Hello and welcome to today's post which is my project for the current Frilly and Funkie challenge. I am the host for this challenge and the theme I've chosen is Stitch in Time - with a twist. I love to incorporate sewing into projects. Be it real or faux, it always adds an extra dimension to your artwork. So, for this challenge I want to see stitching somewhere on your vintage or shabby chic projects, real or faux will do! BUT, I would also like to see a timepiece too!
The school of thought when choosing a theme for a challenge is that you already have something in mind....... not me ! I pick a theme then have to sit down and think what on earth I'm going to do ! I knew I wanted to do something that would have a practical use and with a holiday fast approaching a journal sprang to mind. I have written a journal for our holidays as far back as I can remember and they are great to read after the event, sometimes many years after the event !
The notebook started life as a plain white cover which I then covered with Claudine Hellmuth's Natural Sticky Back Canvas. I've not got the step x step shots to show you here as I'll be back at Frilly and Funkie in a couple of weeks time and will walk you through everything then. Once the canvas was trimmed to the shape of the book I then started to stencil using acrylic paint. The large numbers have been done using the 'bumping' technique so they appear to have a shadow which makes them stand out more. I carried on stencilling using lots of Wendy Vecchi stencils and, surprisingly, shades of pink !
The clock is die cut using the Tim Holtz Weathered Clock die from card covered with more sticky back canvas. I then used my sewing machine to zig zag around the edges. I cut two smaller pieces and layered them underneath. The canvas has been painted using my finger and more acrylic paint. The wonderful sentiment is one of Wendy Vecchi's and I've cut it up into the individual words before sticking in place.
When the clock was glued into place I then positioned the flowers and embellishments and painted them in situ, taking care not to paint the rest of the cover !
Here's the reverse of the journal and you can see lots more stencilling detail.
I have to say, even thought it's pink!, I love how this turned out. The texture from the canvas is wonderful and it will have pride of place in my packing !
I hope you get chance to join us for this challenge and do make sure you hop over to the Frilly and Funkie blog to see the fabulous projects from the rest of the DT.