Thursday 1 June 2017

Crafting from the Sofa #4 - Hearts for CVC

This is a panel for the pink journal, created in stages whilst I am recuperating from my broken ankle and it also serves as my DT piece for the new challenge at Country View Challenges - which is HEARTS chosen by the lovely Hazel.

For this background I began with the splat stencil and fired brick doxide. I replaced the stencil over the patterns and rubbed in some distress glaze aiming to keep the splatters looking clear and defined as I added other watery layers.

And so the fun started dipping the media paper into fossilized amber and spiced marmalade LOTS of times, heat drying between each dip. This really looked like molten lava to me but the splats remained and didn't get washed away with all the dips and spritzes of water.

Next I stamped the half tone stamp to create some visual texture and blended the orange and yellow colours around the edges.

This was all a bit fiery for me so I finished by dipping it in some watery gesso to tone it down somewhat.

Well I thought I had finished it, that was until I started gathering the elements to use. 
The story behind this is that about 10 days after I broke my ankle my gorgeous daughter Maddie and her lovely partner Tom took a long weekend break to visit Rome, she thought it was just that, a mini break, but he had other ideas. The outcome was she said YES and they are now engaged and of course we are all thrilled for them both.

So back to the panel - Whilst looking through a tub of vintage photos I found the married couple - remember I have only brought limited supplies down into the conservatory but this one spoke to me and linked to the engagement of these two special people. I stamped and cut the flowers and pen nib and punched the hearts and found some lovely appropriate remnant rubs. The oval is waxed paper and was used to help diecut the stitched ovals when Nikki came to visit, I decided to keep it and glad that I did.

So here's where I needed to add some hearts to the background too. I blended worn lipstick doxide randomly then replaced it again and with a water brush and some vintage photo doxide painted it over the ink to get some hearts that blended into the background perfectly.

Great, I inked and painted the flowers, edged all the pieces with walnut stain DI and collaged the elements together.  

After I had added it I thought the pen nib fitted for signing the register lol. It fits in the journal perfectly.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you'll pop over to the Country View Challenges blog to see what other hearts projects my fabulous teamies have come up with it and maybe we will see you take part.

Hopefully we will get some lovely weather for June.

Take care.

hugs Brenda xxx


Dortesjs said...

awsome work and congratulation with your daughter ;O))

Redanne said...

First of all, huge congratulations to Maddie and Tom - and how romantic of Tom to take Maddie to Rome to propose!

I just love those gorgeous warm tones in the background of your panel and the wax paper oval looks amazing behind the image! The subtle hearts are beautiful too and the pen nib is a lovely finishing touch! Another stunner for your journal!

Hope you are feeling much better now, we will miss you today... Hugs, Anne xx

Jane said...

This is so gorgeous Brenda and the inspiration is perfect. More wonderful crafting from you sofa. I love the colours. Flaming June has arrived...I really hope to get back down to you again before our holibobs, I will be in touch. Take care and keep mobilising...hope you have managed the stairs now? Hugs xxx

hazel said...

This is stunning Brenda, the background is fabulous and congratulations to Maddie and Tom on their engagement.
xxx Hazel.

Sophie said...

Wow, Brenda...
da hast du die Moderne mit Nostalgie verbunden, eine tolle Idee.
Schön mit den Herzen und den flammenden Farben.
Ich hoffe, du hast keine großen Schmerzen mehr, und es wird von Tag zu Tag besser.

Umarmung von Sophie

Monika Gulyas said...

Wow, fabulous panel again Brenda with beautiful mixed colours!!! I love that your heart project took on a new meaning because of your daughter's engagement!!! Congratulations to them and to the happy family!!!

Inky and Quirky Designs said...

Ah so sweet Brenda, big congrats to your lovely daughter too :)
Donna xx

Patty O'Malley said...

Fantastic page, Brenda! I love the background and heart accents. Great use of the wax paper showcasing the photo.

froebelsternchen said...

So beautiful - I love the background and how brilliant you used all the pieces on it! AMAZING!
All the best for the lovely couple!!! What a romantic idea to get engaged in the Eternal City!!!
Best wishes for your poor ankle furthermore!
oxo Susi

Sue said...

This is beautiful Brenda, gorgeous background and I love the wax paper die cut, it goes so well. Congratulations to your daughter too! I hope your ankle is feeling better everyday xx

Corrie Herriman said...

You never cease to amaze me with your fantastic work ! I love it ! Congrats on the engagement and I hope your ankle will heal soon ! Until it does I hope someone will keep you in Starbucks Frappucino's !

Corrie xxx

Miriam said...

Fabulous - this is a great project Brenda.... I love the vintage effect - love it! And congratulations to Maddie and Tom - what wonderful news.

Hazel Agnew said...

Love how the background evolves and everything came together just perfectly. Great omen, great card! Xx

Meggymay said...

A stunning project Brenda, the background you created looks great.
Congratulations to the happy couple, a lovely romantic city to become engaged in.
Yvonne x

Felix the Crafty Cat said...

Hi Brenda, gorgeous project. Love the warm colours you used, they just seem right for this type of subject. I went walking with the girls yesterday and kept seeing twigs and branches sticking out of the ground trying to trip me up Lol! Couldn't help thinking about you. Take care and happy sofa crafting, Angela xXx

Lisa said...

First, huge congratulations to Maddie and Tom!! What beautiful pics of the happy couple!! Your project is absolutely stunning!! The depth you achieve with layering and stenciling is phenomenal!! I love the colors and the wax paper oval is such a fabulous touch!! Gorgeous project!! I hope you ankle is feeling better and stronger every day!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

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eileen hull said...

Loved that you took us through all the steps Brenda so we could see how the project came about. And congrats on the engagement- they look so happy and your daughter is beautiful! You need to get that ankle fixed up so you can make the walk down the aisle :-) Beautiful colors and techniques!

A Pink said...

Big Congratulations to Maddie and Tom. How wonderful. So happy for you all.
Love that you continued with your journal panel with your 'happy news' in mind- a documented memory to keep forever. (gush... I'm such a softie). It really is gorgeous- so much detail, fabulous colour and perfectly chosen and collaged elements.

Take care
hugs x

Craftyfield said...

Well congrats to the happy couple! How romantic... Love your Vintage make and the recycling of the wax paper! Hope your recovery is going well Brenda.

sarascloset said...

What wonderful news about Maddie and Tom! Congratulations to them and to you for the new addition to your family! What a beautiful journal page you have made to mark the happy occasion with that delicious background! The elements you chose work perfectly on there; genius idea to use the wax paper; it almost looks like fine vellum. How pretty this is! Hope things are moving along for you with your recovery! You'll be back crafting in the craft room before you know it!Hugs!

Jackie PN said...

Absolutely Amazing card and amazing layers Brenda!!
Such a sweet story about your daughter Maddie- how romantic to be proposed to in Rome! ahhhhh young love!
hugs,Jackie xx

Unknown said...

Congrats TOM - you have chosen an INCREDIBLE Mother in Law!!!! Heheheheh - well, it's TRUE!!!! What a BEAUTIFUL tribute you created to honor this FABULOUS announcement Brenda! YEAH!!! The background is just STUNNING but the GENTLY ELEGANT hearts, bits and babbles you added to the background just made another CREATIVE JEWEL. Xj.

rachel said...

A stunningly beautiful piece Brenda and absolutely fab news too - Congratulations xx