Thursday, 19 September 2013

eclectic Paperie (belated) Birthday Bash! - Give Thanks for of Inky Fingers !

Welcome to eclectic Paperie's Belated Birthday Bash!  Today we're celebrating the (belated) one year anniversary of the store's new ownership! It's been an amazing year, full of inspiring projects, wonderful classes, and many, many new products!!  eclectic Paperie wouldn't be where it is today without the ongoing support of our customers and as a BIG thank you you'll have an opportunity to lots of great prizes!  eclectic Paperie will be giving away the following prizes!  You have until midnight tomorrow (9/20) to comment.
A full set of Tim's NEW Distress Paints
6x6 Paper Pad Bundle
Dylusions Stencil Bundle
A set of NEW Wendy Vecchi Archival Inks
Crafter's Workshop Stencil Bundle

To be entered into the prize drawing, please be sure to comment on the eclectic Paperie blog and on each of the eTeam blogs.  Check out all of the thumbnail links below to view the rest of the eTeam projects!  Enjoy the hop!
I thought it would be a fitting way to celebrate Kim's auspicious birthday bash ( all be it belated !) by getting down and dirty with some serious gluing, sticking and inking !  After seeing the wonderful layouts the fabulous eTeam girls have been doing recently, I've been feeling a bit left out, so I decided to go for it. This is now my second ever layout and boy was it fun to do! I've taken inspiration from the amazing work of the fabulous Anna Dabrowski, otherwise known as Finnabair. I started with a 12x12 piece of chip board and coated it with Studio Gesso before using some of my favourite stencils with Embossing Paste. 
OK, guess who didn't wash her stencils when she last used them ! Fortunately it didn't matter as I knew I was going to paint and spray over the embossing. I then gathered together some bits and pieces, some lace, a piece of burlap, some corrugated card, a few resin flowers and plastic cogs and gave them all a coat of gesso. I tried a few potential layouts before adhering everything with Matte Medium and painting with Studio Gesso.
This next bit was a little scary. If you've not tried this before, you have to take a deep breath and get spraying and splattering. I used Dylusions Sprays, Distress Re-Inkers and Perfect Pearls Heirloom Gold Spray. I applied my heat gun to speed up the drying process between layers. Once I was satisfied with the overall appearance, I highlighted some of the raised areas with Treasure Gold Paste. Here's a close up.
I finished off by adding a photo of my very inky hands. I hope this will make Kim smile as I can honestly say she must take some of the responsibility!
Finally, I added my favourite  Donna Downey stamps which seem to be making a frequent appearance in my work. 
I do hope you've enjoyed your visit, I must say I'm looking forward to hopping around and seeing what the rest of the eTeam have been up to. Don't forget to visit each blog and let us know you've been by leaving a comment, remember there's a fabulous selection of goodies from Kim's lovely eclectic Paperie shop for one lucky person. I'd like to just say a very Happy eclectic Paperie  Birthday to Kim, who works extremely hard to keep the shop well stocked up with both new and all time favourite products. Happy Hopping ! x 


76 comments:

  1. Those inky fingers have produced a wonderful work of art---stunning!

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  2. Love the textured background, I've been meaning to try this technique for a while now, thanks for the inspiration.

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  3. GORGEOUS! LOVE that technique although I haven't been brave enough to do it! LOVE your inky fingers photo! KIM will laugh out loud! I agree, just Stunning!

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  4. This speaks to my heart - I am learning to be braver with my materials too; taking artistic risks sometimes results in such beauty - like here!

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  5. This is just stunning and I seriously can't believe that this is only your second LO! It's gorgeous - I love the colours, the texture - everything! You are one seriously talented lady!

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  6. Now that looks like fun! I love how you added lil doo-dads and then gesso'd over them and then added color back in. This is absolutely fantastic and the picture of the messy hands is the perfect centerpiece to this work.

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  7. You achieved such great texture and depth with all of those layers -- beautiful!

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  8. OK, I'll take some responsibility for contributing to those inky hands! LOVE it!! And what a stunning project, simply amazing!! Thank you!!

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  9. Lovely canvas! Great colors!

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  10. This is fab, I love it! What a great idea to use a photo of your inky hands,

    Lucy x

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  11. What a stunning project. I love the pic of the inky hands.

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  12. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this - absolutely stunning. I must say I'm addicted to the dylusions sprays, they really exceeded my expectations.

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  13. Love all the layers and colors you achieved on the LO! Great page.

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  14. Beautiful! Love the layers and texture! Thanks for the great tutorial also. I love to get inky!

