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Thursday, 3 January 2013

Sunday Stampers week 238, writing - Thursday 3rd January

Hello Blog Friends,

I realised when I was reading your lovely comments yesterday, that I hadn't titled or dated my post..well that was a good start wasn't it? I went back and amended that straightaway!

In the few hours I had to myself yesterday, I rather foolishly decided to start tidying the craft room and ended up in a bigger mess...something in my head was telling me to wait a few weeks, get all the Christmas decs back in the attic, get crafting and then turn all the stuff out and do it properly..but the foolish side of my brain was urging me to start today...why did I listen to foolish brain???? Way too much stash in too small a space and now it looks even smaller!

However, before I started on this madness, I did manage to make my Sunday Stampers project for this week..just a little tag, but you would not believe how many times I started over because I disliked it so much!!!

The theme this week is to use writing in your project....

The image stamp is by Lynne Perella from PaperArtsy; I bought it last Autumn and then got caught up in all the Christmas crafting and hadn't used it. I think that some of the buildings are quite Venetian, but also with some Arabic shapes and I was drawn to the shapes and lines of the eclectic mix of mediaeval and well quite 'futuristic'.

I am always intrigued by architecture and having spent a lot of time in Venice particularly and especially in winter months when it's less crowded, I've been able to take the time to stop and take in the surroundings. Previously I have used this quote stamp (by Sam Poole) with 'nature' related images - trees, florals, butterflies, but there is beauty in cityscapes as well and I think that Lynne Perrella was trying to show this with this beautiful piece of fine art - so many shapes mingling together in a busy skyline, with one person stood in a 'doorway', even though he is large in the scale of the rest of the drawing, he seems quite insignificant.

To make the tag I simply stamped the image and the quote with black archival and heat embossed using clear embossing powder. I then coloured the background with a mixture of broken china, faded jeans, peacock feathers, crushed olive and vintage photo distress inks - using the latter two colours on the foreground and to bring some light into the windows and shadows in the buildings. I finished off with some brocade ribbon from Fantastic Ribbons, which seemed to fit with the mediaeval feel to the artwork.

I am absolutely excited now to use this stamp set on other projects in different ways. Sorry the photo is a bit naff :)

Carole X


  1. Hi Carole, it is a truly amazing stamp and does conjure up thoughts of Venice, you are so right. I really like how you have kept it simple so that the buildings really stand proud. A beautiful tag. Hugs, Anne x

  2. Well at least you achieved something today Carole this lovely the stamped image...


  3. Lovely lovely lovely... thanks for joining in! I have just spent the best part of three days doing my room... it still ain't finished... that shows how bad it was lol x

  4. Well Carol, you said it was just a "little" tag but you certainly got plenty on it.
    I love you have made it busy but still kept it simple, very clever.

    Patricia xx