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Tuesday 13 August 2013

Room with a View

Hi Folks,  its time for another challenge at Try it on Tuesdays and this time we would love you to 'create a scene!  It can be a landscape, seascape or whatever is your interpretation of a 'scene'.
I bought these Darkroom door stamps on Ebay a couple of months ago for about a third of their price and this is their first inking,  but they are only a bargain if you use them -I was just waiting for the right time.  I decided my scene would be the view from a holiday apartment window overlooking the Grand Canal in Venice!
This is the first time I have used Napkins for my background, this was torn, glued and then dry brushed with Paper Artsey Fresco Snowflake, to give a shabby peeling wallpaper effect. I then inked  IndigoBlu Crackle stamp with Frayed Burlap and random stamped.

My friend Diane recently bought the window and flower spray dies and was kind enough to let me use them. I used Distress stains to give an aged look to both. My 'piece' is set into an old wooden box top, (wish I had the whole box)  which was painted with Fresco and then stamped with the Crackle stamp.
It would be lovely if you could join us and if you need any inspiration, my very talented teamies have some very varied projects, so please pop over here to take a look

I am entering this at:
  Simon Says monday challenge - Make the cut( Die cuts and punches)
  Make it Monday - Anything Goes
  Anything but a Card - Summer Fun - (Holidays are fun)
  c2cu - Summer Days - Fun in the Sun
  Heck of a Challenge - Holidays

I have started a bit of a catch up in blogland - life is settling down after a hectic few weeks of more Wedding Stationary, don't actually know how many Invitations I have made - DD just kept asking for more, think its somewhere in the region of 80.  Same number of Order of Service and double that for Place cards - only Menu and Thank You cards left to do, its going to be a big wedding!  So, I think you can see why I have been such an absent blogger of late and I do appreciate all your visits and comments.

Have a good week whatever you are doing, I hopefully will manage some 'me' crafting.

Avril xx


brenda said...

Just back from my hols so popping in to say hello Avril and look at your work which is great at always. Catch you again as soon as the dreaded washing is done.

B x


Wow Avril - what a fabulous creation. Love the shabby-chic look and the view of Venice through the window.
Absolutely gorgeous!
Hugs, Sylvia xxx

Paper Profusion said...

Absolutely beautiful Avril. Nicola x

Claire said...

Gorgeous card Avril - love all the pretty detailing. Thanks for playing along at A Heck of A Challenge this month. Hugs, Claire x

Unknown said...

Simply stunning, thank you for joining us over at MIM. Hugs Kerry x

Brenda Brown said...

This is beautiful Avril, I love the shabby wallpaper and the fabulous idea of the scene through the window.
Hugs Brenda xxx

Valerie-Jael said...

Lovely piece, I wouldn't mind tat view out of my window, either! Valerie

Mrs A. said...

Wow. Just bootiful Mrs B. hugs Mrs A.

Silvia(Barnie) said...

That's a gorgeous piece of art, great texture.

Candy C said...

Love your Venice scene you've created through the magic of Darkroom Door stamps, some corrugated paper, napkins and a very cool window die cut. Love your design and all of the wonderful techniques you used to create such a shabby wall. Really lovely! Thanks for sharing your art with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. <3 Candy

Anonymous said...

Oh the pure romance of it all. You had me at the title of your post, one of my all time favourite films and then I view your stunning creation.
A dream.

Meggymay said...

Stunning project, love all the wonderful details, I would like to look through that window as well.
Yvonne x

Words and Pictures said...

Glorious, Avril - that napkin looks so effective against the corrugated card - fabulous shabby chic look. And the flowers and the window frame - I just love it.
Alison x

debby4000 said...

Oh this is absolutely gorgeous.

Jenny Marples said...

Fantastic work Avril. How you found time to do this in between all the wedding prep is beyond me! Got that Venice stamp for my bday and now I've seen yours I can't wait to use it. Hugs, Jenny x

Linda said...

Hi Avril,
I love your window scene, it's simply stunning. The stamps look fab - I've been looking for a Venice scene stamp for ages (we were there in June) so I might have to go hunting for this one. What a great job you've done with the napkin too, so looks like old wallpaper.
I've a lot of catching up to do in blogland. I've been so busy recently, and it sounds like I'm not the only one. The wedding stationary will come to an end - eventually. Hope everything goes well on the big day.
Crafty hugs ...... Linda xx

Alie Hoogenboezem-de Vries said...

A gorgeous room with a view Avril...as if it IS Italy :-)

kind regards Alie

Annie said...

This is so beautiful Avril...I love the window but the background is stunning and I love the embellishments

TFS and hope you are managing some me time too

Hugs Annie x

Judith said...

So beautiful Avril - I always want to do these window scenes but finding the right image is sometimes so difficult - this is just perfect- love the torn napkins and distressed look of I all hugs Judith x

Mrs Beez said...

This is amazing, great techniques and beautifully executed. Love the glimpse of Venice through the window and the textures you have created are reminiscent of Venetian buildings. I was lucky enough to visit Venice last year and this brought back so many lovely memories. Thanks for joining us at Anything But A Card this time.

loz said...

OMG!! This is Stunning Avril..I saw this on MIM..Loz

Meihsia Liu said...

Wow... how gorgeous! I love the beautiful texture on the background and the pretty window diecut. All the details are just fabulous. Thank you so much for sharing with us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge this week. :)

Sandy said...

Wow Avirl! So very pretty - I love that window die and the flowers too.
The flowered paper is gorgeous but wait, are you telling me that it is napkins? By the way, that is one of my most favorite movies. One fabulous make!!!!!

Christine L said...

Oooh Avril... this is seriously gorgeous! Love the shabby chic effect.... and all the perfect details you've used... just LOVE IT!

Christine x

Terry said...

Beautiful "room with a view." Love the opened window and such an elegant and lovely creation! Hugs!

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Joan said...

Fabulous piece Avril, love your shabby chic wallpaper and the view through the window

Shirley said...

Very very artsy Avril your work is among the best, gorgeous as usual.

Crafty hugs from Shirl x x x

McCrafty's Cards said...

Gorgeous card, I like the window veiw, Thanks for joining in with us at a Heck of a challenge this month, Good Luck.
Kevin xx