Tuesday 21 August 2012

Sweet Memories - Charms and/or Pins for Craft-Room Challenge

Hello, I can't believe how quickly have the last two weeks gone!  Over at the Craft-Room Challenge, your Fashion entries over the last fortnight were stunning - it's so lovely to see your different styles.  It's now time for a new challenge , and this time it's Nikki's turn to choose the theme (please check out her blog to see her fantastic creations).  Nikki would like to see us use:

Charms and/or Pins

I decided to alter/decorate a double wooden arch in some lovely pastel colour acrylic paints which I recently picked up:

The bare arch had two coats of gesso and a light sanding, then was painted (two coats again) of Docrafts acrylic paint in Linen, with a little Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabber in Shell Pink, with more sanding in between coats for a nice, smooth stamping surface.  I stamped the two images in Coffee Archival Ink, masked them, then stamped the background (TH Papillion) in Archival Ink in Pale Ochre.  Some more acrylics in green & pink were diluted down to make a bit of a translucent wash, then used to colour the images.  When these were dry I applied crackle medium to just parts of the images, and seed beads in copper for the centres of the sunflowers.


Two silver butterfly charms were embossed -  the left one with Aged Ivory embossing enamel and the right one with Shabby Green embossing enamel.  Aged Ivory embossing enamel was also added around the edges of the arches, some lace dyed with distress stain added along the bottom, and a few flowers with little pearls and a couple of hat pins to finish.

The stamps I've used for the two main images are Crafty Individuals CI-188 on the right, and Chapel Road Artstamps (Artishapes) on the left.  

This is quite a colourful piece for me, lol!

Our challenge this fortnight is sponsored by:

(click on the pic to visit their online store - they have the most gorgeous stamps and goodies!)

The rest of the Design Team have made absolutely stunning creations to inspire you - please pop over to the challenge blog and have a look!

Some challenges I would like to enter this into are:

Fashionable Stamping Challenge - Summer Ice Cream Colours (just think Raspberry Ripple and Mint   
                                                    Chocolate Chip, with some sprinkles!)
Creative Inspirations Paint  - Anything But A Card
Moving Along With The Times - Shape Up With Anything But Square
Ruby's Rainbow - Butterflies

Enjoy your week, and I look forward to seeing how you use your charms and pins!
Maria x


Desire Fourie said...

Maria I just love this. The colours and layout are just perfect. Hope you are having a fab Tuesday. Hugs Desíre Doing Life Digistamps4Joy DT Member Tammys Scrapin Corner DT Member

Suzanne B aka brookfies said...

Morning Maria...hows the little man? Your arch is gorgeous and the embossed butterflies are perfect! Suzanne x

Gio said...

Your arches are so delicate, Maria.

hazel said...

This is so beautiful Maria, the colour is lovely and the butterflies are fab.
xxx Hazel.

Basslady said...

this is so brilliant and awesome!

thanks so much for playing along with us at Ruby’s Rainbow Challenges!

hugs and kisses from germany,
silvi xoxo

Ang C said...

An absolutely beautiful creation

Thankyou for joining us at Ruby's Rainbow for our Butterfly challenge

Hope to see you again soon

Ang x

marion said...

such a gorgeous project, love the vintage touch. HUgs, Marion

Zoechaos said...

Gorgeous though how you managed it between nappy changes, late night feeds and cooing Nana duties is beyond me. XOXO Zoe

Esther said...

This is beautiful Maria, such gorgeous soft colours and love the embossing...Thanks so joining in at FSC ! Esther xx

Silvia(Barnie) said...

That's a wonderful project, love the soft colors. Thanks for joining us at FSC.

Anonymous said...

Hello gorgeous ! Can't seem to get my email to go to you for some reason so will just have to say my bit here. Thanks for your lovely email. So lovely to hear from you nana Maz I hope all is well with Hannah and her gorgeous baby. What a coincidence my sisters daughter is also Hannah and she had a baby boy last year must be something in the water. Love this beautiful piece of art ,Beautifully embossed and such gorgeous delicate colours, have really missed seeing your beautiful work and also you great posts look forward to meeting up again soon.

Take care


chriscesar said...

Fantastic things on your blog!!!!!!
I just join the craft -room group and I am happy to see such a lot of beautiful things all around!
Y ou can see my cards on facebook page "Chris cartes et patchs"
Have a good day

Netty said...

Loving your pretty arch with its beautiful seed beads, love those. x

Sandie said...

Really sweet project, love the pins and the beads in the middle of the flowers, really finishes your creation ... great having you take part in the Creative Inspirations Paint challenge ..

shaz earl said...

Fabulous creation!

Thank you for joining in the fun at Ruby’s Rainbow challenges for our * Butterflies * challenge

Hope you will join us again
Hugs Shaz x

Shell Shearer Swinscoe said...

Gorgeous creation, just love the soft vintagey feel you have created!

Thank you for sharing with us at MAWTT, good luck!
Hugs Shell xx

Jacq said...

Hi Maria,
Oh these Arches are just Absolutely Beautiful!!! Love the vintage feel to them, the colour scheme is just perfect. Love the images and the embellishments. Just Gorgeous. Thanks for joining us at Ruby's Rainbow and Good Luck. Hope to see you joining us again.
Hugs Jacqui xxx

Anonymous said...

Hi Maria,I just love the faded appearance as though time has faded the colours from it, just such a gorgeous and appealing treatment and beautiful use of stamping.
Thank you for sharing this beauty with us at FSC.

craft-roomjulia said...

Hello Nanna Maz, don't know how you have managed to get this done with everything that is going on with that beautiful grandson of yours. I love how you have used the colours to create such a delicate effect,the butterflies are absolutely gorgeous, in fact it's all gorgeous. Julia xxx

Ephemera said...

Hi Maria, this is gorgeous, love the beautiful soft shades of pastel colours, they work so well with your choice of stamps, lovely embossing, and vintage shabby styling. Have a lovely day. xx

Terry said...

The soft colors and lace trim is so pretty in this wooden arch! Love the added sead beads! Thank you for joining us at Fashionable Stamping Challenges.

Mrs.B said...

Hi Maria, This is beautiful, love the soft colours and beautiful images.
Thanks for joining us at FSC
Avril xx

Gail Is This Mutton? said...

Fantastic work!

Yvonne Garner said...

Hi Maria! What a lovely ice cream colored arch project you have created. I could sit and study it for hours. Thanks so much for joining us at FSC! Bet wishes, Yvonne

Jean said...

This is just beautiful Maria, pretty colours and lovely images. I love the look of the embossing powder you used.Jean x