Friday, 30 August 2013

It's all about Fashion

Hello Everyone!

      I am here today to squeeze in one last post before September...I was given a fantastic set of Graphic 45 papers for my birthday in June (A Ladies' Diary Collection) and I was so happy with them. Gorgeous vintage fashion - beautiful papers - almost seemed a shame to use them (yes I know there are some fellow paper hoarders out there!)

      My daughter is a bit of a fashion fan. Actually to say 'a bit' is quite an understatement. She is totally completely and utterly fascinated with Fashion. She wants to be a dress designer when she grows up and she is passionate about vintage costumes. So I thought these papers would be ideal to make something for her and I decided to make a book. Something to inspire her and also a wish from me that she never loses sight of her dreams......

 I cut out several pages for the book from ivory card. To decorate the cover I painted the sides with Old Gold Fresco Paint and then covered with crackle glaze. When that was dry I painted it with Nougat Fresco Paint and watched the crackles magically appear.

                   I then dry brushed some Chocolate Pudding Fresco paint around the edges

    Then I cut out several pieces from the papers to decorate the pages. I used various sewing themed stamps using Potting Soil Archival ink (my latest favourite). A few dabs here and there of Vintage Photo DI added a lovely vintage shabby look.

    I punched holes in the edges of each page and attached all the pages together with rusty wire bended into rings. I collected up some ribbony bits and some metal charms and other dressmaking related treats. I wound some embroidery cotton around a mini cotton reel and chose a mother-of-pearl button as well as scissors and sewing machine.

     For the cover I selected several gorgeous pictures and buttons. These were added to a torn piece of book paper that had been painted with watered down Snowflake Fresco Paint and inked with Vintage Photo DI. Two words from the chit-chat stickers were inked with Vintage Photo DI and two pins were pushed through some lace.

       Hope you like this mini Vintage Fashion book! My daughter certainly did! ;o)

          Thanks so much for being here! See you in September!

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Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Feeling Edgy

        It is time for another Try it on Tuesday challenge.......And the challenge is.....

                                                  'Fancy Edges'

           All TioT Challenges are an "anything goes" medium. As long as you stay within the challenge theme you can make a card, altered project, ATC, scrapbook page, tag or anything your heart desires.

     .....Your challenge is to make something using three different edges - Use patterned scissors, die cuts, use punches to make a decorative edge.....what you do is up to you...


        I chose a patterned paper background and cut a piece off to use at the central image, reserving the rest for the base of the tag.....

      I stamped the 'teenager' picture directly onto the patterned paper with Black Archival ink and added some script stamping in Coffee Archival ink.

       I placed this focal image onto a piece of ivory card that had Vintage Photo DI blended around the edge and the edge trimmed with a scalloped edge cutter. I then stuck this onto brown paper which had been cut with a lace punch down the right side....

One scalloped style edge, a lace effect punch and a zig zag edge.

I tore some pieces of card for the wording, blended Vintage Photo over them, then stamped the words in Black Archival ink and embossed them.

Metal vintage style corners were applied to the tag along with the same script stamp used before dabbed randomly over the base of the tag with Coffee Archival ink

                     A peach rose dabbed with Vintage Photo DI was placed in the corner

 A length of peach ribbon was used to finish the tag.....

      Please pop over to Try it on Tuesday and join in with your choice of three could be one of our Top 5 and get entered into the prize draw at the end of the month!

        Hope to see you there! Thanks for peeking in!

           See you soon!

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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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