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Hello, my name is Dionne and I have been crafting for a very long time. As a very young child my mother tried to teach me to knit, it was a disaster. However, it must have sparked an interest in making things and, partly to prove that I was not totally useless and partly because I really wanted to make things, I taught myself to crochet. Over the years I have developed a love of cross stitch and all types of paper craft ..... I eventually even taught myself to knit.


I am married to a very understanding man, thank goodness, because I spend all my time either crafting, thinking about crafting or talking about crafting. I am hopeless at housework and dinner is often late!


Thank you for visiting my blog.


Dionne

Monday, 9 March 2015

White Canvas

We had a sneaky peek at spring this weekend, Saturday was a really lovely day.  I have a busy week ahead of me so I made sure I saw the weather forecast last night, heavy winds and showers.  Oh well, you can't win them all!

It is the mid way point for the current Crafty Boots Challenge.  The theme is 'Anything but a Card'.

You may remember that I recently tried my hand at a mixed media canvas, not one o my greatest successes but I felt that part of my problem was that I did not have the materials I needed.  So I have been doing some serious internet shopping and this is the result.


Between you and I, this is a far cry from the layout I had in my head when I started, my original plan was a lot more fussy, I think I was trying to include all of my new goodies and it was just a mess.  So I scaled back my ideas - I think the only thing of the original design to remain is the seam binding bow,

I started by giving the canvas a coat of Gesso, followed by a coat of white acrylic paint.  Next I mixed up a batch of Pamellia Johnson's fantastic texture paste, it's the first time I have used it and I was so impressed.  After it dried I tried to make it look a little grubby by painting it with some Photo Finish Distress Ink and smucging it with a baby wipe, but I did not like the effect, so I painted it over with more white acrylic paint.  The dried paste held together perfectly.


I made my bow from seam binding and I used a Sizzix Bigz die to make my tag, the manuscript stamp is from Julie Nutting.  I added a little string of artificial pearls around the top edge.


The sparkly flourish is made using a die from the Cheery Lynn line and the roses are from Wild Orchid Craft.


I made the letters by cutting them out of card a half a dozen times and gluing them together and painting them white.  The finishing touch was the green glittered butterfly (I originally made it with white glitter card but it was hard to see.  So I imagined that a green butterfly had decide to land by the roses!)

The fabulous Crafty Boots Challenges Design Team has been busy making inspirational pieces, make sure you check them out.

Have a great week.


Dionne


I am entering this project in the following challenges:

Country View Challenges - Anything Goes
Crafts 4 Eternity - Challenge #236 - Anything but a Card
Ruby's Rainbow - Challenge #99 - Anything but a Card

9 comments:

  1. Wow Dionne, I'm blown away!! This is gorgeous!! I'm so glad you tried the texture paste, and boy you really put it to good use here with your wonderful stencilling! I just love the amazing green glittery butterfly, it's a stunning contrast against the whites! This is just brilliant Dionne, I sure hope you will try mixed media again but you are a natural!! Thanks for the shout out my friend! hugs :)

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    1. Thank you so much, I kept trying to channel you when I was struggling with the layout and your paste is just amazing, no matter how wet I made it or how much I rubbed at it, it held together. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

      xx

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  2. Beautiful - you nailed it totally! The letters look fabulous and I love the bow - how did you get it twisty loopy - it looks fabulous.

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    1. Thank you, thank you. I have been in such tenterhooks. I really wanted the bow to have that scrunched up look but it would not crease so I just twisted each loop on itself - sort of turning it inside out.

      xx

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  3. This is really fab, I love how you've layered your letters together. It's not often that I get what I created in my head either lol. Thank you so much for joining in with us at Country View Crafts. Sue xx

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    1. Thank you Sue, one day I am going to treat myself to an alphabet mold and some clay so I can make my letters that way.

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  4. Gorgeous! Thanks for joining in with our anything but a card challenge at Crafts 4 Eternity hugs x

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Dionne