Tuesday 1 May 2012

Wedding Wonders for UPA RAQ

Did you enjoy the first issue of Unruly PaperArts (UPA)? Wow, so much inspiration from the Columnists and guests and fabulous entries from the readers too. It's my turn this month to contribute. A sample for the Reader's Art Quest (RAQ) today and my very first column coming later in the month.

My focus for the RAQ is anything but a card (but could fit in with the lace theme too LOL), and is for the 'Wedding Wonders' overall theme.

I chose to re-cycle a small jar and make a small table light which could be used anywhere for decoration on the big day.

I forgot to take a photo before I started but here is the jar after the first couple of layers. Firstly I used paper lace on the jar as a mask and sprayed it with glass frosting. 

I added lace, vintage paper and little stamps (from the G45 Romantique pad).

The lid was sprayed with antique white paint and when dry I added more vintage paper, cut out part of a Cheery Lyn doily and added some little embellishments, the ribbon rose and paper and lace horn were hand made. Jewellery comes in really useful for adding some sparkle.

I completed the jar by adding keys and a lock on chain, ribbon and pearl-twisted ribbon to complete the wedding look.

We hope you are enjoying the new Blogozine and are able to dip into the articles for some fabulous inspiration from the team. There are two RAQs every month and the FAQ section will answer all your questions about what and how you can enter. I do so hope to see you over there with your wedding wonders this month. The last dates for adding are clearly laid out on the blog. Just look for the labels under the blog header to find where you submit your piece.

I am hoping to see you over on the blog, let us know what you have enjoyed so far.

Have fun creating and making this month.

hugs {brenda} xox


The Stamp Man ATC Swap

This month the swap theme at The Stamp Man is Shabby Chic or Distressed and I am trying to make up for being MIA last month and have made 3 ATCs for Janet.

These are simple blended backgrounds using DIs and spritzed and blotted to create a gentle mottled look. I lightly stamped some TH stamps to give some depth and then stamped these gorgeous Artemio images in black archival which gives such a crisp look.

I have added some lace and ric-rac, buttons and tags and finished with some rubbings.

Supplies -
Distress Inks - Antique Linen, Tattered Rose, Victorian Velvet, Walnut Stain
Ranger Black Archival ink
Artemio clear stamp set - Sewing
Tim Holtz stamps - Shabby French
Embellishments and rubbings from stash

If you love to take part in swaps then this one is for you.


Tuesday Treasures

This is the first of 3 posts today - very rare that.

Later today you will find ATCs for The Stamp Man swap and the early evening will see my first contribution to the Unruly PaperArts Blogozine, so I hope you will come back again to see me.

Those who know me will often see little 'treasures' on my creations. These may be bits of jewellery, small pieces picked up from ebay, car-boot sales or charity shop finds, and I have a couple of small boxes filled with old watch pieces, game pieces, vintage sewing things, vintage ephemera, keys, frozen charlotte dolls, bottle tops as well as new things like the TH Idea-ology range. 

I have needed some new inspiration lately and am not stamping quite as much as I was. I just love the shabby vintage creations that can be found out there in blog-land and find myself playing with all the ephemera that I have been gathering.

Here are some frames I picked up at a car-boot sale last year, which have been sitting waiting for me to alter.

Originally there were three of them, but I have taken one off and created this. The frame was painted with Fresco Finish snowflake. The back piece was also painted then stamped  and I have added another of my treasures bought last year off Ebay - a Frozen Charlotte Doll. I have used crackle accents and alcohol inks on it which for some reason has made it appear blurred in this photo. 
You can see I also added some glitter EP over the frame to give it some more dimension.

I re-photographed the frame on a dark background and got a better image of the Charlotte Doll.

I find it so inspiring looking at other people's treasures so I would love it if you would leave a link to this post. Just tell me what is your special treasure this week and we can share with each other.

Have a very treasured week.

hugs {brenda} xox

Mr Inlinkz is below.