Sunday, 12 February 2017

Lot's of grunge



Today sees the start of a new challenge at Fashionable Stamping Challenges and this month it's my turn to choose the theme which is 'It's Just a Number', as always there is a generous prize of a $20 shopping voucher from FlonzCraft.


I'm not convinced about this canvas, it all looks rather too busy, but it might grow on me I guess. I covered the canvas with black gesso, then a coat of crackle glaze and an off white acrylic paint. Stamping around the edges with a really old Inkadinkadoo stamp, the clock is from Stamp Addicts which I cut out after stamping. I did some random stenciling with a Timmy number stencil, fixed the clock in place and then arranged lots of odds and ends at the bottom corner and painted with Gilding Polishes and added two Penny Black Butterflies stamped onto an offcut of card coloured with the same gilding polishes.


And I have a second share, I was having an inky play and realised the PB sentiment fitted the theme so well. My starting point was a piece of 600gsm Fabriano, distress inks and some torn printed decoupage tissue. Next some stencilling here and there using an Ivy stencil, the focal Poppies are Penny Black Divine stamped with black archival and coloured in with Brosho's and I used a couple of embossing powder tub lids and DI's to add some circles. Hubby's comment "humm different", which in real terms means I don't really like it, but he's never appreciated my grungy makes. I cut the Penny Black sentiment into two pieces.

Do pop over the the challenge blog and see the inspiration my teamies have to offer.

49 comments:

  1. Such beautiful artwork here Brenda. I love your grungy canvas and I like how you've made it look really pretty with the colours that you've used. The butterflies look fabulous and I like the black scroll around the edges too. Your second piece is a real eye catcher with so much delicate detailing in the background. The Poppies add an amazing burst of colour and a complete contrast to the background. I really like the addition of the text too. Crafty hugs, Sandra x

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  2. Beautiful cards. Love the colours and embellishments.
    Valerija xx

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  3. Love the canvas, it's stunning. The card is great as well. Love all the textures. Have a great day.

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  4. a lovely and a very beautiful card Brenda
    Gr Karin

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  5. Wonderful Brenda, I think the canvas looks good, maybe out of your comfort zone, xxx

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  6. Never mind, WE like your grunge! I love the colours of your first make and busy is all relative... think Finnabair and your canvas is rather CAS in comparison! Love your second make too, very stylish! xx

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  7. OMG Brenda, both are great !!!
    I love the canvas with all these beautiful colors
    but the Poppies are stunning in front of all the softened background
    LG hellerlittle

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  8. Two lovely projects Brenda...love the colours and the embellishments on your first card and your butterflies are beautiful...beautiful floral card and I like the torn paper in the background...

    Anne

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  9. Love these two fab makes the colors on the first one are gorgeous I'm sure you will grow to like it I do. The poppies are just stunning I love this design so much Love and hugs Carole

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  10. Amazing both, Brenda! Love the colours of the first one, the gilding polishes look so magical and LOVE all your "odds and ends" in the corners! It's a stunning grunge card!
    Fabulous work also on the second one! (a bit less grunge, I think). The poppies are so bright and vibrant onto the decoupage tissues, wow!! Great touches with the glittered circles and the sentiment!
    I wish you a fabulous Sunday!

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  11. Oooh Brenda love both your projects and I find the first one especially intriguing and appealing ...as they say beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. I have missed visiting you my dear friend and good to see you churning out your beauties!!
    Cheers
    Dr Sonia

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  12. Gorgeous cards B, love the number one and tomorrow it's play day...xx{aNNie}

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  13. I think your canvas is absolutely gorgeous and I love the colours. The crackle background looks amazing. The card is really very beautiful. I just love the design and colour of this one. I love everything about this beautiful card. Barbxx

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  14. They are different and I love both of them, especially the colours on the first one. Lynn x

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  15. Finally managed to get here after my eye op Brenda and so glad I did as your creations are both so different but equally beautiful. Love all the textures and details and the colours are so lovely.
    Fliss xx

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  16. Well your hubby may not like the grungy stuff you make . . . but I LOVE IT. Fab work here Brenda.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

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  17. Fabulous canvas Brenda love the crackling and gilding polish colours-Ithe second one is beautiful too-what do men know lol I love it
    Carol x

