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26 August 2015

Wide-Embracing Love

Waddington Weekly

A few lines from a poem by Emily Brontë inspired my altered playing card this week.

With wide-embracing love


Thy spirit animates eternal years,


Pervades and broods above,


Changes, sustains, dissolves, creates and rears.

To the original papers I added a further stamp,
Rangers Glossy Accents & Tim Holtz Tissue Tape.

19 August 2015

To see a World

Waddington Weekly

For my altered playing card this week, I have chosen a poem by William Blake.

To see a World in a grain of sand


Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand


And Heaven in a wild flower


And Eternity in an hour.

The image of the rose is from The Graphics Fairy, printed out three times,
so that elements could be cut out & layered up.

Finally a sprinkling of gold Stickles was added to the centre of the rose.

12 August 2015

What a Poem should be

My poem for
Waddington Weekly
this week is by Archibald MacLeish.



A poem should be motionless in time


As the moon climbs


Leaving, as the moon releases
Twig by twig the night-entangled trees

08 August 2015

Butterflies Galore


The Brave Girls Club Soul School theme this month is
I am still becoming

Affirmation Card

I have added a copy to my pocket card book.



These are my Truth cards.



To fit inside my storage box,
I cut Dark Chocolate Soft Touch cardstock, measuring 3½ x 3½ inches
from Inspire Me Papers.


I printed out the coloured elements
together with butterflies from the online class PDF.

I also used Dovecraft Lace Ribbon (curiosity corner)
a red glitter Gelly Roll pen by Sakura,
Flame Red corrugate card  (from Inspire Me Papers)
& a three small adhesive red gems.

I have started on the lessons for this month, but I need to watch Melody's videos once more
before I begin recording in my Soul School journal.

Soul School Journal

There were three more badges this month & I have added them to my display frame.

Magnetic Pin Badge Display Frame
Last, but by no means least, is the butterfly embroidered patch.

Embroidered Patch

The Brave Girls Club is currently undergoing transformation,
with the Brave Girl University launching on 1st September.

To find out more, please click on the image below.

05 August 2015

Late Fragment

When my eyes rested upon the poem for today's
Waddington Weekly,
I knew it needed to be part of this series of altered playing cards.

Here is the poem by Raymond Carver, entitled Late Fragment, in it's entirety.


And did you get what
you wanted from this life, even so?


I did.
And what did you want?


To call myself beloved, to feel myself
 beloved on the earth.

I used two additional images from The Graphics Fairy.

02 August 2015

Two sides to every story ...


The first page to show you in my Wreck this Journal is a simple one, using two pages.

Make a paper chain
&
Tear Strips - Rip it up!

I cut one page into strips & fed them through slits cut in the other.

Front of page

Close up

Back of page

Then I used some pages for a Brave Girls Club class.

I previewed their Soul Restoration class two weeks ago & was left in rather a quandary. 

I suppose that is the problem with a preview,
of only catching a glimpse of the whole course.

So, how could I draw value from this small portion?

I walked away from the course & came back just before the end of my two week preview.

Well actually it was in the middle of the night.
One of those times, when you wake up & your mind is in full flight.

I grabbed my pad & noted down what my subconscious was trying to tell me.

When I reread my notes the following morning, it all fell into place
& I realised how I could create something meaningful to me.

So to begin with, here is a two page spread of the labels that we give ourselves.

Some of which could be honestly considered to be true & of course,
some of which are total rubbish,
but we hear ourselves using them anyway.

I used 
Compost this page. Watch it deteriorate.




Here I dug down deep to bury the negative words,
the words that I no longer want to hear myself saying.

Once they start to deteriorate, to decay & turn into compost,
transforming themselves into something of value,
they will feed my Truth trees,
which will grow & flourish with the positive words.

The theme for Soul School this month is
Still Becoming 
in which Melody talks about leaving behind parts of us
which we no longer want to take forward into the future,
so this has turned out to be quite apt.

The trees are made from one of the Brave Girls Club graphics,
with the other words printed from the class PDF.

