Friday, 27 February 2015

Artist Trading Blocks and Stampendous - Big Blog Hop Finale

Shabby chic ATB Artist Trading Block with birds nest with eggs
Hello Friends and welcome to the the big “block” hop day! It’s time to pull up your comfy chair and get comfortable with your favorite beverage (hot or otherwise) while you enjoy browsing through the projects inspired by this week's collaboration of Stampendous and Eileen Hull's Artist Trading Blocks.

My first project this week was this grungy, rusty, industrial Steampunk Drama Theatre set. If you've missed it, it's really worth checking out, even if I say so myself :). I really enjoyed making this ATB and dipping into my 'dark' side lol.

And if you haven't joined the hop yet, be sure to check out all the posts this week. The designers have shared some really outstanding projects - you don't want to miss this amount of creativity and ingenious inspiration!

And of course, we have prizes! We’ll choose three winners at random from the comments on all blogs in the hop. Then from those three we’ll randomly pick a GRAND PRIZE winner! Two of the winners will receive Stampendous PenPattern Petal and PenPattern Flutter cling stamps. They’ll also receive enough pre-cut, premium matboard from Sizzix to make two boxes, plus some extra pieces for fiddly bits! The Grand Prize winner will receive the stamps as above, a whole package of matboard, AND the Sizzix Scoreboards™ XL Square Box Die die to cut your own ATB boxes!
And if that wasn't enough, eligibility for these amazing prize packages has been extended to include international hoppers, too! I say 'yay' to that!


OK, so here's the project I prepared for today's Blog Hop Finale. This time I stayed well within my comfort zone and shabby chic nature. With the Spring just around the corner, I just couldn't get this idea out of my head - I had to have a bird's nest. I suppose I might still be under an influence of my fluffy Hummingbirds' Nest project :). Here is my block in its full glory.

3D mixed media block Stampendous Nestled bird

My focal image is this gorgeous Nestled Bird stamp. It may sound strange but this is actually the first time I've used this stamp, despite owning it for a long time. Somehow I've always felt intimidated by its beauty and serenity, and I was worried I could never do it justice. But I've finally grown brave enough to ink it up :). I coloured it using Inktense pencils and my colours were inspired by the patterned paper I used.

Inktense pencils Derwent water colour and Decoart crackle paint

If you look closely you'll see that I added lots of crackle texture all around my ATB. For that I used Old Paper Distress Crackle Paint and DecoArt Texture Crackle tinted with Titan Buff Fluid Acrylic paint. To tone them down and bring out the crackle even more I painted them with a wash using my Intense pencils.

Stampendous a Bird Sings CRH293 birdcages patterned paper

To cover my box I used the stunning 12x12" sheet from Prima Marketing  (Striking Appearance, Epiphany Collection). I adhered each side individually using Adhesive Sheets which have become my adhesive of choice whenever I want full side to side coverage. I then stamped a sentiment on a smaller piece of my DP with A Bird Sings stamp, framed it with White Photo Corners (painted with an Inktense wash) and popped over White 3D Thin Foam Squares.

Stampendous Angel Wings Quotes wooden frame Frantage

The sides of the block were stamped with the sentiments from the Angel Wings Quotes Perfectly Clear set. I added die cut wooden frames (a recent bargain find from The Works) which I swiped with Boss Gloss and heat embossed with with the Shabby Blue Embossing Enamel. Ooooh, I always love adding a bit of Frantage!

Prima marketing striking appearance epiphany collection

Inside the box I put some thick pieces of foam to fill it up so I could add my little nest with birds' eggs on top (another bargain from the Works). I also tucked in some natural 'grass' fibers and feathers and I added a spray with flowers and berries (another bargain find in the post-Christmas sales).

the works Decorative Easter Nests With Eggs and berries

Here are today’s participating designers - be sure to visit them all!
Asia King (you are here)

Asia King Under a Creative Spell Artist Trading Block

Thank you for stopping by today. If you've enjoyed your visit here, be sure to browse through my blog for other projects and ideas. And how about clicking the 'Follow My Blog' button on the right so you can stay up to date with my future crafty endeavours? :)

I'm back again tomorrow with a 'quintessentially British' make for Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L :). Until then, enjoy the hop and have a fabulously crafty Friday!

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Challenges for this project:
Vintage Stamping Challenges #29 - Spring Colours
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Anything Goes
Fashionable Stamping Challenges #92 - Colour Between The Lines
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes

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54 comments:

barbara macaskill said...

I don't know where to begin Asia! This is magnificent!! I love every little detail about this amazing creation!! You never cease to amaze me with your creativity! If you would be interested in selling this beauty I might be interested in purchasing it. Please let me know if you are and how much it would cost with shipping!
It would be an honor to display this in my Craft Oasis! Thank you so much for continuing to inspire me and sharing your talent with me!

Dee Ann Matthews said...

A beautiful ode to nature.

Susan Falkler said...

This is exquisite. I love anything with birds on it, and this looks so delicate and lovely. Thank you for sharing.

Pamellia Johnson said...

Simply divine! So shabby, so delicate, so soft...like a breath of fresh air on a spring morning! :)

christi said...

what a soft and delicate bird box. just gorgeous.

Eileen Hull said...

This is stunning Asia! And I know what you mean about having stamps and not using them because you are worried about doing them justice- well this did! Just beautiful- I love every detail! Thanks so much for working with my die and making it so pretty!

Redanne said...

Oh my goodness Asia, your shabby chic ATB today is just stunning, I love those adorable eggs!

inkedx2 said...

