Monday, January 24, 2011

Country Roads


It's time for another Simon Says challenge - this week Simon Says Stamp and Show Us a Childhood Memory.  I absolutely LOVED this challenge.  It was so much fun for me to think back and reminisce about my childhood.  I had a couple of ideas for projects but in the end I decided to go with a country theme.



I grew up on a farm in a small country town and wanted to recapture that childhood feeling.  I needed a fairy large "canvas" to fit in all the wonderful images I selected.  I scouted around the antique/junk shops in my area and came up with a 11.5 x 15 inch frame that I thought would be the perfect size.  Stamps from Artistic Outpost's Home and Keeper stamp sets plus some vintage images were used. You can't see it too well because I covered up so much of it, but the designer paper background was cut with Spellbinders square dies and then patchworked together and sewn to resemble a quilt.  The denim look of the chipboard letter backing was created with the Cuttlebug Paisley embossing folder with white pigment ink sponged on the high parts. And, of course, the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die was used to create the handmade paper/fabric flowers.  A Jenni Bowlin chipboard vintage milk cap was also added.


I ran a strip of denim across the top and the bottom and the chipboard squares/letters were mounted on a piece of gathered gingham ribbon that was frayed.  The largest flower is made up of layers of denim, a country calico fabric, crinoline and a couple of paper layers stamped with a text stamp.  



You can probably tell how much fun I had putting this together.  It is now hanging in my studio, right across from where my laptop sits so I can see it any time I look up from my computer.  Now it's time to head on over to Simon Says Stamp and Show to see the childhood memories of the rest of the design team.  Can't wait to see yours entered into our challenge this week.  Our super sponsor, Simon Says Stamp, is offering a $50 shopping spree to the lucky random winner this week so why wait?  Get going IMMEDIATELY on your project and get it entered!









14 comments:

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

Country Livin never was so good. Love your piece of art, it is a really good country feel.

Margreet said...

wow Linda.....what a treat for my eyes....it is sooooo beautiful....I keep looking!
xxx Margreet

Sian said...

Beautiful, gorgeous creation, love all the different elements.
hugs

Linda Elbourne said...

This is just STUNNING Linda ... Lovin all the details!

Lori said...

This is total eye candy, and really takes me back, too! Love, love, love all the details and effort you put into this, it's fantastic!

Conniecrafter said...

Oh this is SO COOL!!! Love the way you did the title with the ribbon and the great patchwork background and all the cool stamping, FANTASTIC project!

Dan said...

Such a lot of wonderful detail in this Linda, just perfect!

The Wired Angel said...

Wow, Linda... what a masterpiece you have created. Just lovely! Peggy x

Lori said...

All these details are utterly amazing, You could stare at it for hours and still pick out new touches you added, it's a masterpiece!

Sue C said...

Gorgeous Linda ! There's so much to look at and I'm sure it makes you smile every time you look up from your lap top. Sue C x

Joseline said...

Oh Linda, this is absolutely beautiful. You never cease to amaze me.

Carla aka scrappypug said...

oh my word! This is beyond fabulous! FAB-U-LOUS! Love it. Good thing you are so far away or I would be tempted to come craft-nap it!

Payne Holler Cards said...

OMG - This is art! AND I think my most fav creation of yours - hmmm, I dont know..I love your work...so its my fav now until you come up with another fav LOL
really kid-oh, this is absolutely awesome!!!

Lisa Somerville said...

Such a fab altered frame - what a wonderful way to collage all those lovely AO stamps! Thanks for using Artistic Outpost images!

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