Saturday, January 4, 2014

Crafty Individuals Sponsor Spotlight

  Welcome to Our Creative Corner's very first 'Sponsor Spotlight'. 

Our sponsor this month is Crafty Individuals

 Crafty Individuals is a company that the OCC team are thrilled to work with. Their stamps are amazing and it is well worth checking out their website to see what crafty goodies they sell!

    For this creation I chose two sewing themed stamps -

  I loved making this - total comfort zone - I adore sewing images, so I was thrilled to be able to make something with these two beautiful stamp sets

     I decided to have the colour scheme of Coffee and Teal - and I got to work creating the picture for the frame. This was going to be filled with stamped images in a collage. I stamped the images with Potting Soil Archival ink and used a mix of Frayed Burlap and Vintage Photo DI - my two favourite 'vintage' inks!

    I cut out all the images and arranged them onto a sheet of card....I planned to have the sewing machine on the frame so I cut that out to show the detail of the stamp.

   Now to work on the frame. I covered two opposite corners with texture paste and in the corners I began to draw swirls with a cocktail stick. as the swirls moved outwards I made them smaller then finally patted the texture paste with a palette knife to blend it in.

      I left this to dry and then painted the entire frame with Vanilla Fresco paint. When this was dry I brushed Decoart Crackle glaze over the untextured parts of the frame.When the cracks had appeared and the frame was dry I rubbed some Chocolate Pudding Fresco paint into the cracks and wiped with a baby wipe.

     I added a metallic sheen using Treasure Gold Classic Gold and White Fire - this gave a more antique look to the frame.

 I added the sewing machine to the frame and also some white roses that had been dabbed with Walnut Stain DI.

          The 'swirl' effect is shown really well here - I dry brushed Chocolate Pudding Fresco paint over the swirls and then brushed some Treasure Gold over the paste. This really highlighted the texture.

      Normally I wouldn't have used such a dark ink on the roses - but I felt it looked right for this - fitting in with the brown tones and adding drama to quite a pale creation. A few teal and brown coloured buttons were added along with some leaves and a rose that had been layered with gesso and Dylusion's Dirty Martini and Calypso Teal and water spray (repeatedly! - I totally lost count!)

     I added some tissue tape as well........

     Crochet lace was a suitable addition for a sewing themed creation.

     And one final touch...a sprig of dried Grape Hyacinth....


        I really hope you have enjoyed the first Our Creative Corner Sponsor Spotlight - there will be two more Sponsor spotlights this month featuring Crafty Individuals products and these spotlights will be hosted by Claudia and Jenny.

   Don't forget about Claudia's 'No more shopping sins' challenge could picked as one of our Top 3 or you could be our Top Talent and show your work to everyone here at the OCC....and don't forget - one of our lucky entrants will be picked by and receive a wonderful prize kindly donated by Crafty Individuals!

        So what are you waiting for?.....Dig out those shopping sins and join in the fun!



  1. Lost for words! Absolutely stunning and the frame ......... just WOW!!

  2. WOW indeed Laura, love every single nook and cranny of this amazing piece! The stamped collage is wonderful and as to the frame.... amazing, LOVE it big time! What a fabulous first spot light!!

  3. Gorgeous, wonderful design, texture and dimension. Beautifully embellished too. Love it. Happy New Year. Tracy x

  4. That's simply GORGEOUS Laura! Amazing project!
    Happy 2014!

  5. This is so all comes together very nicely! Wow!!

  6. Lovely, lovely work. The frame is fabulous and all the detail so lovingly created. I do like CI stamps, although I only have a small selection. I must add to my collection - do I feel a 'shopping sin' coming on?! Julie Ann xx

  7. This is fantastic crafting Laura - love the layout and the way you have used our stamps. Great stuff! Jean x

  8. Such a beautiful project Laura, you've combined so many of my favourite things in one place! Gorgeous images as always from Crafty Individuals and I love the layering and detail you've achieved, love that vintage colour palette and the teal highlights look fab. MMx

  9. I love what you did with this frame edge and the collage inside! The white flowers are beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing this idea - Love It!! Hugs!!

  10. Absolutely gorgeous work Laura - This is beautiful! Nicola x

  11. Where's my comment gone? 8-o

    Well - again: I LOVE that frame, Laura, and especially how you used the modeling paste to create those awesome swirls! A brilliant idea and so very well done! Lovely, lovely artwork here!
    Claudia x

  12. Such amazing crackle on the frame - fabulous first Spotlight!
    Alison x

  13. Just stunning Laura!! I love the frame too and those wonderful stamped images are just perfect.
    Julia xxx


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