Thursday, 5 November 2015

A 2nd PaperArtsy Challenge entry and ..........It's shouting 'CHRISTMAS'!!!

Evening everyone,

Are we all fireworked out yet?  I blooming well hope so because inspite of it raining heavily we have had fireworks going off since before dark (about 4 hours) and OH and I are exhausted listening to our poor Snoopy barking like crazy to protect us from the nasty bangs! Still got at least three more nights of it too I bet!

Oh well, at least after this week .......it's not long to Christmas (just sayin'), lol, and that leads me nicely onto my project for today.  I'm on a bit of a roll with the Triptych theme over on the PaperArtsy Blog and made another entry to the challenge.  I was partly inspired by Alison Bombers lovely trio of tags HERE but decided to make mine Christmassy with some of the PA Hot Picks Christmas stamps so I can either give it away as a special Christmas 'card' or keep it myself and put it on display ;-).


I chose a fairly rustic style using red and Kraft with just a little colouring of the lovely images from PA Hot Picks Xmas 03


Left side tag. 


Right side tag.
 
 

There is star stencilling in Chalk PA Fresco Finish on the red tags and stamped tiny black stars.  I can't believe the only PA star I have in my collection is a huge Sara Naumann stamp so the little one I found after an extensive search through all my stamp stash, lol!  I then went round the edges randomly applying Versamark ink and Seafoam White embossing powder.  I added some of the stamped stars with Potting Soil Archival to the Kraft tags at the last minute.

 
 
Middle tag.
 

On the Kraft tags I very roughly brayered Chalk Fresco Finish paint followed by stamping the music strip from ESN13.  I'm so pleased to have discovered brayering the paint onto the stamp works so well for me as I've never been successful stamping with paint using other methods.  I also stamped the holly flourish using Potting Soil Archival (second generation stamping) and then went all round the edges with embossing.


The bells and street lamp were stamped onto Kraft card and fussy cut.  I used pencils to add colour because the card I used is extemely porous and it was much easier to use pencils than paint.  The sentiment is from the new Hot Pick Xmas 08 set.  I liked the bare wood stars as they are so left them that way and added eyelets to the tag sides and laced them together with gardners twine.

Well I hope you are having a more relaxing evening than we are, lol!  Snoopy is still being driven bonkers by the bangs ....... I'm off to link to the challenge.  See you again soon.

Hugs
Lesley  Xx



20 comments:

Helen said...

oh, Lesley, this triptych is just gorgeous!!

snazzyoriginal said...

How lovely, beautiful colours x

Sally H said...

Gorgeous! Love the colours and textures. I love a good triptych! Yes, I will be glad when they are all finished too. Considering austerity and all that there seem to be a lot of people setting fire to their money round here! Hope you get some respite soon. Poor Snoopy!

Chris Cresswell said...

This is really lovely. A great reminder to use those Hot Picks Christmas stamps! I love the white embossing and white paint stamping. Fab tryptich.

Julie Ann Lee said...

I think if I had made this, Lesley, I would be tempted to keep it an display it at Christmas rather than send it as card - it's gorgeous! I love the theme of triptychs and you have created two such beautiful projects inspired by it. I really like the idea of a Christmas triptych and these Hot Picks images are perfect for it - love the rustic colour combo. xx

Wanda Hentges said...

Gorgeous!!!!

Wanda Hentges said...

Gorgeous!!!!

Deborah Wainwright said...

Beautiful Lesley I really love them xx

Lin said...

ooo lrsley these are gorfeous..very vintage and I love the white on the craft xxxx

Aquarius said...

I'm with you on fireworks - hate them!! Love this Christmas design though - brilliant.

Elaine said...

Poor old Snoopy, (and you listening to him) we need a new sentiment stamp Peace on Bonfire Night!!!

Love your triptych. You are always so imaginative the way you mix your different elements to get such a coherent project. I love all the touches of paint over little stamped stars etc, and your pencil colouring works a treat to keep a more muted theme. Lovely work, I can imagine this one would be hard to part with! Elaine xxx

Susan Carol said...

Wow, this is stunning! Its a wonderful Christmas decoration. Love that you used the tag idea, I saw it too and might have to give it a go too sometime. Love the red and the kraft effect and all the different elements. Isn't this triptych challenge great, wish it would go on longer!

veronica said...

this is fab Lesley, love the colours and all the layers, really beautiful.
Hope Snoopy isn't too worn out with the fireworks, and that you are not deafened by him either -do they do gobstoppers for dogs?

sam21ski said...

What a fabulous trio Lesley, love em, even if it is a bit early xxx

Lynn Price said...

Good on you for getting into the Christmas spirit - this is lovely!! Off to see your other entry! xx Lynn

Craftyfield said...

Brilliant triptych! Love the Christmas theme, the colours, and the binding is original (I might have to borrow this idea...). I will have to try your inking method with a brayer as I also have great difficulty stamping with paint!

Claire said...

A lovely project Lesley - love the snowy effect created by brayering the paint onto the kraft card X

Florence said...

Wonderful project Lesley. Have a lovely week.
Hugs Flo x

butterfly said...

Poor Snoopy - he has my sympathy - I hate that the fireworks go off for weeks. For my money it should be 5th November and no other night - otherwise what's the point of "Remember, remember"?!

On to happier things... I love your fabulous festive triptych - the snowy backgrounds, great images and that fabulous shower of stars - lovely!
Alison xx

Rebecca Harris said...

O that's lovely Lesly 😃❄