Goooodly Morning Stampers and a VERY Happy New Year to you all! Huge thanks for all your entries for the last challenge... I have a winner for the blog candy to be announced ... but more of that in mo! Firstly, I am introducing you to the brand new theme for this week, in honour of the sad passing of Phil Everly, the theme this week comes from the song title of one of my fave Everly Brother's songs... DREAM. To join in with the challenge is simples: make a little something - it can be anything you fancy. Add in the theme and some stamping then pop back here to leave me a comment with a link to the place you are showing your entry. I keep getting asked about "how to see the gallery of entrants". Well, there isn't a gallery, the way to see what other peeps' have been making is to simply click on their link they have left in the comments box. If you haven't got a blog, you can also join in via email - just email a small res pic to me or via Facebook, simply tag my name and I can view your entry. The challenge will remain open until 21:00 Saturday 11th January 2014.
|For some reason my camera is making it look like a fisheye lens....|
Coincidentally, my Word of 2014 is Dream and I have been making this canvas for the past week... it is mahoooosive - the biggest canvas (12" x 16") I have ever tackled and I have to admit, I was really phased at first, doing something on such a big scale and all that... but, hurrah and thrice, thanks to the wonderful Craft Obsessions, my brand new Tattered Florals die arrived during the week... so that took care of the floral embellishment thing... ginormous paper rose! Check out the size of it! The little roses next to it are the normal Tattered Florals size rose that I make using the largest flower on the die. WOW! Here's the canvas before I got handy with the embellies...
|Yep, fisheye... am rubbish at photographing stuff!|
Oooh, before I forget... the winner for the candy giveaway from last week's challenge! Well, there were 90 entries in total and I fed this into Random.org and he came up with the number 23... which tallies with the entry from LISETTE BAKER. Congrats to Lisette, please pop me and email over with your addy and I will send your candy to you :O)
Moving on... and back to the gigantic canvas! Now I bought this canvas about 261 years ago and it has been lurking under my desk gathering dust. Last Saturday Ellen and I had a Skypey sesh but this time we just did our "own thing" instead of a challenge... and being as I was feeling brave *or stoopid* I decided to unearth said canvas and give it a makeover. This took me hours to do... I did take my time though, I wanted to make sure I got it exactly how I wanted it as it will be hanging up in the house... somewhere... when I find the hammer and nails.... lol
Of course, putting paint onto such a big surface had me shaking with fear, so I decided to go straight into my comfort zone and got out my gorgeous Kaisercraft papers (from Jones of Nottingham DT)... the papers are from the Art of Life and 75 Cents collections. A spot of paper blocking... I know, I told you, comfort zone... and some texturing in the form of Wendy's lush 490 Embossing Paste and Tim's Layering Stencils... and then some stamping using Kaisercraft background stamps - I used Bubble Wrap and Diamonds and Wendy's Signature Designer Archival Inks in Potting Soil (bubble wrap) and Watering Can (diamonds). I LOVE those Archival ink colours... and... exciting news... Wendy has 6 new colours being released at CHA next week... check out HER BLOG to see the colours (you will be needing them as muchly as I do!!!)
As mentioned before... the brand new massive Tattered Florals die landed on my doormat the other day... along with the new Garden Greens die too. Now, as you all will have probably sussed, I LOVE making paper roses. I usually use the largest of the Tattered Florals (original size) die to make them... and sometimes use the Movers & Shapers Mini Tattered Florals too. I made the new big rose exactly the same as I do the others... SEE HERE for a photo tut that I did yonks ago. Make the big rose in the same way but cut a couple of extra petals so you can "fill" the gaps.. so cutting 3 and a half flowers is the easiest way. I used the same papers to make them and then spritzed with Black Marble Dylusions and Red Firefly Cosmic Shimmer sprays. The leaves are mountboard painted with Forest Moss Distress Paint. Of course, I had to pile on the embellies - the word is made up from Grungeboard letters and coloured with Black Soot DI and the embellies have all had the Treasure Gold treatment, Rose Quartz, Ruby, Copper and White Fire being my chosen colours.
And there you have it! I have finally altered that canvas... the big scary one! And, I actually feel like making more of these big ones now... daring is my middle name (well, it isn't really ..it does have a ring to it though) Right, I shall away... I have got tellybox shows on Wednesday so today I will mostly be making samples and getting all creative with the Melt Pot. Have a great day! Thanks for looking... TTFN