Sunday, 25 August 2013

Sew much fun

      I am so excited!!!!!!

      A little while ago I got an email asking me if I would like to join the Design Team at Fashionable Stamping Challenges

     I jumped at the chance! To be honest I didn't even think about it at could I refuse one of my favourite challenges?....I said "YES PLEASE!" and pinged back an email at supersonic speed before Shirl could change her mind!!!.....

          So today I would love to present to you my creation for Fashionable Stamping Challenges whose current challenge is.......

                                                         Sew 'n' Sew

      Please don't be put off entering this challenge if sewing isn't something you enjoy doing - Anything to do with sewing can be used on your creation - Why not try some faux stitching or some sewing themed die cuts or stamps...but please remember that it is a Stamping challenge so we will need to see stamps on your creation.

     I adored this challenge - I was so glad to get to use the sewing stamp set that I was given for my birthday..... husband handed it to me saying "I really liked this one"...Ok, it was on my wishlist so he didn't actually choose it but he did select it from a very looooonnng list of stamps! So lets give the man a round of applause - he has very good taste!

    I decided to make a framed picture. I cut lengths from balsa wood and glued them together to make a simple frame. I painted it with Nougat Fresco paint and when that was dry I covered it with DecoArt crackle glaze. This had French Roast paint rubbed into the cracks and wiped with a baby wipe.

     The collage was placed on some gorgeous pale blue patterned paper which had a delicate brown scroll down the side, this is what set the colour scheme. I stamped some micro pore tape with a ruler stamp and attached it to the picture.

     I painted some silver ink (not chosen for any technical reason - it was the only silver colour I had) and stamped the scissors on it with Black Archival ink and embossed it.

        I stamped several cotton reel stamps...........................

        .....and the dressmakers mannequin onto the paper and embellished with coffee coloured lace and some buttons

      The 'Sewing Room' sign was made with ivory card that had been covered with streaks of Weathered Wood DP. I stamped the sign with Black Archival ink and then I punched holes around the edge with a needle to make a stitching template....

      Having the pre-punched holes makes it much easier to sew neatly by hand - I do have a sewing machine but it is an old machine and I haven't managed to summon the courage to sew card with it yet! Actually hand stitching seemed right for this sign - I liked the thicker embroidery cotton and the shabby stitch style! I sewed around the edge with ivory embroidery cotton, leaving a trailing end of cotton and inserting the needle into the sign when I had finished.

                                           I attached two pearl pins behind the sign.

     I cut out a cotton reel from card and painted it with Irish Cream Fresco paint and smudged some Vintage Photo DI around the edges and marked it with some pencil lines to add some more shabby effect. I wound the same ivory cotton around it and twisted the end into a loop and trailed it over the button arrangement.

     I used some delicate diecut flowers, covered them in Weathered Wood DP and when they were dry I covered them with Hard Rock Candy glitter glue which gave it a lovely encrusted crystal effect.

      The word 'Sew' was from Tim Holtz Grungeboard Alphabet Soup letters....they were covered with Mocha Mousse Fresco paint and when dry I covered them heavily with Rock Candy Clear Glitter glue - I adore this glitter glue...Can't get enough of it!

  You can really see the texture of the glitter on this picture......Looks SEW pretty! (Sorry!) ;o)

   And there is my first DT creation for Fashionable Stamping challenges - I had a wonderful time making it! Hope you like it....

 Why not hop over to Fashionable Stamping Challenges, have a peek at the wonderful creations made by the rest of the FSC Design Team and join in with this challenge? You could be one of the Top 3 or maybe you will be the lucky winner of $20 to spend at Flonzcraft.....

         Thanks so much for being here, see you soon!

