Friday, February 17, 2012

Inner heart thoughts...

Aaah, the sweet perfume of 'le weekend' is wafting my way...and although the week has just hurtled by and a marathon weekend of projects awaits, I'm still very glad to usher in that Friday feeling.
So before all the DT stuff takes me captive, I decided to just play around with my Wendy Vecchi goodies and just let something find it's feet. Yes... a heart. Rather cliché but still a little en vogue too seeing as it's February and the month of luuurve. I dived into my Art Parts ghetto to find a host of frame bases...and for some reason I felt the doors opening...
I first covered the large heart in Tim's tissue wrap using Gloss medium for extra sheen, dried, added a layer of gesso and then Weathered Wood Distress Stain. I lightly skimmed the wrinkles with Rusty Hinge Stain using my fingers. Looks great on the heart but not a wise move before a big date. Nicotine fingers aint such a hot look...
I wrapped some old wire around the heart, then made two shabby Wendy roses stamped and cut from card swooshed with various Distress stains. I think I spent twice as long bashing up my flowers as I did assembling them...! I laid them on Art Part leaves embossed with Vintage Photo Distress Powder.
The doors are coloured with Vintage Photo Stain stamped with Wendy lace and the insides lined with the same card as the roses. Added a little fern stamping and stitching... I coloured my hinges with Alcohol ink and added hitch fasteners to the fronts.
The centre inlay is a thick piece of inky card painted with Paper Artsy's fab Crackle medium and when dry white paint. A little layered stamping and Wendy words...
I wanted to keep things fairly simple but felt just one flutterby was justified! I've also added a Memo pin in which I set a metal flower using Glossy Accents.
Just a piece of inky raffia string to hang it up and I was done and so was my craft mat which needed some serious decontamination. My fingers might take a few more swims yet... 'tis the price you pay for just playing around. It's also my piece for the Everything Wendy Vecchi group and Snazzy's Challenge and, by jove, a second for Grungy Monday and our Brit Wendy ambassador, Hels...the more the merrier!
So I'm signing off with lots of love. Merci!
Sarah.

Also playing along with:
The Artistic Stamper
Fashionable Stamping Challenges
Flourishes Boutique

37 comments:

Anonymous said...

Sarah, i have been following your blog for quite some time. I think Shelly H. showed me where to follow you. This is yet another awesome piece of art you have created. I have Wendy Art Parts and I love when you show us how to use it.
Love, Liz
Liz Walters
Prescott, AZ

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Gorgeous Sarah, I love the "heart" stamped on the butterfly, lovely touch as are the doors added to the frame and your flowers are gorgeous. Now I know how long nicotine fingers take to clean, I spend forever bleaching mine LOL, however the results are so so worth the pain. Love Wendy's background on the doors too. INSPIRED! Tracy x x

craftimamma said...

What a fabulous piece of inspirational art Sarah. So many lovely little touches to admire and keep going back to. I love the tissue background and I am seriously needing that lace background stamp! Thanks so much for entering this into the Snazzys DT Blog Challenge.

I've had a lovely time looking back over your most recent posts and I'm adding you to my sidebar so I can keep up with your fab inspiration.

Hugs
Lesley Xx

Lesley Edmonds said...

This is a wonderful piece Sarah. The colour palette is so pretty and as always your eye for detail and content is amazing. Beautiful.

Cheryl said...

oh wow this is one really stunning piece,just love the attention to detail a real special piece of art hugs Cherylxxxx

Hels Sheridan said...

absolutely amazing Sarah, I love the whole grungy yet pretty look... tis perfect! thanks for joining in with the Sunday Stamper again x Enjoy your weekend :O))

wendy vecchi said...

let me just say...
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this!

Marjie Kemper said...

Sarah, it's gorgeous! LOVE the opening doors and hidden message, and all that scrumptious color. Beautiful work, girl!

Cher~ said...

Beautiful. Stunning. Gorgeous. Love the whole piece.

SusanK said...

b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l!!!

toni said...

Another beautiful piece of work, you are so creative! I love the colours you have chosen x

Gabrielle said...

Words fail - this is fab-u-lous! I adore it lots and lots and lots xxx

Deb said...

Amazingly beautiful and grungy at the same time. It's a masterpiece!

Redanne said...

Amazing piece of art, just love it.

Gillian .... said...

Ohhh Sarah, you have done it again girl, this project completely "floats my boat" lol ... love all the rusty hardware against the more delicate background .. Fabulicious. Thanks for joining in our Studio 490 month over at Snazzy's. x

whyducks said...

Totally, Totally, Totally amazing and completely stunning to boot!

Astrid Maclean said...

Sarah this is such a cool project!!! I love the opening doors and the distressed roses, they are fabulous and worth every penny of bashing them about like that, they are so cool!!. I've just got one word.... FABULOUS!!!
Thanks for entering it into the Snazzys challenge!

Kaz said...

beautiful, grungy, romantic, love the little doors to reveal the sentiment just wonderful xx

kaz x

Janny Jager 't Hooft said...

Amazing piece of art
Love it.

Greetings Janny

El rincon de vanessa said...

woww te a quedado super bonito, muy romantico... me gusta mucho el efecto de la ventanita.

Yvonne Garner said...

What an outstanding project! Thanks so much for joining us at FSC!

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Such a wondeful creation, it looks fantastic. Thanks for joining us on FSC this fortnight.

foxyenglishcrafter said...

I wish i had your creative ability. This project is awesome.
hugs Julie

Elizabeth said...

Hi Sarah, this is just beautiful - love that there is a little door on the heart concealing the fab sentiment and those blue flowers are stunning. Enjoyed your earlier WOYWW post too - just catching up today. Hope you are having a lovely weekend. Elizabeth x #114

Kathy Jones said...

WOW!! This is incredible!!! Thanks for playing the BBB Challenge!!!

sandra de said...

absolutely gorgeous.

Ohhh Snap said...

That's a gorgeous piece of art work (maybe I should say HeartWork)! Thanks for sharing :D

Krista said...

You are amazing! I just found your blog and am in love with your style!

Minxy said...

Oh Sarah, this is absolutely stunning, thanks for joining our snazzy's VW challenge x

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous 3d flowers ;) Thanks for playing along at The Artistic Stamper this month and good luck in the draw.
xoxo Sioux

Lynne Moncrieff said...

Adore your creation for so many reasons.
Thank you for sharing with us at FSC.
Wishes
Lynne

Cazro said...

Stunning, a wonderful piece of artwork. I love the colours, stamping and design. Thanks for joining us at Fashionable Stamping. Caz

Alie Hoogenboezem-de Vries said...

Again a great artwork Sarah, so many lovely details..gorgeous!

greetings, Alie :-)

Alison said...

Yet another shabby chic work of art Sarah! I love everything about it!
Thanks for sharing it with us at The Artistic Stamper Challenge!
Alison xox

Ellie said...

LOVELY, the colors are yummy!
Thank you for joining us at Fashionable Stamping Challenges.

xxx Ellie xxx

Fliss said...

This is absolutely stunning Sarah. The colours are beautiful and the amount of gorgeous detail is just amazing.
Thanks so much for joining in with the FSC monochrome +1 challenge.
Fliss x

Heather Jensen said...

What a beautiful project. Thanks so much for playing at BBB. :)