Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Shhh - There's Fairies In My Garden!!!

Yep it's true and I have the photographic evidence!!! :D

This weeks challenge over at Stampotique is to use your stamps in conjunction with a photograph. Now as many of you know I quite enjoy scrapping but don't find it the most natural thing in the world to do. So when I saw this challenge it was kind of a "gulp moment" and then a "ohhhhh what am I gonna do one." Then when cleaning the loo inspiration stuck...... I spotted a favourite photo of my two little cherubs that had been stuck in a frame and hung on the wall in there (lol, just thought that this is maybe TMI??). I really hope you'll join us  this time, remember you don't need to use a Stampotique image to enter!


I also had this picture from Dunelm Mill that I picked up for the princely sum of £0.49p (well I picked up a couple actually but we won't go there!!) which I needed to prove wasn't a "white elephant". So I thought instead of a scrap LO I'd try a photo canvas of sorts!

Now this photo was taken years ago before everyone had a digital camera and I only had a cheapy point & shoot one, so it hadn't been enhanced and worse still I couldn't find the negatives. So I almost knocked the idea I had on the head. Hubby suggested scanning the photo - epic fail - it was really grainy and no matter what I did it wouldn't go right! Then my lovely daughter suggested taking a photo of it! Of course genius, why didn't I think of it! So that's what I did. Now it's not perfect, but it's certainly passable and tbh as this piece is for me and it's more about the memory than artistic perfection, I thought I'd run with it. So this is what I came up with.....


I started of by applying a generous coat of Gesso to the picture. Once dried I blended Distress Inks to create a background. Now the DI's didn't behave exactly as I'd expected, as they dried they faded and kind of ran together to create different hues, but I still liked the effect so I left it. Next I stamped, coloured and cut out Giant Shroom, Mushroom Group and Stones & Grass Cube and glued them into position. The mushrooms have had Glossy Accents added to the red areas and the wings on my daughter's costume have had been liberally covered with Stickles. To finish I stamped the "there are fairies in my garden" sentiment onto tissue paper and glued it into position.

Thanks for stopping by today.

Claire x

I'd like to enter this project into the following challenges:
Make It Monday - Anything Goes
Inspire Me Fridays - Anything Goes
Craft Room Challenge - Alter It
Top Tip Tuesday - Things With Wings
Joanne Sheen - Down In The Garden
Craftymess Challenge - Anything Goes

31 comments:

  1. Brilliant, love the way you've used the shrooms to make the kids look small. The kids look really at home there :0) Superb outfits! heeheehee
    Can't believe how many bargains you pick up lol.

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  2. And who wouldn't want fairies this cute at the bottom of their garden eh???
    Gorgeous creation Claire, love it!
    hugs
    Dawn xx

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  3. Hi hun I love the distress ink effect and the picture is so cute xxx Hugs Pascale

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  4. So cute! This sentiment fits perfect :-D XOXO

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  5. This. Is. Brilliant! They look so at home there and it all fits together so well.

    And I love how you got inspiration while your hand was down the loo too! :D

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  6. Cute fairies I love it very clever.
    Jenny x

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  7. Absolutely precious! Everyone needs fairies like your's in their yard!

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  8. oh hun that is one of the cutest pictures I have seen oh they are adorable hun and the layout is just perfection love it hugs Cherylxxxxx

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  9. Wowzers Claire - what a fab whimiscal page you have created - STUNNING! You are clever. Polly x

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  10. First of all I adore that first canvas you picked up, love that color of the flower. Your photo canvas is great, love how it turned out.

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  11. Just love it Claire, you are so creative x

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  12. Useful having family that are able to suggest creative solutions when we get stuck! It's so cute and I love the mixture of scale. We've all got old pictures and its a good idea to dig them out of hiding and use them! x

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  13. Fantastic Claire, a wonderful keepsake :o))

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  14. perfect!!! I love how you've altered the canvas- and the result is so whimsey- love it, thanks for sharing at Craft Room challenge, Debi x

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  15. Oh my! That is so sweet! And what a brilliant idea. Fabby! I will have this in mind. Thanks for the inspiration. Came to see it via Make it Monday.
    Love n hugs
    Marie

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  16. Stunning card and coloring. Loz
    Visiting from MIM

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  17. Adorable and such a lot of work too. Fab creativity.
    Thaks for sharing and taking part in the Craftymess Challenge.
    Ax

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  18. Ahh hun, this is just fabulous! Completely brilliant idea! Thank you for sharing it with us at the Joanna Sheen Challenge Blog, hugs, Jayne x

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  19. What a bargain! I love how you have transformed it. Thanks for joining Top Tip Tuesday. Elaine

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  20. Your canvas was certainly a bargain not to be missed, we all have a stash of alterables tucked away don't we? Love how you have turned it into a lovely personal treasure and saved a photo at the same time! thank you for sharing with us at Craft-Room Challenge XOXO Zoe

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  21. Wow, you certainly have transformed the canvas. I adore the whimsical result, so very unique and the most wonderful keepsake. Thanks for joining us at Craft Room Challenge and good luck. Julia xxx

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  22. How darn cute is your canvas!!!. You know how untechnical I am (probably why you didn't come and ask me lol) well I would have suggested taking a picture of the photo as ive done that heaps of times!!!. Really love those shrooms!!!. Such a creative mind on those shoulders!. Hugs Clare xxx

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  23. Fabulous layout your two cuties look adorable surrounded by the mushrooms. Thanks for linking up with MIM this week.
    Remember, to be in the running to win the prize from our sponsor this week just leave a comment for another entry. Be sure to mention you saw them on Make It Monday. The more entries you comment on the more chances you have of winning!
    Hugs, Sandy

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  24. I absolutely love this, such brilliant creativity. Gorgeous little ones, by the way :-), and they look like they're having so much fun under those mushrooms! Thanks for joining in with our Alter It theme over at the Craft-Room Challenge.

    Maria xxxxx

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  25. I love the beautiful layout on your altered canvas. Thank you for joining us at Craft-Room Challenge.
    xxx Hazel.

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  26. Your canvas is absolutely fantastic and delicious if I can say that in english!... Love it more than words can express.. But I took time to see also some of your previous or new projects, and in fact I think all is fantastic !!!! I will follow you as much as possible now I've just discovered you, thank you so much for your nice comment also on my blog for my last participation to the Stampotique Designers challenge. Coco(nut) (from France) xx

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