Monday 20 May 2013


Hi, it's been a little while since I've posted anything other than my DT projects, or got around to visiting your blogs, so I do apologise.  Unfortunately I have a sleep disorder which thankfully, due to medication, is now getting under control, so I am hoping to start a bit more active now.

I didn't get to join in with The Stampsmith Challenge last month, which I was disappointed about, but I've managed to make a little something for their current challenge "Tick Tac Toe":

At the Port Sunlight stamping fair last week, I bought a pack of metal hearts in two sizes, so I've used one of each for this.  I started out by embossing twice in Stampendous Aged Ivory embossing enamel on the large heart, then ran it through my Bigshot.  I then used gilding wax on the raised areas and went around the outside with a gilding pen, and added a bronze pearl at the bottom.

For the smaller heart, I covered both sides with some cream card.  On one side, I coloured it with Iced Spruce DI then overstamped a SU flourish background with the same ink. I then attached Juliet and coloured with the Iced Spruce again, and added a little Distress Stickles, then attached a ribbon bow to the bottom.

For the other side, I coloured with Antique Linen DI and blended a little Iced Spruce in with it.  I then stamped the same flourish with a 2nd impression in Coffee Archival Ink, and embossed the SU word "Imagine" in gold ep.  I then edged both sides with a gilding pen again, attached both hearts together with some chain and rings, and hung with some ribbon.

I've left the back of the large heart plain so you can see it plain, but embossed.

This is a gift for a friend, so I'm really hoping they like it, as my mojo has been lacking more than a little lately!

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

Creative Inspirations Paint - Anything Goes
Eclectic Ellapu - Anything Goes
Stamping Sensations - Embossing and Texture

Right, I'm off to do some commenting, then to make a start on visiting your blogs to see what I'm missing :-)

Enjoy your week, and thanks for your patience!

Maria xxxxx


Paper Profusion said...

So lovely to see you back Maria - your mojo didn't stray far at all as it is well and truly working brilliantly. This is absolutely beautiful! Both sides of the hearts are divine and so elegant. A very precious gift that I'm sure your lucky friend will treasure. I do hope you keep improving on the meds. Big hug to you - Nicola x

Elaine’s Card Crafting said...

Stunning, unique and really beautiful work! Thanks for joining in at Eclectic Ellapu!

Elaine (DT) xx

Words and Pictures said...

Gorgeous texture and gilding, and of course Juliet is gorgeous too - a beautiful creation!
Alison x

chriscesar said...

Happy to see your new creation, hope everything right now!
These hearts are so lovely, your friend will be happy with such a gift!

Gio said...

Hope you feel better, Maria.

Your heart is so lovely and sweet!

Jean said...

Maria this is so beautiful, I love the hearts and the way you have embossed and decorated them. Your friend is going to be delighted. I hope you are feeling much better now.
Jean x

hazel said...

This is beautiful Maria - your friend will love it.
xxx Hazel.

pinky said...

Stunning creation Maria! Thanks for joining us at Stamping Sensations.

Claire Dale said...

Love your creation! Thank you for joining us at Ecelctic Ellapu this week!
Claire xx

brenda said...

A super creation Maria, a lovely image and it looks very rich with the gold embossing.

It's great to see you at Stamping Sensations challenge, thank you so much joining us.

B x

Ephemera said...

Ooooh Maria this is just so gorgeous, just love your exquisite heart duo. xx

Unknown said...

Gorgeous & so creative!
Thank you for joining in on the Creative Inspirations Paint challenge!
Michelle, dt team

Shea said...

This is stunning! You've given me some great ideas, and it's clear that you've gotten your mojo back - this is so unique and beautiful! Thanks so much for joining us this week at CI Paints!

craft-roomjulia said...

Hi Maz, wow this is wonderful. I love how you have embossed then put through the bigshot, I def will be trying that one. A fabulous project. Julia xxxxxx

Anonymous said...

It is gorgeous and I am so lucky to have this on display.
Beautiful, beautiful use of the Juliet stamp.
Thank you Maria, for gifting me this piece of art, I hope you know I will treasure this.