Sunday, 1 June 2014

Flaming June for our Creative Corner

Hello everyone and Happy June, the month when summer is supposed to start.... can't wait for a little bit of warm sunshine! The first of the month is always busy here on my little blog, as it's the day of several challenges starting, so if you are here for the second time, thank you!!This is my contribution for Our Creative Corner where the theme is Flaming June, chosen by the lovely Julia.
Now I have to be honest, I was seriously challenged when I saw the theme and the inspiration picture that Julia provided. These were colours that I don't do. I mean yellows and oranges.... me? No way. But, a challenge is a challenge right, and I guess to compensate I have possibly even gone too bright, and red has rather taken over from the yellows and oranges, but hey ho, too late now.

Anyway, on to my project. As you can see, I decided to make an ATB (Artist Trading Block), this is the large 3" one. I cut my basic block from mount board and then prepared a piece of card with the flaming colours to cover the different sides. I used Dylusions sprays and the salt technique for this:
Next I cut some yellow card  with the same die to line the inside, inked around the edges and stamped a couple of impressions with a stamp from the Tim Holtz Distress Damask set.
I glued it to my mount-board pieces and then glued my box together. Then I cut up my pre-made card into six 2.75 x 2.75" pieces ready to cover the sides. Before doing that I edged all the sides of the cube with black distress paint.

I decided to use the Indigoblue Blazing Poppies stamp to stamp over the pieces for the sides of my box. Below is the first side:
I stamped straight onto the piece, then stamped again onto smooth white card, fussy cut just the large flowers, shaped them a bit and then glued them on top for more dimension. I added a tiny bit of Walnut Stain Distress embossing powder to the centres of each flower, highlighted the little flowers with a white pen and added some butterflies cut with the Tim Holtz decorative strip die Butterfly Frenzy for further embellishments. These were a gift from my lovely friend Anne Redfern, as I don't actually own that die.
Each of the sides was pretty much done in the same way, just using different parts of the poppies stamp.

Here you can see the lid, decorated with some leaves from the Tim Holtz Garden Greenery die, a Ticket from the Odds and Ends set of stamps and a large flower, another gift, this time from my lovely friend Rita and another butterfly.

And below finally you can see the inside of the box with the lid open:
I just  had to add some chit chat stickers that say "be different" for this certainly is very different for me. Hope you like it even so and make sure you go over to Our Creative Corner to see all the other incredible projects, trust me, you won't be disappointed!

Thank you for visiting and have a lovely month of June!!


33 comments:

  1. I love this Astrid!!! An ATB, and you've used Blazing Poppies - well that makes it a winner for me already. And then you've taken them to another level in the way you've combined them. Gorgeous salt inking, clever layering and highlighting of flowers, beautiful edging on the box top, the attention to detail inside, and the wonderful flower on top. Just love it. Jenny x

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  2. There's no such thing as too bright, Astrid :-)And your ATB is truly stunning. Let's hope it is a warm and sunny June (the last day of May is shaping up to be lovely here down South).

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  3. Beautiful piece and I love the sunny colours. Hugs, Valerie

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  4. Fabulous fiery colours Astrid. You have certainly created a wonderful ATB and I love everything about it. Enjoy your Day. Hugs Rita xxx

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  5. Your box ist so beautiful - i love the hot summer colours and the flower at the top! Hugs Dagmar

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  6. Stunning box with wonderful colours and images to brighten anyone's day

    Love Chrissie x

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  7. stunning ATB Astrid - absolutely gorgeous xx

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  8. Such a lovely ATB Astrid, a real treasure box!
    kind regards, Alie :-)

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  9. Oh my! Astrid this is stunning, I love the flaming colours (you have done a wonderful job on them) and the salt technique looks amazing. The flaming poppies are perfect on the sides and the flower from Rita on the top is beautiful. A truly beautiful ATB! Hugs, Anne xx

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  10. Beautiful! Gorgeous design and you definitely overcame your fear of the colors as they shine in this lovely ATB!

