Sunday, 1 January 2012

~ New Year New Stash ~ FSC

A Happy New Year to you all and he's hoping not too many of you are nursing sore heads today. My first blog and the first Fashionable Stamping Challenge of the New Year is Anything goes Using your New Stash. This could be anything from a new piece of ribbon, paper, stamps or a new piece of equipment
Please do head over to the Fashionable stamping challenge blog for loads of inspiring projects from those oh so stylish Fashionettes and a chance to win a gorgeous set of stamps from the lovely Marina at Cottage Crafts

My project is something old as well as something new. My new is the lovely wooden stampington stamp I bought in LB crafts closing down sale and the old is a toiletry bag I found at the back of my wardrobe. As much as it is easier to store unmounted stamps I do love the feel of wooden stamps there is something immensely satisfying about the chunky carved wood and now I much prefer them, than when I first started rubber stamping about a year ago and just wanted the unmounted option, call me contrary LOL.

I stamped onto a piece of calico which I had gessoed then I used inktense pencils to add some colour and finally a quick brush over with some matt medium. That was the easy bit, I sewed cream lace all along the top and down the sides of the bag as it was a little rough round the edges. Then I sewed on the stamped calico and also some pearl trim. I made the flower using the same cream lace and I now know why I don't often hand sew!!

That's my project, so we would be delighted if you would join us on the catwalk and show us your new stash.

Hope you all have a wonderful and crafty 2012 and I would just like to add it has been such a pleasure visiting all your lovely and amazing blogs during this last year, I have been so encouraged by all  your comments since starting this blog, so a very big thank you for your continuing support. XX


Astrid Maclean said...

Stunning as always Paula and what a beautiful stamp!

So sorry to hear LB Crafts has shut down, had no idea about that....

Happy 2012!

Dots Dabbles said...

Such a delicate and beautiful stamp Paula...the doves really make it special. I think you are a great sewer!!! You have ideas and then you just make them happen, I like that.
Happy New Year Paula
Dot x

Brenda Brown said...

Such a gorgeous work of art as always Paula. I always love to come and see your soft, delicate pieces, they are so inspirational.
My very best wishes to you and your family, for a year full of love, health, peace and happiness.
luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox

Irene said...

A fabulous project - it's gorgeous.


Anonymous said...

Happy New Year Paula - May it be kind to you and a year full of health, love and plenty time for art.
Time and time again you take my breath away with your art. This would make such a special gift.

Sue C said...

Beautiful project Paula, your work is so classy and stunning. Happy New Year to you ! Sue C x

Anonymous said...

Hi Paula. HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!! Gorgeous altered bag. I agree with you. There is something special about wood mounted stamps.
Regards Florence xx

Mrs.B said...

This is a gorgeous project Paula, and the stamped image is beautiful. Lovely lace detail, bet you had sore fingers!
Happy New Year to you and your family.
Avril xx

Joan said...

Beautiful piece as always, love the soft colours,the lace and pearl trim. ( I love my wood block stamps too and will never part with any of them !)

Ann B said...

Beautifully coloured, as usual, and a delicate very feminine piece of work - I love it.
Ann B

PS How come I missed this stamp in the LB sale????

Netty said...

Wonderful project, loving your new stamp and your fab sewing. Happy New Year. xx

Claire said...

Beautiful project, I love all the lace and your new stamp is gorgeous. Well worth all the effort of the hand sewing. Happy New Year
Claire xx

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Happy New Year, Paula. That's a wonderful project, your altered bag looks really beautiful. Love the image.

Elly said...

Happy New Year, Paula. What a beautiful idea to start. Lovely colours and sure, very nice handsewn!

Terry said...

Paula, such an elegant creation! Love all the fabic and trims, so perfectly sewn! Beautiful image to compliment this work of art! Have a wonderful New Year! Hugs!

whymsicalmusings said...

This is so Lovely! Happy New Year to you!

Joanna King (aka Asia K) said...

Beautiful and romantic, gorgeous project Paula. Love your colouring, it looks amazing! Happy New Year!!! Hugs, Joanna xx

Yvonne Garner said...

Paula, you inspire me beyond words with your creations. I admire all the love and care you put into this creation. Interesting about your view on wood stamps. I have resisted them since transitioning to unmounted, but once in a while, a stamp I love only comes mounted! Thanks for your sweet comments concerning m card. The stamps are by Oxford Impressions and were their newest until a new release a few days ago! Best, Yvonne

Fliss said...

This is really beautiful Paula. Such a lovely image and she looks wonderful on your beautifully embellished bag.
I shall miss Lin as I got to know her and Mark at the shows and never missed watching her wonderful demos.
Wishing you a very Happy New Year and all the best for 2012.
Hugs, Fliss xx

Meggymay said...

An absolutely gorgeous creation, its a beautiful stamp.
Best wishes to you for 2012.
Yvonne/Meggymay x

Shirl said...

Happy New Year Paula - Another creation that is so feminine with such am amazing attention to detail. We were so lucky when you said yes to be on the FSC Design Team with us.

Thank you for another superb DT creation at FSC.

Hugs Shirley x x

ghanya said...

I have been looking at your creations and I am relly amazed. You really make wonderfull things!

Hugs fron your newest folower,

Alie Hoogenboezem-de Vries said...

What a great vintage creation, love the fabric!

greetings and best wishes for 2012!

Alie :-)

Sharon xx said...

You are sooooooooooo talented, I always love your projects x

Ellie said...

Beautiful toiletry bag, Paula! Love your choice of stamps and the colors are gorgeous!
Happy New Year!
xxx Ellie xxx

Lindsay Craftymonster81 said...

WOW! This is stunningly beautiful, love the different textures you have used
Lindsay xx

Simone said...

Wow, this is absolutely gorgeous! Love it!

Ana Márquez said...

Oh, it's delicious! Thanks very much for sharing with us and for your kind comment in my blog :-) Have a great weekend!

Sugar Lump Studios said...

this is just gorgeous! I love all the wonderful details you have incorporated into the piece. Happy New Year and may 2012 bring many blessings your way!

shatril said...

This image is really nice, and the bag is beautiful.