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Thursday, 20 June 2013

Hide Out

This photo was taken of me in a large hole in a tree in Trewidden Garden, Cornwall.  

The story behind this picture is that all my boys are now just getting taller than me, so have very kindly taken to referring to me as a 'Hobbit'!!  We found this tree and they decided it was a Hobbit Hole so I got inside it.  

Unfortunately for me, a very large bumblebee had also decided this was a great space so shortly after this photo, I was jumping up and out of it's way!!

I started the page by stitching a couple of fluid lines around the paper.  I then created a painted effect reminiscent of the stripy tree bark and once I added my circular photo, I applied green modelling paste for the mossy ground and continued to blend out the photo into the background with acrylic paint.

I added some honeycomb stamps and the butterflies and script before flicking acrylic ink around a bit!

I carefully stamped some texture from a Tim Holtz stamp giving an impression of random flowers before adding my foxgloves which I painted with Neon II watercolour crayons.

The hand is by Tim Holtz as are the butterflies in the centre. The free flying butterflies are by Lost Coast Designs.

I stamped and cut out my little bird (different colours) and added the felt stem, flowers and button.  The plate label at the top was die cut from grungeboard using an Alterations bookplate bigz die which I applied Green Gold InkaGold to for a metallic look.

I am entering this layout into the 
Scrap265 June Sketch Challenge 
Country View Crafts Challenge 4 - Die Cuts.  

I think I will also pop it into Our Creative Corner as a second entry in their 'Recipe' challenge (it's a really good challenge!) as I have used lace in my moss, metal brads and inks, paints & more so it definitely qualifies!!

Have a great week and thanks for visiting! 



  1. LOVE this Alexa. What a fantastic layout and I love your hobbit hole. Great idea with the lace moss too. Thanks for joining us at Our Creative Corner, hugs Jenny x

  2. Love that picture of you! The layout is incredible and I would have been jumping out of the way quite quickly! Hugs!

  3. Gorgeous layout, it looks magical, especially the Hobbit hide away.
    Yvonne x

  4. LOL! What a smashing story behind the photo :0) Love all the details!! Thanks so much for joining us at Sketchbook365, Ali x

  5. What a wonderful layout - I love the scene you've created and the beautiful simplicity of the surrounding "sky". Fabulous! Thanks so much for playing along at Our Creative Corner.
    Alison x

  6. Another great layout Alexa - those foxgloves are gorgeous I really like your style. Thanks so much for joining us at Our Creative Corner this month. Margie x

  7. Alexa, this is a wonderfully creative layout and if I was to start scrapping, I would want to produce work like this! I love your use of paint and also how you've blended around the photo so it looks like a part of the piece and not just an add on! Wonderful work and this is my first visit to you - I shall certainly come back again.
    Thanks so much for joining us at Our Creative Corner for this challenge. Juliax

  8. a great page with some lovely details and love how you have included the die cuts x
    Thanks for joining us at country view crafts challenge this time x Trace x


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