Thursday, 24 February 2011

PDCC70 - back on the wagon


What a fantastic response to our first 'Combined Grind' challenge last week - my piece is still half finished I'm afraid - life just pushed all blogging stuff out of the window last week.  But thankyou to those that emailed to check all was ok :)


This week's colours come courtesy of Ruby2Shoes, aren't they gorgeous?!!!  The idea for my project started with a metal flower I purchased from The Cubby Hole, Crewe on Tuesday, and some embossing powders I bought at the same time, inspired by Fran on the Woodware stand at the trade show.


This is a small black sketchbook by Daler-Rowney from Dunelm, about A5 in size.


I got my dabbers out to paint a patch of colour on the front, only realising after painting in orange, that it I meant to do it turquoise lol.


So I painted over it!


Then added some green through my flower stencil.


I cleaned my stencil off inside my journal, the start of a page :)


I kept the stencil out to add more colour to the front of the book.


After using the metal flower as a stamp, which didn't show up too well, I attached it to the front of the journal and filled it with green embossing powder.


The green is a very 'flat' colour, so after adding some orange powder to the centre of the flower, I filled the whole shape with kaleidoscope embossing powder for a bit of sparkle!


Some snippets of painted paper and lace, bling and fluffy wool with beads and I was rather pleased with the result.  I was trying to keep the design in the bottom right hand corner but my backgrounds always creep into the 'white space'!!!

This week our guest designer, Maria Gurnsey, an ippity chick of great fabulousness, is also providing our prize.  Head over to the play date cafe to see the wonderful ippity stamps she's given us to give away :)  And whilst you're there, why not check out the great inspiration provided by our wonderful team of designers.  This week there are one or two projects other than cards to give you inspiration :)




21 comments:

Fiona said...

awesome idea for covering a book Sarah !

Michele Gross said...

I love that you showed the process behind your fabby creation!! My brain soooo doesn't work that way so I was enthralled with the photos :D Looks like an absolute blast!!

Julie Ranae said...

Wonderful project and a terrific step by step tutorial...you make it look SOOOOO easy! xx

Helen said...

How lovely! I haven't tried paint over stencils, love the look.

Papillon said...

Love this book cover-and thanks for the tutorial style post-very useful!

Susan Allan said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous texture!!
Sue xx

Andrea Ewen said...

Thanks for showing the step by step, I would have never figured that out on my own! What a fab way to dress up a book~ Great job with the colors!

Suzanne Brookfield said...

STUNNING Sarah....have those flower charms myself...May I have permission to use your idea with the embossing powder? Love your creations.....so veery different from the norm!

Jaclyn Miller said...

glad to have you back, we missed you! ;) I like seeing the process of how you came up with your stuff and I think it's so neat to see what you will alter next. I really like the painted background on this one.

Jinny Newlin said...

This is gorgeous, Sarah! I'm thinking those paint dabbers would make clean-up so much easier than acrylics with brushes. Note to self... Try paint dabbers. Thanks for always delivering so much wonderful inspiration!

Tracey said...

WOW!!!! Oh how I wish I had anb ounce of your creativity!!!! FAB project Sarah!!!

massofhair said...

So you found out Dunhelm have opened a craft section then lol... Called in a couple of weeks ago to my local one and was surprised at the amount they had in! Bought some fabulous cardstock, had no choice it was a paper stroking moment...

Always love your ideas Sarah, the colours used are my colours too. The stencil was a favourite of mine on your journaling workshop.

Forgot to say that the headers for both my blogs were made in your journaling workshop i attended last year.

Have a great weekend:-)

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

DOOO more of these tutorial posts! I LOVE seeing how you came up with this cover! SO GORGEOUS! I love it! Great project--you always are soo creative! Miss you! Hope you are doing well:) HUGS!

Ruby said...

I love seeing your arty process, it's so fun and it makes me want to alter images. It's so lovely to have you back! Great notebook, must try that one day!

Pauline said...

Wow, that's a fabulous project, a great idea with all those stencils.

Minxy said...

What a cool fun idea, and it looks great :D

Maria said...

So lovely and creative!!! Thank you for the step by step process! Amazing color...love it!!!

Queenie Jeannie said...

That's really cool and original! Thanks for sharing it with us!!!

Colleen Dietrich said...

I enjoyed seeing the step-by-step photos of your creation, Sarah. I love that stencil you used! And how clever to clean off the stencil on the first page of your book, to help give it a little something special.

Benzi said...

Fabulous creation and a wonderful, interesting project. Wow! BTW, I love the video 'Stand by Me'. Someone alerted me to it a year or more ago and I've enjoyed it so much.

Caz said...

Very nice......will you bring it with you for us to see it "for real" when you do your workshops at Wantage........sometime this month????????????

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