Monday, 20 May 2013

Journey of Love

  Hello! Thanks so much for being here to take a peek at my latest creation - This one is so very special to me....

    After the 'forgetting a challenge deadline' fiasco the other day, I decided to get this one done quickly! Husband was watching football and because I would rather watch paint dry than do that, I decided to have a go at making something. And I must say this was a JOY to make....I was determined not to let this Frilly and Funkie challenge slip away from me and well, they had me hooked as soon as I saw the title 'A Time for Weddings' I adore weddings and I couldn't resist using my own, which was only last summer, as the inspiration for it.

    My (ooops....I mean 'Our') wedding colours were Sage and Lilac, but the 'Frilly and Funkie' challenge asked for one colour...and with 'Simon Says' asking us to use our 'Favourite most used ink' -  I really had to pick Bundled Sage over the rarely used Milled Lavender....Oh it was hard to choose a colour - but with the 'Frilly and Funkie' challenge firmly in my mind it made it an easier choice! Without that I don't think I could ever have decided!

       So lets see what I made - This started out as a plain, unpainted, unvarnished light wood frame that has been sitting waiting patiently to be decorated for about six years now! I never seemed to find the right project for it - 

       I glued some lace around the frame, painted it with Gesso. I then painted around the edges with Taupe Acrylic paint and then covered with crackle glaze before painting with Picket Fence DP.

     I painted over the lace with the Picket Fence DP and then blended some Frayed Burlap DI over it before dry brushing with white acrylic paint .

      Although I do have many pattered paper backgrounds that would have been lovely used here - I decided I would make the backgrounds myself using white card. I stamped several flourishes with clear embossing ink, covered in clear embossing powder and then used the heat gun. After that I went over the clear flourishes with Bundled Sage DI. I did the same for the layered card that I attached the photo to, along with a white piece of card with Bundled Sage DP stamped onto the edges.

      Strips of card had Bundled Sage DI blended on them and then Picket Fence DP stamped on with a script stamp, this was mirrored in the background where I used the script stamp but stamped with Vintage Photo DI. Peeled Paint DI was used with a flourish stamp to add a darker green for contrast.

     I then constructed the picture, layering the card, adding a metal quote and a heart shaped stamp made with Bundled Sage DP and layered with a grapevine heart.

       A metal tag was covered in Bundled Sage and Picket Fence DP and the month of August calendar from Tissue Tape (we got married in August) attached with a white heart brad.

       Cream roses, frayed material, sage ribbon (from our wedding decorations) pearl pins and pearl decorations and delicate white diecut flowers edged in Vintage Photo DI completed this really brings back beautiful memories of a wonderful day....

         So there it is! A wedding day creation! I do thank you for being here to see it and would love to know what you thought of it - I hope you like it!

     And just to add a further sentimental touch to this post I would like to share with you our wedding song - Music is so very important to us and was a huge part of the wedding -Hope you like it!

I would like to enter this in the following challenges -

Frilly and Funkie - A Time for Weddings
Vintage Stamping Challenges - Pearls and Lace (touch of elegance)
The Artistic Stamper - Words
Fashionable Stamping Challenges - Alter it
Simon Says  - Favourite Ink


  1. Hi Laura, this is absolutely stunning! You had me from the moment you added the lace and crackled the frame - wow. What a wonderful way to remember your wedding day - love the song too, it has a very haunting quality to it. A truly beautiful make. Hugs, Anne x

  2. Gorgeous piece Laura and a lovely way to celebrate such a special,occasion. Imlove all the layers, they work beautifully together. The lace is gorgeous and perfect for a wedding piece. Love the addition of the calendar and the twiggy heart adds a lovely natural feel. Gorgeous flowers, all in all a stunning piece. Thanks so much for,joining in the Simon Says Stamp,and Show Challenge. Tracy x

  3. It is indeed a lovely way to remember a glorious day. It brought back some great memories....xxxx

  4. Really enchanting... the crackle on the frame is absolutely delicious. Lovely memories of a lovely day!
    Alison xx

  5. Oops... and thanks for playing along with us at The Artistic Stamper!

  6. How lovely this is Laura, really "LOVE"ly...
    Gorgeous details and those hearts look so great...

    kind regards, Alie :-)

  7. wow wow wow - it´s so beautiful!!!!!

  8. Amazing, a truly beautiful creation, what a precious keep sake! I adore everything about this but my favourite bit is the crackle and the lace! A really stunning piece!!

