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by Julie Brooks

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Thursday, 6 September 2012

Naturally Gorgeous - picture

Hello all

Thanks for joining me here today and I hope you've all had a good day? I've spent the day turning old Christmas cards into gift tags with my son and generally chilling out. Alex is making the most of his last few days of "freedom" before school starts again for him next week!

I have a picture to share with you today that I made a week or two ago, using elements from the Craftwork Cards Naturally Gorgeous kit. Some of you may have seen it on Facebook, but I thought I would post it on here too. Also, I have now closed my Facebook account for various reasons, so from now on you will only be able to see what I've been up to by following my blog.

So, this is a deep box picture frame which I bought in its natural state from The Range. I painted it with chalk acrylic paint and then set to making my picture. I knew I wanted the mannequin theme, so it was just a case of finding some nice bits and pieces to put with it. I inked the chipboard mannequin with Memento London Fog and then tied some silver organza ribbon around her waist so that she wasn't completely naked! Next I had a rummage in my stash and found the little scissors, sequins, sewing pins, tiny metal flowers and ric rac. My mother-in-law had given me several tiny cotton reels, complete with their cotton, which were lurking in her ottaman, and I just happened to pick the only blue one out of the lot to add to the picture! I shaped the lovely flowers and fixed them in place with the mannequin and then just added all the other bits in here and there. The tape measure is from a sheet of die cuts from Craftwork Cards and I believe it was part of a range called "Little Boy Blue", which I bought quite some time ago - I knew it would come in handy some day! I inked it along the edges to tie it in with the background paper. I could have added lots of other bits and pieces but I didn't want the design to be cluttered. Equally, that's why I left the frame plain. I think it works rather well!

So there you are, job done! The picture now adorns a wall in our lounge and we all love it!

Right, that's it from me for tonight.

I have another picture to share in my next post, but it's rather different from this one!

Meanwhile, take care.

Love from me xx