Thursday, 7 July 2011

Getting out of the doldrums!

I received my monthly email newsletter from UK stampers - with a Vintage Challenge in it.  I took a look at the links and decided to have a go.   It's taken me a few days - and I think it's kicked me out of the doldrums and hopefully back into crafting.
There was a 'recipe' of things to use - some of which were a vintage image.  Which you can see above. I have enhanced it with inks, and sewn on an embroidered piece of lace embellished with sequins.

As cards seem to be my downfall, I decorated an old cardboard box and turned it into a jewellery box for a necklace a friend made for me.
  I covered it with really old vintage material which I enhanced in places with ink to give it depth and more colour.
Other elements I included from the 'required' list are a vintage shirt button in the top left hand corner, a scrap of frayed vintage ribbon which I have stamped, and I have edged around the box with vintage lace - I had just enough to go around it, and I 'curled' it over the lid to make a frame.

When I started out the old material and image looked flat and faded and, well ordinary, but with the addition of the inks I painted on here and there, it seemed to come to life, and I was rather pleased with the enhancements to the face, bonnet and ribbons, shawl, little flowers on her dress, and the addition of the pretty lace.

I added quite a bit of shading to the roses, and some of the leaves, and I found a little butterfly at the bottom which had faded so gave that some ink tinting with a combination of the rose colours.

Thank you so much for looking and leaving comments - I have been 'away' from blogging for so long, I thought you would have all forgotten me!


15 comments:

Christine B. said...

Oh Lottie this is beautiful. I love how you have added the lace onto her and added the inks. She looks really pretty. It's a lovely jewelley box. I always liked your cards when you made those too. Hugs x ChrisB

maggie said...

Hooray you're back in the groove! I have missed your lovely vintage themed projects. Beautifully constructed as usual. Looking forward to seeing many more.

Maggie

Sandie said...

How could we forget you?
The box is lovely, you're really getting in to this embellishing.

Keep it up!

Sandie xx

Wax Beach Artist said...

She is a beauty and you did her justice. I love your box.

Jo Capper-Sandon said...

Un-forrrrrrrr-gettable.........

thats what yoooooooou arrrrrrre....

lol I won't sing any more lol, its a bit to early in the morning for that lol

Heyyyyy, you are certainly back on a roll. I think this is what you do best. Vintage collage stylee. Love it, especially the tactile additional lace and the additional colours.

Lottie said...

Oh my goodness - thank you all so much - what a lovely surprise to first thing in the morning.


I'll be 'getting artistic' with four carrier bags full of broad beans and a box of mushrooms - all of which I have to process and freeze. Not so pretty but rewarding when it's all done!

melsanford said...

Oh this is beautiful! Love 'n' hugs, Mel xx

Magpie's Mumblings said...

So pretty! You might have been in the doldrums but you've come out with a real flair.

Shairon said...

Lottie, this is so gorgeous and so you! Love how you have enhanced the image, such imagination! Great to have you back in creative mode. xx

Lynn Stevens said...

Wow, its Gorgeous, Love your vinage artwork.

Thanks for entering my giveaway and best of luck.
hugs Lynn

Ginger said...

This is lovely Lottie, glad you might be coming back to the world of blog, I have missed seeing your creations.
G x

Ati. said...

This box turned out lovely, Lottie!

lori vliegen said...

hi lottie! wow......you took a handful of supplies and turned them into something gorgeous!! your new jewelry box is beautiful! xox

Netty said...

Thank you for visiting me today Lottie and so glad you did as I get to see your wonderful creation, so lush. x

Flo said...

Beautiful Lottie love the butterfly toooutiva