Dr. Coffin’s Sinister Concoctions (FSC#33)

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We have a new theme at Fashionable Stamping Challenge to  create Halloween/Halloween Colours art.  There is a prize up for grabs so well worth entering. You can view the details of the prize, entry rules and also the amazing samples from my DT sisters over at the FSC site.
I am doubling up my FSC sample as it is also an Oxford Impressions’ DT sample, using the amazing Oxford Impressions’ Dr Coffin’s Apothecary to alter a quad slide mailer.  I am probably repeating myself but one of the reasons why they are fun to alter is that they withstand a lot of abuse from layers of paint, sanding and any other fun I wish to have with them.
I used three acrylic paint colours on the mailer and also to paint white cardstock to stamp onto. The chipboard frame I altered a long time ago with imitation gold and silver leaf and to tone it down I dry brushed on acrylic paint and added a dab of crackle.  Dr Coffin sits behind a glass slide.
A little close-up of the texture.You might see that papers were treated with the same trio of paints. The paints were used in different combinations throughout the mailer.Opening up the mailer A pocket was painted with the same paints allowing an area to tuck inside stained tags one tag embellished with the raven.We hope you have fun with this new challenge theme.
Thank You for visiting today especially if you took the time to visit yesterday.

The Heart of This Gypsy Girl (FSC#32)

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It is time for a new challenge theme at Fashionable Stamping Challenge, for the next fortnight the challenge is Shades of AutumnThis challenge is open to all styles of artwork but please remember that you must include stamping on your entry. As always there is a wonderful prize up for grabs.
My DT sample also doubles up as a team sample for Crafty Individuals as the wall hanging uses two Crafty Individuals stamp sets
CI 350CI-351 For this wall hanging I used a canvas panel base 8″x8″
I used this beautiful image from a CI Book of People and Places, it is image transfer onto fabric. If you are a fan of fabric and any form of image transfer then I highly recommend TAP which Jean and Malcolm are now stocking.
The beautiful image worked so well with that large tag, adding flowers in Autumnal colours and punching a teeny tag from a scrap of the stamped lace, adding a tiny piece of lace to decorate.  The canvas panel and seam binding were stained to match adding a band of deep red lace. A piece of vintage trim decorates the bottom of the embellished tag. I used the stamp from CI-351 to decorate the canvas panel and scrapbook paper.Also using it to make this stamped embellishment. You should see the narrowest lace stamp running down the right hand side.
The team always look forward to seeing your creations so have fun with this Shades of Autumn challenge, you never know, you might be the winner of a fabulous prize.
Thank You for taking the time to visit this post.

Step Into My House, Pretty Ones (FSC#31)

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This fortnight at Fashionable Stamping Challenge Silvia has set the challenge to Alter SomethingIt is your choice what you alter but please remember to include stamping on your entry. As always there is a wonderful prize up for grabs so certainly worthwhile entering.
I am doubling up on DT duties as this is also a DT piece for Oxford Impressions using the new Hallowe’en sets.  I had fun altering a thimble display unit in the shape of a house. I bought this a good while ago for 99p always with the intention of  a vintage sewing themed project but when I knew I would be receiving the new Hallowe’en stamps I decided the house had to finally be used.
Oxford Impressions’ Dr. Coffin’s Apothecary Shop (text stamp, witch hazel label, and mushroom)
Oxford Impressions’ Masquerade (Bat woman, witch hat, cat, broom, stars, bat and moon)

Dimension of Altered Thimble House:- approx 8.5″x8.5″

One of the text stamps from the Dr. Coffin set was stamped onto tissue paper and adhered onto the prepped unit. Upside … this is fabulously messy – the downside …it is incredibly time consuming!I added a hat to the Bat Woman and also a wand (handle from a broom adding a star to the end, covering it with glass glitter). Glass glitter was also added to her shoes, this woman has style!A sign was created with the Witch Hazel label.
Bats gather amongst the branches of a gnarled tree (handcut branches from greyboard, painted and swiped with ink and added touches of glass glitter here and there) along with a glittery moon. If you visit the  FSC site you will be able to read the rules for entry (for which there are few) and also be able to view the incredible altered projects from my DT sisters.
Thank You for taking the time to visit this post.

Good Things Come In Small Packages (FSC#30)

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It is now time for another challenge at Fashionable Stamping Challenge where this fortnight my DT sister Claire has set the theme of  Good Things Come In  Small Packages.  We do ask that you include stamping on your entry and if you want to read rules and details of the prize available then just click the link above. As always, if you take a visit to FSC you will see the amazing art on display from my DT sisters. Have fun with this challenge theme.
My DT sample for FSC also doubles as DT art for Oxford Impressions, using the beautiful Season of Giving plate. Suzanne has up-dated this classic Oxford Impressions plate of stamps so well worth a look at it.
Oxford Impressions:- Season of Giving:- boy and girl, sheet music, It’s A Wonderful Life
Oxford Impressions:- Sleigh Bells :-  Wish and snowflake

On receiving this set of stamps I was keen to make a start on my own Christmas projects and as they say, no time like the present, excuse the pun – this will actually be a present for a friend. I started by altering a matchbox, making the focal this adorable stamp and I could not but use that sentiment.
Now open up the matchbox…to reveal the gift of a Christmas ornament.
Vintage glass glitter particles are caught behind the glass to create added sparkle as is wish which is taken from Sleigh Bells plate.We look forward to seeing your entries for this challenge.

