Sunday, 5 October 2014

PaperArtsy Blog Challenge..........but I missed it :-(

Hi Everyone,

I hope you all had a lovely weekend, especially my buddies who were lucky enough to go to the Happy Stampers North West show at Port Sunlight.  I love that show and the venue but it's a loooooong drive from here so means an overnighter which I couldn't run to this year sadly but from tweets and blog posts I know they all had a fabulous time.  Instead my OH and I met our Son and grandaughter Alexa and went to see the illuminations and fireworks at Matlock Bath.  Luckily after a bad start to the day the weather decided to be kind and was dry and not really cold (although OH reckoned it was) but there is a lot of hanging about and queueing and even we got bored let alone Alexa, lol!  Never mind we did have a nice meal, the fireworks were good and it was lovely to spend time with them.

Last month saw a change in the way the blog challenge works over on the PaperArtsy blog and instead of weekly it is now monthly.  You would think that would give me more time to make an entry but it didn't seem to work that way for me.  I got bogged down with all the wonderful inspiration from Guest Designers, Signature Designers, Guest Bloggers, etc., and right at the last minute the lovely Lin Brown shared a project HERE which involved metal work (at which she is simply The Best) which I really wanted to have a go at.  I made a start but knew I had no chance of finishing it in time so it got left on my workdesk all last week.  I really wanted to finish it though and so I spent today doing just that.

I had a framed canvas like the one Lin used but mine was much bigger but then I found a fab box with a canvas to set into the lid.  I'm pretty sure I bought this from PaperArtsy at one of the shows and although it's still 2 cm bigger than Lin's square that just gave me scope to change it a little.


I removed the clasp and hinges before I started working on the box.
 

This is the metal adhered to the canvas square but before adding Fresco paint and Treasure Gold
 

Painted, buffed off and then the beginnings of adding Treasure Gold.  At this point I thought what a bl.....y mess!
 

Finished with the TG but not polished.


Polished off, corners added and attached into the lid recess. The Treasure Gold colours I used were Sapphire, Onyxite and Royal Amethyst.
 

I toyed with the idea of adding stencilled Grunge Paste or lots more stamping round the sides but decided against it as I liked the whole focus being on the metalwork, so I just stamped one of Lin's quotes  and highlighted with some Treasure Gold.


I lined the top and bottom with pieces of PaperArtsy's Chatsworth paper over which I'd added a wash of Fresco to tone it in with the Baltic Blue and Squid Ink Frescos I'd used.  I don't yet have Lin's new limited edition paints for the gorgeous colour she used but hope to rectify that in 2 weeks time at the StampMagic show ;-). 
 

I'm really pleased with how this turned out in the end especially as at one point I thought the metal looked awful, lol!  Must try harder this month to get a project finished for the October challenge.  I love tonight's canvas from Gillian and my buddy Helen did a lovely journal page the other night......however, I don't do journalling, lol!  Could always do a tag instead perhaps!

Whatever, have a great week everyone and see you again soon........ hopefully with a shorter gap between posts than the last one, lol!

Hugs
Lesley  Xx


19 comments:

Darcy UK said...

Gorgeous! Why don't you do the cover of a folder, you could keep stencils in it, or dies, or tags.

massofhair said...

So beautiful Lesley, fantastic flower and all those individual dots you added for the texture, wow!

Looks amazing close up, liking the corners and all that deep lush TG. Your completed
project would make a memorable pressie.

Shame you missed the deadline but as you say there's always this months designers etc to choose from:-) xxx

Helen said...

this looks absolutely beautiful!! hope you find time to make something this month too, on time! I know I didn't get as much done for the challenge as I would had it still been weekly. xx

Deborah Wainwright said...

Wow Lesley this is gorgous, brilliant colours and now such a pretty box to use. Love it ALOT a xxx

Hazel Agnew said...

Looks classy and expensive and I love it. Xx

Paula Whittaker said...

wow stunning

Aquarius said...

I often think a deadline further away isn't such a good thing - certainly not for me!! This box is so beautiful and something to treasure.

Lin said...

Lesley that is gorgeous!!! absolutely love it xxxxx

Elaine said...

This is lovely Lesley. Isn't it great when we use things from our stash. I love the dusky colours you have used and the metal work is lovely. Good old Treasure Gold, it works a treat doesn't it. Lovely work - hope you can find something special to keep in the box! Elaine xxx

sam21ski said...

WOW fantastic Lelsey, looks awesome, you giving it away as a present to someone?

Yours Artfully said...

Wow Lesley, your box looks stunning. I'm so pleased that you found the time to make it, even if it was too late for the challenge. I love metal work and I'm so pleased that you were able to revisit it too. Your choice of colours are just beautiful too.

Lin x

Netty said...

sounds like you had a great time Lesley....love love the box, fab work.
Annette x

http://nettysartadventures.blogspot.co.uk/

veronica said...

beautiful box Lesley - well worth the time it took! Funny how the longer you have to do something the harder it is to get started..............
Am sticking to the small local shows at the moment, but really miss the big one at Ally Pally - not so much the NEC though

Julie Ann Lee said...

You are so talented, Lesley. This looks fabulous. The metal work is just great! I know just what you mean about the longer you have the harder it seems to finish for the deadline. I do hope you'll be able to link up one of your lovely creations this month, Lesley. xxx

jojo79 said...

This is beautiful Lesley, your metal work is fantastic. x

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

Oh wow Lesley this is gorgeous. I love the metelwork you done to the lid and the colours you've used also the wonderful sentiment on the side of the box.

Sue xx

Suzanne C said...

Gorgeous effect! Love the flowers.

Ruth said...

What fabulous metal work, gorgeous box, very tempted to have a go! Ruth x

Sally H said...

really gorgeous, Lesley! I love the texture and colour. I am only just venturing into paper artsy stuff, so I am watching with interest, and adding to my wish list for Donny, lol!