Artistic Philosophy

Reality has limits but our imagination does not, so let it run free and your creativity will flourish.

My imagination helps me create unique work as I strive to produce beautiful things and grow in capability, experience and confidence. My goal as I travel this journey of creativity, is to share my work and inspire others so that they themselves, may create something distinct and original too.

Sunday, 29 April 2012

Andrea Ewen Case

Hi everyone,
I think I need to start by sending out Big Thanks to all you lovely peeps for leaving me fabulous comments yesterday.  I was so pleased to see that you like the second bookmark; I may have to think of something else to add to the collection, so watch this space and see what I come up with.
Desiree left me a comment and asked about the ribbon being long enough for bigger books and also was concerned about the velcro damaging the card.  Well the nice thing about this style of bookmark is that you can have the ribbon longer and by having two or three velcro dots under the larger tag it can be adjusted to suit the size of the book.  As to the velcro, the way to ensure that the book and the card don't get damaged is to put the softer, fluffy side of the velcro dots on the underneath of the tag and the hook side on the top of the small tag.  This way they will either be just hanging away from the book if left loose or in between the two tags if acting as a book wrap.   I hope that gives you a few more reasons to have a go yourselves.  As Christine said, they would make excellent gifts, so how about making an altered box to send them in.  Then it would be two gifts in one; a beautiful bookmark and a box for little treasures.

Ok, now on to todays Casing.   Some time ago, I found a blog by a very talented lady from the USA, her name is Andrea Ewen and I was blown away by her blog, it is full of wonderful inspiration.  Andrea uses a variety of medium and styles and is on the Design Team for VerveZva Creative and The Ribbon Carousel Challenge among others.

This is the Card that I used for my Case today.  Isn't it gorgeous.   A simple layout with lots of potential in a classic style that means you can use different papers to make it look completely different every time.  I played around with lots of different papers myself, but in the end I settled on some freebie papers from a very clever designer from Australia, Jodie Lee Patterson.  Jodie designs for Prima and her vintage papers and accessories are astounding and so very pretty.  So if you are into vintage & shabby chic try and pop by to take a look.  She is also a generous designer and offers freebies on a regular basis (see the 'Freebies' section on the right-hand sidebar).

So here if my take on Andrea's card:-

Do you notice the improvement in the photography quality?  I actually managed to find the Macro setting on the camera. 

I still have a way to go to learn each of the settings, but the improvement had me so happy I took a close-up and even managed to make it quite a detailed shot.

Here is a close-up of the gorgeous paper from Jodie Lee, the crinkle edged ribbon and some of my pins (though I wish I hadn't taken the' head' off the longer pin). I have secured the ends of the pins into some large glue dots at the bottom of the matt/layer to ensure safety.
My ribbon is actually made from some very fine organza tulle that I cut into various ribbon widths and 'burnt' the edges to get the vintage, crinkle look.  I am really pleased with how it turned out; it added a subtle shimmer without being blingy don't you think?   The funny thing is, now that I am looking closely at the pictures I am wondering if I also should have added a butterfly or even a tiny cluster of flowers to the top of the tag; but I was trying to draw the eye to the pins and the papers, so maybe I did right after all.
I hope you have enjoyed my latest Case.  Maybe you could do one and send me the picture to showcase.    That gives me an idea, how about we have a fortnightly challenge where you also do a Case of the card I dedicate to the challenge and the selected winner will receive a small candy gift?   I don't know anything about Linky's etc, so I will have to look into this.  In the meantime if you fancy it let me know in your comments and I will make that the next challenge.  In the mean time, we have the Bookmarks challenge to think about; I will write up the challenge requirements for that tomorrow, so get ready.  If any of you could help me with the links for the challenge, I would be most grateful.
Ok then, that's it for today other than to say, I will not be able to do a post for Tuesday morning as I am away all day Monday taking my son back to University.  We are also going out for a meal and meeting his girlfriend for the first time.  So two busy days ahead of me, but I will, however, do a scheduled post tomorrow ready for Monday morning (to include the challenge).
I hope you have a great Sunday; my daughter, eldest son and grandson are over for dinner at my house.  What about you?   Enjoy dear blogfriends, whatever you're up to.
Hugs Linda x

Ps  I have updated the New Candy post from Friday to include a new close-up photograph of my pins.  They show some of the items that will be included in the Starter Kits.  Linda x

21 comments:

  1. Hi Linda,
    really enjoyed looking at your card today. You are very talented. Saw your stick pins on Sue Wilson's show. They are really lovely. I have visited your blog more nearly every day, but I am relatively new to blogging and did not know how to use your site, silly me. Never mind I understand it now. My sister who lives in your neck of the woods makes wonderful jewelery. I am visiting her next week, but she isn't on the internet so I won;t be able to join in your challenge. Have a great crafty day.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

