Thursday, November 2, 2017


It is time for a new challenge at Stamps and Stencils and this time I am the hostess.  I decided to call it Pastels and here is how I am describing it:

We have been treated to a riot of bright, warm colour since the spring bulbs made their appearance and continuing throughout summer and fall so let's go in the opposite direction and make a project with soft, pastel colours. Don't forget to include some stamping or stenciling or both in your creation.

I decided to create a small canvas with a variety of pastel colours.

I started with a flat canvas (Artist's Loft) and added some texture with a Flourish Stencil (Tim Holtz) and some Molding Paste (Golden).  Next I added some strips of lace (Fancy Gap) and some white burlap (The Funkie Junkie).  Everything was covered with White Gesso (Liquitex) and when that was dry I added some watered down Blush Fresco Finish paint (Paper Artsy).

Next I put together all the elements that I was going to add to my canvas starting with the sentiment.  When I was in Virginia last year visiting my lovely friend Patti, she had this wood mount stamp called True Friends (Stampendous) that I fell in love with so she stamped it 8 times for me onto some heavy card stock (Recollections) with Jet Black Archival Ink (Ranger).  I cut one of the images out, distressed the edges and then inked it with Spun Sugar and Milled Lavender Distress Ink (Tim Holtz).

I used some Spun Sugar, Scattered Straw and Dried Marigold Distress Ink (Tim Holtz) to cover a scrap of card stock.  Then I added some Crackle Embossing Paste (Wendy Vecchi) through a feather stencil (IndigoBlu).

The little girls are part of a collage stamp (Darkroom Door) called Friends.  I stamped it in Watering Can Archival Ink (Wendy Vecchi), fussy cut it and then coloured it with pencil crayons (Prismacolors) blended with OMS (Gotrick).

The butterfly is a laser cut from my husband that I inked with Scattered Straw DI and then ran through an embossing folder called Victoria (Cuttlebug).  Some adhesive pearls (Michaels) were added to the body.

The wooden letter "F" (Dollarama) was given a coat of white gesso (Liquitex)  follwed by a coat of Orchid Acrylic Paint (DecoArt) and then some Poodleskirt Pink Acrylic Paint (DecoArt).  I sealed it with some Gloss Mod Podge.

The big flower is cut with crinoline (The Funkie Junkie Boutique) using the Shabby Posies die (Tammy Tutterow).  It was dyed using a mixture of Milled Lavender and Dusty Concorde Distress Inks (Tim Holtz).  A big adhesive pearl (Recollections) was added to the centre.

The little flower (WalMart) had a tiny button (Dress It Up) added to the centre.  Finally I added three tiny polka dot buttons that were in my stash but I can't remember where I got them.

This November challenge runs until December 6th at 20:00 UK time so you have lots of time to share a creation with us.


  1. Such pretty, delicate, warm colour tones - and I love how all the elements have different textures and colours. Lovely!
    Alison x

  2. Beautiful canvas Cec, love the background and the crackled butterfly ! Sue C x

  3. I so enjoyed reading your post and learnt lots along the way. Such a pretty canvas with great techniques. Thank you for the step by step and the fabulous inspiration x

  4. Lovely collage of elements and textures...and the warm pastel colours are gorgeous! Thanks for choosing a great theme, really enjoyed creating with it! Hugs Ruth xx


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