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by Julie Brooks

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Friday, 4 May 2012

Kraft, colour and compliments

Morning all

So, it's Friday again already - where do the days go? And this weather doesn't show signs of improving much over the next few days, though we may have a glimmer of sunshine in our neck of the woods on Sunday - now that would be nice.

I am lucky to have my little studio in the best part of the house - the back - so I can see out into our lovely garden and watch the comings and goings of the birds and enjoy the ever-changing scenery as we head further into the milder months of the year which were formerly called Spring and Summer but now seem almost to merge together to form one mild season. (I have yet to come up with a suitable name for this new longer season - all suggestions welcomed!) Our lovely white lilac is in bloom and I bet the fragrance is intoxicating - must go and check it out later!

But back to the business of crafting! I received a delivery yesterday which got me more than a little excited - my Tim Holtz Distress Markers and the Spring themed Distress Ink trio! Yippee! Can't wait to give them a test drive over the weekend.

So, it's been a bits and pieces kind of week in terms of making anything, but I did manage to cover another little mini book, make a couple of gift tags and a bookmark and another Father's Day card (which will be featured at a later date). I used Craftwork Cards Kraft with Colour papers for all of these little projects and am quite pleased with the results, but see what you think. They're in my usual "not fussy" style but even so I think they are quite appealing.

 For some unknown reason this one looks like the paper has been fixed on skewy, but I can assure you that it hasn't!

I borrowed one of Julie Hickey's techniques for the mini book cover and the bookmark, in that I chose my colour fusion paper, laid the brown Kraft paper over the top to work out positioning and then cut out the petals and leaves on the brown Kraft paper using my craft knife, then adhered the two together. I love this look, and for a finishing touch on the mini book I then relaid some of the brown petals and leaves back onto the colour fusion sections and curled them for added dimension.

I also had a lovely compliment today for a card I posted previously, which used copper metallic WOW! Embossing Powder to create an all-over design on a turquoise card. The people at WOW! love it and even suggested I should enter their monthly competition - such a compliment and to me that's like having a piece of artwork displayed at the Tate, so I'm thrilled.

Anyway, all from me for now.

Whatever you're up to this weekend, have a good one and I'll be back very soon.

Take care,
love me xx