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Saturday, 7 July 2012

It's Believing that you can......

Hello Fellow Bloggers

Firstly, I would like to say a big hello and welcome to my lovely new followers!  I truly appreciate you coming along on this crafting journey with me.......

The title today?  Well I got some new Wendy Vecchi stamps today, an early birthday present from my lovely DH and I wanted to do something different with them.  A couple of months ago I attended a Hels Sheridan workshop and we made a beautiful mirror.  The afternoon class, which I regret I did not attend made a little piece of art from a block of wood.  I have been trying ever since to source some, they are ATC sized but about one and a half inches deep (approx 3.5 cm).  I found some on Ebay!

This is what I made, this is one side:




This is the other side:



The wording says 'It's not the size of the wings, it's Believing that you can'.  How true is that for a lot of us crafters?

To make it, I painted the block with black acrylic paint.  I took a large piece of card and covered it with broken china and peacock feathers distress inks, spritzed with water and dabbed it lightly to create the watermark effect.  I cut the card to size, glued them on, added feet (old beads painted black) and a gorgeous little crystal book knob by 7 Gypsies.  The birdcage and bird were stamped with Inkylicious stamps and I coloured the bird with fired brick and spiced marmalade distress markers.The butterfly is a Hero Arts stamp  which I coloured with squeezed lemonade and edged in spiced marmalade distress inks. All the stamping is done with Ranger black archival ink.  The butterfly trail is made from gems from my stash.  I then spritzed the whole block with perfect pearls to give it a bit of a sheen, you can't really see that in my photos but the sheen looks lovely in real life.

Just for a bit of fun, I put another stamp from one of the Wendy Vecchi sets onto the side of the block as you can see here:



I am not a lover of spiders but thought he was quite cute.

I would also like to say a big Happy Birthday to my lovely blog friend, who many of you know, RITA
(http://rmgcreations.blogspot.co.uk/) - hope you have a wonderful day my dear friend.

If you do visit I hope you will leave me a comment, I love to read them and will always do my best to return the compliment.  Hope you have a good weekend and that the weather (here in the UK, but also parts of the USA) picks up!  Crafty hugs,  Anne x




38 comments:

  1. Anne what a fabulous little project! Love the colours and your new stamps!

    Sarah x

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  2. Wowe Anne I BELIEVE you can do anything you set your mind to BRILLIANTLY! Now I am going to check out Super Star's shed while he's out and see what wood might be lurking about!

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  3. What a wonderful projects! Love the verse.

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  4. wow anne...this is adorable...how cute and I love your incy wincy spider..have a great weekend and take care if the weather is bad where you are...hugs kath xxx

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  5. Who thought wood could look so good?!! Love what you have done with this (I remember seeing the bare blocks on your workdesk and it is a true butterfly transformation moment). Your choice of colours is just perfect and your new stamps work a treat.
    Thanks for the heads up about Rita's birthday. Will go over and send her some crafty wishes. Hugs to you my uber talented friend. Buttons x

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  6. ...I loVe this Anne, those little blocks of wood are so cute and just the right size for creating mini masterpieces, which is just what you have done, so loVing your blue which sit's beautifully with the lime, super inky work with a bit of spritz & flick & the sentiment is so very true...loVe loVe loVe!...Mel :)
    Right I'll pop to Rita :)

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  7. Wonderful and, of course, I adore the butterfly! x

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  8. What a wonderulpiece, love the colours and the spritz and flick is fab!!! You have made a wonder out of the block and the knob is gorgeous too!!!! Off to see Rita and say happy birthday now!! Trace x fab piece ..love it!

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  9. This is fabulous Anne - and how clever of you to remember the piece that we didn't make!!! Its absolutely stunning - and I love the spider - he's super! Big hugs for a great crafty weekend! Rachel x

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  10. This is gorgeous Anne,love the stamps you have used and fabulous colours.xxx

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  11. Gorgeous. Love what you have done here.

