Monday, 2 September 2013

Love Bird - DT Project By Hels

Gooodly Morning Snazzyfans and a very happy Monday to you all!  Blimey, we are already in September, I don't know where the time is flashing past to!  This month we lucky DT girlies have been playing with the most delish papers from 7Dots Studio, designed by the uber awesomely talented Finnabair.  The paper collection is called 9th Wave and, as ever with Finn's designs, it is beautifully coloured and the textured backgrounds are a delight to work with.  Coupled with a fabby Hero Arts Stamp Set and matching Stencil, I have created an altered photo frame for my first piece this month. 



I am a self confessed donut and forgot to get a piccie of the frame before alterations took place... I shall politely describe it as cheapo plastic covered faux wood circa 1970's stylee... but with a little bit of TLC, I transformed it into something much more glam.  Here's the paper insert I created.... and how I made it:


Starting with a piece of 6 x 8" paper from the 9th Wave Collection, I tore up a couple of strips of paper that are more purpley/pink in hue and used those colours for the base of my composition.  I used Dusty Concord and Black Soot Distress Ink to add some stencilling in the form of little dots to the edge of the paper, nudging the stencil so I have a nice subtle shadow going on.  Next up I used Ultramarine Archival Ink to stamp the torn paper image over the dotty inked bits and zapped this with a heat tool to dry the ink.  I added some larger stencilled dots by spritzing White Linen Dylusions through the Hero Arts stencil and then did a little bit more stamping, firstly using Plum Archival for the heart - stamping this twice to over lap the hearts and then with some Jet Black Archival to add a few solid lines and a couple of dotty lines.  The background papers are so gorgeous that you don't need to add anything extra to them but I do like the subtlety that the stencilling has introduced.



Next I set about adding some colour to paper flowers, using Crushed Grape and Black Marble Dylusions and some spritzes of Antique Rose Cosmic Shimmer to add some blingyness to the flowers.  These were then layered up with some metal Mechanical's embellies and some other bits and bobs from my stash.  The word was added using Alphaparts.  The frame was rather sad looking so I applied White Fire, Pewter and Royal Amethyst Treasure Gold to it using a brush... I love the way the metallic colours have blended together to give just a hint of purple on the frame.




As ever, the generous folks at Snazzy's are doing their random-commenter prize again this month.  Do CLICK HERE to see Gillian's first post and the deets how to partake... and also, please do scroll back through the months' posts to see all the delish designs the other DT girlies have made... they are all amazing as ever.  I will be back later in the week with my next offering... these papers are just soooo lush, I have hardly any left... oooh, any excuse to buy more stash right?  Speaking of which, don't forget that Snazzy's has a website... CLICK HERE for the shop!   Thanks for looking, have a fabby day!  TTFN


14 comments:

Patricia Howarth said...

Absolutely stunning, Hels xx

Redanne said...

Gorgeous work Hels, the frame looks amazing now - just love the dotty stencilling and the flowers and birdie are gorgeous..... and as for the Finnabair papers - I think they need to go on my wish list! Hugs, Anne x

Aquarius said...

A wonderful transformation job on that picture frame - just love the colours and all the details, especially the flowers.

Norah McPhee said...

Good morning Hels,
Well i don't know what you did to your MoJo but mines seems to be wanting new challenges to, because i am really liking the beautiful projects that you have made these last few weeks(which will be when i found you on the tinternet). I normally love symmetry, an ordered looking project pristine and immaculate. I have never been into "messy crafts" as my OCD kicks in, but i am really enjoying and who knows i might try and conker my messy fears. Although i have never been into messy crafts and i cannot help but congratulate crafters who can make these works of art. The sheer skill and mind process for turning rubbish(which is normally where it would go for me) into the most beautiful projects that would look beautiful in any home. But its the forsight that you possess in turning it into an inspiration. Thanks Hels, i who knows i might be converted one of these days,
Crafty hugs
Norah

Beryl said...

A fabulous makeover Hels. Love the bakground and the flowers but most of all the effect you got on the frame. Amazing.
Beryl xx

rachel said...

stunning makeover Hels - fabulous love it to pieces - so very pretty x

Maryann Laursen said...

Absolut stunning makeover here Hells, sooooo gorgeous and beautiful work as always hun. I love it.

snazzyoriginal said...

Love the balance of colours on this piece - you're right the papers are beautiful with so many shades and tones, all they needed was your very subtle stencilling and stamping to really enhance them. Think I need some Amethyst Treasure Gold too, you do keep leading me astray!xx

Pat Taylor said...

Wow Hels! This is an absolute stunner!!! I lurvvee the background, I lurvvee the flowers, I lurrrrvvvvveee the frame!!!!!! Everything!!! Wow!!!! xxx

Rita said...

Oh my goodness Hels,this piece just took my breath away. The colours are so stunning and suit the frame too. I am attending a rescheduled workshop by Finn on the 5th October and hopefully it takes place. Hugs Rita xxx

carol edwards said...

Stunning Hels, wonderful colours xx

CasaFrost said...

Beautiful... stunning colours... thank you for being an inspiration.

Astrid Maclean said...

Fab makeover Hels, loving the colour scheme!

We all missed you in Swindon lol, but maybe one day I'll get the chance to say hello in person.

Carole Z said...

Absolutely stunning Hels! Carole Z X