Saturday, 1 February 2014

Buttons and Buttons

Hello everyone!

Welcome to another challenge over at Our Creative Corner

     This month Jenny (Buttons) is our Challenge Host and she is bringing us a wonderful challenge

Use the colours Blue, Brown and Purple/Plum - 
She is not allowing the use of black - so for stamping please use the stated colours. 
You are allowed to use digi stamps - but please remember to alter the colour of the lines.

     Our Sponsor this month is Nicecrane Designs

We are so pleased to have Nicecrane Designs as one of our Sponsors this year - There are so many wonderful images to choose from at the store! Please come along on the 'Sponsor Spotlight' days to see what we have made with some of those gorgeous images.
One lucky winner this month will get a $20 voucher to spend at Nicecrane Designs!

      I love Jenny's challenge! - Purple is one of my favourite colours, but for some reason the purple inks and paints are barely used and when I have tried to make purple creations they end up in the bin! I really like being pushed out of my comfort zone so was really pleased when Jenny announced her challenge to us!

    I bought some paper mache hearts before Christmas and as usual they got put in the pile of items waiting to be made with no real idea of what to do.

     I started by lightly brushing Gesso all over them, which highlighted the texture of the Paper mache. I covered the centre of the heart quite densely with Gesso and then began to dab some Fresco paints all over very lightly with a sponge, building up colour gradually. I used Pansy, Sky and Mocha Mousse paint.

I also used some Distress Inks to add some translucent colour - Faded Jeans and Gathered Twigs were dabbed lightly over the heart.

     For the stamping I used one of my favourite Tim Holtz stamp quotes in Coffee Archival ink on tissue paper and then stuck it onto the heart with matte Multi-Medium.

I used die cut flowers and covered them with Milled Lavender DS, Brushed Corduroy DI and Faded Jeans DI. The edges of the flowers were inked with Walnut Stain DI

I had to use buttons for this project! I selected several buttons in shades of brown, purple and blue and stuck them on with Glossy accents glue.

 A few twig die cuts were covered in Walnut Stain DI and attached to the heart along with the flowers.

I did quite a heavy spritzing of Perfect Pearls mist in Biscotti which gave the heart such a lovely iridescent look.

      I hope you like this - why not come over to Our Creative Corner and see what the rest of my team have made for you this month. Have a go using these gorgeous colours and you could be our winner and be featured as our Top Talent. Remember there is also the Top 3 award too and also the prize donated by our Sponsor!.....come and join the fun!

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  1. Hi Laura, love your beautiful heart - I thought it was made from fabric when I first saw it - but I'm still half asleep! Jenny has set an interesting challenge - I bet most of us will go eeek that black stamping has been ruled out! I'll have to get my thinking cap on - but maybe I'll just have another half an hours snooze first. :0) MMx

  2. Loved the title of your post Laura and your finished heart is stunning! The colours look beautiful together and the whole piece is just gorgeous!

  3. This was bound to appeal to me!!! LOVE the way you've altered the base coat of the heart to create that mottled (almost granite like?) look which compliments the stamping and button flowers perfectly. Jenny x

  4. This is so very you, Laura!
    A truly gorgeous and adorable make!


  5. So delicately pretty... I've also got some of those hearts and have done nothing with them - thanks for the nudge!

  6. Beautiful, Laura? Are you coming to Farnborough make it in march?

    Lucy x

  7. I love what you've done here. The twig die-cuts look amazing and the whole piece works brilliantly. I like purple too, but find myself out of my comfort zone when having to make with it! I really seldom use it. Now you and Linda have spurred me on to crack open some purple paints! Julie Ann xx

  8. This is such a happy project - it almost sings with joy! That is indeed a lovely sentiment and it works perfectly here. Love the whole design and the fact that it hangs. It's going to light up a nook where you hang it!


  9. It certainly is a wonderful challenge and your creation is stunning Laura. Hugs, Anne x

  10. Hello Miss Laura, I'm loving this challenge, getting everyone to think out of the box, you heart is spectacular, love the sentiment too, thanks for sharing and have a lovely week, ((( BIG HUGS ))).


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  12. This heart is beautiful Laura. I so love how you used the paints to colour the heart - just perfect. It goes without saying that all the other elements look wonderful too.
    Julia xx


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