Sunday 31 July 2011

Sew Special - New challenge blog called Fashionable Stamping

Good morning everyone and what a great day to be telling you about the start of a new challenge blog dedicated to the rubber/clear stamper. Please go take a look at the new challenge blog and also my amazing teamies and their incredible DT pieces. Sorry those of you who love to work with your digis this one is about getting messy with inks and sprays and all that glorious mess one makes when using real stamps.

First though I must wish my dear hubbie Ken a Happy Birthday and Happy Anniversary. Yes we got married on his birthday 37 years ago, I can't believe it is such a long time ago and we had been together 4 years before that !!!!

This is my piece to introduce this new challenge which for this fortnight is 'Anything Goes'. I am not going to give a blow by blow account of how I made this only through photos and captions, so pull up a coffee and take a look. I warn you though this is really photo heavy - but the detail has to be shown through the photos and can't be done in words.

This is a 40 x 15 cm canvas.

I stamped over a piece of dressmakers pattern and glued it to the canvas.

Love the crinkled look.

When the glue was dry I covered it in gesso.

Then added some neutral acrylic paint.

Then some darker acrylics. After this I sprayed with glimmer mists.

Woops - messy table, but started to position the elements I wanted to include.

There are 3 main sections and I used alot of DI.

The little tray was primed then painted with Leandra's Fresco Paint and I glued in some more of the paper pattern. The sewing machine and the mini dress form are some of my moulds. Notice the little bottle with beads in it?

The pins came from Mum's collection of bits and the scissors were a gift from Lisa - thanks Lisa. The background paper has been inked and glimmer misted.

Here are the four little individual sections of the tray. The little silver button is from Mum's box, I am so glad I kept it all when she passed away.

Moulded sewing machine and a charm given to me by Lucy - thanks Lucy.

The sewing machine spool came from my dear Mum's sewing box.

I got this little bird charm from Ebay this week. It was an old gold colour so I used inka gold on it - both haematite and gold.

The buckle is from a carboot and they told me it was vintage.

Wooden letters. Dress mould made in clay made when I went to Lucys.

An old(ish) button tab from Mum's box, as there were only 2 buttons left I glued on some snaps. The charm was given to me by my sister - thanks Chris.

The wings I made from clay using a mould of some jewellery I got last week at a carboot sale. Painted lightly with Haematite inka gold and the rubbed with gold inka gold - cor what a mouthful - I think it will be IG in future!!! The pink rose is off an earing.

The spool tops are courtesy of the duke of distress, Mr TH himself.
Supplies used -
Stamps - TH haberdashery
DIs - vintage photo, walnut stain
Paint - white acrylic, Fresco Finish vintage lace and london night.
Inka Gold - gold, rose, haematite
Glimmer Mists - coffee shop, vanilla breeze
Dressmaking pattern, small 4 section tray, sewing embellishments (including some of my moulds)
Lace and hessian.
Beads in a bottle.
Vintage buckle.
Paper and coloured dress form from Kanban.
Wings - more of my moulds.

I have now started putting a bee somewhere on my larger pieces - did you spot it?

We would love to see how you use stamps in your projects so please join in with us. You have until the 13th August for this challenge. So what are you waiting for? There are 2 prizes for this challenge - so will that spur you on more?

Enjoy some inky craft time.

luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox

Challenges to have fun with -
Simon Says Stamp and Show - Anything Goes
Just for Fun - Fabric or fiber



Gram's Treasures said...

Hi Brenda. I couldn't help but chuckle went I read through your post. Ken must have been delighted that his workshop was still intact! This time you've rummaged through your sewing bits. I never realized that there could be good stuff in there! This is a delightful project and so many little bits and bobs. Good show!
Joyce xx

Terry said...

I can't believe my eyes! This is a mini sewing museum!! You even have safety pins haning from a hanger! Brenda, this is incredible and I love it! I will send you my address!! Happy Birthday to you hubby and a big Happy Anniversary to you both! Wow, 37 years! Have a great day! Hugs!

cheryl said...

oh brenda hun this is amazing gosh loveing all the elements you have added to this making one stunning piece or art hun brilliant hugs cherylxxxxxx

Shirl said...

Happy Birthday Ken and Happy Anniversary to you both.

Brenda, Brenda you did us proud girlie this is more than we could have wished for and it needed all those photos to show us just how much love went into this creation.

My fave photo is the messy table, it shows a true artist at work lol and my fave item on the canvas is the button pack with the 36p price on - I love it. Could go on forever about it but will leave that to everyone else.

So glad your with us hunnny and thanks for everything.

Hugs Shirley x x

Marjo said...

Wow Brenda! This is an awesome creation. Looks like a project that was well worth all the time and effort. A winner for sure.

xoxo Marjo

Suzanne B aka brookfies said...

Brenda .....this is to die for! More than gorgeous hunny! Thank you for making it photo top heavy - we get to see all the little details! This new challenge blog is bound to be a huge success - congrats to you all!

Margreet said...

Wow Brenda....I'm completely overwhelmed...this is brilliant, amazing, gorgeous, fabulous...etc. words enough!
Congrats both on Ken and your wedding anniversary! Enjoy your day!!!
xxx Margreet

Kathyk said...

Happy Birthday hubby and Happy Anniversary to you both.

WOW-ser Brenda you've done a fabulous job with this and also with your photographs. An unusual size of canvas but how well it works with this finished project. What did you use to attach the sewing pattern to your canvas?


Happy Sunday


Brenda Brown said...

Thankyou for your lovely comments everyone and Kathy I used multi-medium matte to stick the tissue paper to the canvas - it isn't as wet as some of the other glues out there but still lets you get all those lovely tactile scrumpled bits.

