Jan 26, 2013

Adding some spice to Woodgrain.

 Hello everyone,

The title may seem ambiguous, but this week the challenge at Our Creative Corner  is to "Use woodgrain." the title conjures up all manner of images that relate to wood and the grain, but to me I only had one image and one thought in mind, and that was Autumn.
 Lily is our hostess and she has stated that we may use any technique to simulate woodgrain, but you also have to include a button on your project.

I embossed a woodgrain design on White card stock, then on top of this I stamped the woodgrain design in Brown Ink.
The background  of my card was stamped twice  using the ' Hero Arts'  envelope Bg stamp.
There are two diecut leaves, which I have inked up in distress stains, and added some crackle accents, the brown leaf is real from my garden (this is my bit of spice!)
To add a little interest, I included a mini butterfly.
The burlap, button and twine are my elements, to create some harmony and balance.

Hope you can join us this week, my fellow teamies have some more inspiring work for you to see, so pop over and have a look here.

Smiles :-)

Jan 19, 2013

The Purity of White.

  "White...is not a mere absence of colour; it is a shining and affirmative thing, as fierce as red, as definite as black"...

Hello everyone,
Once again Saturday has come around and it's time for another challenge at Our Creative Corner, Lily is our hostess this week and she has set a theme that is going to appeal to many of you
 Challenge: "Give your card a decorative edge." 
Here is the twist: Your card or project must be entirely white, with the exception of the sentiment.
Working with white adds mental clarity...... I don't know what philosopher came up with this profound  statement, but I hope it works because I could use some lucidity at the moment.

I am also entering this card into the Papercraft Star:  Challenge - White on White.

 I was intending to make a sympathy card, but when I put my card together, it looked more like a wedding card.
The first layer was put through the crimper, the die cut has been covered with glass crystals, and the image was created by the technique called ' paper casting '; placing layers of  tissue over the stamp, and pressing it into the design and allowing it to dry overnight.

The stamp is Hero Arts-'sweet daffodils.'

I  added some lace to the inside edge of the card, and a little cotton butterfly to hold my sentiment.

I hope you are inspired enough to join us this week for this challenge at OCC, my fellow teamies have further inspiration for you to, so pop across and have a peek.

I appreciate your visit,
Smiles :-)

Jan 14, 2013

I started with a Tulip.......

Hello everyone,
I stamped a tulip, and coloured it up in distress inks, and then I pondered and speculated what to do with it.
 I checked out Frilly and Funkies challenge as there is always something interesting going on over there........ willing them to inspire me.
And surprise Sue has set a challenge : ' Follow your  muse' so with Tulip in hand, I let go of my reticence and just went with layers, as I always think layers, texture and colour; I love colour, and amazingly and with no surprise, I come out with a kind of Shabby, Vintage mix in design.

I played around with my watercolours the last few weeks, this Bg is one of them, so I embossed it, and found a G45 pre cut Oval, added that.
The heart is another of my musings that has been lying on the desk, I also attached a flourish, by now I was on a roll!
Rosie (Hey There Rosigirl!) sent me some white crinkly seam-binding, which I was itching to use, so I inked it up to match the Tulip head, instantly movement is created.
If you look closely you will also notice a torn strip, inked and textured sitting behind the heart.

See the eye, it is an alarming contradiction to the Shabby Chic feel, and I don't know if it is also rather intimidating, why did I emphasised it by placing some bling around it.
 I am thinking at this moment what this actually symbolises; a state of confusion perhaps, well that comes as no surprise to me!
But on the other hand it could also denote I have a keen eye..... Ha! perhaps I am stretching the allegorical illustration a bit.
I all over the place with my designs at the moment, I think this card is a great example of where I am ....sitting in a worm hole!

 Start of a new week, hope it is a good one and if I have not mentioned lately thanks for visiting.


Jan 12, 2013

A little Shabby delight.

 Hello everyone,
 I am slowly returning to some sort of routine  re- crafting since Christmas, I have been languishing in a state of lamentable lethargy, and I am hoping it will not last much longer. 

