The first of a new month means a new challenge theme at The Stampsmith Challenge. For the month of May the theme is this…..
a Tic Tac Toe board. We are asking that you select one straight line from the board and incorporate those elements into your entry.
To enter TSC you must include at least one Stampsmith stamp on your artwork. It is well worth entering as the prize available is $21 to spend on stamps of your choice at The Stampsmith on-line store. All rules and samples by the other DT members can be viewed at TSC Blog.
The line I selected was the diagonal one with:- metal, stitches and pink.
Metal – the metal hanger
Stitches – the panel is stitched around the edges
Pink – The cotton fabric (of course you know where I sourced it from!) was painted delicate tones of pink before stamping. There is also pink in some of the lace I used and lastly I used pink watersoluble crayons to tint the transferred image.
The fabric has a pretty shimmer as I used Twikling H20s to paint the cotton. Lots of lace added to the bottom edge of the panel.The image was transferred onto cotton using TAP. In the past I’ve used inexpensive t-shirt transfers but TAP most definitely transfers to a far superior level, especially when using photo real stamps. As you can see in this photograph, the weave of the cotton is visible (this was macro setting) but the detail of the stamp is still remarkable.
Tea stained vintage lace was gathered with a marcasite brooch embellishing it.We hope you will join us this month with the Tic Tac Toe board, have fun with this.
01 May 2013 27 Comments
21 Apr 2013 45 Comments
Today sees the announcement of a new challenge theme at Fashionable Stamping Challenge. For the next fortnight we are asking you to be Sentimental. We encourage all styles of artwork to be entered whether it be cards, tags, altered art, etc but as a stamping challenge we do ask that when you share your art with us please remember that you must include stamping on your entry and of course, no digi’s allowed.
Our sponsor is Flonzcraft. The winner of the Sentimental challenge will win a voucher to spend at the Flonzcraft store. To read details of the prize and rules, visit the FSC site and also there you will see on display the stunning array of inspirational art from my DT sisters.
I knew immediately the stamp set I would be reaching for …. Oxford Impressions’ China Dolls. Strangely enough I was never a child who clung to a doll, for me it was always a teddy bear, in particular a very special teddy bear which I still have to this day although he is rather threadbare to say the least. However, for many a child a doll was their friend in life and I am sure many grown-ups can become sentimental at the memory of their special doll.
With this project, from the outset, aside from the stamp choice, I knew it would be a fabric piece where I would use a photo real stamp with TAP and also make my own stamped fabric panel.
This is the photo real stamp transferred to cotton fabric using TAP. Excluding lace, on this wall hanging I sourced all the fabric from a re-cycled old curtain.This wall hanging is very tactile with the soft cotton, the fabric image transfer, vintage doily and lace and to add to the tactile quality this wall hanging is padded.As you can see, I continue have issues with photograph size.
Anyway, this is the same dress this time stamped and cut out to form a fabric embellishment layered onto the vintage doily. The photo real stamp was inked with Archival Sepia but for all other stamping on fabric I used Staz-on Timber Brown. The ink looks slightly grey in the photograph which is why I wanted to point that out.
Creamy lace embellishes the panel with a gathered peachy tone lace trimming the TAP image. At the bottom of the hanging I pleated the panel of lace at either side to create a fluted design to add interest to the bottom edge.From the same stamp set, this lovely text stamp. We hope you will join us at FSC for this sentimental fortnight.
Wishes and Thank you for visiting this post.
19 Apr 2013 36 Comments
This is my second April DT post for Gecko Galz, another card, this time with a beautiful image from Artful Visions as the focal.
Gecko Galz:- Artful Visions, Ephemera Days and Star Crossed
Oxford Impressions My Story
My Stash:- canvas printer paper, white cardstock, satin paper, lace, seam binding and crystal stick pin.
Print Star Crossed paper onto white cardstock and layer onto cardbase. Print Artful Visions onto canvas printer paper and Ephemera Days onto satin paper. Cut out butterfly from one of the images on Ephemera Days and adhere to Artful Visions image with silicone glue. Layer to cardbase with lace. Stamp Oxford Impressions sentiment onto scrap of Star Crossed papers, tear and layer to right of image. Embellish card with crystal stick pin and seam binding.
I have to say that the Artful Visions sheet is stunning, so many dreamy images.
