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.

Thursday, 10 May 2012

Another bookmark and freebie papers info

Welcome one and all,
Thank you for all the wonderful comments about my last two cards, I was thrilled to know that you enjoyed them.
Before we get to todays creation, I wanted to answer a question possed by a couple of you concerning some of the papers I use.  On yesterdays Mini Rosette card I used some dogstooth (houndstooth)  and a few of you wondered where I bought it.  Well I didn't.  I am a bit of a web hunter and on my travels, hunting through many sites I have managed to find alot of lovely freebie papers, scrapbooking kits and toppers etc.  So, just for you, I spent last night strapped to my laptop hunting them all down,  again...... and after more than two hours I found them (plus a few others you may be interested in).
I really must learn to label my downloads clearer then I can find them again much easier!
To make things easier for you to find any papers I use in the future, I will post the links to them into the FREEBIES section at the top of the page.   The ones you are looking for today are called 'Sprik Space Houndstooth'.
Now, a little info for those new to downloading from 4Shared:   On Sprik Space website,  when you click on the papers (called pattern pieces) they will take you to 4Shared;  To get the papers free you have to download them one at a time, but don't fret they take seconds, and there is no 'wait 30secs before downloading' nonsense either.  When you are done with each one, just close that download tab and go back to the main tab to select your next colour download.  (See also the Pinterest Board-Freebies- he has lots to offer there too).
So girls go up to the top and take a look, I will keep updating the freebies over the next few weeks to include alot of wonderful sites that have lovely freebies for you.  Most of them will have been tried and tested by me so will have at least my seal of approval....lol!
Ok, thats done, now to my latest Bookmark.  Yesterday, I mentioned that the style of the mini card would be great adapted for a bookmark, so I decided to do just that and here it is:-


I thought it would be a bit of extra inspiration for anyone thinking of joining in with the challenge and also I wanted to make one as a little gift for my daughter.
For this one I cut a 4.75inch square of black card, topped it with ivory pearlescent and baby pink gingham (yee haw!), then added the half rosette to come just below the line of the side points.  Using Spellbinders borderabilities I cut a 0.75inch piece of the gingham and layered it onto another piece of black card approx 1.25inch deep, using the offcut piece of the gingham at the bottom.  I wrapped this with 3mm ribbon and secured the ends behind.


To hide the edge of the rosette, I placed double thickness of foam pads onto the base card right next to the rosette ( 1middle, 1each side) and then 1single layer of foam pads to the outside edges and placed the border strip over the top.  This formed a slight dome which gave it a nice finish, slightly hiding the pads.  To finish it off I stamped the word 'Imagine' onto a small rectangle of ivory card and matted it onto black, then I stamped the image of the book with glasses, cutting this out with a slight border and attaching both with a single layer of foam pads. I have fallen in love with the book/glasses stamp, it is lovely stamped on background papers for shabby chic or vintage cards etc (even wizarding wonders).
The back triangular piece is also matted with a piece of  the gingham card and I added a few clear gems to finish it off.
So there you have it, another bookmark quite simply done but very effective I think. 
I have a lovely LOTV image on a card for tomorrow, so I hope you can pop by again to take a look.  I would love to know what you think as I have tried a different technique with my promarkers.
Have a wonderful day.  Regards and best wishes Linda xx

6 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for what you have done the book mark is great, may not be able to join this challange as I had some very sad news yesterday so my head is all over the place ,I have to dash to Blackpool when I receive the phone call today,will catch up when I`m back and my head straight .Melanie

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  2. Thanks Linda. Really appreciate all your efforts! Like you, my download file is a bit of a nightmare. Perhaps this is the spur I need to sort it out. Love your new bookmark. I will send you my challenge bookmark a liitle later. Now there is more time perhaps I will have attempt a second one. Hope Lee continues to hold his own.

    Love Christine xx

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  3. Love the bookmark, the pink and black are striking, that is a really great stamp, in particular for a bookmark. Hugs lin

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  4. and thanks for links to freebie papers. x

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  5. Oh, you are soooo sweet to spend so much time researching and providing us with the sites to freebie papers! Personally, I wouldn't know where to start - so, I really appreciate all your time/effort to help those of us who are technologically challenged (ha/ha)!
    And, your bookmark is absolutely FABULOUS! LOVE it! I just made and gave a bunch of corner bookmarks as gifts to our ladies group (before I found out about your challenge - boo/hoo)! They loved them. They make such great gifts.

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  6. I love these rosettes you are putting on your cards they are fabulous must have a go at these Hugs Elaine

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