Saturday, 22 April 2017

The Craft Barn Twelve Month Challenge - April

I'm finding the Craft Barn Twelve Month Challenge just that this year and I've just about made the deadline again.

The  Twelve Month Challenge is based on the poem by Sara Coleridge "The Months"  and April's verse is "April brings the primrose sweet, scatters daisies at our feet". Our finished piece has to display the verse and this month must also include daisies and primroses.

For the background of my page I used a piece of background paper by Crafty Individuals which I glued to a piece of card to give it some rigidity.The die cut leaves, branch and primrose leaves were all coloured with Distress Inks. I sponged some PaperArtsy Fresco paint onto a piece of card and then stamped the primroses and painted the centres with a darker Fresco paint The daisies were stamped onto white card and the middles then painted. The flowers were then cut out and glued to the page with just a small blob of glue to give just a hint of dimension. The excited little blue tit (I think he has just learnt to fly!) - was a lovely freebie from Craft Stamper a couple of years ago. I stamped it onto watercolour paper, coloured with watercolour pencils and then blended the colour with water. I completed the page with the computer generated verse. 

Page Recipe
Background paper – Crafty Individuals -Book 3 Springtime
Anna Marie Super Smooth Printer Card 200gsm
Watercolour paper
Paperartsy Frescos – Haystack, Banana
Distress Ink – Frayed Burlap, Walnut Stain, Dried Marigold, Forest Moss, Peeled Paint, Twisted Citron, Picked Raspberry
Ranger Archival Watering Can
Versafine Smoky Gray
Memento Tuxedo Black
Watercolour pencils
Flowers - Crafty Individuals CI-445, CI-206
Leaves - PaperArtsy JM12
Bird – Freebie with Craft Stamper
Die - Memory Box Woodland Branch 98187
Die – Spring Greenery Tim Holtz 659573
Verse - computer generated with "Papyrus" font

Friday, 7 April 2017

The Craft Barn Song Challenge - Blowin' in the Wind

The third song in the Craft Barn Song Challenge is Blowin' in the Wind. Although Bob Dylan wrote the song and recorded it on an LP (that shows my age!) it was Peter, Paul and Mary who had great success with it as a single and who I first heard it sung by.

For my postcard I have stamped a piece of black card with feather stamps and then embossed the feathers with embossing powder before mounting the piece on white card. I chose white feathers for their association with pacifism and because they relate to the song lines "How many seas must a white dove sail............."
Postcard Recipe
Black card
Anna Marie Designs Super Smooth Printer Card 200gsm
Anna Marie Designs Super Smooth Printer Card 250gsm
Black Soot Distress Ink
Artemio Ref:10001192
Cosmic Shimmer detail embossing powder "True White"
Song Title – Computer generated “Please write me a song” font