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Friday, 17 August 2012

Sunday Stampers Week 218 - Shiny Happy People

Hello Lovely Bloggers

I really am bringing up the rear with this weeks effort for Sunday Stampers where the theme is 'Shiny'.  The challenge is run by the lovely Hels Sheridan (http://pinkleart.blogspot.co.uk) who has created the most wonderful piece this week.  Please so check it out if you have not already done so.

August is the busiest month for me for birthday cards, both for family and also commissions so my feet have not touched the floor for a while now.  In addition to that, a friend of a friend saw some of my canvases and asked if I would make her one.  Well, I was delighted until I asked her what colours she would like. "I don't want anything colourful or fancy and I don't want any words on it".  Do you have a colour preference, I ask?  "Oh yes, cream, beige and a touch of silver".  OK, I thought, I can do basic and bland..........it is a lot harder than you think.  This is what I created.  I have a feeling that she may not like the background........


If you click on the picture you may see more of the shine. 

I coloured the base canvas with cream emulsion paint that I found in the garage.  I stamped the polka dots on and did the lines with some mocha acrylic paint mixed with white to bring the colour down.  The flowers are created using die cut flowers soaked with water and scrunched up and they have a very liberal coat of perfect pearls to make then really, really shiny, but the light is so bad today it does not really show up.  The stems and leaves are just freehand on some mat silver card.  I added a strip of corrugated card which I distressed with picket fence distress stain.  The edges of the canvas have flitter glue and sterling silver mega flakes by Indigoblu applied but again it does not show up well - sorry!  The final touch was a small silver coloured charm and some beige string from my stash.

Shame about the bland bit because I have just got a new DVD by Trish Latimer called Create with Paint and it is a wonderful adventure into colour and paint techniques and I was just  itching to make this piece more colourful....ah well, the customer gets what the customer wants.

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

38 comments:

  1. You could never make anything that could possibly be classed as 'bland'! It may not be colourful but it is still gorgeous! She will love it! I follow Trish too, her stuff is fab. Thank you for following me, I am very honoured that you want to follow my simple little blog. I have been following you for a while cause your stuff is so cool! Thanks for the advice on colouring tutorials too! xx

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  2. gorgeous creation anne...love the soft neutral colours and your flowers are delish...hugs kath xxx

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  3. Oh Anne, I had to smile when you coined the phrase 'basic and bland':) We get used to seeing and using such fab colours but they seem to be so hard to take for many people. Bet if you use the techniques in that DVD and make colourful canvases you'll have people queuing around the block for them.
    Back to your canvas - it is far from basic. As you say, it is SOOOO hard to exercise self-restraint and focus on detail and execution. You have done that beautifully here.
    BTW promise I was only pulling your leg about buttering up TH. Don't think there is a crafter out there who doesn't harbour that ambition to own one of everything to stroke! Guess what - I've got a Coredinations Distress Pad that will get used, one day, when I'm good enough and I can bear ripping into it!!! OK, I know! I'm sad!
    Take care my crafty friend :) Hugs, Buttons x

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  4. Wow, Anne. Where do I start, Your canvas is so stunning and I bet the lady in question will love it too. Thank-You so much for the encouraging comments left on my blog. Hugs Rita xxxx

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  5. Hi Anne. I can understand your desire to use colour but I have to say that this is fab. I love your flowers, its something that I just cant get right at all. The corrugated card adds texture and dimension and I love the silver mega flakes. Stunning xx

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  6. Hi Anne
    Well I like this so much. There is nothing bland about this card, not to my eyes anyway.
    You do know I will be singing this song in my head all day long!!!!
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  7. Love your Tim Tag and this card is super in it's classy simplicity. Thanks for popping in on me and hope you have a great w/end
    Jo x

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  8. PS I thought I was already a follower but I wasn't so I rectified that and lo, and behold I ended up as No 100!! Woo hoo! Congratulations on 100!
    Lv Jo x

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  9. ...you have risen to the challenge with style and flair Anne, cream beige and silver is not a lot to go on really and seeing as you had Trish's DVD you must of held great restraint...beautiful work those flowers are stunning...Mel :)
    Hope you have a wonderful weekend Anne and thank you so much for all your loVely encouraging comments...Xx

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  10. Well, she's certainly getting what she asked for and she'll be thrilled with it I'm sure. I know I would be - a Redanne original, sure to be on everyone's wishlist.
    This is so pretty, not bland at all. Love the colours, and the flowers are gorgeous.
    I'm currently doing a canvas (for me!!) and great minds think alike with the Flitter Glu and flakes.
    Enjoy your weekend. Love Linda xx

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  11. Hi,this flowers are very beautiful!!!Greetings!

