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16 February 2011

Green Paper Challenge: Joyful Wishes

Mary at Green Paper hosts a collage challenge each month,
so here is what I created with the inspirational images provided by Mary for February.

I covered an unwanted dvd with patterned papers from the Life's Journey Pansy collection
by K & Company as they toned with Mary's images.

I printed out the picture of the family on photographic paper.
I distressed it by tearing, folding, sanding, scuffing
& aged it with Distress Ink (antique linen).

I used the wording on the Dove's banner, which reads

"May joy be around you"

I added an old button & threads of hessian.

This is the back of the dvd.

10 February 2011

Mending a Broken HeArt

I spent an enjoyable afternoon this week with textile artist Elizabeth Sayers to make a heart with attitude, using scraps of old fabric & beads.

To start I chose the base colour of my heart from all the lovely fabrics Elizabeth had provided, then I cut out my two heart shapes freehand.

I hand stitched the two pieces together using blanket stitch with gorgeous blue thread. Every now & then I added some rocailles beads to add interest around the edges.

Elizabeth created some cord for me to use by tearing a fine strip of fabric then over stitching on her sewing machine with two different blue metallic threads. I used half to create a hanging loop & saved the other half for later.

The heart was filled & a bead added to the bottom of the loop. I completed the rest of the heart back at home.

I used a strip of an old silk scarf, lace, wording & white organza ribbon.

I cut a small heart from old cotton fabric (from an discarded man's shirt) & edged it with some fibre, incorporating a square of lace from an old lace doily (charity shop find).

For the final touches, I stitched on the remaining half of the handmade cord, added three old buttons & a pearl coloured pin.

09 February 2011

Dear Valentine

With Valentine's Day just around the corner,
thoughts turn to love & romance.

I used patterned papers by my favourite K & Company designer, Brenda Walton
to cover a mountboard heart.

The edges were sanded.

I punched two holes in the top with my Crop-a-dile,
through which to thread some of my favourite ribbon.

I composed a Haiku poem & printed the words out using a typewriter font,
so as not to give any clues as to who wrote it!

I used a little black ink around the cut out elements & the torn papers,
Distress Ink over the typed words (antique linen)
& the elements were coated in Glossy Accents.

More ribbon & an old button for added texture & dimension.

04 February 2011

Love & Passion

The challenge theme on Make a Moo or Two is

I covered my white mountboard Moo blank with black card,
then covered it with script vellum.

I used a wonderful image from The Vintage Stamper,
together with paper designs from The Angel Company.

I added the calendar detail from 7 Gypsies.

The wording was cut out from junk mail.


A digital collage using images provided by Mary Green for her monthly collage challenge on her blog Green Paper, with additional images from The Graphics Fairy.