Saturday, 19 March 2011

Lets Ink It Up Challenge 11 - Die Cuts/Punches

Hello everyone and hope you have the glorious sunny day that we have here today. I'm really excited to at last be able to share with you the first project I've made as part of Team B for the Lets Ink It Up challenge blog which I was thrilled to bits to be asked to join. The new challenge is to use Die Cuts and/or Punches.

The challenge is being sponsored by Taylor Van Bruggen of Taylored Expressions

Taylored Expressions is an online store full of whimsical rubber stamps, coordinating kits and fresh ideas. You'll find everything you need to satisfy your creative sweet tooth!
Tune in to Taylored Expressions blog for inspiring ideas and how-to videos!
The fabulous prize so generously provided by Taylor is the gorgeous Tweet Hearts stamp set (valued at $21.95) - click HERE to take a look.

Here's the project I made for the challenge and I have to say that making altered artwork is starting to become an obsession with me!

I started off with a blank papier mache frame which I painted with 2 shades of olive green acrylic paint.
I made a central panel with thick white card which I sponged with Shabby Shutters and Crushed Olive Distress inks. The stamps I used are all from Paper Artsy Hot Pick 1005. The grass was stamped with Stazon Olive Green and the flowers with Cactus Green. Fuchsia Pink and Pumpkin Stazon. I stamped a couple of extra flowers, cut these out and layered them on top for some dimension.
I stamped the flourish design on the open areas with Shabby Shutters ink for some texture, added the bird stamped in black and cut out then the text.
For the finishing touch, I punched out a border of flowers using the Martha Stewart double edge punch from old music score (rather appropriately titled The Woodpecker Song), inked it with Victorian Velvet and Crushed Olive Distress inks and glued it on. It's really easy to turn this particular punched border into a frame as it trims well to fit all sorts of shapes.

The challenge runs until 31 March and please remember that digital stamps are not allowed as Lets Ink It Up is all about getting inky with rubber and clear stamps.
Don't forget to head over to the challenge blog for some amazing inspiration from the other Team B inkers.

Finally, I'm entering my artwork in the following challenges:
Delightful Challenges - Green
Fairytale Challenge - Green and Pink
Fab 'n' Funky - Green
Pixie Dust - Go Green
Cupcake Craft Challenges - Up In The Air with Green
By The Cute And Girly - Springtime

Good luck and thanks for looking.
Fliss xx


craftattack said...

Great work Fliss, love your entry!

Liza said...

Gorgeous work Fliss, I love the colours you have used. Thanks for joining us at CCC.

Liza x

Saskia said...

Wow... very beautiful!!!

Bianca said...

What a fab projekt! Thank you for joining us at Fairy Tale Challenge! xx Bianca

craftytrog said...

Beautiful & inspiring! Love the colours! x

Delphine said...

Gorgeous project, Fliss! Certainly a lot of work but well worth it! Thanks for joining us at Cupcake and good luck! Delphine xx

Tracey said...

Oh wow this is just stunning honey, love what you have done with the frame - really enjoying seeing your new obsession, the stamping and detailing is all so vibrant - happy weekend hon xxx

CraftyC said...

Beautiful frame Fliss, love the coloured flowers, really stand out!

Catherine said...

Thank you for joining us at Cupcake Craft this week with such a gorgeous creation ! Your frame is stunning ! Love those colours... Good luck !

Brenda Brown said...

Just a stunning work of art Fliss, the colours and stamps are fabulous and the whole design is soooo effective. It's perfect for your first challenge for LIIU.
luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox

karlinchen50 said...

Hello a very beautiful card, the design is gorgeous.

Thanks for joining us at Fairy Tale Challenge.
Hugs Karla

FauxPainter - Dee Paramour said...

Oh fliss the frame is stunning. As always your love of stamping comes shining through. Just perfect work.

Susan Allan said...

Love the way your bright flowers are in the foreground. It is a wonderful composition. Just my cup of tea.
Sue xx

Joanna K (aka Asia K) said...

Oh my...! This is just stunning!!! I love the flowers around the frame and your stamping is just beautiful... love it! xx

Fiona said...

Fab project Fliss. Love the punched border on the frame and all the paperartsy stamps.

Suzanne Brookfield said...

Fliss, I just adore everything about this piece, the colour, elements. You have done LIIU proud! Suzanne B

Alicia said...

This is gorgeous Fliss! You have done an amazing job with this one! The animals at our place are really quite independent and dont take much work at all. Feeding them and letting them out for a run is all we really have to do.
Alicia xx

Ayelet {Jenny} said...

Oh so beautiful! I love it! Thank you for playing with us at BTC&G and good luck! X

PokSa said...

Wonderful card. A great style.
Thanks for joining us at the Fairy Tale Challenge.
Hugs Sandra

Cec said...

Awesome project. I love the flowers in the centre panel but then again, I also love the flowers framing it. Thanks for joining us at Delightful Challenges.

Jennifer said...

Oh this is gorgeous! Really lovely! Thanks for joining us at F'n'F xx Jenny xx

SuzanneK said...

Stunning work of art Fliss. Hugs Suzanne x