23 June 2012

Midsummer Madness

Good evening one and all. A really quick post tonight as I wanted to make sure I got this entry into the Make My Monday challenge for this week and the clock is seriously ticking. Time has evapourated and life has gone beserk! I was lucky enough to be put in the top three last week and didn't want to miss this week.

Anyway (focus woman!) my entry for this Midsummer Night's Dream challenge was always going to be just that - a challenge. I'm not a girly girl and don't have a fairy stamp/image to my name so ideas have been bouncing around all week and in the end I went out today and bought a new stamp. It is the Creative Expressions Herbal Collage one which contains a fairy/angel (well someone with wings anyway). I made one version, bodged it and put it aside, began another and had a bit of a wobble half way through - you know those days? So I finally settled on applying a fixed colour scheme and used a sort of 'William Morris' take on it (drum roll please)...

I stamped the main image onto white card and coloured the lot with a mixture of DM in Wild Honey, Faded Jeans, Pine Needles, Walnut Stain and Spun Sugar - some was diluted with water, some were mixed and some were used undiluted. You might notice the image was crumpled slightly like a discarded leaflet.

I dabbed DM Picket Fence over the wings on top of the Walnut Stain low lights to give it a chalky look.

I amended the stamped image slightly by using an 'Enjoy' CE stamp from a birthday/icecream set. The blue flower under the main image is a CE Christmas Rose in Faded Jeans and Wild Honey.

The flowers are one layer SB Rose Creations with circular middles and stamping/buttons to garnish! Further SB flourishes, cogs and buttons were added together with a small stamped file tag.

The sentiment is another of Sam Poole's Art Phrases and the backing paper is Basic Grey from my stash.
So, maybe not your typical summer colours - although with the current GB weather forecast they seem utterly appropriate!!
Enough rambling, beds to make so offspring can sleep and a dog to walk. No rest for the wicked...
Thank you for all your kind comments and may I send huge hugs to those of you who are feeling under the weather, stressed, or are facing challenges at the moment (Hels, Anne, Linda Ledbetter, to name but a few).
Hugs, Buttons x


  1. ...beautiful work Buttons...so detailed and imaginative, loVe how you've put this masterpiece together, superb...Mel :)

  2. Hi Buttons, I have just sat here for ages just looking at your lovely creation. I think it is the blue that attracts me so much and I agree it does have a William Morris feel about it. That collage stamp is fab and I love the way you have pulled all the elements together. The whole piece is beautiful. Thanks for the mention......Crafty hugs, Anne x

  3. This is gorgeous and it has all come together so well even if you did have a few 'wobbles' along the way - love it. A very dark and grey day here at the moment so crafting methinks.

  4. This is beautiful Buttons, I love your colour scheme and all the individual elements that make this up. Fabulous flowers with the clock and the buttons. Have a fab Sunday x

  5. So glad you bought the stamp Buttons and you've made the most stunning card here. Love the colours and richness of the design and your embellishing is awesome.
    Thanks for joining in too at MMM as it would be a shame to have missed this gorgeous creation.
    Hugs, Fliss xx

  6. This is my favorite of your works I have seen. You should buy more fairy stamps, as you seem to know just what to do with them. Love the wings.

  7. A beautiful creation - thanks for joining in again at MMM - Jacqueline xx

  8. Drum roll indeed, wobble or not this is fabulous... so gald you bought this fab stamp... you'll use it lots I'm sure.
    Thank you for joining us at MMM
    suzi b :)

  9. You are on a roll - this is fabulous. Colouring is amazing - so is the whole concept.
    Thanks for sharing at MMM.

  10. Definitely a WM look about this artwork. Love your use of buttons and the translucent look you have achieved with the wings.
    Good luck with this one - congrats on the top three place last week. I need to start doing stuff for challenges but never seem to have enough hours - think I must go off in a reverie each day.
    Hugs, Neet
    ps thanks for the heads up re the paper - will look!

  11. This is a wonderful creation.
    Its a fabulous image, with lots of lovely details, and your embelishments are the perfect compliment.
    Thanks for your nice comments.
    Avril xx

  12. Fabulous creation Buttons, I love the colour the blue is a perfect choice..So glad you bought this stamp as it's brillant love the design & detail.. Hugs May x xx x

  13. Beautiful collaged piece. I realy like the choice of sentiment & what a fabulous stamp. I really like her!!

  14. Your piece today is toally and absolutely beautiful.There is so much to look at and enjoy. Your angels wings are super duper - need to borrow them - low flying would be a wonderful option but then you just might need them yourself for some joy flights when the sun does shine for you.
    On a totally different tack thank you for your wonderful comment on my post today.I am feeling a bit Flat Stanley ( did you ever read that to your kids?)
    Tis time for me to start, mentally singing loudly "Tomorrow".
    The something wonderful that happened today for me was you lovely and gracious comment.:0)
    Now as You say no rest wicked or no!

  15. I think you've made a wonderful job of this Buttons! I love the subtle colours and the collage style and the sentiment is great! Vicky x

  16. Very pretty card! Love that sentiment and something we should all live by!

  17. Congratulations on your place with this gorgeous creation.


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