Sunday, July 20, 2014

Tip My Hat to You...


With the passing of time comes the natural progression of aging. Some go quietly into it and others go kicking and screaming; I prefer just to go with it in style. ;)  
In our family (past the age of 29) we no longer refer to the familial gatherings as Birthdays. Rather, we have opted for the term 'Appreciation Day.'
So here is me tipping my hat to my most fabulous Mother for her up and coming Appreciation Day!.


The file I have used is an incredible cut file from The Cutting Cafe titled,


This week the DT at The Cutting Cafe are celebrating hats and the owner Regina has created an abundance of different styles of hats for your enjoyment. 


I really wanted to create a Steampunk top hat.  The hat itself was cut from black cardstock and then painted over with Gesso. When dry, a coating of clear crackle was added. When that dried, several inks of black and brown variations were added to draw out the cracks.  How on earth this hat turned purple is beyond me, but I kinda dug it so I just went with it. I laced up the side of the hat and added extra 'industrial' elements to aid as well.

The exotic feathers are also part of this hat file. 


The back of the hat so that you can see the folded brim.


Well there you have it. 
A special way to wish someone something that must never be spoken of except for to say...
"Happy Appreciation Day!" In a very classy way.

Hope you've enjoyed this visit and I thank you so very much for stopping in.
Hugs and Happy Crafting to you all...
Lisa xx

31 comments:

Chrissy said...

Some things look good enough to eat and some look just plain good enough to wear..and I think I would wear this Lisa..love the colour it turned out..the feathers and lace up back are superb and the flowers are just gorgeous.Love the clock die and piece of tape measure[measuring how many appreciation years have gone by??!!]..a fantastic creation Lisa.

luv CHRISSYxx

Dr Sonia S V said...

WOW Lisa...this is such a beauty. I know I keep saying this but I do love your 3 D projects. Especially love the colors and the feathers in this one
Cheers
Dr Sonia
Cards Crafts Kids Projects

Reusing Cards & Quilling said...

Incredible hat !I kept wondering is it actual leather ?? All the technique you have used on base paper have resulted in fab texture !loved the stitching n embellishments..WOW !

Lisa said...

Amazing hat, Lisa and appreciation day is an awesome idea. Very classy indeed!
Hugs,
Lisa

Pia S said...

Wow! Really. Wow! I say you achieved what you were aiming for, to make it steampunky. And very successfully so!

Anita Houston said...

BRILLIANT, imaginative, and uber cool! I love all the details, and can imagine the fab texture!

Tina Goodwin said...

Oh my gosh! I love everything about this! I am just learning about Gesso...seems like there's so much you can do with it!

Julie Odil said...

This is one fantastic steampunk top hat. Your mom will have deep appreciation of her Appreciation Day hat!

~ dee ~ said...

I wish I could feel this and really see it up close. Fascinating! You do great work!

Lisa S. said...

Wow, love all of the fabulous pictures and that you covered the cardstock with Gesso. Brilliant idea because the purple hue rocks L2! The lace up back is another awesome touch along with the spectacular elements you added. This is so much fun!!! :-)

Tammy said...

I love it and I think as of tomorrow when my youngest passes 29, we are going to opt for Happy Appreciation Day! Amazing creation!

Keri Parish said...

WOW!! This is breathtaking! You did a fabulous job!!

Bella and Aidees Mom said...

This so reminds me of Alice in Wonderland:) Every single detail is amazing:) Krista

Jeri said...

Wowzers-This is truly an amazing creation. Love it!

Margaret said...

Now that is a party hat!! Forget the cones with the stretchy bands that hurt your chin, I want one of these!!

What a fantastic work of art and I love the mix of items decorating your awesome hat! I am sure Mom will love this!

BTW- I'm not buying that this hat just happened to turn your most favorite color... ;)

Kelly Neis said...

My appreciation day is coming, Please can I have a hat just like this one!! Oh this is gorgeous and so creative, I love coming to your blog and reading, looking and crying as I never have the patience to make what you do. I love your hat, if you feel like making a extra.....heheh.
Hugs, Kelly

Leslie said...

Beautifully done.

Lisa said...

Just had to take another look at this wonderful work of art! Love, Love, Love it!!!
Hugs,
Lisa
CRe8n4u

Karon said...

Oh my goodness Lisa - where did your mind go for this one - did you fall down a hole like Alice in Wonderland! This is such a magnificent creation! Wonderful and I am sure your Mom is going to love it! Thanks for following along on my vacation posts and glad you enjoyed it :-)

Tracy said...

Well a big Happy Appreciation Day to your mom! The hat is amazing. Has a bit of Mad Hatter flare to it. One has to have a unique style now don't they. Super fun Twang! Hugs!

Angeline Choo said...

WOWWW!!! This is just STUNNING. i love every bit of it.. You rock!

Mitra Pratt said...

So, did she have a very happy appreciation day? I am freaking out about this hat. I LOVE me some steam punk and it's got so many pretty twists and turns to it for me to enjoy! Love the purple which is very steam punky you know...

Annie said...

Well my fiend....I am speechless!!! Just picking my jaw off the floor as this is such a FANTASTIC creation.........marvellous !
I am in love with this and you have inspired me in relation to a little tea party I am having x
Wonderful decor and design.
Thank f
You for sharing and also for your kind comment on my blog.
Happy Appreciation Day to your mom too

Crafty hugs
Annie x

McCrafty's Cards said...

Wow Lisa you have done it again this is fantastic I love it so much the more I look at it the more details I see, you are a creative genius!!
Kevin xx

Buttons said...

Every time I stop by your blog I'm always amazed at where your imagination has taken you next. This is SUPERB!!!!! I could see this on a millinery catwalk show getting ooohs and aaahs from the assembled audience. Magnificent in every way Lisa. Jenny x

Sandy said...

Hey Sweet Pea - Love this hat - it should be purple you know. The creative fairy was watching out for you. Lisa you know I have always loved what you do - ever since I saw that dog-gone dog licking that snowman hat, I knew I was in love. I appreciate your Mom and your Grandmother - the gave you their creative genes!!!!!!!
Sandy xx

Sandy said...

I made a mistake - it should have read --- dog-gone dog licking that little snowman's head -- what I hoot. I love your sense of humor!!
Sandy xx

Mary J said...

Oh wow, another FABULOUS creation, Lisa! Your mum is going to love this!!

Patricia St Martin said...

Lisa, Thanks for stopping by, this summer has been really slow for me as far as crafting. Hope to get back in the swing of thing. That is some hat and a tall one it is so cool and the amazing thing you added, the purple is wonderful with the flowers and the bingo chip is really special. Super job.
Hugs, Pat

butterfly said...

Oh, what a hat - steampunk yes, but magical mystery tour too... it says Mad Hatter and Willy Wonka and crazy Victorian explorers - just brilliant! I love the shabby finish on the hat itself, and those whimsical feathers and such pretty flowers... Altogether an absolute treat!
Alison xx

Paper Profusion said...

Oh wow this has VA VA VOOM!! Terrific make Lisa and I'm all in favour of 'Appreciation Day'! Your MOM will be thrilled - hope she dons it all day long. (Sorry to have been MIA - I was on hols). Nicola x