Saturday, 2 March 2013

Swayambhunath Stupa

Good evening friends and followers.  A special welcome to my new followers.  Thank you for joining my happy band.  I hope that you have had a great day.  I have been working on a layout based on a sketch.  This is only the second time I have used a sketch and my first ever time to make a 12 x 12 layout.   Maybe that should read 30 x 30 since we are metric but whichever you prefer I am sure you know what I am talking about.  I thought this might be a year of diminishing sizes after I ventured into ATC's but after doing this....

Without further ado, mostly cos I'm down to the wire on this one.  Actually I'm kind of over one wire.  I wanted to put this together yesterday because there was a challenge I really wanted to join, but I was left frustrated when it just wasn't happening.  Still there's always another challenge, and another week or month, so on to the possible.  The impossible we do tomorrow.  

This is Swayambhunath Stupa in Kathmandu, Nepal.  Photo taken by me.  Nepal is an amazing place and the temples are amazing.  Just watch out for those monkeys!!  

I used a page from Dovecraft Eastern Promise collection.  I backed the photo with a piece of printed paper that I had overpainted with thinned white acrylic.  The two pieces behind, my prayer flags and the title and journalling bits are all torn from a piece of Ikea cotton printed fabric.  The prayer flags were coloured with various distress inks and stamped with the butterfly die from Crafty Individuals.  The bottle cap in the top right was coloured inside with gold ink, I added a die cut heart from rose printed paper and glossy accents.  The three yaks are stamped from a hand carved wooden stamp which I bought in Nepal.   I love this stamp but haven't used it since I first brought it home many years ago.  Wood stamps present a certain challenge as there is no give but it has some beautiful detail.  

So my first full size layout and some amazing memories of Nepal.  I met some great people and shared a tent with Sandy who I owe a letter or two.  Maybe this will wing it's way and say more than just words.  

Creative Craft World - Scrap Map February
Simon Says Stamp and Show - A stamp you love but don't use
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes
Be happy, be safe and don't forget to spin your wheel.  Thanks for dropping by.  Have a great and crafty weekend.


  1. This is stunning! Thanks so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp and Show this week! - Ashli :)

  2. We'd love for you to try out at our new design team: Sister Act Card Challenge

  3. A wonderful page which obviously bring back some great memories for you. My sister in law is going trecking in Katmandu at Easter, maybe she will bring me back a beautiful hand carved stamp if I am lucky!

    1. Handmade paper, that's what I wish I had bought more of. They make lot there and it's light to carry home. Get your sister to keep a eye out for that. We got taken to a shop that just sold paper but I was restrained. Silly me.....

  4. A super page! I love the bunting title. Thank you for joining in with us at Creative Craft World.
    Sue x

  5. Absolutely beautiful layout! Love the banner! :) Thank you for joining the "Anything Goes" challenge over at the Simon Says Stamp challenge blog!

  6. Lovely page and very unusual. Thanks for joining in the Crafty Individuals Challenge. Jean x

  7. A fun and unusual page, with great bunting - thanks for joining in the Crafty Individuals Challenge for February. Jean x

  8. Lovely photo and the paper is just delicious (I have those papers too and have to force myself to use them cos they're soooo pretty! :D)

    Thanks for joining in with the scrap map challenge at Creative Craft World.


  9. Super page, love the bunting. Thanks for joining in with us at Creative Craft World.

  10. Very creative and I love that stamp, a great touch. Thanks for joining in the challenge :)


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