Window on the world ...

Steve (my hubby) was clearing out the shed recently and has some small off cuts of soft wood, which I felt needed saving .... and then using but wasn't sure how I was going to do this. So off to Pinterest I went to get ideas of how to use the wood pieces and was inspired by this wonderful piece of 3D art - http://thecraftbarnblog.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/stampbord-and-impression-obsession.html. It really helped me to create my own window on the world ... which is my DT project for Love to Create/Pan Pastels challenges ...



So I began by splitting up the wood in to irregular shapes and oh boy did I make a mess! I then painted the wood "shapes" with white acrylic paint and put to one side.


Next I took my stampbord pieces and began covering them with my pan pastels.


Next using the Premium Craft brands Roses stamp set, I created a floral theme. Lots of over stamping and embossing, and then finally covered each of the pieces with ultra thick embossing powder.


I layered the pieces on to my background and then came the wood ... I was so engrossed at this point, I have even forgotten to eat my biscuits!


I have put the wood pieces down to create a window effect securing them with my hot glue gun. The top part has a gap because this is where I wanted to hide my curtain. Once this was in place, I covered the gap with another piece of wood. I also decided the background was "too loud" so lightened it with white coarse pan pastel.



next came the decorating ... and I had great fun rummaging through bits and bobs in my local charity shops to find my items. The sentiment has been stamped on to a stampbord coloured with pan pastels.


As you can the curtain has been wrapped over the wood that was going to hide my gap. This way it hang naturally. I added a bird cage charm found during my rummaging session ...


The vase is a thimble covered in white acrylic paint and ribbon roses placed inside.  The little picture is another piece of decorated stampbord, with other rummage finds.


The postcard I found in a drawer I have full of ephemera bits for my projects, along with the acetate clock and charm.


Think that's everything and I thoroughly enjoyed myself from the very start to the end. I really need to do more of this free style crafting as it was extremely liberating.

Quick visit for me as off out today with mum but hope to catch up with everyone this evening. Have a great Sunday,

Lou
x x x

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Challenges:
Crafts for Eternity - inspired by nature
Fantasy Stampers - distress it
Chalk n Stock - anything goes
C.R.A.F.T - add a charm or metal
Ruby's rainbow - anything goes
Altered Eclectics - anything goes
Country View Challenges - create a scene
Recycle, Repurpose and reinvent - wood blocks and rummage finds
Rhedd's Creative Spririt 
2 creative chicks - anything goes