While I'm away, there are some scheduled posts with new creations coming your way, but I'm also taking the chance to do some catching up here at Words and Pictures. Projects which made their first appearances elsewhere for Design Team duties or Guest Designer opportunities, but which only had a sneak peek here, are being gathered together in the pages of my virtual scrapbook. I'm calling them "Encore" posts and they're formatted differently (all the way down the centre), so you can spot them easily.
Please don't feel that you have to comment all over again!
Here's a tag which was created for an Embossing and Texture theme when I was on the team with The Artistic Stamper. Here's what I said back in April 2014...
Well, you all know I love texture - so there was just no stopping me with this challenge theme!
I started by creating a wrinkle-free distress background with Distress Stains and Paints, and added some Distress Ink blended through the new Crafter's Workshop Specimen stencil.
I used Grunge Paste through different areas of the same stencil to create the texture, inking over it before dry brushing with white paint.
The beautiful butterfly is from the Insects and Butterflies plate.
He's stamped in Cobalt Archival and clear embossed for that sunlit shimmer.
I dry-brushed some more white paint onto an Idea-ology Muse Token to alter it slightly.
I stamped the gorgeous Calligraphy Mats #8 in Picket Fence Distress Paint to add more layers to the background.
And the two large words are from the Journalling Words #2 set...
... stamped in Potting Soil on and clear embossed, with some inking on the edges for definition.
It's all layered up on a piece of pale card and then onto some corrugated cardboard.
And the twine and seam-binding, delicately tinted with Distress Stains, provide the final touch at the top.
Thanks so much for stopping by for the first of these Encore posts. I should be in Shanghai by the time you're reading this, so I'm still not sure about getting on some websites (including Google-based ones, so Blogger, basically!), but fingers crossed I'll see you again soon.
The road of life twists and turns and no two directions are ever the same. Yet our lessons come from the journey, not the destination.