Apr 18, 2014

A textured Autumn leaf.

Hello Everyone,

This leaf has been sitting on my desk for weeks, so I proceeded to play with my paints and alter the look. Autumn is the season in New Zealand now so it is an appropriate  image.

The leaf is a mix of Distress paints/Inks and stains applied liberally until I was happy, then I added crackle..... this product is my nemesis, and I cannot fathom why it works beautifully one minute and tragic the next, this occasion was tragic!
To rectify I stamped a crackle effect with Archival ink .

The striped Bg is made with the gelli plate using Acrylic paints, dry embossed then ripped.

Had fun playing with this one, I did not embellish as is my norm as the card is for a friend who would prefer simplicity. 
Alas to me it looks naked.

Hope you all have a great Easter weekend.

Apr 14, 2014

Little Angel of mine....NOT!

Hello Everyone,
I have just returned from a shopping spree with Scarlett (5 year old grand-daughter) and I have to admit it was exhausting, poor Rob was beside himself and all he could think of was finding the nearest coffee shop.

Scarlett is a tornado and screaming hurricane compressed into a little body, and one has to keep her grounded frequently otherwise she becomes very enthusiastic about things, perhaps enthusiastic is not the right word, maybe exuberant and wacky describes her in a better light, whatever, the assistants were very tolerant, they are used to such obstreperous children no doubt, stripping herself naked and trying each item on appeared to be a normal occurrence to them, where as I for the life of me was quite bewildered when the same process was done to try on shoes... what the hell, who has to be naked to try on shoes!!!!

Anyway I survived...Just.
Little Angel she is not, but I love her to pieces.

So with that little story out of the way I will now show you the wall hanging I made her for Easter, ironically it is of a sweet girl with wings...what was I thinking.
The background behind the girl with wings was made with watercolour paints and cling wrap placed on top and left to dry, when removed a unique pattern is left, which creates a sense of movement and texture on the paper. 
The stitched Bg was stamped, and the wood veneer elements painted.
Click on images for a close up view.


Have a great week and thanks so much for your visit.

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Apr 7, 2014

Painted Background.

Hello All,
Here in Auckland we are still having beautiful days with clear Blue skies allowing the sun to brighten the days, as well as the soul.

 Challenges entering:
Stamping Sensations: Use those Dies and/or Punches.

Most of my creations are made using Dies, so this was an easy Challenge for me.
I had painted up some paper a few months back and this colour combo inspired me to make a Birthday card for my Daughter.

A combination of stamping and embossing creates the texture.
The flower was made from tissue paper which was also painted, stamped and wet embossed in White.

 The metal element with the lace and stitching not only ties the design together but also adds another interest, also included are a few pearls.

Hope you all have a great week.

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Apr 3, 2014

9 Patch extended.

Well Hello,
Yes it is me, I am back at long last...Feb 22nd was the last time I blogged anything, so you can imagine how I am feeling; desperate is one word that comes to mind, having a long break away from creativity is not always a good thing, as I have to admit to floundering at times in the construction of this card.

I thought I would try a new Challenge Blog called Cuttin and Stampin 
I have made a 9 patch as my Bg then extended the design by adding the elements which in the quilt world would be termed as Appliqué.

The Background paper was painted with Acrylics using a brayer,
stamping numerous images and text then dry embossing to create texture .

As usual I have added a cornucopia of media to make up the main element of the card along with the image.

It feels good to have completed a card, normality is returning to this household now that all the relatives are safely back in the UK.

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