Saturday, 2 April 2011

A productive day

I've been lucky enough to be able to spend most of the day crafting in between the odd chore so I've finished by March 365 Calendar Challenge pages
My April pages are all things Dyan Reaveley.  The background was created using a ghosting technique by Dyan here apparently discovered when she was "pratting" around lol.
I've also used my latest and first stamps from the Dylusions range and the Dylusions spray inks.  They are fabulous colours and cover card really well. You can tell I've become hooked! I love the colours of these pages.
and finally.... I finished another book wrap today.  It's strips of sari fabric which you can buy in a skein.  I've ironed them out and stitched them together with metallic thread and added some beads and hand stitching.

I thought I'd come up with an original idea but I must have absorbed it from Heather's blog without even realising until I was looking at her lovely stitching projects again recently.  Thanks Heather! 

43 comments:

Alison said...

Wow! Lots of luverly artyness Carol! I see you have a son who drums too! Absolutely adore your book cover!! xx

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Gorgeous book wrap and lovely vivid colours. Love your calendar pages too, very effective. Tracy x

sam21ski said...

Ooooh simply love your March pages but then I think that's something to do with them being green!! Great ghosting for April too.

Your fabrics creation is stunning. Have great admiration for people who hand sew, me, I'm just far too impatient!!!!

Sandra Hall said...

Fantabulous book wrap! Also I love your pages - that ghosting technique is great! Dylusions paint and ink is just wonderful - such intense colours :D x

Cath Wilson said...

Brilliant and thanks for the link. Just my cup of tea! Thanks, too, for the lovely tag - I've left it up cos I love it so much :D x

Steph said...

I love your pages Carol, i have this set too i love her hair x

Mary said...

Bellissima cover , colori stupendi !! :-))
ciao mary

Heather said...

Your Calendar pages are so lovely Carol - I love the colours you are working with. I haven't heard of those inks but they are beautiful. The book wrap is gorgeous and I got the idea of ironing the sari ribbon and stitching onto it from Dale Rollerson. I'm sure it's possible for more than one person to come up with the same idea without realising it.

cockney blonde said...

Looks like you've had a brill day today and got loads done. Love your art journal pages, x

Sheila MJ said...

I love the mixture of
colours for April - great.

Karin said...

Stunning pages Carol. Your book wrap looks so bright and summery, must have taken you a long time to complete it.

scrappyjacky said...

Absolutely gorgeous colours on your page...love it.

thekathrynwheel said...

Wow, great pages. Don't you just adore dylusions inks? Just wondering what colour your hands were when you completed aprils pages LOL! Your book wrap is amazing - very arty - LOVE :-)

Suzanne C said...

Love the outside and the pretty colors on april are wonderful. Beautiful!

sandra de said...

Your colour choices are just so gorgeous. Love the technique you have used for the background.

Pumpkin Delight said...

Oh, these are beautiful. I love your backgrounds. I'd love to hear more about the "ghosting technique". Your colors are so pretty.

stopping by from Kate's

hazel said...

Love your calender pages and your book wrap is beautiful. The colours you've used are gorgeous.
xxx Hazel.

Sue said...

Another fab book wrap....love it! Every time I see the calendar pages I wish I had joined in.....but I know I can't keep up.....great pages!

patcrafts said...

Stunning pages just love the ghost technique, the colours are just fantastic.
I love your book cover great idea to use sari silk ribbons

stampdiva said...

Before I talk art I have to say you have the tidiest work area - how do you do it?!!
That cover is so beautiful
Lynne x

Paula Jane Atkinson said...

Stuning work, Carol. Glad you got to spend the time you wanted how you wanted to! Often never pans out that way!

Pia said...

Love your calender pages, wonderful colors
hugs Pia

Sid said...

Fab stuff Carol and love the book cover !!

Janique de Suisse said...

I just love your april pages !! 8and the stamps too ;-)))

Terri Kahrs said...

Awesome pages! Love, love, LOVE April's beautiful, vivid colors AND your sari-silk wrapped cover too. I'm so happy that I stopped by today! Hugs, Terri

Laura said...

gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous !!!! love the colours of these pages and the book cover is stunning

qwiksave said...

OOh, I hope we don't get too many April showers! I thought of chocolate for my theme, (yum!) Easter! Love the rain effect and the vivid colours. Trying to look for clues in the pic of your desk to see how you did the ghosting! ;-)

Caro said...

Great colours and a very nice flower back ground. Will have to google the stamping technique you mentioned - it looks very impressing.

Sue Bleiweiss said...

that book wrap is gorgeous!

Kimberly Gruber said...

The colors are just amazing. I need to get my hands on those stamps!

flutterbycrafter said...

Wow, fabulous pages, love the ghost technique and the umbrella. The book cover is gorgeous. xx

Neet said...

Love your pages - wish I had decided to do this - still I guess it is not too late - maybe when Elements is over.
Not sure what the technique is that you used (Ghosting) but it looks lovely and I love the April colours.
Great fabric work - my you have been busy. And all brilliant stuff!

Dotpat said...

You have been busy Carol and I bet you enjoyed every minute. Fab work

Cynthia Schelzig said...

wonderfully colored pages and what a book cover...love all the COLOR!!

karen said...

gorgeous pages...I have some sari silk, I don't use it I just drool over it!!

Anesha said...

stunning pages, love the background.

Sam said...

Fantastic pages, dont you just love the Dylusions range!! That book wrap is so pretty too x

craftimamma said...

Love the book wrap Carol. I bought a gorgeous skein of the sari silk from Ally Pally last Saturday. This is a lovely wayn to use them.

Your calendar pages are looking great too. I bought several of Dyan's Dylusions Sprays from the Harrogate show a few weeks ago. I loved the soft chalky effect finish of them and the colours are fab. They look beautiful on your April pages.

Hugs
Lesley Xx

Sarah Anderson said...

fab, fab, fab book wrap! I'm still at the stroking stage of my sari ribbon lol. Great calendar pages too, I only made it for two weeks in January:(

Anneke (An) Wijers said...

Your april pages are gorgeous!
Very nice colors and the stamps are so cute!
Greetings, Anne

Terri said...

Oh wow! I do love this calendar page! The colors of the background are fabulous, and I love your stamping as well as the cover. I would like to do this some day...sigh!
Hugs,
Terri

She said...

Oh Carol I love your calendar pages...my favourites are the 'April' ones..beautiful. S x

She said...

Oh Carol I love your calendar pages...my favourites are the 'April' ones..beautiful. S x