Thursday, 23 January 2014

Following the Recipe

Hello.  Welcome.  The Arctic wind is blowing.  It's icy cold.  Would love to stay in and craft but sometimes we must be outside.  Even when it's cold.  But definitely before it snows, which is Saturday they say.  Brrrrrrr.  Anyway, did some little jobs, checked the animals had plenty food and for frozen water, a problem at these temperatures.  Then the wind blew the roof off one of my rabbit cages!  Lucky there was no-one home but it gives me another job to do!!  OK, now it's time to craft.........

More amazing amazingness happening over at PaperArtsy this week.  Ellen Vargo is going all abstract and I am loving her bright colours.  I decided to try the cards project.  I followed her process quite closely to get my background.   Warning, lots of photos.......

I don't have so many Fresco Finish colours so I just used what I had.  I did start with Limelight, added yellow, orange,  Inky Pool red and white.

Added some book paper and stamped with the orange paint using a swirl from PaperArtsy SIDD5 and the little round stamp from SIEN10F.  Then I added some white splats using my Crafty Individuals Splat stamp.

I cut my abstract background into four and then one of the pieces in two again.  I went round the edge of all the pieces with Memento Tuxedo Black.  I mounted the three large pieces on white card bases and the two smaller pieces on black cardstock. 

I used the two small pieces to make bookmarks.  That's Ding Dong bird from SIDD5 on bookpaper and a pile of those little circle stamps.  Been a while since I used him.  The other one I diecut letters to spell Good Book in Norwegian.  No honestly, not a spelling mistake, not an "o" shortage, it's Norwegian. 

Close up.  I added some stamping in black with the little circle stamp from SM12 because once I added the letters the open spaces just looked a little empty.  Amazing how effective these little stamps can be.

My bookmarks joining the fun at
Papirdokkene Utfordring 55 - Bokmerker

For the cards........


I searched all my stamps for a suitably large stamp like wot Ellen used and came up empty.  Then I thought about diecuts.  Sizzix Umbrella Man to the rescue.  Here he is bookpaper style with a Hero Arts greeting. 

Here he is man in black.  He might get a sentiment later.  Or maybe not.........

Here is the man in black with some dots stamped in the white paint.  Looks like it's raining just on him despite the umbrella.  Sentiment a la computer. 

Three cards joining the fun at
Kortudfordring Utfordring 100 - Noe Nytt this is a new technique for me

Thanks for dropping by.  Take care, keep warm......


  1. They are all gorgeous! Amazing how different each can look with a different focus on them. Keep warm :)

  2. Oooh! Love the umbrella man cards! Such a striking black image against the vibrant background. So glad you gave it a go and joined in the fun! Great job!

  3. I loved this technique. Yours turned out great!

  4. I just love Ellen's technique, and you have used it here with aplomb! Striking book marks, but, it's the cards that I really love! So well played, Gail! Mwah! KayW

  5. Wow! These are all fantastic Gail! Great idea to make some bookmarks too!
    Stay warm!
    Alison x

  6. Gorgeous colours! My favourite is the umbrella man card, the black silhouette just pops against the background

  7. Fabulous! my favourite is the 3rd card, really love that one.

  8. Fabulous background technique, love the bookmarks and cards.

    Sylv xx

  9. Beautiful cards. It' seems very fun when you make it.
    Etsuko xx

  10. Terrific background colours, love the umbrella man image.

  11. What wonderful cards! So much fun. Really colorful! Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Hugs, Sandra

  12. Live the backgrounds from this technique! Wonderful :)

  13. HOLY COW in capital letters! I was floored by your amazing background! The technique is incredible and I am such a fan of bold blended colors. You did a phenomenal job on this and I adored the three different versions of your man-with-the-umbrella cards. It was inspiring and entertaining to see one image used in three totally unique ways. Kudos to you on this project. I loved it all the way around and am so glad you shared it with us at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge blog!


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