Thursday, 7 May 2015

Three of a Kind ~ Stamps and Stencils ~ New Challenge.

It's time for our 2nd  challenge over at Stamps and Stencils but before I tell you more about this, I'd like to just thank every single person who took the time to upload a project for our 'Any Thing Goes' challenge and helped to make the launch of Stamps and Stencils, such a resounding success ! We had a whopping 135 entries. Make sure you tune in next Tuesday to see our winners post.

Ruth is our host this month and she has chosen 'Three of a Kind'. This is what Ruth has to say about the challenge......

'What we'd like to see is 3 of the same sort of focal element on a project so we don't just mean 3 buttons or small embellishments, it could be 3 flowers, 3 figures, 3 inspirational quotes....or thinking wider, if you're feeling adventurous you could do 3 ATC's, a trio of ATB's or maybe a triptych.'
I think you'll agree there's plenty of scope there ! So please, let your imagination run wild and show us your 'Three of a kind'. You can see Ruth's fabulous project as well as plenty of luscious inspiration from the rest of the design team over on the Stamps and Stencils blog

I've put together this mixed media panel, utilizing a piece of corrugated card as my substrate. I've used embossing paste through stencils by Tim Holtz and Creative Expressions, in the background......
I added more texture by sprinkling Creative Expressions Micro Beads onto matte gel.
Really love this technique ! Once everything was dry, I painted the surface with Distress Paint in a mixture of Antique Linen and Frayed Burlap. I then used Vintage Photo Spray to add 'depth' to the stenciling and after more drying time, I highlighted the stenciling and glass beads with Treasure Gold Paste in Spanish Topaz, Aquamarine and White Fire.
The three hearts are made of card, with embossed foil wings. The surfaces have been treated with Wendy Vecchi's Faux Granite Ware technique. This is great fun to do and if you haven't already tried it., you can find full details on Wendy's blog with this link A few embellishments, some faux rust finished cogs and a doodle of rusty wire around the edge, complete the panel.
Now, as a little treat for one lucky person, I will be giving away this handy little palette knife for one of the entries, chosen at random, for this month's Three of a Kind Challenge. I discovered these in my local Debenhams store. They're actually used for decorating cakes, but I've found mine to be the perfect tool for applying a layer of 'streak free' embossing paste. The winner will be announced both here and on the Stamps and Stencils blog, at the end of the challenge. 
All that remains is for you to go and get crafting and share your 'Three of a Kind' projects with us over at Stamps and Stencils. You'll find full details and the challenge rules over on the blog. Happy Days everyone ! x


  1. Love it Toni, keep going back to have another look at all the details...
    Sharon xx

  2. What a stunning project Toni, I love the faux granitware hearts, they look amazing with the metal wings and those micro beads give some lovely added texture - must treat myself to some now! A truly beautiful creation. Anne x

  3. A stunning DT make Toni, with lots of wonderful textures and the pop of colour on your hearts makes this so special.
    TFS and crafty hugs Annie x

  4. Fantastic project Toni ! Love all the texture and those little beads are yummy ! The faux graniteware technique looks fabulous on your hearts too ! Sue C x

  5. Awesome!!! LOVE the vintage background and love the pops of color on the heart! COOL piece!

  6. A gorgeous project, super textures and I love how you used the tiny beads.
    Yvonne xx

  7. Such a fabulous combination of corrugated card, beads and cogs give such a wonderful backdrop to those stunning hearts. The granite ware technique is superb with those wings...perfect! Ruth x
    ooh and what a lovely treat for a lucky entrant!

  8. What an amazing DT piece loving all the details especially the microbeads.
    Julie x

  9. this is gorgeous and love all those textures with the coloured hearts against it x

  10. toni- fabulous make!! I love how you incorporate so many elements and meld them perfectly!! Gorgeous,my friend! xo

  11. Wowzer - just love all that grungy texture, and how the vivid hearts pop against the soft neutral tones - completely fabulous, Toni!
    Alison xx