26 January 2012

Cool Tools

So I shouted myself to a new punch last week - the EK Tools Large Flower Burst Edger.  Love it!  I used it to create my Scrapaholics Monthly Kit and also to fit the criteria to enter another fabulous Moxiefabworld challenge that requires you to...

"Create a paper crafted project (card, gift bag, tag, layout, home decor item, mini-book cover, etc.) that incorporates a punched element in an innovative way"

The base for this LO was  Websters Paper and Bazzill.  The journalling reads:

A young girl was walking along a beach upon which thousands of starfish had been washed up during a terrible storm. When she came to each starfish, she would pick it up, and throw it back into the ocean. People watched her with amusement.

She had been doing this for some time when a man approached her and said, “Little girl, why are you doing this? Look at this beach! You can’t save all these starfish. You can’t begin to make a difference!”

The girl seemed crushed, suddenly deflated. But after a few moments, she bent down, picked up another starfish, and hurled it as far as she could into the ocean. Then she looked up at the man and replied,

“Well, I made a difference to that one!”

The old man looked at the girl inquisitively and thought about what she had done and said. Inspired, he joined the little girl in throwing starfish back into the sea. Soon others joined, and all the starfish were saved. - adapted from the Star Thrower by Loren C. Eiseley

A lack of starfish embellishments around meant I had to get the Polymer Clay out of the cupboard and fashion my own.  Once I had baked it, I painted it with shimmery aqua and cream acryllic and adhered tiny little silver balls over it (had these in my stash for about 5-6 years!).  I also used a small piece of crumpled Tim Holtz tissue paper, again painted and inked.  The little white shells came from one of many necklaces that we received when we arrived in Fiji on holiday a couple of years ago!  And of course, there are some obligatory pieces of Paua (pron: pa-wa) shell scattered in amongst it all for a quintessentially kiwi feel!

Thanks for visiting.  I absolutely appreciate all your comments, it makes my day to hear from you!


Sandie Edwards said...

Wow, this is beautiful, I love your hand-crafted Starfish. Your layout is more special due to this element. Loved the story behind the starfishes, its very touching and so true. One 'person', especially children, can be a wonderful teacher to us adults. Adults give up too easily, children do not - my opinion. Gorgeous photograph Maggie. Thanks for sharing!

Lisa S. said...

OMGosh Maggie, this is so beautiful and I don't know where to begin. I love the picture you chose & how you used it in the LO. I also love the handmade starfish and all of the wonderful embellishments. It's really stunning and thanks for sharing your journaling. A really beautiful layout that is full of inspiration in more ways than one.

Sandie Edwards said...

Maggie, can you contact me via my blog profile. I'd like to email you a reply to your question on my photographs....