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.

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

More filigree work

Good morning my dear blog friends
Well the morning has started off dry so I am keeping everything crossed that it stays that way.  Mind you it was dry yesterday, it just got a bit windy; so much so infact it blew our ladder down from beside the tree and smashed the corner of the water bucket clean off.  I didn't think the wind was that strong at all but I think I was too busy beforehand to hear it (busy having forty winks with my grandson!! lol).
I hope this dry and seemingly pleasant day finds you all in good spirits and hopefully good health too.
I am still coughing myself, but feeling alot brighter today and ready to get going again I think.  I hate being poorly; I get cross with myself for not being able to do what I want to or for feeling more tired than usual. Thank goodness I don't get ill like this very often.  I haven't seen a doctor for anything like this in over 3years, so I cannot complain. 
Anyway to todays card.   I have been playing with the border dies again and this time I have created two smaller pyramid shapes.  I was so pleased with how they turned out I had to make a card immediately.   So what do you think, worth the effort or not?

I think you will agree, the border dies really do build up to make some lovely filigree shapes.  I am really pleased with the outcome of my time spent playing.  I have a few different ways of using the border dies now and I still have other dies to try it with.  Hopefully I can find more and more uses besides the normal snipping and layering.  I am determined to make my dies worth their money; and more.
The lace I have used here is an inexpensive but very pretty lace made by Dovecraft that I found on Ebay.  I had a whole 10metres for under just £5 and that included the P&P (shipping).  I received this the day after receiving the first bundle of lace that I put up for Candy, so now I have a few different selections to play with.  I love this one because it comes with eyelets so you can thread ribbon or trim through it for added effect.  They do make it this particular lace with coloured edges but I, personally, prefer one colour lace only (I tend to buy only white, ivory and black, I can always add colour if I need to with spritzers or inks etc).
If anyone is interested in the places that I found the cheapest for lace, here are some links to help you.  They are Buy It Now items as I never bid for items like this.
I am sorry to say but the beautiful lace I showed in the picture for the Commenters Candy, has sold out at the moment in the Buy It Now section. They only have one bundle left but it is being auctioned, if you're still interested however, take a look HERE )

Laces Galore Ebay Shop (This is the shop link)
Dovecraft 35mm Eyelet Lace  (£3.80 for 10metres)
Beautiful 2" cotton lace  (£2.25 for 5metres)
Soft 1.75" Nottingham lace (£1.99 for 5metres)
Raggy Doll Ebay Seller  (This link takes you straight to the seller full listings)
42mm Flat Lace   (£1.35 for 3metres)
32mmWhite or 38mm Ivory Flat Lace (£1.25 for 3metres)
(All prices are without Postage/shipping)

Finally the place I found the large flatbacked pearls.  They have two colours and both have the option for you to choose up to 14mm in size.  I have both colours and 4sizes and I think they are lovely.
Ivory Flatback Pearls
White Flatback Pearls
 (A tip for anyone new to using Ebay, if you purchase several items from one Ebay seller/shop they will recalculate the postage and so reduce the cost.  I ordered 4items all marked as £1.20each P&P, when I contacted them for a price they only charged me approx £2 total P&P.  So don't worry if you see lots of individual P&P costs, they only apply if you buy different items from different sellers.)

Well thats it for now but before I go I would like to ask a favour; please if you can, would you pop back later after 4pm as I have a post that I think will be of great interest to you. 
Right then, I am off for a rest now, so I will speak to you all later, if you can make it.
Have a lovely day.  (The sun is beautiful here in South Wales at the moment!)
Linda x

My Recipe
Teal card - The Papermill Direct online
Black Kanban card - Create & Craft
Ice White Centura Pearl A3 card - Create & Craft
Designer paper - Hot off the Press
Dies - Spellbinders Parisian Motifs
           Spellbinders Vintage Lace Accents Border (to make filigree pieces)
Pearly Button - The Hobby House online store
Flatback Pearls and Eyelet Lace - See above links
Inks - Tim Holtz Distress Inks in Bundled sage and Tumbled glass (mixed to make Teal)
Sentiment - Creative Expressions Sentiment Plate at  Sam Pooles Creative Studios

