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by Julie Brooks

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Tuesday, 10 April 2012

My latest projects unveiled

Hi folks

Gosh, can't believe that's another week gone already! Did you all have a good Easter? I hope so. I did and finally was able to enjoy some chocolate after deciding to give it up for Lent. I can't say I particularly missed it, although there was one occasion when sorting some out for my son when I realised how much I was noticing the aroma of it and I have to admit to feeling slightly deprived at that point! I enjoyed being able to indulge again but have realised that I'm not as bothered about it as I thought I was!

So, Easter is behind us and it's time to get on with some new projects, but in the meantime here are a few photos of some of the projects I've been working on in the last couple of weeks - hope you like them!

I love this card! I used various stamps for this including Penny Black (for the dandelions), Kaisercraft (Tigerlilly - for the butterfly) and Craftwork Cards (for the sentiment). I stamped the design using Distress Ink (Pumice Stone) and then coloured the butterfly in subtle skin tones using Promarkers. I also used Platinum Stickles Glitter Glue to add various sparkly highlights to the dandelions, grasses and butterfly. I mounted this onto a lovely beige coloured pearlescent card which I discovered in a goody bag I'd bought from Craftwork Cards a while ago - it works perfectly with the design and really shows it at its best.

I love Craftwork Cards products and these adorable Warren images are no exception! I coloured this one myself using Promarkers, adding Glossy Accents to Warren's nose and eyes. I used a gorgeous linen textured paper behind and punched and embossed some flowers, along with some foliage, from pastel pink and green cardstock, which I used to frame the centre picture. I added self adhesive pearls and Liquid Pearls to the flower centres. I have to say this is one of my favourite little cards and probably comes in the top 3 of cards I've produced.
This is one of a range of bookmarks I've made. I've used Kraft cardstock and added Craftwork Cards butterflies stamps from their Butterfles and Blooms Stamp Set, which I stamped on using Adirondack ink. I then added Platinum Stickles Glitter Glue to some of the butterflies and inked around the edges of the bookmark using Distress Ink in Walnut Stain. Punched a hole at the top, fixed it with an eyelet using my Crop-o-dile (recent purchase at an unbelievably fab price!) and finally looped some jute through. I love how it looks but what do you think?

This one was a bit of an experiment! I used flowers from a Kanban clear stamps set and Dew Drop Chalk Inks to create a floral background. On to this background I stamped butterflies using two from the Craftwork Cards Butterflies and Blooms set. They were stamped on with whilte chalk ink and embossed with white embossing powder. Using chalk ink for this was a bit of a risk because it dries quite quickly, but thankfully it was fine. The end result is something very subtle but also very pretty and I'm quite pleased with it. I added Liquid Pearls to the flower centres and then I inked around the edges of this section with a yellow chalk ink. I mounted it onto deep turquoise textured cardstock, punched the hole, fixed the eyelet and then used two different colours of bakers twine for the "dangly bit"!

Finally, this is a real work of art! I used watermark ink to stamp a background design onto white cardstock and then I inked over the top of this using Distress Inks in Victorian Velvet and Spiced Marmalade which I blended where they met to create the two tone, almost tie-dyed effect. Then I stamped the two butterflies and centre sentiment which were from a WOW! clear stamp set called "With Love" using Versafine ink and added a tiny dot of Stardust Stickles Glitter Glue to the centre of each of the watermark patterns. I mounted this onto black card and ... well, you know the rest by now!

So there you go, that's some of what I've been up to since my last post (or maybe just prior to it in the case of the cards!). I will be back tomorrow with a glimpse of my first gift tag designs for you!

Bye for now,
love from me xx