Saturday, 17 March 2012

Hanna's DIY Postcard Swap 2012!

I did Hanna's postcard swap last year and it was so much fun both creating 10 postcards to send out all over the world and to receive them so this year I was thrilled to see that she was doing it again and signed up.  I've had problems with my camera of late and had to use my iphone so the photos are not at all clear (it didn't help that by the time I got to photographing them it was late, the light was artificial and not that good, and I was in a rush!!) but here we are:

 As soon as I thought about how I wanted to create my cards I knew I wanted to use brown paper and red stitching on some of them - don't ask me why, it was just a very strong urge!! So here you see a couple of them with just that plus some stamping too.  The one on the top right was a mix of collage and a distress ink background.  The bottom left was a napkin collaged, some tea dyed paper onto which I stamped a quote and cut it up to stick on, and then added a Tim Holz disc which says 'destiny'.

The one on the left here is a piece of fabric which I have quilted and sewn on to the postcard (it has a lovely quote about tea on it".  The white bit you can see, I distressed with vintage ink and the word 'enjoy' on it.
The one on the right is again a collaged napkin (Chinese style) and the paper flower is cut out of Chinese newspaper, all inked with a plum coloured ink.

The two on the left hand side I did in Traci Bautista style (I just love it) using some spray inks, acrylic paint, black Indian ink  and a white correction pen. Then I added the words, colouring them gently with some vintage distress ink.  The card in the top right has a background stamp, then some Tim Holtz dictionary tissue tape and a little tissue envelope finished with a balloon brad.  There is a quote on the left which you can't see easily in this photo which says "Be bold in the dreams that you dream for yourself" which is a Christine Mason Miller quote.  The bottom left is a again a collaged napkin (I really liked doing this!!) with a die cut piece of music and a Tim Holz disc again but this time in a rectangle and with the word 'wish' on it.

 Then of course there were the envelopes!!  I cut out some fun paper and sewed the envelope shape, adding a cut label (which you can't really see as I wanted to protect the addresses which I had already written!)  For some of the envelopes I used book pages which was an idea I got from the first postcard I received out of the swap from Sweden which I will show in another post.

The envelope on the top right is hand stamped with splatter, leaf and script stamps - love them!

 So off these go now to their various addresses in the US, Australia, Sweden and one here in the UK.
Thank you Hanna for organising this.  I really enjoyed it and 10 is a great number.

Thoughtful Friday 162

“The things that make me different 
are the things that make me.”
A.A. Milne

Monday, 12 March 2012

Desire to Inspire Inspiration deck swap

I am finding that small challenges really help to push me in my exploration of art and mixed media techniques and allow me to experiment and have a lot of fun.  So I was overjoyed to find this swap going on at Jessica's blog - In search of Dessert.  It was  question of finding a pack of playing cards (not difficult as I discovered I had at least two sets in a junk drawer!) and then decorating each one and adding a quote.  This was right up my street so although the deadline was around the time I was in the throes of flu, I kept going.  Here is a peek at the pack I sent off to Jessica.  She will mix them all up and send us each a pack of our own - how fun that will be!!  Thank you Jessica.

I gessoed all the cards first and then painted some with acrylic paint, some with ink, covered some with paper, spray painted some and so on...

Thoughtful Friday 161

"The real things haven't changed.  It is still
best to be honest and truthful; to make the
most of what we have; to be happy with
simple pleasures; and have courage when
things go wrong"
Laura Ingalls Wilder

Friday, 2 March 2012

GPP Street Challenge 60

Another great challenge from Michelle over at GPP Street Team all about honoring what you love!  I chose to include some of my favourite things when it comes to journalling - script text stamps, found words from books, heart stamps, brown paper with red stitching, crochet flowers into a background of gesso and paint giving some nice texture.  The photo could be better for sure but I am late with this challenge as I have been down with flu for a week so don't want to wait until it is daylight!!!

Thank you Michelle for all the work you put into these challenges for us.  I will miss them for sure.

Thoughtful Friday 160

"Comparison is the thief of joy"
Theodore Roosevelt