Sunday 24 February 2013

For my friend in red, black and brown

I am combining two DT pieces today as this been a huge project  and it still isn't totally complete yet.

My dear friend and our esteemed leader at FSC, Shirley, came to visit at Christmas and she brought this amazing album to show me. It is GORGEOUS and I just had to have a go. 

Hope you've got a cuppa in your hand as this post has lots of photos.

So here is my version. I haven't finished it completely as it has taken many hours to get this far. I have used the colour combination of the challenge for this fortnight, red, brown and black.

The book is made of thick grey board covered in papers and then I dry brushed different colour acrylic paints over it before stamping flowers, flourishes and text over. I used my new Inktense pencils to colour in the flourishes. I frantaged the outside of it too.

I added these gorgeous Crafty Individuals stamps to the pages as this album will be going to a friend for her to add her watercolour paintings. Each page of the album is actually a pocket, so there are 8 for her to use in total.

I stamped some of the CI stamps directly onto the pages themselves and watercoloured them using Distress Markers.

The pocket pages are held in place by tying ribbons through them and the spine of the album.

We thought this could be a very versatile colour combination for a project and as long as it has some real stamping on it, then we hope you will share yours with us at FSC.

If your project is for a friend and you use at least one Crafty Individuals product then we would love to see it entered for the challenge 'For a Friend' at Jean's challenge blog. 
There are some lovely new stamps that have just come out and you may want to have a look at HERE.

Have a wonderful Sunday. I am off for day 4 with Andy Skinner on his techniques workshop at The Stamp Attic. Just loving playing with different materials in different ways.

Take care.

hugs {brenda} x0x



Terry said...

Brenda, gorgeous does not even begin to describe this work of art or work in progress! Every detail is amazing and your friend will certainly treasure this gift! Love every inch! Enjoy your day with Andy Skinner! I think I will be signing up for his online workshops, because I so love his work! Enjoy!! Hugs!

Scrumplescrunch said...

Hello Brenda,
This is a wonderful work in progress, beautiful colour palette, and your colour work with the different media is very impressive, an album to cherish for many years.

Yvonne Garner said...

Brenda, Your album is a masterpiece. How glorious that you will be with Andy Skinner in person. Enjoy my friend. Hugs, Yvonne

cheryl said...

oh wow Hun this is brilliant gosh the detail colours and stamps you have used,work beautifully a real work of art hun,she will treasure this know I would,have a great day with Andy,hun hugs Cheyrlxxxx

Gio said...

This is truly amazing, Brenda. The background looks like shabby wood, can't explain, wonderful effect! And yuo got the most from those beautiful stamps.

Have a great course with Andy!

Shirl said...

Hi Brenda, what to say except ... wow, wow and more. I so want to see this in the flesh when home in April. So much detail and all stunning. Totally beautiful.

Hugs Shirley x x x x x x

Inkypinkycraft said...

Such gorgeous work has gone into this fabulous piece! Have fun today hugs trace x

Jenny Marples said...

This is magnificent Brenda!!! Love each of the pages with their layers of paper, paint, stamping and embellishments. Your friend will be thrilled to bits to have such a treasured item. Hope you enjoy your final Andy Skinner day (so jealous!) and looking forward to seeing what you produce as a result. Hugs, Jenny x

Juls said...

Wow wow wozer!!! What an amazing project!! Worth the many hours!! Love it!! Hugs Juls

Ink Art Designs said...

I'm a little on the speechless side...such careful designing, depth and softness. Everything flows from one page to the next beautifully. Your friend is one very lucky person Brenda!
Dot x

Anonymous said...

Fantastic project Brenda ! Love all the stamping and the images you've used are gorgeous. It does look like a labour of love ! Sue C x

Ephemera said...

Sensational project Brenda, superb stamping, I love the white washed background, so effective and it must taken absolutely ages to create, a real labour of love. Have a great day. xx

Joan said...

Lost for words! It's just stunning Brenda.


Ps. Enjoy your class, lucky you

Lindsay Craftymonster81 said...

WOW WOW WOW! This is just so amazing Brenda, what a work of art, I absolutely love all the textures, colours and images, really breathtakingly beautiful LOVE it
Lindsay xx

Marjie Kemper said...

Oh, Brenda, what a gorgeous creation! Love all that dry brushing and stamping and how you've included so many layers of embellishments. What total eye candy each page is!

Marjie Kemper said...

Oh, Brenda, what a gorgeous creation! Love all that dry brushing and stamping and how you've included so many layers of embellishments. What total eye candy each page is!

Unknown said...

Absolutely drop down stunning Bren! Chris xxx

Daniele said...

totaaly amazing Brenda love the shabby chic effect that you have created on all of the papers

Meggymay said...

Wow, this is stunning. All the details and papers are amazing.
Yvonne x

Lucy Edmondson said...

Gorgeous! Will look forward to seeing it. Is this what you wanted the 'people' for?

Lucy x

1CardCreator said...

Wow, this is gorgeous, through and through! ~Diane

Ellie Knol said...

A big but beautiful project. These backgrounds are all so yummy! Have a great week.

xxx Ellie xxx

Sonja said...

Oh wow, Brenda! This is a great project and I´m sure that it is going to be awesome!

Anonymous said...

Delighted you took the time to photograph detail shots.
An incredible piece full of texture, colour and beautiful stamping.

Silvia(Barnie) said...

I'm missing words, that's breathtaking.

Esther said...

WOW Brenda this is amazing and your friend is sure to love it ! The stamping and painting..and well.. everything is just stunning..Esther xx

Mrs.B said...

Hi Brenda, such a fabulous project.
Love all the stamping and details and a lovely way with the colour combo.
Avril xx