Saturday, 4 February 2012

I love Paris in the spring time... and embracing my crafting style

Over at Flying Unicorn, there is a fabby new challenge Embrace Your Crafting Style.

To take part in the challenge you are to:

1. Make something that expresses your unique, personal crafting style.
2. Write a short description about your crafting style.

I've never realised how difficult it would be to describe my own style... probably because I love experimenting and trying new techniques. But I think there is one common theme that appears in the items I make...

So here it is... whether it's cards or altered items they are usually quite feminine and have a vintage, distressed flavour. I also sometimes think of my pieces as a mix of French country style & opulence with a splash of colour ;). Whichever way to describe it, when I'm under a creative spell ;) I always try to pour a little bit of "magic" into the piece I am working on...

I love rubber stamping and I love to decorate my crafty makes with inks, paints or shimmer sprays. I also am fascinated by time elements, flowers and butterflies and love incorporating them in my pieces. 

So now onto my project...

It's an altered frame I got a long time ago in a charity shop. I just loved the shape of the frame!

Now, you might remember that in my previous post I said I was working on something that made me take my tissues out lol ;).

Or napkins? Well, it's a tissue paper of some kind anyway ;).

First I covered the whole frame with tissue paper and used watered down PVA glue as an adhesive and to varnish. When dry, I sprayed the frame with the gold cosmic shimmer mist.

The background paper was also covered with the tissue and dry brushed with matt emulsion paint. This gives a nice washed out, chalky finish which is lovely to stamp on.

I then stamped this beautiful Stampendous stamp (my recent treat, courtesy of the Stamp Man challenge lol) and coloured it with Inktense pencils.

Using TH dies, I cut some leaves from a leaf textured paper and made some flowers from Papermania papers. Then I added some more Prima flowers, a vintage button and some hat pins. The seam binding and the cheese cloth were coloured with inks and glimmer mists.

That's all from me for now. I hope you enjoyed this little insight into what I believe my crafting style is... well, you may choose to agree or disagree! lol ;) Either way - I'd love to hear what you think!

Enjoy your weekend!

Big hugs

Flying Unicorn February - Embrace Your Crafting Style
Stampendous Impressions - Texture
The Stamp Man Challenge - Embellish it
Hotshot Craft Challenge #3 - Flowers
Wags 'n Whiskers #72 - Home decorations
Aud Sentiments Challenge #47 - Anything but a card with a sentiment
DYSU Challenge #57 - Anything goes
Divas by Design - Anything goes
Whimsy Stamps Inspirations Challenge #24 - Make your own flowers
Die Cuttin' Divas #50 - Anything goes
Party Time Tuesdays #53 - Anything goes
Make It Monday #74 - Anything goes
Splendiferous Creations Bloggers Challenge - Alter It and blog hop:


Brenda Brown said...

This is stunning Joanna and yes just your style. A bit of shabby, a dash of vintage and definitely a splash of femininity. Great piece
{B} xox

Flutterby Trina said...

How stunning is your creation!?! OMW! I wish I could join but I can't find my style... I'm going in so many directions right now.... Thanks for sharing with us your gorgeous creation! x

StampendousGraphics said...

Joanna, WOW! This is an incredible creation. More than a "bit" of magic went into this one! Thanks so much for sharing it on our blog!! What a treat to see such a fantastic artist at work. Good luck!

Lisa Somerville said...

Stunning altered frame! Just love how you embellished the frame with the napkins and your added lovely blossoms! Thanks for playing along with the Bloggers Challenge!

Chrissy said...

This is so beautiful Joanna, so elegant, and the colours are gorgeous....beautiful work.
Thanks for sharing at Make it Monday...


Denise said...

Omgosh Joanna..this is so stunning! I love how you used the napkin to do this..I must try this..this is so unique!! TFS with us at Flying Unicorn! I adore your style!!

Dots Dabbles said...

I agree with Brenda...always lots of femininity. But what I like the most is that you DO have your own style and aren't afraid to express it :)
Dot x

Eileen said...

Ooooo I am just blown away by this .... so very, very lovely and beautiful...I want to make one too! I love it, love it,love it ! Gorgeous work xxxxxx

Eileen said...

