Sunday, 8 February 2009

Sunday Stamper - Week 46 - Wishing (If I Had A Photograph of You)

Morning Stampers,

First of all, thank you to all of you who joined in with the Sunday Stamper last - yet again, some divine creations were made and I loved visiting you all to see what you made.

The theme I have chosen is Photograph - but if you would like to add the Wishing bit in too then that is fine :O)) I love this song by The Flock of Seagulls, takes me right back to school disco's and bad 80's haircuts LOL

So, simply incorporate a photo with your project this week - and remember, you don't have to use a real photo either, how about dusting off a photographic stamp you have got lurking in your stash, or downloading an image and printing that off and including it with your other stamping? The choice is yours and I hope that you have fun with your project. Once completed, please pop back and leave me a message with a link to the place you are showing your entry.

I have used a real photo for my project this week. Actually, this is a photo of me that was taken last year, on a train, on the way from Brugge to Brussels Midi station. We had had a couple of days in Brugge, gentle walks sight-seeing and rather less gentle stuffing of the face with chocolate....oh, the chocolate!!! I had the best time in Brugge and I think that the photo here actually reflects that - which is why I love it so much :O))

Anyways, I digress :O)) For my project, I took an 8" x 6" deep edged canvas and painted the back of it with Gesso - applying two coats to cover the surface completely. I then used Golden Texture Gel and popped this all over the surface and a little bit onto the edges too to blend them in. The beauty of using the Texture Gel is that it covers the join between the canvas and the wood and gives a nice medium to apply paint to.

Once this coat had dried I painted over the top with Cream acrylic paint - again, giving this two coats so it was covered completely. Once dried, I used a stipple brush and dragged a teensy bit of Ranger Black acrylic paint over the surface. This made the texture show up more as the black paint collected on the peaks of the Gel.

Next, I used a variety of my Stitchels stamps and the Avenue Collection by Crate Paper to make the embellishments. I stamped lots of images of flowers and butterflies and then cut them out, layered them and added gems and pearls for the centres.

I added a Twidley Bits chipboard corner, which I had prepped in the same way as the canvas, added Mini Mini Stitchels butterflies to it and then decorated with more pearls and gems.

Finally, to give a little extra bling, I made some little wirey beady pieces which I added to the frame, sticking them down under the flowers with silicone glue.

I have to admit something now....I started this frame two weeks ago but hadn't finished it - and then last week it took a different turn...and the reason was.....over on the Lots To Do Challenge Blog, the theme two weeks ago was Frames....then last week it was Stitches - see where this is I am also entering this canvas for both of those challenges and being a total cheat LOL Well you can't blame a girl for trying ;O))

Thank you for looking and I hope that you enjoy the challenge this week.

Hels x


crafty creations said...

Hels it is absolutely stunning - thank you for joining the Lotstodo Challenge with such a gorgeous piece

x Hilda

Andrea said...

OMG that is just beautiful Hels, love your frame loads x

Joy said...

That frame is amazing and you scrub up very well indeed xxx

Anonymous said...

Stunning! Love the frame too! Lol! Really like your little beady wire bits and all the flowers and butterflies. Will try harder to take part this week, as I'm almost up to date with feb cards! xx

Heather Robinson said...

Hels, you always inspire with your wonderful creations and challenging themes. My entry is on my blog.

Claireabelle said...

Fabulous frame Hel, lovely pic too, and not a smidge of chocolate to be seen!!

Rainbow Lady said...

Lovely photo Hels. We go to Bruges every year - went to the CHristmas markets this time.
Love it.
Love Cynthia x

Hazel said...

This is super, Hels. My postcard is here

Shazza said...

WOW Hels this is fabulous. I adore all your ickle flowers and butterflies

Jennie said...

Wow, amazing no wonder it took two weeks to make :)

Ellen said...

oh what a lot of stitchels and a lovely photograph .
a beautiful cavas that deserves a special place in the house.

my entree can be seen here

Hels said...

Thanks peeps and to Heather, Hazel and Ellen for your fabulous entries xx

crafty creations said...

Hi hels

Mine is on my blog

you can see it here

Thanks for looking

Becki and Alan said...

This is gorgeous Hels! There's an award for you over on our blog if you'd like to pop over and pick it up.


TinaB said...

I have seen this in the flesh,stunning!!!!

Minx said...

Just Beautiful hun x

Sam said...

A very stunning frame.

Joy said...

Hi Hels done mine you can see it here


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