Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Ribbons and Lace at Craft Room Challenge

Phew....my first challenge theme at Craft Room Challenge is Ribbons AND Lace and I do hope you can play along with us this fortnight. Just remember to check out the rules and then have lots of  inky fun x

Crafty Individuals is our sponsor this month and  the winner of our challenge has the chance to win a prize.

I adore Ribbons and Lace and had just purchased some amazing pieces from Live and Love Crafts that I was desperate to play with. As its February and Love is in the Air I decided to go with a Romantic/Vintage project. 

I started out with  a couple of canvases ( 5" by 7") that I painted with Distress Paint in Antique Linen. I felt the colour required to be a bit stronger and applied some Frayed Burlap DP to the Antique Linen along with some water,  creating a wash of paint. 
 Texture paste was applied through Tim Holtz bubble stencil. Should have applied this before I painted but to be honest I was not sure where I was going with this project. I started off with one idea in my head then went in a different direction !! ( sounds familiar right !) Once the paste was dry I painted over it a couple of times using the same colour as applied to the canvas.
 I began stamping and gathering items to place on the canvas. The stamps used are from Dark Room Door........... Love Letters and Correspondence. You can also see some  TH die cuts that I had originally planned on using. The papers are  by Brenda Walton for K& CO and I have had them in my stash for years...!!  The stamps were treated to some Distress Ink in Vintage Photo/Walnut Stain as well as Bundled Sage. Some edges of various pieces were distressed around the edges, creating an aged effect.

The filigree corners , butterfly, cameo and rusty heart  below were all purchased from Linda at the Funkie Junkie Boutique and lastly I added the  number plate14 from Tim Holtz Idea-Ology. ( love the distressed look of this piece and just could not bring myself to alter it in any way)
White Fire Treasure Gold was applied to the textures area using my fingers, creating even more opulance once buffed with a soft cloth.
 When we attended a Burns Night last week I was very moved by the voice of a female artist called Rachel Sermanni. She sang My Love is Like a Red, Red Rose and it was so beautiful. You may be able to view on Google/You Tube. The words are so meaningful and my favourite two lines were generated on my pc and a pllied to the back of this project.

As part of my birthday last year my mum gave me  a beautiful box filled with various flowers that she had made. Although not exactly a rose ( more of a wild rose....which I prefer) I painted  one of her flowers red and then applied some spray matte varnish. 
 More stencilling on the back  using Crafters Workshop ART IS and Tim Holtz  Dot fade

Below is a close up of the stamped  DD images :
 More lace and filigree as well as the DD stamps and a time piece/key/heart
 Below is a close up of the other panel, which was embellished with some  trinkets provided in a kit by Finnabair.
 Almost there !!!

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Hope you can join in this fortnights challenge and also drop in to view the fabulous inspirational makes by my DT roomies HERE

Take Care and Catch up soon xxxxxxx

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  1. Great Theme this fortnight Annie thank you. Who cannot be blown away by this fantastic project so clearly a labour of love, it showcases your skills and creative spirit to perfection. I am in awe of this XOXO Zoe

  2. Wow!!! It is so beautiful. So great idea I love it. Gorgerous metal elements and colours:)

  3. Beautiful, beautiful work Annie, both canvases are a delight to be seen and you have incorporated so many wonderful details and elements, I particularly love the heart over the lace. TFS xx

  4. How wonderful that you did the fronts and backs to make a book Annie, they are both absolutely gorgeous, I love the muted colours and the bow on the rusty heart is just beautiful. Of course, I love your Mum's flower too! Beautiful work. Hugs, Anne xx

  5. Oh my goodness, this is absolutely stunning! There is so much detail and gorgeousness! Love the personal touches of the lyrics and your Mums lovely flower too xx

  6. these are all beautiful Annie - makes a stunning piece altogether. The front is probably my favourite but I love the other parts too! Big Hugs rachel xx

  7. Wow, first I drooled and then I sighed.....what beautiful, romantic art!
    I don't mean to be rude, but I'd like to softly mention that I have a very hard time reading your blog, due to the small script. I have my screen at 150% and continue to have challenges.

  8. Oh, my goodness, Annie! This is a fantastic and gorgeous project! I love everything about it! Lace and ribbons are a favorite of mine, so I may have to play along. Btw,your mom's flowers are beautiful!

  9. Wow, such an outstanding project, great details and texture.

  10. Annie...my goodness...your ribbons and lace piece is stunning. So vintage and so lovely. I love the colors you've used on the cover...that little rusted heart with the sweet and simple bow in the center is gorgeous! That lace behind it is exquisite. Wow. Then the interior with all of the very cool brown stamped images and lace framing them looks great. Isn't it amazing how just little touches of metal embellishments bring so much to a piece?! Love everything you've done here. <3 Candy

  11. WOW! This are amazing! (I'd buy it in a heartbeat!)

  12. Stunning project, the details and additions look fabulous.

  13. can't beat ribbons and lace - absolutely gorgeous!

  14. Hello Annie
    It must have been very rewarding when you viewed your finished canvases; not knowing initially where you were going with the designs.....sometimes this can be beneficial when working with mixed media and is the only way to go, if one can free the mind and go with the moment usually something unexpected happens, there are wonderful elements, texture and the tactile quality to the canvases, they are tangible to the onlooker . I do love what you have made here very much.

  15. Absolutely beautiful hinged canvases - what a stunning creation, Annie, and a brilliant challenge theme too, by the way. Amazing attention to detail here, with those wonderful images, and the added words from the song... I love the texture and the distressed look of the front cover with that wonderful rusty heart mounted on lace, and all the lace framing the shadow boxes inside. It's just lovely.
    Alison xx

  16. What a Fabulous Work of Art Anne. So much detail and everything done to perfection. To Say I love it would be an understatement. Hugs Mum xxxxx

  17. Oh my WOW! This is GORGEOUS Annie! Very cleverly constructed and most beautifully crafted. Love how it is filled with so many wonderful and personal touches. I really love this Annie - stunning make. Nicola x

  18. stunning x simply gorgeous and thank you for sharing how you assembled this wowzer piece!

  19. Oh gosh! It doesn't matter which way you look at this, it's superb from every angle! Love the age and delicacy you've crammed into every inch. Jenny x

  20. Amazing, so much to look at and admire your art and gorgeous details. Love it.
    Thank you for this fab theme;-))m

  21. OMG, what a totally amazing project Annie!!! I think this must be my all time favourite of yours! Every corner is just so beautiful, love the rusted heart taking central place on the front, and all of the vintage style stamped images, so beautifully put together, just sunning all round!! Love it big time!!!!

  22. Wow, Annie! What a great project! Love the canvasses you've attachted to each other. The insides now have become beautiful shadowboxes. Really really pretty! Hugs, Sandra

  23. Anonymous2/06/2014

    Excuse me whilst I swoon!
    Oooh this is right up my street - the lace, the vintage style, the old style romance of it all - a dream of a project.
    Have you ever heard Eddie Reader sing - adore her voice and her version of My Love Is Like A Red Red Rose.

  24. What an amazing project Annie with all the embellishments, vintage image and design.

    Hugs diane

  25. Wow Annie, this is amazing, I love how you've put all the elements together.
    xxx Hazel.

  26. Holy Cow!!! Pinned! This is labor of love! Gorgeous every vintage and lacy detail!


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