Thursday, 19 November 2015

Guest Designer at Stamps and Stencils

I can't describe how excited I am to be a Guest Designer at the brilliant Stamps and Stencils challenge blog, the team are so talented over there and to think…they asked me to join them for the day…well…!!!

Last January I made a little hanging of Grandad Billy (time flies as I thought it was only about 6 months ago!)
I always wanted to make one of my Grandma Emma but… know….!
When I found that this months theme at Stamps and Stencils was 'Remember, Remember' I immediately thought of her.

She was a very old fashioned lady, and I don't have many photos of her. This one was taken on a trip to the seaside, not sure where, but probably Skegness or Mablethorpe,that's me hanging onto Grandad Billy's hand and my younger brother holding Grandma Emma's. We would have got there by bus or train.
I edited a copy of the photo so that it was the right size.

I started off with a little pile of things I might use,(I changed my mind about some!!)
I covered the hanging with some torn encyclopaedia paper,
 added PA Fresco paint - Glassblue -through Tim's doily stencil,

painted over with PAF paint-Sky - I wanted the deeper blue to show through, 
and then dry brushed with PA Fresco pain- Vintage Lace. 
The next step was to decorate the hanging,
I stamped a film strip onto it to reflect Grandad Billy's hanging
I used one of my my new finds - the Works have some stamps for £1 a set and they really are quite detailed and stamp well - I stamped flowers onto a piece of gel printed paper.
I also inked some Tim tape
These were then added to the hanging
I stamped some of the Works stamps around the top and bottom edges
Grandma's photo was mounted onto some card with edges distressed and the edge of the film strip stamped onto the photo.
I prepared some embellishments by painting with DecoArts paint and then rubbed some of it off with a baby wipe
 and assembled some bits and pieces

I stuck them on to reflect Grandas's hanging as near as I could!

I did find one more photo from our day trip, Grandma Emma did come onto the beach to sit in a deck chair, but she refused to take her hat and coat off. This was always the routine when we went to the seaside. 
She did take her spectacles off though, I think the first photo caught her unawares!
Can you see the Punch and Judy tent in the background?

I can remember the coat was a light blue and her hat was navy. This was her 'best' outfit, she wore a brown coat when we went to the 
Co-Op (or 'stores' as she used to call it) and when we went for the day when we got older we would go with her via the park.  

Once again, Thank You to the Stamps and Stencils team for inviting me.

I am entering in 

 Thank You for looking, Chris


Ruth said...

Thankyou so much Chris for joining us at Stamps and Stencils, I remember the Grandad Billy tag and this one matches perfectly! Fabulous layered background including elements like the film strip....and love all the photos and memories you've shared. Punch and Judy tents take me back and wearing Sunday best! Hugs Ruth xx

Lucyna Marynowska said...

Wow Chris, it is such a lovely way to remember your Grandparents!
Love both hangings!

Nikki Acton said...

Oh these are just wonderful Chris, a standout creation xxx

Valerie-Jael said...

Wonderful creation, congrats on being guest DT at stamps and stencil, hugs, Valerei

chrissie said...

Well deserved place as guest designer Chris.

Wonderful pair of pieces in honour of your grandparents.

Love Chrissie xx

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Gosh Chris, I can't believe it's been that long since you created the piece honoring your grandfather. And now you have a matching canvas honoring your grandmother, too. Both are wonderful, but as a guest designer, you have outdone yourself with this one. I'm always impressed with your art, and this is certainly no exception.

Congrats on the GD position and congrats on that lovely piece you made for it.

Pamellia Johnson said...

Congratulations on your guest designer spot, well deserved Chris!! I just love these wall hangs!Great choices for colours, blue is a favourite of mine! The little extra touches like the butterfly and those gears really create wonderful interest without pulling focus from the photos. Great memory keepers!

Thank you so much for joining us at Anything But Cute for our 'It's Ornamental' challenge! Hugs, Pamellia DT :)

WendyK said...

Just love both of your grandparent hangings, both full of texture and colour.

Helen said...

Congrats on your GD spot, Chris. Grandma Emma looks great in her blue tribute piece, to go with your Grandad.
May have to pay the Works a visit, not popped in my local one for ages!!

sheila 77 said...

I was totally fascinated by your description of how you made this, so many techniques and materials, and you got them all ready at the start too, how organised.
These two hangings are just gorgeous, what a great way to show the photographs.

Meggymay said...

A gorgeous project Chis, its lovely to have you as out Guest Designer.
Thank you for sharing your memories and the photos. It made me think about my grandparents, she used to go to the 'stores' as well.
Yvonne xx

butterfly said...

Such a lovely piece for your guest spot, Chris - congratulations! - and how wonderful it is to see the two of them together. Wonderful memories too.
Alison xx

Mrs.B said...

Congrats on the GD spot Chris and this is such a lovely hanging and matches Grandad's perfectly. A lovely way to treasure the memories.
Avril xx

froebelsternchen Susi said...

Just unique those hangers BOTH! Wonderful photos and memories as well Chris!

Sara Barker said...

Chris, I've really enjoyed reading your post, hearing about your memories of your Grandma Emma, and seeing how you put this hanging together. Love those blues, and the embellishments so feminine for your Grandma, as the gears are masculine for your Grandpa.

Thank you for joining us for our It's Ornamental challenge at Anything But Cute! Hugs! Sara Emily DT

Juliz Design Post said...

I remember your post with your Grandpa and loving it, but now you have added your Grandma along side on another hanging this will make a beautiful feature and talking point at your home. Gorgeous.
Julie x

Pawsitively Creative said...

Cherish is the perfect sentiment for this captured beauty. What a fantabulous way to make a keepsake for your dear Grandma. Those blues are gorgeous and the textures are awesome sauce. I really enjoyed your story to go along with this post, so very nostalgic! My Grandma is they same way with her clothes and going to Stores. Hehe! I bet these wall hangings will be a source of talk and memories for your family to share. Those stamps add such a lovely feel to this design. Bravo!

Thanks for joining in our "It's Ornamental" challenge at Anything But Cute. Hugz. ~Niki DT

Margik said...

Congrats on being guest DT, Chris! These projects are really gorgeous, the textures and details are stunning. Great memories too.
Hugs, Mar

Pandy Grenville-Evans said...

wonderful Chris

Strangely Creative said...

Hi Chris! Congratulations on your designer spot - looking at these projects it really is very much deserved. I love what you have done and they look so beautiful hanging together. That picture does look like Skeg - and the beach one is it Great Yarmouth! We have those Skeggy ones with Grandma and Grandad on them - so lovely. Cxx (FA for November at Anything but Cute)

Sarah Anderson said...

Congratulations on your GD spot - very well deserved. Love your photos and the tag is gorgeous xx

Cec said...

These are such wonderful wall hangings and are sure to keep your memories of your Grandparents alive. I love all the painting and stamping you used to create the background for the blue one and the feminine embellishments you added are perfect. I love that you tied the colour palette to your memory of her clothes. Thanks for joining us at Anything But Cute.

Samra Leshinski said...

Wonderful keepsakes!
Thank you so much for joining our It's Ornamental challenge at Anything But Cute!

Samra DT
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