Thursday 25 October 2012

With Gratitude

Hi, I hope you're enjoying your week.  This is a short post I'm afraid, and time is running short for me to enter The Stampsmith Challenge, with only a few days left.  The theme this month is  "With Gratitude", using at least one Stampsmith stamp on your creation.

My entry is a little wall hanger which I've made for someone as a thank you gift:

A heart-shaped piece of mdf, painted in white Gesso then covered in Viva Decor transparent Croco paste.  Once this stuff is applied, it needs to be left to crackle for about 24 hours.  This is the first time I've used it, and I love the result, it seems to self level.

A close up of the crackle
 The image I've used is Maude, and I've cut her out with a Spellbinders die, and matted onto a second die cut from Kraft cardstock, turned on it's side.  Pearls were added down the left side but I realised I didn't have enough for the other, so I used some lace instead.  A resin, glittered flower attached to the bottom, some minature roses attached onto some music paper and a shabby bow with some white chain strung behind the image and threaded through the bow, and left to hang down.  Some more shabby ribbon attached to the back to hang from.  Although not visible on the photo, Maude's lips have been tinted with a pink watercolour marker.  The back has been covered in some french vintage style dp, and edged with a gold gilding pen.

I hope you like it!

Bye for now, and I'll hopefully get my last two calendars finsished and uploaded over the weekend.

Maria xxxxxx


Jean said...

This is beautiful Maria, I love the image and the effect of the crackle background.All the lovely embellishments add to the charm of the finished piece.Jean x

Karen McAlpine said...

Love how the crackle finished turned out too!! Lovely wall hanging! Thank you for joining the Stampsmith challenge this month!!

Gio said...

Such a lovely and romantic piece, Maria.Very inspired!

Valerie H. Marshall said...

Absolutely stunning, Maria!! I love that it's a wall hanging - that's extra special! Thank you for joining us for The Stampsmith Challenge this month.
Val :)

hazel said...

Beautiful Maria and a lovely way to say thank you.
xxx Hazel.

craftingwithmabel said...

That is gorgeous Maria, whoever it's for is a very lucky person. I love the pearls and the lace, two of my favourite's so frothy and romantic, who's a clever clogs then? X

Can't wait to see the calendars X

Anonymous said...

I more than like this Maria.
Let's start with Maude who you stamped to perfection and I like that you die-cutted (is that a term?) her.
Gorgeous details, the flowers, ribbon, it is such a beautiful hanging.
Thank you for joining us at TSC.
Wishes and Good Luck with the prize draw.

Anonymous said...

Gosh that Karen is such a crawler !!!!! Hope you have fun with her on Saturday and don't dare believe anything she says... As for your beautiful hanging......sigh Maude is looking resplendent inside her crackled heart It truly is a beautiful piece Maria and I really love how you have placed the lace and the pearls, the pretty red roses are such a gorgeous pop of colour.


Lindsay Craftymonster81 said...

Wow! This is stunning, I love the pearls and lace around the edges and the vintage image is gorgeous
Lindsay xx

Linda said...

Maria, I love the heart shape and the crackled aged background. I really like the celluloid flower it reminds me of old buttons. I like how you used the pearls and lace. very nice.

Inky Angel said...

Hi Maria,
Your wall hanging is absolutely beautiful. Love the crackled background, it's so effective. The pearls and lace on each side of the heart are so elegant, perfect for the image you chose. All your creations are so lovely.