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Archive for the month “April, 2013”

Based on….

Loosely based on Mondrian's painting

Loosely based on Mondrian’s painting

I rarely CASE or copy someone else’s work although I might use an idea based on that work however when I saw a card created by Susan Raihala on her blog back in 2011 it struck a chord.  I saved an image of that card for all this time hoping to do something with it one day. I had never heard of Mondrian before Susan’s blog so that took me on a magical mystery tour of the man and his art. To think that he once painted landscapes and then turned to very rigid, full of straight line, work is odd in a way. Landscapes are rarely filled with straight lines. Yet somehow I can understand his fascination.

In my line of work, now a hobby/chore, of gardening there are occasionally enforced straight lines but in its natural state gardens are flowing spaces filled with flowing shapes that bend and billow yet in art I just love the rigidity of those straight lines and colour blocks; I think they speak to my tidy side!

To create her card Susan used a ‘ribbon’ stamp for the black lines however I don’t have a straight line stamp so I cut 0.5 cm strips of black card and glued them down. Unusually I did not use measurements or ruler to line the strips up (as you can probably see). My attempts at straightness are a bit of a joke.  I have ideas for recreating this style on something larger in the future 🙂

Thanks for looking x



Mostly Yellow

The theme for this month’s postcard swap at UK Stampers is Mostly Yellow with circles somewhere!

Postcard Swap

Postcard Swap

For some reason I don’t have much in the way of yellow inks and this 6 x 4 inch piece of card started off as an experiment which was then added to and became a postcard for the swap! I was fooling around with a brayer which had rubber bands wrapped around it, some embossing ink and silver detail embossing powder which explains the silver lines running across the card. Then using various ink shades and a piece of  sponge the background colour was added followed by a script stamp, a circle stamp then a marker cap dabbed into ink made further circles and finally a leaf flourish stamp. Some of the circles were highlighted with a white gel pen and a clear sparkly Sakura pen although the camera hasn’t picked up the sparkles! Hope the recipient won’t be too disappointed with my effort!

Thanks for looking xx





Coaster Swap

Over on Cardmaking Paradise we had a coaster swap, for this many participants used beer mats sadly I couldn’t get to the local pub so had to resort to making a coaster from grey board!

Coaster Swap

Coaster Swap

I struggled with this swap and it took a long time before I started work but there were a fantastic array of works of art. Some ladies created hangings with two or more coasters connected together with jump rings while someone else made a small ‘book’. Just have to admire that talent and creativity!


Stamps – Inkylicous ‘Nature Speaks’ (script)

– Paper Artsy – HP1005

– Oxford Impressions ‘Bird’s Nest’

– Cart-Us ‘Birds on a Branch’

– Inkylicious ‘Take Flight’

– Inkylicious ‘CI-256’ (words)

Inks  – Archival Ink Jet Black

– Impress Chocolate

– Versamagic Spanish Olive, Aegean Blue, Ocean Depth, Night Sky, Sahara Sand

Shrink Plastic

White Gel Pen


Thanks for looking x







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