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Sunday 17 June 2012

Nature challenge at Fashionable Stamping challenges

Hi there, its time for our new challenge at Fashionable Stamping Challenges and this time our theme is 'Nature' chosen by our lovely teamie Yvonne. As always our lucky winner will receive a fab prize from our generous sponsor Marina at Cottage Crafts. This is going to be a long post so grab a cuppa and make yourself comfy :-)

I've made a wall hanging for my DT project. I've been fascinated by some of the beautiful projects created by my teamie Paula who has done some stunning work with fabric and although I'm not much for sewing I was really intrigued with the idea of stamping and colouring on fabric. I was lucky enough to win Paula's blog candy and the gorgeous stamped bag she created is absolutely breathtaking, thank you so much Paula. Anyway if you want to drool over Paula's gorgeous work pop over to her blog and check out her lovely proects.

I began by creating a background with acrylic paints and then added a layer of PanPastels using various crafters workshop templates. Next came some dried flowers and leaves, attached with matte medium and then coated with more matte medium. 

I love foxgloves, they are one of my favourite flowers although sadly we don't have any in flower at home yet. The stamp is from Chocolate Baroque (Honey Bee A5 stampsheet) which I stamped and masked onto some fabric. I did a bit of recycling and used one of the many canvas bags I've picked up at conferences, cut a piece from the back and gave it a few coats of gesso. The flowers are coloured with inktense pencils. I did pluck up courage to dust of my sewing machine and zigzag stitched around the edge to attach the focal image to a layer of frayed crinoline fabric and a layer of  green fabric from my stash. I popped the fabric on some recycled corrugated card coloured with panpastels. You can see the image a bit better in this pic

I added some lace, lilac gingham ribbon, a venise lace heart (from the Funkie Junkie) and a triple seam binding bow (again coloured with PanPastels). I wanted to include butterflies and birds with all my flowers so I used a Tim bird and cage die cut and some gorgeous chipboard butterflies from Paula's blog candy. Here;s another pic to show the background in a bit more detail.

I'm entering this in the following challenges:
Cheerful Stamp Pad: In the garden
Crafty Ribbons: Butterflies and bows
Emergency Crafters: butterflies, birds or things with wings
Penny Black and More: My favourite things
(my favourite things are PanPastels, pencils and Chocolate Baroque stamp)
Sir Stampalot: bingo challenge 
(my line is lilac/purple....ribbon/lace..... pink)

Apologies for being a bad blogger recently, I don't seem to have had much time for visiting or crafting lately with a poorly fur baby and FIL not to mention being rushed off our feet at work. We've got a really important inspection at work this week so we've beenbusy checking and double checking everything but hopefully after this week things will settle down and i'll be able to leave work at work and have time to catch up with all my blogging buddies and of course spend some time in my craft room too.

Thanks for calling by, don't forget to pop over to the challenge blog and check out my teamies beautiful projects if you have time :-)
Claire xx


  1. Oh Claire! This is truly a masterpiece. I just stamped my first image on fabric recently. Thanks for the suggestion of recycling conference bags and painting fabric with Gesso! Love that you incorporate PPs too! Best wishes, Yvonne

  2. Hi Claire...I hope your time frees up soon so that you can relax and craft at ease. This is a stunning wall hanging! I love the touch of the dried flowers in the background, it really adds a richness and touch of luxury to the piece.
    Dot x

  3. Gosh girly this is some piece of art so glad you dusted off the ole sewing machine it frames the foxgloves beautifully. Me thinks we will see more of it.

    Hugs Shirley x x

  4. This is fabulous Claire. So much detail.I hope it's going to hang somewhere it can be admired by all and sundry.
    Beryl xx

  5. Absoultely stunning project Claire ! I love foxgloves too and these look beautiful. Love the different layers and the sewing is fab ! Sue C x

  6. Hi Claire; your creatio looks like a great painting with so many little details and you must have put a lot of work in it! It's great!
    Thanks for participating in Crafty Ribbons Challenges with this beautie!

    La Vikinga

  7. An amazing and beautiful creation Claire. the amount of detail is awesome. Such beautiful colours and love the stamping on fabric.
    Hope your furbaby and FIL are soon recovered.
    Hugs, Fliss xx

  8. Wow, absolutely gorgeous. Love all the details, layers and fantastic stamping.
    Yvonne x.

  9. Hi Claire
    This is just so pretty.
    Have a lovely Sunday.

  10. Hey there Claire, loving your wallhanging, love the little detaills you have used and fabby colors, thank you for sharing your wallhanging with the DT from Simon Says Stamp and Show, Hugs Terry xxxx

  11. Hi Claire, the DT have certainly produced some gorgeous items but yours really stands out. It is truly beautiful and I can see the influence from Paula's creations too. Beautiful job.

  12. Stunning creation Claire! Thanks for joining us at Stampalot this month.

  13. A gorgeous creation Claire, I love the softness of the fabrics along with the beautiful colours and layers.
    hugs {brenda] xox

  14. Lovely to see more of those lovely Digitalis Claire and how effective it looks stamped onto fabric.

    Thanks so much for joining in our 'Favourite Things' theme at Penny Black and More this month.

    B x

  15. A breathtaking piece with wonderful details.

  16. What a gorgeous piece... the colors are so yummy!!

    xxx Ellie xxx

  17. This is a stunning wall hanging, so delicate and gorgeous colours.
    Avril xx

  18. Hi Claire,
    Oh hun this is just such a fabulous project. So much work and fabulous detail. I love it. Thanks for sharing with us at Crafty Ribbons this time.
    Dawn xx

  19. truly lovely! thanks for joining the "in the garden" challenge at the cheerful stamp pad! xo

  20. a very lovely wall hanging in such pretty colours and textured pieces that really pop! thank you for sharing all your favourites with us this month at penny black and more.

  21. What an exquisite creation! Love your take on the nature theme and Foxgloves are one of my favorite flowers! So lovely!

  22. Very beautiful creation
    Thanks for joining us at Sir Stampalot this month and good luck!


  23. Gorgeous creation, very unique piece.

    Thank you for sharing this with us at Penny Black and More, good luck;-))m

  24. Stunning piece of work just beautiful. Thank you for sharing your favourite things over at Penny Black and More @ Allsorts and good luck x Susan x


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