Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Every life has a story.

I decided to put to good use some of the stuff I have learnt at the workshops I attended recently at L B Crafts.  These were run by Linda Elbourne, who has recently become a Ranger Educator.  If you ever fancy a crafty shopping spree I can defintely recommend L B Crafts, and there are a variety of classes being run fairly regularly.

So the challenge I am entering this pierce of work for is Crafty Ann's Challenge #19 - and you need to illustrate a song by Sir Cliff Richard.  In my teeny-bob years (help! - when was that?) he was my idol, along with people like Billy Fury, Adam Faith, etc, etc.  I remember I wanted to go and see Cliff at Southampton, and my sister - who is year 3 years younger than me, so she would have been about 10, wanted to come as well.  It was a Sunday, and the only way we were allowed to go was if Dad came on the train with us to Southampton.  He went to church, while we were at the show!!

So, the song I have decided to illustrate is 'With the Eyes of a Child' which was released in 1969. As soon as I decided on that song I knew which stamp I would use - but what to do.  The stamp is from a Paper Bag Studios stamp plate.  I have taken a small canvas and covered it in a mixture of Kaiser Craft paint - two shades of green, and then spritzed through a Glimmer Mist mask with a Key Lime Pie glimmer mist.    The stamping on the canvas is with Wendy Vecchi stamps, and I have also made a grunge paper rose, leaves and butterflies.  The rose and butterflies were coloured with distress inks and then misted with Antique Brass Glimmer Mist.  I took a Maya Road frame and covered it with Shabby Shutters distress ink, and then sprayed it with the Key Lime Pie mist, and when that was dry, Antique Brass.  I have added some jewels to be butterflies, and some Tim Holtz corners to the canvas.

Thanks for stopping by. I really appreciate your comments.



  1. This is absolutely fabulous work Val. I love how you've pulled it all together. I think you've illustrated your choice of song perfectly and am so glad that you and your sister got to see your hero in concert! Thank you for joining us for Kym's challenge and for sharing your story along with your lovely work.
    Ann x

  2. What a beautiful canvas - love the contrasts of the hot orange with the soft greens.! The hand made rose is glorious.

  3. Ooooooh! Val, this is stunning :-)
    Linds xx

  4. Wow Val, what a wonderful canvas. The colours ar gorgeous and so's that rose. Oh, I do envy you doing those classes with Linda. I will get to another one day!

    Thanks for the story too.

    Lesley Xx

  5. Wow fab canvas, love the colours you've used
    Thanks for joining us at Crafty Ann's
    Claire xx

  6. A fabulous canvas, Val. Love the contrast in the colours and the texture on the rose especially. Thank you for joining us at Crafty Ann's challenge and hope to see you again soon.

    Janet xx


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Love and big hugs
Val xx


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