It isn’t every time I reach for canvas printer paper but I do like to have to hand as, in my opinion, certain images appear even more beautiful for being printed on it and of course there is always that added texture it brings to any project.The paper I selected from Star Crossed digi papers picked up the colour on the Artful Visions image and luckily I had a scrap on which to stamp the sentiment. What doesn’t translate in the photograph is the sheen on the satin paper which does catch the light beautifully. This butterfly is part of a larger image on the Ephemera Days image sheet. The green of the butterfly popped out at me and I knew it was the perfect colourful embellishment for the Artful Visions image and by a stroke of beautiful luck it also matched the seam binding. My next posts are on Sunday when I have two scheduled posts. Yes, you read that correctly, unusually I have two posts on the same day. Until then, this scheduled post wishes you a lovely weekend, whatever your plans may be.
24 Mar 2013 42 Comments
Doesn’t a week seem to pass quicker than ever?
The past three Sundays have seen me share a Guest Designer project for That’s Crafty and today is no different with my fourth and final Guest Designer post. However, I am so excited as I can now announce that I am the newest That’s Crafty DT member. Laura has an amazing DT so it is such an honour to be part of their team.
For the time being, my final Guest Designer post and if you a regular visitor to Adorn then you will know that it is sneaky peek time! If you would like to view the artwork in its entirety then you can do so at the That’s Crafty Blog where there will also be a supply list and instructions.At the time of working on this piece I was so sure we would be entering into Springtime not realising most of the U.K. would be blanketed in snow and the same for many parts of the world. As a lovely friend noted “Mother Nature didn’t read the Memo”!
20 Mar 2013 31 Comments
In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter and sharing of pleasures. For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.
I hope you are having a good week and finding plenty creative time.
I have quite a few projects that I need to organise into posts, items made some weeks ago, such as today’s post where I am sharing something made when I first received Oxford Impressions’ With Love stamp plate. Friends of my Blog will have already seen a few cards using various stamps from this plate (with many more to come) but for today it is a small canvas with easel altered for what could be a simple gift to a special friend.
(With Love can be purchased directly from Oxford Impressions’ Etsy where you will also notice that there is now a selected few images sold as singles, one of them, the beautiful (and favourite of mine) Soul of the Rose image. If you are U.K. based you can find With Love at That’s Crafty.)The canvas flipped over, painted and the simple sentiment as the focal. Propped onto a shabbily painted easel it becomes a reminder to a friend how special their friendship is.Before I say Goodbye for this post I need to say Thank You for the amazing feedback left over at That’s Crafty’s Blog for the Cavalieri Brothers hanging. I had so much fun making that piece and every now and then I feel the need to work on something grungy and masculine, as much as I like pretty sometimes I want to mix it up a little.
Thank You for visiting this post and I hope to catch-up with all of you very soon.
16 Mar 2013 33 Comments
Earlier in the month I mentioned Gecko Galz Spring Fling event. Well today it is my turn to share my DT sample where I used Spring as my source of inspiration.
Over at Gecko Galz you can view some of the other Spring Fling creations all using Gecko Galz products.
Gecko Galz Garden Girls image sheet
Oxford Impressions Le Jardin and The Fairest Flower
Tim Holtz Trinket Pin
From my stash:- Low gloss cardstock,canvas, emulsion paint, French vintage book page, vintage and new lace, butterfly sticker, fabric scrap and fabric bloom.
Paint the canvas. Repeatedly stamp the floral label from The Fairest Flower. Layer lace and embellish with fabric bloom. Print Garden Girls onto low gloss cardstock. Apply paint to book text. Tear book page into strips and layer to canvas with the Garden Girls image and a fragment of fabric. Adhere lace to the image. Embellish image with a decorative element from vintage lace. Attach Trinket Pin to two pieces of lace and adhere with strong glue to the opposite corner. Paint a scrap of cardstock then stamp text. Adhere to bottom edge of canvas. Finally embellish canvas with butterfly sticker.It really is a beautiful image sheet. The lace layered at the top of the canvas topped with the blossom.The Trinket Pin attached to lace for a pretty embellishment. If Gecko Galz is new to you then why not visit the site where you can sign up for their Newsletter.
Thank You for visiting this post. This weekend is busy for my Blog as I return once again on Sunday.
