Sunday 29 January 2012

FSC - It's a guy thing

Another challenge at Fashionable Stamping Challenges and this week it's gotta be something for the guys.

It's a special year for Ken and I this year, we both reach a milestone age bracket and if I tell you I retire next month then you'll easily guess what that is. His birthday is in July and we share our wedding anniversary on that day too. So I made this for him as a special little gift - it's ok he never looks on here to see what I am doing, I usually show him everything before I blog it but this time I will have to find a little place to hide it for a while.

I really enjoyed making this collage hanging piece and it all started with an experiment. I wanted to see how I could get a bleached image and what card would work well enough with this technique. I actually achieved several good stamped images and you will recognise it as T!m's old jalopy. Once it had cured, I cut out the rectangle and masked the image to stamp the crackle background, ink around the edges and then sprayed glimmer mist over it. 

I gessoed and painted the cardboard and stamped over that when it was dry then collected some bits and pieces together to make up the collage. 

The flower is T!m's tattered floral die and I used an old AA road atlas book and again inked and glimmer misted the parts before putting it together.

So for my Prince Charming, with warm kisses and many more years together where we can cherish the moments. (I know you are all saying ahhhhhh - but it will be 38 years married this year!!!!)

Do come on over and take a look at what my fabulous teamies have made to inspire you and have a go yourself as you could win a great stamp from our sponsor, Marina at Cottage Crafts.

Have a wonderful day whatever you have planned and thanks for stopping by to see my work.

luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox

Challenges to have fun with -
Simon Says Stamp and Show - Song Title - Cherish by Madonna
Gingersnap Creations - Spicy Supply Challenge - Ribbon
Anything Goes - To the one I love
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes
Simply Create too - Love is in the air
The butterfly effect - making layers
Bloggers Challenge - Texturize it
The Artistic Stamper - Vintage


Terry said...

Brenda, I am so happy for you and getting to retire! WooHoo, more time to play! Now about your lovely hanging, how can you make him wait until July?? Valentine's Day is two weeks away! I have never stamped with bleach and I am so inspired by this. Love that you masked and added the crackled background! Amazing creation! Hugs!

lainey said...

Hi Brenda, I love love love what you have done, I love your shabby look, never quite works out when I try it!! lainey x

Val said...

Wow - this is fabulous. I just love, love, it.

Congratulations to both of you on reaching these momentous milestones. I am sure you both have lots to look forward to.

We are just ahead of you in the marriage stakes - 39 in September.

Thank you so much for you lovely comments on my sewing card - I really enjoyed making it. Unfortunately I was too late to enter the PP challenge!


Cazro said...

I'm sure you cold give him this amazing wall hanging for Valentine's, it too long to wait for the big day. I am again in awe of your artwork, a fabulous piece. I am always inspired looking at your work. Have a lovely weekend Caz

Ink Art Designs said...

lol...I am in awe! 38 years and counting!! There is nothing not to like on this wall hanging. And the flower is incredible. I always run out of words when I see your creations! The collage background is amazing as is the main image and all the techniques in it.
Dot x

Lynn Stevens said...

WOW Brenda an AWESOME hanging, What a great gift for your hubby. A Big Congrats on 38 years!!! Thats amazing these days. I thought we were doing good at 32! lol
hugs Lynn

Siobhan Fyffe said...

Wow Brenda ..!!! This is fantastic. You are so good at this style. I really love the way the old jalopy turned out. And your flower is gorgeous too. You are obviously having a very good crafty weekend.
Siobhan xx

Margreet said...

Wow Brenda....this will be 3x congratulations....when you are retired we possibly see far more beautiful creations made by you???....your hubby will be very pleased with thus awesome 38th anniversary gift!!
xxx Margreet

Kathyk said...

It's GLORIOUS Brenda, he'll absolutely love it and CONGRATULATIONS to you both on your milestone birthdays and 36th anniversary too


Silvia(Barnie) said...

How wonderful, all these fantastic elements, a great compostion.

Helen said...

What a beautiful gift, congrats on all your milestones this year!!

Netty said...

