Live, Laugh, Love

Hello friends,

The challenge at Sugar Creek Hollow this fortnight is to create a mixed media project or card  in the vintage or shabby chic style. Your card or project must reflect lots of different techniques and media like textures (such as lace, paper, texture paste) and embellishments (resin, chipboard, metal etc.). All the designers have created beautiful projects to inspire you and we would love to see your creations at Sugar Creek Hollow this fortnight

I decided to make two canvases in a shabby chic style. As this type of project was a first for me I must admit that it was a learning curve. For the background I used techniques such as masks with glimmer mist and acrylic texture paste, aquarelle pencils and layering with designer paper, doilies and  antique lace. For embellishments I chose  from a wide range  of media. The focus point is a charming resin cherub holding a little bird. This I purchased from our local Crazy Store for a quarter of the price in comparison to resin embellishments in craft stores!. Originally it was a wall hook but my dear husband altered it without any damage to this charming embellishment. I did some wet embossing with PSX embossing powder on the weathered clock, swirl corners and banners. The resin and metal embellishments, paper flowers and chipboard birds are all coated with a layer of gesso, glimmer mist and distress inks for the shabby look. The two canvases are going to be mounted together on glass and then framed in a large white  wooden frame to fill up the space where I want to display it in my craft room.

Challenges:

You can click on the  first  picture for a better view of all the details and embellishments on the canvases.  All supplies I used are listed below.

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The canvas with the cherub and weathered clock. The background was first colored with Lyra-Rembrandt Aquarelle pencils and then layered with designer paper, antique lace and doilies

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A close up of the wet embossing on the clock

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The chipboard bird and layered doilies

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The canvas with the sentiment. The letters were cut with a Sizzix Sizzlits die  “Cute as a Button Alphabet”. The dots and swirl at the top and bottom were done with acrylic texture paste and a stencil. The background on the left hand corner was done with a mask and Cosmic Shimmer vintage mist “Antique Rose”. I added white painted resin corners to the edges of the banners.

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A close up of another chipboard bird, flowers,  the fence and part of the Spellbinders corner swirl ‘”Garden weave”

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The bird-cage decorated with pearls and tiny rose buds, more distressed flowers and a metal embellishment painted with gesso

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Project details:

  • 2 Artist  canvases, size 5″ x 7″, 100% cotton, 380 g/m2
  • Designer paper of  color choice
  • Paper doilies
  • Lace
  • Cherub embellishment
  • Chipboard birds
  • Metal embellishments
  • Resin corners
  • Prima (“Coventry Rose Romantique”, “Belle Artes Novelty” and “Charme Rose Meadow Lark”), cherry blossoms and I am Roses paper roses.
  • Stamens
  • Tim Holtz Alterations die ” Weathered clock”
  • Sizzix Sizzlets alphabet die “Cute as  a Button”
  • Spellbinders Shapeabilities die D-Lites “Garden Weave”
  • Memory Box die “Rounded Fence”
  • Dala  acrylic gesso
  • Dale acrylic texture paste
  • Heritage modge podge
  • Background stencil (Unknown)
  • Lyra-Rembrandt Aquarelle water-color pencils
  • Tim Holtz distress inks “Victorian velvet” and “Stormy sky”
  • PSX embossing powder “Verdigris” and “Rose”
  • Cosmic Shimmer Vintage Mist “Antique Rose”
  • Skwiglues glitter “Crystal”

Thanks so much for visiting, I hope you like what you see. For everyone who so kindly leave a comment – this is so much appreciated. Have a wonderful day and happy crafting.

Regards from South Africa,

Amelia

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35 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. 2amscrapper
    Jun 29, 2013 @ 15:02:03

    gorgeous in true shabby chic style!. Perfect for the UPA RAQ.

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  2. Electra
    Jun 24, 2013 @ 04:02:02

    This is lovely! The birdcage is especially magical!!

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  3. Marie-Louise
    Jun 23, 2013 @ 13:50:50

    I don’t know how I missed this Amelia. This is totally gorgeous. I love it. Always such fantastic detail.

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  4. Karen
    Jun 21, 2013 @ 23:13:02

    Wow so many gorgeous details, fabulous! thanks for joining us at In the pink, hugs,karenxx

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  5. just4crafters
    Jun 21, 2013 @ 18:53:52

    Wow!!! These look amazing!!! I love the layers and detailing. Beautiful!!! ~Sophia

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  6. sari
    Jun 21, 2013 @ 17:44:54

    Absolutly amazing canvas! Love all the delicate details, the soft colors and … everything!! Simply stunning! Hugs and sunshine

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  7. Carina Els
    Jun 19, 2013 @ 11:41:33

    Liewe Amelia

    Soos elke kaartjie is dit weereens so spesiaal!
    Jy weet die een is vir my bedoel, veral nou.
    Liefde Carina

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  8. Karen Wallace
    Jun 18, 2013 @ 21:18:20

    Oh my this is fabulous, I love it!!

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  9. Shar B
    Jun 18, 2013 @ 16:13:44

    Completely yummy pieces! Great use of the Shabby Chic style! Thanks for joining in at UPA!

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  10. Cathi O'Neill
    Jun 18, 2013 @ 14:30:58

    Just amazing canvases! So much detail and gorgeousness, beautiful!

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  11. Joyce Hessen
    Jun 18, 2013 @ 09:06:23

    Dear Amelia
    A beautiful card.
    The colours and decorations are stunning.
    Happy Crafting from Joyce.

