Jun 18, 2014

A Stressful Time.

Hello All,
I have some lovely friends I am pleased to say and goodness did I need to call on them this week, Rob, my dearest one decided to have a heart attack, it was so unexpected, as is often the case, but I am pleased to say that he has suffered no serious complications but is now the proud owner of a stent in one of his arteries.
He is being discharged today with enough pills to make him rattle (his words) and I will have him home for two weeks!!! I love him dearly...but two weeks, I don't know who I should feel sorry for, me or him.
Humour aside,  I am so relieved that it was not more serious, he is recovering well.

My spirits were lifted this morning when my friend arrived unexpectedly with a card she had made, it was not for me but it was made out of all the cast-offs I had given her from my stash, she wanted a baby card and this is how she put all the pieces together, she did all the colour work herself except for the Bg's, you will no doubt recognise my stitching. I have to admit I was pleased as punch with the outcome, this is only the second card she has made.

How do you think she did? Not bad for pieces that were destined for my rubbish bin.

Hope all is well your end, 

Jun 5, 2014

Tempting Treats #5- Altered Box

Hello Everyone, 
Well the day has arrived; the last of the Technicolour Trio and Tempting Treats. Challenges with my special friends, Lisa and Mitra.
It has been a wonderful 6weeks of creating and interpreting the complex and sometimes obscure challenges. The process for me has been so enjoyable, it leaves me feeling centred and connected. The next step is to remove the blocks of forcing things and becoming to outcome focused. This is not easy for me.
So for this final Challenge the requirements are:

Week #5-Project F.
#1- Altered Box or ATB.
#2- Wings
#3- Game pieces
#4- Seasonal display- Pick a season you like.

My favourite season is Christmas, so I chose the G45-12 Days of Christmas paper to decorate my box.

I painted up the box in iridescent Gold and edged in Bronze.
Gathered the selection of papers and elements, making some Tags and punching some borders.
 Printed a Fairy onto Tissue paper for the Wings requirement, even though there is a bird on the paper.
Covered the sides of the Box and attached the Fairy and added rub-ons, red pearls and glitter.

Now for the fun part.
Painting up the Tim Holtz Poinsettia Die and the puzzle pieces with a mix of Gold and bronze paints, then stamping a text in Archival Ink on top.
I then dry embossed and added a Vintage Brad to complete the flower.
All that was left was to start layering up to finish off my design. 

 I also painted up the metal cross.

If you click on the pics you will notice prima flowers, bling, burlap, washi tape, lace and rub-ons. 
And there you have it, the last creation for this year in conjunction with Lisa and Mitra.
A miscellany of  unrelated items combined to make a festive representation of  Christmas.

I just want to finish off by thanking my two buddies in participating so creatively in these Challenges,  I think I can honestly say they have pushed me to navigate through the mish mash of requirements and achieve good results, the process has enabled me to leap frog  over the obstacles of creating.

Please hop across and pay Lisa and Mitra a visit and view their flair and originality.


Jun 1, 2014

A Masculine card from me!!!

Hello  Everyone,
 A day of firsts for me, having been on this earth for more than half a century, I don't have too many first's left, that I am able to experience!
It is the first day of June and the first occasion for me to be part of the

Yes, they picked me to be on their Design Team and I was so happy, but then I received the theme for my first project and to introduce myself to all and make a good first impression- 'Only Men Allowed!' Unfortunately this theme was a road block, as many of you are aware I don't do Masculine! 
However, after a mild panic attack I challenged myself to think with my right side of the brain as opposed to my usual left; analytical and logical, so looking for more creativity and spontaneity and hopefully interact the both regions to produce a  piece of work that is acceptable, I sat at the table and froze.
Like many artists I suffer from pre-conceived ideas and fears limiting my performance to create freely. I knew I needed to change my perspective to get new ideas, as we always tend to return to the comfort of what we know and enjoy, and I am no different. 
I did eventually create a card.
Apologies for no step by step but I was really winging it!
So here I am with my Male card for my first sample for CVC  June Challenge-
 "Only Men Allowed"

The Steam punk technique, with cogs and gears which were cut on the Cricut, with G45 paper, corrugated card stock for the layers and the little clock face as the main element of interest.

The sentiment was the perfect finish to my approach to this first Challenge.

You may ask, 'do I like what I have made' ? I have to be honest and say, not particularly but I am very pleased with myself  for successfully designing a masculine themed card.
I need to make more to be better, in fact my second one which will be up later this month is far easier on th eye, well I think so anyhow.
More interesting ones can be viewed from my fellow design team here
 Pay them a visit, and join in the Challenge.

 Thank you for visiting,