Terrific wall hanging and a fab gift. Congratulations on your retirement. x

Diane said...

What a perfect and fab man card!! I love this and yet again will have to give your technique a go at!! I think I am reaching the same "age bracket" as you this year in October....have a nice day!!

Irene said...

Fabulous collage Brenda,your hubby will love it.Congrats on all the special times you have to celebrate this year.
Have a good week.
Irene xx

May said...

Fantastic idea, great wall hanging piece, you are so creative, lovely, hugs May x x

Meggymay said...

A gorgeous hanging, I'm sure your OH will love it. So many beautiful elements to look at. Congratulations on you coming retirement, the dawn of new beginings.
Yvonne/Meggymay x

Fliss said...

A total stunner Brenda. Love the crackle look panel and general shabbiness and your flower is gorgeous.
Lucky you to retire too and what a lovely gift for your hubby.
My OH and I have the big 30 one coming up this year and sometimes it seems like yesterday when we went up the aisle.
Hugs, Fliss xx

Asia King (aka Joanna K) said...

Woooow, Brenda, this card is gorgeous!!! Love the crackle background, the vintage car and the flower - superb creation! I'm sure Ken will love it!!!! Hugs, Joanna xx

Lisa Jane said...

oh wow Brenda ... this is fabulous.. you know how i love my cars.. and Vintage ones are my fave .
I hope you and Ken have lots of wonderful things planed this year
Lisa x

Anonymous said...

You are not retirement age - WOW!!!!
You achieved the most amazing weathered appearance to this piece of art and I love the dash of colour.
This is what I call special.

Ephemera said...

Beautiful I love the combination of colours used, the rose, brown and weathered paint effect. Stunning. XX

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous project Brenda and a perfect gift too. Congratulations on your retirement, lots of crafting hours for you ! Sue C x

Mrs.B said...

What a Milestone Year you are going to have Brenda! Congratulations.
This is a fab wall hanging, love your treatment of the jalopy. You always do the most amazing pieces.
Avril xx

Gillian .... said...

Wow Brenda, congrats on your forthcoming retirement, this hanging piece is utterly beautiful, love all the different elements. xox

Gerri Herbst said...

dear Brenda,
What wonderful news my dear. You'll have more time to make more of your gorgeous creations. I can hardly wait. This one for yr DH is marvelous. I always like how you layer so many wonderful things and elements.Thanks for visiting me and being agood friend. do take care, gerri

Artyjen said...

Thanks for sharing your lovely entry with us this month at The Artistic Stamper.....good luck!
xoxo Sioux

Basement Stamper said...

I would say this turned out AWESOME! I love it, the bleached car and the vintage looking flowers are perfect. Thanks for joining us at blogger's challenge this week.

Lucy Edmondson said...

This is fantastic! Congratulations on this year's milestones! You certainly don't look 'That' age, and I have seen you up close after an Ofsted!

Lucy x

Unknown said...

Hi Brenda this is such a beautiful piece of different techniques, your style of work just amazes me always, it's a stunning card.
Congratulations to both of you on your forthcoming milestones!! you don't look anywhere near this age, you will have so much more time to play too.. so will be seeing lots more off your gorgeous makes too..
Lots Hugs
Sarah x

Martina said...

OMG BRENDA!!!! This is totally divine .... I cant take my eyes away from it ... super and awesome!!!

coldwaters2 said...

Wowww Brenda when I read the techniques you have used to create these works of art I am in awe, I think this is one brilliant collage the detail and elements look fantastic.
lorraine x

Inkypinkycraft said...

You make this style look so effortless and yet it is not!!! So simply stunning, love it, love it!!!!congrats on all the milestones!
Thanks for playing at anything goes
Hugs trace x dt

Tindaloo said...

gorgeous projects & techniques!

Lisa Somerville said...

Beautiful wall hanging! Fab use of color, love all the added layers! Thanks for playing along with the Bloggers Challenge!

Shirl said...

Finally have time to leave you some love Brenda. Another stunning piece, love all you make.

I will be sailing home this Friday and hope we can meet up also hoping to book Amber and myself into your class if there are places left.

Hugs Shirley x x