Tuesday, 7 October 2008

A Little Sew & Sew

Hey Peeps

I have been AWOL!!! I went away for a few days to visit relatives and have been really busy so haven't had chance to do any crafting at all!

However, a few days before I got busy, I managed to make a sort of canvassy thing for The Artistic Stamper designs.

I used an 8" x 8" canvas, turning it over and using the back of it instead of the front. I used watered down PVA glue and squidged some old dress making patterns onto the frame to make a textured border. Once these had dried, which took ages, I painted over them using the mica powder paints available from The Artistic Stamper. These are really lush to work with and the colours are so deep and just perfect for what I needed them for. Once the main colour red had dried, I overpainted using the gold, this was as an accent and also to enhance the centre of the canvas, which I also painted gold.

The centre was filled up with pieces of dressmaking pattern, which once painted with watered down PVA go transparent. I stamped some images onto more dressmaking patterns and cut these out, painted over with the PVA and then added a little box which I had filled with tiny bottles and shrunk images.

I added a little Taylors dummy which I coloured with Distress Ink and then stamped with a script stamp from The Artistic Stamper. The buttons and ephemera are all from the fab Jamboree Bags which are also available from there.

The stamp plates I used are Artists Plate, Embroidery Plate and Calligraphic plate. I am well chuffed with the over all outcome of this project, it is the first time I have tried anything like this and I just love the theme and the colours.

Thanks for looking - as I am snowed under at the moment, the Pocket challenge set last week will run for another week, so if you still would like to join in, I would love to see your creations - and if you have already joined in, thank you, and you can have another go!!! LOL

Hels x


* Shaz * said...

Wow wow & wow it's stunning Hels xx

Craftyideas said...

Gorgeous canvas love it xx

Liverpool Lou (Anne) said...

This is gorgeous Hels. Glad you've had a nice few days away.
Anne :)

Angie C said...

Oh my Hels what a stunning piece of work.

Jennie said...

mm it is gorgeous,as have it in the flesh here :) Will take good care of it Hels :) xx

Karen said...

I've kept coming back for the new Sunday Stamper theme and was beginning to worry! Glad to know you're OK.
This is piece is stunning! Thanks for the explanation - I wouldn't have known where to start!

voodoo vixen said...

Oh wow... what can I say? Wow... I love this, this is exactly the sort of thing I would buy if it were in a shop...

Elaine said...

Now whos a clever girlie!!! Like it lots hun!
Hope my feeble efforts would turn out half as good!!

Elaine :-)

Andrea said...

WOW as Shaz says Hels, this is just so stunning and like a treasure you would find tucked away in an old curiosity shop, I love it x

Karen said...

Absolutely gorgeous Hels - love it :)

mrsspook said...

Wow your canvas is fab and using it round the other way is a super idea.
I love the theme too as I also do sewing.
June x

Minx said...

Ha Ha how fricking cool is this, love love love it hun, glad you had some time away but missed ya loads xx

TinaB said...


Shazza said...

wow Hels, this is great!

Anonymous said...

Fantastic canvas Hels! Love your painted textured frame and all the lovely little details!
Alison xx

Claireabelle said...

Fabulous as always Hels

Hels said...

Thanks everyone - sorry I haven't been about...have been away again..twice!!! am back now so should be getting down to some serious crafting!!
Hugs Hels xx

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