...little pretty "ballerinas" are one of my most vivid memories of summer as a kid. And seeing them still in bud form and reaching out and "popping" them. What am I waffling on about? Fuchsias of course :O) Of all the plants in the garden, fuchsias are my favourite. I have slowly been adding them to my collection, now I have a greenhouse I can make sure they don't cark it over winter too. So, imagine my thrill of happiness when I spotted the new Paradise Collection from Craftwork Cards when I was over at Crafty Bunch last weekend.
Not only are there fuchsias on the papers, there be hibiscus, bird of paradise, butterflies and... hummingbirds! I remember a holiday to St Lucia when I decided to go all David Bailey and get some really cool "shots" of hummingbirds that used to hover around the pool area all day. It was back in the days of using 371 films in your camera, taking said films to Snappy Snaps the moment the plane landed back in Blighty and waiting, very impatiently, for the one hour developing service... grabbing said photo's (yes, I took 10 rolls of 36 exposures, imagine how much that costed me to develop!!!) quickly flicking through the photo's to see the amazing things I had photographed whilst on my travels. Ahem. Yes, well, enough about that. My hummingbird shots, all 192 of them were nothing but a very small and very strange looking blob in the middle of a photo of the pool! Ok so maybe it was the camera's fault for being old or maybe just the idiot operating it. Anyways, the point of all this info is that I needed to tell you about Linda Ledbetter. Now, Linda is not only is a fabulous artist and all round gorgeous gal, she also takes awesome photo's.. CLICK HERE to see them. Linda took a load of pics of hummingbirds last year... I was so happy to see the photo's, hummingbirds just make me smile... and now when I sees one, I think of Linda.
What to do with the papers huh? I freely admit that I have a very lot of the CWC collections... and a very lot of them are sitting, un-cut, in a box, mainly because I haven't had time to have a proper play yet and a smidge because they are sooo gorgeous! Anyways, I got this new paper collection and last night I was on "free crafting time" ie: any time in the middle of the night is free crafting time, FCT, meaning you can do whatever you likes and it is not eating into prep time for work kind of stuff. So, armed with a couple of hours of FCT and the paper collection, I got a little inky with a tag. There are some foiled papers in the collection and this isn't normally a style I likes, these, however, are perfect. I covered the tag with papers, inked around the edges with Seedless Preserves DI and then scruffed the edges and went around with Vintage Photo. The rose is made from the diecuts in the collection, again inked with Seedless Preserves. The ickle sentiment is from the kit and I added some jute to make it a bit more natural looking. Hessian for the flower, string for the top and voila, done! I am so loving these papers!!!
My only problem now is that I want to make more stuff with the papers and I can't because I am now waist deep in sample making for Tuesday's tellybox shows... tis all goodly fun though and you never know, I might well get some more FCT tonight, sleeps seems to be evading me at the moment! Oooh and I nearly forgot to tell you... tomorrow, Saturday 31st May 14, sees the opening of a brand new craft shop and tearoom in Devizes - called Cups & Crafts, located on Northgate Street, Devizes and I will be there doing a full demo day, playing with all things inky, papery and stampy - so if you are in the area, please do pop by to see us! Have a grand day all! Thanks for looking... TTFN