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Friday 22 May 2015

Our invited guest today is.....

Hello everyone,

We're delighted that the very creative and talented Sue Carrington is joining us today as our very special guest.  Many of you will know Sue, irl or simply by her blog and service on various DTs.  When Sue agreed to guest with us today we knew we would be in for a treat and she hasn't disappointed...

Hello ! It's Sue here and very excited to be invited to join A Vntage Journey for the day ! I live in the UK have been crafting is some form or other for as long as I can remember. My life was totally transformed when I was introduced to embossing powder and things just went from there. Mixed Media has become a true passion of mine and I love getting really messy with paint, ink and sprays !

When I saw the theme of Spring Colours this sent my mind in to a whirl as there are so many gorgeous colours associated with this season. That coupled with the beautiful Distress colours that have been released so far this year gave me a wide field to play in ! I knew I wanted to use the gorgeous Perspective stamp set so the project was centred around the beauatiful butterfly that's part of this set.

I started with 2 pieces of grey board that's already covered with white card. I then glued dictionary paper to each piece and I always coat paper with glue to protect it from the moisture from sprays or whatever I decide to throw at it ! While the glue was still wet I spritzed both pieces with Shabby Shutters and Wild Honey spray Distress Stains.

 I used the Eye Chart stencil and spread texture paste through and again, while it was still wet spritzed with Peeled Paint spray Distress Stains. I then dried it off and added some stamping using the numbers stamp from the Perspective set with Watering Can Archival ink. I decided I want to add some drippage so stood the panels up and sprayed them with the wonder Abandoned Coral spray Distress Stain, spritzed it with water and watched it run !

 The numbers stamp is fantastic for creating a master board that can be cut up and used for different projects. I've used Fern Archival ink on the below and then die cut a lattice using hte Lattice die.

I've used Cracked Pistachio Distress Ink over the lattice. I stamped the butterfly directly on to the board then stamped a second one on to some card that I'd blended more Distress Ink over. The second butterfly was cut out and positioned over the first so the antenna was ni the right position. I found the large flower in my stash and spritzed it with Abandoned Coral spray Distress Stains. The colour is so bright !

 I kept the negative from the die cut and used a piece of dictionary paper behind it that I blended Distress Inks around. The sentiment is from the same stamp set and is stamped onto white card that I've blended Distress Inks over. I've added a couple of the Tim arrows and a flower from the adronments Nature set.

 I covered the revers ofthe panels with the beautiful Wall Flower paper, it's so hard to cut this up ! The panels are held together with a hinge that's glued in to place.

It just leaves me to say a big thank you to Brenda for inviting me to join A Vintage Journey today. I hope youv'e enjoyed my project and for more details please visit me at Stamping Sue Style.


This is stunning Sue - a great example of various techniques resulting in a fabulous and creative make - thank you!

We hope that you will show your appreciation for Sue's work by visiting her blog and sharing some love.

Have a great holiday weekend everyone!

Chris xxx
For Brenda and the AVJ team


  1. Welcome Sue! So happy to see you here inspiring us today! What great techniques you've used and shared with us - love the drippage, the negative die cut piece - the text background and stunningly red bloom! A beautiful hinged panel piece!! Have a lovely weekend everyone! hugs, Julia xx

  2. Your work is always beautiful Sue and the piece you have created here is just gorgeous. I love all the elements you added, the wonderful Spring colours, the beautiful butterfly and the lovely covers. A really wonderful piece Sue! Hugs, Anne xx

  3. Like I said on your own blog Sue, I absolutely adore your piece, wonderful colours and the whole idea and execution of it is fantastic!! Thanks so much for joining us here at AVJ!

  4. Very unique and pretty. My fav part is the trellis and using the negative in the same color on the other side - brings it all together nicely! Your butterfly has a lovely home. j.

  5. Sue, your artwork is always amazing and totally gorgeous! Love what you have shared with here with AVJ. Love the colors and that fabulous butterlfy! Wow!

  6. I love your composition, such many Bright ideas for a whole Wonderful panel!

  7. A beautiful piece Sue, such inky fun too. Your colours are perfect and I agree Abandoned Coral is such a vivid fab colour x

  8. WOW! Love the whole layering of inky media and clever use of frameworks on this Sue. And as ever, every single little detail is thought of and completed to perfection. Jenny x

  9. Absolutely fabulous as always Sue. I just love all the wonderful details and its lovely to have you here at AVJ.

    Have a great weekend
    Annie x

  10. Beautiful work Sue! So many wonderful elements, it's hard to concentrate on just one thing I love. I think a blanket STUNNING might be a better solution! hugs :)

  11. Your project is Gorgeous! Sue Love all the detail n finished off beautifully . A great idea to use the number stamp as a master board .

  12. Fabulous project Sue, looks like you had a lot of inky fun making this beautiful artwork.
    Julie x

  13. Love your project Sue and welcome, so nice to have you as our guest. Thanks so much for sharing your talents with us and giving all the details of how you put this lovely piece together.

  14. Beautiful Sue, love how you've used both the positive and the negative of the die cut and have showcased the wonderful perspective stamps so beautifully. Congratulations on your guest creative guide post and for sharing your wonderful project!

  15. So Beautiful, Sue!! Oh, I know what you mean about cutting up Tim's hard to do :) But so worth it :) :) I love how you've hinged these panels together, too! Just a spectacular creation for us here at A Vintage Journey!! Thanks for joining us as our Guest Creative Guide!! Hope you had fun!! XOXO-Shari

  16. Fabulous Sue, love the use of the positive and negative of the die and wonderful layout. Nikki x

  17. A wonderful project Sue! Love your layering and gorgeous stamping Toni x

  18. Fabulous to have you with us this month, Sue - and what a treat of a piece - the colours and layers are so zingy - it's really beautiful.
    Alison xx

  19. Sue this is just beautiful and a fabulous guest post, thank you so much for sharing your talent and creativity with us. xxx