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  12. Anne,You are so amazingly talented. Nothing surprisesme when you do something you give it your all. Your Art piece is Stunning. Thank-You so much for beautiful gif tand card that you sent. Both are sitting in pride of place to be admired. Will write you later. Hugs Rita xxxx

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  13. Love it Anne! So when is your birthday? Going to be 29? I'm always 29, I believe in recycling! HA! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

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  14. Anne this is fabulous and what super stamping you do , well done its a super piece Hugs Elaine

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  15. Hi Anne, Wonderful chunky ATC. You can cut your own blocks from a reg 2 x 4 as the actual size is only 3 1/2
    they work perfectly and you'll be surprised how many you get from just one board.
    hugs Lynn

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  16. Hi Anne, what a fab project! I love the colours and your stamping is amazing, crafty hugs, Carole Z X

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  17. You're so clever Anne,
    It looks amazing...I love the colour. The butterfly is beautiful and surprisingly I even like the spider!
    Crafty Hugs Neesie xox

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  18. Great project Anne, it's amazing what you can create with recycling, beautiful stamping and the colours are lovely. I hope the weather isn't too bad where you are. It's very overcast here this morning.

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  19. Hi, It's been a while since I did any blog hopping and wanted to just stop by and say a big thank you for always hopping by my blog and leaving lovely comments xx they are truly appreciated x
    I love your chunky ATC x

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  20. Hi Anne. Wow. How fabulous. Loving this piece. I have been looking for blocks of wood to make something similar. Hope ton catch up with yu soon. Love the altered calendar and card y made for my mum. Craft room looking fabulous, just to put my crafty bits back in, which may take a few days as I label items. All will be revealed soon. Hope you like the small pocket book I made for mum. Found the papers and TH Distressable book when emptying the cupboard. Take care x off to support Andy in the final today. Fingers crossed x

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  21. Hello!

    Beautiful project! I absolutely love the colors! Wishing you a happy Sunday!

    Hugs,

    Barbara Diane

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  22. Anne, your chunky ATC is so cute! I love it!! Isn't Hels just the best thing ever? I just love her! I'm glad you got to take a class with her. She's such a hoot! Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving such a nice comment about the ATCs. I hope I am inspiring to some people. :) Have a great rest of your Sunday.
    <3 Candy

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  23. Brillant chunky ATC anne, love it!! the colours are fab and those stamps are on me wish list.... Yikes a cute spider...okay maybe I will agree (lol)... Hugs May x x x

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  24. Oh Anne this block ATC is absolutely wonderful. The bead feet are great. Oh now I really want to do some of these. Maybe I'll ask DH to cut be some blocks. Thansk for the inspiration. BJ

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  25. Redanne these are gorgeous beautiful colours and live your new stsmps

    Anne

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  26. Soo very creative - I love it!!! Wonderful art work!
    Sandy

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  27. Anne, that is totally gorgeous! Who would have thought you could creat something so lovely from a block of wood. There's so much in it - different techniques and effects, and the overall effect, and the message, is perfect! Well done you.

    Thanks for your lovely comment, and you're welcome! You'll get your blog love in due course - still got quite a bit of catching up to do and trying to get the rest of the ATCs out...

    Shoshi

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  28. Anne this little block is amazing, what a great idea, just from a little block of wood. I'm going to have to have a go at this too. I love your stamping too, and the colours you've chosen are so yummy. LOve it, loads! Michelle x

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  29. This is just stunning! What a great idea! Might have a go myself!

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  30. Thank you for your kind words, Anne - glad you like my ATCs and tags!

    Shoshi

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  31. Wow Anne! This is so beautiful - even the icky spider looks awesome in ink.
    I'm back tracking your posts as I seem to have missed them :(
    Hope this finds you enjoying some fine weather x

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  32. ps - please have a look at 'Discover' on my Flickr. I can't find you there btw :(
    x

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  33. What a fabulous block Anne and super stamping well done Hugs Elaine

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  34. Gosh you are so talented and focused Anne xx

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  35. I just has to stop in and leave you another comment. Redanne. This project is really wonderful and your butterfly looks so real!
    sandy

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  36. The more I see of these the more I love them. This one is delicious.

    Hugs Shirley x x

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  37. Love, love, LOVE this. I'm so glad to catch up on all your gorgeous makes, Anne. You are on a seriously creative roll, my friend!

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Thanks so much for visiting, I love reading your comments! Hugs, Anne x

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