Sunday, 3 May 2015

Window on the world ...

Steve (my hubby) was clearing out the shed recently and has some small off cuts of soft wood, which I felt needed saving .... and then using but wasn't sure how I was going to do this. So off to Pinterest I went to get ideas of how to use the wood pieces and was inspired by this wonderful piece of 3D art - It really helped me to create my own window on the world ... which is my DT project for Love to Create/Pan Pastels challenges ...

So I began by splitting up the wood in to irregular shapes and oh boy did I make a mess! I then painted the wood "shapes" with white acrylic paint and put to one side.

Next I took my stampbord pieces and began covering them with my pan pastels.

Next using the Premium Craft brands Roses stamp set, I created a floral theme. Lots of over stamping and embossing, and then finally covered each of the pieces with ultra thick embossing powder.

I layered the pieces on to my background and then came the wood ... I was so engrossed at this point, I have even forgotten to eat my biscuits!

I have put the wood pieces down to create a window effect securing them with my hot glue gun. The top part has a gap because this is where I wanted to hide my curtain. Once this was in place, I covered the gap with another piece of wood. I also decided the background was "too loud" so lightened it with white coarse pan pastel.

next came the decorating ... and I had great fun rummaging through bits and bobs in my local charity shops to find my items. The sentiment has been stamped on to a stampbord coloured with pan pastels.

As you can the curtain has been wrapped over the wood that was going to hide my gap. This way it hang naturally. I added a bird cage charm found during my rummaging session ...

The vase is a thimble covered in white acrylic paint and ribbon roses placed inside.  The little picture is another piece of decorated stampbord, with other rummage finds.

The postcard I found in a drawer I have full of ephemera bits for my projects, along with the acetate clock and charm.

Think that's everything and I thoroughly enjoyed myself from the very start to the end. I really need to do more of this free style crafting as it was extremely liberating.

Quick visit for me as off out today with mum but hope to catch up with everyone this evening. Have a great Sunday,

x x x

Links to products I used:

Crafts for Eternity - inspired by nature
Fantasy Stampers - distress it
Chalk n Stock - anything goes
C.R.A.F.T - add a charm or metal
Ruby's rainbow - anything goes
Altered Eclectics - anything goes
Country View Challenges - create a scene
Recycle, Repurpose and reinvent - wood blocks and rummage finds
Rhedd's Creative Spririt 
2 creative chicks - anything goes


Yvonne said...

Wow Lou what an amazing piece of art!!! Such attention to detail and a work to be very, very proud of xxxxx

MrsC.x said...

LOVE IT! fab project Lou x

KarinsArtScrap said...

this is gorgeous Lou also your card under.
Gr Karin

Cazzy said...

This is gorgeous, so much detail. You have got me thinking about doing things with lolly sticks I bought now!

Unknown said...

Oh my gosh Lou! This is beyond epic!
I adore all of the little pieces and I love your creativity x
Totally awesome piece that I hope you have up somewhere...if not, I'll happily give it a home lol
hugs as always
Sandie xxx

Nana said...

Beautiful. Thanks for linking up over at 2 Creative Chicks

Have a creative day.
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My Side of Oz said...

Spectacular!! Love every bit and bob and detail!! Awesome!! And thanks for playing with us at Rhedd's Creative Spirit this month! ~Nanette, DT~

Sue said...

Lou this is amazing! I love all the little details in your window scene. Thank you so much for joining in with our challenge at Country View Crafts. Sue xx

Sue said...

Lou this is absolutely gorgeous! I love all the little details in your window scene, but the curtain has to be my favourite. Thank you so much for joining in with our challenge at Country View Crafts. Sue xx

Pam said...

Beautiful creation!

Thanks for linking up over at 2 Creative Chicks

Have a creative day.
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Rupa Swaminathan said...

This is beauty beyond words and what a skill to work with small wood pieces. Very clever and inventive. I love every bit here.Thanks for sharing this with us at Rhedd's Creative Spirit this month. Good Luck, Rupa, DT.

Cazro said...

Oh! Wow! I love the originality and creation of this piece of art, wonderful. So thrilled you shared with us at Fantasy Stampers. Caz

Vickie Y said...

Wow! I LOVE your project! Thank you for sharing with us at Ruby's Rainbow Challenge.

Vickie Y said...

Wow! I get to visit your awesome project again! Love it! Thank you for sharing with us at Altered Eclectics Challenge.

JayBe said...

Wow! Lou, this is absolutely stunning, hun - I have so many adjectives to describe it, I wouldn't know where to start! What a fantastic way of recycling what others would simply call rubbish! I love the contrast between the bits of old wood and the softness of the Pan Pastels, and all the little trinkets look fab.

Thanx so much for entering our 'Distress It' challenge at Fantasy Stampers.
Big hugz, Jan xx

steffi said...

What an amazing project!! I love all the little embellishments you've added, really bringing it to life. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Rhedd's Creative Spirit - Steffi :o) xx

Linda Simpson said...

WOW this is amazing! You are so talented!
Linda xxx

Judy McKay said...

Great project. Love the lace and all the details. Thank you for joining us at Altered Eclectics this month. Hope to see you back here again next month. Judy DT

Chris Stern / CS Designs said...

Lou, I really have to say, your piece is just amazing. At first glance I though it was a shadowbox, but after reading your post, I am even more impressed by your imagination and your ability to recognize the potential of something so fabulous from a few scarp off cuts. Thank you for sharing your wonderful piece in our May challenge over at Recycle, Re-Purpose & Re-Invent. Sorry this comment is so late in coming and it was a pleasure to come see your project up close.
:) Chris / CS Designs

Elaine aka Ellapu said...

This is fabulous and such great imagination - beautiful. Thank you for sharing with us over at Altered Eclectics this month and hope to see you again in future challenges.

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