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.

Saturday, 30 June 2012

Quick post

Good morning all,
A very quick post as I have a very busy day ahead of me.  My son comes home from University today!!  Being that Anthony is my youngest and the last one at home,  when he is away at Uni the house becomes very quiet indeed (except when the grandson is with us).   He is quite a quiet lad and keeps himself to himself alot, working on his pc in his room alot of the time. However, I still miss him around the house.  I walk past his door and go to look in on him or I suddenly remember and feel a little tug in my tummy.  Oh us mums are daft things at times aren't we.
Ok, now on to todays card.  I'm sorry I wasn't able to do my 'something different' card,  I haven't had the time.  I made alot of the items on the card myself.  Something, as you probably know by now, I like to do alot.
First was the flower, I bought a bag of Petals from the NEC approx 3years ago as they were selling them off rather inexpensively and I thought they would come in handy.  Well I started with a circle of card and my Incredibly Tacky glue and just layered the petals in circles until I had filled to the center.  I trimmed it back a little until I was happy with the shape and then fixed my pretty center and left it overnight to dry.

I found a use for the layered border die pieces that I created the other day. and I think it looks very effective here.   Also I used the waste pieces from cutting the borders and added them top and bottom for added effect.

I decorated the inside quite simply, using just a matching embossed card with a waste border piece again.  The flower is made from a layer of white card and a layer of matt silver.  You will never guess what I used for the lower flower.  It is not mirri board or foil,,,,..................  it is the thick, foil lined pockets that my Fentanyl patches come in (how about that for recycling!!!!!)  It cuts and embosses beautifully and unlike mirri card it is not quite so shiny and therefore I am more inclined to use it as I am not a great lover of mirri card unless in very small doses.





The center of this flower is really effective, don't you think.  I created this by squeezing a 10p sized ball of Creative Expressions PVA in silver onto my craft mat and then I shook over some silver Decoballs (similar to Microbeads and Beadazzles). I let it dry overnight and then attached it to my card with the Incredibly Tacky glue.  To save waiting time for future projects, I made up a couple of these, some in different colours too.
 

The center to this flower was created using a method that the lovely Jenny used on her fabulous card too.  PVA glue with seed beads.  I used Pearl PVA with irridescent seed beads and a sprinkling of Creative Expressions Aurora glitter, just a tad more sparkle.





This is more 'over the top' for me, but I do like to ring the changes and after making that lovely big flower, I just got carried away.
Well thats it for today, I'm sorry its so short but I am shattered and need to sleep.  I just hope I haven't made any bad errors with my grammar or spelling....LOL!. 
Thank you for stopping by, I will do my best to visit everyones blogs this evening and see what lovely creations you have to share.  Take care and have a fab day.
Regards Linda xx

19 comments:

  1. Hi Linda,
    WOW this card is very lovely. I love the design too. It's amazing how us crafty people think alike, as I've been making flowers with petals for quite a while. I just love your version of my bead idea. Must have a go at that one. The embossing just finishes of the inside of the card doesn't it. I have also been doing that for a while too. Have a great special time with your youngest.
    I know when families get together after being apart it's just a wonderful time,and more to treasures to keep in your memory. Have a crafty Saturday everyone.
    Lots of crafty hugs and love. Jenny L.

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  2. Hi Linda, a real 'wow' of a card today, beautiful, love what you did with the centre of the flower! Have a great time with your son, Carole Z X

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  3. Hi Linda. Your card is gorgeous. The colour scheme is wonderful and I love the way you have layered the dies cuts and embossing. The red flower finishes it all off perfectly.
    I hope you have a fabulous day.
    Hugs Sue

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  4. Linda this is a stunning card, the flower is beautiful. I hope you enjoy your time with your Son. I'm sure you will.
    Hugs
    Kelly x

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  5. This is so beautiful Linda - I love the piece of red card underneath the lace border, it just adds that extra ooomph! Your red flower is gorgeous and I am a fan of the middles - I made some similar ones but I did them onto circles of card then glue then my beady bits. Once a crafter always a crafter eh??

    Have lovely times with your youngest son home!

    Hugs Sue P xx

    PS Thanks once again for helping me with my purchase queries!

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  6. This is a lovely card Linda. The red really makes it pop and I love
    beaded flower centres. Have a good rest and then have fun with your son. you deserve it.

    love from Christine x

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  7. Hi Linds.
    This a very pretty card and the red is very striking.
    I'm not very often brave enough to use a lot of red and tend to use more muted colours.

    Hope you enjoy the time with your son.

    Take care
    Eileen x

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  8. What a fantastic card Linda I love the colours and its such a fab design , what fabulous dies , stunning work well done Hugs Elaine

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  9. WHat's a fabulous cards Linda:) I like the center of the flowers:)
    Have a nice weekend!
    Hugs,
    Sonia

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  10. Hi Linda, this design is beautiful, love the colours and the layered border pieces sit perfectly, keep up the good work!

    Hope you have had a lovely day with your son, I have been visiting my gorgeous grandchildren today and had a lovely hug from my son when I left which was very special, love him to bits!

    Love and hugs Christine H xx

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  11. Hi Linda

    Such a beautiful card with just so much detail - incredible - and oh how I love those colours too.

    I'm sure it will be lovely to have your son back for a while.

    Thanks for dropping by to see me.

    Ta ta for now.

    Hazel xx

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  12. Linda, Simply lovely, just love how you've done the centre of the flower, must have a go at that. Take care Alison :)

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  13. This is stunning love the centre of your flower may try this one day ,
    have a great time with your son .Melanie

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  14. Hi Linda, I know what you mean about your son, I guess most of us mums feel the same when our children fly the nest, but always good to have them home.
    Your card is really lovely, and I love the center of the flower.
    Thanks for the comments on my blog, my pins are no way up to yours, but I enjoy making them and totally understand why you would not want to enter the candy - the phrase coal and newcastle spring to mind... LOL.
    Hugs
    Suzie xx

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  15. Hi Linda, I love this card!!! I love the way you've made the lace effect with the border that you showed us last week (I think!)..Anyway, I'm going to try this layout tomorrow (Monday) if I'm well enough to craft...Keep inspiring us pls...:)Enjoy your day...xxx

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  16. Just popping by to say thank you for your lovely comments you have been leaving on my blog , you are so sweet.
    I hope you are enjoying your visit from your son , although I guess you are busy doing all his washing or such like . Have loads of fun Hugs Elaine

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  17. Really beautiful Linda, your work always inspires me to go and do something interesting, make my own etc. Thanks for sharing

    hugs Vicky x x x

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  18. Hi Linda, empty nest syndrome, you will get used to it, then he'll come home again and drive you crazy. Love the card, I also like to make most of the bits and pieces for my cards, For me that's the fun bit. Take care, best wishes, Lesley xx

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  19. Hi Linda
    The border you extended looks so effective and I really like the way you have used the beads as added embellishment. Anne

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