Quite recently I shared with you my Stitch In Time sewing tote, an article published in Sew Somerset. Within that same issue, in the gallery section, is a fabric wall hanging featuring, once again, Oxford Impressions stamps but this time from the China Doll stamp plate (available in the U.K from That’s Crafty and directly from Oxford Impressions).Pretty details such as a vintage button and a mix of vintage and new lace trim this hanging.
I actually padded it with batting to give it a squishy fee, I wanted the overall piece to have a tactile quality to it.
The focal image, a photo real stamp, was stamped onto Lesley Riley’s TAP (you can purchase this from That’s Crafty and also Crafty Individuals). The adorable little dress, repeatedly stamped, creates my background fabric. The dress was also stamped onto a piece of scrap cotton and layered onto a tiny vintage doily.
Looking at this afresh I wish I had stitched tiny pearl beads to mimic pearly buttons on the dress …. oh well, too late now!The text stamp was used as a band at the top of the panel. I always appreciate your visits to my Blog and the lovely comments you leave for me to read.
29 Apr 2014 31 Comments
28 Apr 2014 31 Comments
I recently shared with you some DT samples for Darkroom Door featuring new releases. Amongst the new stamps I received was also this stunning (and I do mean that) set called Feathers. In fact this post is long overdue to being shared with you as I made it some weeks ago. Nature themed art probably isn’t something you associate with me yet it is something I enjoy.The feather had to be the focal on this canvas panel and I knew I wanted a mix of textures. Immediately the canvas panel brought texture and the paint effects also fool the eye into believing there is even more texture there, well there is a little bit with the addition of the thickly applied blue paint.
I always like to work with a neutral colour palette but I wanted an ever so slightly, hint of colour and this blue seemed the perfect choice against the various shades of browns. I then picked up the colour on the canvas panel with the paper blooms.There are five stunning feathers in total from this new stamp set and this is only the first of my projects. I already have some other Feather artwork waiting in the wings.
I couldn’t resist stamping onto muslin. What is so appealing, you can actually see the paint marks on the canvas shining through the muslin.A gathering of elements with a natural feel to them and, of course, a touch of lace!Thank You for your visit to this first post of a brand new week and the last week in April, can you believe that!
Staying with Darkroom Door related posts for one minute, I will of course be closing The Sewing Bee Giveaway at any moment so if you haven’t managed to join the fun then please scroll down to view last Monday’s post.
Have a lovely week.
27 Apr 2014 22 Comments
Another Sunday rolls around and with it my DT spot for That’s Crafty.Of course, if you are curious enough and want to view the full project then you can see it HERE.
If you are looking for a challenge then the That’s Crafty Challenge Blog is asking you to create to the theme of Black and White with a Splash of Colour. The winner will receive a voucher to spend on-line at That’s Crafty but please ensure you read all the challenge rules before entering your art.
Have a lovely Sunday.
25 Apr 2014 41 Comments
Recently I shared with you a DT post for Gecko Galz (also a birthday card for a friend), a card made with a Spring Queens image. At the time of making the card I made a second card featuring another of the Spring Queens, once again doubling the card up as a DT sample for Gecko Galz but also for another friend’s birthday.
The wonderful Spring Queen image sheet is from their April product selection.
With it being a Gecko Galz DT sample, below you will find a supply list and instructions.
Gecko Galz Spring Queens
Star Crossed digital paper pack
Oxford Impressions Castle Keep
Martha Stewart Metallic Acrylics
Distress Paint Vintage Photo (Ranger)
Distress Ink Victorian Velvet and Tattered Rose
Gel Medium (Gesso)
Print Star Crossed digital paper onto white cardstock. Adhere to cardbase, distressing the edges. Further distress the paper with Gesso and paints the stamp Castle Keep images with Distress Inks. Blend with baby wipe then continue to add more Gesso and paint to the cardstock. Apply paint to edges.
I isolated Spring Queens, selecting this image, re-sized by enlarging it then printing onto canvas printer paper. Distress edges then adhere to panel of corrugated cardboard which has been painted with Gesso and paints.