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  18. hi Brenda I think yor canvas is glorious, I love all that texture and the colours, I also love your poppies, beautifully coloured and designed card, Kate x

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  19. Love love LOVE your mixed media dream creation for the FSC, Brenda, and the clever use of numbers in several ways instead of just a single focal point! The colors are definitely dreamy. And such a hoot to use your trademark bold poppies and the PB sentiment that goes perfectly with the challenge! LOVE BOTH OF THEM! Hoping you are doing well. I think I'm about accepting my "new plateau" - hopeful that it might improve, but no longer in denial about how far I can push myself. Hoping you are in less pain. Sending Florida Sunshine, singing birds, and mild tropical breezes your way! love, de

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  20. Brenda je kaarten zijn zo als altijd weer prachtig.
    Groetjes Gerrie

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  21. Beautiful work Brenda, especially the poppies.
    Hope you are well?

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  22. I love both your makes Brenda, gorgeous details and colours on the canvas and love the textured background you've made for the lovely poppies. Great inspiration.
    Hugs, Avril xx

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  23. Both are beautiful makes Brenda. I was interested to see you use Fabriano paper. I saw some in a local Art Supply shop, but it was very expensive, and I was confused about the various choices.

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  24. I like the canvas; great how you used the colours more times so it all fits beautiful together! Maybe, if you still find it bussy in two months or so you could put some gesso mixed with water over the black swirls to tone them down...
    The stencilling and poppies on your 2nd card look so pretty! Hope you have a good weekend! Hugs, Gerrina

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  25. Hi Brenda, these are two wonderful card. Gorgeous colours and details.
    Hugs Carola

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  26. canvas is stunning!
    I love it!
    and card is gorgeous!
    have a lovely day
    hugs

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  27. Two very, very, clever cards and lots of time taken in the making of these, both superb in their own way.
    I wouldn't know where to start mainly because I don't have any of the products!

    Kath x

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  28. So beautiful, Brenda! These are both pretty, but I am partial to the colour combo on the canvas! I don't think it's too busy - it looks awesome to me! You are so creative!

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  29. These are so gorgeous! I really love poppies! Love all the details on the first one too!
    Lucy x

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  30. Two beautiful creations Brenda!! Love the poppies!

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  31. Gorgeous cards, I especially like the detail in the top one, but love them both :) I hope you are doing well xx

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  32. I think these are fabulous! I hope that canvas grows on you...I'm loving it! The poppies are gorgeous too and the newspaper added is such a great touch! Maybe hubby is just not open to this type of art but it should grow on him too since these are so beautiful!! Love, hugs and prayers your way, Robin

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  33. Both so beautiful Brenda but especially love the second with those brilliant poppies against the fabulous background xx

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  34. Well don't mind your dear hubby Brenda!! They are both wonderful - especially the poppies one! Hope your week is kind to you. Nicola x

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  35. Two gorgeous cards Brenda, the top one is stunning.
    Hope you are well
    Lorraine x

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  36. Two fabulous makes Brenda, I absolutely love the colours on the first canvas they are gorgeous and the poppies on the second are beautiful as is the background.

    Pat xx

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  37. Brenda, I am always thrilled to see your work with poppy stamps - exquisite! Hugs, Autumn

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  38. Stunning work. The first is amazing with those colors. So lovely and calming.

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  39. both creations are just amazing, great poppy stamps and butterflies!
    hugs xx

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  40. I love the canvas, B. Totally stunning with all its bits and bobs!!!
    And the grunge card is great too, love the background on it as well ...smiled at hubby's comment, a real diplomat. 😊
    Thanks for sharing your inspiration!
    Shaz in Oz.x

    {Calligraphy Cards - Shaz in Oz}

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  41. I absolutely adore both of your stunning creations! Husbands do seem to have a way with words! Tee hee! xxx

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  42. See you are still making stunning creations hun just love them hugs cheryl xxx

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  43. Two amazing creations Brenda, great details on both!

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  44. I think your canvas is fabulous. I love the colour combination and it is not too fussy at all. I love it. Hugs Mrs A.

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  45. A brilliants challenge theme Brenda and both these pieces make the catwalk look gorgeous. Thanks sweets.

    Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x
    ShirlsCards.

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  46. Beautiful work, Brenda! Love all the elements & gorgeous color combo for the first card!

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