Tuesday, 9 August 2011

Blue Grasses

Hi Folks, well I'm back from my holidays, and up to my ears in washing, feeling like I never went away! We had a great time at Center Parcs near Longleat, and it was a much needed break, as we have had a lot of things going on this year. We revisited a lot of favourite haunts, Longleat itself, and Cheddar Gorge, managing to fit in a scrumptious cream tea.

Megan has had her cast removed today, and although she feels as though she has gone backwards a bit, she is glad to be rid of it. She wants to be mobile and independent again.

I am itching to get crafting again, I have lots of things that I want to be getting on with, so hopefully, I'll have a few things to show you shortly. One of the projects I made a little while ago was using the recently released Home Sweet Home stamps by Chocolate Baroque Glenda has been having a giveaway over on the Design Team Blog, and is choosing a winner for a set of these lovely stamps as we speak.

When I was first given these stamps, they spoke to me of Clarice Cliff, a designer that I have always admired. I love that era of design, and apart from the lack of female freedom in those times, would quite cheerfully live back then, as I love the clothes, the art, and the architecture of the period. I researched the alternative colours that Clarice used, and was drawn to the turquoise, navy and cream often found in her designs. I decided to use these colours for this project.

I created two faux porcelain tiles, by cutting a piece of mount board into oval shapes, and stamping my chosen designs onto them. Once dry, I covered the tiles with Versamark, and then used clear embossing powder, to create a tile effect, reapplying this three times. For the background, I added Bundled Sage re-inker to a Mini Mister filled with water, and Tumbled Glass re-inker to another Mini Mister filled with water. I spritzed the watercolour paper with the two colours, drying each layer, until I was happy with the duck egg blue colour that I had created. I then stamped the grasses in a repeat pattern to create a background.

These stamps really are lovely, and myself and the other DT members have really enjoyed working with them. Look out for some more new stamps coming along soon, and some great samples from the Design Team.

Thanks for stopping by today, xx


Yvette said...

Great stamp! Beautiful card!

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

A beautiful card Judith, love the colours you've used. Mine came in the post today, just need to cut them out now. Glad you had a nice holiday, shame about the washing.

Sue xx

Paula (PEP) said...

This is a lovely idea & so in keeping with the Clarice Cliff ethos - I too love this period but think I would have struggled myself had I lived then. These stamps have really opened my eyes to her designs & I love the fact that you've researched her use of 'other' colours - shall have to pursue that one myself. Thanks for the inspirational info too.
Paula (PEP)

Sally H said...

Just beautiful, Judith. I will be popping those beautiful stamps into my basket before the end of the month. Hope Megan continues to improve

craftimamma said...

I love this card Judith. You really achieved the tile effect with the embossing on that oval and the grasses work beautifully as a background. Stunning work.

Glad to have you back Buddy but shame about your washing.

Lesley Xx

Aquarius said...

Welcome back Judith - pleased you had a good holiday. This is beautiful and I love the colours.

LizM said...

This is so different from the other samples, Judith & I love it. A completely different feel with these gorgeous colours.
Just lovely.
Liz M x

Julie said...

A gorgeous card, love the idea of the embossing to get a tile effect with the image.

Julie W x

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