Sunday 30 December 2012

Surprise Us for New Year at FSC

We have a very special challenge at Fashionable Stamping Challenges to welcome in 2013.
For the next 2 weeks we want you to surprise us and hopefully you will be surprised by and enjoy the samples on the challenge blog.

In fact this is a very special project for the design team as we are posting out our samples anonymously as a Secret Santa to each other.
I wonder who is gonna get mine?
Hope they like it and I wonder what I will receive in return? Ooooooh so exciting.

So onto my shadow box.
1. Gave it a coat of white gesso to seal the wood and provide a base for more paints and inks.
2. Painted over white acrylic and some Fresco finish Inky Pool and Claudine Hellmuth Altered Orange, with just a tiny touch of black here and there.
3. When dry sanded it down and took some edges back to the wood.
4. Rubbed some Walnut Stain DI into the worn edges and corners using a wet-wipe to take away unwanted ink.
5. Using the wet-wipe rubbed in white acrylic paint to lighten any areas again.
6. I have used the lovely PaperArtsy sewing stamps for this project and stamped one of the text stamps around the frame using walnut stain DI.

7. I created the background using one of the techniques I learned from Andy Skinner but changed it (as you do) to suit my colours. I used the TH sewing themed embossing folders and the dry brushing technique.
I glued some torn stamped tissue paper over the top and added crackle paint around a couple of edges.

8. Stamped embellishments are again Paperartsy using Prismacolor pencils and DI.
9. Sprayed the dress form and label with spray and shine to give more depth and raised them using thick foam pads.

11. Used card covered with black, brown and gold acrylic paint to make the wings and used TH Heart Wings die. When dry I painted them with watered red metallic paint and a coppery rub on.

10. Gathered lots of other bits and pieces together and aged them using a combination of walnut stain, treasure gold, red metallic paint and patina victorian gold.

11. I didn't add too much on the outside as I thought it would detract from the detail of the inside. However I love the half spool with flowers and twined bindwire.

Do pop over and be inspired by our fabulous team and maybe you will come and join us with an entry?

New Years Eve tomorrow and we will be getting ready to have some friends and the family to welcome in 2013.

I wish you all a happy evening and hope that the new year brings you joy, peace, health, hope, love and friendship.

Have fun and be creative.

hugs {brenda} x0x

Challenges to have fun with -
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes
Live and Love Crafts - Anything but a card
Vintage Stamping Challenges - Pocket full of Posies



Yvonne Garner said...

Oh Brenda! This is fabulous! I hope you had a great Christmas and have a Happy New Year! Best, Yvonne

Sue said...

ooooo Brenda I love it!!! have a fab new year all the best for 2013 huggles hun xxx

Gram's Treasures said...

Lovely project, Brenda! That little bit of lace adds the perfect final touch. Wishing you the best in the new year!
Joyce xx

Lynn Stevens said...


just realized I did all caps. drats!
hugs Lynn

Clare Lloyd said...

stunning project brenda. hope you had a good xmas and happy new year to you. x

Von said...

You do these so well Brenda :) someone will be very lucky to have received it :)
Von ♥

Ink Art Designs said...

Oh thankyou sooo much Brenda...this looks amazing!!! lol Your detail is incredible and the scene you set tells a story and is beautifully framed in the box. It will be treasured!
Happy New Year Brenda
Dot x

Lucy Edmondson said...

Truly superb. Someone will be very lucky,

Lucy x

Anonymous said...

I never tire of dressmaking themes especially when created to such beautiful and exact standards as this. Absolutely divine Brenda.
If I am not in contact before then I want to wish you and yours all the very best for 2012. Maybe it bring health to all(but moreso to your dear Grandchild) of you and happy times and for you, lots of creative playtime.
Thank you for being such a lovely and supportive friend.

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Wow Brenda, your shadow box is breathtaking, I love every detail. Thanks for sharing it at FlonzCraft Vintage Stamping Challenges, too.

Words and Pictures said...

This is so fabulous, Brenda - every detail is a delight, gorgeous background, and that spool/vase of flowers is perfect! Happy New Year!
Alison x

Claire said...

oh Brenda, what a stunning project. I love the background, and so many beutiful details, I could look at it all day. Wishing you a very happy, healthy and crafty New Year
Claire xx

Esther said...

Brenda this is just stunning - so many little details and the background itself is of us is a very lucky girly ! Wishing you and your family a very Happy New Year filled with love and special moments...Esther xx

catherine said...

Brenda this is just fantastic - sure wish I was receiving this as a sec ret santa!! lucky recipitent.
wishing you and family all the best for the new year
x catherine

Meggymay said...

Stunning project, I love the dressmaking theme.
Hope you and the family have a good New Year.
Yvinne x

Asia King (aka Joanna K) said...

Oh my crafty goodness! Your shadow box is gorgeous. So much detail to admire and I always love your dressmaker themed projects :)>. The recipient of your gift is going to be over the moon!!!

Best wishes for the happy and excitingly creative New Year to you and yours!
Joanna xx

nefertiti said...

It's just fabulous Brenda!! wow I love love love it!!!!
I wish you lot of love, hapiness, prosperity and good health for the new year!!!!!!!and always the same creativity!!!!!!!!bisous

Daniele said...

totally amazing Brenda, love the flowers popping out of the spool, .....scrummy
hugs and best wishes fro the New Year

Mrs.B said...

This is a stunning project Brenda, just love all the details you have added, and such a gorgeous colour combo.
Wishing you and your family all the Very Best for 2013.
Avril xx

2amscrapper said...

WOWZERS! So many lovely details. And it goes so well with your blog header, too! Happy New Year!

Julie said...

Wow - such a lot of work has gone into this! Amazing!

Thanks for joining us at Stampin' for the Weekend for our Final Challenge of 2012 - Anything Goes.


Julie x

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

Gorgeous make! Love the spools! So much to see! Fab!

brenda said...

Fabulous shadow box Brenda, lucky girl who received this one.

Thanks for sharing with us at FlonzCraft Vintage Stamping challenges this month.

B x

Ellie Knol said...

Lovely project Brenda!
Happy New Year to you and your family!
xx Ellie xxx

Melissa Bove said...

Wow! Brenda that is just gorgeous!! Fabulous work as always my friend!!

Happy and Healthy New Year to you and your family!

Thank you very much for joining us this week at the Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog!


Terry said...

This is nothing short of perfection! Brenda, I just love your sewing room and all the incredible details! So love what you did with those spools! Well I know it is the New Year in the UK, so Happy New Year and may 2013 be amazing for you! Much love!

Elizabeth said...

Gorgeous, Brenda! Thanks for the tutorial too. Hope you a had a wonderful christmas! Wishing you wonderful crafty new year! THanks for joining us at the LLC challenge. Hugs, Elizabeth

Marjie Kemper said...

How fabulous is this!?! So many great details, but I just can't take my eyes off the spool planter. Amazing!

Jenny Marples said...

Fabulous piece Brenda. Such care and attention to detail on each of the elements as well as that gorgeous frame. Whoever receives this is bound to be absolutely thrilled. Hugs, Jenny x

Juls said...

love, love LOVE this such a stunning creation!! Hugs Juls