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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Guest Designer for Arty Girlz

Back in January I was delighted to recieve an email from Julie & Crissi of Arty Girlz asking if I would like to be a Guest Designer for them. I was happy to agree & arranged to create something for them once I got back from my team retreat. Once back I selected my theme & created a design. I then emailed it off & promptly forgot all about it. Then I noticed other GD's appearing on the site & wondered what had become of mine. Julie had never recieved my jpeg image. So just after my birthday I sent it off again & thankfully it was recieved the same day.


So today I am glad to be Guest Designer with my theme Hand Made Backgrounds.

There are many beautiful papers out there & it is really easy to create a card/scrapbook page using them. But I find the real joy is in creating something for myself getting my fingers as inky & messy as possible! I love using Gesso, paint & in the design below, Distress Inks.


To create this design I used my favourite technique of watercolour type backgrounds using wet kitchen towel to apply the inks & blotting them off to give a mottled effect. I then stamped all the background with various parts of stamps. The butterfly lady I created on a spare piece of card in similar shades & glued her on. This picture doesn't show her as clearly as IRL. Most of the stamps used are Crafty Individuals, the large swirl is Papermania.

I hope you all enjoy making something of your own & get bitten by the bug.


31 comments:

Em's Blog said...

love the soft colours on this and the stamps are fab!

Stempelchaotin said...

Wow Paula this is brilliant. So great piece. Love it.

I have a great Candy on my Blog :)

joanne wardle said...

it's a wonderful card. I love it.
and that's a great theme, I think I'll have to play!

Silvia said...

Wow, your card looks fantastic, love the background and the images. Great swirl.

penibear said...

That's brilliant, Paula, I love the colours and they way the whole thing blends together.

Liz Ness said...

Awesome ... and congratulations!

deb said...

Great background Paula, fab work.

Anesha said...

Really like your card. The background is really beautiful. Really like the stamps you used. Thank you for commenting on my entry.

CraftyC said...

Your background is just gorgeous!!
Clairexx

Carrie said...

Its a lovely effect Paula - thanks for sharing

Je@net said...

Congrats girlie, love your beautiful work!! Specially those softy colors, great job!

stampingbalou said...

Paula, what a stunning and elegant card - wonderful !

Audrey said...

its such a lovely piece Paula

alcoholinky said...

woohoo, on a role Paula. beautiful dreamy colours

michelle said...

Love this card! I can't believe the lady is cut out.. you can't tell. seriously, you are the queen of the alcohol inks ..

Pearl said...

On a roll indeed Paula ! So happy for you ! Nothing like making something of your own !

I have recently come across a scrapper in Penang who uses stamping techniques on layouts ! I wonder if you've come across too ? check out http://scrapperlicious.blogspot.com

ttfn, Pearl

Andrea, said...

Congratulations on been Guest Designer Paula, your card is beautiful and the background is fab such lovely colours

Rosie said...

Paula, you are so right - the creation of your own backgrounds is so much fun... and very special, too. I love your card, so delicate - what a great challenge this was (specially for us background junkies!), thanks for sharing.

crissi said...

glad it was sorted in the End paula i think this is one of my most favourite things that you have created i love the soft colours and the stamping is perfect. stunning work.
Thanks for being our guest designer this week and joining In with the Arty Girlz challenges
Crissi xx

michelle said...

Your card is wonderful i just love the soft muted colours, you really helped to take me out of my comfort zone this week and inspired me to try something new, Thanks for your lovely comment on my entry !!

Rein said...

This is so soft and very pretty!

rattytatty@fsmail.net said...

Wonderful background. Love the cloudy effect you have created beautiful

Julie said...

This is so beautiful Paula and I'm so glad we got there in the end xx

Thanks so much for guest designing for Arty Girlz xx

Barbara Hagerty said...

Paula, your piece is lovely!! Thank you for such a great theme! I agree with you 100%! Making your own backgrounds are the best!! So satisfying! I made mine on time, then forgot to post it to the group...was really tired. Oh well, it's here now.

Hels said...

Hiya Paula, just wanted to say thanks for the great challenge theme and I have been having a rummage thru your Blog and I just love all your work....tis stunning :O)) Hels x

Tessi said...

Die Karte ist traumhaft schön.....so romantisch.
LG
Gitti

Femmy said...

beautiful!!! love the soft look!!!

KardKrazy said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous work...so inspirational, thanks for the challenge, Paula!

Casey said...

Your work is just lovely! Thanks for the great theme!

Lana said...

This is so pretty - very ethereal - thank you for the challenge! :)

dutchstamptramp said...

Oh what a gorgeous piece! Love the combination of colours so subtle.