10 Mar 2013 28 Comments
Today is the second of my projects as a Guest Designer for That’s Crafty. As with last week’s post I am being a little bit cheeky by only showing a snippet of the project. If you would like to see what I have created with one of my all time favourite stamps, then you can view it at That’s Crafty’s Blog along with a supply list and full instructions.
Today is Mothering Sunday in the U.K. so for any of you who are either a Mum yourself or celebrating this day with your own Mum, have a lovely Sunday.
16 Feb 2013 34 Comments
It has been too long since I last shared a DT sample for The Stampsmith. This is a canvas I altered at the start of the year, turning to my ever faithful Ophelia. There are several versions of Ophelia, the one used on this canvas is the medium size version.
Ophelia was stamped onto painted cardstock then layered with an epoxy frame. To the canvas I applied layers of paint and created a frame with Tissue Tape with the addition of torn lace which had previously been stained with tea bags it creates a romantic backdrop for the corrugated heart which is adorned with seam binding stained the same colour as the lace and the addition of three MOP heart shaped buttons. A corner embellishment that matches the epoxy frame. The February Stampsmith Challenge is well underway now. All details on the challenge theme, rules and prize are available at TSC Blog and you can also see the team’s samples on display.
Thank You for taking the time to visit this post especially if you visited earlier in the day.
27 Jan 2013 55 Comments
in Uncategorized Tags: altered art, boxes, canvas, Fashionable Stamping Challenge DT, gift ideas, home decor, Image Transfer, masks, Oxford Impressions, Oxford Impressions' DT artwork, photo realistic stamps, Valentine's Day
Thank You for joining me this Sunday where it is time to announce a new challenge theme at Fashionable Stamping Challenge. For the next fortnight we are asking if you will Show Some Love. We always ask that you include stamping on your entry and that no digi’s are allowed, other than that just have fun with this theme. The winning entry will receive a prize from our wonderful sponsor so well worth your while entering. All details on the FSC site as well as the inspirational artwork from my DT sisters.
I decided to go for a very romantic take on the theme selecting the stunning Soul Of The Rose plate from Oxford Impressions. This was the first stamp plate I bought from Oxford Impressions and I still love it as much as I did on day one.A heart shaped box.
I wanted a tactile feel to the box so the stamp was stamped onto TAP before transferring to canvas. As you can see in the first photograph, absolutely none of the fine detail was lost in transferring to TAP.After painting the box I stamped the damask design from French Script. I wanted the design to be subtle so I opted to stamp with Distress Ink which increased the shabby appearance before applying molding paste. Leaving the molding paste to harden I had plans to lightly add some highlights to the relief design but when I came back to the project I decided to leave it plain as I liked the contrast against the painted and stamped background.Thank You for visiting this post and enjoy your Sunday.
17 Jan 2013 41 Comments
The piece of artwork I have decided to share today was actually made as far back as December 2011, yes you read that correctly … 2011! It has been something that I’ve always intended to blog but sometimes other projects have to take priority. During some chatty e-mails with my lovely friend Alison (do you know she has a Giveaway at the moment?) I mentioned this canvas and so I point the finger of responsibility at Alison for the reason I am sharing it now!
When this stamp collection was released I was somehow drawn to it yet surprisingly enough the theme, which is circus, is not a favourite of mine. As a child I did not like the circus and thankfully I didn’t have to endure it more than once! Yet the images on Oxford Impressions’ Vintage Circus plate are so appealing, maybe it is the vintage style that makes them so and not too many scary clowns!
I will let you decide whether or not this looks like my style!
When I received this set, which was a surprise in itself, I knew it would be a chance to have some fun with a chunky canvas. At the time I made a decision to use colour but limit the palette and also to keep embellishments to a minimum. The chipboard bunting was perfect to create the circus banner.
I wanted to create a scene where the boy and his dog are peeking out from the curtains taking in the sights of the circus and stand in awe at the performance by the trapeze artist. The ruffled seam binding not only softened the outline of the stamped curtains but also gives a better impression of the boy peeking from the parted curtains.She swings from the circus banner.A chunky canvas deserves to have the edges decorated so I stamped a bundle of tickets. Yes, definitely a lot of cutting out for this canvas!Thank You for visiting this scheduled post this evening. I plan to catch-up with your creations very soon and see what fun you have been having.