This week's challenge at Our Creative Corner has created some enthusiasm within me  I am pleased to say.
Sharon is our hostess, and she has set the theme Shabby chic, this was music to my ears,  metaphorically speaking, because I love this genre.
'Shabby Chic' style is generally characterized by a time-worn look achieved by inking and distressing.  There are layers of softness achieved by the use of ribbon, lace, and crochet trim.
Feminine embellishments are such items as buttons, pearls, glitter to name  a  few.

 I decided to go with a shaped card, with a muted pink patterned paper, I diecut  two ovals and edged them in Victorian velvet  Distress inks.
 I hand-stitched around the edges.

Next I made up my spray of flowers,  in a mix of Prima and handmade, I also made some paper twirls.
 I wanted my flower arrangement to be the main focus on this card, so I limited myself to using medium to small flowers.
I edged some of the flowers in Victorian velvet, added the pink lace and also white organza lace, and to complete the card for the shabby chic effect, I added the pearl embellishments. 
You can click on the photos for a close-up look at the details.

I kept this card purposely understated, as I thought it would appeal to the card makers who find  this category  a little out of their comfort zone.
It is not too complicated, and if you break it down, you will see that it has only three layers, with a bunch of flowers..... pretty basic, and within the bounds and capability of most of you to attain.
All that you require is a little flair and pizzaz!

So please join us this week at Our Creative Corner,  my teamies  have out done themselves, and you will be suitably inspired by what they have created.
So take a minute and pop over to the blog.

Have a great weekend,
Smiles :-)

Jan 5, 2013

First Challenge for 2013

Hello everyone,
Well, we are already five days into the New Year, and I am looking forward to what lies ahead not only in my personal life but in my utopian sphere as well.
Over at Our Creative Corner the first Challenge for 2013 is an inspirational photo, our Hostess Sharon is in charge and she has specified that we use the colours Pink, Aqua and a Flower.
Working with soft muted hues is always a delight for me, and so it was pleasurable in many ways to work with this theme. Gosh it feels good to be back to a routine, I may get some cards made now.

The photo inspired me to make a shabby chic card and after all the Christmas Flags and cards of late, it was a wonderful change to create within one of my favourite genres.

I wanted to relate a soft and understated feel with the palette, which is not always easy to do, especially when you have been working with Christmas colours for the past month, I found my thought processes were wondering.... still feeling in the festive mood perhaps.... I don't really know, other than I consciously had to work hard to keep within the colour palette.

The card has many elements, which I so love to add to my creations, not to every-ones taste, but that is what makes us card-makers unique, we are all trying to create the perfect piece in our own way.

My flower and leaves were hand-made, coloured up with distress inks, and titivated to form the desired effect.
Then it is a case of adding the pearls, ribbon, lace and organza to tie the design together.

I hope you will join in this week at Our Creative Corner, I will look forward to seeing your creations and how you interpret the inspiration that is provided so enthusiastically by my teamies here.


Jan 1, 2013

Flags x 3

Greetings to You and the New Year- 2013!

I have three more of my flags for my Christmas Banner to show you today, I have only two more to make and it is finished, it has been enjoyable for me to complete them over the holiday period, as I have received wonderful inspiration from the Christmas cards that I received.
These are Flags 16, 17 and 18. though I have stopped counting now.

The Reindeer is sticky-back canvas and covered in Silver glitter, this was on a card, as soon as I saw it I knew it was going on a Flag.
I love to create texture on my Bg, I made this effect by using my staple Gesso and water-down distress inks.
I made a scene, by adding some rub-ons (bg reindeer) and snowflakes, all coloured up in distress inks.

This one I dry embossed the Bg and added some lace and the MB snowflake die.
The Bells have been in my Christmas box for years, they were always too big for a card, but as you can see perfect for my Flags.
I treated the bells in the same way of dry embossing, then using different inks to create the effect I wanted.
The NOEL sentiment and Poinsettia are little trinkets that were in the same box.


You can just see the Holly that I fussy-cut as foliage under the ribbon.

And the last one.
From a Christmas card, I just placed the elements onto my Flag, with some additional touches such as a Christmas serviette mod-podged onto the Bg.
And  now it will be displayed each year when my banner is up, and I will always know it was from a card that Lai-Yoke made and sent to me.
I did not pick up the true colour in my photo unfortunately.

Here is Lai-Yoke's card.
( Walchow Design.)

 Thank you Lai-Yoke, I hope you like how I have used your elements.