Sunday, 5 December 2010

The big smoke

Hi all

As it is like an ice rink out there today I have spent the day crafting and cleaning (obviously the former was more pleasurable). Before I get onto today's post and creation I just wanted to thank the DT over on Let's Ink it Up for choosing my Advent Calendar as a top 3 in their recycling challenge! Wow I am chuffed an honoured, especially as it was a load of rubbish (well that's what is was made from not what it ended up as - I hope).

Thought I'd have a break from all the Christmas projects I have made recently and had a play altering a canvas, got lovely inky and messy fingers, just need to try and get it all off before work tomorrow lol!
I was inspired by this months theme over on Sir Stampalot which is Travel the World!! With all the stunningly beautiful places in the world to choose from, Maldives, Seychelles, Goa etc, where did I pick??? LONDON lol! Well they say there's no place like home and although I no longer live there I spent many happy year stomping around the streets of London.

I have used loads of distress inks on this one, mainly Vintage photo, fired brick and blue denim. I edged the canvas using tissue paper which I firstly coloured with distress inks then stamped on a map (PaperArtsy). The buses (Personal Impressions) were masked and then coloured in using promarkers, policeman (Personal Impressions) was masked and stamped onto paper coloured with distress inks. Portobello Road 9Personal Impressions) street sign was stamped onto mount board and triple embossed as was the phone box (coloured with promarkers). Crown (Tim Holtz Regal flourish) was embossed onto mount board and gems added for a bit of bling. Watch, cogs and watch face were from my lovely neighbour who collects bits and bobs for me when she does house clearances, key charm used as clock hand. underground map was printed from the Internet. The time stamp which shows Greenwich Mean Time (PaperArtsy) was stamped and then coloured using distress inks, Time charm is by Tim Holtz and held in place with a winder from an old broken watch. The watch straps were made using grunge paper, vintage photo distress inks and some scrapbooking work stickers.

I am also entering this into the following challenges:

Fussy and Fancy Friday - Anything but a card
Totally Stampalicious - Anything goes
OSAAT - Old stash new stash (new is mount board and old is tissue paper)


  1. Wow Sarah ..this is stunning. I am speechless .... and that takes some doing lol
    I just love all the different elements and i can tell you so enjoyed making it
    Keep warm
    Lisa ;)

  2. Wow, stunning piece of work Sarah. Such a beautiful mix of images and embellishments!! I just love this. Thanks for sharing at Sir Stampalot this month. Hugs

  3. Fantastic Sarah I love this it encompasses all the great things about London. Hugs Pascale

  4. Fantastic canvas, loving all the detail on it :)

  5. Hi Sarah,
    Sorry for not commenting for a while - I have been popping by but it has been quite late and my computer keeps loosing internet connection! - I love this collage picture - truely British - stiff upper lip ey what?
    Hugs Sarah

  6. oh wow hun this really is amazing gosh you have put so much work into this hun,and it really shows wow an amazing piece of work hun just love it hugs cheryl xxxxx

  7. Gorgeous creation, thanks for joining Sir Stampalot’s challenge, good luck.
    Happy crafting
    Tracy x

  8. Hi Sarah

    What a fabolous piece of work, fabolous for our theme this month.

    Thanks for joining in at Stampalot Challenge this month and good luck.

    B x

  9. Lovley pice! This collage is soo cool, and I love your attention to details! So much to look at!
    Thank yuo for sharing over at Sir Stampalot this month and good luck!
    Happy crafting
    Lina xxx

  10. Oh wow! This is a stunning work of art Sarah. I'm quite speechless. Many thanks for entering it into the Sir Stampalot "Travel the World" challenge this month.
    Clare x

  11. Wow wee Sarah, this is just so so impressive. it fits the bill perfectly, I LOVE IT.

    Thanks for joining us in the Sir Stampalot Challenge,good luck.
    hugs Chris xx

  12. WOW....sweetie this is amazing you have put sooo much work into it, it must of took you ages & long time. I love it tho & altho I've never been to London I have seen it on TV lol & it truly depicts London & us Brits.
    Take care hun, hope you are keeping well.

    Lotsa hugs Vicky xxx

  13. A total stunner by a fellow DT teamie ( on CCW ) As always Sarah a beautiful creation !!

    Thankyou for sharing with us at OSAAT for our new stash/ old stash challenge. Good Luck !!

    Choccy xx

  14. wow Sarah this is stunning!! Thanks for joining in our Old Stash New Stash challenge this week at One Stitch at a Time! Gemma :)
    P.s. Check out my yummy blog candy here, closes 12/12!!

  15. This is stunning, what a great piece of work. Thanks for joining us at OSAAT this week

  16. I think your project is stunning! I have a difficult time combining all those elements! I take great inspiration from your canvases! Thanks!
    JanG. Warm and cozy in Arizona! You must visit some time!

  17. Wow Sarah this is fabulous, I love the theme and all the elements you have used.
    Thanks for sharing it with us at OSAAT this week.
    I hope to get you parcel in the post tomorrow afternoon (Thursday)
    luv {brenda} xox

  18. Wow, Sarah! This is Stunning work! Thanks for sharing with us at Sir stampalot and good luck!

  19. Wow, what a fantastic project. Thanks for sharing with us at Fussy and Fancy.

  20. A beautiful creation
    with wonderful details, thanks for joining us at Sir Stampalot this month and good luck!

  21. Hi Sarah, just saw this on the Sir Stampalot blog and my jaw dropped. Totally awesome creation so I had to pop over and say so and congratulations too.


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