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by Julie Brooks

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Sunday, 12 April 2015

Home is where the heart is

Hello everyone

Doesn't time fly? I cannot believe we are almost mid-way through April 2015 already!

So, today I decided to produce another piece of canvas art, and I hope you will love it as much as I do.




This is a 10 x 8 canvas which I painted with two colours of PaperArtsy Fresco Finish chalk acrylic - Sherbet and Lilac - before coating with crackle glaze and then adding DecoArt White acrylic over the top. This gave my canvas an aged look, but I think I might try a different crackle medium next time to try to get bigger cracks because there's not much of the underneath colours showing through, even though I tried to do a very thin layer of the white paint so the colours would still show through a bit.

Anyway, I still liked the overall effect when it was dry, so that was lucky! I decided to used an artpad image from LOTV Set 24 English Charm as my focal point, together with various dies - Tim Holtz Alterations Dies Trellis and Garden Greens, and Memory Box Banner Parade (for the little hearts), and lots of lovely flowers from Ribbon Girl.
After I'd die cut the trellis I decided to use four of the popped out pieces to make a kind of photo corner for each corner of my image, which I think is a great way of using those pieces, don't you? I used some of the wires from the flowers to make little bits of swirly foliage here and there.

I cut the garden greens foliage from white textured cardstock (Papermania) and inked it up a bit with VersaMagic chalk ink in Aloe Vera. The little sentiment is from Little Claire Designs stamp set "At home" and was stamped in Memento Ink Tuxedo Black, again using the white textured cardstock, and I very lightly inked two corners with VersaMagic chalk ink in Spring Pansy.

Here are a few close-ups to see the crackle effect and those lovely flowers.





Well, that's all for this post.

I look forward to reading your lovely comments and appreciate you sticking around.

See you again soon!

Julie xx

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Two very special cards for two very special couples

Hello all

Today I'd like to share with you two cards I made for two very special couples. My sister and brother-in-law celebrated 25 years of marriage a little while ago, and my brother and sister-in-law have celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary this week! I made a special card for each of them and hope you will like them.

They are both easel style boxed cards, but even though some elements within them are the same, the two designs look very different!



This first one was for my sister and brother-in-law. I used some papers out of a paper pad which has since disappeared (it will be in a box somewhere, but I am constantly moving things around so easily lose track of where I've put something!), the name of which I cannot for the life of me remember! The paper on the front section has the words "cherish forever with all my heart", which I thought was rather appropriate! I've added some lace on the left, together with a lovely lace butterfly, wooden hearts and flowers from Ribbon Girl. The two sentiments were printed out using a laser printer and then foiled in silver using a laminator, although in this photo they look black because of the way the light's fallen! The die on the front is called Ornate Plate, designed by Karen Burniston for Sizzix, and it's one of my favourite, use it time and time again dies. The paper on the "inside" has two white doves in the bottom left corner and I used more lace on the right hand side. The centre stamped wording and linked hearts are from a set by Woodware. I made up a box for this and used a strip of one of the papers and more flowers to decorate the lid, but I forgot to take a photo!


And here is the card I made for my brother and sister-in-law - photographed before I'd added the foiled names at the top.

As I said, some elements are the same, but the overall look is very different from the first one.

I used paper from a paper pad called Butterfly Garden by Wild Rose Studio, along with beaded edging and flowers from Ribbon Girl and some die cut foliage (Garden Greens by Tim Holtz/Sizzix). There is ribbon and lace running across the middle of the card. The number 25 in the centre is die cut from textured cardstock using a die from Memory Box. I added a few pearl hearts as a finishing touch.



Inside the card I die cut a scalloped circle to write our message on and simply embellished it with a few more pearl hearts and a sentiment from Craftwork Cards.



It never ceases to amaze me how many different variations can be achieved using some of the same elements, just depending on papers and embellishments used.

I love both of these cards and hope you do too. The recipients were absolutely delighted with them.

Thanks for dropping in.

Bye for now,
Julie x

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

A few cards

Hi folks

Just a quick one from me today to share a few cards I've made recently.

I used various products to make some general everyday cards and I hope you like them.

This first one was simply stamped using Distress Ink in Pumice Stone and stamps from Penny Black (Slapstick/cling 40-092 all you need ..." and Hero Arts Art of the Card stamp set AC005 Untitled Word Shadow). I also inked around the edges with Pumice Stone. Sorry, not the best photo.



Next a shaped card which I covered with some papers I bought several years ago, along with some pretty lace and a couple of die cut flowers.



This next one is a "wrap" card. I used papers from another stack I bought several years ago (yes, I'm a paper hoarder!) and decorated the edges of the two sides with some pretty lace. I embellished the front with die cut foliage, a row of pearls on some pink pleated ribbon and some flowers from Ribbon Girl, added the inside tag message and tied a little lace through the hole at the top.


I also made a little coordinating box for it.


The next card was embellished with some pretty red roses, ribbon and lace, together with some delicate die cut butterflies created using a lovely Memory Box die called Fluttering Corner.


Another simple design, this time using a linen textured card blank. I used the lovely Fluttering Corner die again, and this time used both the outline and the butterflies. I love that outline design! I also made three tiny daisies using a little punch I bought years ago - in fact I think it was the first punch I ever bought! I stamped the sentiment using VersaMagic Jumbo Java and inked around the edges of the card using Distress Ink in Pumice Stone.


I hope you like my designs and would love to read your comments.

Bye for now!

Julie x