Sunday, 6 September 2015

Autumn at Last

Hi everyone!

Welcome to another Autumn inspired creation!

 This one was actually made last Autumn...but I didn't like it very much and I really had no enthusiasm for writing about it. The photos stayed in a folder on my computer and when Winter arived it seemed wrong to put up an Autumn creation...

I had basically dismissed it as not 'good enough' anyway..but that is something I don't like doing - I really try to not judge my own creations and I have learned to put things on here that I like and don't like - this blog is my creation diary and shows a creative journey and it would be wrong if I left out I am sneaking it in now...a year late, but never mind - better late than never. 

It began with a brass hob ring that I found in a cheap store in the Czech Republic. I got out to the Czech Republic each summer to visit my mother in law who lives out there for half the year. There are many cheap shops out there (similar to Poundland in England) where there is a lot of junk but you can find some treasures occasionally....I loved the brass rings and at a cost of basically pennies it seemed a good idea to grab a few.

I basically covered it in layers of paint - Leaving it to dry slightly then rubbing away patches of still damp paint. I repeated this process several times. I used Distress Paint here in Vintage Photo, Antiqued Bronze and Evergreen Bough.

 I applied some Crackle glaze and rubbed some Raw Umber paint into the cracks.

  I made a background for the center of the frame by using Antique Linen DI and Frayed Burlap DI. Dabbed onto a mat, spritzed with water and then swirl the card in the inky pools. 

The card was than stamped with script and flourish stamps using Potting Soil Archival ink and a splatter stencil was used with Vintage Photo DI

I decorated the frame with many things...

First I used several Memory box dies...covered them with Walnut Stain and Vintage Photo DI 

I added real twigs to the decoration too...

I used buttons

I used die cut leaves stained with Ripe Persimmon, Antique Linen, Vintage Photo and Spiced Marmalade DI. The larger leaves were stamped with a script stamp using Potting Soil Archival ink. Curled rusty wire was added too....

I used an ivory rose that was dabbed with Frayed Burlap DI and an ivory Hemp string bow

I used letter stickers from Tim Holtz salvage stickers set. I attached them to a piece of card after having creased the letters up

A hessian flower was used with a embossed piece of card that was sanded to reveal the colour underneath.

Hope you like it!

Happy Crafting 

Love from Laura 

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  1. aaaaaaaadorable creations! Your Autumn scene is fantastic and you made such a lovely details :-))
    Hugs, Andreja

  2. I can understand your thoughts, especially 'good enough' if I would showed all projects, then I must have to post daily ;-) but here it was completely unwarranted, I like it very much!!! beautifully harmonious use fall colors mixed with crackle effects, Gorgeous! Hugs, Kerstin

  3. I am glad you decided to show this project of yours in your creative diary and thus share it, Laura! I really love it and as usual you have combined a lot of highly textural elements to form a whole landscape for the eye to wander in! And I love the creased letters, you know, because that is autumn - beauty in decay!

    Claudia xxx

  4. I do like it! I'm sorry we had to wait a year to see it... I love the altered brass ring - what a great idea and beautifully distressed. I hate that it's autumn without ever really having had a summer, but there you go!

  5. This is soectacular and your crazy to think it isn't awesome sauce! Lol. Seriously thought, I love the cracks and the colors and it totally reminds me of a wonderful Autumn day full of hot apple cider and a good book curled up by the fire. Stunnig creation and the result twigs are perfect! Wowzers! ~Niki

  6. Beautifully designed and made - love it xxx

  7. Laura, This is lovely and I'm so glad that you decided to share this creation with us!! I'm loving the real twigs you interspersed with the paper twigs and leaves and that hessian flower bloom--Love It!! So earthy and Autumny!! XOXO-Shari


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