The Last Flowers of Summer (FSC#29)

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Can you believe it is a fortnight since the last FSC, where does the time go? This fortnight we are asking you for Flowers/Handmade Flowers. The usual rule applies that we are looking for stamping on your artwork and of course as always there is a prize up for grabs. All details available at the FSC site as well as the incredible floral display on offer from my DT sisters.
For my DT sample I decided to alter a 6″x4″ muslin bag.
Stamps –  Oxford Impressions The Fairest Flower plate.
I used various stamps from this plate including two beautiful photo real stamps, this image  is a photo real stamp which I tinted gently with Caran d’ache water soluble crayons. The muslin bag was stamped with a beautiful perfume label stamp. As well as the beautiful photo real girl I added a piece of vintage lace stained with tea and added a bow stained at the same time to decorate the corner.
These are the handmade flowers I made using seam binding stained with tea and coffee. Inside the bag She is so cute!  This mini tag is attached to this larger tag The tag before the tulips were stamped. I used DI in Tattered Rose to stamp a floral bouquet before stamping the perfume label with chalk ink  (this is the same stamp that was stamped all over the muslin bag).We look forward to seeing your Flowers/Handmade Flowers entries this fortnight.
Thank You for taking the time to visit.

Those Summer Days Spent In The Garden (FSC#28)

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It is that time when I can announce a new theme at Fashionable Stamping Challenge. For the next fortnight we are asking you to create Summer/Ice Cream Colours artwork. As always we embrace all styles of art but please remember that we are passionate about stamping at FSC and are looking for you to include  stamping on your entry. We have a wonderful prize up for grabs as always and you can find details of this along with rules of entry over at FSC where you will also be able to see the  amazingly inspirational DT samples from my DT sisters.
Oxford Impressions:- Le Jardin
and The Fairest Flower
Apologies for this being such a long post.My DT sample started life many weeks ago as a tag. When I had my Oxford Impressions’ Le Jardin set out for the Nature   challenge I also made a tag at the same time. The tag was then stored away and forgotten about until I read Ice Cream colours and that little lightbulb lit up over my head!  However I wanted a play so decided to use the tag as a spring board.
A Crafty Individuals Shabby Tag was stained and stamped before layering vintage book text, lace, etc.  I painted the femme with H20s.The mailer was painted and stamped repeatedly. The shabby bow, picot edged ribbon and pink lace were all dyed with the same colour.  I had been dying various items with tea and realised the pink colour was perfect for Ice Cream colour theme. Now we open the mailer. Stamped labels tucked inside a pocket alongside a pretty vintage playing card.We look forward to seeing your Summer/Ice Cream Colours artwork.
Thank you for taking the time to visit, all your visits are appreciated by me.

Women Of Strength (FSC Anything Goes)

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This fortnight at Fashionable Stamping Challenge we are declaring Anything Goes. There are very few rules at FSC but we do ask that you include stamping on your entry and no digis allowed. You will be able to read the rules and also what the prize is on offer at the FSC blog.
I had this canvas which I had altered some time ago for DT art for The Stampsmith, never having got around to posting it  and realised it fitted the FSC theme perfectly. I had selected three stamps from the Cleopatra and Friends plate and I also used a stamp from Cartolina Postale, a plate consisting of four large postcard stamps.
Dimensions:- approx 11.5″x4″The detail photographs should show you a peek at the texture I built up on the canvas base and the layers of colour. Tags, seam binding, lace, cheesecloth, whatever I could get my hands on were all dyed. Little scraps of whatever were to hand were added. On the main photograph you will see I edged the bottom of the canvas with a wide band of delicious lace. Portia, my absolute favourite stamp from this set. You will see her, in particular, turning up on future artwork that I had also made some time ago.
Visit the FSC Blog and you will be able to view the amazing art created by my fellow FSC DT sisters.
As always have some fun with this challenge but please remember to include stamping.
Thank You for taking the time to visit today, your visits here are always greatly appreciated.

