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In the garden at Kingston Lacey

We’ve just come back from a few days in Dorset visiting friends, and while we were there we saw this wonderful table in the garden at Kingston lacey, a National Trust
property. Isn’t it great? reminds me of some cards I did for PaperCraft Inspirations a while back, with plants and flowers growing out of all sorts of containers. They had boots full of plants  at Kingston Lacey too.  Think it might just be an idea worth revisiting, so watch this space!
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Had fun at Articulate again last night, working on this small piece of canvas art. Unfortunately now it’s finished I think it looks more like a fun handbag, so I might just reproduce it again in a different format! The flowers were made from ribbon gathered or pleated into circles. I saw some similar embellishments  in an American scrapbook mag and thought I’d try making them with this set of matching ribbons I’ve had for ages and never found a use for. I love the colours but I’m not sure now how they will look on the wall! Still, it was fun, and I’ve got another idea from it.

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Had a great time  today playing with one of the rubber stamps donated to Articulate for members to use. I wanted to produce a few things to inspire people to have a go when we get the stamps out at a meeting. It was great to delve into my stash and find things I haven’t used for ages and forgot I had – have to use really up to date stuff doing projects for the magazine of course so lots of stuff gets put away and forgotten . I can’t bear to throw things away so this was a great use for some of the older stuff and made me glad I’d kept it.

It’s interesting to see just how different one stamp can be, used in different ways ,  with different colours and textures. I love stamping on patterned paper and was pleased with the subtlety of the shimmering pearlescent powder on the  peachy pink paper for the tall card.

It’s quite hard to believe this is the same stamp, the black and the strong colours  make it look so graphic. I coloured the gaps using gel pens and the effect is a litttle bit like stained glass.

I think  the shimmery pale butterfly is my favourite though!

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