Friday, 24 June 2011

A whiter shade of not pale!

I have a great love of pale, but can never do it in my crafting, so I sat down this morning to have an attempt. My first play was a tag.
mum pressie 006
As you can see, not all that pale. I used pieces from an old pattern, some lace, scrim and Tim's sewing room die. It still looks too colourful to me, not the look I wanted at all. Perhaps it's my eyesight in my dotage!

My next piece is a present for my Mum. She is known as Mattie to her grandchildren.
mum pressie 003
She always kept a button jar as I do now. I used the CRESCENDo mason jar over a piece of embossed button paper and added a few real ones for depth. The base is recycled cardboard with a piece of muslin over and a scrap of lacy paper I toned down with walnut stain ink. The lace trim on the bottom is punched from a paper pattern with a Martha Stewart edge punch. She loves Flowers, so her bouquet is made from two small rossette dies, some hessian, a prima flower, a rose stamped from some scraps, a crochet flower, two flowers cut from Tim's tattered florals, the larger one from dressmaking tissue and the smaller one from a very old paper doily.  The inspiration for this came from the very very talented Sue Allan, see her work here: Several months ago Craft Stamper featured a calender made by Sue, so this piece for my Mum uses the jar and elements of her idea, hope Sue approves! Dear old Mum is 84 now, and loves cards and flowers, so am off in a while to visit. Back to the craft room now to practice pale and try to stop using strong hues! See you later!


  1. Both lovely pieces Barbara, love the use of the scrim on your dress form and all the layers and the flowers on the second are all gorgeous as is the use of the Mason jar . Enjoy your weekend. Tracy x

  2. Fantastic, I absolutely love this piece and thats one of my fave die sets too, gorgeous floral also.
    I am off to add myself to follow and see more beautiful art :)
    hugs June x
    have a freebie on my dezinaworld blog for fun friday
    have a good weekend my friend

  3. Good morning my lovely,

    I'm still having a bit of a problem leaving a comment so have done one under 'anonymous'. I love the card for your mum and the tag with the lace and scrim is deliciously gorgeous ~ I love it. Have a fab weekend, happy crafting! Haizi Daizi xxx

  4. Fanbloomingtastic mum - bet mattie loved that jar of beautifyul flowers. Love the tag below as well, great use of colour. ACE!

  5. I'm with Jacko - Mattie's one is lovely! xxx