Wednesday 2 January 2013

"Love" Wall Hanging

Hi, having had somewhat of an unintentional break over Christmas, it's now time to get back to it, and post the first of a few things I've recently made.  I hope you enjoyed the Christmas break and the New Year celebrations (my New Year's Resolution has to be to try to post twice a week, but once at the very least :-)). Ours was very quiet, but lovely as it it was our first Christmas with our little grandson, Ethan.

I'd like to share with you a gift I made for the lovely Karen at TLS, as she's just moved into a new home:

This was made using one of the offcuts of mdf I've had stashed away for a while.  It was undercoated with Gesso then a couple of coats of Chalk White chalk paint was applied, sanding between coats.  I then used various stamps to make the background, masking some of them and using the second stamping impression, and coloured the La Blanch rose stamps, which I've had for ages, with Inktense pencils.  Another coat of chalk paint over the stamping, followed by good sanding, and the background was finished:

I stamped "LOVE" from the Oxford Impressions large alphabet, adding some lace beneath, and screwed two little "o" hooks (used for curtain wire) into the top for hanging from (with some soft rope style cord), and one into the centre at the bottom, which I attached a TH pearl to. Other stamps used are by La Blanche (Rose stamps), Stampin' Up (Script), and Stamper's Anonymous/TH (Text Stamp).  Once finished the hanging was edged all the way round in Metallic rub on paste, using the 2nd spot along from the left - although not noticeable, this stuff is invaluable and crops up on so many creations.

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges:

Fashionable Stamping Challenge - Surprise Us (Anything Goes)
Live and Love Crafts - Something Old (mine are: La Blanche Stamps, mdf scrap, and vintage style)
Crafty Creations - Anything Goes
Ladybug Crafts - Anything But A Card
Loves Rubberstamps - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp & Show - Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations Paint - Anything Goes
Happy Daze - Recycle (I used a piece of mdf, which was an offcut from a builder at work, who kindly
                       saved me all the offcuts from the job :-))

I hope you like it.

Maria xxxxx


Debi said...

Beautiful Maz, so shabby so chic! Happy New Year- here's to a lucky 2013, Debi x

Holly AKA KopyKat said...

OMGosh this is so beautiful, I love it. Thanks for playing with us over at Loves Rubberstamps!!!

Anonymous said...

I know Karen loved it cos she told me so how lucky she is and am sure it will find pride of place somewhere in her new home. Such a beautiful and stylish piece and such a perfect and thoughtful gift. Wishing you and your lovely family a happy and healthy year and cant wait to meet up again

Take care


toni said...

Love the understated beauty of this a gorgeous make. Happy new year x

Laura Love said...

This is gorgeous! I may have to "CASE" this project because THAT would look so gorgeous in my house because that is my last name... LOVE :) Thank you so much for playing along with us at Loves Rubberstamps this week!

Jean said...

Hi Maria, I love the subtle background that you created here, and it has made a beautiful house warming gift.
Happy New Year, Jean x

Dangina Martinez said...

WOW, this is awesome! I have to try it. Thank You for joining us here at Loves Rubber Stamps and sharing your fabulous project. We hope to see you again next week.
Tons of Hugs, Dangina

Unknown said...

Very pretty wall hanging!!
Love the design!
Thank you for joining in on the Creative Inspirations Paint Challenge!

Anonymous said...

Hello Maria
A most beautiful gift you created for your friend to display in her new home.
Love your stamped background, subtle but adding that right touch and the use of the O.I. stamps (today I was stamping with the giant set for a Valentine project. As always your attention to detail with the perfect touches of lace and the pearl.
Thank you for joining us at FSC this fortnight.

Mrs.B said...

This is a gorgeous hanging, so delicate, love the addition of the lace.
Thanks for sharing your lovely creation with us at FSC.

Vicky Hayes said...

Wow Maria - I absolutely love this style where the images sort of 'ghost' through the paint. Your hanging has turned out beautifully. Vicky x

Sarah said...

The muted colours and stamping look wonderful. Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp & Show. Sarah.

Shanna Shands said...

Beautiful layering of stamps. This is a wonderful gift you made for your friend! Thanks for playing with LRS.

craftingwithmabel said...

I absolutely adore this, it has everything I like, wood, lace, pearl, vintage feel, beautiful sentiment etc and it's even beter because it's all mine! You don't know how much your lovely housewarming gifts have lifted my spirits. Every time I look at them it makes me think of your loveliness.
You're so talented Maria, looking forward to seeing you again soon.
Love Karen X

Sue said...

This is stunning Maria. I love the design with such beautiful delicate colours and gorgeous stamping. I am not surprised that Karen adore this so much!

Thank you for taking part in the Ladybug Crafts Challenge this month.

Maria said...

I'm so glad you like this Karen, i'm sure you will be really happy in your new home:-) see you soon xxxxx

Jacqueline Smith said...

What a fabulous wall hanging! Thanks for playing with us at Loves Rubberstamps!

scrapadinne said...

What a lovely wall hanger! :) Thanks for joining us at CCC this week! :)


Ink Art Designs said...

Hi, such softness! I love the thought that has gone into this and how so very feminine it is. I love it
Thanks for joining us this fortnight at Fashionable Stamping Challenges
Dot x

Elin said...

Hello Marie. A great wall hanger in vintage style :) Thank you for joining LLCs challenge this month.