Saturday 30 April 2011

LIIU - Embellish It

Welcome to another long bank holiday weekend here in the UK and I am showcasing my DT contribution for LIIU. The theme for this fortnight is - Embellish It - and the sponsor is Anna Belle Stamps  AnnaBelle Stamps is an Australian craft business and offer their own exclusive line of clear photopolymer stamps made in the U.S.A., Digi stamps and papers, as well as gorgeous embellishments, twines and ribbons!  They also have weekly challenges on their blog and twice monthly a blog hop featuring one of the newly released sets with prizes!

My piece, called 'Inspire', has  numerous techniques involved in the making, -  colour wash over torn paper pieces, masking and misting, cracked paint effect, texturing with muslin AND I lost count of the number of layers of paint, ink, fabric, paper, frame, cut out stamp etc. It started as a piece of recycled card from a box and then to finish and embellish it I have used punches, glitter, pearls, butterfly, buttons, flowers and a bead. I haven't made it into a card or a hanging, but I have simply left it as a piece of art.

My shabby flower using the TH Tattered Florals die

There are at least 5 layers on this part alone. The butterfly is a MS punch. The wings are from the TH Heart Wings die.

Apart from the LIIU theme other challenges that have inspired me for this piece are -
Simon Says Stamp and Show - Buttons
Gingersnap Creations - Mists
Stamptacular - Pile It On - at least 5 layers
Sunday Stamper - Wind beneth my Wings

I used TH scallops on the edge die and Spellbinders 12" classic lace border. On the fragment piece I used alcohol inks, stamped a butterfly with archival ink and rubbed it off to see the image through the inks. I also used TH Lost and Found paper stash and cut out vintage photo mages and stuck behind the film strip.

Other Supplies
Paper Artsy Fresco Finish chalk acrylics - honey dew, london night, vintage lace, old gold.
Paper Artsy fresco Finish crackle glaze.
Paper Artsy Ink and the Dog stamps - One Penny 2
Artist acrylic paint - white
Distress stains - weathered wood, walnut stain
Distress re-inker tumbled glass
DIs - stream, slate, ginger
Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists - blue skies, vanilla breeze
Spellbinders - classic frame
Ice stickles - crystal ice
Sissiz phrase die - inspire

luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox


Val said...

Brenda - this is absolutely stunning. I love all the texture and pieces you have added to it. It is truly 'inspirational'.

Unknown said...

Brenda this is beautiful, love the vintage look and so creative. Have a nice weekend xxx

Fliss said...

This is really gorgeous Brenda and such a fab array of techniques. Love the colours and the Paper Artsy girl is a favourite of mine too.
Hope you're having a lovely weekend.
Hugs, Fliss xx

Lisa Jane said...

beautiful Brenda- i love the flower and the filmstrip.
Lisa x

Vicky said...

Just so gorgeous hun...

have a lovely evening..hugs Vicky xx

Kathyk said...

And a very fabulous work of art it is too - loving all that shabby chic.

Greetings from sunny Florida!


cheryl said...

oh brenda hun this is just stunning oh just adore this to bits,hun all the elements you have used work brilliantly together hugs cheryl xxxxxxx

Gem said...

Brenda this is gorgeous, so intricate it looks like a lot of hard work went into it :) x

Netty said...

Great textures and layers Brenda and love the addition of the film strip. Enjoy the weekend, Annette x

Laney said...

Gorgeous Brenda I am loving the colours and that amazing flower!! just beautiful

shirley said...

This is gorgeous! Love all the layers.

donna said...

Over the top embellishing here girlfriend. Amazing, wonderful creation! I am thinking you had a lot of fun creating your "inspiration". Sure seems like you guys get a lot of

Debs said...

WOWZERS Brenda this is simply stunning. So many techniques and all executed perfectly!
Enjoy the rest of the weekend.
{{Debs}} xx

Gail Is This Mutton? said...

Amazing how much work has gone into this. So many techiques. The result is stunning.

Junibears said...

My Goodness! I can't imagine the time this took to make! Far longer then any digital piece I do. You make me feel so lazy!
I wouldn't know where to start, in spite of your wonderful how to's etc.
Gorgeous art dear friend. Hugs xx

Lynne Forsythe said...

what a WONDERFUL much to look at...just WONDERFUL!!

thanks bunches for playing along with the Teamies and Simon Says Stamp and Show!!

Nina said...

Wooaaw, this such a amazing card! I love all the layers and beautiful details ♥

Thanks for joining challenge 108 at Staptacuar Sunday :)

The Crafty Goat Girl said...

Just gorgeous Brenda, these are my favourite colours, just love it!

Thanks for your message, haven't had a mail from you, so could you please send it to the following, which is my hub's email at work, not sure what is going on with Tiscali but have had a few probs with it recently, anyway the email is :

Thanks Brenda, have a lovely weekend, take care Heidi xx

Lucy Edmondson said...

Oooh, I love this Brenda, great colours and composition. Thank you for joining in the Gingersnap Mists challenge,

Lucy x

Leonie said...

Wow this is awesome!! So electic and so much to see! Fantastic creation. Thanks for joining us at Stamptacular Sunday for our Pile it on Challenge.
Hugs Leonie
PS. Sorry running late on comments :)

Agnieszka M said...

Hi Brenda, I was here long ago :(

Adorable work!!! I love your embelish! Your colour combo is adorable.


chris said...

Hi Brenda wow you certainly do get INSPIRE! when you come over here, its so stunning with all the different textures going on , would love to have a touch of this in the real world.
thanks for well and truly inspiring me. hugs chris xx

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Wow, that's fabulous, so many wonderful details.

craftymum said...

Another great project Brenda.You have such a knack for this type of crafting....superb!!!!
hugs Sarah x

coldwaters2 said...

Wowwww Brenda this is one super work of art, that image the colours and embellishments look awesome I love it.
Lorraine x

debby4000 said...

Oh this is fabulous Brenda, wonderful colours and details.

DesignerDiva said...

WOW Brenda this is a bit 'special' Fab colours, textures and fab everything!
Hugs Laurie x

SmilynStef said...

Inspiring for sure ... I love all of the wonderful layers and details ... so glad you got Misty with us at Gingersnap Creations.

Hels Sheridan said...

CORRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR Brenda, this is adorable... LOVE all the layers and all those little details... so much to look at.. so it is certainly inspiring! Sorry am late in arrving to view... been... a bit... erm... busy lol Thanks for joining in with the Sunday Stamper x

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Gerri Herbst said...

Magnificent piece. I adore the soft blue and tan colors. Your flower is nothing short of amazing!

Unknown said...

Oh this is a beautiful make so much detail love your flower and the film strip, and also the colours are amazing gorgeous chum
Hugs Sarah x

Shirl said...

Wow and did you embellish it. Gorgeous. Hugs Shirley x x