When You Find Your Thing

Hello. Today I'm here with you today sharing a wall hanging I have created using my new collection "Conversations on Trains" with 13Arts.

This idea came to me when I saw my designs come to life. They arrived on my door step and when I opened them up I had the inspiration to showcase all my favourite elements on a wall hanging design.

I sewed bits of left over fabric together making lots of different sized squares and rectangles to use as my substrates (platform/base) for each favourite element.

Then I went ahead and added my collection bit by bit onto each piece until I had filled every fabric scrap.

I added some colour to some of them where needed using the 13Arts watercolour paints. They are such good quality that they adhere to the fabric perfectly.

I also smeared some gesso around some of the pieces to help them blend and balance into each other.

I added lots of collected bits and pieces too like old spoons, nuts and washers, beads, lace and old doilies. All these elements fitted perfectly with the old world charm of the papers.

I featured some hand stitching also on some of the patches and some machine stitching in red to highlight certain areas. I love how contrasting the red stitching looks.

I am so happy with how this piece turned out. Now all I have to do is work out how to hang it as a whole piece on the wall.

I don't want to detract from the features by adding any further elements so I think I might just press them gently between two pieces of perspex to make a see through frame.

I'll let you know how it goes.

On one of the pieces I have added a special message to myself and the viewer. "When you find your thing and it just works for you your world explodes in a good way"
This is a reminder to me to stick to my thing .... I love making fabric art combined with paper, it works for me and so I do believe I've found my "thing".

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 Thank you for popping in and checking out my latest creation. I'll see you all again very soon xx

Shout It Out an Art Journal Page for VLVS!

Hello! I'm here with you today to share an art journal page I have created using the uber talented Tina Walkers stamps from Viva Las Vegastamps!

 I absolutely love the hand crafted look to these stamps and couldn't wait to give them a go.

 My art journal page today is all about shouting out about your art .... we often are our own worst critiques and often don't even call our art art! So this is me saying ... shout it out ... shout it loud!

 This is a huge shout out for my friend Tina to celebrate her amazing art! She is such an inspiration too me and I think you'll agree, her art is awesome!

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Thank you for popping in and checking out my art. Later in the month I'll have a little video tutorial for you sharing another arty creation using the fabulous VLVStamps!. See you then xx

13Arts October Challenge "Petticoats and Pleats"

 Hello! Today I am sharing with you a layout I have created foir the October 13Arts challenge "Petticoats and Pleats" using some of my favourite 13Arts products from our new collections.

 Here is the challenge mood board.

I choose to create a project of me in one of my favourite dresses! Yes a dress! A rare thing for me but I'm starting to collect a few now.

I used some of my "Conversations on Trains" A4 paper collection and stamps from the 13Arts ranges.

I am so happy with the colours and the way this layout turned out. All of the stamping for the background worked a treat!

I accompanied the layout with some gorgeous chipboard and titled it using the A5 sticker collections.

My love of all things ephemera have also made an appearance on this layout. I used old doily's and some sewing pattern paper to create the additional features to the layout.

I also added a few little buttons to go with the theme and some gorgeous metal adornments from the 13Arts collection.

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I hope you have a chance to join in with the challenge.

See you all again soon.


"Timeless" A little journal page for 13Arts

Hello! Today I am sharing with you a page I have created in my little journal using the gorgeous 13@rts stamp sets from the "His and Hers Remastered" collection.

I am so excited that 13arts have introduced stamps into their range!! If you haven't seen them already you have to go and check them out. The quality is so good and the designs are amazing!

I've been practicing smaller creations in this little book I found in a second hand store. I like that these little projects are quick and easy and give me my creative fix even when I find myself time poor.

I used my favourite watercolor set from 13Arts to create this background and then stamped onto some tissue paper to add some transparent details to the background.

I used one of the deigns to create a focal point with the ladies head and then dressed it up with some wings from the Acetate sheet and some cotton.

Do yourself a favour and pop on over to the shop to check out these fabulous stamp designs! You'll love them.

Catch you all again soon

"Friends" A Layout for 13Arts

Hello today I'm here to share a layout I have created capturing the memory of one of my most favourite days ever as Olga, Aida and I toured Prague.

I just LOVE these new collections and this black and white photo of us being "models" LOL was perfect on the Rose Field papers.

I also used the coordinating stamps and embossed some details onto the background with both clear "Magic Powder" and white embossing powder. 

 I then added some of the acetate floral design layered over the top. I love this effect!

These stamp sets are so beautiful.

I simply added some color with the water colours to help them blend in with the colour theme of the page.

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Thank you for popping in. I'll see you all again soon xx

13 Arts September Challenge "So Vintage"

Hello! Well today I am sharing another abstract and ephemera creation I have made using my newest collection from 13Arts "Conversations on Trains".

The challenge this month is "So Vintage" so these papers match perfectly!

Rules of the challenge

1. Create a  project based on the mood board (details above).
2. Publish your project on your blog and add link directly to the post using Inlinkz tool at the right side bar.
3. Please add a link and info about our challenge, where your work is published.
4. You may submit as many entries as you like. 
5. You can enter your project with a maximum of 2 other challenges and your work must be new, not published before our challenge has started. 
6. The challenge ends on the 27th of May. Winners will be announced on the 31th of May.
7. Use at least one 13@rts product in your project.

When the challenge ends, our Design Team will vote and pick the best project. It will be Awarded with a giftbag full of 13arts' products (worth about 60 PLN) with free international shipping. The winner will be invited to join us in one of our challenges as Guest Designers. Additionally we will feature a few works with biggest number of points.

I wanted to experiment mixing different colours with the Vintage styled papers. This time around it was Pink and yellow. Two of my favourite colours to combine!

I added some elements of the vintage papers to the abstract canvas and I just love the results I got when I combined the two different styles.

I layered the "Script" stamp over the top after I had gessoed some of the areas .... I am IN LOVE with this stamp. It is now my "go to" script stamp. A must have in every kit.

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I hope you are inspired and have a go at the challenge. Heaps of awesome prizes up foir grabs and so many more inspirational pieces created by our talented design team members.

Thanks for popping in.

Fiona xx

"The Ghost Ship" Art Journal for VLVS!

Hello I'm back!! I've been on a little holiday around Australia these last few weeks and so haven't really been able to post much for you. But .... I'm home now and I have a ripper under the sea art journal page I created using Kaitlyn Paltridge's new stamp designs for Viva Las Vegastamps!

 My art journal is an old story book so this page already had the title "The Ghost Ship" and a gorgeous old illustration of a captain on his ship with his crew. It was just waiting to be VLVS-a-sized!

Kaity's Aquarium Space Girl and Garden Space Girl designs were a perfect fit for this ghost ship theme along with the wonderful Humpback Whale!

Lots of background work with some acrylics and it got pretty busy so I stamped the space girl designs onto card stock and cut them out and glued them over the top so they would stand out as a focus on the page.

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Thank you for popping in today. I'll see you all again soon xx