Sunday, 27 October 2013
Live in the moment...
Hello all! Well, we've got a lovely interval of sunshine in between the tempestuous winds so I dashed outside to grab some photos of my first make in my new craft space.
Guess what? It's a tag.
Oh... and anyone who was concerned that I ought to bring some ivy with me from the old house, you can relax, as you can see!
I've got a heavy (but probably very enjoyable) work week coming up, so I haven't been able to get my head round any complicated crafty projects (though there are several brewing in the darker recesses of my mind!), but I had to break in the new room, and here's what arrived.
I also promised you some pictures of the glass cabinet - still empty when I showed you the room - doing its proper job of displaying something, so if you scroll down you'll find a few pictures of that too...
This tag started with a background of Distress Paints - Salty Ocean, Picket Fence and a touch of Broken China - sponged on using a natural sponge. I think it gives a lovely fluffy cloud sky effect.
The sentiment is definitely one to live by, I think.
I added multiple stampings of some of the Tim Holtz meadow flowers, from the small size sets, stamping in Sepia and Coffee Archival inks.
I added some tiny heads of blossom around the place using the Inkssentials white gel pen.
Around the bottom of the tag I used Potting Soil to stamp the little texture stamp to give a real sense of the earthy undergrowth.
I used the same texture stamp, stamping in Broken China, around the edges of the sky for a bit more depth.
The birds were stamped in Black Archival, and then the white pen went into action again to add some feathery detailing - the only thing I'm in two minds about here - I loved them in plain black too.
I added a tiny shadow of Vintage Photo for definition, and then some distressing with the paper distresser around the edges.
A natural topping of raffia and very fine twine, and we're done.
So, on to the display case...
I actually feel a bit uncomfortable having my stuff out on display for some reason (though I can see it's a pity to have it huddled on shelves and in boxes as it has been)...
... but the rest of my family all love how it looks in the glass cabinet, so I've yielded...
... and probably reluctantly accept their verdict!
Besides, it was interesting to see what made the cut as far as I was concerned (there's still a fair amount in boxes!)...
... and it's also really nice to have a visible record of previous work to remind me of ideas and techniques I'd already forgotten about!
Sorry about the reflections in the glass.
I also took a few with the doors open so that you can see what's in there better.
(Remember you can click on the pictures for close-ups if you're curious.)
Not much doubt about my favourite colour palettes...
Or my tendency to work in threes!
It'll be a quietish week here at Words and Pictures as I'm going to be hurtling up and down to London delivering workshops for my "day job", but I'm planning to fit some blog-visiting around the edges so I hope to see you soon.
Thanks so much for stopping by, and have a lovely Sunday!
I'm off to enjoy some more moments...
Forever is composed of nows.
You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this.
Henry David Thoreau
“What day is it?"
It's today," squeaked Piglet.
My favourite day," said Pooh.”