Tuesday, 27 January 2015

PaperArtsy Challenge #2 - Shiny Stuff

Hi Everybody,

It's a bit nippy isn't it and going to get a lot worse over next few days by all accounts but shouldn't grumble as it probably won't be as bad as the poor folk over the pond in the US have it right now (it's being shown on the news as I type).  Stay safe any visitors who drop by that are struggling over there at the moment.

Things are still a bit busy here this week as my brothers & I have to get Mum's bungalow emptied by the weekend so we can hand the keys back next week.  It's a very difficult thing to dispose of someone's home while they are still alive but have no say in the matter :-( and I have to say it's giving me a few sleepless nights but we're getting there and it will be done with soon.  I just hope I've chosen the right treasures to save for her!

Ok, on to the crafting ;-D!  It's the 2nd challenge theme over on the PaperArtsy Blog and this time it's 'Shiny Stuff'! What a fabulous theme as there are so many things you can use to create shine and it can be subtle or 'in your face full on bling' and the inspiration from the Guest Designers is stunning so do hop over and take a look.  I want to have a go at everything, lol!  For my project I used a lot more shiny stuff than I would normally but I'm actually really pleased with the result.  See what you think! .......Er, sorry for the photo overload!


I started with a 6" x 6" wooden frame (from the charity shop again ;D) from which I'd ripped some awful embellies.






I used the products below to layer paint and add shine, plus gilding flakes.





I die cut the butterfly border from White Greyboard (PaperArtsy) and the word Love is a Wendy Vecchi Art Part and I covered both with gilding flakes.  I applied the pale, creamy colours of Fresco Finish to the frame with Cut n Dry foam and then applied patches of the 3 Treasure Gold colours.


Previously I've always applied TG as the last layer but this time I wanted to try using it underneath FF so I applied a mix of Nougat and Dusty Teal FF all over, again with Cut n Dry. Once dry I then sanded back to the TG and buffed it with a soft cloth.  Sorry for the glare in some pics but the 'process' ones were taken at night. 



The flourishes were stamped with a Versamagic ink and all the script with Watering Can Archival.  The butterflies were stamped with Archival onto a scrap of co-ordinating paper I found, cut out and then coated with FF Metallic Glaze.  All the stamps used are from PaperArtsy sets. The random embossing is Frantage with a few mica flakes added.






This pic shows the lovely effect of the TG showing through the FF.  I was really chuffed with it ;-)!





More 'Shiny Stuff', lol!





I deliberately took the photos of the finished project early this morning in a mix of dull daylight & my lamp so that I could capture the shine properly so apologies for the shadows. 


I totally enjoyed making this frame and I think I'm going to take it down to Mum so see if she would like it in her room .........bet she does cos she's always been my biggest fan, bless her!

There is an extra week to make an entry for this particular challenge because next week Leandra and the team are revealing all the new stamps and stuff being released.  The sneak peeks already have me drooling so I can't wait to see and it might give me chance to make a second entry to the challenge!

Righty Ho!  Off to get my 'proper' day underway.  Hope you all have a good one and manage to stay warm and cosy.  See you soon!

Hugs
Lesley  Xx


26 comments:

Aquarius said...

Wow - this is fabulous and so beautiful. You've achieved just the right balance with the 'shiny things'and the colours are lovely. I can see why you wanted to try everything - lots of inspiration there. Take care

Elaine said...

What a beautiful project Lesley. I love the way you have used the treasure gold under the paint. How brilliantly that has worked! Butterflies often feature in our respective projects and you have used them to great effect here. I love the gilded ones. I love it that your Mum will have this lovely project, it is so nice to know it will go to an appreciative home. A wonderful upcycling project my friend. Good luck with the hard task of sorting all your Mum's stuff out, such a hard job to have to do. Elaine xxx

snazzyoriginal said...

Stunning project Lesley, would never of thought of using treasure gold under the paint layer x

Hazel Agnew said...

A beautiful piece Lesley! Lovely combination of butterflies, shimmer and words. Really like it! Xx

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

Wow, this is stunning Lesley. I love the butterflies and wonderful sentiment. The colour is gorgeous too, it's got a lovely metalic look to it.

