Sunday, 15 January 2012

Vintage Beautiful Boudoir Bliss

I've been so busy making other things I almost didn't make this challenge in time...

How timely and how beautiful this Shabby Tea Room inspiration photo is.

I recently got some free clear stamps with a craft magazine. It had a tailor's dummy in it which I couldn't wait to use.

And since part of the challenge was to use a sewing related embellishment ...what better than a tailor's dummy. I printed it in bronze ink on some paper I had painted a sort of duck egg blue. Also included is a piece of lace and a button which I had which were the perfect colour. Of course, I also just had to use my Sew-Easy tool to make the holes for the sewing on the edge of the paper.

(the second photo was before it was assembled)

This photo shows more detail of stamp...

Unfortunately it doesn't feel like it will last long ...although it is a clear stamp it is very jelly-like and I am certain to break or damage it in some way ..if not from overuse. See I just had to use it inside the card as well!

The tag is a standard office supplies tag to which I added a punched butterfly stamped with a Kars butterfly stamp. Amazingly for those of us on a tight budget they do some small packs of stamps for a couple of pounds. I can't resist buying a new set each time I visit the craft shops.

The project was begging for one of those miniature white frame embellishments to be used as there are a couple of white ornate frames in the inspiration photo and also lots of ornate carving on the chest of drawers. Since I didn't have any of those frames and unlikely to get to the shops to buy one I decided to try to re-create similar using stuff I already had. So I used some finely corrugated card for the frame and for the ornate carving on the frame I used some plastic foliage which I once blagged from a homewares store. They were moving their display of artificial flowers and lots of bits had fallen on the floor and were being swept up I asked if I could have some! I painted the whole thing with white acrylic paint and voila! you can almost hardly tell the difference.

The 'canvas' background for the frame was something from an earlier experiment gone wrong (watercolour paper scrunched and stained with tea - see here) - never throw anything away!

Joy - the name of the woman whose boudoir this is has done some altered art herself and cut out the original picture from the frame and placed in a rose - something which she clearly loves.

I love these roses - they look good enough to eat. The packet just bears a company sticker with 'Sweet Lilac' printed on it.

The polka dot paper is Melissa Frances Fifth Avenue and the other paper which is like an image of some fabric is Laura Ashley paper. The pink rose and the polka dot paper adds a hint of contrast colour to an otherwise almost monochromatic scheme.

All in all a fantastic challenge with a beautiful photo for inspiration. The photo shows a boudoir as it should be - beautiful and blissful and shabby and vintage all at the same time.

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