Saturday, August 18, 2007

WiP : Glitz and Glamour

My friends over on CQFriends are having a postcard swap,the theme set being
"Glitz and Glamour"

So, I've been playing with a few ideas,which as you can see have a fair amount of embellishment required to make them glitzy.

The first card has a lady resplendent in a period ball-gown:
With her I've used some luscious silk/rayon velvet from my shopping binge at Colourstreams last week and some gold brocade.
There's also some Angelina fibre over the lavender block on the left.

The second card features an Edwardian lady,(I think)
For sure she's no Gibson Girl as the sleeves are wrong for that style.
I've tried to stay with the colours she's wearing,but I just had to add a dash of glitz with the gold fabric.

Finally,I must admit that this Orange and black piece has been the most fun for me!
The background piece is (hand worked) needle-felt (also bought last weekend in Murwillumbah)
I blended a little lemon through the orange to lessen the starkness of plain orange;
I've also felted some "Mohair glitz" for a bit of sparkle.

Micro sequins are blooming along the feather stitch.

With these three postcards, I now have 14 cards needing to be finished off,so I best go do a stitch or three!

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Thursday, August 16, 2007

Comfort Dolls

My friend NZJo
has been lamenting to me that the Aussies and Kiwis are not as yet supporting this “Comfort Doll call” in our own countries.

Yes,I know some have been sending dolls direct to Pat Winter in the USA,but don’t forget we have women in Australia and New Zealand who also need a helping hand.

Because of this,I have reproduced below Jo’s blogging on the matter…….

if you can help out at all,please consider emailing Jo at the addie below,or even me
at broomegal at

Now please go read Jo’s message,and then maybe go check out Pat’s blog too.

Comfort Dolls Down Under
Pat delivered the first dozen dolls to a shelter in her area this week. You can read her post here. She has asked that I collect dolls from this side of the world, to save on postage there and back. Pat would like to try contribute to any countries that the dolls come from. So come on all you Kiwi's and Aussie's,send me a comfort doll, sure to pleasea fellow female who lived it rough,It will sure help to know that someone cared enough...( if you want to stop the bad poetry, send a doll...NOW)I would like to do a refuge here in NZ, then find a willing Aussie to do the leg work over there. You can contact me via my profile, or my email is playcentrejo(at)gmail(dot)com.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Finally completed

I showed these three cards a while back when they were still unfinished!

Each is 6x4 inch postcard size and ready to go a-travelling!

The brown ones were needle felted using DISSOLVE-4X WSS and my Janome Xpression.

The red one was n/f by hand and then needled (by Xpression) into a piece of Timtex for stabilising.

Glitzy little sequins from Colourstreams were added by hand,as was the brown vine and yarn on the brown cards.
The brown ones were originally constructed for a "colour me brown" challenge suggested by Myfanwy over on Nuvo Felt.

The glitter in the cards was from the addition of some "Spring glitz" from one of my favourite E-bay sellers (Thanks Elaine!)

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Tuesday, August 14, 2007

A combined effort

A while back,as part of my first attempt at making "Inchies" I sent some purple inchies to Patsy.

The other day,she sent me a link to see what she had done with some of my little squares:
he above photo is the result.

The cards displayed in the Artcardideas Gallery is superb.....I can only hope that one of Patsy's cards are judged a winner.

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Sunday, August 12, 2007

Gorgeous embellishments

A close -up of some of the sequins.
The top left hand pack are leaf shapes that glow green/bronze/gold;

The others are 3mm circular shapes ,that you'd swear were minute crystals.

The colour range they display depending on the light angle are most intriguing.

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Stash enhancement (S.E.X)

These three photos portray the results of my visit to Robyn Alexander's "Colour Streams" last Friday:

Along with a couple of metres of white muslin gauze,

I acquired two pieces of Robyn's hand dyed gauze fabric (Landscapes) in Marrakesh and Fuschia

I also bought four FQs of Silk Rayon Velvet in Marrakesh, Lillipilli;Nasturtium and Fuschia;

two FQs of Silk Organza in Nasturtium and Aubergine Truffle

and a "few" packets of mini sequins
of 3mm diameter.(Oh! they were soooooooooo enticing!!)

Like kids in a Candy shop( or Willie Wonka's Chocolate Factory),it was difficult to know when to stop--------

But imagine.............
only two of you .........
let loose in such a paradise...................

it was so HARD saying

"enough is enough"
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