1 July 2013

Captured Memories at Our Creative Corner

Hi everyone. It will be Monday 1st July when this goes live - will Blogland have descended into chaos with the demise of Google Reader or will we all just be coming to terms with having to become friends with Bloglovin'? I suspect the end of the world is not nigh, but all will be revealed.

Anyway, more importantly it is the beginning of a new month and time for the launch of the latest challenge at Our Creative Corner. Linda is hosting this month and here's what she has to say about the theme for July. "Memories are fleeting but photographs help us hold dear those special people and times. Our project this month is for you to share with us how you capture your cherished memories. All types of art are welcome: cards, tags, canvases, mixed media, etc., but your project MUST INCLUDE A PHOTOGRAPH."


My DT sample for this challenge was (not surprisingly) a card. Getting this card right was very important as it was destined for my wonderful husband. Still on my 'Italian' odyssey I was transported back to a very happy family holiday on the Isle of Wight. We visited Queen Victoria's holiday home, Osborne House, built in the Italianate style. Obviously we took loads of photos and the one on this card lent itself perfectly to getting an 'Instagramatic' style photo treatment. It set the colour scheme and style for the whole card, and taught me a lot about various mixed media products.


It never fails to amaze me what some photoshop wizardry will do to seemingly average photos, and then having mounted it inside a Polaroid frame (courtesy of my DCWV Timeless Type paper pad) a covering of clear EP completes the look.


Knowing that I wanted to use lashings of Distress Paint, Stain and Ink over my new stencilled texture paste brick wall a robust surface was definitely the order of the day. Bring on the Sticky Back Canvas (mounted on chipboard). This stuff, as I was to discover, will take an amazing amount of abuse when you add layers of water-based media in an attempt to achieve the desired look. The final cocktail? DS Picket Fence over the bricks, followed by DS Weathered Wood, then DP Antique Linen. I also put touches of DP Bundled Sage, Weathered Wood and Frayed Burlap onto the bricks.


Now, stamping with Archival Ink around the edges was easy enough, but stamping on the bricks was going to be trickier until I remembered some advice from our challenge blog owner, Laura. Take the plain bottom layer from a napkin, stamp on it and then apply the tissue to your surface with watered down glue (I used matte Glue n Seal). It blended in seamlessly.


Background done, it was time to layer up the other elements. The die cut film strip and brick wall washi tape were straight forward. And I'm discovering that you can mix Distress Embossing Powder over other smooth embossing powders to give different metallic effects - in this case I choose gold EP for an aged brass look to the key. I also used the Distress EP on the smallest brown button to age it, and added Distress Paint to the aqua button to accentuate the pattern.


My team mate Alison (Butterfly) has requested a video about glass bead gel medium. Well it's definitely on the list of things to do when the school term ends in three weeks (might as well put Son 2.'s GSCE Media course and his video camera to good use eh?!) In the meantime here's a glimpse of the effect you achieve simply by trailing it across lots of other layers. Pretty cool.


Nearly there you'll be pleased to hear. The heart? A chipboard die cut covered in White Distress Crackle Paint and drops of Faded Jeans re-inker. And the sentiment shows the difference between White Pearl EP and Truly White EP on navy CS.


I'm pleased to report hubby was happy with the card and it did bring back many happy memories of a wonderful holiday.
Now it's time to see your treasured memories captured in on a project of your choosing. Can't wait to see what you come up with over at Our Creative Corner; it's bound to be amazing judging by the fantastic entries we had for last month's challenge. Which reminds me - I'll be back on the 8th July to name the winner and top 3 for the 'Recipe' challenge. In the meantime hop on over to Our Creative Corner to see what my fellow teamies have come up with - promise you won't be disappointed!
Take care of yourselves, hugs Jenny xxx

26 comments:

  1. Hi Jenny, I am so glad you showed close-ups of this stunning card, there is so much detail to see. I love your treatment of the brick wall and the glass bead gel looks amazing (yes please to the video!). I also love that page from a notebook die (?) - it looks wonderful on the card. Sorry I have been MIA, trying to do catch up. Hugs, Anne x

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  2. Morning Jenny, Wow !! and triple Wow !! I love this card, you hubby would have been 'over the moon' with this. The colours and textures all complement the piccie. So beautiful.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

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  3. What can I say Jenny? Another stunner! Your composition skills are enviable! Fab design, wonderful subtle colour palette, an awesome make! Chris xxx

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  4. Gorgeous as always Jenny, love the textures in this. Well done to your DH on his promotion..hope your weekend wasn't too stressful. xxx Keren

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  5. So beautiful, Jenny!

