Tuesday 17 April 2012

Ink It! - Craft-Room Challenge

Hi, it's time for another challenge over at the Craft-Room, the last fortnight has passed very quickly indeed with wonderful Music themed entries (I don't envy Hazel choosing her top 3).  This time the challenge is:

Ink It!

and was chosen by the lovely Nikki  (please pop over and check out her fantastic creations).  She would like us to get inky and use rubber stamps only on our creations this fortnight, so no digi stamps allowed (although digital papers are fine if you wish). 

I picked up a few basic pine picture frames from the £1 shop a couple of weeks ago and decided to use one of these for my creation:

The inspiration for the colours came from a photo I took in Crete last year of the sun setting on the beach, so I tried to recreate the soft and peaceful look in my picture.

I lightly sanded the frame down and applied a couple of coats of gesso, then a couple of coats of Pebble Acrylic paint dabbler, then swiped on some Shell Pink, sanding in between each coat, to give a nicely distressed look.

For the image, I used distress inks in Dusty Concord, Milled Lavender, Spun Sugar, Wild Honey, Weathered Wood and Stormy Sky, and used them so that the image would capture a little of each.  I masked the image then, using the plastic bag technique in Craft Stamper a few months ago, stamped around the outside of the image and added a little white gen pen to the waves.  I attached to some mountboard and put inside the frame.

For the decoration of the frame I've used shells which I picked up in Crete last year - they came in a boat-shaped basket made from twigs, which I've also used, tied in a little bundle, and placed inside the frame. 
Our sponsor for this fortnight's challenge is:

who will be offering a voucher to spend at their store to one lucky winner!

The rest of the DT team have made really stunning creations to inspire you this fortnight, so please pop over and check them out, and we'd love you to join in.

I would like to apologise for not visiting blogs as much as I usually do.  We're getting ready to move house so things have been a bit mad to say the least:  packing, packing and more packing!  Hopefully life will get back to normality soon.

I'd like to enter this into Crafty Individuals Time For Summer themed challenge, and Simon Says Stamp and Show...Anything Goes.

Enjoy your week!

Maria x


Debi said...

just so lovely Maria, love those colours, Debi x

Yvonne Garner said...

Just gorgeous! So well done! Best,Yvonne

marion said...

This is so adorable and gorgeous ! Hugs, Marion

Jean said...

Beautiful little picture. I love the colours and lovely stamp. Jean x

Zoechaos said...

You have so captured the colours of your photograph here and created a lovely scene. XOXO Zoe

Anonymous said...

Right they say three is the charm well how about 6 cos that's how many times `I have tried to leave a comment !!!Love this beautiful piece of art Marie, such pretty colours reminds me of a lazy balmy Sunday afternoon. I have that stamp but it never looked that good. Great addition of the shells and drift wood, in fact Crete is where I met hubby 27 years ago. Will defo be going to Aintree on Thursday how about you !


Jean Hardy said...

Gentle and beautiful and so Summery. Thanks for joining us in the CI Challenge Maria. Jean

Ephemera said...

Hi Maria, this is gorgeous. The colours are absolutely magical. It reminds of a summers dawn when you know it is going to be a scorcher of a day. XX

Suzanne B aka brookfies said...

I love how you have gained inspiration from your marvellous sunset photo. Your piece of art depicts this perfectly..GORGEOUS! Suzanne xx

Vicky Hayes said...

I love the nostalgic feel of this Maria - all those soft colours blended together and then the distressed frame with the extra shells and twigs. What a beautiful piece! Best wishes with the packing up, hope everything runs smoothly for you. Vicky x

craft-roomjulia said...

Wow Maria, I love this so much. I can see how the photo inspired you with the colour choice. How wonderful that you have used the shells and twigs that you got in Crete, a beautiful memento. Julia xxxx

Asia King (aka Joanna K) said...

Absolutely gorgeous altered frame, the scene is just beautiful and the shading of colours just stunning! Beautiful work, hun! xx
Ps. I haven't forgotten ;)

hazel said...

This is so lovely Maria, You've captured the colours of your photograph beautifully.
xxx Hazel.

Anonymous said...

Maria thats such a subtle and gorgeous piece. Absolutely gorgeous
Hope you have a lovely weekend
Hugs June x

Anonymous said...

This is beautiful. I always like those colours used for beach inspired projects, it reminds me of faded shells and the colour of sand.
Beautiful use of the CI stamp.
Thank you for sharing with us at CI Challenge.

Mervi said...

hi Maria,
beautiful and inspiratonal photo and the memory frame is so gorgeous.
I think you find a good place for it in your new home,
happy packing-))m

Terry said...

Thank you for sharing your fabby creation with the DT from SSS and S, love the colors and your image Absolutely georgous .....good luck, hugs terry xxxx

Gio said...

Wonderful and very delicate piece, Maria!