Monday, May 27, 2013

Fab(you)lous ~ CYP #164

Holy Toledo! Once again I'm recovering from some kind of virus. What's up with that? It's so unusual for me to be ill yet I've had a series of illnesses back to back that have put me in bed and out of commission. Anyway, if I haven't been by to visit you, that's why. Our theme for this week's challenge at Craft Your Passion is Natural Materials. We want to see things like burlap/hessian, twine, feathers, natural elements on your creations. I chose to work with the lovely Sunbather Frog from DRS Designs. She is truly delightful in her bathing costume :) I coloured her with Prismacolor pencils and then cut her out with an MFT die. The background surrounding her was inked with Tumbled Glass and Broken China Distress inks on the top 3/4. A torn scrap of paper masked off the sand area. The other half of the torn scrap was used to mask the sky so that Gathered Twigs Distress ink could be applied to the bottom section. The outline of the die was traced onto brown cardstock and fussy cut giving me the perfect sized mat for the image.

The background of the cream card was covered with a piece of burlap frayed to fit. Across the bottom of the burlap, where the image would go, a piece of cheesecloth coloured with Dylusions Melted Chocolate ink spray was adhered for additional texture. Natural twine was slid through a cut made in the card fold so that it could be wrapped twice and tied behind the image. Small shell buttons were adhered over the twine to the right of the image. The image was popped up on foam dots and had MuddPuddles Malibu Beach sand and Mini Shells applied to the Gathered Twigs ink at the bottom before it was adhered over the background. This added dimension, texture, and more natural materials to the image layer.

The card was finished by adhering three Recollections flowers with starfish button centers to the top left corner. The sentiment, a chipboard piece from my stash, balanced out the bottom left corner...and perfectly summed up my impression of this sunbathing beauty who is, indeed, fab(you)lous. What an awesome b-day or even thank you card this would make.

Speaking of thank yous, I so appreciate you taking the time to visit Miss Froggy and me today. She is enjoying the weather and I am ...well, under it :) But slowly getting better. Be sure to visit the Craft Your Passion Challenges blog to see what the rest of the DT has cooked up for our Natural Materials theme. It's always worth the trip...or click.

Life is good; so is art.


Redanne said...

Hi Bonnie, I have missed you - now I wish you had been on holiday rather than ill - poor you! I hope that you are by now well on the road to recovery.

Love the froggy in the bathing suit, she really is a cutie, coloured to perfection. Great idea to use the burlap too, gives a very earthy feel to it and love the addition of the little pebbles. Take care. Healing hugs, Anne x

ParkNSlide said...

Get well soon...I missed not having new visual treats here on your blog all week. Miss Froggy is a delight. Love those starfish centers on the flowers.

ScrappyHappyMommy said...

This is beautiful.
DT Sister

Tracy said...

So sorry to hear the ickies have had you down. :-( Your froggie is adorable and I really like how you've created the background for her. She looks like she's all ready for a great day at the beach. Hope you beat the ickies soon. Hugs!

Sandy said...

Good morning Miss Frog and how are you today -- I see you are ready to go out and play! The sun has got his hat on - hip, hip, hip hooray! The sun has got his hat on and we're coming out to play! See you have me singing with your so cut card. I hope my little song helped you to recover even faster and not sent you back to bed!! Get well Kid!