31 May 2013

I (Heart) UTEE

Hi everyone and thanks for dropping by. It's going to be a busy couple of days with various DT assignments all coming at once but I got this finished this morning to be in time to enter a challenge set by someone I reckon is the Queen of the Melt Pot.


There were two starting points for this card; the first was a need to have a bash at mixing two colours of UTEE together having been inspired by the Ranger Melt Art Mania series and the TV demos by the wonderful Hels Sheridan; the second was all this talk of the new Tim Holtz fabric and a tag he produced to celebrate this launch.


Now like most of us I don't have this fabric to play with yet (roll on Autumn!) but when does that stop a determined person? Make your own woman! So I did. I reached for what has rapidly become my 'go to' background stamp from the Papillon set and splodged it into a mix of Distress Paints. Of course it works beautifully on fabric and doesn't take too long to dry.


With paint left over I used it to stamp on white CS as a background and blended/spritzed Distress Ink on top. And so as not to waste a single drop of that precious liquid I used the rest to create a 'wrinkle-free' piece which looked yummy when dry embossed and clear embossed.


It's been a while since the old Singer made it downstairs (it used to be a permanent fixture when I made clothes/curtains/cushions and sew on... :) Having discovered that it is only happy doing straight lines for some reason I am clearly going to have to get it serviced for future use! However, for the time being it did it's job adding borders and holding down dyed seam binding.


The UTEE heart was definitely the most fun/frustrating bit. Note to self - avoid creating embellishments like this on a chipboard backing as it makes them too stiff to lay flat as the UTEE cools. You can salvage it by cracking and remelting it but it's fiddly. Why not just use a cookie cutter straight onto the craft sheet? I wanted to embed the bronze corner at the base and it just got way too awkward. And to finish? Told you my new Simple Sayings set would be pressed into action quickly. Love it for being unobtrusive yet classy (not like me!) So there you have it.


It will be my entry into Hels Sheridan's Sunday Stamper challenge - Some Like It Hot
And I added extras to enter the PanPastel UK challenge - Bling It

Hope to see you all tomorrow for those DT projects I mentioned at the top.
In the meantime have a great weekend and take care of yourselves.
Hugs, Jenny x


29 comments:

  1. Stunning utee heart with the filigree!! Love the colours you've used too!!

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  2. Hi Buttons, lovely project. I like the beautiful colours and the fab mix of textures from the UTEE, embossing, lace and fabric. Am also envying your ability to sew a straight line - something I have yet to master :) Elizabeth xx

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  3. You have risen to the challenge with knobs on - it's lovely!

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  4. Well I just LOVE IT ALL Jenny! The fabric stamping is fabulous and the horizontal strips are a fantastic design feature. Love the pinky inky mix you arrived at and used up. Fabulous idea with the cookie cutter too. You are so talented technique wise and one of the most creative in blogland. Happy Weekend Nicola x

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  5. Oh Jenny this is fabulous. I love that you made your own fabric, such a great idea and it looks amazing. The heart speaks volumes though, love how you mottled the colours particularly and the embedded piece looks great. I really must pluck up the courage to plug my MP in! Stunning work. Hugs, Anne x

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  6. I'm applauding!! This is fantastic. Loved reading the journey you went through to accomplish all of this. The homemade fabric is amazing and that mixed coloring on the heart would be gorgeous as jewelry!! Yeah for the Singer too, came in very handy with its straight stitching. :)
    You really inspired me with this project. Best of luck on your challenges.
    hugs,
    Lisa x

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  7. This certainly ticks all the boxes and the heart is brilliant even if was troublesom to produce.

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  8. A wonderful and gorgeous artwork, Jenny.

    Have a lovely weekend

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  9. Jenny, that heart is to die for! The embedded corner is so classy and gorgeous! Love this project, but the heart is the show stopper! Enjoy the busy weekend! Hugs!

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  10. OOOH so pretty, love the stamped fabric and the heart is magnificent!
    Hugs Kelly

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  11. Beautiful Jenny, love the gorgeous muted pinks and purples and that lovely marbled utee heart and some lovely fabric and stitchery too. xx

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  12. What a wonderful card Jenny. The colours are gorgeous and very rich looking too. Hugs Rita xx

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  13. Great marbling on the heart

    Sam xx

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  14. absolutely gorgeous, everything about it, the sewing, the colours, and the heart is simply stunning.

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  15. Loving your gorgeous heart and card Buttons. Enjoy the weekend.
    Annette x

    http://nettysartadventures.blogspot.co.uk/

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  16. Stunning make Jenny. I love my melt pot and Heks demos were certainly inspiring. Great background
    hugs
    Annie x

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  17. Looks lush Jenny :)!
    Von ♥

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  18. Absolutely lovely! I love the heart! You have inspired me to get my melting pot out and give it another go.

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  19. Absolutely stunning UTEE heart with that amazing embedded filigree; and I love your DP stamping, especially on the fabric... beautiful composition of the elements too... big WOW! Lovely to have you play along at The Artistic Stamper!
    Alison xx

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  20. What a gorgeous and lush piece of art you created there hun... LOVE the UTEE heart, tis deeeeeelish! Thanks for joining in with the Sunday Stamper x

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  21. Scrumptious and divine Jenny. I just love how you have created this and the beautiful elements you have used. You have an amazing ability to compose such fabulous designs that totally enthral me.
    Have a great day.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

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  22. Soooooo beautiful, that heart is gorgeous and the colours and layout look so pretty. Thank you for joining in with the PanPastel challenge blog
    Lindsay xx

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  23. Hi Jenny
    oh wow what a wonderful piece of art you have created here. It looks amazing and what you did with the heart is just lovely.
    I love this piece
    Ria

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  24. This is absolutely gorgeous, Jenny! I am in love!!
    I am not really crafting much this year, have a few plans but am mainly reading & resting with the odd card here & there!

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  25. So wonderful, a fabulous romantic piece.

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  26. I'm not a great fan of utee used in this fashion but I think your heart is gorgeous. I love the layered background you've created and the stitching is always a favourite of mine of course.
    Hugs, Juliaxx

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  27. That heart is absolutely AMAZING and so beautiful all swirly like a marble! Gorgeous make!

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  28. Oooh is there nothing you can'd do Jenny, you can ever use a sewing machine! lol. Every time I see something of yours it is my favourite piece, and this is no exception. Your UTEE piece is beautiful and really sets off your card perfectly xx

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  29. Oh Jenny, this is stunning! What a wonderfully appealing mix of techniques and elements. You've brought them together beautifully. Chris xxx

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Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving your comments - they are really appreciated. Jenny xxx

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