On Your Travels?

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Would you like to join me on a trip to the beach? If so then pack your bags and make sure you bring Crafty Individuals new stamp, CI- 344 with you.
This is a detailed stamp depicting a seagull perched upon vintage suitcases and a background consisting of vintage style luggage labels and postal marks, a perfect collage style stamp.
My first project using this new stamp is a beachy style wall hanging.Artist sheet canvas painted with emulsion paint provides the base of this hanging. CI-344 was stamped onto fabric that had been  swiped with Gesso. Texture was brought to the piece not only with the artist canvas sheet but also the use of dry wall tape and dyed gauze and scraps of this and that, such as this piece of ticking. Some time ago this had been dyed with coffee.I wanted a dash of colour but colours that looked as though they had been faded by the sun. This flower was a lovely shade of faded yellow layered over some vintage cloth trim. If you are a Follower of Jeans’ Blog and plan on attending Happy Stampers on May 12th then Jean has a generous announcement on her Blog. Even more exciting, Jean has Blog Candy in celebration of reaching 500 Followers. Click the links to take you to each particular post at Jean’s Blog.
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The Place of Her Dreams (FSC#21)

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Today sees a new challenge theme at Fashionable Stamping Challenge. This fortnight we are asking that you be inspired by Cities of the World . Whichever city you choose please do remember to include some stamping on your artwork and no digi stamps allowed. If you are in need of inspiration then visit FSC to view the incredible artwork designed by my DT sisters. Also on view is the prize for this challenge.
The city I selected for my DT artwork is Paris.
Stamps:- Oxford Impressions’ April In Paris and Paris PostePossibly as far back as two years ago I altered this box (it was a decorative box containing telephone index cards) with a mixture of oil pastels, inks and paints. For some reason it was left in an incomplete state and now seemed as good a time as ever to finally complete it.  I further added washes of Gesso and cream acrylic and touches of Decopaint Patina in Antique Gold.  (The colour in the above photograph is the true colour)Then the stamping – a text stamp, Parisian map and Fleur de lys and a tiny stamp stating Paris. On the lid I layered a download (sorry but I do not know the source) stamping the Paris map and Fleur de Lys and layering lace (dyed in tea and coffee) and French book text finally adding the beautiful lady, also from Oxford Impressions.
I was drawn to the wistful appearance of this woman, possibly dreaming of ParisIt would be lovely if you shared your Cities of the World artwork with us.
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The Fabric Of Life

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For some reason I have overlooked two pieces I made for Crafty Individuals sometime ago. Jean posted them on her Blog  as far back as March – I am not very well organised at the moment! I should make May a catch-up month as I have artwork from months ago that I still have not shared.
CI-342 was one of the Elements sets released earlier this year.

I made a few projects using the hearts, very feminine pieces but on seeing the Paisley style stamp I wanted to use it on a masculine piece.  Both the card and the wall hanging were formed with the same notion in mind. The paisley design, as you will know is Indian in origin but the name itself is from Paisley in Scotland. In the first half of the 1800’s Paisley was the main producer of the shawls, producing them to the finest of quality.   It is a fascinating story and I am sure there are many resources on-line if you wanted to learn more about it.
What does that have to do with my card and wall hanging? I created a story on this man being the son of one of the owners of such a factory. A man who will eventually step into his father’s shoes of owning the family business and at this stage in his life he is learning all aspects of the trade. Now the eagle-eyed amongst you will note that the postal mark states Glasgow and of course Paisley is Renfrewshire and not Glasgow but it was the nearest, geographical postal mark I could get my hands on!
The first item is a card.
Crafty Individual Supplies
CI-344 (Paisley style stamp)
CI-203 (Ledger stamp)
CI-204 (Thistle stamp)
Image from Book of People and Places
Die-cut frame
Watercolour was stained and stamped with the Paisley stamp. I used Distress Ink for stamping.
The stamped ledger paper represents the business aspect.Working to the same idea I then went on to make this wall hanging  9.5″x6″)The dyed and stamped fabric was layered to upholstery fabric. A piece of green burlap with the addition of a piece of Tissue Tape, the tape represents an office wall calendar.  The dyed fabric looks slightly grey in this photograph but it is actually green. The die-cut frame was dyed with the same colour of green before stamping. Another day I will share some new Crafty Individuals artwork using some of their newly released stamps. Have you noticed that there have been some new Must Have products released? Malcolm and Jean have for sale dyed seam binding and also a new fabric kit and a very exciting product, TAP.
Thank you for visiting today. Your comments encourage me so much.
P.S. The hangers were purchased from Crafty Individuals some time ago. Unfortunately they no longer stock them – I re-cycle the ones I have. I believe they can be purchased from Stampington & co if that helps at all.

Think of Me, Always (TSC #30 – Sketch Challenge)

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As it is the first day of the month that means it is time to announce a new challenge theme for The Stamspmith Challenge. This month is a sketch challenge.  At TSC we have very few rules as we want stampers to enjoy our challenges but please remember that you must include at least one Stampsmith stamp on your artwork.  At the end of the month a random winner is selected with the Prize Draw of $21 of rubber stamps of your choice from The Stampsmith store.For my DT sample I decided to work on a 7″x5″ stretched canvas and choosing to flip the sketch on its side.This beautiful stamp is from the Think of Me plate, the first time I have used this particular set.
To represent the star shaped element in the sketch I used a crochet doily and for the sentiment I layered a sticker stating “always” onto cardstock and attaching to a memo pin.
The mats are represented by the use of lace and K&co paper.Think of me was stamped onto fabric scrap. This stamp is actually from the same set.For the photo corner style element in the sketch I substituted a beautiful piece of lace that was trimmed from a vintage coaster (no guilt as this was leftover from another project!). I gently tinted parts of the stamped image with watercolours, taking the colour choice from the K&co paper. If you wish inspiration then visit TSC Blog to view what my DT sisters have created for this challenge. Also at the challenge blog is the winner of the Random Prize draw for March and the Top 3 entries for the Spring Colours challenge.
Have some fun with this sketch challenge whether you follow the sketch to the letter or use it merely as a springboard. You have the month of May to create and share your entries with us at TSC. Good Luck.
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