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Friday, 20 April 2012

The Stampman Challenge - Shabby Chic / Vintage / Distressed

Wow... where did that fortnight go?? It's another time for The Stampman Challenge, which is shabby chic / vintage / distressed.. so it was just right for me... and I had fun.
 So I began with a sheet of light cream cardstock and a slightly smaller sheet of Tim Holtz kraft. I distressed it with a Tim Holtz distressing tool and inked it along the edge. I used a couple of doilies, painted with daubers.

 I used some Prima flowers and made some of my favourite grunge paper roses, inspired by Lynn Forsythe, here.
 Not wanting  the ornate plate to look too metallic, I painted it with the daubers then rubbed over with Inca Gold bronze paste.  I used rusty hinge to stamp the fancy flourishes from Aspects of Design plate 58, on the pale cream cardstock, and embossed with clear ep.

 I love this ickle cage and two birdies, made from wood. These lovely laces are from my stash. I think I bought them at my local Hobbycraft. The dark brown cardstock is Core-dinations Graphics 45.

 Here is the whole piece. I worked hard on it and enjoyed working rather differently. I do love shabby, vintage and grunge but I don't usually make pieces like this one...it will be a card front.
And this last shot shows the textures nicely. I almost wish I liked Tilda, cos she would feel quite at home, here, I think!!! tee hee... but instead of the cage, of course!!! I just don't do that sort of cute, but I admire those who do. I hate the way the poor child has no mouth!!!

Anyway, I shall detain you no futher. Thanks for stopping by and leaving your comments. I love them all.
Love and light

Ps. I am going to enter this piece into some other challenges:-
Simon Says Stamp and Show - anything goes
Artistic Stamper Creative Team Blog - ribbons, lace
Crafts and Me Challenges - vintage

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

WOYWW #150 - Odds and Ends?

Once again into the blog hop my friends... another week has flown and the weather has come and gone, and the year is in full flood with blossoms and leaves... April is a strange month of sun and showers, isn't it?? Plays havoc with arthritic paws!! - aww... all get out yer handkies, she's off again!!!

Anyway it's time to bear your soul, or your desk, whichever is less untidy - well that will be her desk then, tee hee!!! - courtesy of the clever-idea-ed lady, Julia. How would we spend our days if not flying about the ether, spying on our crafty firends??

And here is mine with all manner of stuff on it - well see for yourself!!
 Well, firstly there are some ickle birdies... can't show much more of this project as it is still under wraps -  don't want to have to kill you!! I am taking part in Laura Denison's  tag swap, and these are part of what I am making for it. I will show you more and post the finished pieces when the swap is over. Below are some more handmade embellishments...

 Here are coily wires, and vintaj pieces, embossed. The only non-made-by-me piece is the twisty heart. I have also wired some turquoise pieces ... to match the ickle birdie colours.

Over  at DragonsDream TIO, this week, the challenge chosen by me is The Secret Garden. I have gone all uncharacteristically romantic on this one, but I am loving the colour scheme.

I used lots of stamps here to create the lost, overgrown look. The door is a Darkroom Door stamp - quite apt really!!

And the twist is that it opens up to be a garden scene, through the door...

Finally, a word about that district nurse... well she came, and I put my case about mum's condition and problems, and she agreed!!! She also said she thought mum had an infection, so we sorted that too...

So I suppose I won that round. We will have a better allocation next time, so hurrah!! However, things are much the same with mum, herself. She continues to deteriorate, fogetting to eat and drink etc unless prompted... shouldn't happen to a dog, and wouldn't!!!
Love and Light