Sunday, 17 August 2014

Inspired by Helen Chiltern at PaperArtsy

Good Morning and welcome to Magpieheaven! This post has to be a quick one, as the greengages have ripened in the Magpie Garden and today has to be spent in cooking greengage tarts! I've been so busy creating art dolls for Mary Jane Chadbourne's wonderful workshop over at The Artful Gathering that I'd lost all track of time. However, I just had to have a go at Helen's lovely, quick make at PaperArtsy, which I would like to link up today: you can find out all about it here. I think these little Stampbord handbag danglies would make brilliant gifts! I wish I'd had time to create more, but the greengages were demanding my attention! Anyway, tomorrow is another day! I decided to back mine with some scraps of paper from my stash. All my Chatsworth is gone, but I think it would make the perfect backing, if you have it.
I glued my Stampbord to some House of Zandra paper and then trimmed and sanded the edges to give a clean edge.
I then gave an aged appearance to my stampbord pieces, using Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain, Fired Brick, Squeezed Lemonade and a little Victorian Velvet. I stamped over the paper with some beautiful Sara Nauman script from her new PaperArtsy stamps, using Stazon.
I just had time to make two before getting started on the pastry! Here are the backs!
Here are the fronts. It was fun rummaging through my bits and pieces to find embellishments, even if it was against the clock! I really want to do some more of these when I have more time! I chose the Lynne Perrella images that she collected on an exploration of a Paris market, so I carried through the Parisian theme on my second one, using part of a broken pendant bought by me from another market - Spitalfields in London's East End. This was the first time I'd ever used Stampbord and I really loved it! Scraping away was great fun! In the future I'd like to experiment with borders and bolder scraping away; as I really was hurrying to finish these! I used distressed seam-binding instead of chain, but I would definitely make some more with chain.
These ladies of letters will remind me to 'Live my Dream' as they jingle and turn on my handbag! I wonder if they were able to live their dreams back in nineteenth century France? Thank you Helen and PaperArtsy for such a fun, quick and beautiful little project. These are going to find their way into some stockings come Christmas! Thank you so much for stopping by today! I'll be back with my fourth art doll soon, so please do try and visit and meet her, as she has quite a story to tell!

22 comments:

  1. oooooo! I love your danglies!! They are just what I need to make for some gifts!! Thank you Julie Ann!! Please tell me what Greengage tarts are? sounds delightful! ") hugs to you sweet lady! ")

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  2. Oh so lovely your dangles are in every detail...
    they remind me of tarts in a way...full of goodness...
    thanks to you I now have tarts on my mind...
    had to look up "greengages" and oooo my Mutti used to make Italian Plum cake (Zwetchenkuchen) that was such a treat...your tarts must be gorgeous!!!
    oxo

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  3. Oh this is stunning Julie Ann! Lovely Lp images and colours, I love the fab charms too!! xx

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  4. Hello Miss Julia Anne, I was wondering what was going to inspire you at Paperarts, well these are gorgeous quick makes, I can wait to see what you do with them when you have more time, love the paper, the colors and the stamps, they must look TOO KOOL on your bag. I had to google what Greengage were, I bet they will be yummy, we grow lots of Damson's here, I used to make jam with them. I wanted to tell you Penny Nuttall rolling pin creation has got me all fired up, I'm going to make a scroll, love it, Hope you have a wonderful weekend you cute little tart maker you :O), ((( BIG HUGS)))..

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  5. They are delicious Julie Ann. i have never used or owned stampbord so must have a go too. xx

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  6. So, you broke into the stampbord at long last! And what a result! These are exquisite! Amazing that it is your first go, just when I was being rude about you that we would have to nag you to try it! I am just using up the last of my chatsworth so I shall place an order now so I can give you half when I see you next week!

    Lucy x

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  7. Ooooh fabulous and great dangley bits. Have no idea what greengage is, but have fun cooking xxx

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  8. Firstly, lucky you to have greengages in your garden!! Secondly, I love your pendants, they look fantastic.

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  9. Julie Ann these are lovely!! really they are. I love how you turn all your blog posts into a lovely story :) we had a greengage tree in the garden but it was cut down to make way for my craft shed...all the neighbours used to be queing up for them!! Have fun with your baking xx

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  10. These are beautiful Julie Ann, and what a great idea to back them too!
    Enjoy the tart!
    Alison xxx

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  11. These are just stunning, Julie Ann - amazing vivid colours and glorious embellishing. Hope you're enjoying your greengage tart-making... I'm off to do some catching up with what else you've been creating!
    Alison xx

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  12. These are fantastic. Love how you haven't centered the faces and great dangles. All our plums, not many this year, got blowed away last week. Am making dinners incorporating vast quantities of courgette, tomato, beans, potatoes and various cabbage from the garden. Yum yum. Have fun with your pies. Am going to try courgette cake later.........

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  13. Another lovely post, I do enjoy reading them. I love your charms they are gorgous and theybarebsucj fun to make xxx

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  14. These are gorgeous Julie Ann,I can imagine how fab they look on a bag. I was getting confused between gooseberries and greengages for a moment!

    Hugs
    Donna xx

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  15. Your charms are beautiful Julie Ann, stampboard was fun wasn't it! xx

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  16. Delightful! You're so right, they would make brilliant gifts!

    I'd never heard of greengages before, had to google them--they sound delicious!

    :)

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  17. Lovely Stampbord makes Julie Ann! I like to cover the backs too and those papers look beautifully co-ordinated with the colours and images on the fronts. I find scraping highlights into Stampbord very addictive and relaxing and usually choose images that can accommodate lots of scraping, lol! I agree these would make lovely gifts.

    Hugs
    Lesley Xx
    Lesley Xx

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  18. Such Beautiful charms Julie Ann, I adore the images & fabulous colours...These will make lovely gifts...Have a happy week ahead... Hugs May x x

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  19. If you love your Stampboard you might like to see if you can find blog posts by Glenda Waterworth before she became Chocolate Baroque. It was Glenda who inspired me to use Stampboard, some of her techniques are fabulous.

    Your SB charms are very lovely Julie Ann, always enjoy seeing your spin on the PA projects:-) xxx

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  20. Beautiful! Great colour choices! Jealous of your greengages - hope you enjoyed your pies!! Chrisx

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  21. Stampbord is lovely to work with although I tend to have phases. This year I had a wee phase playing with it and actually used Lynne Perrella stamps to create a keychain. Here stamps are so well suited to the smaller Stampbord dimensions.
    I love the colours on both pieces, coloured so perfectly and those little additions of the broken jewellery, especially relating to a market, well they do say that life is in the details. Beautiful creations as always.
    Wishes
    Lynne

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  22. Wow wow wow absolutely gorgeous hangings, I have loads of stampboard I really should use them more often. I really love the rustic colour I'm totally in love with it. Kezzy :-) xxx

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