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  11. Happy June!! I hope you have some good weather like we do right now ... I love your beautiful box ... stunning colours and those poppies are gorgeous!!

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  12. Oh my God, Astrid! This box is really a feast for the eyes. These colors and the designs .... I'm blown away! Total beautifully designed!
    I wish you a nice Sunday, my friend.

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  13. you did a great Job our of your comfort Zone, really like what you did

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  14. Absolutely love your ATB Astrid, you've certainly got the flaming colours and I love how you've used the poppy stamp, I've been resisting the ATB but I'm seriously tempted after seeing this

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  15. Simply AMAZING Astrid.. your ATB is simply awesome! Vibrant - perfect composed and masterly presented!
    Love all about that piece!

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  16. Astrid, this is simply beautiful. I love the background you made and those damask stamps are one of my favourites. I don't think your piece is too red at all - I think you've captured so many wonderful shades of orange and some of those are as close to red as it gets aren't they?
    The poppy stamping is perfect and I really love that shabby flower. I didn't know what an ATB was but now I want to make one! Thank you so much for embracing my challenge which is not your normal 'thing'! Never avoid orange again!!
    Julia xx

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  17. Your ATB is amazing, Astrid! Bright colors are my thing, so I don't think it's too bright!! I really love the poppies and the way you finished the inside of the box! It certainly is flaming June and that's okay! :)

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  18. I love your ATB Astrid. It's a stunning bright block. So clever inking the interior. I love when you post. Gets me so inspired.

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  19. Different, but still ineffably "you"! Glorious fiery colours blended with all your usual skill, beautiful stamping - those poppies are wonderful! - and the finished box is fantastic.
    Alison xx

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  20. OraNGE surely also isen`t my colour dear Astrid, but your gorgeous box ,so much is. Love the poppies, and the damask stamped background, a wonderful box of life, "fire" and beauty.
    Hugs,Dorthe

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  21. Your atb made me smile as soon as I saw it Astrid, such lovely summery colours and the blazing poppies stamp one of my favourites. Loving the salt technique must try this. Mo x

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  22. Normally I´m just definitely NOT into orange myself weither, but I must unfortunately admit, that it has now happened a few times lately actually, that I have to admit, that I really like, what´s been done, and this is one of them. I can rvren say I like it quite a lot even. GOSH where does that take me? I may even begin to like the colors suddenly??? Well who knows, if we also change our taste during life too, cause this isn´t that ugly color, I think, it used to be, so actualy very well done hun he he he he.

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  23. Stunning vibrant colours, love the box you created.
    Yvonne

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  24. wow this is beautiful, love the vibrant orange color! Groetjes Karin

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  25. Gorgeous......Love the colors

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  26. Astrid strikes again...another gorgeous project, love the colours and must try that salt technique, I've seen you use it on other projects and not got around to trying it yet. Wonderful use of orange making a fab ATbox.

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  27. Oh Miss Astrid you did those colors,SOOOOOOOOO beautifullyyyy the whole block is FREAKING FABULOUS. Your soared with this challenge thanks for sharing all this inspiration, have a wonderful week, ((( BIG HUGS )))..

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  28. Gorgeous! I love the rich saturated oranges you used and that is a fantastic stamp! Your box is absolutely delightful - a beautiful keepsake!

    Hugs,
    Linda

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  29. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous, I LOVE the bright colours. Wonderful ATB.

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  30. Beautiful , love these fabulous flame colours
    The floral detail is lovely and I love how you have finished the edges of the box

    Jools x

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  31. Sooooo wonderful and vibrant colors,,,,,wowwww Astrid,,,,,,,love it

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  32. Love, love, love this fiery ATB Astrid, it is gorgeous!! You may not like using these colours but, as always you rocked it!! Absolutely fabulous piece!! ox

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  33. Meine Lieblingsfarbe :) Ein atemberaubendes Werk.

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