Thursday 11 April 2013

Paris in Springtime

    Hello everyone! Thanks to all of you who visit my blog and leave such lovely comments - I do appreciate you taking the time to visit - I will try and improve my visiting rate (it will be easier after the school holidays have ended!)

      Frilly and Funkie is a challenge I can't resist...The DT makes are so inspiring that by the time I have finished looking at them my head is buzzing with ideas. This creation, I am afraid, is a slight replica of 'Any eggscuse for chocolate'....I wanted to use acrylic paints for this challenge and as my Distress paints hadn't arrived at the point that I made this, I had to use my Fresco Vintage lace and French Roast. Luckily I love the colours and I felt they were ideal for this challenge but after I finished I realised just how similar the creation was to my previous Frilly and Funkie entry.

    So please forgive my lack of range of colours at the moment and lets see the Paris in Springtime creation.......

       I bought the wood heart decoration from the Range (another £1 bargain) and painted it with a coat of French Roast Fresco paint at the top and bottom. I then covered this with a thin coat of crackle glaze and then applied Vintage Lace acrylic paint all over....and watched as the gorgeous crackles appeared...

I chose some of the Melange tissue paper for its lovely french lettering and applied some over the top of the paint.

I stamped the Eiffel tower with black archival ink on tissue paper then cut that out and stuck it on.

I also stamped the postmark stamp from one of the Tim Holtz stamp collections in frayed Burlap and stuck this onto the heart.

    I made all the flowers using the tattered rose garland die cut. I chose to do just the Milled Lavender coloured flowers as these matched the ribbon I had in mind perfectly. You can see how I did the flowers by looking at my tutorial here.

 I added in some white flowers from a different die cut as a variation on my usual flower making.

     The butterfly was stamped in Frayed Burlap on tissue paper, stuck onto card and then stained with Tattered Rose and Weathered Wood Stain. Rusty wire formed the antennae......

I blended some Frayed Burlap over two swirls and applied them to the top and bottom of the heart

     I painted around the edges of the heart with French Roast Fresco paint after sanding the edges down to add to the shabby chic look.......A ribbon was tied around the twine already attached the heart and there is my 'Paris in Springtime' creation.

          Hope to see you back here next time - Have a great weekend!

I would like to enter this into the following challenges -

Frilly and Funkie - April in Paris
Country View Challenges - Butterflies
By the cute and girly  - Vintage
Panpastel - Use a stamped image
Simon Says  - Fly



  1. Such a fabulous heart with wonderful details. Love the color scheme.

  2. This is so beautiful!Love all the colors you used.

  3. What a beautiful heart Laura. Love your flowers as ever and the stamping is so delicate. Thanks for inspiring me to persevere when hope was almost lost on my effort! Hope you are doing ok now. Hugs, Jenny x

  4. Beautiful! That is so funny, I picked one of these up in The Range today, too!

    Lucy x

  5. Hi Laura, this heart is beautiful, I love all your flowers, those little white ones are so sweet too. Hugs Mo x

  6. So pretty... subtle and elegant, and I love that elongated heart shape.
    Alison x

  7. Love this, real shabby chic yumminess! So much to love about it: the heart itself (oh how I wished there was a Range close to where i live), the gorgeous crackle and stamping and last but not least the beautiful butterfly and flowers. Love the idea of the wooden bead over the twine also! Great make!!

  8. Gorgeous! I love the French look, the crackle glaze and tissue paper - you must have so much patience! The flowers and butterfly make this a totally wonderful piece! Has your daughter nabbed it yet?! Chrisx

    1. LOL! No, she wasn't able to nab this one as this was made specially for a wonderful friend of mine...There is another heart in the art cupboard waiting to be decorated and she has her eyes on that one! xxxxx

  9. Laura...your bargain heart is gorgeous! Wow! If the Range saw THAT, they would be asking more than one pound for them! I love the crackled background. So lovely. Your butterfly stamped onto tissue paper and the transfered to card stock is so pretty. Love the dimensional flowers, too. As always, your work is so classic and beautifully done. Thanks for sharing your art with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

  10. Gorgeous tag..WOW..A £1.00 tag & you turned it into this Wonderful creation... Love the colours, design, flowers, stamping..& adorable Butterfly... lOVE it... Hugs May x x x

  11. Beeeeautiful Laura, this is a fabulous heart, brilliantly designed and executed. I love the colours and elements you have used and funnily enough picked one of these hearts up yesterday at the Range but it was broken and no more left - sigh. But it's lovely seeing yours so thanks for linking to Country View Challenge this month.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  12. Your vintage heart is so beautiful. Thanks for joining us at By the Cute and Girly.
    Hugs, Uta

  13. Absolutely gorgeous and all the details from the swirls to the bead at the top are stunning!

  14. And I can tell you that this heart IS absolutely gorgeous! I know as I have it hanging over my workspace and just love it! Believe me, you would pay good money to buy something as unique and fabulous as this if it were in the shops and I'm so pleased Laura sent it to me. Thanks Laura - I really appreciate your generosity. Love, Margie x

  15. My heart has totally fallen for yours! :) Beautiful my friend, from the lovely crackle in the background, to the script and the French chicness of the whole project. J'adore!!! xxxx

  16. Oh my I loooove hearts and this is stunning!!!

  17. Beautiful!!!!! this would just be lovely hanging off my dresser drawer lol, Debi x

    ps thank you for your lovely comment on my blog x

  18. So very, very pretty - I do love your work!!

  19. Absolutely stunning Laura! Everything you make is so breathtakingly beautiful! And I see no resemblance, whatsoever, to any previous challenge entries! ;) Thanks for playing along with us at Frilly and Funkie!

  20. OMG! This is absolutely gorgeous! Love! ;)

  21. Laura...huge congrats on your being chosen as one of the top three at Simon Says Stamp and Show. Your work is so incredibly beautiful and I'm glad that you're getting this special recognition! <3 Candy

  22. Hi Laura .......huge congrats on this fabulous heart. Absolutely stunning make. I agree with Candy...........your makes are amazing.

    Have a fab weekend

    Annie x

  23. Stunning Laura absolutely gorgeous x

  24. beautiful tag!! something different..loved the detailing you have given to the tag..


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