9 May 2011

My very exciting (Grungy) Monday!

I was truly honoured when Linda at Studio L3 asked me to participate in this week's Grungy Monday project - not only is she incredibly talented but she hosts a fabulous weekly challenge  that is really fun to join in with! I found this challenge really enjoyable, Tim's techniques are super easy to do and don't really need many supplies which is a real bonus! The challenge details are here: Tim's 2007 tag - it has the instructions on how to recreate the background. 
I wanted to use the mini frame I bought from LB Crafts and was determined, no matter what I made, it was going to be in that frame! I have played with paint dabbers and distress inks in various colour combinations, as per Tim's instructions, but finally decided on a cloudy blue and 
weathered wood combination! When I looked at it, it looked so much like a sky (instead of wood) that it inspired me to use a butterfly theme. I painted the frame in PaperArsty Fresco Finish Snowflake (lush paint!) and covered the frame with the 6x6 butterfly paper from Tim's Crowded Attic paper stash. I actually cut out two frames to cover both levels and so that the butterfly pattern continues (it's too lovely just to leave it on the first level!) and I edged the whole frame with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. 

I covered one of my Papillon stamps with black paint dabber and stamped it on spare paper a couple of times to get rid of the excess paint and then stamped the image on the canvas. I cut out the central butterfly from the left over paper and covered it lightly with glossy accents
The butterfly's antenna was stamped with black paint onto acetate (using the antenna from Stampin' Up's Butterfly Prints set) and attached on the back with glossy accents. I attached it to a memo pin with an Accouterments button and a type charm, I made a hole in the frame and pushed the memo pin into the frame so the butterfly was 'flying' out of the frame. I used four corners and a May calendar which I cut from Tim's Lost and Found stash and crumpled up and edged with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. The words were printed from my laptop and edged in Vintage Photo and then sort of 'dropped' in place so where they fell was where they stayed! 
Well, I hope you like my contribution and I encourage you to stop by Linda's blog and to also visit the Yahoo group, All Things Tim, where Gloria, the list mom, has a Grungy Monday section where participants can upload their art for the group to admire! 
Really looking forward to reading your comments and I'd love to pop over to your blog and see what you've been doing!
Gabrielle x

15 comments:

Marjie K said...

Love this piece! Love the overstamping with the butterflies lining up on the different layers.... great work!

Linda Ledbetter said...

Gabrielle, you did such an incredible job on your Design Team project-- this is truly a masterpiece! You used the technique in such a thoughtful, unique way that suits the design perfectly and gives it a real vintage feel. Every little detail is gorgeous! Thank you so much be being a Guest Star Designer at Grungy Monday!!!

Terry said...

Not only did you create a beautiful and inspiring piece, but shared a tutorial! Love this and big congratulations for being our guest designer this week! Happy to be one of your followers!

Sherry Goodloe said...

Love the piece you created for Grungy Monday!

Kim said...

Wow! Your piece is very motivating to get started on this week! I love the whole feel of your frame.

Helen said...

This is gorgeous! I can't wait to play along this week.

JulieD said...

What a stunning piece - the colours are beautiful, subtle and very serene. I love the way you've used the butterfly images in so many different ways. Congrats on being a guest designer and thanks for following my blog - hopefully we'll inspire each other! JulieD

StampDancer said...

This is wonderful. I really like your detail and I love the amount of work you put into it. Congrats on being a Guest Designer for the challenge.

Gillian said...

Congrats on your Guest Designer spot and what a sample you created, love love love the papillon theme, my fav:), Great tutorial too.

sasa said...

How exciting - well done you! Relish every minute. I am sure you are having a happy week now. A fab DT piece made with love and flair! The crumpled corner is just great.
Sarah

craftytrog said...

Wow! Your artwork is stunning & so inspirational Gabrielle! I love everything about it! Congrats on being a guest designer!
Alison x

Louise said...

wow a fantastic frame, I just love what you've done. I often visit LB crafts, so you must live local too :)

BrianK said...

Thanks for being a guest desinger for this challenge. You created an exceptional piece. Love how you covered the frame, a great technique that looks fantastic. Inspired use of the memo pin. Great details.

Jane said...

You were a wonderful hostess for this weeks challenge. You really stepped up. Your art is gorgeous! Very inspiring.

Karen said...

Fantastic piece! Love the soft colours and all those wonderful butterflies.