Greetings & happy Friday to one & all. I hope everyone has had a wonderfully creative week. I have a piece of news that is both exciting & terrifying me at the same time. On Sunday, March 28, I am going to taking part in my very first market & hoping to sell some of my cards!! It’s taking place in London, it’s called the Underground Market & you can read all about it here .
So, between now & then, it will be all systems go; I’m going to make as many cards as I can. Easter is the following weekend, so I’ll make Easter cards too. It would be lovely if some of my cards sold, but I think the event itself will be great fun & it’s a terrific way of meeting people.
I was asked to make a card for a girl, who was going to be ten, is ‘a bit of a tomboy’ & likes blue & red. I immediately thought of this Manga Girl image; I stamped it onto heavy watercolour paper & coloured it with my Whispers pens, then cut it out. All that was easy, the layout took quite a while longer. Sometimes I get a LO straightaway, other times I’m moving pieces of paper around for hours. 🙂 I had a good rummage through my papers & came up these. I love the red, it’s from the DCVW Taj Mahal paper stack & I like the sharp contrast it makes against the blues, which are HOTP. I used Nesties Labels Two in my CB to make the diecut shapes. I stamped the ’10’ with silver ink & then heat embossed it with silver embossing powder. I think it’s a little small, but I didn’t want to use peel-off numbers. (Note to self, add larger number & letter stamps to wishlist). I didn’t want to make a girly card, so I knew I wouldn’t be adding ribbon or flowers & I didn’t want to add any bling either, but when I had put all the elements together, I decided something was missing. After much staring & pondering I thought a tiny bit of bling would probably be okay & added the adhesive gems. Much to my relief, the card was a success.
I find it very difficult making cards for men. Sounds familiar, right?! Anyway, sometime last year, there was a card in the Craft Stamper magazine using a winged chair – I think, memory is a little hazy now. The idea stayed in my head until this week & this is my take on it. The chair is Whiff of Joy. I stamped it onto heavy paper & coloured with TH distress inks. I stuck a piece of gold paper onto heavy paper, then cut out the crown shape. I use the word ‘crown’ loosely of course, if I didn’t tell you what it was you’d never have guessed! When I put the card together I put Ranger Crackle Accents onto the chair, to try to get the aged, worn leather appearance. I left it overnight to dry & was quite pleased when I saw it the next morning. The Crackle Accents had ‘diluted’ the distress ink a little & the chair does look worn. Overall, I’m pleased with this experiment, I will definitely make more cards with this theme, but I think I will use a bigger card, ie, a 6×6; I think a little more space would be better.
Tomorrow, I’m going to the Craft Barn in Surrey. They are having a Spring ‘MiniFest’, with lots of demonstrations & it’s FREE! Always a good thing these days. I’m going with a new crafty friend, Marjorie, who I met at the BladeRubber shop in London recently. We got into conversation over the TH distress inks & we’ve kept in touch. Marjorie started her crafting journey by making dolls houses & now she does scrapbooking & decoupage. Like me, she loves the distressed/grungy look, so we have lots to talk about.
My inspirational artist today is Shayla Maddox. Shayla lives in Orange County, California & her light reactive paintings are AMAZING. I regularly visit her Etsy shop to stare longingly at ‘Stillness’, which is my absolute favourite & I dream of one day having it on my wall.
I’ll be back on Sunday with more cards & I’ll tell you about my day at the Craft Barn. Have a great weekend & thank you for visiting. Until next time,
Love & light.