Hope the house clearing goes well, we had to do the same with my Nans house when she went into a home. It does feel very strange.

Sue xx

Miriam said...

Beautiful project....

sam21ski said...

Oooh Lesley, it's stunning and I'm sure your mum will really appreciate it and you can find a special place in her room for it xx

Sarah B said...

love the teal over the treasure gold - great idea. The butterflies are gorgeous. I'm sure your mum will love it.xx

Kirsten Alicia Sheridan said...

Such a beautiful piece Lesley! I love the TG showing through the paint - that was a great idea. Good luck with the final sort through of your Mum's house, it can't be easy.

Claire said...

Really love this, the TG peeking through the paint is a lovely effect and really like the little extras like the lace that add great texture and interest to the frame X

Sally H said...

It is gorgeous, Lesley! Love the treasure gold effect

Paula Whittaker said...

What a gorgeous make over you've given that frame x

Feel for you regarding emptying your mum's home - we had to do the same for my Father-in-law. Hugs xx

Yours Artfully said...

Wow Lesley, That's simply beautiful, very elegant.
I completely understand your feelings regarding your Mum's belongings, we've had to do that, it's just not nice.

Lin x

Etsuko Noguchi said...

What a beautiful creation Lesley! So elegant colours and lovely butterflies.Very nice sentiment and word, It's a great present for your mum. xxx

veronica said...

really beautiful Lesley, love the colours and the butterflies.
Reckon your mum will love it!

lisa said...

Hi Lesley
Long time no see. It's been an age since I've had chance to have a bloggy catch up, but keeping up with all your news of fb. You certainly are having a time of it, I feel for you, it can't be an easy time...that's probably an understatement I know.
I'm glad you are still finding time to craft though and it's wonderful to see how such a poor looking frame has been transformed into such a beauty. I love the step by steps you've done and love the end result.
Take care
hugs Lisax

judith@poppy cottage said...

Beautiful Lesley, love the colours, the soft blues and the super metallics work really well together, and you know that I love butterflies. I'm sure that your Mum will love it. Good luck with the bungalow clearing, Judith xx

Coco said...

Hi Hazel, sorry to have not been able to come yet, I'm so limited with extra time... :( But I want to tell you that I find your frame fabulous!!! The shine is wonderful, and all the details are so gorgeous!! Coco Xx

Coco said...

Oh I'm sorry Lesley, I called you Hazel oops, I'm so tired tonight pardon me please! xxx

Julie Ann Lee said...

What a lovely project, Lesley. This is such a beautiful frame. I'm sure your mum will love to have this in her room. How lovely that's she is your greatest fan. Can I join your fan club too? xx

Craftyfield said...

I too would be pleased with this beauty! Love the TG peeping underneath the Frescos, and all the shiny details that are "distressed" rather than vulgar bling. I think this would be a fabulous new home gift for your mum.

strangelycreative said...

Oh blimey thats superb - I LOVE LOVE LOVE it! Just on the right side of fantastic! x

PaperArtsy Rubber Stamps said...

Wow Lesley, fantastic idea to try the TG UNDERNEATH THE PAINT!!! Genius! The whole project is so beautiful! Your Mum will love it I'm sure!
I am so glad you have got the house sorted finally, well I know it was kind of sudden, but I do hope things will calm down for you now. Such a testing time for you all! Big hug xx

craftytrog said...

This is absolutely stunning Lesley...so inspiring! xxx

butterfly said...

So, so happy I had some time to catch up this evening - I wouldn't have missed this for worlds. The TG under the paint is completely inspired - it looks magnificent, like a piece of faded Louis XVI furniture from Versailles. The whole piece is an absolute triumph!
Alison xx

Ruth said...

How inspired using TG under paint...LOVE the effect, just gorgeous Lesley. The whole shiny project is so beautiful, lots of metal effects going on, the embossing powder and mica finishes the piece beautifully. wonderful!!! Hugs Ruth x