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DragonflyWe visited a National Trust property, Lyvedon New Build in Northamptonshire last Friday. It is such a peaceful place, no sounds of traffic or aircraft, bird song and breeze fills the air. (It did help that it was a hot, sunny day!) The moats were full of different dragonfly darting about, skimming the surface of the water and darting after fish shadows. Their colours were beautiful. I was inspired to make this tag for the Wings and Things challenge on A Vintage Journey Blog.
The colours of Tim’s Distress inks blend together so well to create the watery atmosphere I was trying to create, always an inspiration.
I clear embossed a JOFY bullrush stencil and then inked over a sun circle with Bundled Sage and Stormy Sky. I inked the circle mask with Mustard Seed and Wild Honey. I wanted to make the words look as if they were floating on the water. I inked the stamp with distress markers in various colours before stamping. The dragonfly was stamped on smooth card, painted with distress markers then stickled. I made separate wings from stamped and stickled acetate. I tied a bundle of irridescent ribbon to the tag top. It was mounted on blue corrugated card then stamped kraft card. I am pleased with the effect, I wanted a misty dawn over the water. Hope you like it too x

Hardy Reef

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We had a fantastic time cruising round the Whitsunday Islands, off the coast of Queensland. We snorkeled round Hardy Reef from the pontoon. The colours of the fish and corals was amazing, so vibrant and so many irridescent shades. We get so few photos together this seemed the perfect picture for the 1-2-3 Challenge Blog.

Hardy Reef

The colour was Blue
The word was Together
The Technique was masking.
I added a layer of pearlescent texture paste through a stencil to create waves at the top. I used a bubbles stencil to mono print the photomat to look like the air bubbles from our snorkels. I randomly inked stencils to create a layered background. I used grunge letters as a mask to make the title, and sprayed with Dylusions inks then removed the letters. The seaweed is a prima stamp and the compass Tim Holtz. The tissue tape and sticker are from IKEA. The edge is finished with faux stitching to pull the design together.

The Daintree

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All about textures

All about textures

Hessian texture paste detail

This week I have been playing with textures for a “Get some texture” challenge on A Vintage Journey blog.
First I stripped the back frame of a 12×12 canvas then painted it with TH distress paints, crackle glaze then inks. After sanding bits I was pleased with the result.
The inspiration for the design came from the tattered leaf die and texture fade, only just discovered the folder to match the leaves! So I made roses from tattered flowers and put glossy accents on for dew drops. The tattered leaves were die cut from kraft core’dinations then embossed.

The hessian (burlap) was washed, stained and inked the I put texture paste through stencils. When it was dry I inked and outlined. I stamped “Wonderful Life” with archival.
I embossed grunge paper with Travel Signs texture fade, then coloured the words are tyre tread with DI. Decorations Antiquing Cream was painted over, dried then wiped off the raised areas, another new favourite!
The photo is in the Daintree, near Cape Tribulation in Australia. We had to have a 4×4 to deal with the unsealed roads and frequent flooded creek crossings! I am really pleased with the result, hope you like it x

Little Rose

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Faux RosesI had some inspiration to finish this canvas. It has had several coats of paint in various different colours. Only the photo has remained the same! I enjoyed creating all the textures, mainly with TH die cuts, stencils with paste, paper doilies and lace. Then came Dylusions sprays to get the colours to complement the photo. I needed finishing touches, that’s when I saw the new challenge at CC3challenge.com (Compendium of Curiosities Challenge 3). Making faux roses from TH Tattered Pinecone die. I was so pleased how the roses turned out using core’dinations paper.
I hope to win something from their sponsor, Inspiration Emporium too!