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    1. Hi Jenny,
      I am so sorry my site isn't set up to be easier to walk around sweetie. I am going to add the Home button plus a few others across the top as soon as I have five minutes to sit and play, then it should be easier. Thank you for reminding me, I had completely forgotten. I have added the post listing down the right-hand sidebar to make it easier to get to the individual posts.
      As to the challenge it will be open for a little while, so maybe you could enter when you go home or you could make one before you go and email it to me, then I will post it. It would be lovely to see something from you. We will have to meet up for coffee sometime when you're down this way. Take care and have a wonderful time with your sister. Linda x

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  2. Stunning card love your pins ,hope you have a great time with the children today .melanie

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  3. Good morning Linda, this is such a beautiful card, the papers are so gorgeous, go so well together. I hope one day my cards get to look like this. Like Jenny I'm new to blogging, don't think I'm using it correctly as it doesn't seem to update quite right, for instance I wasn't able to see yesterday's post until today, I think it must be my iPad or me! Have fun going to Uni with your son, I remember those days, it's over for us as my son will be 27 on 1st May and daughter finished her Uni days some time ago, she's 36!! take care Alison :)

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  4. Good morning Linda, this card is really beautiful and the papers are gorgeous and your pins are so beautiful X I have removed permissions from my blog now, thanks for pointing it out as I didn't even know it was on and I find it annoying too! Have a lovely Sunday with your family and tomorrow taking your son back to uni, Carole Z X

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  5. Morning Linda, what an absolutely stunning card. I love the colours and the pins and what a good idea for the ribbon . Keep up the good work, I notice you are moving up the crafty blogs list. Well done . I am off to a bead fair this morning to get more supplies to make guess what - decorative pins. Lol. Never felt I could enter a challenge before, but think I might like to give yours a go especially if they are fortnightly . Unfortunately work gets in the way of crafting. Enjoy your day. Sue

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  6. Lovely card Linda, sweet colours and I love those pins!!!! Sounds like your going to be a bit hectic, but I'm sure it will be fun

    hugs Vicky x x x

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  7. Hi Linda
    Love the colours of your card-the papers are really pretty and the pins are gorgeous!
    Well done
    Eileen x

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  8. Love your card, Linda. My favourite colours and photos look great!
    Cathy - Drogheda Ireland

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  9. Christine Harrop29 April 2012 at 12:44

    Great card Linda. I love the colour scheme, and your gorgeous pins match perfectly.

    Christine x

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  10. Hi Linda, love the card the papers are fab. Will look out for them. Best wishes, Lesley

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  11. How beautiful, Linda...I'm afraid that you've put my card to shame, lol! I love those papers (I just downloaded it...thanks for the link) and what a fabulous idea with the ribbon! The burned edges add such wonderful charm! And the stick pins are stunning! Speaking of stick pins, I got the most wonderful postal gift in the mail today...I laid my eyes upon 8 beautiful treasures...how am I going to use them? I want to keep them all for myself! (Not much in the spirit of pay-it-forward, huh?) LOL! I did make a card this morning using one of your lovely pins and linked back to your blog...you should really start thinking about making them for sale on Etsy...I'm sure that you would get quite a following! Anyway, thank you so much for sharing your talent with me and all of the super sweet, super complimentary comments that you leave on my blog. I'm certainly glad to have made the connection to you through this all-powerful internet! Have a lovely day with your family, my dear, and I can assure you that I will put those exquisite stick pins to good use!

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  12. Hi sweetie this is just gorgeous...

    Love the colour choices too....

    A gorgeous creation...


    Huggles Pops x x x x x

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  13. Lovely colour scheme and papers Linda. Will not get much crafting done during the summer months, farming calls, but I will certainly aim to join in the fun later in the year. Anne x

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  14. Love your card and have just downloaded the paper. Will be making my interpretation tomorrow. Thanks for your inspiration.

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  15. Gorgeous card! LOVE it! The papers you used are scrumptious! I'm going to have to attempt downloading them. {I've never attempted this before.} Love the ribbon, and your stick pins are such a lovely focal point. LOVE them!
    Enjoy your time with your son, and his girlfriend.

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  16. Absolutely beautiful card. Love the colors you picked. The paper and your stick pins are gorgeous!!

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  17. Wow Linda I love your card the colours are beautiful and your pins, STUNNING!! What a great tip you have shared how you done your ribbon with organza tulle wouldn't never have thought of that.

    I have had a crazy weekend as my family arranged a surprise 50th birthday party for me on Saturday night they decorated the house inside and out ( including lamp posts lol) wish you had been here as some of the photos people are headless and you have really mastered the camera now great photos. Sunday we went to my partners parents and had another lovely day so now am catching up on your blog before heading to bed, early night called for as am getting to old for all this parting lol. I have a load of thank you cards so thinking about doing bookmarks saying Thank You so they have something to keep too as I've been spoiled and have loads of lovely presents and memories.

    Will pop in tomorrow, take care, hugs Fiona P xxx

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  18. this is gorgeous, hope you are well! have a super weeksweet lady.

    enjoy *~*

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  19. Beautiful, truly lovely - such gorgeous colours. Cameras are fiddly things aren't they, I'm still finding stuff on mine! :)

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  20. stunning card, gorgeous colours and your pins are the perfect finishing touch.
    Thanks for sharing
    Sue

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