Monday, 31 January 2011

Hues of blues & Crazy or not?




This has been a great weekend. I stayed home, had time for myself – which means crafting, cooking, reading, listening to music – went to bed at more or less reasonable times and had some sunny walks through the frosty fields behind the house where I live. After weeks of cold and wet weather we have had a few days of frost paired with sunshine – the sky is blue, the birds are singing and I feel good.

I luckily remembered that I had some chicken breasts in the fridge, and started to prepare them for mydinner today. As I was standing by the stove I realised I was singing (to the tune of *I’m off to see the wizard*) *I’m off to fry my chicken, the wonderful chicken of Oz…dadum-tidum-tidum-tidum – the very best chicken there was!*
Sometimes I think I am a bit crazy, at times like this I am sure of it.
So what? As long as I feel happy with it!

I have been keeping warm at home by crafting, trying out a lot of techniques learned on *Gingersnaps* and other sites, making cards and tags and….and….finishing my third little canvas. The background has been painted with acrylic colours in indigo, cobalt and gold, with a bit of glitter sprinkled on while it was still wet. Then I decided to enter it into June’s challenge on *Dezinaworld*, which this week is *Hues of blue*. I die cut some flowers, birds and a cage using TH’s Alterations, and embossed the parts using a Texture Fade which I had inked with *faded jeans*. I also cut some flowers out of a dark blue, handmade paper and a gold bird and cage. Then the fun part came – playing with all the bits and bobs till it looked like I wanted, sticking them together and onto the canvas, and adding the final decorations – a button, some bling, a cameo and an old butterfly brooch, which has been fluttering about in my drawer for years waiting to be used!
I am quite pleased with the result, it is always tempting to alter things again and again, but once I start, I never stop, so I will leave it as it is!
I am also entering this into the following challenges:
Try it on Tuesday - Alter it with wings who are being sponsored this week by *The craft barn*





and The *Sisterhood of Crafters* - Anything goes

22 comments:

  1. That is very beautiful! Well done! Hope the chicken came up to expectations too.

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  2. I love it Val - one of my favourite colour combos - blue and gold.
    Hugs,
    Sue xx

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  3. Brilliant canvas Valerie - love those rich and vibrant colours. It's always a thrill to see your work.
    hugs
    china
    xxx

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  4. Stunning! I love the blues and the birds and cage look gorgeous. The cameo just frosts the cake! ~Diane

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  5. Stunning project on canvas, the colours are awesome. To be in with a chance to win a prize the Craft Barn ask for you to be showing their logo. Good luck. Thanks for joining in at TIOT. Caz

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  6. Loving the background to your canvas, the colours are totally fab. In fact Chicken Licking Good.......oh dear another bad joke...lol Annette x

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  7. Thanks for all the nice comments, Ladies, they are very much appreciated.

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  8. This is really beautiful!!!!

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  9. This is really lovley Val a sure winner in your challenges. What I would give for a weekend to myself..... ahh, I only had 5 for Sunday lunch this week.

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  10. Valerie its absolutely gorgeous my friend. truly beautiful work and i just adore that you embraced all the different shades of blues
    thanks for entering the challenge this week]
    hugs June x

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  11. Love this, Val, great colours and design! Hugs, Sarah

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  12. lovely work val, well done and it sounds as if you have a lovely weekend...

    maria xx

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  13. Such gorgeous shades of blue, Valerie, this must look stunning hanging on a wall. I never realised how great deep blues looks next to golds until I saw your recent work....so nice! coB

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  14. That is a beautiful blue canvas! Like all the different hues of blue you have there! Those birds look fabulous!!

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  15. Thanks for all the nice comments, Ladies!

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  16. Saw this on June's challenge when I was uploading my entry and came over for a closer look.
    All I can say is Wow! What a stunner!
    x

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  17. Lovely use of the bird cage die. The colors are gorgeous and I love especially love to see that the birds have escaped to freedom.
    Have a lovely evening
    Sue xx

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  18. Thanks Ladies, I don't like the birds in the cage, either!

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  19. WOW this is GORGEOUS! Thanks so much for joining us at The Sisterhood ... we hope to see you again next challenge.

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  20. This is sheer perfection--WOW!! What a gorgeous creation.
    XO

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