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Friday, 13 July 2012

Love working with wood!

Hello Fellow Bloggers,

Thank you again to my new followers, I am so happy to have you along on my crafting journey, I have learned so much from other crafters whilst I have been blogging and if I can share my experience with others then it is all so worthwhile.

Unusually for me, this is my third blog post in as many days!  There is a reason for it.  In Craft Stamper magazine this month the free stamp was a butterfly designed by IndigoBlu, one of my favourite stamp companies.  I got an email yesterday asking subscribers to send in a piece of their work using the butterfly stamp.  As coincidence would have it I was working on my third wooden piece in a row and I used that very same stamp!  How spooky is that........ 

I should note that working with this size block of wood was inspired by the wonderful Hels Sheridan
(http://pinkleart.blogspot.co.uk/) who did a block for a workshop that was attended by a fellow blog friend Rachel and I.  The block that Hels did was in the afternoon class, which we did not attend!  I for one, was gutted.  I got my blocks from that favourite auction site but Hels' hubby cut hers for her.  They measure approx. 2.1/2" x 3.1/2" and are approx 1.1/2" deep.  Anyway here is my latest wood block creation:


I absolutely love working with these wooden blocks.  I painted the block with pale blue acrylic paint and then ran Peacock Feathers DI all around the edges.  The BoBunny paper was cut to size and also edged in the same DI and glued down.  The words are stamped in black archival and they are from a Tim Holtz word set (Good Thoughts).  The butterflies are coloured in Squeezed Lemonade and Peacock Feather DIs.  I added some jewellery wire for the antennae.  The feet on the piece are painted wooden beads and the knob at the top is made from three ceramic beads held together with glue and a head pin.  There are more butterflies on the back but this time I left the sides bare - no spiders to scare people this time!

This piece, the words  in particular are dedicated to a special blog friend Julie Short (http://timetocreate-handmadetreasure.blogspot.co.uk/) who is doing what she can to help save her native butterflies.

I am sending in this picture to Craft Stamper magazine as a subscriber submission.  I am also entering into
http://bumblebeesandbutterflieswithbrenda.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/tuesday-treasures-100712.html which is run by the lovely Brenda.

I am also entering this into the Stamp Man Challenge Anything Goes/Summer Colours(http://thestampmanchallenges.blogspot.co.uk/)

I am also entering this into the Happy Daze challenge - Summer Holiday
http://happydazedesignteam.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/july-challenge-were-all-going-on-summer.html

If you visit, I hope you will leave me a comment, I do love to read them and I will always do my best, wherever possible, to return the compliment.  Crafty hugs,  Anne  xx

41 comments:

  1. I hope you win something fantastic with this creative. It is stunning!

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  3. Your Creation today is outstanding Anne. I am breaking out my Peacock Feathers Distress Ink immediatly - It is the perfect colour to take with me paint shopping. You see I want to use those shades on an outdoor area that is being jazzed up, as I write.
    Thank you so much for the shout out re. butterflies. I would like to make your readers aware that many of the butterflies and moths in Great Britain are also under huge threat of extinction too. Your Conservation Societies are desperate to get people helping with the planting and conservacy programs too!
    It is so true that if each of us did a little it would add up to a lot.
    I look forward to seeing your delightful project in Craft Stamper as it is hands down my favourite crafting magazine.

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  4. wow anne...this is such a stunning project...can't wait to see your gorgeous make featured in the mag...hugs kath xxx

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  5. ...oh my Anne this is just the yummiest piece ever!!! loVe your colour choice, loVe your flurry of butterflies with their coiled antenna...tis just genius and a loVely piece for your friend...well done Anne your work always makes me smile...Mel :)
    Have a super weekend...xx

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  6. This creation is fabulous Anne, I had never seen these blocks before you showed them here and I think they are something I will have to investigate! I've been playing with this butterfly on cards this last week too, it is a gorgeous stamp. Love your colouring...everything about it actually! Carole Z

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  7. I noticed your name above mine on the link at CS!! your chunky ATC is just gorgeous, especially with the colours of distress that you've used.