What a great home decor item. Love the shabby chic! This would look so cute in a sunroom. Thanks for a chance at the drawing.

inkedx2 said...

What a great home decor item. Love the shabby chic! This would look so cute in a sunroom. Thanks for a chance at the drawing.

Carol w said...

Lovely bird box, thanks for the inspiration!

Lea said...

Asia, I cannot imagine any stamp intimidating you! You certainly rocked this one! The ATB is just stunning! I love shabby chic and this is just perfection! Love!

Stampendous said...

Your designs are such thoughtful creations and this is one more fabulous piece. It's been a great block hop this week and thank you for sharing your gorgeous projects with us!

Stephanie said...

Oh Asia, this is absolutely stunning! The detail is truly magnificent and quite beautiful.

So glad you shared this at ROI - thank you, my friend :) Hugs!

cghundley said...

Oh how gorgeous
this is! Love all
the embellishments
you used.
Carla from Utah

Crafting Queen said...

Such a beautiful creation.

D.Ann said...

Yep, I DID see your FAB rust piece, bookmarked it and shared the link with friends who loved it, too!
This piece is so lovely and feminine... nice broad range of talent!!

Pam Hornschu said...

Wow, Asia! Another jaw-dropping piece. Love the shabby-chic, soft colors, soft embellishments, and your beautiful coloring. Btw, my birthday is in June...hint, hint.

Kirsten Alicia Sheridan said...

Wow, that is beautiful.

Noreen said...

What a pretty box! I love the colors!

Noreen
Crafty Journal

Ina Good said...

Well Asia your coloring and use of this stamp you no longer need to fear you nailed it!It is simply gorgeous atc box!

Sue D said...

This is gorgeous! I like the soft colors and the crackle finish.

Iris said...

So sweet - love the bird and the nest with the eggs.
isoscia at aol dot com

Pam Beatty said...

Gorgeous box,

Pam Beatty said...

Gorgeous box,

Jean Bullock said...

Wonderful stamping, coloring and embellishment. The color scheme is so pretty. I love the pearls - make me think of little eggs. Well done.

Wyvern said...

I adore this soft palette and all the lovely birds. You've added my favorite quote so I am in love with this block! Thanks for sharing your talents!

Scrappy quilter said...

Oh my I love it. I love the gentle colors.

Snoopy said...

What a fabulous creation!

Hugs,
Snoopy :D

Laurie said...

Oh I love this. Thank you for the wonderful projects.

LChippy76 said...

I'm partial to BIRDS/Flowers!!
Calming - Beautiful Colors!!
S W E E T !!! <3

Michelle said...

I absolutely love this! It's gorgeous!

Ros Crawford said...

Absolutely gorgeous!! I adore this!

Tracy Welham said...

So beautiful, absolutely gorgeous! Creative Blessings, Tracy x

Oxana Moupasiridou said...

This must be one of my faves from all the Artist Trading Blocks so far. It's good you used this stamp eventually, turned out amazing♡♡♡ especially combined with this Prima paper collection line

Mary Holshouser said...

This is beautiful. The bird sitting on the nest, the colors of the whole project, all of the other embellishments. Fantastic.
this would be a wonderful centerpiece for a wedding or shower.
thanks for sharing an amazing box.

BurningRubber said...

This is so yummy! I love the colors and all the embellishments.

Mrs.B said...

HI Joanna, this is such a beautiful creation with so much too look at Love the images and soft colours.
Thanks for sharing with us at FSC
Avril x

Bunny said...

Beautiful project. It looks as if it belongs in a nice cottage. I love the colors.

Dots Dabbles said...

Hi Joanna, Wow!!!
There is so much to love here...the delicate colours and ideas that have gone into it are simply beautiful. I really like how the pearl beads carry on from the eggs...a clever touch! And each side looks like the main side. Now, off to check out the 'hop'.
Thanks for joining us at Fashionable Stamping Challenges.
Dot x

MaryBeth said...

Love the soft colors, and those cute little eggs are just perfect.

danisart said...

Beautiful Design and wonderful soft color!!! Thanks for sharing it at FSC!!!!!

Irene Chillman said...

Such a beautiful project Joanna, thank you so much for sharing with us at Vintage Stamping Challenges.
Irene x

Suzanne C said...

Gorgeous! I love that stamp and you used it beautifully and the ATB with the mix of feathers and embellishments are so pretty! Thanks for playing along with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

cheiron said...

What a gorgeous creation! I love all those pearls. Thanks so much for joining us over at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge this week :)

HelenM said...

so pretty. makes me long for spring!!

Tenia Nelson said...

WOW!!!

A Pink said...

Such a delicate spring like atb ! Perfect for that special person at easter x

Judy said...

Such a pretty project. I love birds and the soft colors you used are super. I love your little nest and the eggs, etc. that you used. Thanks for sharing.

Meme said...

Okay Asia this is one more comment for you! Do not delete! LOL!
This ATB is absolutely stunning, gorgeous, sensational and every other beautiful word I can't think of right now!

Carol McCready said...

Your ATC is fabulous. Love those embellishments.

Steph Ackerman said...

Gorgeous, so soft and pretty.

Teresa Godines #6857 said...

Stunning! I love all of your little embellishments. TFS

Laurart said...

Absolutely stunning! I adore this! Thanks so much or joining us at Fashionable Stamping Challenges this time - Love from Laura xxx

Sandy said...

Lovely colors! Very soft and pretty.

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