Tuesday 8 November 2011

The Key To Her Heart

Good morning everyone on a very dark, dull and cold day in the South of England. It's so dark that it feels like evening is on the way at 10.30 in the morning!
I'm here to share a project I've been working on for the last week in bits and pieces whenever I could find a spare few minutes. It's another collage as I really enjoy making those at the moment, largely because I can have a good rummage in my recycling box to find interesting bits to use.
Here's the finished artwork and underneath you'll find how it came about.

Here's what I used for the base

This is my favourite thing to use for a base as you can see from the second photo that it cut down into several interesting pieces. I just used a rectangle for my collage but the other pieces will be in use very soon.
I covered the base with a piece of torn edged vintage music score lightly inked with Spun Sugar Distress ink. I then added pieces of wide scalloped edge lace at the top and bottom to soften the effect. I punched holes at the top with my Cropodile and knotted ribbon through (the ribbon was from packaging on my pressies last week).
I stamped the large background (B Line Designs) on beige parchment paper and embossed with Ranger Tarnished Gold. I then sponged on Victorian Velvet and Crushed Olive Distress inks. I tore the edges and attached across the centre.
I made a further panel by stamping a Chocolate Baroque background stamp (recently won as part of lovely Claire C's blog candy - lucky me!), embossed with pale gold and sponged with Shabby Shutters and Tattered Rose Distress inks. This was then torn around the edges.
I stamped the lovely Maude by The Stampsmith with VersaFine Onyx Black ink on Judikins KromeKote card and tinted lightly with various Distress inks when it was dry. I then set this on the embossed panel, adding a silver key at the top attached with wire, a piece of chestnut velvet ribbon and a vintage jewellery piece.
I finished off with more lace at the bottom together with a jewelled butterfly and computer generated text. The final touch was the heart, hand cut from leftover music score, partially embossed and wiped with Brilliance Galaxy Gold ink.
The wide lace, silver key, vintage jewellery piece and the butterfly all came from one of June of Dezinaworld's fabulous treasure bags and I have tons of things still to use.

I'd like to enter my collage in the following challenges:
The Stamp Man - Collage
The Stampsmith - Ribbons and Lace
Sugar Creek Hollow - Trash to Vintage Treasure
Simon Says Stamp & Show - Upcycling/Recycling

Thanks for looking.
Fliss xx


Miria said...

Awesome recycling, Fliss. I do love your work of art! Hugs, Miria

Ephemera said...

Fabulous collage, and so good to use all your packaging. Love all the different layers and elements you've used & love that stamp. XX

Valerie-Jael said...

Beautiful work Fliss. It's always wonderful what one can make with scraps that would otherwise be thrown away! Sorry about your weather, here it's cold and foggy! Valerie

Ink Art Designs said...

I would send some sun your way if I could.(I wont bore you with the details of the glorious day we had here) This is gorgeous Fliss! Love the colouring of the main image...such lovely colours all over.
Dot x

Alie Hoogenboezem-de Vries said...

Great result Fliss!

greetings, Alie :-)

cheryl said...

oh this is one brilliant collage hun,just love what you have done,hugs cherylxx

Candy C said...

Hi Fliss. Your vintage collage is lovely. I love everything about it...the colors, the layering, the laces. It's all wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing your work with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge. <3 Candy

Patti P. said...

Fliss, thanks for playing again at Sugar Creek Hollow....I too love using the packaging from my buys, lol makes me feel better about buying and some of it is just so pretty. What a wonderful way to showcase all of your beautiful new wins. I love the music paper with this beautiful vintage image. Have a great week and hope to see you again next week for our next challenge.
Patti SCH/DT

Anonymous said...

Your piece is so beautiful & inspiring Fliss! What brilliant use of those envelopes too, thanks for sharing!
Alison xx

Suzanne B aka brookfies said...

Lovely Fliss - this is amazing packaging. I have used it too in my craft. You've worked beautifully with it! Suz x

CreativSpirit said...

Beautiful collage, great use of this lovely image.

Anonymous said...

Haven't you just made my day. Popped on-line to see if any artwork to comment on at TSC and what do I see but your stunningly beautiful Maude collage. She is one of my favourite images anyway and always interested to see what other stampers do with her.
Love your use of packaging (don't tell Amazon, but I've also re-cycled their packaging in the past!!)
June's lucky bags do overflow with treasures and add an extra special touch to artwork.
Thrilled you participated in TSC.
Thank you for everything Fliss (you know what I mean)
Wishes and Good Luck with the Prize Draw.

Yvonne Garner said...

Fliss, your piece is lovely! Thanks for sharing all the details that went in to making it! Hope you see sunshine soon! Best, Yvonne

Dolly Daydreams said...

Beautiful Fliss , love your collagevandvlove Maude she is such a beauty. Younave created a beautiful backdrop for her.


Suzi B said...

I love this recycled collaged art that you do Fliss.. I'm hopeless at it, but with this to inspire me I'm hoping to improve lol
Suzi B xx

Debbie said...

WOW Fliss! Gorgeous! Maude is beautiful! Love all your details and collage work! Glad you entered The Stampsmith Challenge! Good luck in the draw!

Cazro said...

Beautiful work Fliss, good luck with your entries. Caz

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Great use of the cardboard envelope. Your hanging looks wonderful.

Irene said...

Gorgeous collage Fliss, great bit of recycling with stunning results.
Irene x

Meggymay said...

Fabulous alteration, hard to believe what it started life as.
Yvonne x

Brenda Brown said...

This is just beautiful Fliss - a wonderful collage with fabulous elements to create it.
Glad you entered it into the Stamp Man challenge this time round.
luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox

Julie Mutch said...

Fliss, this is simply stunning. You've made a wonderfully re-cycled project with Maude...one of my all time favourite stamps. :)
Thanks so much for joining us over at The Stampsmith Challenge and best of luck in the draw!

Becky said...

That is lovely Fliss what a great idea.
Becky x

Jacqueline said...

Fliss - this is lovely. I am hopeless at collage and you always make it look so lovely. Am with you on recycling the Amazon boxes - great for making note book covers - Jacqueline xx

Anonymous said...

Fliss I just lost a huge comment to you ... dont you hate it when you do that and blogger just wipes it out :(
Anyway basically i was saying sorry for taking so long to get here. I have just been so busy and I like to take my time and read your blog properly so i made it eventually lol :)
this is beautiful and has exquisite detailing. Your work always inspires me Fliss. Thanks so much for mentioning the Treasure bags. I am so glad you enjoyed using them and thrilled they are shown in this gorgeous piece.
hugs June x
Oh and PS,have a sale now on through until mid December. Just posted it today

Cindy Adkins said...

Oh Fliss, this is gorgeous!!! I love what you have created and June must love it too!!!

Sarah said...

fabulous recycling that you have transformed into a wonderful creation - love that image and the lacy embellishment. Thanks so much for sharing your work with Simon Says Stamp and Show. Sarah

Karen McAlpine said...

Love how the Spun Sugar ink looks on the music paper and the way your stamped image turned out. Very cool collage. Thank you for joining us at the Stampsmith Challenge!