OOooo I am just blown away by this. Very, very lovely and beautiful. I want to make one too! Love it,love it,love it. Gorgeous work. xxxxxx

Linda R said...

What an amazing frame. I have to say I just love your style. I love the way you always add lots of yummy layers. I do hope your having a happy weekend my friend..

Hugs, Linda

Sue C said...

Absolutely gorgeous Joanna ! I've had to make a very close inpsection, the dry brushing with the matt emulsion is something I will definitely have to try. I think you've definitely found your style. Sue C x

lainey said...

This is absolutly STUNNING Joanna, I love it!!! lainey x

May said...

STUNNING Joanna, your style is Perfect just love your creation, Hugs May x x x x

Meggymay said...

Oh my, its stunning, love the frame, your style is written all over this fabulous piece.
Yvonne x

WencheP said...

This is beautiful, love the flowers. Thanks for joining us at Do You Stack Up.


Lisa M said...

If this was in a store near me, I would buy it! If there was someone else that wanted it, I would probably have to fight them for it! LOL
This is jaw dropping gorgeous. REALLY love your style. It's difficult to "categorize" one's self, but whatever you do, keep doing it!

Thank you for playing along with us at Make It Monday!
Remember, for a chance to win the prize from our sponsor, leave a comment for another entry and mention that you saw them on Make It Monday.
Lisa xx

Ros said...

You are so creative ... this is fabulous ... I love how you made this and the stamping is just perfect!

Eskimo Frosting said...

Absolutely stunning. I really love the vintage feel of your project.

Thank you for joining us this week at Diva's by Design.


Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Absolutely stunning Joanna. Tracy x

Vee said...

Stunning Joanna, I love this I have done this technique before and forgot about it as it was an eon ago lol. Now you have just revived the urge for me. Hugs Vee xx

craftymum said...

This is beautiful!

Thank you for joining us at HSC for our flower challenge

Hugs Sarah

p.s. I have mini blog candy on offer for old and new followers

Silvia(Barnie) said...

A wonderful altered frame in great colors and beautiful details.

Evelyn S. said...

Thank you for the beautiful close-up images of your altered frame creation! It's truly fabulous.

Ani said...

Beautiful project! I love your handmade flowers! Thanks for playing along at Whimsy Stamps and good luck! Ani

Cindy Adkins said...

Oh WOW, how completely gorgeous!!! I think it's hard to determine styles because we probably change and go through learning different techniques...all I know is that this is exquisite! Thanks so much for linking up!!!

Michelle B. said...

FAB project, beautiful, creative and stunning! Thanks for joining us at Aud Sentiments!

Mary Jo said...

You definitely applied the magic to this project! Absolutely gorgeous! Thanks for joining us at DYSU.

Deb Neerman said...

WoWzA, this is gorgeous!!

Nigel said...

Your style is your own, and it's fantastic, so keep on being you :)


laney said...

WOW!!Super Frame just gorgeous!! thanks for joining us this time at Diva's would love to see you next week too

Your Craft Book said...

Whom could not love anything French, lovely creation thanks so much for sharing, Maureen

princesskitten said...

Beautiful treasure to keep

kitten - DYSU team

Lynne Moncrieff said...

Do you really want to know what I think of this Joanna .....DIVINE!!

Julia S-W said...

I adore this frame - how clever to come up with such a gorgeous piece! I'm very new to blogging and the more I look, the more inspiration I'm getting from people like you! Thank you. Julia

Dragonlady said...

Wow your creation is stunning, I love the colours and I think you summed up your style perfectly. You are truly an inspiration. Thank you for sharing at Aud Sentiments "Anything but a card" Challenge.

Hugs Ali x

Ephemera said...

This is absolutely gorgeous, I love it, such beautiful colours. I have been lusting after that stamp and now I want it even more and that frame is simply stunning. XXX

Ephemera said...

Me again :-) I was sure I was a follower of yours but I seem to have disappeared. I think this has happened on some other blogs too. Or perhaps I am just getting forgetful in my old age LOL

lainey said...

Congrats Joanna on making the top 5, not surprised to see your name up there :) lainey x

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