Tuesday, 9 October 2012

F is for...Fabulous Florals!

Ladies and Gentlemen, please allow me to make some super exciting announcements ;). 

First of all, my BlogStar term at Stampendous is now officially over. However - and this is the super exciting part - my Stampendous adventure will continue! I am now the Official Stampendous Foreign Correspondent for the UK! How cool is that??? So please beware my friends as that means I will be inspiring (and tempting) you with the fabulous Stampendoulicious stuff for much much much longer! :)

So... now the super important part! This month the whole Team is playing with flowers (especially all the Jumbo beauties) and we challenge you to join us! Click here to hop over to the challenge linky tool and to see all the beautiful inspiration my DT Sisters have in store for you.

Now onto my project. Some of you might know that I've recently had a real pleasure and joy to meet Fran Seiford - Mrs Stampendous herself! You can read about it here. I am really grateful to be given a chance to become part of the Stampendous team so I prepared a small 'thank you' gift for Fran...:)

I'd spent ages thinking of a suitable 'thank you' gift and it was a real 'light bulb' moment for me! I love altering papier mache letters (click here to see my previous post with a Steampunk 'L') and I thought this was to best way to give this gift a truly personal feel :).

I started the project by painting the letter with matt emulsion and Ranger Picket Fence crackle paint. Then I fussy cut a handful of paper napkin butterflies and adhered them to the letter with Decopatch glue. Next I stamped the swirls from the cling Jumbo Hollyhock set onto white tissue paper with clear embossing ink and heat embossed them with with Stampendous Aqua embossing powder. sing Decopatch glue I fixed fragments of the tissue onto the letter.

Next I stamped the Hollyhock flower twice onto vellum and heat embossed it with Aqua and White embossing powders. Then I coloured the flowers with Inktense pencils, cut out and layered them onto the letter using foam pads. For the centres of the flowers I used Royal Blue Glass Glitter and sequins. Then using the encrusted jewel technique I Fran-taged the edges of the letter with Aged White Embossing Enamel, Aqua EP and Powder Blue colour fragments.

I needed to find a solution to allow my letter to stand so I decorated a couple of Configuration boxes with paper napkins, matt emulsion paints, Aged White EE, sequins and Royal Blue Glass Glitter (oh boy, I just love this stuff!). 

Top Tip - to Fran-tage the inside of the box use a sponge, Emboss 'lip gloss' or simply your fingers to apply embossing ink, pour the powders in, cover the box and shake it, tip the excess powders out, melt with heat gun, add more powders, heat with heat gun (repeat if necessary), add sparklies and done!

To embellish I added some scrapbook tile alphas, some cheese cloth and a spray of flowers. And to make a final touch I added Fran's photo in a cute little frame from Melissa Frances.

I hope I've inspired you to create some fabulous flower makes and join our challenge this month. Don't forget, if you use one of the Stampendous flower stamps your name will be put in a hat twice for the prize draw (nb. winner needs to have a US mailing address).

Big hugs

Challenges for this project:
The Stamp Man October - Butterflies, Bees and Birds
The Crafty Bloggers Network Challenge #4 - Anything goes
Make It Monday #110 - Anything goes
Top Tip Tuesday #87 - Things with wings
Anything But a Card Challenge - Shiny, Sparkly, Blingy
Vintage Stamping Challenges #1 - Anything goes
Pan Pastel UK #39 - Altered item
Pile It On #41 - Vintage or Shabby Chic
Simon Says Stamp challenge - Glimmer and Sparkle


Janelle said...

This is just fantastic! An amazing collage of goodies!

Carol Q said...

many congrats Joanna. you must be so pleased and excited. I'm sure Fran will love her gift. very thoughtful!

Joanna said...

Asia, cudowny prezent. Kolory zachwycaja, wszystkie detale rowniez :) Ciesze sie, ze zostalas Korespondentem Stampendous z UK bo bardzo mi sie podobaja Twoje projekty, bede wygladac kolejnych :):)

Rica said...

What stunning creations, your colours are sensational and flowers so beautiful!!!

Heather xx
Thanks so much for joining with Simon Says Stamp challenge.

Kristine Reynolds said...

WOWZERS! I like this one the bestest! Lovely!

Ros Crawford said...

Many congrats to you!!! Actually given that you make stupendous creations like this ... you can only be a huge asset to the company ... This is fantastic!!

Janny Jager 't Hooft said...

Congratulations to you.Joanna

The gift you made is a real beauty
I am sure Fran will love her gift.

Greetings Janny

Lisa S. said...

I love this project Asia and I'm certain that Fran will love it too! Congrats to you on becoming the Foreign Correspondent-how exciting!