  9. Wow Laura, I dont even know where to start. This piece has blown me away it is absolutly beautiful and what a lovely way to capture the memories of this happy day. Hug Mo x

  10. Glorious colours and textures Laura, I love how you have assembled all the elements with the photograph to create a beautiful frame to celebrate your wedding. This will certainly be a treasured keepsake. Thanks for linking it to the FSC alter it challenge.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

  11. This is beautiful Laura - a gorgeous way to remember your special day. Nicola x

  12. Thisis absolutely gorgeous, delicate and beautiful! Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie hugs trace x

  13. Oh! Laura!
    This is so beautiful and such a wonderful way to remember such a happy day! You must be very pleased you hung on to that frame for so long it was meant to be! Thank you so much for sharing your memory with us.

    Crafty Hugs
    Heather xx

  14. Wow! Your frame is so beautiful & special! Thanks for sharing it with us at The Artistic Stamper Challenge!
    Alison x

  15. A gorgeous way to remember your special day. Love the colours and layers as well as those lovely hearts, super work x

  16. Oh, this is gorgeous Laura! It's always fun to 'frame' your special day with such a beautiful item. Beautiful soft whites and greens - such a lovely colour combo! xxx

  17. Absolutely gorgeous Laura - what a beautiful way to remember your very special day. I really like the music too - haven't heard that song before. Love Margie xx

  18. Absolutely stunning Laura ! Love the lace around the edge and the choice of colour is gorgeous. Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Sue C x

  19. Absolutely GORGEOUS!!! I love every lacy, swirly, bundled sagey bit! The photo is stunning as well! This is a keepsake to display for decades to come!!! Beautiful work, and congrats on your 1st anniversary!!! ;0) Thank you for getting inky with us this week here at Simon Says Stamp & Show!

  20. Laura...your wedding frame is absolutely gorgeous. I love all of it...from the bundled sage accents to the crackled white edges of the frame! This is just gorgeousness personified! Your wedding photograph is perfect for this elegant, so sweet and the greenery in the background is absolutely breathtaking in your frame. I love the cream roses and lace accents. The ribbon, the tulle, the stick pins are all just icing on a very lovely cake. :) Thanks so much for sharing your always amazing art with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

  21. Hi Laura. Such a great project to do while the memories are still so fresh in your mind...and a great alternative to football!!! These colours are so you, and create a relaxing and very romantic scene. The frame is to die for!!! A really stunning keepsake Laura.
    Thanks for joining in the fun at Fashionable Stamping Challenges this fortnight.
    Dot x

  22. What a special way to preserve your memories. You have truly transformed that frame and I think your choice of Bundled Sage was definitely the right one. Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie with this stunning make. Hugs, Jenny x

  23. Wow, what a beautiful creation! I like everything about this!
    Thanks for your lovely comments :-))
    Hugs, Andreja

  24. So adorable Laura such a picture of pure love and togetherness. Stunning.

    Thank you for sharing with us at Vintage Stamping Challenges.

    Crafty hugs from Shirley x x

  25. Well we both love the same color^_^.
    I'm listen to your song as I write,the words are beautiful, thanks for introducing me to it.. You're both so beautiful and so Happy, the frame you created is GORGEOUS, perfect for the lovely photo.All that crackle, the lace is dazzling,I love your own paper, better than anything you could purchase.The 2 hearts are magnificent, with the pearls, perfect,adding the tiny calendar was darn brilliant, the alluring flowers, I especially like the die cut ones all edged in sage. Just PERFECT for such a special day, I'm honoured you shared it with us, have a wonderful day..

  26. This is great Laura
    So many lovely details.
    love it .
    Greetings Janny

  27. Wow, this is gorgeous, Laura

  28. Beautiful 'journey of love' and so many gorgeous beauties to look at, all your work is amazing and I would be here all night if I was to comment on them all, so will just say, STUNNING BLOG.XX

  29. Such an amazing creation, really a treasure. Thanks for joining us at FlonzCraft Vintage Stamping Challenges.

  30. How beautiful this is Laura and that music is gorgeous (I've never heard her before). Beautiful layers, gorgeous colour and what better way to showcase a photo of your very special day? (I love weddings too - can't beat a good tear of happiness or two!).
    Hugs, Juliaxx

  31. A delightful piece of artwork, thanks so much for sharing it with us at FlonzCraft Vintage Stamping Challenges.

    B x

  32. Hey there Laurart, thank you so much for sharing your fabulous creation with the DT from Frilly and Funkie, love your project, hugs Terry xxx

  33. Oh my…Laura this is fabulous…I love it so much…colours, lace, hearts, flowers…everything just match together and looks fantastic!
    Hugs from Slovenia

  34. What a fabulous keepsake you've made, stunning work on the frame and background papers. No doubt you enjoyed making it -better than football!
    Thanks for sharing with us at FSC
    Avril x

  35. Laura, this is just gorgeous! The finish on the frame came out beautifully and all of the other elements create a perfect surround for the lovely wedding photo. Your comment about preferring to watch paint dry over watching football had me laughing! Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie!


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