Sunday, May 25, 2014

Crafty Individuals Spotlight No.3

A very warm welcome to the last Sponsor Spotlight for May!

As you will already know Crafty Individuals are our wonderful sponsors this month and they have kindly donated some goodies to a lucky prize winner who will be picked by and announced on the 8th June.

I chose to make something with this stunning Floral Postcard stamp.....
 The beauty of this stamp is that if you love stamp layering then the work is already done for you! It is a gorgeous arrangement of postcard, script and flowers....

And here is what I made with it!

I wanted to capture the look of a Victorian Conservatory...trailing greenery, marble and flowers all wrapped up in a welcome sign.

     I LOVE making frames from scratch...I always have Balsa wood around and cutting it up and creating a frame is just so much fun. I cut four strips of balsa wood and then glued them together. When dry I covered it with embossed card, making sure that all edges are covered.

The embossed card was painted with Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint in 'Primitive'. I then covered it in White Decoart Antiquing cream, which was then wiped away with a damp cloth leaving a gorgeous distressed surface.

I decided to turn the stamp around so that it viewed as a postcard with the flowers growing across the frame. I did some wrinkle free distress with Frayed Burlap and Pumice Stone DI on white card and then stamped the image in Jet Black Archival ink.

The 'Welcome' was made from Tim Holtz Alpha parts that were covered in Frayed Burlap DP. I decided to only paint the tops, leaving a glimpse of black showing.

The flowers were made from Tattered Florals die cuts....I blended some Seedless Preserves on the petals making sure the colour was concentrated mostly on the edge of the petals.

I cut a thin strip of card and covered it with Walnut Stain DS and when dry I cut the edge of the strip into a fringe. Gluing the uncut edge of the strip and rolling it up created the center of the flowers.

The ivy die cuts were dabbed with Forest Moss DI and then covered with Peeled Paint DI. I then covered them with crackle glaze and when that was dry and cracked I coated them with the Decoart Media Antiquing Cream again and wiped it away when dry.

A marble effect clock was added to the frame

    And I added a golden birdcage....

    A few buttons were added.....

.....along with a Memory box die cut that was covered with Frayed Burlap DP.

A few tiny die cut flowers were edged with Frayed Burlap DI and had tarnished brass brads in the centers.

A white cord sting was used to hang up the 'Welcome' sign

And that is the final Sponsor Spotlight for May! Hope you liked it!

There are still three days left of Linda's challenge this month - so get making some creations with some leftover scraps and you could be in with a chance of winning some Crafty Individuals goodies!

And of course as well as a chance of winning a prize there is also going to be a winner who will be invited to be our Top Talent and our Top 3 too! So what are you waiting for?!!!

Don't forget - each comment made at the OCC this month counts as an entry into the Birthday Prize draw!

Thanks so much for taking the time to visit us! Hope to see you soon.....


  1. This is such a lovely really does look like a peep into a victorian conservatory. Beautiful work x

  2. LOVE your balsa wood frames, Laura,

    and the crackle on the ivy is sooo beautiful! A wonderful creation to showcase that lovely stamp!

    Claudia x

  3. Stunning Laura, the colours, the textures, the frame ...... Oooooh everything! . Nikki xxx

  4. Your frame is gorgeous, so many beautiful details and embellishments ! Hugs, Kerstin x

  5. This is absolutely beautiful and inspirational! I have the same stamp and use it so rarely now... Great details. :)

  6. Oh that's very pretty - love the

  7. Such a beautiful project. Great idea making your own frame.
    Julie x

  8. So lovely with so much wonderful detail. Thank you for sharing.

  9. Beautiful project, love it!
    Groetjes Karin

  10. Oh my that is stunning, love that stamp and the way you framed it is beautiful, so neat you made your own frames and love the embossing, cool idea for the center of the flowers and love that ivy, lovely vintage feel!

  11. Love your idea of creating a conservatory feel to your welcome sign. This is stunning! I love your cololur palette, the beautiful stamp, embellishments and the techniques you have used to create your work of art. Thank you for showing your 'how to do it' steps. They are always so very informative. Cheers, Di

  12. Fabulous hanging, really superb!!! Coco x

  13. This is stunning Laura, so pretty and great inspiration, thank you!!

  14. I love it! Your frame is gorgeous! Love the flowers and the ivy. Love the faded look of the stamped postcard, too.

  15. Just love that frame & card you made! Thank you for sharing - your project is very inspiring!

  16. Oh dear... Your Welcome sign is fabolous, stunning and amazing. Love your colors, the texture and the vintage feel you achieved. The ivy leafs are so pretty as well.
    Can I ask you where you found the Decoart Antiguing cream ??? And the chalky finish Primitive ? As far as I found out the antiguing cream is a quite new product ??? But still need somebody who wants to ship international.... Sigh
    Thank you so much for sharing this piece of art and your fabolous tutorial.
    Hugs from SPAIN


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