Goooodly Morning Stampers and a very happy Sunday to you all! Many thanks for the wonderful birdy entries for last weeks challenge... and it is lovely to see a few newbies joining in too :O) This week the challenge is a little different - normally I suggest you make anything you fancy - this week the challenge theme is to... MAKE A HANGING. To join is simples - make a little hanging and include some stamping on it! Once you have made your creation (and remember, it can be any size, shape, style etc you fancy) pop back here to leave me a comment along with a link to the place you are showing your entry. If you don't have a blog/web-photo-hosty thing, you can also join in via Facebook (just tag my name on your photo upload) or by emailing me a photo of your creation (my email addy can be found by clicking on the piccie of me over there *points left*) The challenge will remain open until 21:00 Saturday 21st September 2013.
I keep saying this... I do indeedily cos I means it... I am a lucky ducky! Being part of the 2013 Darkroom Door Design Team is such a great honour and I have been so lucky to receive some more of the gorgeous new releases. Todays creation is featuring the new Pocket Watch stamp which I am in lurves with. As with all Darkroom Door stamps, you know you are going to get quality rubber and quality images and this beauty of a stamp proves it! The detailing in the design around the edge of the watch is intricate but stamps directly from an inkpad... sometimes really intricate stamps will need ink applying with a brayer, not so in this case (although you could if you were fussed!) However, sometimes I see an intricate design and groan... that usually means lots of fiddle faffing with the cutting out. Not so! You see the top of the watch? I cut that out meself (and I don't do faffy cutting) simply punching a hole in the card and then using the pointy snips of my scissors to go in and cut inside the "handle" of the watch. Colouring the watch was done using a very small amount of Tarnished Brass Distress Stain, applied with a water brush to the edges of the watch and then stamping again, cutting out the middle and colouring with a smidge of Walnut Stain DI. I then used a paperstump to puff the watchface, applying to the whole image with silicone glue. Simples!
The base of my hanging design is a 5" x 7" canvas board painted with black paint. I then used the large A6 Gazette Background, stamped in Jet Black Archival ink as the base point for the decoration. I used Antique Linen and Tumbled Glass DI to colour the card... spritz and flick with water and dry... then edged with Walnut Stain. Then I decided that the Tumbled Glass was way too pale, so I went back in and added some more just for a pop of colour. I used an edge distresser to rough up the edges of the card to add a smidge of shabby. The butterflies are from the Wings set (I know, I know... I shouldn't have favourites but... ) and these were coloured with Tumbled Glass DI on the front and Walnut Stain under their wings. The words are from the Art De Fleur Wordstrip (another fave - love that font) and I just dappled Tumbled Glass onto the card to tone it in. Finishing touches were some grosgrain ribbons and a little metal corner.
To see more designs using the new release stamps, please do head over to see the arty beauty that my teamies have been creating. The Darkroom Door blog is HERE and to see stockists and the full range of stamps, the Darkroom Door store is HERE
I had a marvellous day yesterday... oh yesh, I was teaching at Birds in the Barn in Essex and whilst I had every intention of finishing my canvas, alas, I didn't! However... I am a little bit boastyful because... remember the new motto "keep the Room of Stash tidy, remove all boxes, unpack, put away..."?? Well! I got home, Grim helped me with the boxes and I, being the reformed character that I now am, unpacked them... and put away the stash! I know! I am, at present, multi-tasking. Oh yesh, I am indeedily typing and polishing my halo at the same time ;o) And on that bombshell, I shall bid you a goodly day and say... Thanks for looking! TTFN
PS... BTCC today at Rockingham... GO PLATO!!! *he is on Pole for race one after qualifying... finger's X'd and all that.....