Butterflies is the challenge set at Gothic Arches Challenge Blog.
One of the butterfly beauties from Divas D’Este’s Playful Butterfly Women graces my arch. You might remember I used one of the images recently on a flag (“Watch Me Fly“)
The background is a paper napkin/serviette (this time from  my friend Lucy.) The design was exactly what I wanted, flowers, butterflies and foliage.
The butterfly which my playful butterfly woman stands perched upon is cut from the napkin/serviette. Lots of silicone glue was  applied to the butterfly and butterfly woman to achieve dimension.

Call Me Queenie

It has been weeks since I joined the fun at Gothic Arches Challenge. The latest theme is “Queen”.

This woman has a Royal air to her.
If time is on my side I will fiddle with this as the dyed lace is not that colour IRL!

A Snowy Glow

I really wanted to participate in the “Snowflakes” challenge at Gothic Arches Challenge Blog despite having reached the point where I need to move on from Christmas/Winter artwork.  I still have a few items that were made weeks ago and not as yet posted on my Blog but other than those items, this is probably my final Winter/Christmas project for 2010.
Today there was a bit of a battle with myself and daylight, guess what, daylight won! This piece of felt has glitter particles through it (purchased this way), stamped snowflakes and  inked edges with Victorian Velvet which I doubt you can see. The metal snowflakes were sponged with Decoupaint Old White Patina (available from The Altered Element) and I layered two pieces of lace at the bottom of the arch along with dusky rose velvet ribbon

Text Me

Gothic Arches Challenge Blog set the theme of “Text”.
After sponging Tattered Rose onto cardstock I stamped the script background and ink blots. The focal image was stamped onto Tattered Rose coloured cardstock, cut out and added along with a stamped ticket and torn pieces from a novel. At the bottom of the arch I layered various printed papers and more stamped text plus a little piece of gingham ribbon.

It’s Only A Paper Moon

Say, it’s only a paper moon,
Sailing over a cardboard sea.
But it wouldn’t be make-believe,
if you believed in me.
Gothic Arches set the theme of Day/Night.

For some weeks now I have wanted to use this image. After punching stars from black card I adhered silver glitter card behind the apertures, typed and printed out some  of the  lyrics to  “Paper Moon”, added a glass bead to hang from the arch (this lovely glass bead was bought from The Altered Element)
Have to apologise for the quality of the photograph, daylight is so poor and I know it is difficult to make out the printed words. If I get the chance to take the photograph again I will do so.  Lynne x


SCD Challenges are new to me but as my swap friend Dawn, who is on their DT, is hosting this week’s challenge I was keen to participate. The theme is “Arches” and “Lace” which was all fine and well but nothing was coming together in my head until I had a look at Art Creations Friday and spied this image

After cutting an arch from card I painted it with a soft blue and blush pink acrylics – aiming for a distressed appearance.
Then stamped a beautiful image which is from LLB Retro Rose set. Painted the bottom of some net curtain with copper acrylic and glued to the bottom of the arch.
This photo shows the little bits and pieces I added. The “Florence” word tile was just lying about on my craft table and I thought it suited this piece.

Daisy Buttercup

Daisies is the theme at Gothic Arches. Initially all I could think, do I have any daisy stamps to which the answer is, “no” but never fear as vintage images, once again came to the rescue and I knew I at least had some daisy scrapbook paper I could play with.  The next hurdle, yellow is the colour that came to my mind and yellow is probably one of my least favourite colours, in crafting and in life.
Covered the arch with daisy paper then tore a piece to create a corner to mat the image onto. Cut 2 daisies and scalloped border from K&co glitter daisy paper. Added a stamped tag (Studio G alphabet stamps) and some bits ‘n’ pieces.
There is no significance to the name Daisy Buttercup except that it popped into my head and she looks like a little girl in need of a nickname.

First Day of School

Gothic Arches Challenge Blog set the theme of “Back To School”. Well thank goodness for vintage images 🙂 as I had nothing suitable in the stamp line.

Stamped an alphabet background then added school girl image and paper images. The strip at the bottom is stamped with a long alphabet stamp (thank you Debbie!) and cut with scallop scissors. Added a suede texture brad, stamping the “a” with Staz-on and finally the word tile.

The sharp eyed amongst you will notice school reports and you may wonder, are they vintage? Well unfortunately they probably would be labelled as “vintage”, they are my Primary School Reports!!

A Lady In Waiting

At Tag Tuesday and Gothic Arches Challenge the theme is “Crowns”.
Created a tag with a gentle arched shape then stamped the crowns (both from Oxford Impressions), gold embossing a crown at top of tag and adding the stamped word “Grace”. Cut out the image adding a gold embossed crown to her head. The decorative border is a piece of broad velvet texture, wired ribbon cut into a strip and then gluing individual sequins along the top and attaching a  LLB beaded tassle.

She Liked The Finer Things In Life

At Gothic Arches Challenge the theme set is Marie Antionette. I knew I had downloaded a sheet of images from The Graphics Fairy which could not be more perfect for the challenge.

I wanted the shape of the arch to echo a tier of a cake – used Anna Griffin paper and overstamped with a small “Paris” stamp, crown, fan and Fleur de Lys. The Graphics Fairy sheet is packed full of images, I didn’t even use half of the sheet!

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