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  15. Stunning..... all those layers! And love the overall color theme. (oh the photo - LOVE :) ). I'm a big fan of Fin too. This is truly gorgeous.

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  16. wow. i've never done a piece that way before, and i love it! thanks for the inspiration

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  17. Wow--fantastic layout. I like all the dimension.
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

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  18. You ladies just keep opening my eyes with things I've never tried, ideas I've never seen and products that are unfamiliar. Thank you!

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  19. such a beautiful and inspiring project...love the colors!

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  20. Beautiful!!!! So inspiring to me. Thank you for showing the details. They are wonderful.

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  21. Beautiful creations. I can see I have so much to learn and am anxious to begin.

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  22. All the texture and yumminess...this is wonderful!!!

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  23. Beautiful! I love the texture, the shimmer, the colors.....!

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  24. I can't believe this is only your second layout, it's fantastic! So much depth and contrast and great colors, gorgeous!

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  25. Gosh, you make it sound so easy. A beautiful collage piece. Love your inky fingers. A day well spend me thinks...

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  26. Wonderful!! Love the colors and all the textures.

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  27. Gorgeous!! I must get inky now, too!

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  28. Your inky fingers certainly made me smile! Love your layout, the colours are fabulous. I really must take that first step and crack open my Dylusions sprays.... Hugs, Anne x

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  29. I love getting inky fingers too!!! Your work is just stunning!

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  30. Great textures and colors. Love your project!

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  31. Thanks for the step by step tutorial. Love the ink hands picture in the middle. love how you've used lots of different items. Hugs x

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  32. What a fantabulous project, Toni - absolutely stunning layers of embellishing, texture and colour... and what a great photo celebrating the joy of messy creativity!
    Alison xx

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  33. I love the colors you used it really brings out embellishments.

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  34. Fabulous project - my 3d art journal is looking thicker and thicker the more i jump around these blogs..

    Thanks for sharing..

    fun visit..

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  35. Oh my... you brave creative girl ... this is amazing ( I've only started playing around with stuff like this)... you all make it look so cool. The textures are awesome, love the stenciling and the inkiness!!

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  36. Swoooonworthy Toni...love that you shared how to as well and nothing beats getting inky paint splattered hands!!
    Hugs
    Xxx

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  37. Oh my, a stunning layout! I love the colors and clusters of embellies.

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  38. I love this creative piece. Great job.

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  39. THUD....LOVE LOVE the picture of your inky fingers!! This is a fabulous piece of art!

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  40. Yummy colors and textures! Thanks for sharing the stages of making this!

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  41. Get down and get dirty! Love this layout.

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  42. Love the mad fun you had making this project! Love all the textures and design and inky fingers!

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  43. Wonderful layout.
    isoscia@aol.com

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  44. Your color choices just SCREAM out to me! I know what you mean about taking a deep breath and just going for it. It's so LIBERATING!! Beautiful job! I need more stencils! LOL

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  45. Loving the image which sits so perfectly with the background you've lovingly created.

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  46. I have seem this in real life. It is absolutely beautiful. A real piece of art. Beautifully executed. Where does she get her fantastic ideas?

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  47. For me there is some mistery in this card -- it's a great one !
    Fun that you added a picture of your inky hands, very good idea !

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  48. Love all the texture! and colour!

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  49. Love the inking fingers! I could take a very similar one today. Gorgeous project!

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  50. I so love your mixed media project! It's fabulous!

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  51. Beautiful... loved the colors and all the textures added.

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  52. Ohhh...I just want to run my hands over all that texture. Yum.

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  53. Gorgeous page! LOVe the colors you've used, and I also like that you show the different steps to achieve that!

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  54. Gorgeous! I love the composition, but I really love that picture :)

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  55. Oh, I need to spend a few days watching you create! Each blog post today has filled me with wonder and a desire to work even harder to learn everything I can. TFS

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  56. If this is the result of being brave when creating art, i need to work on that. Very cool art piece.

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  57. Very cool self-portrait....of sorts! Nice job.
    <3 J

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  58. Hi Toni
    Sorry I haven't visited for some time.
    Anyway, here I am today and WOW.
    Incredible texture on this piece, I want to reach out and touch it. Stunning creation.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  59. What beautiful texture and color! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  60. Oh. My. Gosh! Your page is just beyond words! Absolutely stunning!!!

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  61. I just LURVE this awesome page!! :)

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  62. LOVE the way you framed this gorgeous photo! Awesome texture and color too!

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