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Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Barnum's Big Top and all the fun of the Circus



Good morning followers old and new, friends and all in blogland.  Another two weeks have flown by and another Craft Barn Alpha Challenge, this time the letter B.

So many Bs to choose from but one word stood out and I had just the stamps to use on the page.  I have been sorting through my crafty bits and bobs and trying to use some of the things hidden away and forgotten, I found these stamps (Oxford Impressions "Big Top") last week and they were out just waiting to be used.  My chosen word is Barnum the American Showman, philanthropist, author/publisher and politician who's circus was established in 1871 and merged with J. A. Bailey (another B) in 1881.


My page was started with the red stripes which are supposed to represent the circus tent, then a layer of gesso to tone it down a bit.  The stamps came next, they were stamped in black Stazon and coloured with red, orange and yellow acrylic paints.  The "B" was coloured with distress inks in spiced marmalade and fired brick and edged with broken twig.  I used a Dylusions stencil to add the diamonds using DIs and again added gesso to tone down the colour.  To finish I added a little piece of thread under the tightrope walker and drew round the definition with a fine liner.

 

 


Another letter completed, will have to look through the remaining letters in the dictionary and see if I can get a few ideas for the letters still to come, I may even get a page done in the first week of a challenge if I am lucky!  But then again I always work better when I only have a little time and am under pressure.

A big thank you for all your comments on my last pages,  looking forward to seeing what all the other talented ladies have come up with this time, popping over soon to have a look.

30 comments:

Elaine said...

Great pages and great stamps - I love the sunburst/stripey big top background!

Maisie Moonshine said...

What fabulous stamps! your background really fits the theme too. MMx

Lynnda said...

well put together piece, great stamping

Joan Macdonald said...

Fabulous project beautiful design.

Joan x

KarinsArtScrap said...

what a lovely project Sylv.

greetings karin

Linda Simpson said...

WOW Sylv these pages are stunning.
Hugs
Linda xxx

Holley (Tondre) Barnhart said...

Delightful "B" great work. Great work, cheers, Holley

Maggie said...

Great subject and fabulous pages Sylvia

MaggieH

Nicky Wilcox said...

Love this idea wonderful work hun xxx

Meggymay said...

Fantastic images, love your word choice.
Yvonne

Debbie Fisher said...

This is fantastic & so well put together ... Love it xxx

Kate M said...

Great stamps- great pages - fabulous.
xx

BJ said...

Brilliant page, inspired use of stamps and the diamonds. BJ

Laine said...

Such a detailed project.
xx

Laura said...

Love it!
And you've educated me - I had never heard of him.
Thanks for sharing,
Laura

Cumbrianlass said...

What a fabulous piece of work Sylv.
Janet xxx

Scrapmate said...

A lovely DPS, an unusual choice of word really well executed.

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Fantastic pages with great images.

House of Bears said...

Womderful, the stripes also remind us of the spotlight. Lovely stamps.

Craftyfield said...

These Oxford stamp sets are wonderful. Love your page, it's full of fun and colours, great for a circus feel.

Valerie-Jael said...

Wonderful pages! Valerie

Julia S-W said...

Love how you've used your circus images here. Great pages.
Juliax

Julie Ann Lee said...

I adore these pages! I always love the circus as a theme. These stamps are terrific and you have created a super effect with them. Julie Ann xx

Lesley said...

Fabulous pages! xx

Shilpa Nagaonkar said...

you have cute stamp, and used that perfectly!
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Joan said...

Great page, love the circus stamps

LindaS said...

Wonderful page a perfect background for your great stamping.

Chris R said...

I love circus and your pages are stunning!

JansArtyJunk said...

Love the background...and fab stamps...wonderful B pages Sylv :)

The Craft Barn said...

Great, unusual choice of word.
Thanks for playing with us at the Craft Barn,
Izzy