HAPPY NEW YEAR!!
I am back with my Design Team piece for Our Creative Corner. Laura announced some exciting news about changes to the OCC blog so I hope you will pop over HERE to get all the details.
The wonderfully talented Claudia has chosen the theme this month which is 'No more shopping sins' and in Claudia's own words:
A popular pledge amongst crafters is ‘I will use up my stash’. Don’t we all have cupboards and shelves groaning under the weight of things we’ve bought and decided to save for a project that never happens? And then you feel guilty so you hide it under a new pile of (new) stuff!
This January I decided that it's the perfect time to finally get rid of that guilt. I challenge you to find one of your former ‘shopping sins’, open the packet, stroke it one last time, and then USE IT!
I am a massive fan of Wendy Vecchi and I have many Art Part packages which are still unopened. Yes, I admit it, I am a terrible hoarder but it really does take a lot to make me open the packages.......... well this month I have opened three!! So it is a big thank you to Claudia! I am going to try to do this more often this year........
I also used my favourite Wendy sentiment stamp and stencil and created this hanging:
The base is made from the Square and Rectangles Art Parts set and has been covered in Walnut Stain Distress Paint. I stenciled over the frame with Wendy's Dots and Stripes Borders stencil and Potting Shed Archival Ink to give a light but defined border.
The sentiment was stamped onto cream cardstock with Ranger Black Archival ink and I used the same stencil to create a light pattern by using Antique Linen Distress stain. I matched the pattern to the frame to give a more uniform appearance.
The leaf is from the Leaves Art Parts set, it has been coloured with Peeled Paint Distress Paint, over-stamped with the background stamp from Wendy's Love to Make Art set of stamps. It was a bit bright so I dabbed some Potting Shed Archival ink here and there to grunge it up.
The flower is from the Florals Art Parts set, coloured with Fired Brick Distress Paint and over-stamped with
the same background stamp as above. The top layer of the flower is made up from Clearly for Art attached to Frosted Film , coloured with Wendy's Red Geranium Archival ink, heated and shaped. The beauty of the Clearly for Art is that if you are not happy you just re-heat it and shape it again - love that. The centre of the flower has been stamped with the flower from the Art in Bloom set of stamps, then cut out and coloured with Dried Marigold Distress ink.
To finish the top of the hanging, I wound some rusted wire around a pokey tool, attached it to two Tim Holtz bull dog clips and added these to the top.
So, open up one of those 'shopping sins' packages, create something and join in the fun over at Our Creative Corner this month. We would love to see you there! In the meantime, please go over to have a look at what my very talented teamies have made this month, it is a real treat with lots of 'shopping sins' on display.
It just remains for me to say once again - HAPPY NEW YEAR to you and yours, hope 2014 is a fabulous year and that you find lots of time to create. Big hugs, Anne xx