I thought it was about time I did a post on here, so seeing as I haven't got back into crafting mode since my week in UK followed immediately by visitors out here, I thought I would show you something I made to take to England with me. Having five sons, five grandsons and a great grandson, I sometimes feel a tad outnumbered. But I do have two lovely gran-daughters, and I am pleased to see Hannah, who is now almost thirteen, taking an interest in papercraft. On her last visit she was particularly interested in my folders of ATCs, and back at home she started making some. When I asked her whether she had anyone to swap them with, she said 'No' so I promised to bring three with me for her to swap with. And here is what I made.
The first one I chose because Hannah is entering the stage where clothes have to be black, and her parents long-ago interest in all things goth, is beginning to feature in her style. So I chose this digi stamp from The Paper Shelter, because it is called Goth Girl, but it still has an element of colour in it. When I bought it, I also purchased a set of papers with the same name, and because I wanted to use them as a backing, I followed the colour guide that came with the stamp as it matched the papers. I used my copic pens to colour the image.
Fortunately Hannah is still sufficiently 'girly' to enjoy pretty things as well, so I used a funky font that I purchased from Lettering Delights to write her name. I reversed the second 'H' and 'A' so the eyes were looking inwards, but I couldn't do it with the 'n' as the school teacher in me wouldn't let me use a back-to-front letter! I added an ancient pair of googly eyes from my stash to the first letter, and some pretty pink flowers and die cut leaves at the base.
For the last one I thought I would try out some lacé parchment work to practise what I had learned at my last class. It is still a long way off being well done, but I am making some progress. I mounted this onto some bright pink and purple card made when I first experimented with rainbow inks on glossy card, about eight years ago. It has been sitting in my stash ever since, and I thought the strong colours would make a good background for the parchment. Some sticky ribbon, pink gems, and a few metallic butterflies finished this one.
In return Hannah gave me these. She knows my three favourite images for crafting with are flowers, fairies and butterflies, so she has used a stamped flower, a hand drawn butterfly and bee, and some fairly stickers, on her own decorated backgrounds. These will now be given pride of place in my ATC folder.
As I haven't entered a challenge for a while I will link this to Make it Monday, week 92, where Anything goes.