Monday, March 21, 2011
Hello again! I hope you all had a lovely weekend. The weather was spectacular here in South Florida. We're trying to hang on to a breath of cool air while we can! It's time again for my weekly sharing of the project I made for Simon Says Stamp and Show. This week the theme is Show Us a Word.
My word is EASTER. We are currently in Lent, a period of prayer and introspection with emphasis on change. What are you doing for Lent? Are you making a sacrifice, giving something up to strengthen your discipline? I'm afraid that the time is rushing by so fast that I haven't really given Lent much thought. But making this project gave me a pause to really meditate on Lent and the renewal that is Easter. How wonderful that the liturgical season parallels spring with it's renewal of flora and fauna!
For my Easter project, I chose to make a seasonal home decor item, a jumbo refrigerator magnet featuring vintage images, tulle, crinoline and lace. It's 6x6", built on a piece of chipboard from a chipboard scrapbook album. Products used include Claudine Hellmuth Multi Medium Matte, Tim Holtz Tattered Florals Die, Gold Alcohol Ink Mixative, Vintage Photo and Antique Linen Distress Inks.
Do you like my forsythia? I loved this charming vintage springtime image with the children and what looks to me like a forsythia bush in the background. I grew up in upstate New York and remember the glorious yellow extravaganza that the forsythia bushes provided every year. So I tried to recreate them with some crinoline. My flowers may not look exactly like forsythia but I think they provide a beautiful splash of springtime color on this piece. I took some photos as I was making them and will try to put them together into a tutorial later this week. I am finding that crinoline is such a fun, versatile fabric to work with. It is so stiff - must have tons of sizing it in. Even when I fully saturated it with water and color from reinkers, it dried totally stiff again - very cool! I dyed both the crinoline and the rayon seam binding with Barely Banana reinkers - so fun to play with!
Now hustle on over to Simon Says Stamp and Show to see what my team mates have been up to. I guarantee you will be awe struck by their talent! I hope you will meditate on a word and then make up a project for our challenge. Our ever-generous sponsor will be giving away a $50 shopping spree to a random winner.
Thanks so much for stopping by today! Hope to see your project this week over at Simon Says Stamp and Show!