Friday, 28 August 2015

Natures Fragments

Hello and thank you for dropping by!
There are fabulous stamp companies out there aren't there? I see stamps as endless possibilities!
This is particularly true of the Fragment Series of stamps from Chocolate Baroque.

I love the mark making aspect that there is to these generous designs.


I took an A3 Poured Background - just as it says....I empty little bits of this and bigger bits of that from those nasty spray bottles that stop working before they should! Life's definitely too short to pull apart and clean spray bits that should and could work better!

I then cut the dried paper into four pieces, grabbed my Chocolate Baroque Nature Fragments, white and black embossing powder and began serendipity stamping. That's stamping with pigment inks and adding the embossing powder wherever pleased me.
The thing about these backgrounds is there's unpredictability of reactions to the painty, inky surfaces!

"Florentine"

"Eternity"

"Frost"

"Icicles"
I then found fabrics that I liked  for each piece and pulled out my stash of embroidery threads. It's a really contemplative thing, stitching!


This is "Eternity" stitched. As you can there is not a lot of stitching but visually it adds  colour and a lot of texture.

Each piece was then treated to an embellishment or two. Again I used the stamps and hot embossed them.
A backing for each one was chosen and some frames were cleaned up and resprayed.

"Florentine"

"Eternity"

"Icicles"

"Frost"

We are taking these pieces out to the Alstonville Craft and Garden Fair this weekend. 
As I said I love stamps! I love the versatility of them and Chocolate Baroque designs are inspiring.
I'll be demonstrating quite a few mixed media and stamping techniques too! You'll get to see just how loved my inky stamps are!
Julie



Thursday, 27 August 2015

Get out the messy stuff and get happy!


Good Morning! We are under the pump today as we prepare for the Alstonville Quota Club Craft and Garden Fair this weekend. We have a list and the jobs are many!

Often good things come to an end. That's how it is for Anything But A Card where I was honoured to be a foundation member with a wonderful group of design team members.
Our goal was always to bring our own style and excitement out to play.

Apologies for this awful photo
 The theme for Challenge 50 has been Celebration - yes, there's the grand with fireworks and marching bands but there is also the quieter more personal response.

The huge metal flower was a gift from my son, with the inspiring words, "Make it Yours Mum!"


 How can you not feel a little zing of happiness when you play with Bubblegum Pink, Lemon Zest, Squeezed Orange and little flashes of Crushed Grape?
The transformation began!


We are scroungers of the interesting! The metal leaves I think are a climbing plant support.
It was in the shed just waiting for a makeover. Out came the spray paints and then toning down and finishing was done with Viva Decor products and my fingers!


About now in this messy project the Happy Bubbles were swirling around in my head.
I had the perfect location in mind...as we traverse up and down the stairs from the living areas to the studio this Hot Summer Number adds a fillip of happy to our days.


Installing this however, was an entirely different story involving banged thumbs, much groaning and a wall that needs a repaint.
Ah yes! Even Celebrations need caution, don't they?
Julie

PS before I zip back to the dreaded packing and list please visit
Anything But A Card and enter if you have time or leave us a little love!


We're bringing lots of Happy!
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