Saturday, August 25, 2012

A Good Book and a Trip to London

Paper Crafts August Gallery Challenge is to make a British inspired project.

As I don't have any British themed stamps, I decide to go with something I love – books and in this case books by British authors. Sometimes I read curled up in a comfy chair with a squishy cushion, so to go a bit further with the British theme I made a tiny Union Jack cushion for my card.

Stamps (Hero Arts) - Wish You Were Here, Everyday Sayings and Designer Woodgrain

To start with I made the chair by stamping it twice, once on card and the other time on a scrap of suede upholstery fabric. Then I made the cushion with a scrap of denim from an old pair of jeans, wadding and thread\yarn.

To make the table I inked the stamp and kissed it with the woodgrain background using a slightly darker ink. There are so many wonderful British books to choose from but to save the table breaking, I just picked some on my favourites! The book titles were printed off using a variety of fonts and I tried to achieve a worn and well read look by using distress inks and rumpling the paper a bit. I curled the titles to form book spines and left them slightly bowed when I adhered them to a piece of backing card.

I'm also submitting this card into the current Hero Arts Challenge, as one of the themes is make your own embellishment.

Since the card is British inspired I thought I'd share some photos of our trip earlier in the year.

Up, up and away in Legoland, Windsor

A peek into Gryffindor Common Room, Warner Brothers Studio Tour, London

Up close to Hagrid

Spotting Marilyn at Madam Tussauds, London

A view of Big Ben and Houses of Parliament from the London Eye

Back on firm ground again for lunch

A visit to Tower Bridge

and finally aboard the H.M.S. Belfast

Hope you're all having a great weekend!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Bookmarks in Paper Crafts Magazine

Well it has been quite a while since I've posted anything, as somehow I ended up with sore hands and decided to take a little break from making and typing. Thank goodness the break seems to be doing the trick as I've been itching to make things for the past few weeks!

Stamp (Hero Arts) - Heart Owls

Since I haven't posted anything in August I thought I'd clear the cobwebs away from the blog and show photos of bookmarks which were published in the July/August digital issue of Paper Crafts Magazine.

Part of that particular issue of Paper Crafts Magazine included a back to school section, so I made bookmarks to cover various school subjects using the cute little owls stamp which I ink up over and over again.

Hope you are all having a wonderful weekend!
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