10 March 2013

What a difference a day makes...

Here in the UK it is a day to celebrate mums and all they mean to us. Some people just tend to go through the motions on days like these and see it as another one to 'tick off the list', but for many of us it is a real chance to say/show what our family members mean to us (not just take it for granted that they know). Those of you who follow my blog regularly (thank you for all your continued support) will already have seen my cards HERE. I then decided to create a little something to give alongside each one.



I was inspired to create bags (containing a little something of course) using ATC's as the focal point and echoed the colour scheme used on the cards. Those of you who saw my Friday Focus post over at Frilly and Funkie should recognise the background on the ATC element. That damask embossing folder works a treat with this technique. However the next challenge was to work out how to add the stamping without affecting the clarity of it. Acetate was the logical choice, added to the card using Glossy Accents when dry. This also allowed the edges to 'bleed' a little to distress/age them, and they were finished off with a swipe of Rennaisance Treasure Gold.

As well as adding a couple of die cut card pieces and some dyed seam binding, the little tag was created -  this involved stamping the tag with black Archival ink, covering with some Distress Metallic Stain, and then blending some Distress Inks over the top. The embossed butterfly shape (using the same mask as was used on the card) needed a couple of coats of Copper powder to allow for maximum shine.

Over at Unruly Paper Arts they are having an ATC extravaganza and one of the reader challenges involves adding an ATC to a project, so this will be my entry.

Oh, and not that you will be wondering but just because I consider myself the luckiest mum on the planet, my boys spoiled me with their own handmade creations and some rather indulgent chocolate - to be honest they have been a tower of strength these last few weeks doing so many household chores and helping me wherever they can so these were an added bonus.


And here's another reason for recognising (as is so often the case) what a difference a day makes in crafting! Having completed these cards in time for posting on Friday I went back to them afterwards and decided they needed something else. So to the first one I added some lace that had been coloured with Distress Paints and water (boy, do they blend well). To the second one I added some shadow stamping onto the postcard and layered lace over the antique gold cardstock. Now they can finally be 'put to bed'!

Now, it's time for the final day of Crufts 2013 and I want to know how the Alaskan Malamutes do in the Working Group competition, so I'll love you and leave you for today. Thanks for stopping by, Jenny x

28 comments:

  1. The ATC's look wonderful on the gift bags Jenny. I love all the elements you've combined together too. Guess who has now added that folder to their wish list??!
    Sensational cards with lots of detail and stunning lace.
    Thanks for your recent well wishes and I do hope you're on the mend too. I will catch up with you via email soon. Sounds as if you had a lovely day.
    Hugs, Juliaxxx

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  2. What a fantastic array of cards Jenny. I know your Mum will love her card and bag and will treasure it. Enjoy your Evening. Hugs Rita xx

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  3. Beautiful cards Jenny and I am loving the gift bag. Hope you enjoy the coverage of Crufts! xxx Keren

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  4. Really fabulous creations lately Jenny. All so beautifully embellished and with amazing texture.
    Well done too on your Artistic Stamper GDT, great news.
    Sorry for the lack of comments again, blogging time rather short lately.
    Hugs, Fliss xx

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  5. A Happy Mother's Day to you hope you had a great day.
    Your mum will have loved her card and bag they are fantastic.
    Your other cards are great I loved them when I saw them the other day.
    Look after yourself, don't overdo things

    Patricia xxx


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  6. Very pleased you have been spoiled today, so have I. Thank you for sharing your great makes. I am now curled up as we have snow. Take care. xx Flora

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  7. Beautiful pieces of art. Your mum will love the card and the bag :)

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  8. That was a magnificent post on the gratitude and love that should be shown to moms and I loved reading every word. What a fantastic gift bag you've designed as well. The additional add ons to the last two cards are PERFECT!! The stained lace looks truly vintage and both are beautiful. Sounds like you have terrific kids and what a fabulous and talented Mom YOU are!!
    Thanks for the amazing and inspirational post.
    hugs,
    Lisa x

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  9. Stunning Jenny. Love the additions of the lace and the bag is gorgeous. Pieces to be treasured. Enjoy Crufts x

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  10. Truly beautiful items Jenny, the colours, the extravagant feel to them all make for extra special gifts for anyone :0) Mo

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  11. Beautiful gift bags, Jenny - so glad to hear that you got spoiled too, as these must have gone down an absolute treat... Gorgeous to see your technique in action again!
    Alison xx

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  12. Stunning bags, love them and they suit the cards so well, lucky mums, such a gorgeous gift, love them both!!

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  13. your ATC looks amazing on the bag the colours and embossing are lovely. I am new to ATC's and I keep forgetting that you can add them to things or add them to different things so thank you for sharing
    Ria

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  14. I love your ATC Jenny, it looks great on your gift bag. It sounds like you have had the perfect day. Sue x

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  15. Fantastic bag and great to decorate it with the ATC! =) The cards looks perfect and great that your boys gave you handmade cards too!
    Beautiful work as usual! =)
    Hugs, Elenor

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  16. Gorgeous bags, Jenny, to go with stunning cards. Have a lovely Mothering Sunday and be spoilt lots.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

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  17. Fabulous Jenny...the cards, but my favorite is the great bag...such a great gift!

    greetings, Alie :-)

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  18. So so beautiful, the atc's, the cards, the bags, just beautiful! Great post too!

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  19. Very nice - handmade gift bags are so nice arent they. Glad to hear you were spoilt too!

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  20. Beautiful projects Jenny, love the acetate on the ATC and glad you are entering into the UPA RAQ. Gad you were spoiled by your boys and had a good Mother's Day.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

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  21. OH this is fantastic, just love what you have been creating - AMAZING!
    XOXO SanDee

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  22. All wonderful projects and very thoughtful.

    Hope you had a terrific Mother's Day

    Love Chrissie xx

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  23. Hi Jenny, so glad to hear that you were spoiled by your boys and how lovely that they made you cards, that makes it even more special. Also good to hear that you are letting them help you with chores and that you are not doing it all yourself - it's the best way to recover. Your bag is gorgeous and I love how you made the changes to your already beautiful cards too. Take care and keep looking after yourself. Big hugs, Anne x

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  24. Hi Jenny
    Belated happy mothers day to you. Love the bags and the lace on the card is a fab finishing touch
    Rosie x

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  25. Absolutely gorgeous as always! You are so very talented - lots of love from Laura xxxxxxx

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  26. Beautiful bags Jenny and the addition of the lace on the card is a great idea! Have a fabulous week! Hugs, Joanna xx

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  27. Beautiful, beautiful work. XOXO Zoe

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  28. Beautiful creations, I really like them both.

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Thank you so much for stopping by and leaving your comments - they are really appreciated. Jenny xxx

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