Tuesday, January 28, 2014

paperDVIZHNIK.....Challenge #34......."KISS"

Hello. Here's a challenge all about kissing. We all need and love kisses, and of course there are all kinds of kisses and "kissy" situations, even animals kiss each other. PaperDVIZHNIK has all details HERE for you to join in and show off your "KISS" interpretation, and while you're there you can see what the DT girls have created to inspire you.

"Mary Had A Little Lamb"

I've tried to create a really textural page, so I've used twigs, wire, metal, wool, hessian and some resin embellishments. Underneath all of that is the usual stamping, embossing, and texture paste "chicken wire" created with a stencil.
The background paper is from Kaisercraft 75 cents Collection; it's called "Penny". This is such a great paper to use as a base as it gives "instant" texture for you to just build layers on top of.

Thanks so much for visiting me today. I hope your week is full of creativity and lots of kisses on the side. 
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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Mixed Media Place........Are You Brave ?

Mixed Media Place is playing with our emotions. What does 'courage' mean to you?
To me courage means 'never giving up' ! No matter how broken, how beaten up, despondent, down and out and full of despair you may be, never give up ! But, it takes courage, a lot of courage, strength and determination to rise above and take on all of the challenges that  life will confront us with.
My photo of the old broken doll represents the struggles that we all face at times, and how we can feel "destroyed" or worthless or a situation seem hopeless.
I guess my page can seem a little "dark and gloomy", but courage is something we don't need when times are good. Courage is an emotion we have to draw on in our darkest and most challenging days to face and overcome the most difficult and hardest of times.
So, my page doesn't actually have a title and the words are pretty hard to read, but, my message is:
Never give up !   on yourself,   on caring,   on your dreams,    on peace,    on cancer,   
on love,    on equality,     on a better world.

I've used paper from Finnabair's 9th Wave Collection as well as paper napkin. There is of course stamping, embossing and stencilling. All colour is from Distress Inks and Stains.

Finnabair's metal mechanicals

Textures using Finnabair's "Threading" stamp and below her fabulous "checkered" stencil. I'm also loving using wire on my projects at the moment....I like the sharp, delicate lines it makes but also the strength and solidity it portrays.

Be brave, lets see what courage means to you. Come along for an emotional ride and play along with the challenge at Mixed Media Place this month. All the details are HERE.
Thanks for visiting today, sorry my post is a bit "dark and moody", so I will say goodbye on a lighter note. Saw this printed on a T-shirt....it's a slant on the Serenity prayer;
LORD, give me
to change the things I
can change, and
to accept the things I can't.
Have a great week
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Sunday, January 12, 2014

paperDVIZHNIK Colour Challenge #33

The challenge is to create a project, in any format, using these colours

  • raspberry red /  crimson-red
  • turquoise-blue /  Turquoise-blue
  • gray or brownish-gray /  gray or brown-gray
  • White + additional black / white + additional Black

Visit paperDVIZHNIK HERE to see the beautiful, arty, vibrant and gorgeously inspiring DT creations.
here's mine......got a little fixated on the stripes but do love this colour combo. 

Thanks for visiting today. May your week ahead be full of colour........... but not "beige". 
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Monday, January 6, 2014

A Little Bohemian Whimsy for the Mixed Media Place

Hello. My project for the Mixed Media Place is a reflective view on the past, present and the future. Some people love to go and have their fortunes told; they want to know what the future holds for them. I love the idea of gypsies and fortune tellers, the romance and intrigue, crystal balls and Taro cards, the Bohemian life, and their colourful and gorgeous decorative style. But, I do not want to see into my future or dwell on my past. I want only to live in the moment.
Live In The Moment
Image source: Photographer, Sham Jolimie 

A plastic embossing folder has been pressed into wet, thick gesso (debossing ) to create surface pattern and texture.

Perfect Pearls Gold Mist and Silks Acrylic Glaze.

With strips of paper, washi tape and tissue coloured richly with Distress Stains and Silks along with the decorative metal Vintage Trinkets and a "foreboding" blackbird I tried to set the scene for the Gypsy girl.

Beautiful chipboard piece ( my absolute favourite ) from MMP coloured with Blazing Red StazOn and sprayed with Perfect Pearls Heirloom Gold topped off with a Vintage Trinket.
A detailed list of all products used can be found HERE at Mixed Media Place.
Thanks for visiting.
May the moments in your day make you smile.
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Friday, January 3, 2014

Scrap Around The World January Challenge # 9

Scrap Around The World has it's first challenge for 2014 up and running. Get all the details on how to play along HERE.
This is the beautiful and inspiring mood board designed by Kim Ewins.

7 Dots Studio 9th wave paper really does all the work on this page. I have added some embossed areas using stamps and masks, some water colour, alcohol ink and texture paste ( for the birds ) but this beautiful paper makes a fantastic starting point.

Prima wood embellishment word.

Mesh, embossed chipboard, water colour and epoxy stickers.

Tried to create the look and texture of sand with "Stampendous" shabby blue embossing enamel.

Scrap Around The World has great sponsors......just look at these fabulous prizes you could win just by playing along.

1st prize - Over US$50 prize- pack from Creativica
{Swedish Store - brick & mortar/online}

2nd prize - 2 Crafty Chipboard valued at $30!

3rd prize - Scrapmatts Chipboard valued at $25!

4th prize - A selection of Purple Pumpkin products, to the value of $15.

5th prize - 5 packs of Prima embellishments & miscellaneous blooms donated by 
Design Team member Eila Sandberg.{to be eligible for this prize you must be a
 follower of Eila's blog so please follow the link & sign up for some amazing inspiration}.

Random Prize - Sunshine Love Collection from Studio 75 {Poland}

May the beginning of your year be just as you want it.

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