Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Creative Curiosity

     Hello everyone! I knew I was going to be busy for most of June so I decided to get a few projects done a month or so ago and line them up to feature here....Welcome to some creative curiosity....

     When I made this I had just bought a few new things - various Fresco paints,stencils and papers....so I was very keen to make something, but had no idea what - This creation turned out to be quite a mixture of things - Stencilling, paint, diecuts, stamps, ribbon, flowers, string and more. I didn't have a plan when I began this - Just a piece of leftover wood and some cardboard and a 'Lets see what happens' way of working. Perhaps I went a bit over the top....? I must admit I really prefer it when I make something that has a focus and structure, where I already have a very definite plan (though sometimes I enjoy the fact that as with all plans not everything goes smoothly!) I just don't seem to work very well at the 'just play' creativity


I tore a piece of white card and stamped some letters to make the word 'Create' in embossing ink and covered with clear embossing powder.

After heating, I blended Frayed Burlap DI over the card. Then I stencilled and stamped with Vintage Photo DI and Walnut Stain DI and inked around the edges with Walnut Stain DI.

 I attached this to a piece of balsa wood that had been painted with Mocha Mousse Fresco Paint and had some crackle applied. Two face stamps were done on tissue paper in coffee archival ink and the back painted with Vintage Lace Fresco paint and then stuck to the wood. A flourish stamp was also applied to a corner.

      The cardboard base was ripped and layers were torn off to give it a rustic look. Snowflake Fresco paint and Mocha Mouse Fresco paint were both dry brushed over the corrugated board to highlight the texture. Several stencils were used with texture paste over the cardboard background to add more texture to the piece.

Wooden diecut swirls were added as well as a cream rose with Vintage Photo DI brushed over it, a ribbon stained with Walnut Stain DI and grapevine heart added.

 I wound some dark brown hemp string around the wooden section and added a diecut wooden key.

 And there is my Creative Curiosity Creation....It might not be my favourite or my best creation but I had lots of fun experimenting! - Hope you like it! 


I would like to enter this in the following challenges -

Simon says  - Kraft
Fashionable Stamping Challenges - Show us a new style/ Show us something new - Making something without any idea what I am going to make is very much a new thing for me - as were the new paints, stencils and papers. 

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  1. Like it? I love it. Love the corrugated card, the little heart, the flowers and the way 'create' takes centre stage. I would feel very proud if I created this Laura! Hugs, Anne xx

  2. Wow! I think this is superb! The colours are great, especially the brown edging to the rose. I love every element. It shows flair and creativity. Like Anne, I too would be proud if my playing with materials produced something as lovely as this! Julie Ann xx

  3. |Beautiful! Love all the different effects and colours you have managed to achieve. A stunning textural piece!

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  5. Lovely collage, great layers and earth tones Laura

    kind regarrds, Alie :-)

  6. Well your just play method works very well as this is wonderful as usual with your work

  7. Gorgeous. I love every little bit, but I must admit, the roses are stunning. The cream with the distressed edges is so beautiful.

  8. I love it, all the details are beautiful and the roses are lush
    Rosie x

  9. It's great - I love the central panel with the embossed lettering and fab inking!
    Alison x

  10. Beautiful layout!

    Crafty Hugs
    Heather xx

  11. Fabulous distressed piece Laura.
    hugs Brenda xxx

  12. Laura...this is so pretty. I love everything about this. The kraft, the brown distressing, the white washing, the stamping, the beautiful layers...all so beautifully done. Thank so much for sharing your art with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

  13. Hi Laura, lovely textural piece. I love the lettering, the white against the natural tones is fabulous. Love all your layers all adding so much interest to your piece . Thanks so much for joining in the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge. Tracy x

  14. Fantastic make Laura. I love all the wonderful elements you have used. Stunning

    Crafty hugs Annie x

  15. Fabulous Laura.
    Great colors ,textures and stamps.
    Love it
    Greetings Janny

  16. WOW,WOW,WOW,is what I would call it,I went back and counted I think at least 21 steps, I said WOW every step of they way, shesh WOW it don't know what else to say except thanks for sharing this journey with us while you created it needless to say I love it, Have a wonderful weekend, I'm going to go back and fly around, looking at all you did :O)...

  17. Love Love Love!!! The corrugated kraft paper is perfect, and I love the way you colored it up! Gorgeous with the letters too! Thank you for krafting with us this week here at Simon Says Stamp & Show!

  18. That's a gorgeous creation. Love the corrugated background and the vintage look. Thanks for joining us at Fashionable Stamping Challenges this fortnight.

  19. This is beautiful! :)
    Have a nice day!

  20. Absolutely brilliant a stunning piece I saw this on the Fashionable stamping challenge and came for a closer look and very glad I did it's brilliant
    Carol x

  21. Hi Laura, Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful artwork with us at FSC this fortnight. Just love the colour palette, so soft and vintage and such gorgeous textural qualities too. Xx


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