Sunday, May 16


This month on Lets Get Shabby, the challenge was to create a layout using the quilt below as our inspiration

I love the challenges on this blog because it takes me out of my comfort zone. As a result, I have fun trying out different techniques to achieve a "shabby" look, whether it be a layout or an OTP project.

This month when I saw our challenge, I knew I had the perfect photos for a layout. Last year I was visiting my Sydney grandchildren and went along to their play group where these photos were taken. I wanted to created a patchwork country side with a fresh air and sunshine feel.

I tied a rope around my waist and dove into my fabric collection and found 5 different fabrics to create the patchwork country side. These are machine stitched and I ruffed up some of the edges to resemble grass. The path is paper from the Bo Bunny Lunch Sack Plaid range which I have had in my stash for some time. I grunged it up a bit with Tim Holtz Distress Ink - walnut stain.

The sun was printed on the background paper and I wanted to give it a 3D look. So I cut it out, and used Kindy Glitz on the rays and Dimensional Magic on the face. I then cut out a slightly larger sun shape from a warm yellow paper and adhered it to covered the hole. Then I used dimensional foam to adhere the sun.

A close up of the knot in the tree trunk.

I would have liked to use wire for the vine but as I didn't have any, I cut very fine strips of dark green cardstock and wound the ends around a paper piecer to give me the curls. I then added tiny glass beads to the centre of the flowers. The picket fence, I made from cardstock.

Since Hamish is looking a something to his left, I cut out a cute little bunny and I added it to the layout. The little bling flowers have embroidered stems.

Initially I was going to put in a barn but since the play group is held in the church grounds, my barn became a church. LOL Then I noticed that the challenge image also has a church - perfect !!! The trees, I cut out of left over fabric.

In the second image of Hamish, he is looking up into the tree so ofcause a little birdie had to be sitting up on the branches. (my art teacher always says that you need something red on your project - so this one is for her) hehehehehehehe The tree is made of felt with a few punched out leaves.

When I finished the layout, I didn't have anywhere suitable for journaling, so I created another layer for the tree, attached it to a journaling card and now it sits tucked away out of sight.

I would like to take this oppurnity to thank you for your patience. I know that this post is a long one. Now I am not admiting to anything, but, I occasionally have been accused of being a bit of a chatter box. lol

Thanks for stopping by,

Hugs, Irene xx


LuvLoz said...

Wow, what a fantastic LO. I wouldn't have been game to tackle the challenge of doing something based on the quilt and here you have excelled.

ann said...

"""Fantastic """ take on the challenge

aussiescrapper said...

Wow, this is just magnificent Irene, every little details is so thought about and perfect with it's depiction of that gorgeous quilt. wow is all I can say. Melxx

Julie said...

Wow just love all the detail that has gone into your project. Thanks for playing along with us at shabby.

Lean said...

Thanks for your comment on my blog what you did with the shabby challenge great work.

Ruth said...

Hi Irene.....your Art teacher will be so proud of you!!
You have really gone outside your comfort zone and filled the page with so many references to what was obviously a lovely day out with Hamish, I love the whole quilted feel to it and the church is super cute too!!

Thanks for playing along with us at Shabby:)

Deb said...

WOW! Irene.....this is fabulous. I have so enjoyed looking at all the detail pics on how you have achieved this gorgeous creation. Perfect take on the challenge.

Toni said...

Irene, This is so CREATIVE!!!! What a great lo!!!! Thanks for playing with ust at SHABBY!!!!

Lou said...

WOW this an amazing take on the challenge Irene! Well done! and soo much work!
Lou xx

mandysea said...

Oh my!!! I felt like I just went on a journey with you!!! Thats sooo fabulous!! And thats what Quilts are all about - the journey!!
THanks so much for playing along with Shabby!

Angela Weimer said...

Beautiful layout. I love all the details you put into it and the colours are great. Thanks for sharing Angela

Jenneke said...

WOW, you have been soooo creative!!! I LOVE this project, GREAT details!

THanks so much for playing with us at Shabby!


zandra said...

Fabulous layout! Great take on the challenge!
Hugz, Z

Deb said...

Congratulations on your HM Irene....your LO is beautiful.

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