Apply metallic paints to white cardstock. Stamp various images from Castle Keep.
Layer the Spring Queen panel to the cardbase, embellishing the card with the stamped elements and various papers (I used papers I had prepared for other projects).
Embellish the card with a Prima flower, torn and stained vintage lace and a piece cut from rose lace ribbon.
The canvas printer paper always adds a lovely texture to images.
As with the first card I made using the Spring Queens images, I once again dipped into the Oxford Impressions Castle Keep set.
In real life the paints shimmer with metallic goodness in the form of coppers and golds which I liked set against the more chalky, Gesso appearance of the background paper panel.More layering to create this embellishmentThank You for your visit to this post. I always appreciate your visits.
Have a lovely weekend.
24 Apr 2014 11 Comments
A very quick post to share with you the news that there is a new Oxford Impression stamp set, Ornate Alphabet.
It brings to mind William Morris yet at the same time I could see the stamps working in harmony with Oxford Impressions’ various Jane Austen inspired sets.
23 Apr 2014 38 Comments
Today sees me sharing another Darkroom Door project which once again features one of their newly released stamps.
Amongst the first of the releases were the fabulous Texture Stamp collection of which I received Floral and French Script. Previously I shared Parisian cards using the French Script but today I would like to share a journal page where I used the Floral Texture Stamp.I was keen to stamp the Floral Texture onto fabric as I was so sure it would look amazing, creating the appearance of an old piece of textile. As I sat gathering some of the pieces I intended to use to create texture, the Darkroom Door Photo Booth images caught my eye and that is how The Fabric of Her Life came about.
This can also be viewed at the Darkroom Door Blog where I have also listed a supply list and instructions. The Blog is very active and well worth a visit to view what the DT have been creating with present and past stamp designs. At the moment there are many posts featuring the newest stamp releases.
The first step was to stamp onto a piece of fabric as I knew I would be including that on the page. As with anything I make I only have a brief idea in my head but beyond that I let it flow depending on what my eyes alight upon to add to a piece.
I so love the appearance of this stamp on fabric that I will definitely be using a larger panel in the near future.After I had laid down pieces of this and that to create texture onto the journal page I went to work randomly stamping the Texture Stamp and at some points I used my fingers to ever so slightly blend the ink before digging my fingers into the papers to tear away some of the pieces.Isn’t this such a striking image.
I intended to share with you the story I conjured in my head (I know for a fact I am not the only one who does this LOL) but as this post will be long enough as it is I will refrain from sharing her imagined life story.Pieces of lace and stray fibres were all gathered. I am happiest when there is a mix of textures.A partially stamped Darkroom Door sentiment was stamped onto vintage dressmaking tissue. .. If nothing ever changed. With the look in this woman’s eyes I was drawn to those words, it suited the life I imagined for her.For this page I actually didn’t journal so the question is this ….. is it art journalling if no journalling is present?
I discovered that even though I didn’t journal, I found myself in a reflective place as I worked on this page.
Thank You, always, for your visits to Adorn.
21 Apr 2014 60 Comments
Finally I am here to share with you the final of my Giveaways along with an apology for the delay.(As this box is also a DT sample for Darkroom Door it will mean it will turn up in a future post when I share product information and links)Tucked inside the box are the following items:-
Bundle of lace. All of the lace is vintage except for one long length of new lace.Also nestled inside are two stamps (note:- the stamps are brand new and sold at the Oxford Impressions on-line store as single stamps although both stamps are also part of full sized stamp sets).
Oxford Impressions single rubber stamp – Corset advertisement (now unavailable as a single stamp but can be viewed as part of the Art of Being Beautiful stamp plate.) and Oxford Impressions single rubber stamp:- Standard Designer and
Singer sewing machine charms
The closing date for this Giveaway is April 28th when one winner will be randomly selected.
You must leave a comment if you would like to enter my Giveaway and if you would like a 2nd or 3rd chance to win then please add to your Blog’s sidebar or share on Facebook then let me know you have done so.
In advance, many thanks to those of you who take the trouble to join this Giveaway.