Magpie Cafe

I mentioned that on Mother’s Day I indulged in a bit of proper painty messing and today I am sharing the results. Welcome to the Magpie Café.


This is another Artist Trading Block, ATB, that I have made to share over at Sunday Stampers where the theme is birds. As with my previous ATBs I’ve used the Sizzix cubes/blocks die to create it. This time I used lightweight chipboard (the sort you might get on the back of an A4 ruled lined pad) and I have to tell you it works brilliantly. It would seem that the sturdier the substrate the easier it is to assemble the cube.


I used the new Dylusions paints – white, yellow, green and turquoise to colour the box just layering the paint on with my fingers. As the paint dries super quickly you don’t have to be too patient when doing this, perfect for someone like me who just can’t wait! Next, I used three different green inks and applied them through a leaf stencil to build up layers on each face of the cube. These did need to be dried with a heat tool.


The little magpie is a stamp from Catslife Press. I used the tissue transfer technique to apply him realising that, because the tissue is so thin, I could reverse the image if I wanted to. I added a little white paint in appropriate places to give him a little more definition.


I’d originally thought I would create a little nest on the top of the block but it didn’t look quite right so, instead, I created a little branchy/mossy woodland dell type of thing. The branches are actually muslin that I’ve dyed with Gathered Twigs distress ink and pulled and twisted into shape. The moss is actual moss wit a few punched daisy type flowers. I used green beads to make some feet to go on the bottom.


In Whitby, on the North Yorkshire coast of the UK, there is a famous fish and chip establishment called The Magpie Café. I’ve never managed to eat there as there is always a enormous queue spilling out of the door and snaking along the street. At my version, I’ll make sure that no one ever has to queue!

Thanks for buzzing by.


Magpie Cafe — 10 Comments

  1. Brilliant creation, I love how you made the branches and the little daisies look fabulous.

    Dionne xx

    PS You haven’t actually got worms in there, have you?

  2. Oh fish’n chips, yummy, is it served in your version as well? I’ll need to take that ferry this summer, miss the good ol’English fish’n chips soaking in oil 🙂

    • Thank you. If you take that ferry, let me know. Northern fish and chips are sometimes fried in lard – great taste but not kind to the arteries 🙂

  3. SO CUTE! LOVE IT! OOps, sorry, I shouted… such is my excitement at seeing your beautiful creation… think I am the only person in the world who actually rather likes Magpies.. tis the black and white nature of their plummage that attracts me :O) Great make hun… sorry I am a little late visiting… Thanks for joining in with the Sunday Stamper x

    • You shout away, glad you like and I love magpies too, although they have been a bit slow with their delivery of gold and silver 🙂

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