Friday, 17 September 2010

From My House To Yours

Afternoon everyone, its time for The Play Date Cafe Challenge again, the weeks are certainly flying by in my household.  The colours this week have been chosen by Sarah Anderson and I really love that house and the large cactus and white picket fence.  However, I did struggle to find the energy and motivation to make something with these colours.  It was my daughter's birthday yesterday and she wore me out LOL. 
I decided to use a Maya Road accordion this week which I have decorated with stamps, embellishements, ribbons and sentiments.
The accordion has been covered with BoBunny paper throughout.  One of the houses has been embossed with snowflakes using an embossing folder and I have sanded the snowflakes to give a distressed look, in fact I have sanded the edges of every page to give that distress feel throughout.  I stamped Christmas text onto white card using an old PSX stamp and then punched out small squares from this text for the windows.  Each window has been sponged with DI ink tumbled glass and fired brick added to the edges of each one.  The doors have had the same treatment.  I have used the new Tim Holtz die alphabet called CHIP BLOCK to add the numbers to each door, cut from red Core'dinations card stock.  I have also used the new Tim Holtz Paper Rosette die too and I absolutely love it, so effective and I have added 25 to the centre.
I have lay the accordion flat so that you can see the detail.  I have also used the new Paperbag Studios Doodles & Daters stamp sheet for some of the stamping and in fact Paperbag Studios are sponsoring The Play Date Cafe Challenge this week which is fabulous.  The hearts, doors, roof edging and flower are the items I have used from the set.  The heart has been stamped onto red Core'dinations card and had Glossy Accents applied.  I have also added Maya Road branches and bird which have been coloured with DI ink tumbled glass with highlights of Adirondack Snow Cap paint dabber added to give that Brrrrrrr feel for Winter.  I have sponged through sequin waste in some areas with  Snow Cap paint dabber and added Co-ordinated ribbons and a few snowflakes to complete this side.
This is the reverse of the accordion.  I have added FROM OUR HOUSE TO YOURS (as this will probably be sent to my Sister-in-Law for Christmas).
I would also like to enter this piece for The Stampman Challenge Blog where the theme this time around is DISTRESS.
Thanks for popping by, I'm off to relax a little and pop over to The Stampman Challenge Blog and The Play Date Cafe Challenge to check out some wonderful pieces of art, have a good afternoon, Tracy x x

37 comments:

Carol Q said...

gorgeous Tracy!

Helen said...

Stunning! I am sneaking on here at work (its nearly time to go home....) I love it, and can't wait till my stamps arrive (they are on order from the Stamp Attic - yes, more pre-orders.....!!!)

Lin said...

Beautifully done, Tracey! Thanks for the sweet comment on my card......which pales in comparison to your lovely project!

*** Suzi B *** said...

I want to live in a house like this!.. gorgeous x

mustavcoffee said...

Hi there Tracy, WoW what a wonderful creation, I just love the colours but how imaginative is the way you've used them here! I just love it:0) xx

Netty said...

Oh wow Tracy this is fab, what a great creation. Enjoy the weekend, Annette x

CarlyCo said...

Hey Tracy, I LOVE this! I'm so into the non-traditional Christmas palette! I am totally inspired!

Roben-Marie said...

Wow, Tracy! This so creative! I love it! :)

Julie Ranae said...

Tracy...this is AbsoLUTELY fabulous! I love that you were able to make the color story work for both birthday and Christmas....so creative!
Your daughter is close to my daughter's age (26)...they are still our babies, yeah?!

JaN's ArTy AtC JouRneY said...

OMG Tracy- LOVE your accordian house!!
Lurve the rosette and the lil birdy on the branch!!
Your S-I-L is a lucky girl to receive this beautiful creation!! :)

Jan x

Kim Dellow said...

Oh that is fabulous! Wonderful work. Kim

Lisa Somerville said...

Very creative! The house makes for a wonderful home decor piece, great attention to detail. Thanks for playing at the PDCC.

kbell said...

super cute! I wish this is what I produced when I don't have much energy after a kid birthday. great work!!

Terry said...

Love your village!!! This is just adorable!

Suzanne C said...

This is wow! Love that you decorated all the houses with the different embellies and stamps. Thanks for joining us again at the PDCC.

Jacqui said...

Love these little houses

Susan Allan said...

Wow, Tracy, it's fantastic.
The 'happy' turquoise colour is a good choice for the main parts of the houses. I love the way you have used the trees and branches and all your little embellishments are perfect. Your sister-in-law will adore it.
It must have taken ages to do , but worth every minute...........wonderful.
Have a great weekend
Sue xx

Laura said...

Oh Tracy this is glorious and so fun! Great make.

Lori said...

Wow! A challenging color combo that you pulled off extremely well! Love your accordian book!

Andrea Ewen said...

Super creative, Tracy! I love that gorgeous accordian book, filled with such wintry goodness! You certainly have put a lot of work into this project, love all the little details like the accordion medallions and the glossy accents. Thanks for playing along with us this week at the Play Date Cafe!

Sue said...

At this rate you will be SOOOOO organised for Christmas, puts me to shame with me bought cards!! Needless to say I love it......fab job!

Beedeebabee said...

Hi Tracy! This is just so beautiful! I love the colors Sarah chose for this week, and how you applied them in this gorgeous piece! So much detail!...Happy Birthday to your daughter! Enjoy the rest of your weekend, and thank so you so much for your sweet visit! :) Paulette

joanne wardle said...

Gosh! I can't imagine receiving anything so beautiful for christmas. All the other cards wouldn't stand a chance against this!!

craftytrog said...

Wow! So much gorgeousness to look at! Wonderful artwork! x

Toucan Scraps said...

that is so wonderfully creative

Joanna K said...

OMG Tracy, this piece does definately not look like a fruit of "tired" creative eye! Just the opposite, you were on a roll, girl! This is stunning, you have made this colour combo really work for you. I love every single bit of it, every window and every door! LOVE it!! xx

Esther said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous..I love the way you've done something shabby/distressed on each page, and the more projects I see with that Rosette the more I think I MUST have it!! Esther xx

JeanFB said...

Wow, wow, wow! So beautifully done... such a lot of work and attention to detail. It will be a fabulous gift! (I myself would probably not part with it, LOL!!)

Lynn Stevens said...

WOW, Tracy ,you just keep outdoing yourself, This is so awesome, You are so talented! Clap Clap Clap.

Gaby Bee said...

Your village is fabulous! Beautifully done!
Love your creativity!

Have a wonderful week!
Gaby xo

Juls said...

WOW!!!! Just so fabulous and creative! LOVE the colour combo! Hugs Juls

Joanna K said...

Tracy, I forgot to ask yesterday... Did Laura like her quirky birthday card? ;-))) Hugs, Joanna xx

Savannah O'Gwynn said...

LOVE this project, Tracy! This is soooooooo amazing! LOTS of detail and super beautiful! I actually had the same idea (using the stamps we were given)...but I measured incorrectly:) So glad you joined in the fun this week:) THANKS for playing along with us at the PDCC:}

Michelle said...

Hi Tacy, I'm lovin your fabulous houses! A wonderful entry for The Stampman distress challenge. Thanks for joining us
x Michelle

Ruby said...

Ooh this is my favourite project of yours so far. What a fantastic job you've done with the colours and following the theme of the inspiration pic too. FANTASTIC job, LOVE it!

Faye said...

What an undertaking! It is so gorgeous.

Paper Paradise said...

I am just stunned by the beauty of this book. The colours, enbellisments, design and overall look, it is simply unique. How could you even consider parting with it, ha ha. x