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Sad Story

Sad Story
I had call out of the blue the other night and I was asked if I would make a sympathy card for their friend.
The friend’s son had died 2 1/2 years ago
but no body had been found till recently.

Tragically he had driven into the desert, walked off and never returned.
He loved his guitar and music
and she wanted a card made to celebrate this about him.
But no words!

It was to be an uplifting card to highlight something beautiful about their child.

 The doves are for peace of mind, one for each parent.
The colours are muted but reflect life.
And the guitar and music notes are for the young man.
I wish peace for the soul of the young man,
closure for the parents
and a life celebrated, not mourned…
and I truly hope this card reflects that.
I am entering this card into the following challenges ~

Alter It

Alter It
 is the challenge this fortnight at FSC!
 The DT’s have exceeded themselves and come up with some of the most creative and inspiring pieces that you will see. 
Marina from Cottage Crafts is offering an on-line voucher
 to the top pick from the DT’s.
The thought process behind my efforts this fortnight was a little hindered
in that I drank a few bottles of wine 
so that I could use the bottles…

then I saw an altered block of wood over at 
The Artistic Stamper by Lori
and changed my mind!!!

My block of wood was covered in gesso first and then some distress inks
~ then I changed my mind and painted over it with some metallic water-based inks.

Then I stamped some leaves onto some tissue paper and glued it around the edges of each side
 to create a frame.

I added some copper paint for some highlights and to exaggerate the wood feature.

After looking at it for awhile I decided to add some texture paste around the edges of each side, 
blended more metallic paint for lushness 
and then some gold paint for highlights on the raised bits.

Finally I stamped up some dylusional images and coloured them with distress inks, 
carefully cut them out 
and attached them to the block of wood.
I have to admit that I thoroughly enjoyed this project.
– stamps are from Flonz and Dylusions
– inks are distress inks and metallic inks
– wood is pine, chunky and knotted
– still collecting wine bottles…just in case…
I am entering this project into the following challenges

ATC Swap Winner…
Drum roll please!
Congratulations to “Buttons”,
 if you would like to contact me with your details 
I will post away the ATC of your choice 
for the swap.

Pretty in Pink

“Pretty In Pink”
I first saw this stamp used by Avril in one of our challenges at FSC
 and loved it so much that I just had to get it.
It is a Lost Coast Design stamp.
It pretty much filled up the whole card (well, the size that I make anyway)
so there was no room to move…
I had some scrap cs that I had inked previously when I was first experimenting with dylusional inks
so I used this for the butterflies.
Then it was obvious to me that I needed hot pink cs to bring out the colour of the butterflies.
The small butterflies are stamped a second time, cut out and stuck on so that they lift up.
I have added some glitter on their wings.
I think the more I look at this the more I really like the hot pink.

Good Things Come In Small Packages

“An ATC Swap”
This fortnight at FSC we would love to see what “little things” you can make.
Just so long as it has stamping on it it is elibible to win 
a wonderful prize from Marina’s Cottage.
I have made 3 ATC’s (my first ones)
and thought that a swap would be fun!!!
All you need to do to play… is to be a follower,
in the comments say that you would like to be in the swap…
and which one you would like to swap with.
I only have 3, so I will do a random draw for each one
for those playing…
(on the 21st of Sept)
And that’s it!
All three are totally different and each reflects a piece of me.
If there is a common thread then I guess it is the colour blue, they are summery…
and lots and lots of distressing.
“Bevy of Butterflies”
Just because I love butterflies…
it represents Spring, new life and abundance!
The style of this one is using distress inks, flicking water and creating a 3D effect.
“Bring On Summer”
This one is inspired by the sea, where I live…
it is simply summer to me.
The style is splodging into ink to give a watery feel and covering with a glimmer mist.
This one has and inked and dry embossed background that has been sanded and a light covering of blue added over the top for definition.
The pins are handmade.
The overall feeling is contentment and relaxation (really!)
The idea behind this is as a follow up to the ATC box that I made a few challenges ago.
It seemed like a good idea at the time but it has been sitting empty on my bench ever since!!!
 I think it would be fun to start dabbling in swaps so here I go…
I am entering this into the following challenges ~