Tuesday 27 December 2011

Portrait of a Lady - Craft-Room Challenge DT Project

Hi, hope you all had a wonderful Xmas!  It's time for our next challenge, over at Craft-Room Challenge, already - Anything Goes.  By the way, the entries into the Die Cuts and Punches Challenge were gorgeous!  There's a £10 voucher to spend at Craft-Room, to be won in the random draw and as usual we will choose a top 3.

I decided to make a picture using one of the new Stampsmith stamps my o/h got me for Xmas, and an MDF collage frame I picked up at the HSNW festival in October, as a gift for someone:

Close Up
Showing a bit of sparkle
I painted the frame first, using chalk emulsion, stamped the CI flourishes in Stazon, then sealed it all using wood balsam, which has given it a lovely subtle shine - a technique I picked up from Paula over at Ephemera's Attic (thank you!).  Next, I cut some green pearlised card to sit in the centre recess of the frame, first wrapping some ribbon decorated with glittered circles around it.  I stamped the image, from the Stampsmith, in Stazon onto glossy card, mounted it onto black glossy card and just added some gems across the top of her dress, and onto her hat.  I glittered some roses and attached them behind the image.  The sentiment was stamped in Versamark onto glossy card, then embossed in WOW White Twinkle embossing powder and attached to the bottom of the frame.  To finish, I added some large black gems across the top.  Hopefully you can see some of the sparkle on the 2nd and 3rd picture.

Do check out the rest of the projects from my talented team mates over at Craft-Room Challenge for inspiration as they are truly wonderful!

I would like to enter my picture into the following challenges:-

The Stampsmith - Shimmer, Sparkle and Shine
Creative Inspirations Paint - Anything Goes
Mark's Finest Papers - Anything Goes
Stampotique Designers Challenge - Shimmer, Glimmer, Glitter, Glitz
My Mum's Craft Shop Challenge - Anything Goes
Stampin For The Weekend - Anything Goes

Have fun, and I look forward to seeing what you've created.

Maria x


Debi said...

beautiful Maria :-)

hazel said...

A gorgeous frame Maria, the image is beautiful and the colour is lovely.
xxx Hazel

Zoechaos said...

Gorgeous, the stamps on the frame match the period and feel perfectly wonderful project XOXO Zoe

craft-roomjulia said...

Ooooh, I really, really like this Maria. You are so very clever, and the queen of home decor, (and wall hangings) lol. The stamp is so lovely, was that one of your Chrissie pressies? Love it. Julia xxxxxx

Mervi said...

gorgeous, just love it!
Happy New Year;-))m

Jean said...

This is lovely Maria, The stamp is gorgeous and I love the subtle shade of green that you have used. Jean x

Gez Butterworth said...

Very pretty card :-) Thanks for joining us at Stampotique Designers Challenge.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful!!! x

Anonymous said...

Hi Maria
I wish I was the person who would be receiving this as it is stunning. I used this stamp a few weeks ago, for the first time and just love her.
Thanks for joining us at TSC. There will be a new challenge theme announced on the 9th of January so hope to see you then.
Good Luck with the Prize Draw.

Debbie said...

Beautiful card! LOVE this image and you made her shine! Awesome! Thank you for joining us at TSC. Best of luck in the prize draw!


Dolly Daydreams said...

That stamp is amazing and am always surprised how these look just like photo's . Beautiful work as ever Maria she sits so perfectly inside the lovely frame you have created.I should have known with a name like. " maz" you where a Scouser !!! That must have been one of the reasons I was drawn to your blog ( that and your gorgeous work of course ) wishing you and your family a fabulous new year.


Gio said...

This piece is so elegant!

Darlene said...

very classy looking ! great job.


Linda said...

So sophisicated, lovely card.

Gunn (Merete) said...

Fantastic project.So beautiful and elegant.
Thanks for joining us at SFTW