Sunday 3 June 2012

The magic of The Secret Garden - Fashionable Stamping Challenges #23

Yeeepie!!! My LO is one of the top picks in the June challenge at the Crafty Individuals - yaaay!!!

Welcome to another FSC challenge! This time we are taking you to explore all things Mystical and Very Magical... Please remember to include lots of lovely rubber stamping and no digi stamps are allowed ;). As always our fabulous sponsor Marina from Cottage Crafts will have a nice treat lined up for one talented winner!

I thought I was going to really struggle with this challenge as I don't have any 'magical' stamps, no wizards, fairies and stuff.... So I was trying to tackle it from a different angle. I wanted to share one of the most magical times and feelings I've ever had ;-).

Two summers ago my DH took some lovely photos of me playing with my adorable nieces Kaja & Dominika. We had a fabulous, truly MAGICAL time playing in my auntie's garden. And the garden looked truly MAGICAL itself, with a beautiful array of flowers, butterflies and fully sunken in a gorgeous sun...

My inspiration was the LO by Tomoko Takahashi from the December '11 Scrap 365 and The Secret Garden - a film directed by Agnieszka Holland, that I watched a looooong time ago but which made a huge impression on me. 

The film was truly magical, mysterious and mystical in a way and that's exactly what I was hoping to show in my LO.

The background was created with lots of layers, stencilling and masking with acrylic paints and glimmer mists, 'napkin art' with fussy cut flowers and stamping. I used a gorgeous Jumbo Dahlia set from Stampendous and the lace stamp is from the Artistic Stamper

To add to the mystique climate of the page, I went 'wild' with the Fran-tage encrusted jewels technique. I used a selection of embossing powders and enamels heating them partly over a piece of lace and as my jewels, I sprinkled some sequins and wait for it.... crushed painted egg shells! 

You might recall I mentioned a while ago that I was going to use egg shells in my art. And so I did! I now have a small selection of colours and my collection is growing almost every day, with all my friends and work colleagues employed for delivery of egg shells lol ;).

The film strip and the tag tucked behind the pictures are from Crafty Individuals and I also added some die cuts from Marianne's Designs.

Make sure to check out all the magical inspiration from my DT Sisters! And I will be back soon to share with you how I've been celebrating the Queen's Diamond Jubilee :-))).

Happy Diamond Jubilee weekend to all!

Big hugs

Challenges for this project:
Stampendous Impressions (June) - Summer
Stampalot June - Bingo (lilac/purple, ribbon/lace, pink)
Crafty Individuals (June) - Summer's Ball
Simon Says Challenge - Anything goes
Happy Daze (June) - June Bug


Crafting Queen said...

Beautiful layout, love the textures and colours.

Netty said...

Beautiful and happy crafting. xx

Lynne K said...

Absolutely gorgeous layout! So much to look at, and so colourful. A great take on your FSC challenge, and thanks for sharing it with us at Sir Stampalot this month too.

Lynne x

Ephemera said...

Hi Joanna, love it such a beautiful layout. It certainly has a magical as well as a happy and summery feel. Gorgeous colours. Have a great evening. xx

Netty said...

Ooops came back to say thank you for playing along with us at Happy Daze with your beautiful LO. Annette x

Unknown said...

Such a beautiful LO Joanna! It looks like it is fresh from an English spring garden and what lovely pictures of you and your nieces.

Even though I live across the pond I celebrate with all Britons Queen Elizabeth's Diamond Jubilee. Long live the Queen!

Jean Hardy said...

Loving this layout - certainly very magical and a perfect Summer's Ball! Thank you for playing along in the CI Challenge. Jean

Terry said...

This is pure magic! What a brilliant take on this challenge and also quite lovely! Never would I have thought of egg shells, but boy does it work! This is a gorgeous layout!

febe said...

Gorgeous details and layout. Lovely set of images :)

seo somerset

Ink Art Designs said...

Hi Joanna...Such a wonderful take on magical and mystical! I have seen The Secret Garden movie, and your LO is a fabulous take on it. You look soooo happy in the pics...l love everything in this, a great composition and so much to see. I'm going back for another look!!! lol
Dot x

Janny Jager said...

Realy realy beautiful Joanna
I wish i have such a garden.

Greetings Janny

Ros said...

You certainly captured the "Magical" in this ... it's stunning and a joy to look at ... brilliant work!

Unknown said...

Love this.. Such a beautiful page. It has such a happy feel to it.. You know I love Happy! It really is an amazing page my friend..


Tenia Nelson said...

What an awesome layout!!! Thanks for playing the Stampendous! June Summer challenge with us!!!

Silvia(Barnie) said...

It's an amazing LO with a magical summer feeling.

Joanna Wiśniewska said...

Cudny. Piękny scrap i zdjęcia. Film i książkę również bardzo lubię.

Melinda Gleissner said...

Thank you joining us at the Stampendous Saturday Challenge. Your LO is exquisite. I love all of the layers and textures. It's really stunning.

Carol Q said...

fabulous layout Joanna. just goes to show you can never have too much on a page. so much eye candy!

Mrs.B said...

Hi Joanna, this is a beautiful layout, and your Secret Garden idea is a great take on the challenge. Looks like you had a very memorable magical day.
Enjoy the rest of the weekend.
Avril xx

Andrea said...

wow what a beautiful layout your colours and design capture the you I loved the secret garden and I hope this brings you lots of happy memories of that special day thank you for sharing this with everyone

Brenda Brown said...

This is just gorgeous Joanna, such a fabulous design with lots of beautiful embellishments. I love it and your take on the theme.
Hope you have enjoyed the long weekend.
hugs {brenda} xox

kassa said...

Beautiful picture story layout, looks like a picture postcard. Lots of beautiful eye candy in sweet pea colour tones, magical.

Ruth said...

This is such a pretty page. Now I must watch Secret Garden again! Thanks so much for joining the Sir Stampalot challenge this month, Ruth :)

Tracy said...

Gorgeous Layout, thanks for joining Sir Stampalot’s challenge, good luck.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Sally H said...

Wow! A fabulous LO! Thanks for joining in the Bingo fun at Sir stampalot this month and good luck!

Val said...

Fabulous piece of work. Love it.

Rita said...

What a stunning page Joanna. The colours are beautiful and reflects a summer garden so well. Hugs Rita xxx

May said...

Fabulous layout Joanna.. love the colours, flowers combined with wonderful happy pics.. Perfect Hugs May x x x

Tindaloo said...

wonderful creation and I rembember that movie too ~ love it, as well as the book wich was one of the first my mum gave me as a child :)

Shirl said...

Wow this is just scrummy, soft delicate and really magical.

Hugs Shirley x x

Daniele said...

such a wonderful Layout, love how you incorporated the tag and film strip, love all the scrummy texture, thanks for joining us at Crafty Individulas

Melinda Gleissner said...

I heard some exciting news today and just wanted to pop over and say welcome! Congratulations on becoming a BlogStar! It will be great getting to know you.

Sam & Poppy said...

Stunningly beautiful Joanna.
Thank you for joining us at Happy Daze, good luck :o)
Sam x

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