Thursday, 12 June 2014

Butterfly Shrine { with Hot Picks and Lynne Perrella Stamps by Kirsten Sheridan}

Hello! My name is Kirsten ,it is a thrill and an honour to be this evening’s guest designer on the PaperArtsy blog. (After all the drama and angst of my #3UP project last month, I wouldn’t have been surprised if the PA team had wanted nothing more to do with me!)  As anyone who knows me will tell you, I change my mind a lot. My finished piece is completely different to my original intention.

My idea was to make something in honour of the Summer Solstice, happening on June 21 and when I chose my daily oracle card on the day I began this project, I got the word ‘transformation’, with images of butterflies. It all seemed to fit together.


The base is the leftover wooden frame from my #3UP project. I used Grunge Paste through a stencil on the sides then I glued pieces of the Tim Holtz Trellis Frameworks die cuts to the sides, gessoed and sanded the entire frame then painted on a thin layer of Snowflake Fresco paint.

That was followed by a few coats of Pansy, I scraped on a thin layer of Crackle Glaze in a few areas. When that had dried I painted on more Snowflake and once everything had crackled and was thoroughly dry, I then sanded back all the edges and added Silver Treasure Gold.


For the back of the frame I die cut more Trellis from kraft card, adding varying amounts of Grunge Paste, painted all the pieces with Concrete Fresco, glued them onto a piece of acetate with Glossy Accents, then added Aquamarine Treasure Gold, for a verdigris effect.


I die cut some arches from  Smoothycard and used them to make a shrine, painting the pieces with Lilac and Pansy Frescos, adding crackle stamping and gold embossing. Onto this I mounted my Lynne Perella images from LPC 028. 

LPC028
These were stamped on to acetate with black Stazon and painted on the reverse with Nougat and Smoked Paprika for the face and  Zesty Zing, Yellow Submarine and Smoked Paprika. ( As smoked paprika is now a discontinued colour you could use it's replacement Autumn Fire) I built up thin layers of paint, trying to get a graduated effect and then covered the entire piece with a coat of Snowflake.


For the flowers and  leaves I used Lin Brown stencils, (ELB002, ELB004). I used a stencil brush for the flowers; this gave a slight feathered effect to the edges, which I liked. I used a white Signo Uniball pen on pale green vellum for the maple leaves and a black PITT pen for the tall stems.

I painted some half spools with a layer of Snowflake Fresco first, then Tikka and Smoked Paprika and finished with two coats of Metallic Glaze. I glued the tall leaf stems to the inside and used hot glue to stick the two ‘flower pots’ to each side of the frame.


I painted some acetate and shrink plastic  butterflies, using the gorgeous stamp from HP 1301. You can see I didn’t flatten all the shrunken ones, I liked how they were curled when they’d finished shrinking.

HP1301

Finally, it was time to put everything together, I added a few tiny wooden ladybirds, in honour of the masses of ladybirds and  ladybird larvae in my garden at the moment.


I hope you like my garden shrine. Thank you very much to Leandra and Darcy for their support and  encouragement and to everyone at PA HQ for being so fabulous.If you would see more of my work, please do visit my blog 

Kirsten. 

A huge thank you to Kirsten for joining us this evening and providing a fabulous feast of inspiration. There is nothing more beautiful than a garden full of flowers,ladybirds and butterflies. For those without gardens this is the perfect way to bring nature indoors. 

If you would like to join in our weekly challenge with any of this week's guests who have blogged since Sunday night, then join in to link up your creativity HERE you will go in the draw to win PA stamps of your choice! You need to link your entry by17:00 (London time) Sunday 15th June 2014

25 comments:

JoFY said...

fabulous project Kirsten!

sam21ski said...

Oooh looks fantastic, and love that image - nice one xxx

Helen said...

Wow, Kirsten, GD!! Gorgeous project, I love those flowers and everything works together so well.

Craftyfield said...

Woo hoo Kirsten, your shrine rocks! Love the details, the butterflies are gorgeous and so much work went into it.

Deborah Wainwright said...

Stunning! Kirsten this is amazing I really love it. It's great how you have added the TH diescuts to the back of the frame its so effective. The shrine it's self looks lovely and I adore all your butterflies and flowers. Really love ALOT. Well done xxxx

butterfly said...

It's delicious, Kirsten - I love how you've used the trellis both on the frame and in the background (with that fab verdigris look), and the butterflies look just wonderful. Gorgeous colours on the LP woman and those fab flowers... A great make!
Alison xx

sarita said...

Good job Kirsten! Lovely!

keren said...

Great to see you on here again! Awesome project - love the shrunken butterflies and the way you've created those flowers is just gorgeous! xx

Lucy Edmondson said...

What a beautiful project, Kirsten; I love it!

Lucy x

Julie Ann Lee said...

Kirsten, I love everything about this glorious project in honour of the Summer Solstice! Stunning, imaginative and truly inspiring! Julie Ann xxx

pearshapedcrafting said...

This really is stunning! The fab flowers and butterflies along with the gorgeous LP lady and best of all it's all backed with my favourite TH die! Brilliant!! Chris:)

Hazel Agnew said...

Love your garden shrine, love the verdigris, love the ladybirds and the TH die, what a triumph. Congrats Kirsten. Fabulous! Xx

Julie Bell said...

Beautiful project xx

Gabrielle said...

Lovely, lovely, lovely! This is wonderful Kirsten! Perfectly evocative of my garden at the moment!!!

Jane Castle said...

Quite stunning!

Kathi said...

Wow! This is gorgeous!

Ruth said...

Fabulous project, lots of lovely eye candy, especially love the butterflies x

Astrid Maclean said...

Totally fabulous Kirsten, love your piece and specially how you used the LP stamp! The butterflies looks wonderful too, a really super project altogether!!

isisimaginings.com said...

Thank you all VERY much for your kind comments, I'm blushing furiously. And once again, thank you to Leandra & all at PA.

craftimamma said...

This is absolutely wonderful Kirsten and well done Guest Designer!!! Love the various treatments you gave the frame and the trellis on acetate is a brilliant touch. You've used all my favourite elements of butterflies, flowers and my absolute fave LP image and it all looks fabulous the way you pulled it all together.

Hugs
Lesley Xx

Julie Cassidy said...

Absolutely gorgeous xxx

massofhair said...

STUNNING Kirsten! A beautiful project filled with such georgeous embellishments. Great to see someone else who celebrates the Summer Solstice, a glorious shrine to Mother Nature :-) xxx

Lin said...

Kirsten I love it love it love it!! well done xxxx

craftytrog said...

Wow! It's beautiful Kirsten! Congrats on your guest spot!
Alison xxx

Kezzy said...

Wow awesome frame, really loving the trellis and the frame is awesome:-) Kezzy xxx

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