Come Away With Me (FSC #26)

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I had a break from the previous fortnight at Fashionable Stamping Challenge so it is good to be back amongst my DT sisters. This fortnight Shirley is asking us to Let’s Get Messy and Inky. We welcome all nature of art at FSC but please remember to include stamping on your entry and of course, no digis allowed. As always there is a prize up for grabs so definitely worthwhile entering the challenge.
For my DT sample I selected an 8″x8″ canvas panel as my substrate. Now you might look at the finished result and not imagine it to be very messy or inky but my hands are proof that it was!
Gesso, walnut ink (dissolved crystals), Walnut Tintz, cream and portrait pink acrylics were applied to the canvas panel before stamping. Then I applied a stunningly ornate mask to create the pattern.  From there on I applied Golden Glass Bead Gel to the edges and once hardened Antique Gold acrylic was applied.
It might seem pointless to go to such lengths to then cover up with a large panel of lace but it is worth it as the lace allows a peek to the layer below and adds depth and interest.

All stamps – Oxford Impressions – Venezia This is an absolutely stunning set of stamps.

Then it moved onto decorating the top layer of the panel.
Dyed in baths of tea and coffee:- main panel of lace and lace to trim
Dyed in bath of tea with Distress Ink Tattered Rose – seam binding
Stained with Walnut Tintz – tassel.All of the stamped images (including the man and woman) were embossed with Distress e.p. and gold e.p. then the edges had paint smeared onto them. The piece of lace also had some acrylic treatment. Seam binding dyed and tied into a shabby bow to decorate some pendants. More of the dyed lace.  A metal fan painted with acrylics. This bead (thanks Sue) reminds me of the lanterns in old style lamp posts. and a white tassel stained to co-ordinate. We look forward to viewing your Let’s Get Messy and Inky artwork – I am sure you will have lots of fun with this challenge and messy fingers!
Please visit the FSC Blog (link at top of post) to read our rules of entry and to view the incredible DT samples from the other Fashionettes.  Would you like to be a Fashionette? If yes, then there is a DT call. All details are over at the FSC Blog.
Thank you for visiting and have a lovely Sunday.

Le Jardin (FSC#24)

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I am so happy to be back with  my FSC DT sisters for this fortnight’s Fashionable Stamping Challenge with the theme of nature. We are a challenge site that embraces all types of artwork whether cards, tags, altered art, etc but please include stamping on your entry.  As always there is a prize so definitely worthwhile entering. Please visit the challenge site for all rules of entry and to view my wonderful DT sisters inspirational Nature inspired artwork.
For some time I have had my eyes on the beautiful Le Jardin set by Oxford Impressions and so when the set arrived in the post from Suzanne I was keen to ink up the stamps.
Size:- 8″x8A total of seven stamps were used from the Le Jardin set.
Having a batch of stained tags in my stash saved time and I like the appearance of the tea/coffee stained tags juxtaposed against the pretty background paper and lace.
The largest tag hangs from a beautiful piece of driftwood which my lovely friend Dorthe sent to me.The flowers were tinted with Distress Markers (first use of the markers lovely Debbie sent to me for my birthday). I cut a flower from a piece of trim to adorn her hair.A smaller size tag which is embellished with a fabric bloom. I used Distress Stain to colour match to the lace and vintage playing card (it was pure luck as I only own one Distress Stain!)Whether it be an entry inspired by the garden or animals, have fun with this challenge.
Thank you for visiting this post. Have a lovely Sunday.

The Inventor

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Today it is time for a new theme at Fashionable Stamping Challenge. We are looking for Steampunk artwork this fortnight. We welcome all styles of art whether it be arty or cute or somewhere in-between but please remember that we are passionate about stamping at FSC so we are looking for some stamping on your art and no digi’s please.
I am incorporating another DT by using Oxford Impressions’ London Telegraph stamps. Now this isn’t the first time I’ve used this set and I did warn you at the beginning that I had made a selection of London Telegraph art. This piece is re-cycled altered art as I am sure you can recognise what I used as a base for my Steampunk tower!
I had fun attaching different bits ‘n’ pieces, hanging from the edge of the tower, a rusted chipboard key, elements stamped onto shrink plastic.
Sometimes we can become slightly obsessed when working on a project. This was one of those times when I wanted the large cogs and gears to be able to rotate. Now don’t ask me why as I have better things to do with my time than sit and spin gears!!!
I also used stamps from  Steampunk Elements. That lovely decorative, almost architectural element is from this particular set.  Two lightbulbs were coated with Sepia Glossy Accents and then cracked before I placed them back to back and inserted into the die cut cog (I have Alison to thank for her kindness for sending me die-cut shapes).

If you are a Steampunk fan then you can purchase Oxford Impressions’ Steampunk sets (and more) in the U.K. from The Craft Barn and for Continental Europe you can purchase from Art Journey and of course you can purchase direct from Suzanne’s Oxford Impressions’ on-line store.
Have fun with this challenge theme whether you create a masculine or feminine piece of Steampunk. All rules of entry (of which there are so few) are available at the FSC Blog (link at top of post) and you will also be able to view the stunning array of art from my DT sisters.
Thank you for visiting.

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