Nov 17, 2013

"Glory on High"

Shabby Chic Christmas
 is the new challenge at FSC this fortnight.

Meaning - Shabby Chic is a form of interior design where furniture and furnishings are either chosen for their appearance of age and signs of were and tear or where new items are distressed to achieve the appearance of an antique...basically distress it, and make it look old and worn...

So, with this in mind
I wanted to create a piece that had an old and worn look to it
and with an angelic sereneness to it...
My 'ode to Michelangelo!



My first decision was the colours...pink and grey.
Then for the background I've used paper from Meg's Garden
called "The Romantic Garden."
It has been inked and stenciled (using gesso) and stamped on.
I have used some old cardboard with corrugation in it, from my stash...
and just taken some of the top layer off and gesso-ed it
and used it as my backdrop for the main piece.

The main image is from a Stampendous stamp from the set
"Excelsis Deo" which I had seen on Joanna's blog and I just couldn't resist getting it.
And stamped it onto tissue paper.

Tip: heat set it so that it doesn't bleed out.



This was then adhered to layers of toilet paper, that were dampened
and pressed together to form a kind of hand-made paper.
Some more stenciling around it to make the angel stand out more.
To shabby it up some more, I rubbed away layers of paper from around the angel
with my fingers...I love the aged effect that this created.


A sentiment from the stamp set, some holly and heaps of gesso
finished the piece off.
I didn't really want to add too many embellishments
as I wanted the angel to stand out and be the first thing you rest your eyes on.
I think the ageing of her makes you linger and just soak up her glory
(but then, that might be just my imagination - what are your thoughts?)

The girls at FSC have come up with some inspiring and very different versions on this theme.
Please pop on over and check out the awesomeness of the fashionettes,
 be inspired and maybe join in the fun.
Flonzcraft are our sponsors and have a generous $20 gift voucher up for grabs,
there are spotlights and a top 3 as well.

I would like to say a huge heartfelt thank you and extend my
appreciation to those of you who follow my blog!!!
You are awesome!
 Your comments absolutely blow me away.


Enjoy!

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges ~

Nov 5, 2013

"A Traditional Christmas"

"A Traditional Christmas"
is the new theme this month at Vintage Stamping Challenges.

Yes, it is coming up to that time of the year again...when we start looking
towards making our xmas cards for friends and family.
I hope you aren't like me and leave it all a little late
and then the big rush is on!
Every year I rush my way through the last half of November
and make a promise to myself that next year I will be more organised...
ummmm....at least I now have one card done!!!



I have kept this pretty simple because I think that xmas cards
shouldn't be overdone...
but I still wanted to play with my inks.
So I have used the wrinkle free technique for my background
- just using blues.
Then stamped some snowflakes...using different shades of DI's
and adding some glitter...
(sorry, it doesn't show up in this pic, but it is pretty)
Then I finished with some holly leaves and a little ice stickles.

The main image is from Flonzcraft and you'll find it here.
Flonz has some beautiful xmas stamps to pick from and I wish I haven't
ordered more!

I hope you take the time to pop over to Vintage Stamping Challenges
and check out the amazing talent and ideas from the team.
 Flonzcraft is offering a generous $20 gift voucher to the winner,
he offers an occassional spot prize
and there is always a top 3!


Nov 4, 2013

"Follow Your Heart"

"Stamping With No Ink"

We have a new challenge this fortnight at FSC
which is stamping without using any ink...
but you can use inks for the background if you like.
Some ideas are using any type of paint, sprays, gesso,  bleach and so on
for your stamping.
It's a perfect opportunity to play with embossing folders and papers!
Or if you have dabbled a little with mixed media this is a perfect opportunity for you to have a play and experiment with other mediums...and have heaps of fun!



I had no plans for this piece...but I thought I would like to use a stencil that I hadn't used yet.
After inking the background I coloured the stencil in
 using Brilliance black and a stipple brush.
Some new stamps arrived a couple of days ago so I used the butterfly...
then added another one...
and then added another one - because it's always better with odd numbers
- using black gesso painted onto the stamp with a brush.

Still no plan...

Using black gesso as my "ink"
I did some crazy stamping that I saw Finnabair do here.
And because I had no plan...I used a stamp that said "just because..."

This is when I walked away
came back a while later and decided to turn it into a journal style! And one-layer.
(YES A PLAN!!!)
Soooo...some splats with distress stains, a little stenciling, some dripping of some watered down gesso, some bleach around the body of the image and on the butterflies, some splattering of white acrylic paint and rings of white Distress Paint  using texta tops.

I added some ivy along the bottom for balance and stenciled a heart around one of the butterflies.
I like how it gives a focal point for the girl to be moving towards.
 (and yes, I did think of that before doing it lol)

I decided to call this one "Follow Your Heart"
as that is how it was created.
Not everything we do has a reason...and is just because...

The girls at FSC have come up with some inspiring and very different versions on this theme.
Please pop on over and check out the awesomeness of the fashionettes,
 be inspired and maybe join in the fun.
Flonzcraft are our sponsors and have a generous $20 gift voucher up for grabs,
there are spotlights and a top 3 as well.


Enjoy!


I am entering this into the following challenges ~