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Friday, 8 November 2013

Laughter is the best medicine

After a busy PaperArtsy start to the week, there's a more relaxed vibe here at Words and Pictures today.

I'm sharing a hanging combining some of the recent Artistic Outpost releases: the wonderful Hayride set, Chalkboard Wisdom and Chalk It Up.  The weather seems to have taken a turn for the wetter and colder, but I'm holding on to those last days of autumn sunshine in my crafting at least.






I started with a piece of cream mountboard, inking it up with Distress Inks, and then stamping the images in Archival ink.

The large frame is from the Chalk It Up plate, and seemed the perfect home for the Hayride boy.














The boy is stamped in Sepia, the frame is stamped in Potting Soil, and for the sentiment I applied both inks for a shaded look.












The vine holds its position as one of my new favourite stamps to use - just love these twining leaves.












I added some of my rusted embellishments - washers straight from the DIY store and some little resin roses - from a couple of months back.










The corrugated card in the background has had a rough coat of gesso, and then some Distress Ink daubed onto it.  And finally I clear-embossed it for a glossy wet look.  

A couple of eyelets (with a quick dab of paint to make them tone in), some rustic twine, and we're all set.






Thank you for stopping by today, and for all your amazing feedback on this week's creations.

It seems to be taking a while to recover from the last couple of months of frenzied activity, but I'm slowly working my way back to feeling a bit more human.  A few more early nights, and a bit more time at the craft table, and I'll get there.  Happy Crafting all!




A good laugh and a long sleep are the best cures in the doctor's book.
Irish Proverb

If you're too busy to laugh, you are too busy.
Proverb

Laughter is an instant vacation.
Milton Berle

43 comments:

Helen said...

I love the image you've used today, and some great touches with it.

Amanda said...

Brilliant make and great words just the prompt I needed this morning at the end of a difficult week
Love
Amanda x

brenda said...

Stunning and Inspirational Alison.

B x

Astrid Maclean said...

I always love your AO makes, and this one is no exception, wonderful hanging!

Deborah said...

Those stamp sets work so well together - and I always love those rusty touches.

chrissies said...

Stunning make with the stamps and a great three quotes to always think about :)

Have a wonderful day and laugh a lot

Love Chrissie x

Maggie said...

Gorgeous hanging and love the AO images you have used today

MaggieH

Hettie said...

Fabulous hanging Alison and I do so love that sentiment! Love the stamps you have used.
Hugs
xx

PS I was thinking about you last night as I was chopping down a box and painting it. I will be sharing it shortly!
xx

Coco said...

Gorgeous hanging with your - soooo - beautiful rusted embellishments !!... I project to follow your method and tute one day, but I need to find Rusting powder before... Hope you are well organized now in your new home! :) Hugs, Coco xx

Darlene said...

O I luv that stamp!!! I have never worked with cardboard....time for me to give it a try and I luv the outcome....

Chris Warner said...

A beautiful hanging Alison. Chris xxx

Redanne said...

A beautiful hanging Alison, love the corrugated background, the brilliant rusted cogs and roses and the images are wonderful. Hugs, Anne x

lynnesbowsandbelles said...

Those stamps are really quite something, maybe one day I might indulge but for the moment I am doing so good (see my shiny halo) as I am not buying stamps, trying to use the ones I have.
Gorgeous rustic vibe to your hanging which is so appealing.
Wishes
Lynne

sam21ski said...

Fabulous and love your rustic embellishments

Sam xxx

craftytrog said...

I love the way you used the two inks on the sentiment of this wonderful, rustic piece of art Alison.
Your post title is so true, I've been feeling grotty this week, but laughing with customers at work has done wonders.
Wishing you a creative & restful weekend,
Alison xxx

Rita said...

Fabulous hanging Jenny. I love everything about it. Hugs Rita xxx

Alie Hoogenboezem-de Vries said...

What a great hanging, gorgeous vintage feel Alison in great colours...stunning!

Sandy said...

You are very good at these hangings! I just had to go buy the "Chalkboard Wisdom" stamp. Too many good things to say! Now when you do something that makes somebody go and buy something, you know you have done something right!!!!!
Sandy

Dorthe said...

They are so wonderful, the stamps, and oh the shiny look of your wonderfully treated cardboard looks fantastic- such a beautiful hanger, Alison.
xo,Dorthe

Jennie Atkinson said...

Fabulous hanging Alison and I love that image! Have a lovely weekend x

cathylynn said...

A gorgeous wall hanging with just the right touch! Another fabulous creation by you! Love it!
Hugs, Cathy-Lynn

Meggymay said...

Beautiful hanging love the words.
Yvonne

craftimamma said...

Love the quote on your beautiful hanging design Alison and those rusty pieces are so effective.

Glad you're at last managing to take a bit of a breather.

Hugs
Lesley Xx

Terry said...

Love how you combined all the images! Gorgeous hanging and those rusty roses are to die for! Hugs!

Kate said...

Beautiful hanging! I love the rusty metal pieces. Gorgeous stamping.

Brenda Brown said...

A wonderful hanging, beautifully rich in texture, colour and imagery. Glad you are recovering and getting back into your art. Have a great weekend.
hugs {brenda} x0x

Julia said...

I love those rusted embellishments you use on your artwork and that Hayride stamp set is just lovely. I think it needs to go on my wish list. Great project and love the theme. x

Unni A said...

Fabulous hanging! Love the sentiment and the rusty details!
hugs, Unni

toni said...

Lovely hanging ! Love the colours and the rusty elements. Glad to hear you're getting back to 'normal ' ! X

Annie said...

Gorgeous make Alison. The stamped image is fabulous and I love the background
TFS Annie x

Nan G said...

Lovely as usual! I'm in love with your rust. Must give that a go again. Hugs

maria's knutselplezier said...

Wwow what a beautiful creation , I love the girl and the rusty elements, I don't have that produkct yet but it seems to give wonderfull results!!!

Greetings and have a nice weekend

Maria

Lucy Edmondson said...

This is absolutely fab; I love it!

Lucy x

Jools Robertson said...

Stunning piece, love the colours and textures and the border effect
The sentiment is great too!

Hugs

Jools x

Claire said...

Hi Alison, another lovely project! I love the stamps you've used - especially that twisting vine one and also the rusted embellishments are the perfect finishing touch! Claire x

Dianne said...

I looooove these hangers, from the corrugated frame,love the second frame with the vines, gorgeous,fabulous how you stamped it in the 2 shades of brown, the rustic rusty cogs, the rusted up twine, brilliant created project show casing the 3 sets of stamps perfectly. Laughter is the best medicine, a motto I like to live by. Thanks for sharing..

Mona Pendleton said...

Beautiful project Alison! Love the pretty painted cardboard and your rusty embellishments!

Bärbel said...

Die Tafel ist großartig gestaltet, die rostigen Scheiben, Zahnräder und Blumen sind wunderschön!
Liebe Grüße
Bärbel

Mrs.B said...

Gorgeous hanging - I love the quote.
Avril xx

Gio said...

This is lovely and the sentiment is so encouraging! Love those rusty details!

Silvia(Barnie) said...

That's a wonderful hanging, love the use of the corrugated cardboard.

Kezzy said...

Wow gorgeous hanging, I so love your vintage type creations and this again is truly amazing. Yes I bet your body has totally insisted on rest time, even If it's in the craft room. Hugs Kezzy :-) xxxxxx

Kasia said...

Love this hanging! It is wonderful :)