Lisa S. said...

Oh and btw ;) thanks for joining us at Top Tip Tuesday for our Things with Wings challenge.

Lisa S. said...

Oh and by the way, again, thanks for joining us at Make It Monday. You hit my TTT & MIM rota Asia lol, should have checked both of them before commenting. Ok, I'm off now and won't bug you again. ;) Well, I'll leave one more tidbit here and that is-F is for Fabulous!!!

Dots Dabbles said...

This is so stunning Joanna...the detail is incredible. Lots of personal touches. I would never have thought of embossing on tissue paper, but it looks brilliant.
Thankyou for joining us in our first challenge at Vintage Stamping Challenges.
Dot x

Ellie said...

You must be so happy, and honoured... Have a lot of pleasure working with their fabulous stamps! psssst - tell them if they need somebody in the Netherlands, I am here!

butterfly said...

Loved your steampunk L - and it's amazing to see another letter in such a different style - so pretty, and the frantage is glorious (next on the list to try!)... congratulations on your brilliant news - I can well understand why they wanted to keep you around!!
Alison x

brenda said...

The gorgeous piece of artwork Joanna, thanks so much for sharing it with us in our first challenge at Vintage Stamping.

B x

Julie Short said...

Good on you Joanna, I am sure you will delight crafters everywhere with your ideas. I really enjoyed reading of your design ideas and a little of the why behind your thoughtful gift. Thank you for joining in at Anything But a Card Challenge this time.

Ger said...

Amazing project, so many beautiful details! Thankyou for joining us this month at Crafty Bloggers Network.

Geraldine M

Lisa M said...

Geez, WOW!!! I'm almost speechless! ;) This is just fantastic. Congratulations to you on your awesome news and still WOW...this is an outstanding thank you gift. Love the F propped on the little boxes. SO cute!! Beautiful butterflies in that paper. ;)

Thank you so much for joining us at Make It Monday and Top Tip Tuesday.

Carolyn Dube said...

What an amazing gift! Congrats on your good news!

Brenda Brown said...

Joanna I am so proud of you and your achievement with Stampendous, big congratulations from me. You are a real asset to the team.
I love your decorated letter and boxes, such a neat idea and fabulous textures and colours.
Happy Friday.
Hugs Brenda xxx

Crafty_Fairie said...

Wow this is a really super idea.Thanks for sharing it with us at Panpastel uk.


Julia S-W said...

Firstly, many congratulations on your good news.
Secondly, your gift is absolutely beautiful and I'm sure it will be received with much joy! I love the colours, the napkin images and just the right amount of bling that you've incorporated.
Thanks so much for sharing your gorgeous altered letter with us at Anything But A Card and I do hope you'll join us again soon.

Samantha said...

Fabulous I really love this sort it at the woodware trade workshop days so beautiful!
Great to see you at Top Tip Tuesday challenge this time, hugs Samantha :0)

Lindsay Craftymonster81 said...

Absolutely fabulous, I love those pretty shades of blue and green, just so beautiful. Thank you for joining in with the PanPastel challenge blog
Lindsay xx

Jenn Zeeb said...

Thanks so much for playing along with us this week for the Pile It On "Vintage/Shabby Chic Challenge” with us! Just loved your card, and hope to see you back here next week!

Jenn Zeeb

Claire said...

Wow Joanna this is jaw droppingly scrumptious! Love the colours and so many pretty details too. Those stamps are fab, you do keep tempting me lol. Thanks for joining us at VSC
Hope you've had a great weekend
Claire xx

Sarah Carrington said...

Great project. Thanks for joining in with Crafty Bloggers Network monthly challenge

Sarah (CBN DT)

Nicie Ibarra said...

Love your letter F - clever way to help it stand up!!! Congratulations on your great news!!! I can't wait to see what you come up with! :)

Shirl said...

Well deserved Joanna you create such stunning projects and this is another of those. Couldn't have happened to a nicer person.

Hugs Shirley x x

Silvia(Barnie) said...

That's a fabulous idea, great piece of art. Thanks for joining us at VSC again.

Linda R said...

Oh my goodness. This is so amazing. Once again I have to say how much I enjoy popping in seeing what you have created.


Christy said...

THis is GORGEOUS and probably the most beautiful color ever! :) Thanks for joining us at Anything but a Card! :) :)

scrappymo! said...

Gorgeous...I bet she just fell in love with it!!!

Mandi said...

I am in love with this. The colors are great. I am sure your friend will love it. Thanks for joining us over at ABA.

Tiina...KrisTiina said...

Wow, this cfart is nothing I ever seen! I want to live inside that box:).

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