21 November 2014

Butterflies Garden

I am a huge consumer of quotations. If I'm bored waiting to collect child from an activity I'l happily search for quotations on my phone, take a screen shot of ones I like and then refer to it later in my Studio! So this quotation had been hanging around for a while and once the weather started to turn I thought I'd never get to use it this year! How wonderful that the theme at Country View Crafts Challenges this month is Bugs, Bees and Butterflies! I turned to my fabulously summery JoFy stamps to create a garden and butterflies.
The images were all coloured using Dylusions inks with the fuchsias (are they fuchsias?) and butterflies being stamped again on cream card and the flowers and wings cut out. I hope you're inspired by my wonderful teammates to join in with us this month!
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19 November 2014

Xiexie

For DragonsDream Tag It On this fortnight we are on our penultimate recipe and this time Julie chose the letter X and purple. Oh my! What X to choose?! That's a toughie. But then I remembered my poor daughter who has studied for a Chinese (Mandarin) GCSE as an after school activity for 18 months. She found out in the summer she'd passed so she never has to do it again (she was so thrilled to know it was over as it was really tough!) and when I announced it on Facebook she thanked everyone by saying 'xiéxié' which is Mandarin for thank you! And so the idea for the tag emerged..! Oh! It's pronounced "sheh sheh" by the way!
I used purple Dylusions spray for the background (bright isn't it?!) and an Ellen Vargo stamp for the pattern. The top is my most favourite Wendy Vecchi stencil and her clear embossing paste (magical stuff indeed!)
The figure is a Lynne Perrella stamp which I stamped on to tissue paper and painted with Frescos. Think I made the fishing rod out of the top of her head a little wonky but once it's stuck down...! Hope you'll join in with us - just make sure you include a stamp and a tag and your interpretation of the theme! If you need more inspiration - my team mates have created a really fabulous variety of ideas - why not pop over and see?
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8 November 2014

Believe

Over at Country View Projects I have begun my Christmas countdown! Why not pop over and see it in it's glory!
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5 November 2014

Untried...

It's my turn to choose the theme at DragonsDream Tag It On this fortnight and I chose the letter U and a Quotation. I found this Tim Holtz quote stamp and thought it an unusual 'U' so it seemed pretty perfect!
The background is layers of Distress Inks and I added stamped Tim Holtz images stamped on cream card.
Hope you'll join in with us - just make sure you include a stamp and a tag and your interpretation of the theme! If you need more inspiration - my team mates have created a really fabulous variety of ideas - why not pop over and see?
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1 November 2014

Bugs, Bees and Butterflies

It's November already! Where is this year disappearing to?! This month the theme at Country View Crafts Challenges is Bugs, Bees and Butterflies. This makes me think of summer days - a real change from the increasingly cold rainy weather outside my window! So for my first piece this month I chose to go back to my square journal and use the fabulous bee die from Mr Holtz. The wings have a thin layer of Glossy Accents on to give a subtle sheen. 
The paper behind the blue backing is a dictionary stamp by Wendy Vecchi stamped several times on tissue paper with Vintage Photo Distress Ink over the top. I enjoyed making my own backing paper... think this might be a new obsession! Hope you pop over and see what my talented team mates have made and that you feel inspired to join in with us this month!
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28 October 2014

An invite to Halloween

Ah! Halloween! Not my favourite time of year... however lots of people love it, including my children! I have made something Halloween inspired over at Country View Crafts' Projects... Why not pop over and see?
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