Friday, May 24, 2013

A Broken Heart!

Obviously this heart is not broken, but it almost happened! Seriously this heart gave me a royal pain in the - you get the picture! Anyway, instead of smashing it to bits and pieces, I walked away from it and just took on a couple of other projects and returned to it and am now pleased! If you don't like it, lie to me, please! There is still one week left to join the current challenge at Fashionable Stamping Challenges "Alter It" and there is a $20 prize to be won from Flonscrafts. Remember we are a stamping challenge blog, so stamping is obviously required and no digi images. If you want to see some really fabulous altered projects, really go see what my DT Sisters have created!
The images I used are Artistic Outpost and were stamped on tissue paper using Black Archival and clear embossed.  BTW, there is a 15% off  Memorial Day sale that is in effect through June 8th! I then colored them on the reverse side using Vintage Photo, Tattered Rose, Barn Door. This was then sprayed with matt sealer. I realized that after I finished my altered heart, that these colored tissue images would really absorb right into the color, so I painted them white on the backside! Well I thought that was quite clever for this old bird!
I won't bore you with the first round of mishaps and there were plenty! Let's just say that I spent the better part of an entire day at the background, quit, went back to it the next day, quit, took a can of "white Kilz" sprayed it and then white gesso and started all over! The thing is that I like what I had down and was not going to quit!
After the gesso treatment, the flowers and other embellishments were adhered with Multi Gel Medium, which I love. The heart was sprayed with Espresso and Butterscotch Color Wash, heat set a bit and blotted up any excess. I also added some shading with Vintage Photo distress in with a wet paint brush here and there. Areas were also covered with crackle and I washed in some thinned white paint.

I added some extra color with Vintage Photo to the flowers and all was highlighted with white gesso.
Don't they make the perfect couple? And the words are Tim's Chit Chat stickers that I distressed with Vintage Photo!  The pearls were cut to fit the open areas and inked with alcohol inks, espresso and butterscotch.
Challenges we are entering:

Country View Crafts - How Does Your Garden Grow
Eclectic Paperie - Gel Medium
Rogue Redhead Designs - May Flowers
Simon Says Stamp and Show - Favorite Ink - Vintage Photo
Unruly PaperArts - RAQ 1 - 5 Or More Flowers

Well that is it for now and I thank you so much for visiting! I plan to enjoy the long Memorial Day weekend with some serious BBQ. Oh and working in organzing my craft room! I gave away a very large duel station exercise gym, which was in another room and now I have a second room to spread out into! Now that is awesome! Have a wonderful weekend whatever you do!

Stamps: Artistic Outpost, SteamPunk, Flapper Fashions
Inks: Black Archival, Vintage Photo, Tattered Rose, Barn Door




52 comments:

butterfly said...

I love your altered heart, Terry - so glad you didn't smash it!! The effect of the finish on the flowers is so fabulous, and I love the elegant tinting of the figures - beautiful, as is the beaded edging!
Alison x

Ephemera said...

Absolutely gorgeous Terry and well worth the wait, just love it. Have a great weekend. Paula xx

Netty said...

oooh its gorgeous, would never know you had problems with it, its fab. Hugs Annette x

Astrid Maclean said...

Now would we lie to you Terry? Of course not, why should we because this is utterly wonderful and I am so glad you persevered with it! The stamped images are fantastic, they really do make a brilliant couple, and so beautifully coloured! The flowers and pearls just make the perfect finish, love it!!

Dots Dabbles said...

I love your heart Terry...both is design and in not giving up! You are a clever chook with the white on the back of the images too. A totally gorgeous alteration Terry!!!
Dot x

Redanne said...

I am so glad that you persevered with the heart because it is amazing, I love the treatment you have given the flowers. The couple look lovely together too. A really wonderful piece. Hugs, Anne x

Mrs.B said...

Certainly don't kneed to lie about this heart. Everything about it is gorgeous, Love the background, looks like shabby leather and the pearls and flowers are a perfect contrast. The 'couple' look as though they were made for each other.
Enjoy your BBQ.
Avril xx

Monique said...

Love your altered heart. The flowers are gorgeous and they go so well with the background. Love the little stick pins at the top and the littel key in the middel looks great. Good thing you stuck to it!

Pam said...

Just love those flowers!! All your work paid off!! Enjoy your extra crafty space, and the long weekend!!

Michele said...

oh it is so beautiful! vintage glory! xo

Elly said...

I really like it, too. Love the vintage images and...believe me...i'm not a flower girl, but yours are looking very yummy.(:o)
xoxo

Shelly Schmidt said...

Whola- absolutely fabulous!!! And, definitely worth the grief : ) I love the cool flowers. Oh I need more room to spread out my creative supplies.....! Have a great weekend!

sally said...

I love how you have altered this heart & so glad you decided not to break it up!

Have a great Memorial week end and do enjoy all that extra space you have to craft in :-)

Sally

Sue C said...

Gorgeous project Terry, well done for sticking with it ! Love all the detail you've added and the images look perfect ! Sue C x

Brenda Brown said...

Oh my this is just divine and isn't it so satisfying that when you have something that doesn't go right to start with, turns out so well? Love the vintage photo, those gorgeous flowers and the whole design. So glad you chose to enter this into CVC challenge this month.
Enjoy Memorial Day weekend. We have a bank holiday weekend too and I have an Andy Skinner day tomorrow.
hugs {brenda} x0x

Talis Bastelballon said...