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  8. My favourite one you've done so far - I love it!! Great little stamp, fab colours and one of my favourite TH sayings - PERFECT!! I must get my hands on some of these blocks they loook so much fun to do. Have a lovely weekend xx

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  9. Anne, never seen this before, it's really fab, love it. Carolxx

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  10. Woo Hoo, This is one Stunning piece of Art. Those butterflies look as if they could fly away. The colours you have chosen only enhance the piece even more. What a great talent you have. Hugs Rita xx

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  11. Great item! Love the colours you have chosen - and the butterfiles of course! jenx

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  12. This is beautiful Anne , perfectly chosen, from the colours to those beautiful butterflies...simply beautiful..love it! Trace x

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  13. Morning Anne....A stunning creation..gorgeous colours..beautiful butterflies.xxx

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  14. Loving you loving 3D ATCs! This is just gorgeous!

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  15. So gorgeous! I love what you have done with the block and the colours are fabulous. I love the stamp and was really pleased when I got my mag. I am sure they will publish your project cause it is wonderful! I must get some of those blocks and have a go xx

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  16. A brilliant creation Anne...I love butterflies and the colours are great.
    So clever ~ you must be thrilled :D
    Have a wonderful weekend!

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  17. This is superb Anne, a gorgeous chunky and fabulous use of the butterfly stamp. A treasure for all to admire.
    Thanks for sharing it at Tuesday Treasures this week, it is perfect.
    Have a wonderful weekend.
    hugs {brenda} xox

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  18. wow Anne - this is stunning - I bet you get in! I'm a subscriber and I can't remember receiving an email!!!! I think they may be on to you - and that's fantastic because you are one super talented lady! Big hugs and I hope you have a great weekend with your visitors! Hugs rachel xx

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  19. Hi Anne. Love these wooden blocks and the way you have altered them. The butterfly's with wired spiral feelers are fab....very inspirational. Love the colour palette too.
    Hope to have pc up and running tomorrow as I have a piece I want to enter in a challenge. Crafty hugs....Annie x

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  20. Beautiful , beautiful butterflies well done Anne Hugs Elaine

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  21. So pretty, Anne--I saw you at Brenda's Tuesday Treasures!

    :)

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  22. Oh Anne, this is simply gorgeous and it should get published in their magazine! You did a fabulous job on it!! I love it! waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

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  23. Beautiful 3D art Anne, these butterflies are gorgeous too, they almost look real. The stamped sentiment suits this piece perfectly.

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  24. oh wow how fantastic - the colours and sentiment are beautiful.

    Thank you for leaving me a lovely comment on SJ Crafts blog.

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  25. Absolutely wonderful Anne! I LOVE it, striking design and fabulous colours :)xx

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  26. I'm in love!!! This is my new favorite of yours...so cool! The colors and butterfly are divine!!!

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  27. Hi Anne, This is fabulous... I love your colour choice & design... that butterfly is Gorgeous...boo-hoo I also get my craft stamper by post not arrived yet!! I need that butterfly...Hugs May x x x

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  28. I love this to bits, have never made one but after seeing this will certainly have a go. Have to get hubby onto the wood block lol.

    Hugs Shirley x x

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  30. Absolutely wonderful. The colours are sensational... super butterflies (gotta love a freebie!). Off to check out Julie Short's blog - to wish her well in the fight to save as many beautiful butterflies as possible. Thanks so much for your kind words over at Words and Pictures too.
    Alison x

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  31. Butterfly heaven, loved this piece Anne.

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  32. Love what you have done with the free stamp. Thank you for your inspiration.

    Hugs Ali x

    PS I have candy if you are interested.

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  33. I fully expect to see this chunky ATC in the next Craft Stamper magazine... it's stunning! How bizarre that you got that email just as you were rocking and rolling on that stamp.

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  34. Beautiful piece, love the colour scheme & the buterflies are fabulous.

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  35. This is a fabulous project Gorgeous use of those summer colours x Thanks for joining us at The Stampman challenge x

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  36. love love love this Anne!!! The touch of colour just sets it off wonderfully!! xx

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  37. What a lovely project. I must look into these "chunky ATCs".

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  38. I love your chunky ATC. This makes me think of summer as its all butterfly and very pretty, and so it fits the bill for the Happy Daze July challenge, if you want enter it on the linky widget thing, you can find the details here. http://happydazedesignteam.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/july-challenge-were-all-going-on-summer.html

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  39. wondered if the link would be linky, but I guess not, just copy it into your browser. Carol x

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  40. Loving your gorgeous altered block, fab design, thank you for playing along with us at Happy Daze, x

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

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