15 comments:

  1. Good morning Linda. Glad to hear you are on the mend. I love the filigree effect you have created. Thank you for sharing your lace sources - the one you have used on the card is very pretty and I really like threading ribbon through as well. I saw your post on Sue Wilson's blog about the new Spellbinders release - I have been following their blog hop too and can't wait to see the next releases as I think there are some stunning ones there that will give you LOTS of scope for playing!! Have a good day.x

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  2. Hi Linda

    Gorgeous card. Your "borders" work really well. I never used teal but since I saw your very first corner bookmark I'm liking it more and more. In fact last week I actually bought some card and ribbon. Hopefully I'll get round to using it soon.

    Hope you have a good day.

    love from Christine x

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  3. Hi Linda,
    your play time with the dies was very successful, what a fabbbbbb card really striking. Love the ideas with the pyramid, and the lace is wonderful. I bought some embellishments from ebay recently 39 items to be exact all from one seller and only paid one postage payment. Glad your feeling better today. Can't wait to see what you do next. Have a great crafty day everyone.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

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  4. Beautiful, you've done a fab job with that die, love your colour scheme too.
    Sandy

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  5. Hello Linda. WOW! Your card is gorgeous, I love how you have put all the layers together and the lace and ribbons are so beautiful. That is a really lovely sentiment too.
    I hope you will continue to feel better today
    Take care
    Hugs Sue

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  6. Morning Linda, in a word "stunning" love everything about it, my type of card, there is definitely something about the teal, Sue Wilsons favourite colour, it's growing more and more on me! Sunny here today, peg my washing out before it disappears! Take care Alison :)

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  7. Hi Linda, you are perfecting the way of layering and shaping your die cuts. This is lovely. Anne x

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  8. Hi Linda
    What a beautiful card, I love the colours. Ebay is fab isnt it, I have bought lots of crafting goodies from there. I hope you are having a good day.
    Hugs
    Kelly x

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  9. Such an elegant card I love it!! sorry hear you're not well, I hope you are fighting fit very soon

    hugs Vicky x x

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  10. Hi Linda from a reasonably bright Nottingham! I am glad you are feeling a little better today, onwards and upwards!!!

    I love your card and the colours are gorgeous - totally beautiful. Thank you so much for putting the links to the suppliers, I have never used ebay and must admit to being a little bit worried. However, having read the above comments I think I will start small and see where I go - off to buy my first item now!!!

    Hugs Sue P xx

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    1. Dear Sue, I have a couple more tips for you as you're new to Ebay. Look for sellers with high ratings, they have stars and percentages by their names. Also you can add lots items you fancy to your Wishlist before your basket. There you can choose which ones work out cheapest or best for you and when you're ready to buy just click on the item/s you want to buy at that time to put them into your basket, then just pay for them. If you need any further help please either email me or put question here and either I or probably one of our helpful friends will assist you. Have fun shopping . Hugs Linda

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  11. Hi Linda, just finished the ironing before I bump into the next lot so again late in visiting your blog, sorry :(. Pleased you are feeling better today and you have seen some sunshine, can you send some to my part of Somerset please LOL!

    Oh I just love your card, my favourite colour (Sue Wilson's fault) and your time playing with your dies has definitely paid dividends and very much worth the effort, a fabulous card!

    Thank you so much for the links to the ebay sellers will be taking a look later. I have found The Craft Cupboard on ebay very good for prices on Spellbinder dies and Tim Holtz distress inks and free postage which is what I invariably look for.

    Have a good rest and take care.
    Love & hugs Christine H xx

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  12. Hi Linda, beautiful card and such a gorgeous colour and the layering is stunning...thanks for the links to suppliers, I'll take a look, hugs, Carole Z x

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  13. Wow What a a stunning card I love this gorgeous creation well done Linda Hugs Elaine

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  14. Stunning card just love how you have done this,so glad you are feeling better
    I must play more with my dies didn`t get sue`s dies wished I had now but found a place where they are getting them in and are cheaper then C & C .Melanie

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