Zoechaos said...

Fantastic, a wonderful tribute to your Mum and her sewing box, to sewing and fabric, see a lot of TH influence here as well! Cracking start to your new challenge wishing that every success will pop over later. Thank you for sharing this with us at Just for Fun as well XOXO Zoe

The Sparkly Fairy said...

Wow this is absolute amazing! It is stunning. I will be adding it to my Pinterest board! I have visited the challenge site - it looks great and I can't wait to enter.

Claire said...

Wow Brenda, this is a real work of art! So much gorgeous detail, I could look at it all day. Happy Birthday to Ken and Happy Anniversary to you both.
Claire xx

Ink Art Designs said...

Happy birthday to Ken and Happy Anniversary to you both!!!
I loved seeing how you put that all together. And when I spotted the bee I had a big smile!
There is sooo much here that is from the heart, a truly special piece.
Dot x

Lucy Edmondson said...

This is absolutely glorious, even more so in the flesh. Glad I was able to make a little contribution. Congratulations on your anniversary and on the new challenge blog and Happy Birthday to Ken,

Lucy x

Anonymous said...

Fabulous project Brenda !I love how you've collected all the embellies from different people. A real keep sake ! Sue C x

Terry said...

Thank you for joining the DT from Simon Says Stamp and Show with your fabulous creation, fabby colors and coloring, all the little detaills are just AMAZING thank you for sharing Hugs Terry xxxx

Dolly Daydreams said...

Brenda this is amazing like a little mini sewing museum and how lovely to be able to use some of your mums things. Lots and lots of beautiful detailed work here and a glorious start to your new DT good luck.


Von said...

Awsome creation Brenda :)so much detail will check out the new challenge blog :)
Thank you for sharing your creation with us at Just for Fun
Von x

Astrid Maclean said...

This is such a stunning piece, wonderful!!

Suze Bain said...

Wow, this is stunning. There's so much to look at and the colour tones are gorgeous. Off to have a look round your blog! xx

Paddington fan said...

Wow Brenda, this is just amazing, I love it!! Thank you for sharing so many photos, I've loved looking at all the elements and I think it is so lovely that they remind you of different special people - somehow it makes a piece of art more personal and somehow more 'alive' if you know what I mean? Congrats to you and Ken on your Anniversary too, love Jacky x

Asia King (aka Joanna K) said...

OMG, I'm completely speachless!!! This is drop dead gorgeous! I've been enlarging every single pic to check all the details of this beautifully crafted masterpiece! AMAZING!!!
Happy birthday to Ken and happy anniversary!!! And I'm loving' the new profile pic, too!
Big hugs, Joanna xx

Nancy said...

Wow!!! This is gorgeous!! Absolutely gorgeous!!!

Thank you for joining us at the Simon Says Stamp & Show Challenge!

Lesley said...

Wow this is beautiful and what great memories it holds for you. I came over from JFF blog to see your work. You have inspired me to make something to remind me of days when my Mom taught me to sew as a small girl. Thanks and your work is wonderful.

Linda Coughlin, the funkie junkie said...

OMG, I don't know what to say other than it is PERFECT right down to the smallest detail. Utterly fabulous collection of assemblage and techniques. So happy you shared it with us this week at Simon Says Stamp and Show!

hazel said...

Wow! This is fabulous - there's so much to look at. I love it.
xxx Hazel.

chris said...

Blimey Brenda, talk about a work of art, its so interesting, love it.
thanks for popping over to my blog I dont deserve your lovely comments as I have been a bad blogger.
stunning stunning work. hugs chris xx

Cindy Adkins said...

WOW, Brenda--I am speechless!!! This is totally gorgeous!!!
Happy Anniversary to you and your husband and Happy Birthday to him!!! I can't believe you got married on his birthday--how amazing is that?

Sending (((hugs))) your way,

Fliss said...

My jaw dropped when I saw your awesome creation Brenda. It must have taken ages with all the gorgeous little details but the end result is just stunning!
Hugs, Fliss xx

Anonymous said...

Wow! A truly fantastic project and so beautifully made.
Regards Florence.

Unknown said...

Brenda, I'm speechless (and I can assure you that doesn't happen often!). This is a real piece of art, it is just beautiful. I hope you and hubby had a lovely anniversary and he had a good birthday. Thank you for the birthday wishes on my blog as well - they are appreciated. Sarah

salamanda said...

Wow - what a beautiful piece of art and a wonderful way to keep treasured memories of your mum

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Wow, I'm missing words, that's a breathtaking piece.

Val said...

Wow - this is gob-smackingly beautiful!

Fabulous details in every single inch
Congratulations on your anniversary - hope you had a lovely one and Ken a great birthday.


Neet said...

At last a challenge that uses "stamping". Good luck to you all with this new venture (will try to pop along and join in).
What a creation to set off with. Wonderful, truly wonderful.
Thanks for joining us at JFF - Hugs, Neet x

Marjie Kemper said...

What a gorgeous piece! So much eye candy. Congrats on your win and your new challenge blog... will definitely check it out.

Georgie Hughes said...

Hi Brenda,
Just browsing Blog land and saw this amazing creation. Congratulations on your win, you so deserve it with this masterpiece, it is perfect. What a lovely way of capturing memories of your Mum, you are right she would be so proud. I havent been around much, pressure of work. Hope to start again when nights start earlier because I can't deliver parcels in the dark. Ha! Ha!
Take care GeorgieX

Faith Maupin said...

Just checking all the photos at Simon Says Stamp & Show and clicked through to your blog... All I can say is WOW!!!

Beautiful, thoughtful, amazing piece of art! Love this!