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FSC Thank You!

This month we say THANK YOU!

We would love you to join in our fun at FSC with a piece that says thank you, or gratitude.
It can be about reflecting on the past year and what we are grateful for moving forward, it can be about appreciating what we have to be grateful for, or a simple thank you!
I chose a simple Thank You.
Thank you FSC for taking me on many years ago and teaching me so much, and giving me the opportunity to meet so many amazing people…
thank you, too, for stopping by and taking the time to see what I am up to and leaving so many super kind and encouraging words…
and thank you to my friends who give me a ‘kick-up-the-…’ occasionally when I need it and help me to move forward when I sometimes feel stuck.
Gee, where would we be without friends!
I am still trying to find my way with what I learned at a Finnabair class.
This piece started out as a tag…then turned into a canvas…and ended up as a large card.  I rescued the flowers part, added some ribbon and material, a few splats and some stamping.
I shabbied it up a little with distressing and gesso and I am really pleased with how it turned out.
The image is a new one that I have from Deep Red.  No matter how many times I had mucked this up I was determined to use that stamp!  She is just gorgeous!!!
The girls at FSC have come up with some inspiring and very different versions on the theme this time.
Please pop on over and check out the awesomeness of their creativity,
 be inspired, and maybe join in our fun.
Flonzcraft are our sponsors this fortnight and have a generous $20 gift voucher up for grabs,
there are spotlights and a top 3 as well.

Stamping must be the focal point on your project!

Enjoy!

3D at FSC

“Spread Your Wings and Fly”
It is all about 3D this fortnight at FSC
and you can 3D any object you like,
but it must be an object 
and it must have stamping on it, of course! 
The stamping must be the focal point of your creation.
This fortnight we have the super talented and so inspiring
Alison from Words and Pictures.
If you haven’t found her blog yet, 
or just want to go browsing again, 
please pop on over and leave her some love…
it’s a beautiful blog to visit.
We live is a 3D world and spend so much of our creative time putting our ideas down onto card.  
Well, not this fortnight. It’s all about shaped items.
I went to the local bargain store and found a picture frame on sale ~ ~ for half price, and thought that will do!
before
It was pretty tacky – 
that’s probably why they had reduced the price.
It was definitely in need of fixing up!
after
I decided not to colour the frame 
as I really wanted the picture in the middle to be the main focus.
Also, I thought that to add too much to the frame 
it would have been too cluttered
 and the image would have be lost.
Why is it so hard to keep it simple!
This gorgeous image (which I first saw used by Avril) has been a long time favourite of mine.
It always reminds me of Mia Farrow.
The image is totally feminine to me, seductive, quiet and tasteful with a touch of mystery.
To bring the butterflies from the image to the edge I simply used some distress stains on card
and spritzed some water, stamped the butterfly and cut it out.
There are 2 more at the bottom of the frame.
The girls at FSC have come up with some inspiring and very different versions on the theme this time.
Please pop on over and check out the awesomeness of the fashionettes,
 be inspired and maybe join in the fun.
Flonzcraft are our sponsors this fortnight and have a generous $20 gift voucher up for grabs,
there are spotlights and a top 3 as well.

Enjoy!

“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 ~