Saturday, 19 May 2012

Wonderful weekend!

What's French for something that isn't what it appears to be? Well that's what Isabelle asked everyone on the Craft Barn blog at the end of last week, now I knew the answer but even I had to think for a moment!!

Hello there and welcome, Yes it's FAUX you knew all along didn't you (:0)
Here is my card and I chose to use faux enamelling, I stamped and embossed with gold embossing powder. After it had cooled I painted with cheap bleach, being very careful not to inhale the fumes or spill it. When dry I painted with distress ink and finally used Diamond Glaze to give dimension and the enamel finish.
There are more pictures on the Craft Barn Blog and so many different faux finishes too. The DT team have been really inventive this week.

I used
Diamond Glaze
Butterfly Kisses stamps, Roses (again! Love them :)
Frantage Aged Gold Embossing Enamel
Distress ink, Barn Door

Well I'm back from my hols:0) Hubby and I travelled to Italy and went to see Arezzo, Sienna, Florence, Rome and Assisi. We had a fabulous time but it was absolutely exhausting, I think we walked for most of the week, my knees are groaning LOL
This is a wonderful ceiling from an historic building in the centre of Florence and I loved it more than all the rest, except for the Sistine of course!

This is me, in the centre of Rome, taking a well earned rest after lunch and getting ready for another long walk!!!! It was worth it though.

Whilst I was in Rome I met up with Giovanna my DT team mate from the Craft Barn! It was excellent, we had an Italian ice cream, yum yum and a few giggles too and she gave me a beautiful heart that she had made, soo clever, wish I could sew like this

WOW It's gorgeous!!! I am a very lucky lady:0)

I'm making my way down my comments list and will visit you soon, have a wonderful weekend my friends, Gay x


Cheryl said...

oh Hun what brilliant post,love what you have created that enamelling work,s brilliant glad you had a great holiday Hun hugs Cherylxxxxxxx

Stamps and Paper said...

Fabulous card Gay lovely rich colours and it doesn't look faux at all


Karin said...

wow beautiful, a real piece of art!
Have a nice weekend!

craftattack said...

Looks like you had a great holiday. My daughter was born in Rome, as I was staying there at the time. Love your embossed card, too! Valerie

Doreen said...

So glad you had a good holiday...a wonderful ceiling photo and what a lovely present.....Your card Gay is stunning as

Evil Edna said...

oh wonderful card and sounds like you had a brillant time in Italy, the ceiling pic is beautiful. In the Sistine did you see the man being biten by a snake? I laughed out loud when I saw it - apprentley it was the artists' response to critics!EE

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Wow, your card is stunning, love the texture, very creative ! The ceiling photo is quite something and your heart gift is beautiful. Wish I could sew like that too (to find the time would be difficult as well). Have a great weekend, Shirley

Christine said...

Fabulous card Gay! I love the colours! Nice picture from you in Rome!

Sandra (Stamping For Pleasure) said...

Fab card and super pictures. The weather looks like it was kind to you.

Sarn xxx

Karen said...

Gay that card is stunning. Fab effect, that ceiling is gorgeous too - would love to try and depict that in craft somehow! hugs Karen x

Jenny said...

This technique is new to me and it looks wonderful......good job you said its faux because it looks real enamelling to me and gorgeous metallic colours too :0)
Your holiday sounds wonderful.... Must be lovely soaking up the culture on foot :0)
Jenny x

Colleen said...

Fabulous technique, Gay! Very artsie. Love it!

So glad you had a wonderful holiday.


hazel said...

I'm glad you had a great holiday Gay and I love your card - what a great technique.
xxx Hazel.

Chris said...

Hi Gay! WOW to your faux enameling, absolutely beautiful, you're so clever to make it a one layer card as well, I don't how you do it and it's so gorgeous.

Loved your holiday pictures and it sounds like the perfect trip to me though I know how exhausting it can be :). Brilliant that you met up with Gio and the heart she made for you is beautiful too.

Chris x

Deborah Frings said...

Wow! This is stunning - it looks so much like enamel. I love the texture too, and the way you've used the bleach for the splash effect. Great work.

Your holiday sounds amazing - Italy is a place that I've always wanted to visit - and will do, eventually!!

Anonymous said...

Loved reading this post Gay. Sounds like you had a fabulous time! Whenever Dave and I go on holiday we walk for miles - in blistering heat, lol! I'm not a 'sit by the pool' person; I just love seeing the sights.

What a beautiful gift from your friend.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like an amazing holiday love your photos ! Your gift from your teamie is fantastic lucky you indeed ! As for your card well I never guessed faux either !! What a beauty and such an amazing technique simply stunning. So glad you are back with us now and take it easy with the old knees !

Faith A said...

It all looks so good and even a bit of sun and heat ay? Love that ceiling too and the heart is so beautiful, how thoughtful of her.

As for your card it's WONDERFUL, maybe even I could try this, 'cause I use a lot of bleach, perhaps if I just drop a few drops and glaze it? nah! it'll never look as good as yours :)

Gez said...

Beautiful card Gay.

Love hearing about your holiday my daughter did the south of Italy last year and said she would love to have gone further north. Only trouble was she was studying volcanoes and came home with a suitcase full of clothes smelling of sulphur!! Well worth it tho!!

Enjoy your heart it is beautiful..xx

Aileen said...

The enamelling is so effective! I bet it's very tactile.

Looks like you had a super trip. Great photos and what a lovely gift. x

Dotty Jo said...

You lucky lady, I adore Rome... please take me along in your suitcase next time!!! Glad you had a wonderful weekend, Jo x