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Wednesday, 15 March 2017

WOYWW #406

So here we are, rushing through March already. Linking up as always on Wednesdays with Julia over at The Stamping Ground.
 On my desk this week are three partly finished cards from Pauline Butchers Workshop I did on Sunday.
 Learnt some new ways of doing things, the Floral stencil on black is done by sponging on Gesso first, then adding colour over that. I think a sort of version of the Black Magic technique. Some of the Gesso got under the stencil, but that can be repaired with a black pen, and I quite liked this technique, so may give that another go.
 The seahorses card I'm not happy with at all and may take them back off and try something else. Maybe butterflies and flowers, or dragonflies. Not sure yet.
The background is done using Liquitex Heavy Body Gel through a stencil, then when it's dry, using Brusho's for colour over the top.
Did have a lovely time at the workshop, which Erika also went to, and met some lovely ladies. I may well do one or two more, we shall see.
This quilt picture gave me quite a shock when my daughter, Louisa, put it on Facebook and asked me if I remembered it. I had completely forgotten about it, but when I saw it remember making it for my youngest sons cot, and he was 30 this year, so tells you how old it is. I also remember making a sleeping bag the same way, and apparently she still has that too.
  So there we are, short and sweet this week. By the way, I have an appointment with my surgeon for a follow up on Friday, so we shall have more information after that. I'll let you know what was said next week.


Helen said...

Glad you enjoyed the workshop and had a good time, nice to meet up with friends too! the black/colour technique looks a good one, may have to try that! Gorgeous quilt too - glad it is still being treasured!
Hope the trip to the surgeon goes well and he is happy with you. xx Helen #?

craftyani said...

Used to love going to card workshops when I lived in uk but alas the lady who did them here gave up and it is difficult getting materials.
Just goes to show how handmade items are valued and maybe passed down through the generations.
Good luck at the follow up with your consultant.

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

Oh I love that quilt, lots of little pieces and lots of love put into that.
Your card colors are very pretty. Sounds like yo had fun. I've played catch up and peeped about a bit. I'm anxious to also try TH oxides, love how the backgrounds look on video's I've seen. Then the sweetest little bunny. And the gorgeous Live Laugh Love happy mail. Fun visit have a lovely week. #4

BJ said...

Aw the memories in the quilt so lovely. The workshop looks like it was cool, I've not been to one in years. BJ#9

misteejay said...

Love the black background effect - the colour really 'pop'.
How wonderful that the quilt is still around. What a lovely keepsake of memories.
Hope all goes well at the appointment on Friday.
Toni xx

Lynn Holland said...

I think it's wonderful that your daughter still has the things you made so lovingly for them all that time ago. No wonder you were shocked. Have a great week
Lynn //10 x

Bubbles said...

I LOVE the floral stencil card on black - it's so striking and incredible beautiful :)
Have a wonderful Wednesday :)
Bubbles #11

glitterandglue said...

Morning Shaz. That quilt is lovely - you obviously put a lot of love into it! Well done you. I like the flower and the jellyfish cards, too. I actually quite like the seahorses - sorry you don't...
I trust all goes well with your appointment on Friday.
Take care dear girl. God bless.
Margaret #5

Annie said...

I live the cards in the making....gorgeous colours. How lovely to have a blast from the past like that quilt....so lovely to see it's still going strong and is so treasured. Really hope all goes well at the hospital for you. I like be thinking of you and sending you lots of positive vibes.
Annie x #12

Neet said...

Love that black card - so very striking! Might have to give that a go.
Wondered about the heavy gel going through a stencil - did it clean off ok? If so another way to use Brusho's for me to remember. Is the bottom card a jellyfish? I like the look of that!
Good luck for Friday.
Hugs, Neet 7 xx

Diane Baker-Williams said...

The black floral card is stunning! Perhaps a share on how you made it??? Wonderful to see the quilt and know all the love you put into it is still treasured. Thought will be with you on Friday. Diane #15

Shaz in Oz.CalligraphyCards said...

Not WOYWWing today Shaz .. though could've done as there was a desky post today but was for DT..
Popped over to see if you had any news so glad you're going to know soon, praying the delay means all good news for you.
Interested on stencils..
....esp with gesso sounds and looks great, that is a lovely stencil.. I struggle to justify more when dont use what i have enough though..
Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful work!
Shaz in Oz.x

{Shaz in Oz – Calligraphy Cards}

sandra de said...

Lovely to hear you enjoyed the workshop. Sometimes just getting together with like minded people is the perfect way to spend some time. So pleased your daughter kept the quilted cover.... it is lovely to see it is still in great condition.
sandra de @21

Christine said...

Glad you had a good time at the workshop .... love the black and yellow card.
How lovely of your daughter to hang on to the quilt, that's when you know you're loved!
Have a good week
Christine #23

Diana Taylor said...

Hi Shaz, I am loving your cards, the gesso through the stencil one is quite stunning, and a beautiful image too. I really like the underwater ones, and although I wouldn't change the seahorses, I know what it's like when something doesn't feel right - you just have to change it!! I've been on a blog break for a while and missed that you'd been in for surgery - I hope you are recovering well and I hope you have good news on Friday.
Diana xx #22

Sarah Brennan said...