    I love all the textures and colours and treatments!!! What a delicate and heartwarming make!

    Hugs,
    Claudia x

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  6. Wonderful layers of texture and detail, and a brilliant, romantic, vintage look. What an outstanding card, Jenny, from the gorgeous canvas background with all its mixed media decorations, to the altered embossed photo, to that fab textured heart... wow!
    Alison x

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  7. Wonderful card Jenny full of techniques, texture and layers - just what I like! Really love the muted colours too - they give a sense of mystery and anticipation to your card.
    Congrats to husband for the promotion and birthday wishes to him for today.
    So pleased to be amongst such talented teamies - can't wait to see what the second team come up with!
    Have a good week,
    Hugs, Juliaxx

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  8. Thanks for sharing all the interesting details of this wonderful card - not surprised your husband loved it.

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  9. Jenny this is divine, the layers, colours, textures and as always wonderful composition. I just love it.
    Have a fabulous week.
    hugs {brenda} x0x

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  10. I remember going to Osborne House on a school trip many moons ago and being very impressed with the Durbar room. Your card makes a splendid setting for your photo. And it's good to see one of the old TH dies getting an airing.

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  11. Jenny this is a gorgeous card with lots of layers and textures. What a fab challenge to have .......will certainly join in.

    Can't wait for the video re the glass bead gel


    Best wishes

    Annie x

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  12. Fantastic creation Jenny. I absolutely love it. Hugs Rita xxx

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  13. All the amazing details make a great total Jenny...adorable creation!

    kind regards, Alie :-)

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  14. A special and fabulous card Buttons. U Tube already have a vido using glass bead gel medium, to be honest anyone can use it, even me......lol
    hugs Annette x

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  15. This is really gorgeous!! Can I steal some of your ideas for my dictionary pages!?! I love your creation!!
    sandy

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  16. Hip, hip... just saw your comment over at Sue's - are you the morning or afternoon? If the afternoon, we get to play together again... hurray!!
    Alison x

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  17. Wow, this left me gasping and picking my jaw up off the floor. I don't even know where to start so I'll just say that every single detail is beyond perfect. So many amazing techniques here. I'm in love with the colors, textures and pretty much everything else. You really nailed the challenge theme of Captured Memories!

    Hugs,
    Linda

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  18. Hi Jenny
    Loving it. It's another touchy feely one I need to see IRL please
    Rosie x

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  19. Jenny, another stunning card
    Your composition, and use of so many different textures never ceases to amaze me.
    I love it
    Hugs

    Patricia xxx

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  20. Wow, it's another breathtaking piece of art, a fantastic creation with great details.
    I don't have problems with blogger and still follow my blogfriends via dashboard (Google Friend Connect).

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  21. Jenny, another stunning card. I love how you give so much detail and your close-ups are great because you always have so much to look at. Love the textures, and layers.FABULOUS! Cheers, Di

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  22. This card is so beautiful...I thought at first it was a layout! I love the photo! You've made it so elegant with all the stamping and elements you've used! Bravo!

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  23. congrats to hubbie for promotion, this card is as usual full of layers of interest , texture and talent and gorgeous elements combined perfectly! sorry about lack of comments , playing catch up..trace x hugs x

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  24. I am falling behind on blog visits and to think I could have missed this! What can I say but, "WOW." I love this!

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  25. Wowwww Jenny love this idea to show any picture,,,,,to remind,,,my friend, these film die cuts are grogeus and I am falling in lovw with your style.

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  26. Oh, my! Love the texture and how you nestled in the filmstrip and that notebook edge... two of my favorite parts of the many awesome details on this one.

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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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