Monday, 31 December 2012

Laughter - The Best Medicine

Hello folks, hoping you all had a wonderful Christmas and got lots of lovely crafting pressies (I did and will be trying out what I received very soon when I get a bit more spare time - one of my New Year hopes!).
Time has been a bit short with visitors, trying to sort out a mega damp problem caused by our cavity wall insulation (which has to be removed at a cost which practically made me faint with shock) and I have a house full of sick patients - my OH has a stinking cold, elder daughter an ear infection and younger one a sick bug and I'm hoping they all keep what they have to themselves!
I'm here today with my creation for our new challenge over at Fashionable Stamping Challenges which is Surprise Us! so anything goes. Our lovely Joanna also had the idea of a Secret Santa with each of us sending our creation to one of the other Fashionettes. Having this in mind, I decided to go with something inspirational and made a little wall hanging piece with one of my favourite stamps.

I love this image from Paper Bag Studios as she reminds me a bit of a lovely photo I have of my dear Mum laughing and it's very true that laughter is the best medicine. I stamped her on a piece of cream mountboard then added a mat of kraft card trimmed down one edge with a Martha Stewart punch.
The background paper came from my bits box and I thought it fit the retro image perfectly. It was made using Crushed Olive, Mustard Seed and Tumbled Glass Distress inks using my Grunge Background Technique (click on the tutorial page at the top if you'd like to see how to do this). I then stamped on it using various floral images with Barn Door and Broken China DIs and swiped on a little more of the red ink.
I added the paper to a chipboard page from a Papermania blank book (these make fabulous wall hanging artwork) and glued on the image panel together with some very pretty floral lace (bought ages ago from Art From The Heart).
I finished off with a Hampton Art butterfly stamped on pink card with deep rose pink ink and cut out. Twine was added at the top to form the hanging section.

I can't tell you who this is for yet but hope she likes it. The other Fashionettes have made some fabulous creations so do hop over to feast your eyes on the catwalk!
We'd love to see your entries although please don't forget that we're a stamping challenge (we're all addicted to this!) so your creation must include some stamping and no digital stamps are allowed.

Wishing you a very Happy New Year and all the best for 2013.
See you next year.
Fliss xx

Some Challenges for my Wall Hanging
2 Sisters - Anything But A Card
Hiding In My Craft Room - Freestyle
Pause, Dream, Enjoy Challenges - Anything Goes
Stampin For The Weekend - Anything Goes


Asia King (aka Joanna K) said...

Faaaaabulous wall hanging Fliss and I love this inspirational image! I am sure the lucky Fashionette will love it! Happy New Year to you and your family, with lots of laughter and living life to the full (without any aliens peeking through the walls lol)! xx

Mrs.B said...

Hi Fliss, Fabulous hanging, and a wonderful image for the background.
Wishing you and your family a Very Happy (and healthy) New Year.
Avril xx

Anonymous said...

Hi Fliss
Beautiful vibrant colours and a beautiful sentiment to go with it.
Here's to a happy, healthy New Year for you and yours.

Sunshine HoneyBee said...

Like the artsy newspaper print look that this card has. Thanks for entering Pause Dream Enjoy Anything Goes challenge. I host a wkly challenge at Marks Finest Papers Simple Salutations in which this wk the challenge is Anything Goes also. Please enter & let them know I sent you.
"Sunshine HoneyBee"
MFP SS Hostess

Silvia(Barnie) said...

A wonderful saying and so true. Your card looks fantastic. Wishing you a Wonderful and Happy Year 2013.

Sally H said...

That is absolutely gorgeous, Fliss! I love the colours and that image just makes you smile! Happy New Year, and feel free to blame your crafty spending on me any time, lol! looking forward to seeing your stampscape creations xxx

Dots Dabbles said...

Hi Fliss...I have the perfect place to hang this in my home! Can't wait to see if it arrives. Love the thought that has gone into this. Wishing you a wonderful New Year
Dot x

Ellie Knol said...

LOVE it!

xxx Ellie xxx

butterfly said...

Absolutely gorgeous hanging - the image is a delight (just found out about Paper Bag recently - ouch!)... and the background is lovely - the fresh, Spring colours are yummy!
Sorry to hear your family was so unwell over Christmas... hope all safely recovered now...
Alison x