Sunday, 23 February 2014

Merly Impressions Scrapbook Challenge Feb 2014

The challenge on the Merly Impressions blog this month is to use stamps & stamping.  You can check out the challenge for yourself HERE.  The blog is full of inspiration.

I found this old photo of my nana, Elsie with her sisters.  I don't know their names or when this was taken, I'll be checking with my Mum later to see if she can shed any light on this.

I started with a white piece of 12 x 12 card stock, then applied pink and cream paint, in my usual random messy style.  It was a bit too 'fresh' for the photograph, so I slapped on some bronze, but that made the paper too dark for my liking, so out came the gesso and sponges/swiped that over the background till I was happy.  I'm very impatient so all the layers of paint were still wet while I was playing around with colour.  

Its all about the stamping and I think I went a bit stamp mad!!  Using bronze ink, I stamped the lace border for the base of the photo and then I went mad with some gold ink and my old favourite a crackle stamp, its so well used its split in places.  I've no idea where I got it from.  Back to the bronze ink and a swirly stamp for the rest of the border around the photo and the edges of the card stock.  I've used a kind of scribble stamp to further edge the card stock border.  

  For the final touch of stamping, I cut out some stamped and heat embossed butterflies onto old music paper, then smooched them over with a distress ink before stamping the butterflies onto the layout and overlaying with the cut outs.  I think the butterfly at the top should be a bit higher but its stuck down now!!

TFL  Lou x

Sunday, 16 February 2014

The Craft Barn Q&L Challenge

Thanks to everyone who took the time to leave me a comment, very much appreciated.  This fortnight the Craft Barn challenge words are "Miss" and/or "Strong".  You can check out the challenge  HERE.

Sticking with my Affirmation Cards, I picked the quote:
"Love is Life, if you miss love then you miss life."

Dictionary pages have been used for the background, I've painted the background with cream and lilac paint, then  used chalk pastels to add pink and white highlights.  The heart was stencilled on using chalk pastels and the heart beat stencilled using ink.  

TFL  Lou x

Sunday, 2 February 2014

Silence & Dazzle The Craft Barn Q&L challenge.

Firstly, I'd like to thanks those who take the time to leave a comment, its appreciated.

Silence and/or Dazzle are the words this fortnight.  Dazzle is such a fabulous word but I  couldn't find an appropriate dazzle quote or lyric for my affirmation card.  Check out the challenge and other fabulous entries HERE.

"In the silence I rediscover who I am" 
by John Francis, an American Environmentalist

Paint, tissue and stamping.

TFL  Lou x