Saturday, May 23, 2009

I think it must be an age thing .. but don't the weeks just fly by? !!

This is another challenge from Artarazzi ... a rusty, rivited outlet.
As soon as I saw it I could see a face in the pattern of rust ...but
who's was it? And then it hit me .. Darth Vader!! Hence the ATC ...
and the pun on the name. (sorry!)

Another page for the same cj .. this time for Chrissie .. entitled Mermaid (now I wonder why!!!)

The background was supplied and inspired a watery theme ... the mermaid is made of Angelina and fabric paints, some with a mettalic element. The "pearls" are sequins sewn down with pearlised thread, and two outline embroidered fish keep her company. The water weed is braid and feather stitch and a few strands of Angelina over the top finish it off.

This is my page in the Spontaneous Fabric cj , made for Sarah and entitled We Are One.
The background is metallic silk; I joined two pictures and used a filter on them to give the You/Me image. The knotted braid is handmade and the piece of silk brocade is held down with Guilloche embroidery.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Another week gone and it's time for the next challenge from .... the children were taken from a advertisement .... and I have extracted them in three sets, added colour and wings and foisted them on this poor fox!!!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Last set!! These are for me .. Native Americans .... Hopi in fact. The stamp is of three Kachina dolls and I have masked some of them to give a variety of placements. The photos were trimmed and shaped and I have added feathers and chain to echo the photos.

I am pleased with the results of my first "Deco" page swap .. I hope my fellow swappees are too.

Only two sets to go now ... this one is Vintage Ladies .. for Sheila.
The first one has a genuine stamp ... although it is a masked version of a larger one ... placed vertically on the side. The photo is an old postcard of real people .. unfortunately I don't know who they are, but I think they look like three generations of the same family ..... and the lace and background are digi.
The second one uses a "brackets" stamp to enclose the photo .. also a postcard ... with the rest digi plus a marker pen vine overlaid with Glossy Accents.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Getting along nicely now .... these are for Netty - Secret Garden - and both have "openings" to pick up on the "secret" bit. The gates were done on transparency so that I could use a "proper" stamp, and the background is all done with brushes on the compy. The birdie is a stamp, again on transparency, the background has scanned pressed flowers and brushed colours with two "real" stamps (gosh with the birdie that makes three on one page!!!!!) the blue flowers and the swirls. Will this do, Netty?

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Had a sudden rush of inspiration, and as these don't come very often I just had to go with the flow, now didn't I?
These are also for the "Deco" page swap ... Cynthia's "Wild Animals" ... and they don't come much wilder than an angry rhino!!! The stamp is genuine on these ... I drive a Suzuki and it's there badge ... and the symbols on the blue page are Adingo .. a language in Swaziland.

Yipee, another set finished ... these are "Animals" for Angel. The only animal stamps I have are these cats and one "wild animal" (which I'm using on another page!!) ... so that's what I did!
the "cattitude" one seemed so appropriate for the picture but wasn't large enough so that one had the digi treatment; the puddytat one is the genuine article.
For the other page the first stamp on the left is real ... the others are digified ... counter coloured to match the pussies in the piccy.

Monday, May 11, 2009

These are my second set of "Deco" pages .. this time for Racel .. Oriental.
Again, I didn't have a suitable stamp, so I have used a very small frame one, scanned and enlarged it and used it, as intended, to frame the pictures. The "Haiku" poems I did myself, hence the signatures.... they aren't very good but at least they fit the "syllable" rules!!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Thia is another super challenge from ... a background
of carved cherry blossom.
Being a total Dragon fanatic I have voided some
of the original background and added a
baby dragon playing among the fronds. Then I
put a black background behind it to emphasise
the gorgeous carving.

Thursday, May 07, 2009

This is the second one ... the stamp on this one is the
"wavy" effect ..... a small stamp which I scanned , joined
three together and used the result twice printed onto a
transparency and laid over the page. The background is pure digi ... a paper, the fish and whales added from all
sorts of places, the photo of the deep sea angler fish mounted on sticky pads as is the title.
This is one of two "Deco" pages I have done for Sandy.
We are supposed to use a stamp of some kind on each one and as I am a digi scrapper I have had to do a bit of
manipulating to get the effect of stamping!! The fish border is an actual stamp ... but it was the wrong size ... so I stamped it, scanned it, resized and re-coloured it and used a "foam stamp" effect on the results. I added the sharks to the photo and mounted it on sticky pads.

I hope it is acceptable, Sandy ... will this do for a
"Deco" page?

Monday, May 04, 2009

Yet another beautiful picture from Artarazzi for inspiration.... Spring Flowers.
At first I had no idea what to do ... nothing seemed to come from it ... and then I asked myself what kind of flowers she had gathered .. oh course!! Narcissus!!!!
Hence the young man, enamoured of his own reflexion, who pined away from unrequited love and turned into the Narcissus..... leaving behind the nymph who loved him .. with no hope of return ... who could only reply to his remarks by repeating the last words ...Echo.

Friday, May 01, 2009

Very late this week with my version of the challenge at ... all due to the compy
getting measles!! The graphics card gave up the ghost and
needed replacing (ouch!!) .... but here she is at last ...
Blackbird. The blue eggs in the nest are blackbird eggs,
and I found myself singing the Beatles
song to myself .. hence this ATC.