This fortnight's challenge is inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement, and in particular William Morris. They believed things in their lives should be well made and hand-crafted. We want to see muted colours (the original palette of Distress colours are perfect) natural elements and you must include an animal of some sort. Patterned backgrounds are great. Avoid using lots of embellishments and cute images this time. Here are a few pictures to give you some ideas.
I have to say this challenge really had me scratching my head ! I'm not quite sure I've done it justice, but here goes !
I've used a jumbo tag from Linda's Funkie Junkie store and to begin with I've blended Bundled Sage DI over it. Then I used a Damask Elusive Images stamp and stamped with Bundled Sage DI. The leaves are from one of Lin Brown's new stamp sets and I've stamped it with Olive Archival ink. The stencilling is done with the Chicken Wire stencil and Forest Moss DI. The tree is also an Elusive Images stamp and the leaves and flowers are from the same set.
I've used a PaperArtsy stamp for the grass along the bottom and also for the Iris flower. The text is from the Artisitc Outpost Birds of a Feather set. I've used a piece of corrugated cardboard and rubbed some acrylic paint over the top and a torn piece of book page which I've stamped the leaves over using second generation stamping. I've used some seam binding for the ribbon and I've stamped some of the tiny tree leaves onto it with Olive Archival ink and some Bundled Sage Distress Stains spritzed with water to dye it. To finish, the peacock is one of the fabulous embellishments that Linda carries in The Funkie Junkie Boutique. I've covered it with Fresco Finish paint so that it blends in with the rest of the muted colours and added some eyelets.
I hope you can join us for this challenge and do make sure you hop over to the main blog and check out the rest of the DT's fabulous projects.