Sunday, 19 March 2017

Easter at Muse

Well - I'm writing my 2nd week's blog post. I was hoping to do more this week, but it's been a busy one ... funny how life gets in the way of crafting :-)
Anyway, I was a bit stumped by the Muse inspiration card this week - and that's absolutely no reflection of Tracey's colourful, fun card ... it's just that in New Zealand Easter is an Autumn event rather than spring. So I took Easter/Autumn as my inspiration. I used similar colours, but more muted to make a more Autumnal image and the woven strips are my nod to the stripes and the woven basket of Tracey's card.

I picked soft pink, green, blue  & mustard/brown papers - cut narrow strips, wove them together & placed them on a white background stamped with a few dots of marmalade and wild honey distress inks. The leaves are from a Bo Bunny set I've had for a while. I've just held them in place with a little double-sided tape in the centre to give a bit more of a 3D feel. I mounted this on Chocolate brown card -chocolate for Easter :-) - and popped it on a soft pink card blank.
Weaving the strips was more of a challenge than I expected , but I'm happy with how they turned out. I think I'll play a bit more with this formula.
Cheers, Dianne

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Muse flowers

Hi there,
I'm typing here & feeling a little embarrassed. I started this blog with good intentions a few years ago & haven't written any posts for almost 2 years now.

... but I've kept on making cards & playing with ink, stamps, paper, paints, crayons ... and I've kept checking card and craft challenge blogs.  I discovered the Muse blog in the weekend and decided to give it a go.

I love the idea of being able to take the inspiration I choose from a muse card and Anita Bowden's strong, bright card for challenge #206 led me to this.

I took the colours and geometric shapes of Anita's card and combined them with an old Craft Stamper stamp I've had for a few years now.
I was going to use a white card blank to frame it ... but my family voted for the blue, and it does make the pink and orange pop.
I loved the pink orange & black colour combination and plan to experiment with it further.
Now I need to get it loaded before the deadline :-)
Cheers, Dianne