Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Heat Embossing - Craft Room Challenge DT

Hi, I hope you're all coping well with the heat here in the UK - I daren't moan, as I really don't like winter one little bit!  At the Craft-Room Challenge, we launch a new theme for the next fortnight, which has been chosen by our lovely and very talented hostess Suzanne, who would like to see:

Heat Embossing

Suzanne says:
I selected my theme based on the past couple of summers we have had here in the UK - which have been far from good.  I thought we may do with a bit of "heat" although if we are at present experiencing a heatwave then the theme may prove a little unpopular as the last thing we will all want is to get those heat guns out ...whoops!  However I would love to see your heat embossing on your crafty projects......

Now, I will admit to getting my challenges mixed up this fortnight, and actually made the next one instead (so you will now see that in 2 weeks!), so I had to get my skates on.  This is what I made/altered:

I used a shabby chic style mdf heart which I picked up as part of a set of two from Dunelm Mill for  just £1.  I decided that the patterned side would be the back, and I altered the plain white side.

On the actual heart I used Versamark ink to stamp parts of the La Blanche rose around the edge, then embossed with clear ep.  Colour was added with alcohol ink mixed with blending solution on my craft mat and stippled on with a stencil brush.  I ironed the clear embossing back off to reveal the roses in white.  It has a gorgeous, and very shabby, appearance around the edges which happened without me even trying!  I'm going back to stock up on these, lol!

The SU sentiment was also stamped in Versamark onto a piece of painted chipboard, then embossed with gold ep.  Metallic paste has been used on the edges of both the sentiment panel and the heart itself. 

A SU brad was added to embellish, along with a seam binding bow at the top of the heart.

This fortnight we are very kindly sponsored by one of our regular sponsors:

We are also joined by our Guest Designer for July, Helene aka 2am Scrapper - please visit her blog if you haven't already done so, as her creations are fabulous.

For a little more inspiration, please pop over to the challenge to see what the other ladies have created for you - they really are beautiful makes.

I hope you enjoy the rest of your week and the beautiful weather were having, if you're in the UK.  
Thank you for your visit :-)

Maria xxxxx

Sunday, 14 July 2013

A bit of fabric.....

Happy Sunday!  I hope you're all enjoying the sun we're having (if you're here in the UK) although it can be a bit too hot to do very much!

I'd like to share with you a little wall hanging I made quite some time ago, however I didn't finish this until a couple of days ago, when I added some colour to the image, a button, a piece of lace across the top, and the seam binding bow and clear pendant:

This was made using some left over canvas, some greenish lace across the middle, a fabric doily, and some beaded trim from Dunelm Mill (I think).
The CI image was stamped onto a piece of white cotton, mounted onto another piece of calico, and colour added to the dress and hair bow with a copic marker - a tiny pearl was added to the centre of the bow.

The three loops at the top are made from carpet tape and inserted into the top seam before stitching, then a thin pole threaded through - it can either be hung from one hook with the twine attached, or two hooks, one for each end the thin pole.

I added a vintage style button from our local market and the seam binding bow at the top was dyed with Iced Spruce DI.  The beautiful clear pendant which hangs from the bow, and the layer of lace across the top of the hanging, which sits directy underneath the bow, were gifts from a very lovely friend, Lynne from Adorn - thank you so much Lynne.  Please pop over to see Lynne, if you haven't already, as she makes the most beautiful vintage creations.

My 2nd anniversary of blogging came and went a couple of months ago without me even realising (probably due to some health problems which have also impacted on my commenting, however I will explain properly at a later date) but I do intend to have a little giveaway in a few weeks time so please watch this space!  It won't be huge, but I promise that it will be nice!

I would like to enter this into:

Simon Says Stamp and Show - A little Stamping

Don't forget, the theme at the Craft-Room this fortnight is Vintage Rubber Stamping, so if you can join in then please do!

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday, and the coming (sunny!) week, and thank you for your visit which I sincerely appreciate.

Maria xxxxx

Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Vintage Stamping - Craft-Room Challenge DT

Hello, I hope you are all well.   Oh my, the weather is HOT (here in UK)!!!  It's also forecast to last the week.  It's great if you're lucky enough to get out in the garden and just relax.  We had some amazing entries into Zoe's "Blue & Yellow Make Green" theme over at the Craft-Room Challenge, but unfortunately, a few didn't meet the challenge criteria.  I found it really inspiring to see the very different creations using just the same three colours.

This fortnight, it is my lovely friend Julia's turn to be our hostess, and she has chosen the theme of:

Vintage Stamping
(No Cute Creations Are Allowed This Fortnight)

I do love vintage, and decided to use an mdf frame for my creation:

After an undercoat of Gesso, I painted my frame with two different shades of chalk paint, did a bit of stamping here and there with some shabby dots and script, and applied another light coat of paint.  I got a bit carried away, lol, and did a bit of sponging over the top to get a mottled effect, but this has more or less covered the background stamping.  The border has a bit of dry brushing with light over darker, then a bit of Walnut Stain DI blended through with a wipe.  Edged with Walnut Stain and Metallic rub-on, it gave it a lovely worn look.

The gorgeous dress was stamped onto cream card, then again onto fabric and pieced over the one stamped on the card.  This stamp, by Stamps Happen, was one of the first I ever bought and I absolutely love it.  There is another similar one called "Vogue" that I would really love, so I must keep an eye out for it, as they'd look great together.  The other stamps are by Stampin' Up (corners, title, & shabby dots), Oxford Impressions (remaining 3 stamped panels), and Stampers Anonymous (almost invisible background script!).  The edges of the main stamped panels have been smeared with Walnut Stain DI, then Colonial Metallic Rub On.

This was finished off with a couple of pieces of lace, some tissue tape, and a vintage metal flower trinket (Prima) with an Eiffel Tower charm hanging from it which was mounted onto some script-stamped muslin, and a piece of the same fabric used for the dress (Laura Ashley).

Our very kind sponsor for this fortnight is:

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who manufacture chipboard in all sorts of shapes, sizes and themes.

Our Design Team have created the most gorgeous projects to inspire you for this fortnight's challenge, along with our Guest Designer for July, Helene aka 2amscrapper from Lotsa Scrap - please visit her blog as she is a very talented lady.

Thank you, as always, for dropping by and enjoy the rest of your (sunny) week.

Maria xxxxx