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Thursday, 23 February 2012

Simon Says... and Just Because!!!

Hi... mum is very confused again and very unsteady so Dr, is coming this pm... Miranda is in for her bone graft - finally, yey!!! - so it's all happening this week. Boys due for a sleepover too tonight, so that will keep me on my mettle then, eh??? LOL!!!
Anyway, as I said before, it's an ill wind etc. and my mind is running on with ideas if I can just find  time for them... alongside all the washing, toileting, etc etc... tee hee... so I escape to my craftyoom and do stuff!! and I have made an entry for the Simon Says Stamp and Show challenge, which is London, Paris or New York, this week. I thought how nice to have a spring break in Paris, and decided to make this...
 I could not resist my usual collage style - pile them on and stack them high!! - so I chose a variety of stamps including Crafty Individuals, TH, Invoke Arts and Rubber Stamp Concepts (main image)... they are all layered and I used distress inks and archival, with clear embossing powder for some images...

 Here is the whole piece, roughly 6"x6" in a frame. That is some 7Gypsies tissue tape round the edges. It is all postage stamps. I imagined a really blue sky and pink blossoms, hoping for a light and airy, if rather vintage, feel...

 I needed an embellishment, as the piece is quite flat as it is. So I thought of a rosette. All three cities are in countries with red, white and blue as national colours, hence the paper chosen. I finished off with a gem in the centre and three coloured hat pins... aww, cute!!

 Lots of lovely gentle texture from the embossing. Wonder if SSSS will mind I featured ALL THREE cities!! ?? Still, the main bit is Paris, which is a wonderful city... went oodles of years ago, probably two zillion light years, when I was 12!!! LOVED it...

And finally, the bottom left corner has a sort of baroque curly thing - curtesy of Vinaj - as a finishing touch, and I set the piece on a sheet from the Tattered Time pad from DCWV - well when don't I use that pad these days??? tee hee...

So that's it... I am quite happy with it and shall pop and enter it now. Such a happy piece has brought out the sunshine - as they promised us today - so the light is filling my dear 'ole craftyoom as I write. Thanks for coming to take a peek and leaving a comment. They mean so much when I am feeling frustrated over mum's sad condition..
Love and Light
Frankie
xx

8 comments:

Helen said...

Frankie, this is fabulous! Love all the collaged elements you've "crammed in" - they look tremendous. hope Miranda gets on ok today, you could do with everything running like clockwork... hope you get some peace tonight with 3 people to care for (it is 2 boys she has?)
hugs as ever.

Candy C said...

I LOVE YOUR COLLAGE PIECE! And...I love that you've chosen to represent all three cities!! :) Your 7 Gypsies postage stamp tissue tape frame is great way to start! Your collaged images in the interior of the frame are all beautifully done! I love all of the colors you chose to use on this piece! Love the background then the monotone squares of all three cities on top of that. And your Paris "postcard"...WOW! You definitely achieved your bright blue sky. It's fantastic! I also love the rosette to the right with the two tickets coming from it! I love the designs on those!! I"m going to have to take a look at the stamp sets you used! Thanks so much for sharing your always inspiring art with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show. <3 Candy

Beryl K said...

This is a wonderful project Frankie, lots of work gone into it
Beryl x

ElizabethR said...

Love it Frankie, that tape is lush! I too love Paris and need to get back there soon!!!! Love and hugs Elizabeth xxx

email: Steph@SimonSaysStamp.com said...

The colors on this are absolutely amazing!!! I LOVE!! The placement of the corner flourish and rosette / tickets is great too! Such a neat piece - well done!!

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Linda Elbourne said...

This is gorgeous Frankie ... all your little details are perfect ... really lovely! Thank you for joining in with the team at Simon Says Stamp and Show this week!

Sara Jansen said...

Pile them on, and stack them up...seems to work exceedingly well for you. I LOVE this piece. Your use of color is really effective...the Eiffel Tower reminds me exactly of those "vacation" postcards, except this one is pretty!!

Julie Short said...

Wow these are wonderful Frankie. I haven't been by in a while but I am here now and just letting you know that I have given you a blog award to spread the love around the world.