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by Julie Brooks

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Friday, 24 August 2012

Naturally Gorgeous .....

Morning all

Sorry I haven't posted recently, it's been a busy old couple of weeks but with very little I could share!

However, today I can share with you a couple of cards I made recently for Craftwork Cards using their new Project of the Month kit called Naturally Gorgeous. This kit features chipboard card blanks, mannequins and dresses, and chipboard sentiments and tickets. It also contains some fabby papers. I can tell you I've had fun with this kit!

This first one was made using a 6 x 6 white card blank from the kit, onto which I added a square of chipboard set at an angle, and onto this I added a square of the grey diamond/argyll patterned paper from the kit, again set at an angle. I cut off the bits that were sticking out over the sides of the card.

Next I inked randomly all around the edges of the three layers with Gray Flannel Memento Ink, to which I added Metallic Silver Ultra High Embossing Powder, which I then heated until it had all melted. Then I stamped the time pieces image onto the grey paper using Adirondack Lights in Snow Cap and embossed using True White Embossing Powder. Next I inked randomly around the edges and over the stamped image using a VersaMarker, added some Aged Aqua Embossing Enamel and heated this. I love the mix of silver, gold and greeny blue in this enamel. Finally I inked around the edges of the chipboard sentiment and again embossed using Aged Aqua Embossing Enamel. The sentiment is popped up on foam pads in the centre. And there you have a fab card for a man! The photo doesn't really do it justice, as you just can't fully see the shiny enamel effect and the texture, but I hope you can get at least a sense of what it looks like.

This next one was fun too! I decided to use one of the dresses and dress it up with some beautiful Nottingham Lace which we discovered in Alex's Grandma's ottoman recently. I tell you, that ottoman was like an Aladdin's Cave there were so many beautiful laces and ribbons in there! Before Alex's Grandfather retired he was the MD of a local laces and textiles company, and he would occasionally bring home a roll of lace which was an "end of line", and hence over the years these accumulated into a fab little collection of all sorts of laces and such like. Sadly he passed away almost a year ago, at the grand age of 85 years. It would have been lovely to have heard his stories about all of the different laces in there because I know he would have been able to tell us what every single kind was used for originally, and probably the name of each particular design of lace too. Still, it's lovely that Alex's Grandma wanted to share it all with us and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with some truly beautiful laces made right here in Nottingham.

So, I wrapped pieces of the beautiful scalloped cream floral lace around the dress, fixing each piece on the back, being careful to keep the shape of the dress. I layered up the pieces so that the finished dress had many overlapping layers all with lovely scalloped hemlines. I added a touch of glitter on the tops of the straps and at the point of the neckline to represent sparkling diamonds, then a flower offset at the waist. Next I covered the top half of the card with one of the pretty papers from the kit and used another strip of the beautiful lace as a message band on the base. I inked all around the edges using Pixie Dust chalk ink. I fixed the beautiful lace dress on foam pads to the top of the card. I then created a couple of beautiful blooms and fixed them on the right and added a little glitz using Stickles Star Dust glitter glue. Then I inked around a sentiment and fixed this with foam pads in the centre of the lace message band and this props the card up too! I have slightly altered this card since posting to Craftwork Cards for their blog in that I added the two smaller flowers on the left where originally there was no embellishment.

So, there you go, two of my recent designs, which I hope you like.

I'll be back to share two more in the next couple of days.

Meanwhile, thanks for stopping by, and for your kind comments which I love to read, and take care.

Love from me xx