The Shabby Tea Room this week, there is this gorgeous photo and the word "reflections" to inspire us. Oh, how I loooooove the look of this mantel arrangement. I want it in my house this very second. Inspiration abounds.....
And, a fairly new challenge at a blog called More Paper Than Shoes. Why, oh why, didn't I think of that blog name first??? It describes my life in four easy words. Anyway, this challenge gives a little list of rules - actually, items and techniques that must be incorporated into the challenge. So for this month, the theme/items/techniques are:
The design team over at MPTS is amazing - all of them. But before I show you my close-ups and tell you all the yada yada, I have to show you the DT project that made my jaw drop... here is the pic - and if you love it, run, don't walk, over to DT member Megan Bean's blog to see the rest of this amazing little album of hers on THIS post. Oh, but DO come back, will you????
Okay, so for my little project, I started with Bon Voyage Paris paper from Gartner Studios. Next came paint around the edges of the canvas, which was Distress Crackle in Antique Linen, distressed with Walnut Stain. I added a few pieces of vintage text from an old French school primer after that. The beautiful little lady is a stamp from The Fairest Flower plate from Oxford Impressions, stamped in Ancient Page ink and distressed with Antique Linen. Surrounding her is a Tattered Angels frame with silver Vintage Art Glass Glitter. Oh my, I love that stuff! I splurged, I hoarded for a long time, but now that I've used it I can see the difference - the sparkle IRL is amazing, and I can't wait for the patina to gently tarnish. This is the "reflections" part for the Shabby Tea Room challenge, too.
For the metal, I used some of T!m's flowers, which I bent a little with jewelry pliers to give them a little more depth.
For the fabric, I stamped images from The Fairest Flower, Paris Exposition (Artistic Outpost), and Stampin' Up! onto some muslin, frayed the edges, and adhered it to the not-so-pretty sides of my un-canvas.
One last little photo to show you how well I'm coming along with my hoarding problem.. this is a vintage crochet covered button, which I have only one of... and I put it on this un-canvas. (Eeeeeee, I'm breaking into a cold sweat just typing it... okay, deep breaths.... fine.) See? Pretty good, eh? LOL!
Thanks for stopping by! Hope you're all having a happy week. Tomorrow I'll have a little card for the next Gingersnap Creations challenge... see ya then. :)