Tuesday, 27 July 2010

A key to the past...

Hello my Blogging Friends!

Just a quick and hopefully fairly short post (but we’ll see how we/I go before the end of the post…lol) about two projects I’ve made recently inspired by the August issue of the Craft Stamper. With this issue there was a free digital vintage image (on the web) which I absolutely adore and a really lovely flower stamp.

First, a card lift of the wonderful DT design with the free stamp by Katy Fox. I fell in love with this card the moment I saw it and I knew I had to try to make one myself. Absolutely fabulous design, don’t you think? ;-) For details on how to make it please have a look in the August issue ;).




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Now, following my fascination with that vintage image, here’s another project I wanted to share with you...







The colours have been inspired by this week’s PDCC #39 challenge with their inspirational trip to Dublin…

I hope the close up pictures show it a bit better, but the frame has been generously treated with fabulous Viva Decor texture pastes (Terra, Ferro and metal colours). In some places I stamped various images onto the paste and in some I just used a heat gun to get some bubbles for added texture. I also added a few tiny accents with Viva Decor Precious Metal, I think Pistachio was the colour, for that extra “zinc” as Sarah says. I started working on that frame during my last workshop at the Stamp Attic (textured book covers) which I still need to tell you all about! But that’s some other time ;).






The background for my project was made using TH’s emboss/resist technique where you first stamp and emboss an image and then colour using distress inks. The stamped image resists the inks and creates some fab results! Then I added a few more stamps for a collage effect and I was ready to move onto my embellies ;).


The keys are Maya Road and they have been embossed with a copper embossing powder for a bit of a rusty feel. The letters – well, you know about my scrabble letters addiction already! ;) This time I used some distress inks to the edges, a trick I “borrowed” from Lou, who I met during my last workshop at the Stamp Attic.



Then I added a slightly altered TH ornate plate (distressed with some black Stazon) and sand paper and also attached a home made/layered flower created with the Craft Stamper free stamp.




But I was still missing something…. I just needed that something extra to “lift my creation” off the ground (as it’s meant to be a hanging piece) and then I saw this photo on Moxie Fab World and I instantly knew what I needed!


I needed something that would be “dancing” and reflecting the light in lovely browny, ambery shades. So I used some dangly ribbon with lovely beads that I recently got from Dunelm Mill and my piece was ALMOST finished…




Almost, because I’ve hidden a small surprise in it….;-)









I am soooooo loving these stamps, mostly because I got them for free! The picture frame stamp I got as a free gift for having my LO published in the Scrapbook Magazine and the vintage metal Second Post stamp was thrown in for free when I did some wooping purchases for a fiver at a flea market ;-). 
I am usually quite critical about my crafty work but I am absolutely delighted with the way it turned out. I hope you like it too and that you’ve managed to last till the end of this not-so-short-in-the-end post! lol ;-)


Hugs to everyone!

Challenges for this project:
Moxie Fab World – Tuesday Trigger – Dancing Lanterns
PDCC #39 – Dublin style
CCCB # 15 – Garden Mail
OLLCB #59 - Birthday
Creative Inspirations #39 - Anything Goes

21 comments:

Kimberly S said...

You create such amazing projects that I'm compelled to read every word! This is just stunning Joanna. The colors are warm with a fabulous vintage look, and the embellishments are amazing (from the keys to the Scrabble tiles!). Thanks so much for the inspiration! :)

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

WOW---this is another fab entry!! I just love that metal frame in the corner--beautiful! What a great vintage look--all the details and embellies:) WONDERFUL:) Thanks for playing along and joining in the fun at the PDCC:)

Lisa Somerville said...

Such a creative project! Thanks for playing at the PDCC.

Wendi said...

Wow your creations are stunning that image is beautiful I'm so pleased you found us and shared with us at ooh la la this week thank you
Wendi

Anesha said...

Stunning creations!!!

Basement gal said...

Oh my goodness this is just sumptuous, I love the vintage feel. Thank you for entering the creative inspirations challenge this week.

Suzanne C said...

Wow this is one of those projects where you could spend some time looking through all the lovely details. Beautiful. Thanks for joining us at the PDCC.

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

She is a beauty! Thanks for sharing it with us at CCCB!

Linda Robinson said...

WOW, is all I can say, you have out done yourself.. I love it girly... so many details t look at. Thanks for joining us at CCCB!

june lanum said...

gorgous card, love the flower........thanks for joining us at the CCCB

Carol Q said...

beautiful Joanna. love the fabric fringing you used in your version and the TH emboss resist works brilliantly. I think it's one of the best CS stamps yet.

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Beautiful creations, a lovely vintage feel to them both I love them. So much detail too and I love the free stamps you have used. Just gorgeous. Tracy Evans x

Ruby said...

Joanna, I'm not surprised your cards take longer than 10 minutes, you put SO much work and detail into them. Yet another beauty again here, stunning job!! Thanks for playing along with us at the Play Date Cafe this week!

Sue Lelli said...

Key to the Past is so STUNNING! LOVE all of the details!

Deb Hickman said...

Wow two stunning projects. I love vintage and your vintage image is so pretty. The stamped flower you've made is beautiful, I must find mine out and have a go.

SuzanneK said...

Your work is stunning Kimberley. I would love to see you over at Let's Ink It Up Why not check it out here

Cheryl Nelson said...

stunning!! thanks for playing along with CCCB!

Joanne Leddy said...

Just beautiful! I love it!

Suzi said...

Wonderful creation, love the image and the colour combo. Thank you for joining us at Creative Inspirations this week.
Hugs
Suzi x

Cath said...

Hey Joanna! What a fun approach to this week's Tuesday Trigger in the Moxie Fab World! Thanks so much for playing along! :)

Sandy Ang said...

Such a beautifully vintagy collage. Love the texture paste effect and those scrabble-type tiles.

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