Monday, 28 July 2014

i am only a sparrow amongst a great flock of sparrows - evita peron

I realise that it's been a while since I last posted.  Somehow time has just gotten away.  I spent a fair bit of time putting together two retirement/memory books for colleagues who have started new life adventures. And once completed, I decided to take a bit of a craft respite to renew and refresh.  My version of a craft break involves moving my crafting space to an entirely new location in the house.  I previously occupied the dining room with bits and pieces and odds and ends in different spaces and now I am, and my stuff is, all one space.  And I think, although the space is currently devoid of storage furniture and my materials do not yet have homes, I will be very happy and crafty in my new space.  I also spent some time with the greats: Finnabair and Dina Wakley.  I will post the class results sometime in the next month or so.

I have been struggling, as many of you know, with keeping things clean and simple.  There has been many discussions and great coachings but every so often I need a strong reminder to pull back on the reigns.  One of my crafting enablers had a birthday recently and her style is clean, simple and elegant.  She likes the Dina Wakley chickadees and so the focus of the birthday card was this adorable little sparrow.  And without much fuss and mess I crafted a CAS card.

I started the background by splattering and dripping silks acrylic glaze (fuzzy peach) onto heavy white cardstock (I said there wasn't MUCH mess; there always has to be a bit of mess).  I highlighted and transformed the splatters into little precious flowers with my gelly roll pen (black).  The sparrow was highlighted with vintage photo distress ink and perched onto of a Memory Box birch tree (converted into a branch) which was cut from cherry wood paper.

I added some greenery to the tree/now branch.  The adorable cloud thread is a Memory Box die-cut.

Coming soon: Father's Day cards (either late for this, early for next year or something to consider for that special man birthday), Finnabair, Dina Wakley and the two retirement/memory books.

Thank you so much for stopping by.