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  12. wow Anne - I would never call this bland - subtle and beautiful is more like the thing! Gorgeous work - those flowers are just stunning xx

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  13. It is gorgeous and I love the simplicity of it, bet it will be a hit for your friend... thanks for joining in again this week hun x

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  14. Never bland with all that gorgeous texture - and your flowers are fabulous! I love the soft neutrals, and I think you've worked wonders with the background too, Anne!
    Alison x

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  15. Anee ... so sorry I've not been able to stop by for a while!!! This canvas is beautiful ... I'm sure your friend will adore it!! xx

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  16. This is gorgeous Anne,love the texture of the flowers.xxx

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  17. And this is why I dislike being commisioned for anything, lol I prefer to have someone buy it and I get to create whatever appeals to me! Selfish little bugger that I am! I bet she loves it though! waving hi from the sandy beaches of Florida ;0

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  18. You know me and colour, Anne, but there are times when neutrals really appeal to me! Sometimes one needs a "colour fast" (and I don't mean colour that doesn't run - just a fast from colour lol!). I think your neutral piece is beautiful - very subtle and understated.

    I always prefer to do what I want (don't we all) but sometimes when someone else asks you to do something, you end up being stretched, maybe into an area you think you don't like, and it can be a very pleasant surprise how much one enjoys it, and learns from it!!

    Thanks for your nice comment - I'll take a Paralympics Gold if that's all the same to you lol lol! I'm having a bit of a rest today, although I feel surprisingly all right after all that effort yesterday! My hubby, being his normal typical glass-half-empty self, didn't say a word when he came in, but asked what I was going to do with all the stuff on the landing. Later I said to him he hadn't said what he thought of my efforts and how my ARTHaven was now looking, and he said "Very nice" in a totally unconvinced way! When I took him up on this, he said, "But you've still got so much stuff in there." Honestly, I can't win! Men... I think I need at least a silver medal for putting up with this sort of thing!!!

    I'm beginning to wonder if my parents' house will ever sell... It's such a lovely character cottage with loads of good features, potential for development etc. It's a bad time all round. We're going for another viewing on Monday but my hubby and I did a reccy this afternoon and although the inside of the house is probably everything we'd want, it's in a much too built up area and I can see my parents not liking it at all... Got to keep looking, I suppose.

    Shoshi

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  19. Anne I think you have done a wonderful job with your friends request. It's classy and gorgeous. I could see a couple of these grouped together and they would be absolutely fabulous!

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  20. Hi Anne, I'd never class this as basic or bland,but at the same time I am sure your friend will love it, right down to the Polka Dots! I love colour too, but I also love muted tones and neutrals. This is fabulous! I love the texture you've created, it's stunning, Carole Z X

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  21. Bland? BLAND??? I don't think there's anything bland about this at all Anne! Sorry I'm taking so long getting round to people this week - I clearly missed you popping up with this one! I really do think it's a beautiful card and I love the little piece of corrugated card at the bottom - I'm very keen on that stuff! I note you say that you've got the Trish Latimer DVD - I'm thinking about getting it too and wondered if you think it's good?
    Have a wonderful - if hot - weekend!
    Juliaxx

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  22. I'm back and hanging my head in shame because I called this a card not a canvas!! Stupid woman! SORRY! I'll email you later about the other thing if that's ok?
    Juliaxx

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  23. What a beautiful canvas, lovely soft colours and the "flitter" glue is gorgeous. :) BJ

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  24. Hi Anne,
    Your canvas turned out lovely like everything you do! I understand your point of view about color because I am a colorful person too! :)
    But I am sure she will love it!
    Hugs and I just uploaded some New Art too. Please stop by my blog and leave a comment.
    Hugs and have a lovely weekend.

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  25. Anne this is fabulous I ADORE those flowers , thanks for the hint on the flowers I will soak mine too in future and then they will look ...I hope, like yours
    Enjoy the rest of your weekend Hugs Elaine

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  26. your designs are just so beautiful

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  27. I love this canvas.The flowers are adorable! I would not call this bland I think it's Gorgeous..the stampin , Flitter glue just perfect, I'm sure your friend will love it!! I would... Hugs May x x x

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  28. Anne this is beautiful, love the flowers x

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  29. This is gorgeous and classy. I love it.
    Carol x

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  30. It's beautiful Anne! Love your flowers and the neutrals...really makes the silver stand out!

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  31. A fabulous piece of art Anne! I love the neutral shades & those flowers!
    Thanks for your comment on my Artistic Stamper piece, good luck with the draw.
    Alison x

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  32. WOW awesome creation.Love how you composed that unique card. Fabulous flowers and the corrugated paper border is a great idea!

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  33. Your canvas is beautiful Anne! I love your flowers, and the shine :-).

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  34. I think you do your lovely canvas a disservice, Annie! It may not be screaming with color, but it is exquisite and elegant! I absolutely love it. You never cease to amaze me with your art!!

    How do you adhere your stems? May at WOYWW suggested I make a canvas of some of Rae's pressed flowers for my Playhouse wall, but I haven't a clue how to do that. I'm sure there are sites I can Goggle. I should send you some and commission you to do the work!!

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  35. You canvas is stunning Anne! Love the flowers!

    Sarah x

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  36. Anne it's really beautiful though, I love the silvery edges. You've done a fantastic job. I've done a cream canvas too, but it won't be going on the blog for a while as it's a DT piece for September. Soon though. You can get your colour fix now by doing a really bright one. Michelle x

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  37. If your friend doesn't like this she must be mad it's really classy.
    Lynn x

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  38. Wonderful texture and love those edges. No doubt your friend will, too!

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

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