I would like to enter the following challenges -

Addicted to Stamps - Shabby/Vintage
That Craft Place - Stitch real or faux
Craftroom Challenge - Something new (Sewing stamps)

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  1. Hi Laura! I was absolutely thrilled to learn you were joining FSC and look forward to seeing all your creations in the challenges to come. Your first project here is a masterpiece! I love all the extra special details you've included. Like you, I have not gathered the courage to use my sewing machine on card yet! Take care and a warm, warm welcome! Best, Yvonne

  2. This is a stunning first project Laura. You have used so many beautifully crafted details...and the colours - gorgeous! I especially love the needle left in the sign. I'm so glad that you have joined the DT at FSC and I hope you enjoy your journey with us. A huge welcome!
    Dot x

  3. A beautiful crackle frame Laura and a wonderful sewing piece, there are so many fabulous details to look at.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  4. HI Laura, wow what a fantastic debut project! The crackle effect looks fab and I think I'm going to have to try that glitter glue it gives a gorgeous texture. There are so many pretty details in this project, its really stunning
    Claire xx

  5. Laura it's great to see your work at FSC. Love this framed picture there is so much to see and all on my fave hobby of sewing. Take the plunge and use your sewing machine you will really enjoy it.

    Crafty hugs from Shirl x x x

  6. A beautiful picture filled with so many delicious elements. So pleased for you on your new DT position. Highly deserved for your work. Hugs, Jenny x

  7. Hi Laura, Shirl was so right to choose you, your style is so beautiful and fits in so well with FSC - and wow, what a fabulous first DT piece! It is stunning, I love the crackling and the way you have done the little Sewing Room sign. This is a mini masterpiece and well done to your hubby for 'choosing' such an appropriate set of stamps! Hugs, Anne x

  8. Well, congrats to you, what fun it will be to see your lovely projects there!! I LOVE this piece of many pretty details to look at...outstanding!!

  9. First of all congrats! This is a beautiful piece, love all the layers and crackle!

  10. This is right up my street Laura - always loved the sewing theme and you've done a brilliant job of your first DT project here. Many congratulations on your well deserved appointment and I look forward to seeing lots more of your inspiring work. Margie xx

  11. What a fabulous make, and congratulations on the DT invite, very well deserved as your work is always lovely.

  12. Hi Laura, Congrats on a wonderful first project with FSC. Frame is stunning and so many details inside. Glad you got to use your new stamps.
    Avril xx

  13. Oh I do like this - despite detesting sewing in all its manifestations!

    Congratulations on the appointment :-)

  14. Oh my goodness gracious Laura!!!! You are a tremendous talent. Congratulations Sugar or I should say congratulations to the group that snagged you up!!!! I love this make Laura - everything about this is gorgeous and I totally agree with your MIL - there is nothing that you can not do!!! Wonderful pretty lady - absolutely wonderful!!

  15. HI Laura - fantastic début project, it's so great having you on the team and I love your Sewing room frame, such a lot of gorgeous details and I'm a big fan of rock candy glue too !! Esther xx

  16. Congratulations Laura, have fun at de FSC DT team! Your entry is great to see/sew

  17. This is a beautiful piece Laura. Well done. Right up my street too!

  18. Congrats!!! Awesome crackle and stitching! Love the design too!

  19. Stunning and gorgeous work Laura I love the colour and vintage-ness. that is going to look great on any workroom wall. Sandra X

  20. LOVE this piece of yours, it has such a vintagy feel about it, LOVE the colors too!

  21. This is stunning Laura. Such an amazing amount of detail and a beautiful soft colour palette.
    So lovely to have you as part of the FSC DT too.

  22. Huge congrats on joining the team at FSC - what a perfect fit! And what a brilliant piece for your debut make... Just love that frame.
    Alison x

  23. Wow, this looks fabulous!! It's a little piece of art.Thanks so much for joining us at ATSC. Good luck. Hugs, Nicole

  24. This is gorgeous, Laura and I am so impressed you made your own frame too,
    Rosie x

  25. A very cleverly put together project! Well done and congratulations on being chosen for the design team!

    Crafty Hugs
    Heather xx

  26. Congrats on your new Dt spot :) and this is a stunning first creation for them, thanks for sharing with us at Craft Room challenge, Debi x

  27. Wow! Stunning creation.

    Thanks for sharing it at That Craft Place this week.

    Susan x


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