Wednesday, December 15, 2010

WOYWW, Challenges, Workshops and Festive Faffing Around...

Hello to all,

As the title suggests...rather a lot been done, going on and still to do. Firstly, thanks so much for all the lovely words regarding my Christmas card. All done and on their way to doors afar! Yes, indeed, I did the lot. Meant to take a photo of the whole lot but forgot. Darn, you will just have to believe me. I must confess to stopping with the home-spun darlings at number 45 and using 20 bought ones to complete the job. But I don't mind admitting that. I'm pretty darn chuffed to have got as far as I did!

Onto another Seasonal Sweetie... I really wanted to create a Christmas hanging for myself and here it is. There are just so many wonderful colours, techniques, textures, images  and materials out there so I decided to put some of my most beloved ones together in one piece. I played around with some pencil sketches to help me think up the layout and colours. It was quite a project but a joy all the way.
I have decided to enter it into a few challenges, including the Show us a Tim Technique over at Simon Says Stamp and Show. Seeing as I have used my Snow Cap dabber and Distress Inks on the canvas background, Distress powders on the tree tag, Distress Inks to stamp and colour edges, Gold embossing, made a Cranberry-Dabber painted Grunge rose, water-coloured my angel with Distress inks, sanded and distressed all the edges galore... I think it counts. At The Artistic Stamper the monthly theme is also Christmas-so how can I resist?


I am of course the forever-vintage fan but I like the addition of the metal (Kabuka mould) to give it a bit more of an edge. The red tile was done with a sticky back canvas transfer which is just such a great textural way to use up all those paper scraps and turn them into something new.
Again...loving Viva Gold and all the lustre it can add.

So this Saturday another workshop...making a version of this canvas. Turned my humble kitchen into a serious Crafting Boot Camp. I had a fab group of ladies, but I was rather optimistic with my timing...the steam was coming off the scissors instead of the mince-pies.







Before - oooh, so clean and lovely. All kitted up and ready to go.










During...go ladies...go ladies..go ladies...









And After...










Just in time for them all to get home for Strictly Come Dancing whilst I scrape the glue from my kitchen table...aaah, such is life. Time for me to sign off again and get over to all your creative corners, desks, floors and minds.

Wishing you all lots of Festive Spirit, Inspiration, Peace and Joy.

Sarah.

27 comments:

Lori said...

What a wonderful, vintage, distressed piece of goodness! Thank you so much for joining the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge!

jude said...

Love the vintage canvass youve created.Absolutely gorgeous!Very creative desks on saturday by looks of things,even if you did have wee bt glue escaping hope it all came off!
Have fab wednesday hugs judex

Chrissie said...

Great vintage hanging. Looks like everyone had fun, if the detritus is anything to go by!
Chrissie #1

Rhonda said...

Sarah, your vintage hanging is beautiful! Looks like everyone had a great time! Thanks for sharing. Happy WOYWW! #5

Helen said...

Love that hanging, you will be able to treasure it for years. Your table looks like it saw lots of action, and I bet everyone had a great time.

oneoff said...

Love that you've made something for yourself to treasure, and the hanging is beautiful. Looks as though a good time was had by all at the weekend!

Bernie #29

Shirley Pumpkin said...

It does look like crafty boot camp.. or christmas elfs lol.. your christmas hanging is beautiful. I would love to make one sometime.

Hugs
Shirley Pumpkin #2

Marjo said...

Hi Sarah,

Gorgeous! Looks like such fun. Thanks for the peek and sharing.

Hugs, Marjo #25

Minxy said...

Looks like a fun time was had at class, i don't envy the clean up though lol
Great piece of art :D
happy woyww
hugs Minxy #28

Doone said...

Go Pammy - First Granny to WIn

Fabuloso Dhaling


Strictly a Fan

Dx

Susan said...

Love your vintage art work!
Susan xxox #16

airing cupboard crafts said...

Love your wall hanging its so stunning

laura 61 xx

Elizabeth said...

Love the vintage hanging - it's beautiful. all that distressing must count for something. Your workshop looked great fun and glad to hear the ladies had their priorities right - Strictly is a must in our household too! Elizabeth #71

karen said...

Your wall hanging is absolutely gorgeous! What a great idea to use many different and favourite techniques so that you will be able to look back on them!
And making 45 cards is amazing! way to go!
xoxo Karen

Pam said...

Well done on gettin the cards out. Love wall hanging. Hugs Pam x

Victoria said...

beautiful vintage feel to your work x

Amanda said...

Love the wall hanging very pretty. Looks like you and the girls had a fab time.
Amanda

Twiglet said...

What a pretty little Christmas hanging!

Cardmaking Galore said...

Lovely job! You were really busy there

voodoo vixen said...

Oh my, love the Christmas hanging you have created and I had a laugh at the deteriorating kitchen table!! Annette #7

Serendipity Stamping said...

I think you may have inspired me to make a wall hanging myself. Maybe I can start one now and have done by next Christmas for my girlfriend who would absolutely love one. #79

Jennie said...

How gorgeous is this hanging:)) thank you for entering it in the Artistic Stamper Challenge ,
Happy Woyywing!
Jennie#9

Julia Dunnit said...

Now that is a christmas sweetie, I bet your gals loved it, I love the before and after photos!

sandra de said...

The christmas wall hanging is beautiful. Looks like a serious day of crafting was had in your kitchen.
Sandra #57

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Sarah, like you, I love vintage, and this hanging hit all the right notes in my book. Love the buttons, the images, and the placement. Great clean before and messy after shots (#4).

Susan Allan said...

Your Christmas hanging is truly beautiful and will be a keepsake to treasure.
Sue xx 86

GlitteryKatie said...

Beautiful faffing!!!