Monday, 23 March 2015

Live, laugh, Love.

Hello my crafty friends. I am soooo going to enjoy this week as I am on annual leave. Hubby, alas, is not BUT I won't let that stop me. I have some crafty plans and the garden/field needs attention so no chance of being idle!!

 To kick off, I have a bit of an experiment to share. I have looked on in awe at the fabulous other crafty stuff that is so lovingly showcased and thought I would have a go at decorating a wooden heart that has been in my "have a go at" pile for some time.


To begin with I sanded off the varnish to give a key for the paste that I made using Pamellia's recipe, I used the "sticky" recipe so that the glamour dust would adhere...and it did!! Big tick there then!! 
Then it was merely a case of deciding just what to do with it. My colleague is retiring soon (after 30 years!!) and I wanted to make her a keepsake so went with an inspirational quote in the form of a freebie stamp. As you can see, more of my flowers have been used together with some cheesecloth and ribbon. The frantage got an outing and a long forgotten Cheery Lynn die provided the foliage. 

Some suitable challenges to play

Little Red Wagon #281 - All tied up
Pile it on #61 - Sentiment as the focal point
Sweet Stampin - Use a sentiment as the focus
Crafty Catz #271 - No design papers

Thanks for stopping by today, I appreciate your time xx

45 comments:

Sue Nicholson said...

Beautiful creations, have a great week off cheers Sue N x

Pamellia Johnson said...

Wow Sarah, I am blown away!! This is just outstanding! I absolutely love what you did with my sticky paste recipe (thanks so much for the shout out!)! The cheesecloth is such a wonderful shabby touch and your flowers and bows are just brilliant! I love the touches of Frantage and glitter, what a gorgeous transformation this wooden heart made!

PINNED IT!!! hugs :)

Jo said...

So, so gorgeous....your colleague is a lucky lady! hope you manage lots of crafty time while your off!
hugs Jo x

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aussie aNNie said...

Hi Sarah, this is fabulous. Love heart shaped goodies and what you have done here is just gorgeous. Love the sentiment and the red and white adds a touch of class.xxx{The Journey is the Start – my personal blog}

brenda said...

Just beautiful Sarah, beautiful work and you should be suitably happy with your venture into altered art.

Enjoy your week's leave.

B x

Sue said...

Hi Sarah this is totally gorgeous! I'm here with my DT head on lol thanks for joining us at Sweet Stampin' this week huggles Sue xxxxxxxx

Julie B said...

So pretty Sarah, I recognise that sentiment!
Hope you are making the most of your day off and it's better weather than the mizzle that we have. There is promise of sun later! :)

Sue said...

What a lovely idea,I am sure your colleague will treasure this gorgeous keepsake.
Hugs xx

Sue said...

This is so beautiful Sarah, such a lovely design and gorgeous detailing.
I hope you have a good week.
Sue xx

Irene said...

Absolutely stunning Sarah, your colleague will be thrilled to receive it.
Enjoy the rest of your holiday.

luv
irene
xxxx

Lisa xx said...

Oh Sarah, what a gorgeous keep sake. ...im sure ut will be something that your colleague will treasure.

Enjoy your time off xx

Furrbster said...

What a great idea! Have a great week off
Hugz Tinz

Patricia said...

Oh! My! Word! Sarah that is one stunning gift.
Your friend will love and treasure it.
Enjoy your time off
Patricia x

Jenny L said...

Hi Sarah,
oh this is so lovely, and the recipient is going to be so pleased with you.
Wonderful sentiment, and a very lovely design.
Hope you have lots of crafty fun on your week off.
Look out before you know it ,it's time for back to work again.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Chrissy said...

Beautiful Sarah..love the red and white and all the details are gorgeous..this will be a treasured gift for sure..fabulous. Have a wonderful week off..mine is coming up in 3 weeks..

luv CHRISSYxx

Debs said...

Totally stunning Sarah and is sure to be treasured.
Love it :o)
Debs xx

Susan Renshaw said...

Love your altered heart! Have a good holiday! Thanks for sharing with Crafting from the Heart...

Laine said...

Fabulous heart project Sarah. Enjoy your holiday. Hope the weather keeps fine.
Laine
xx

Inkyfingers said...