Hope all goes well with your hospital appointment. I like the technique of stencilling on black card and the Liquitex/Brusho background. Seeing that quilt bought back memories. My mum made something similar. Sarah #25

Barb said...

It shows how much your daughter values your beautiful quilt that she wanted to share it on FB. The workshop looks like lots of fun. Your cards are lovely Shaz. I like the technique you used for the flowers and think your seahorse looks perfect on that lovely background. Barbxx

donna garner said...

Wow going to classes - don't forget to take care too! I think you are right about the seahorses - try colouring them Vibrant PinK or deep burgundy or both - and see if you can get them to stand out from the background? the lilac act like camouflage eh? Its lovely that your kids still treasure their Moms Makes... much love happy week, Dxxx 13

Vicky Fisher said...

Don't see what's wrong with the seahorse card, looks good to me. I too have sets that don't fit in one case, I take two or more then and they get all the same number, for the larger ones I need to find another system, was thinking of dvd boxes, but don't think you can take the black out. thx for your visit earlier, Vicky

Heidi Stamps said...

OH my, all three of those projects look gorgeous! How fun!

I love the quilt, what a fun memory for you! Good luck with your appointment!

Sharon Koole said...

Sounds like a really fun workshop! I really like the background on the seahorse card - so bright and funky. The other background is great too.

Love the quilt - it's lovely to have some homemade treasures.

Sharon K #31

Carol Norby said...

I've never sponged Gesso through a stencil before... Interesting. I've used modeling paste and a spatula but I love your effect! Love the cards and I think flowers or butterflies would work better than the sea horses. Great little quilt with fun memories!
Hope your appt. goes well! God bless!
Carol N #28

Lindart said...

Looks like you had fun at your class! I like the seahorse card, although I would probably group the 3 seahorses together on the right side, maybe down a bit,, maybe colour them in bright colors with your Brusho, and put a sentiment in the upper left corner. I think the circles look like water bubbles, and that goes well with the seahorses! The process you learned with the white gesso is just what I am doing on my journal cover - it's on my blog, so you will see it if you visit! Thanks for sharing! Lindart #39

Kim said...

Playing catch-up for the last few weeks! I agree, I love the black floral, but the seahorses look busy. I'm glad our finally feeling better, and I hope you get good news from the Dr. I love your sympathy cards, and your Distress Oxide samples. I haven't pulled the trigger on those yet (I know..shocking!) but I have seen some great effects when used over the regular inks and watered down. Maybe if they come out in small pads...(yeah, who am I kidding...) And that's so cool your daughter saved the quilt and sleeping bag!
Have a great week!
-K #42

Fiona@Staring at the Sea said...

What a treasure. I love sewing hexies. A perfect activity for in front of the TV. Hoping it's good news at the follow up appt. xx

Fiona #38

Julia Dunnit said...

Bet you were pooped after a days workshop! interesting techniques I must say, although not my subjects, the finished colours etc are fab aren't they. I love the little cot quilt...how lovely that they kept it - it's a real treasure isn't it now, looks every inch an heirloom now!

AliWade said...

Happy WOYWW. I love that floral card - very effective on the black background. The quilt looks good for 30 years old! Hope the hospital appointment goes smoothly. Ali x #27

Angela Radford said...

Hi Shaz, this month seems to be rushing by and you obviously feel the same. Pleased to hear you enjoyed your workshop, the results look great. Thanks for the visit to mine and happy crafty woyww, Angela x19x

Stacy Sheldon said...

I am grinning from ear to ear over the quilt :) that is just awesome that she has it. ( I have a stack my dad's gma made) and I always thought I would grow up to be a quilter and as far as I got with that was collecting fabric's lol. The backgrounds sound like they have neat textures so, hopefully you will find something you like to use on them. ~Stacy #43

RosA said...

Hi Shaz
Love the black background with the bright colours. And the backgrounds of the others are lovely too, but I see too many jellyfish IRL so that one's a bit spooky :)
Yes, the CCDs are a great find, but I'll probably still buy the expensive ones too :)
Hope you have a good week and your appointment goes well.

Shoshi said...

Gorgeous projects, Shaz - I always love things with a sea theme anyway. Glad you enjoyed the workshop. Thank you for your lovely comment - yes, turning the corner is a strange feeling isn't it!! I've started eating some fibre now and it's great to be introducing some more variety into my diet. So glad you like my Infusions experiments - the new colours are utterly fabulous - my favourite is Rusty Car!

Hope you are doing OK these days. Happy WOYWW,
Shoshi x #32

April Story said...

Lovely cards and that quilt is so pretty. I really like the hexagons.
April #29

Bernice said...

Great makes at the workshop - its always nice to learn a new technique and especially good if you can repeat it at home. A lot of love and hand stitching went into that quilt!!
Bernice #20

Dorlene Durham said...

I love the two cards you made. Going to workshops are so much fun! And your quilt is gorgeous! Dorlene #36

Annie Claxton said...

Hey Shaz. lots of interesting stuff on your desk this week - that stencilling technique is intriguing, the effect is really striking. I really like the seahorse background, makes me think of tie dye for some reason! :o) Annie C #16

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