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by Julie Brooks

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Monday, 13 March 2017

Take Time

Hi everyone

A really quick post from me today to share some canvasses I finished recently.

In this first one I used Tando chipboards, Imagination Crafts stencils, DecoArt Crafter's Acrylic paints and some Tim Holtz Idea-ology bits - tissue tape, big chat stickers and game spinners. I gave this one a name: "Take Time", taken from the big chat stickers I used.

In the next canvas I used lots of texture paste roughly applied to the surface with a palette knife, DecoArt Crafter's Acrylic and Media Fluid paints, inspirational word stamps from a Crafter's Companion Textures Elements set and some die-cut butterflies. This one is called "Believe Grow Dream".

And finally a canvas where I used texture paste, stencils, distress inks for the background colours, media fluid acrylic, more inspirational words, a few micro beads and a die-cut dragonfly. This one is called "Hope Courage Strength Faith", words which are synonymous with the dragonfly, a beautiful creature which has managed to survive and overcome so many challenges since first evolving on Planet Earth in prehistoric times.

I hope you like them as much as I do and would love to read your comments. Thanks for visiting.

Bye for now!
Julie x

Sunday, 5 March 2017

two for the price of one

Good afternoon

I hope this finds you all well and enjoying some crafty time this weekend. I can't believe it's March already - where is the year going?

We actually spent some time in the garden yesterday, it was warm enough in the sun, so I enjoyed my first sit on the patio of this year and it was bliss, even with the traffic noise, which we do get a lot of sometimes because we live quite near to a busy road. I still enjoyed every minute basking like a lizard.

We replanted a huge clump of yellow flag iris which had been in the pond but had grown to such an extent that there was hardly any pond left lol, so they had to come out, and we'd pulled them out in January while there were no froggies in there - or so we thought - because one did appear in amongst the base of the flower stems while we were moving it, much to our surprise. We've relocated the iris to what was once, in this property's hey day, a formal pond. Very posh lol! It's a shallow area, only about 18 inches deep, and now filled with soil with quite a high clay content, which will be ideal for holding moisture for the iris and of course if it gets really dry in the summer we'll have to just completely soak it with water, but that's ok. It was preferable to do this than either reduce down the size of the plant and put it back in the pond where it would have just taken over again, or plant it around the edge somewhere where it would have completely taken over the entire garden eventually. The old formal pond has proper structured sides so should contain it really well.

We have some lovely crocuses in the garden, white, purple and yellow, which add a very welcome splash of colour. We also have frog spawn in the pond again so no doubt we'll have more little froglets hopping around in the summer - they are unbelievably cute when they're only as long as your thumb nail! Our flowering redcurrant, the quince and the jasmine all have lots of flower buds and some flowers already open. The pear tree has loads of new growth buds all over so let's hope for favourable conditions this year and a bumper crop in the autumn - last year's crop was pretty dismal but we did get a couple of very tasty pear crumbles out of them! So, Spring is definitely just around the corner and we've twice had washing outside to dry - bonus!

Anyway, today I have two cards to share which I made for two more birthdays in our family, so this post gives you two for the price of one! The first was for my Dad who turned 81 and the second was for one of my nieces who turned 21. I feel sooooo old!
Dad's card was also from our son, so I had to figure out a way to get Dad and Grandad on the front of the card because we wanted it personalised somehow. I also didn't want to use any DIY or gardening images, or sports, or cars, boats, trains or planes lol. So instead I came up with this design, which worked out ok and I'm quite happy with it. I used various papers, black and white gingham ribbon, a Happy Birthday die from Dovecraft, With Love from the Modern Sentiments set by First Edition, the male sentiments are also a First Edition set, and my X-Cut Nesting Stars dies.

The other card was for our niece who turned 21 two days before my Dad turned 81! Again, this was also from our son, but I didn't personalise this one at all.

I used a Karen Burniston die set for the pivot butterflies and a different die for the smaller butterflies, and yet another set for the 21 (I think both of these were freebies with magazines). The Happy Birthday banner is from the First Edition Modern Sentiments set. I also fussy cut some flowers to add more colour and decoration.

I hope you like both of these cards and I'll be back with another post soon.

Bye for now,
Julie x