Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Colour Your World

Hi everyone!

Over at  Our Creative Corner there is a new challenge hosted this month by lovely Laurie!

Color Your World 

Here in the United States we are coming into spring - the season when nature comes
 forth with new life.
Soft green grasses grow in the fields and the trees bloom in glorious colors with the promise of fruit.
Tulips and daffodils emerge from the soil after a long winters nap.
The colors of spring, the sights and sounds of nature at this time of the year renews my soul.
In the spring time the colors of nature are different around the world.
For my challenge this month I want you to
Color Your World

For this challenge create a project with the colors of spring time where you live.
Show us what colors renew your soul

Oh, I was pleased with this!....I adore Spring and I knew exactly what to do. I wanted to use pale blue and green...the colour of sky and grass.

I had a piece of decorated card already sitting waiting to be used in a box that I put all items that fall in to the "That didn't work/to be used another time/what on earth was I thinking?!" category....

I liked what I had made, but it didn't work with the item I was making at the time - I was practicing the Tim Holtz technique of dabbing DI's over a stencil, spritzing with water and then printing onto card.

I had chosen a leaf stencil and using Peacock Feathers and Mown Lawn I made a was lovely but was too bright and I lost interest at that point - so it got put away for another time...

And the time is now!....I got that bright blue and green print out of the box- it was perfect - but I didn't want to go that bright...I think of Spring as muted fresh colours, not 'I need dark glasses' colours...

No problem...a few spritzes of White Linen Dylusions spray (love this stuff!!!) works was now very subtle, but the print effect was still there and it also now had the bonus of a chalky paint effect rather than the translucent ink effect

Now to get to work....

I stamped the background with some script, postmark and sewing stamps using Frayed Burlap DI. I then used a sanding block to take the colour off the edge of the card and leave a faded distressed look.

 I decided to use a frame and a photo from the Found Relative set.

 I got a die cut frame and covered it with Decoart Media Gold Acrylic paint. Then I covered it with Decoart One step Crackle glaze. When this was dry I covered it with Raw Umber Antiquing cream. When wiped away it revealed lovely dark crackles.

I then created the flowers...using die-cut flowers I dabbed the edges with Tumbled Glass DI and then spritzed them with White Linen Dylusions spray. I scrunched the flowers up while they were still wet and left them to dry before unraveling them. When dry and crumpled I dabbed then lightly with Frayed Burlap DI. I then constructed the flowers adding my most ornate gold buttons as flower centers. 

I used some ivory die cuts edged with Antique Linen DI and added a crystal bead to the center.

Various die-cut foliage was chosen and I dabbed it all with Peeled Paint DI and stuck it all around the frame

 I then chose to add the title of the challenge to the hanging. I put together the word 'Colour' from Ideology Label Letters and 'your world' came from Chit Chat stickers

I attached ivory coloured eyelets at the top of the hanging and threaded through white organza ribbon.....knotted at the back and leaving it trailing down the sides of the hanging...

And there are my colours of spring.....

Hope you like it!

 Why not come over to Our Creative Corner and see what everyone else has made?!

Join in the challenge this month and you could be the randomly selected winner of the $25 prize voucher that is being donated by our Sponsor this month 

You could be our winner and be invited to appear as our Top Talent. 
You could be one of our Top 3 and be pinned onto the OCC Pinterest board!
Remember you gotta be in it to win it!

So come on over to Our Creative Corner and have some fun!

 Happy Crafting!

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  1. So pretty Laura! Love your fresh spring colours and your found relative is perfect with her lovely smile ! X

  2. Gorgeous Laura! Love your antiqued frame and your flowers are just stunning with those button centers! Beautiful spring make! hugs :)

  3. STUNNING Laura, love your colour palette and how you toned it down from needing sun glasses lol...

    I wish i could achieve the same level of crackle, i use the DecoArt Crackle Paint and Paste and never seem to get the large cracks, i need to practice more!

    As always some fantastic inspiration :-) xxx

  4. Wow Laura, what a fantastic combination from colours and effects, love your vintage style, really pretty!! Hugs, Kerstin xx

  5. Laura I love the delicate colours you used on this piece, so vintage. It is just beautiful and Spring like! Hugs Jan x

  6. I really adore your style. Your crackle frame just sets that beautiful picture off so nicely and the die-cut flowers complement the background just right. Thank you for all the inspiration and the encouragement you give all of us at Our Creative Corner. Happy Spring to you and your family. xxxx Laurie

  7. I love the vintage atmosphere, and the detail of the crackled frame... beautiful!

  8. Очень красиво!!! Спасибо от Избушки Бабы Яги)


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