Friday, 16 December 2011

Forgotten Friday 42- It's been a while

Hi Folks, it's been a couple of weeks since I've done a Forgotten Friday post, and I'm really not expecting any of you to go rushing out to make something to join in this close to Christmas. The makes that I'm going to show you today are coincidental, not specifically for this post either. We are all so busy at this time of year.

Unfortunately, I haven't been that well recently, so crafting has been almost impossible for me, which has been really frustrating in the lead up to Christmas. I am buying a lot of my cards this year, but listening to a lot of other people, I'm not the only one. I hope that you aren't all feeling the pressure of the season too much. Hopefully you will be able to approach the big day ready to wind down, enjoy some time with friends and family, and that you can relax for a while. I know, I'm not ignoring the fact that there is a huge dinner to cook on the day, believe me! However, I have three helpers who do the vegetable peeling and the washing up, so I have learned to delegate!

Anyway, on to my projects this week. I have been making a book card with my card class for the last couple of weeks. It wasn't meant to take so long, but the construction was a little involved, and then the front needed decorating. I then showed them how to make the TH pine cones, so it became quite time consuming. My project was based on a project taken from the Whiff of Joy tutorial blog, there is a great 'how to' video on the blog. I have used a neglected Martha Stewart punch to make paper lace to decorate both the inside and outside of the project, colouring the card with Antique Linen Distress Ink.

I then embossed a favourite Chocolate Baroque holly swirl stamp in gold onto my background card, and then added various green Distress Inks. I then stamped an unused LOTV angel stamp onto an oval of card, which I had already coloured slightly with some of the green inks. I coloured the image with Coloursoft pencils. I added some more of the paper lace, and two of the pine cones and foliage from the same die, which I had inked with Pine Needles Distresss Ink.

My second project is a Birthday card that I needed to make for a twenty year old this week. I wanted something quite vibrant to reflect her vivacious personality. I used some Distress Inks patted onto my craft mat, spritzed with water, and dragged my card through the colours repeatedly, building up the layers. I then sprayed a Crafty notions white spray over the top to knock the colour back slightly. I then stamped an IndigoBlu crackle stamp over the top.

I stamped 'Ella Bella' from IndigoBlu onto the background, using Archival black ink. I added some lovely sari ribbon that my crafty friend Lesley had given me, I have been hoarding this for an eternity, and the colours are gorgeous. I then added a silver butterfly that I had coloured with Stream and Wild Plum alcohol inks, again, a neglected craft item. To finish, I added some tiny flat-backed self-adhesive pearls on the image. I have lots of these, but rarely use them.
If you feel like making something with your forgotten stash, please leave a comment, and I'll pop along to your blog to take a look. However, please don't feel guilty if you are too busy this week. Thanks for stopping by, xx


Marja's Stamp Addiction said...

This is marvelous. Very beatiful. Love it.
Lovely greet

Aquarius said...

Two splendid projects from you and I'm sure the class really enjoyed making the book card. I do hope you are feeling a bit better now and will manage to take things easy over the break. I will see what I can find in my forgotten stash maybe over the weekend and it might be nice to make something non-seasonal!!

JoZart said...

Such lovely artwork and I especially adore the last one. The combination of the background and the image work so well together.
Hope you are 100% for Christmas!
Jo x

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

Hi Judith Sorry that you've been unwell, but I hope that you are well on the road to recovery now. Two wonderful projects today, I love the background on the second one. I posted a couple of weeks ago and called it FF 42, (didn't realise that you were not well)but wanted to get it posted so that I could also enter the White Christmas challenge. Here is the link to the white Christmas post. I will try and do something else over the weekend to add to this.

Sue x

Aquarius said...

Hi again Judith - I felt like a break from seasonal things so here is a card made quickly this morning for your challenge.  Take care

Judith said...

Beautiful projects, I love that birthday card. Sorry to hear you haven't been feeling well, hope you recover in time for Christmas. I'm still learning how to delegate, any tips?

craftimamma said...

I love both these projects Judith. The book card is really pretty and your pine cones are great (I have the die now but not had time to try it out - bet my first ones are naff, lol). Love the colours you have used on both your projects. Fabulous background on the Ella Bella card and I'm sure the recipient will love the card because it is beautiful and very eyecatching. Glad you're using that sari silk ribbon! I'm being mean and still hoarding mine, lol!

Lesley Xx

Shirley Deatcher said...

Love your cards, especially the blue & pink background. Thanks for the explanation. I found your blog thru Chocolate Baroque (beautiful stamps). I'm joining as a follower. Cheers.

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