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Sunday, 6 May 2012

Cities of The World ~ Fashionable Stamping Challenges




I would like to welcome my new followers, and a big thank you for everyone who regularly takes the time and trouble to visit my blog and leaves comments. I've had a great crafting week, firstly my win at the Stampsmith (still haven't managed to choose which set I want though, I am such a ditherer LOL.) Then I came top three in Simon Says stamp and show and finally Jean  asked me if I'd like to join the fabulously talented Crafty Individuals design team and of course I said YES! Thank you Jean it will be a real pleasure.

I hope you are all enjoying the bank holiday weekend. It is so cold here at the moment, I'm longing for some warmer weather. I'm imagining it is a tad warmer in Florence, the city I chose for my Fashionable Stamping Challenge project. I went to Florence in my early twenties, whilst inter railing and stayed in the most amazing youth hostel there, we only managed a short visit so I would love to return again, as it is the most gorgeous city. The new challenge at FSC is Cities of The World. The other Stampetes have created the most fabulous projects so please do head over to FSC for some beautiful and inspiring art work. As we are a stamping challenge we do need to see some form of stamping in your project and no digi stamping please. Our generous sponsor is the lovely Marina from Cottage Crafts.



You can probably tell I have re-discovered my sewing machine recently. There are some gorgeous fabrics around and I picked up some lovely linen fat quarters from ebay, which I have used in this hanging. I don't like tacking and couldn't find any pins so I held the fabric together with a tape pen before sewing, ooops, probably why it's turned out a bit wonky, plus I didn't measure anything! 


The stamps set is Bella Vita and is from Oxford Impressions. The words are stamped with sepia archival ink and stamped onto linen. Venus is stamped onto cotton which I painted with gesso first then coloured with Inktense pencils and a gold krylon pen. Then sealed with matte medium. I added a lace butterfly and some loops for hanging. 

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Enjoy the bank holiday weekend, whatever your doing and I hope you manage to squeeze in some crafting. xxx



41 comments:

Katie K said...

Paula,
I love the image and color of this wall hanging. It is so soft and refreshing. It reminds me of our trip to Florence and tuscany in 2008. Love to go back.
Hugs,
Katie

Daniele said...

this looks lovely, one of my fave cities as well. ove how you have stamped onto the fabric and with all that lace it makes a gorgeous hanging
hugs

Daniele said...

back again just seen on Jeans blog that you are joining her team at CI .....congratulations and so well deserved
hugs

Deborah said...

Congrats on joining the CI team, Paula - your style meshes perfectly with their stamps. Lovely 'Florentine' fabric piece.

Debi said...

this is stunning, just love the details and the softness, Debi x

Paula Whittaker said...

Congrats on all your good news this week.
Love your hanging...very neat.

Astrid Maclean said...

Stunning hanger! What a great city to chose, love Florence!

Congrats on all your wonderful news, all so well deserved!!

mark gould said...

hi, congratulations on being asked to be a design team member, what an achievment.I love the oxford impressions stamps and the pastel like colours look very Italian. great piece

Fliss said...

This is stunning Paula, Just love the beautiful fabric elements and the stamping and embellishing is gorgeous.
Florence is on my wish list of places to go as I've long admired the wonderful architecture.
Congratulations on all your good news too. lucky you!
Hope you're having a lovely weekend.
Hugs, Fliss xx

Lindsay Craftymonster81 said...

Wow! congratulations on your good news and what a stunningly beautiful project, just so gorgeous. Thank you for sharing it with us at the PanPastel challenge blog
Lindsay xx

Shirl said...

Fabulous Paula such an amazing piece of artwork it so looks like a tapestry. Congrats on the new DT with Crafty Individuals.

Hugs Shirley x x

kjjc said...

stunning just stunning

Gisèle said...

all well deserved, your work is always so fabulous Paula....this is stunning!!!

Claire said...

Glad to hear you've had such a great week, well deserved too as your work is stunning. Gorgeous wall hanging, I love everything about it
Claire xx

Dots Dabbles said...

Woohoo...a big congrats on your DT news and wins! Awesome!!! I don't sew Paula, so I didn't know anything about wonkyness until you mentioned it, and to me it still looks absolutely brilliant! We can just call it "having character" A really beautiful hanging Paula
Dot x

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Paula, that's a fabulous hanging, love the use of the fabric.

Lucy Edmondson said...