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  12. Nikki P
    Jun 17, 2013 @ 21:50:17

    These are just adorable:) I can’t stop looking at them….They are just gorgeous x
    Thanks for joining us at In The Pink challenge x
    Hugs Nikki x

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  13. Petra Swart
    Jun 17, 2013 @ 16:56:40

    Hi Amelia.
    Ek het ook baie onlangs begin eksperimenteer met mixed media (scrapbooking) en ek geniet dit verskriklik!! Ek het nog nie op canvas gewerk nie, maar jou pragtige projek laat my wonder of ek dit nie ook moet probeer nie. Die detail waaraan jy aandag gegee het is pragtig! Baie dankie vir die inspirasie – ek gaan by Sugar Creek Hollow inloer en besluit dalk om iets te prober maak!!
    Baie groete en lekker craft! Petra

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  14. Sherry Hickey
    Jun 17, 2013 @ 15:50:04

    Hi Amelia! Absolutely beautiful work–like walking through into a secret garden! Fabulous!

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  15. Suzan Wiggins
    Jun 17, 2013 @ 14:47:46

    They are beautiful; thank you for sharing.

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  16. Judy
    Jun 17, 2013 @ 08:22:05

    Oh WOW Amelia these are a true work of art! I just love them! All tht lovely texture, gorgeous colours, and such fabulous details. Just brilliant! Judy x

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  17. Sarah Lynch
    Jun 17, 2013 @ 05:30:44

    Love this so much, can’t stop looking at it!

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  18. craftymadre
    Jun 17, 2013 @ 05:03:30

    The detail and layers in these are amazing! It’s like a feast for the eyes.

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  19. Karen L
    Jun 17, 2013 @ 00:38:48

    Oh Amelia….this is SO gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing this with us in this week’s challenge. You art is absolutely STUNNING and I thank you for sharing your time and your talents with us. Have a blessed week, and stop by again soon,
    Blessings to you,
    Karen
    Word Art Wednesday

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  20. Sharon Keanly
    Jun 17, 2013 @ 00:33:13

    Oh Amelia, this is a fabulous work of art. Just love all the details. I am in awe. Can’t believe that this is your first altered canvas, you have excelled yourself. Can’t wait to see more… hugs Sharon x

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  21. barnie
    Jun 17, 2013 @ 00:04:58

    Such a fabulous creation, wonderful texture and details.

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  22. Chris Warner
    Jun 16, 2013 @ 17:57:03

    These are stunning. Great composition, delicious colours, so well thought out. Great projects. Thanks for joining us this month at Country View Challenges. Chris xxx

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  23. Natalie
    Jun 16, 2013 @ 14:30:16

    Your creation looks gorgeous! Thanks for sharing with us at ABC Challenges.
    X – Natalie – X

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  24. Donna Ellis
    Jun 16, 2013 @ 13:32:16

    Amelia! My heart melts at these sweet canvases. Such delightful colors, super darling embellishments, wonderful techniques and textures — so beautiful. What a lovely gift. I especially enjoy the delicate cut wording. Just beautiful!

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  25. gramadonnie
    Jun 15, 2013 @ 20:59:53

    Beautiful!!! You never fail to Absolutely amaze me. The pearls, the lovely pink, the beautiful background, the tiny fence, it is just wonderful.

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  26. Carol (Granny)
    Jun 15, 2013 @ 19:56:39

    OMGosh Amelia, more beautiful and stunning creations. They truly are gorgeous and elegant. You are such a fantastic artist! Here’s a great vintage/SC challenge blog you might want to play in sometime if you haven’t before. You would be a perfect fit. http://liveandlovecrafts.blogspot.com/

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  27. Mervi
    Jun 15, 2013 @ 19:12:51

    Wow they are fabulous,
    love them both, beautiful creations;-))m

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  28. Sandra Mangrum
    Jun 15, 2013 @ 18:27:16

    Fabulous! Great textures and layers. Classy Elegance!

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  29. CarolS
    Jun 15, 2013 @ 17:23:20

    Wow, you did an amazing job on your first altered canvas! Love it!

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  30. hannelie
    Jun 15, 2013 @ 15:57:16

    Genade Amelia! Dis ongelooflik mooi! ek verkyk my!
    Baie liefde

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  31. Tonniece
    Jun 15, 2013 @ 15:35:22

    Just stunning.
    Hugz Tonniece

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  32. Meggymay
    Jun 15, 2013 @ 15:12:21

    Absolutely gorgeous, both canvas pieces are full of amazing details. Hard to believe these are the first you made, look forward to seeing more.
    Yvonne x

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  33. Moz
    Jun 15, 2013 @ 14:40:36

    Breathtakingly gorgeous Amelia! First time? Hopefully not your last, as you fit into this groove perfectly. Stunning details as always! Wow!
    Enjoy the long weekend enjoy the extra crafting time!
    Hugz

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  34. marshallgal
    Jun 15, 2013 @ 14:34:12

    OMG, I don’t even know what to say other than I could drown in these pictures for the rest of the day. I so appreciate that you take lots of closeups – saves me from having my nose to the computer screen to see all the scrumptious details. You are such an artist, and if you hadn’t said this was your first altered canvas, I wouldn’t have guessed. You’re a natural! Thank you for another fantastic piece of shabby, vintage goodness – it’s GORGEOUS!

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  35. Carol Bignall
    Jun 15, 2013 @ 14:03:40

    Wow Amelia , this is stunning, I love it, so much detail. Carol x

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