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Sunday, July 29, 2012


Sentiments, verses, and quotes are all favorites of mine.  I love searching through my stamps looking for just the right quote or verse to use on my project.  I was thrilled to see the challenge this week for Simon Says Stamp and Show is  "What do you Say"..  The hardest part was picking out which sentiment to use on my project!

I finally selected the quote from Emily Dickinson about hope.  I loved reading Emily Dickinson when I was younger and this is a beautiful bit of her poetry.   

It inspired me to create a piece of home decor:

I started with this really cool Tryptich Arc Window set from 7 Gypsies.  I painted two of the pieces with white paint and added touches of purple.  I also had read about a technique of mixing gesso with baking soda to create a paste which you can than stamp into and get texture.  My paste wasn't setting so I ended up just leaving it and adding a layer of glimmer mist and white acrylic paint to the edges.  I then  added on layers of tissue tape and more paint and distressing.

That was just the arches. :)  
I glimmer misted a sheet of white cardstock to match the background.  I stamped the quote using versamark and heat embossed using white embossing powder.   Stamp the bird using black ink.  Add a touch of brown to the breast of the bird.

To create my home for my bird I layered in a crocheted doily. I spritzed seam binding with glimmer mist to create a coordinating ribbon for the nest and to tie along the bottom.  I also took some beautiful Prima flowers and glimmer misted them to match.

Pop dot the open arch  onto the background arch and start layering in the doily, flowers, bird, nest and finish off with the sentiment.

I was really pleased with the effect and how my home decor turned out.

Products: Artistic Outpost Quote and Quotables, Crafty Secrets - Fairyland, Glimmer Mist, Prima Flowers, 7 Gypsies Tryptich Arc Window, Seam Binding, 7 Gypsies Gaffer Tape, Gesso

Don't forget that you can play along too and have an opportunity to win the 50.00 gift certificate for Simon Says Stamp.

Have a lovely week!



  1. Wow, wow, wow! This is absolutely gorgeous, Suzz! Love the pretty shades of lavender and all the amazing details!

  2. What a beautiful piece! So many textures and details on that great arched window shape. The blush on the bird is a lovely touch, and the Emily Dickinson is a wonderful choice of sentiment.
    Alison x

  3. Incredible piece of art work Suzz. This is just amazing.

  4. Suzz, this is one gorgeous piece! The soft purple colors are stunning and love that you made a nest for this cute birdie! Hugs, Sandra

  5. Stunning Suzz, love the colours and the texture is fantastic. Love the arches and the little bird in its nest. Beautiful flowers and I love the trim of pearls. Tracy xc

  6. Suzz...this is such a pretty piece. I am not a purple fan but am fast becoming one. :) Your Tryptich Arch is such a neat shape. The way you have finished it out is so shabby chic. Love the crocheted doily as your bird's nest. The ribbon underneath her is lovely. I also love the pearls and the sweet flowers. Everything works so perfectly with your sentiment. <3 Candy

  7. Wow this is such a super gorgeous project! Love the sentiment you used and you showcased it wonderfully here. Beautiful colours and textures. TFS!!

  8. just love this Sue, particularly the distressed look you've achieved.

  9. Oh my, so beautiful, Sue! Love all the texture and that lovely of my favorite sentiments, too. I should start a pinterest board with just your creations!

  10. A really stunning creation that suits the sentiment so well. Love the violet/purple colours throughout too. A x

  11. WOW!! I am speechless.. You do that to me every now and then. I just love this. So many wonderful layers. And so much wonderful detail.. LOVE IT..

  12. Stunning Home Decor - love all the added layers and embellies!

  13. fantastic, great color and like the collage feel it has!

  14. Oh cool piece, Suzz! I love the shape & sentiment!

    Simon Says Stamp!

  15. Love it...the colors, the shape, the's a gorgeous arch Suzz. Woww

    greetings, Alie :-)

  16. I love your card. It looks like a little altar. Blessings!

  17. This is so pretty suzz, I'm loving the purple tones to this project and the birds nest is so darn cute.

  18. This is glorious! The Tryptich form is so perfect for you and your art.The layers are fantastic. Thanks for all of the detailed instructions in your posts. You sure help the 'wanna be's' like me with your inspiring projects.

  19. Oooooeeeeee! This is just stunning! Again, such beautiful colours you've used Sue and I love the quote too (I really envy your collection). Beautiful arrangement of flowers, ribbon and doily to create the bird's little home. Fabulous work.

    Lesley XX


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