This is beyond gorgeous, Paula! I am not surprised you are having all this success, just wishing you lived nearer me so you could come for a crafty day,

Lucy x

Mrs.B said...

A fabulous hanging Paula, and a beautiful image.
Congrats on the CI DT post. Well deserved.
Avril xx

Asia King (aka Joanna K) said...

Woooow, Paula, this piece is amazing!! So romantic and delicate :). And fantastic news about the challenges and Crafty Individuals DT - congratulations!!! xxx

Sue C said...

Absolutely beautiful project Paula. I love the material you've used and the stamps are gorgeous. Congrats on your new DT position too ! Sue C x

lynne said...

Paula
This is exquisite. I have that set of beautiful stamps and adore that particular stamp. Beautifully coloured and love your use of fabric and that lace butterfly. Yes, I am a lady who swoons and isn't embarrassed who knows it.
As for your amazing news. I am not in the least bit surprised that Jean has asked you to be part of the team. Congratulations. What an end to a fabulous week for you.
Wishes
Lynne

Samantha Read said...

Wow Paula, there's no stopping you and who would want too?! I'm so glad you are joining Crafty Individuals, I have to say I'm not surprised :o)
Loving yet another wonderful make, hope you are enjoying the weekend,
Sam xxx

Sue said...

I love it Paula. Fabric is such a great medium to stamp on.

Crafty_Fairie said...

Wow it's stunning thanks for joining in this week at PanPastel UK Challenge Blog.

Kerry DT Leader

Zuzu's Blog said...

beautiful.. and yes its about time you were on the crafty individuals team. you do great things with the stamps...

I started a "nostalgic photos and fabric" class this week, and this is the sort of thing we are making (only using old family photos... I dont have a machine so am hand sewing but I hope mine turns out even half as lovely as this.

Redanne said...

I saw this over at FSC blog and had to come over and say that this piece is absolutely stunning (wonky - where?). Gorgeous. You seem to have had a great week and all of it well deserved! Hope your foot is better now? Regards, Anne x

Netty said...

Congratulations Paula on all your great news......woo hoo now you get to try out all those fab CI rubber stamps.........
Loving your wonderful hanging, its perfect. Hope you are recovering now. Annette x

anna christensen crafts said...

Paula, this is absolutely gorgeous! Wishing you lots of congratulations on your good news and I'm glad your sister got a tiny bit of good weather on her trip!

Ellie said...

LOVE your DT piece, using fabric here just does it... !

xxx Ellie xxx

Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

Hi Paula,
your wallhanging turned out beautifully!!Love the fabric you
used.Have a great day.
Hugs,
Marie

Pam said...

Congratulations on the DT!
Fantastic project too!!

Gio said...

Gorgeous and very lovely piece.

Congrats for everything, you just deserve it! :-)

Maria said...

Hi Paula. Wow, I love this, such beautiful colouring of the image and the background fabric is gorgeous.

Congratulations on joining the CI DT! That's fantastic news and so very well deserved Paula :-).

Maria x

Jean Straw said...

I love your beautiful hanging. The image is gorgeous and the fabric and lace are all so lovely. I saw it at FSC. Jean x

Anjas-Artefaktotum said...

What an incredible unique art work, really mind blowing. Love the image and the fantastic fabric background.

Yvonne Garner said...

An absolutely gorgeous piece Paula! I am so absolutely thrilled about your DT position with CI! Sincere congratulations! Best wishes,Yvonne

Rita said...

Paula, what a beautiful Wall hanging you have created. I'm sure this would adorn anyone's wall and be loved. Hugs Rita xx

Brenda Brown said...

Paula this is a magnificent hanging with gorgeous fabrics and colours. Your pieces are always so wonderfully designed and produced ~I am not surprised you have been asked to be part of the CI DT, many congratulations to you and on your wins.
Thanks for linking this to PanPastel UK this week.
hugs {brenda} xox

Terry said...

Paula, This is such beautiful use of fabric, lace and stamps! Nothing wonky about this hanging. Wonderful vintage creation!

florenceandfreddie said...

Hi Paula. I knew it!!! When you mentioned you had rediscovered your sewing machine last week amazing projects were going to appear! Gorgeous work. Absolutely love it. Fantastic news that you are joining the CI dt. Any company is lucky to have you working with them.
Regards Florence xx

Sharon xx said...

Wow, this looks like it took forever to create. Really love your work with materials Paula x