Saturday, 16 April 2011

Shabby Chic Sewing Room

Finally got to take stock of the Tim Holtz-designed Sizzix Vagabond machine this week and one for me, of course! So I had to try it out and used the new Sewing Room die with idea-ology grungeboard to justify to myself that I needed a machine that will cut thicker materials: It was an absolute dream! I love it.
So, started this piece yesterday and finished it today with 2 challenges in mind: Grungy Monday challenge to use ColorWash, and Simon Says Stamp & Show challenge 'Distressing'.
I have used a wooden shallow tray approximately 21cm (8.5") square which I wiped over with a mixture of watered-down white acrylic paint coloured with 'Stream' ColorWash. This was then distressed with more white acrylic smeared on and 'Frayed Burlap' Distress Ink rubbed on round the edges. I scanned and printed some real cotton reel labels to add to these new ones and aged them all with the Frayed Burlap I used that and 'Walnut Stain' to colour the grungeboard. Tim's new Kraft Resist paper and the idea-ology 'Trimmings' flowers were coloured with Distress Stain 'Spun Sugar' and the dress shape was made with Claudine Hellmuth Sticky-back Canvas sprayed with more 'Stream' ColorWash, stuck on to the grungeboard and trimmed to fit. I then picked all round it to show the fibres and make it shabby. Finally, I added buttons and bits of ribbon and flowers from my stash in keeping with the shabby chic tones. Everything was stuck down with Studio Matte Multi-Medium so I know it will stay stuck when displayed.

13 comments:

  1. Great choice of pretty pastel shades with the brown and the reels look great.

    Thank you for playing with Simon Says Stamp & Show.

    Sarah

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  2. Fabulous piece!! Love the colors!! Great job on it!

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  3. What a great piece for a sewing room! Love the way the frame turned out! Beautiful colors!! :)

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  4. soooo pretty love the pastel shades
    hugs

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  5. Great colors. Love the flower "hem" on the dress!

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  6. Very cute. You see pastels too often for Grunge. Great concept.

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  7. Wonderful piece.Looks like you had fun with the vagabond!thanks for yr kind words on my girlie grunge box today.take care, gerri

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  8. Beautiful use of the sewing room! Love the colorwashing technique! Can't wait to see your GM#4! Thank you for the blog visit. I am now following you!

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  9. I'm so glad you got your Vagabond, Karen! You'll be die cutting for hours on end for I while, I suspect! You've certainly doe a magnificent job with this lovely altered tray. The Color Wash gives such a vibrant "POP" of color, and the little spools and buttons look great, especially with the pattern background. Wonderful work-- as always!

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  10. il est superbe ton cadre !!! bisous

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  11. This turned out so pretty Karen. I love the colors you used and that dress form is too fun, isn't it!

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  12. I just found this in my saved links, gorgeous project!! The dress form is my favorite part!!

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