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Sunday 29 July 2012

Anything goes at FSC

Happy Birthday to us, Happy birthday to us, Happy birthday to uuuuuuuuuus....!!!! Guess what, its our first birthday at Fashionable Stamping Challenges! Where did the last year go? Goodness me I think I must be getting old. Anyway to celebrate our first birthday, Dot has picked the theme and we're modelling our 'Anything Goes' creations on the catwalk. As always we've got a fabby prize from Marina, our lovely sponsor from Cottage Crafts. 

I've made a canvas for my DT project, inspired by the mega talented Jaine's project in Craft Stamper. I used to be on Sarah Hurley's DT with Jaine and her work is amazing so do pop over to her blog and check it out. I was really intrigued by the way Jaine had created lots of texture by using die cuts and had to have a bash myself. I stuck lots of die cuts onto my canvas and gave it a good coat of gesso. Next came lots of watered down acrylic paint and then out came the polyfiller. I applied the polyfiller through my current favourite crafters workshop template and left it overnight to dry. Once it was dry I replaced the mask and applied flitter glu and added Yorkshire Dales gilding flakes . These flakes are the most scrummy colour but it hasn't shown up too well in the pic.
Next I stamped the text stamps on tissue paper with versamark and embossed with gold EP and then cut the words out and added them with matte multi medium. I got a bit carried away with the messiness then and splashed on gold acylic paint and once that was dry I liberally sprayed bits of the canvas with chalkboard glimmer mist. I uses a derwent pastel pencil to add some shadow to the die cuts and then added some embossed and glittered butterflies and a bird and bird cage made using Marianne dies. I just love this little birdie die cut, soooooo cute. Last but not least I added some thick gloopy splodges of rock candy crackle paint.

I had soooooo much fun making this canvas but the colours haven't show up too well in the photo.

I'm entering this in the following challenges:
Crafty Bloggers: anything goes
Crafty Catz: all that glitters
Fab'n'Funky: no stamped image
Marianne Design Divas: Anything goes
Wags'n'Whiskers: try a new technique

Phew its all go at the minute, our little Barney is certainly keeping us on our toes. Yesterday he started digging in the garden and unearthed one of Benji's huge bones! What a clever boy he is, although Benji wasn't too chuffed lol. I took a photo of him digging what looks like a dinosaur bone up but I took it on my phone and I can't work out how to get it off the phone and on to here. EEEk I'm hopeless with technology and my son has persuaded me to get a blackberry thingumagig, oh dear I can feel a headache coming on at the thought of trying to work out how to use it. Better go as its well past my bedtime but before I do, try and pop over to my teamies blogs as they have got some stunning projects to share with you
Thanks for popping by today
Claire xx


  1. Happy Birthday to you!!! So happy to have grown a year older with you, Claire! You have created one gorgeous canvas full of so much yummy texture! I am so going to have to play with some different mediums! Love this! Have a great weekend!

  2. What a fantastic canvas Claire. I enjoyed this article too ad was intrigued with the polyfiller idea. I love all the detail and different textures you have put into this artwork. Just don't let Barney get near it - he's bound to try and see if it's chewable.
    Beryl xx

  3. Stunning stuff. Beautiful colours and a lovely theme - love it, though I thought it was a journal page :-) Love your little doggy, too x

  4. Thank you for joining in our current challenge 'birds' over on the CraftyMess challenge blog.
    What a lovely project. Great colours and textures and it all works so well together! Took me a minute to spot the bird in the full size photo but it's there :-) love what you have made!
    Hopefully I'll see many more pieces of your work in our future challenges
    Love Lisa xxx

  5. Love it Claire, what gorgeous colour and techniques. hugs, Marion

  6. Wow Claire! This is totally amazing and the textures are just gorgeous. Love the colour contrast with the gold cage.
    Little Barney looks a real cutie too. Hope your hubby is better very soon.
    Hugs, Fliss xx

  7. What an inspirational work of art to share .Would be a great show piece in the home .love the diecuts as texture .Thanks so much for sharing on Craftymess Challenge blog .

  8. Well - you're a step ahead of me for I've not even managed to work out how to take a photo on the mobile. As for a Black thing or an iPhone...... daren't even try the iPad.... shall stick to my little MacBook.
    Barney certainly sounds fun.
    Paula (PEP)

  9. Happy birthday love this details are great thanks for joying us at craftymess xxx

  10. Hi Claire, Love your canvas, gorgeous colours and super elements. Thanks for joining in our challenge at Fab'n'Funky this week.

    Pat xx

  11. Super craetion love all the elements
    thank you for joining us at fab n funky

    linda x

  12. Hi Claire, This is a gorgeous canvas, love all the texture with the Polyfilla. Its a beautiful colour and the gilding flakes add a lovely sheen.
    Avril xx

  13. A wonderful canvas love the background and all the golden elements.
    Also your other projects these days are fabulous.

  14. A fabulous canvas Claire, lots of lusciousness here.
    hugs {brenda} xox

  15. Wow, love the textures in the background, its a fantastic project.
    Loved the other wonderful cards you posted today as well.

  16. Wow what an awesome creation. I love it. BEAUTIFUL...

  17. Hi Claire
    A fabulous card thankyou for joining us this week at CraftyCatz
    Hugs Dianne xx

  18. Claire, an inspirational piece. Love the texture. Thank you for entering into the Marianne Design Divas challenge and the DT call this month. Good luck to you for both! Suzanne DT :)

  19. Beautiful! Love the texture. Thanks so much for playing along with us at Crafty Catz this week.

  20. Beautiful !!!!!!!!!!! That is such a gorgeous page!!
    xxx Ellie xxx

  21. Hi Beautiful card, thanks for playing along with CRAFTY CATZ x carol

  22. Happy FSC bday Claire and what a beautiful way to celebrate! Your piece is stunning, such lush textures and depth of colours. Love it! xxx

  23. Hi
    A beautiful card, stunningly creative.
    Thank you for coming to play with us at 'Craftymess'
    Good Luck
    x Jet

  24. Your card is really really nice.

    Thank you for joining us at Fab 'n' Funky this week.

    Anne-Marie x x

  25. Gorgeous canvas Claire, love the way you've created the texture with die cuts. Sue C x

  26. This is gorgeous, so creative, Thank you for taking part in the Craftymess Challenge.

  27. Hi Claire, beautiful textured, canvas, stunning and love the way the bird cage is so dimensional. xx

  28. Wow!!! Absolutely stunning art piece Claire! I love all the different elements that have so cleverly been blended together and the colours are so subtle and dramatic at the same time. Splashing paint is one of my favourite things...and it finishes this off beautifully Claire.
    Dot x


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