I love your alterend heart,beautifull

petra

Valerie-Jael said...

LOVE it! Valerie

Paper Profusion said...

So glad you persevered as the end result is simply stunning - that's the truth!. Thank-you for trick about ink, seal then white paint on reverse. So many scrummy inky elements - it all looks truly wonderful Terry. Happy Memorial Day weekend. Nicola x

Beverly Sager said...

Awesome! Absolutely LOVE the way the flowers and other little embellies turned out. The flowers have so much substance, don't look like paper at all. Would love more info on how they ended up the way they did!

Gerrie Johnnic said...

Da' boss GF! luv it

Candy C said...

Terry...your almost broken heart is enchanting! I love the colors you've gotten with the Espresso, Butterscotch, Vintage Photo and Gesso. Really striking! Your Artistic Outpost couple are awesome! Love the coloring you've done on them and painting them white on the back side of the tissue so that they would not melt into the background was a stroke of genius! Thanks so much for sharing your art with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

Sonia said...

Fabulous creation as always:)
A delightful for my eyes my dear friend:)
Hugs,
Sonia

Vicki said...

Beautiful altered heart! Lots of texture and dimension.

Beth Norman said...

Wow, how beautiful. You went through so much work to get to the end. Don't be so hard on yourself; it's gorgeous!

Lynn Stevens said...

Well Terry it might have taken some time and a few tears to get there but the results are Fabulous! Love the flower treatment. I'm going to have to give that a try myself. If I ever get caught up. LOL
Hugs Lynn

Have a Great Memorial weekend!

wwilloww said...

Well you would never know you had any problems with your piece. It is perfectly vintage and here's hoping you win it all!!! Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!

2amscrapper said...

I love it--your created beautiful vintage colors.

Karin said...

Its beautiful !!
Groetjes karin

Sugar Lump Studios said...

such a beautiful heart with wonderful details Terri! I hope you have a safe and Happy Memorial Weekend. Thank you for the words of encouragement regarding my upcoming surgery! xoxo my Pea Friend!

Electra said...

I love this, Terry! The colour on the pearls is so simple, yet so effective, and I love the gesso on the flowers. I like in all, in fact, I'm glad you struggled your way through to the end!

Marjie Kemper said...

Oh my gosh, Terry... this heart is FABULOUS! Love all the deets, and your perseverance... thanks so much for sharing it with us @ eclectic Paperie!

Anita Houston said...

Be still my heart Terry! This heart is GOLDEN!!! I love every Vintage Photo'd bit! Those flowers are amazing, and I love the ladies! What an absolute fabulous design!

Anita Houston said...

And...Thank you for getting inky with us this week here at Simon Says Stamp & Show!

Sophie said...

Was f├╝r ein Meisterwerk!

Sharon said...

Stunning Terry - a beautiful piece!

Shar said...

Very pretty! Thanks for joining us at RRD for our May Flowers Rebel Challenge!

Ira Huberts said...

There's no need to lie to you about this stunning looking heart Terry, for it is such a delicate piece! Really love this couple of beautiful flowers, it's a real pretty piece!! Hugs, Ira xox
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Janny Jager 't Hooft said...

I love your altered heart very very much Terry.
So many beautiful details.

Greetings Janny

Alie Hoogenboezem-de Vries said...

Gorgeous vintage heart Terry...great details

kind regards, Alie :-)

Chris Warner said...

Oh Terry, this is wonderful, genuinely wonderful, so glad you didn't abandon it. So many items and techniques brought together so beautifully. Love it. Chris xxx

Dianne said...

No lying here, your heart it beautiful, all that work and now you love it, so well worth it, sometimes mistakes are suppose to happen, it makes us better I think, thinking of different ways to do things, I always learn from my mistakes and there a re a lot of them, LOL, thanks for being so truthful, it's good to know others have problems too. Have a wonderful day..

Anjas-Artefaktotum said...

Amazing piece, love your beautiful decorated heart.

1CardCreator said...

Stunning piece Terry! So glad you gave it a rest and came back to it, so well worth it! ~Diane

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Wow, that's a breathtaking piece of art.

Sandra said...

This is one gorgeous heart, Terry! Love the stamps! And the stunning flowers! So beautifully done! Very smart to walk away and let it rest for a while when things aren't going your way! Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. Hugs, Sandra

Kate said...

A gorgeous creation, Terry. I love the rusty roses and background. Lovely use of stamps.

Vada said...

Absolutely gorgeous Terry,
Love all the roses, really makes the whole heart pop!
Hugs Vada

Lucy Edmondson said...

This is wonderful, Terry! Well worth the effort. I love the flowers and the two figures - are they both from the same plate? The whole effect is so original. Love it!

Lucy x

inkypinkycraft said...

love this , yummy flowers, gorgeous heart ...fab thanks for joining us at Country view crafts challenge x

Buttons said...

Love that you've done something so different. Adore the flowers, the beads/ephemera and the touches of white which bring it all together. So glad there's someone else who has major wobbles and takes days to get things done! In your case this has seriously paid off. Hugs, Jenny x

Julie Masse said...

Beautiful project! Everything is just so pretty! Thanks for playing with eP! :)

Tracy said...

Love your beautiful Altered Heart Terry and thank you so much for playing along over at the eP blog!!
Hugs
Tracy
xoxo

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