Wow - I'm speechless at how beautiful this is Sarah!!! It's so elegant and well put together, and your flowers are gorgeous. She is going to be thrilled with it.
Enjoy your week off and don't work too hard!
Hugs
Carol x

Annette said...

I really must get out my Frantage again. Love your heart hanger. Lovely sentiment too.
Hugs
Annette
xx

Whisper said...

Aaaah absolutely fabby and i'm sure your work colleague with love it too.

Have a good week off - although i'm not sure what the weather is going to be like though, Luv Sam x

Doreen said...

Love the fab image ,this is gorgeous.xxx

Sue said...

Sarah, this is absolutely gorgeous...you are really talented...I just love it...
Sue...xxx
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Lynsey said...

Hi Sarah, what a stunning make! This is so pretty! I hope you have a lovely week off work!
Hugs Lynsey x

Lucy Woods said...

Oh I love it Sarah!! I have a wood heart in my to do pile too!
And I have live laugh love in Chinese tattooed on the top of my back!
Love the red colours! So pretty!!
Lucy x

Lucy Woods said...

Ps your title says love laugh love lol xx

Carol S. said...

Someone is going to be a lucky lady. A gorgeous gift and keepsake. Hugs, Carol S.xx

Chris said...

Your altered heart looks amazing! Enjoy your week off!
Thanks for joining us at Sweet Stampin' this week.
Chris
X

nnalorac said...

Lovely wall hanger Sarah, have these to do things too and never seem to get round to playing with them, doesn't stop me buying more!! Enjoy your break, Im sure you will manage to find plenty to do without hubby. Carol xx

CRAZYCRAFTSHED said...

Beautiful Sarah thank you for joining us this week at Crafty Catz
Dianne x CC DT

Hazel said...

Sarah, I love your altered heart, what a beautiful gift. Enjoy your time off. If this lovely weather keeps up. Up you will be able to go riding without being weighed down with to many warm layers on. Hazel x

Kat W said...

Oh, this is delightful! I love the Kraft and red combo and the pretty flowers :-)
A fabulous retirement gift!

Fab inspiration for me since I have that pile of hearts awaiting decoration!

I hope you have a lovely week off - crafting and gardening sounds awesome to me :-D

Big hugs, Kat xx

Pollard Carole said...

This is just amazing love your design and I know that sentiment was a freebie but its one of my favourites as well. A stunning project enjoy the rest of your week away from work love and hugs Carole x

Wishcraft said...

Oh it looks fabulous Sarah! Love love love that gorgeous gingham bow :o) Hugs, Lisa x

Asha said...

Oh my word!!!! What an amazing project, Sarah! LOVE the gingham detail and the flowers too. Enjoy your leave... doing what you love.
hugs, Asha

Natalia Smith said...

What a gorgeous heart decoration, beautiful design and love the sentiment x

Tracy Penney said...

This is beautiful and a create keepsake for your colleague. Thanks for joining this week's All Tied Up challenge at Little Red Wagon.

MaryH said...

Sarah this is wonderful. Hard to believe this is your 'kickoff' project because it's certainly so perfectly done. Love the gauzy look with the pretty red flowers and your retiring friend will love it - not only for the beauty of a handcrafted piece of art, but that wonderful sentiment you've added. Enjoy your time off...don't work too hard. TFS & Hugs

Jane Savage said...

Oh wowzers, Sarah this is stunning! I love the colour combo and wonderful sentiment! What a gorgeous gift for your colleague! She will adore it! xxx

Collette said...

Sarah, this is absolutely FABULOUS! I love every aspect of it. Thanks for sharing with us at the Little Red Wagon's All Tied Up challenge this week!

Michelle said...

Oh Wow Sarah - this is AMAZING - so much work has gone into this beauty and it was worth it - lovely colours and flowers! A winner for sure - hope you are enjoying your annual leave - Michelle x

cotnob said...

This is beautiful Sarah, such a wonderful gift for your colleague.
I hope you have a fabulous week.
Pauline
x

coops said...

so gorgeous sarah.fantastic shape and sentiment and i love the colours and gingham :D

xx coops xx

*Vicki* said...

What a beautiful piece of heart art Sarah!! Love that wonderful gingham here!! :) HUGS

Elizabeth Hart said...

Love this - what a wonderful feminine keepsake!! Thanks so much for joining us this time at the Pile it On challenge, Elizabeth (DT)