition! You have given me wings (and permission to try this!). Thanks for sharing!

  6. Sarah, these are stunning! Love the technique.

    Dawn x

  7. Sarah, these are stunning! Love the technique.

    Dawn x

  8. just been catching up on the paperartsy blog - did you see you won one of the random prizes yesterday? (well today, they were late doing the draw) Well done!

  9. what a delight those Lavainia images are Sarah - love the dimension created with the beads and sequins.

  10. Such gorgeous work and glorious colour Sarah, love that green!
    Thank you for entering the Lavinia Stamps challenge and good luck
    Karen (DT) xx

  11. Wow, stunning, love the colours. Beautiful creation and thank you for joining the Lavinia Stamps Challenge. Good luck! Kx

  12. Simply stunning! love everything about it - one clever lady! Many thanks for joining the Lavinia Stamps challenge and good luck!!! Melissa (DT)

  13. Sarah.. you are our Lavinia Stamps winner!!! Congratulations... Please email me at


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