Sunday 1 September 2013

Inspired By A Song - The Stampsmith Challenge (GDT)

Hi, I hope you are all well and ok.  Those of you who know me or who follow my blog will know that The Stampsmith Challenge is a firm favourite of mine and that I absolutely love their stamps. A little while ago, I was extremely honoured to be asked to be a Guest Designer with them for the next few months, so I would like to say a big thank you!.  The theme for September is:

'Inspired By A Song'

With all the new mdf I recently acquired, I decided to make a wall hanging, which was inspired by the song by Martina McBride "In My Daughter's Eyes" - the words to this song are beautiful and so touching, and really took me back to that overwhelming feeling I had for my daughter once she was born.  She's 19 now and has made me a very proud nanna, and of course, that feeling always stays.

This was definitely a labour of love, lol.  The base was undercoated with Gesso, painted with a couple of layers of chalk paint (sanding in between), stamped with lots of words relating to Mother/Daughter, repainted, and sanded again. Around the edge, I used some Paperartsy Grunge Paste, stamped into with a CI crackle stamp, and then painted it with the same colour as the background, highlighting the raised areas with Treasure Gold in White Fire.  The trim across the bottom also has pearls added and a seam binding bow.

The gorgeous Stampsmith image, from the plate "Thank Heavens For Little Girls" was stamped in Coffee Archival Ink and matted onto some music dp, then onto Kraft.

All of the rolled roses I made myself from ribbon, and just added some pearls, a couple of paper roses, and a couple of resin ones.  The Tim Holtz Idealogy Hardware was also painted with chalk paint, and again, highlighted with White Fire Treasure gold (I love how this turned out) - the word 'family' (Making Memories) underneath the plate was covered with Decoart Crackle medium, and then inked to show the crackle a little more.  A vintage style cameo sits amongst the roses, as does a metal heart, which was also painted with chalk paint.

The Tim Holtz glass vial contains the words to the song rolled up tightly and hangs from some chain attached to the hardware above.

A couple of other embellishments such as a TH ticket and a sentiment bar across the top finish this off, along with a picture hook across the back to hang it from.

I hope you like it, and if you have any Stampsmith stamps, that you can join in with the challenge.

Thank you so much for your visit - I have been unable to visit recently due to a few personal problems, but I really appreciate the comments which you leave for me.  

Enjoy your week.

Maria xxxxx


Debi said...

Stunningly beautiful!! completely beautiful, Hugs Deb xoxox

Debbie said...

Gorgeous Marie! Love the pearl flowers and your fabulous details! Welcome to The Stampsmith!


Anonymous said...

Dear Maria
Welcome to TSC - I am so excited that you are a Guest Designer.
This is no less than I expected from you - exquisite creation and so touching, adore the way you added the lyrics to the vial, that is extra special.
Your daughter is surely so proud to have a Mum such as you.
You have whetted my appetite as I cannot wait to see what you create next month.

Jean said...

Hi Maria
This piece is so beautiful, I love the adorable image and all the lovely embellishments you've used, specially the ribbon roses.Great texture around the edge as well.
Jean x

chriscesar said...

Yet another gorgeous wall-hanging, I am loving the theme mother/daughter and all the embellishments you used!

Vicky Hayes said...

This is a gorgeous piece Maria and a lovely tribute to your daughter. I love the way you've embellished it with the vintage heart, cameo and roses and the song rolled up in the vial is a brilliant touch! Vicky x

Paper Profusion said...

Congratulations on your guest DT spot Maria - well deserved as you've been showcasing these stamps to perfection in your work. This is exquisite with the most beautiful detailing. I absolutely Love your design and perfect placement. Those rolled flowers are just gorgeous! It's such a very beautiful gift for Hannah - you can tell she is most cherished. Will email you, Nicola x

Jenny Marples said...

So beautiful and the perfect way to demonstrate why you were invited to be a GDT. Congratulations and WOW! Love this. Hugs, Jenny x