We should all be kinder to ourselves.

Next I took half of
Do a really UGLY drawing
(not sure where the other half has got to)
&
STAND HERE
(Wipe your feet, Jump up and down)



I printed off the two sides of my personality traits.

One page shows weak elements of my personality;
those which I need to be aware of & try to avoid,
& the other shows the strong elements (& those which I mustn't forget).

I used a lovely image from Melody, with a slight change to her clothing,
just to make her my own,
together with the MY WEAK SELF & MY STRONG SELF emblems.

Turning the page, we find the Truth prompts,
methods for keeping my weak areas in check
& turning them into strengths.

This spread includes the page
Fill this page with circles

This page contains advice to myself.


In addition to my own text, I have used another of Melody's images,
this time unaltered, together with the word box
all of me is 
NECESSARY
from the class PDF, finishing up with the lovely word image, used earlier for the trees.




The Brave Girls Club is currently undergoing transformation,
with the Brave Girl University launching on 1st September.

I am not sure how this will affect the classes currently on offer at BGC,
but there will soon be new classes available from a variety of other people,
to hopefully compliment & build on the success of the current format of BGC.

To find out more, please click on the image below.


29 July 2015

Perching High

A poem by Robert Graves is my inspiration
for an altered playing card for my
Waddington Weekly.


Though, did I wish


I could soar through the open window


And perch on a branch above.

25 July 2015

Dare to be yourself

I have been working on a few more projects,
using the collage sheets included in my Soul School Brave Boxes
from the Brave Girls Club.

First up is an oh-so-cute little notebook. It measures about 4 by 2¾ inches,
purchased from The Craft Barn.



The front cover has a piece of green corrugate card from Inspire Me Papers,
together with one of the butterfly images from the collage sheets
& a strip of Dovecraft Lace Ribbon (curiosity corner)

On the inside is a welcome message.



I went through the book & pulled out a few pages from the centre of each signature, to thin it out.

Then on each double page spread is a photocopy of each month's Affirmation Card,
with a copy of the wording on the opposite page.


I edged the wording with Whispers Strokes pens, in a matching colour,
whilst the image got my usual sanded edges.

It is small enough to pop into a pocket or a handbag, so that I can keep it with me at all times.

When I have a quiet moment to myself, then I can read the text,
be inspired by the images
& reflect on the lessons learnt.

Next up is something for my desk.

As I was looking through the collage sheets & started to cut each image out,
I was drawn to one of them immediately.

Not surprisingly for me it was a butterfly,
 however what struck me was that it was a rather large circle.

I checked & yes it was exactly the same size as a DVD,
so I began to look through my pile of unwanted media & found this one ...

THEY WHO DARE

Oh yes!

Here is the finished altered media piece.

DARE to be yourself


I printed out the words, punched a hole in the top for the fibres,
so now it can hang by my desk.

I added Ranger Ink Liquid Pearls (White Opal), Gold Stickles,
to add lustre & sparkle ...


& using Glossy Accents,
adhered three dew drops from The Robin's Nest,
to add dimension & shine.


The back is covered in the remaining paper from the box.


I am working on another project, but more on that one next month.

22 July 2015

Laugh & Sing

It's Wednesday, so time for my next altered playing card for

Waddington Weekly

This week the words are from a poem by Yeats.


We must laugh and we must sing.


We are blest by everything.


18 July 2015

ICAD Week 7

ICAD  is the Index Card A Day creative challenge,
which runs for two months from 1st June,
however this is my last week.

I am rounding off my series with thought-provoking quotations to inspire.

My index cards are 3" by 5"

Day 31


Day 32


Day 33


Day 34


Day 35


I have used a white pigment ink Signo pen by Uni-ball,
Tim Holtz Pocket Cards & Tissue Tape,
fabric tape & a Whispers Strokes Pen (Red),
images by Jessica Sprague,
dymo tape & a thread of Hessian,
small manila envelope,
a butterfly from Dover,
page torn from on old English dictionary,
old map illustration from a 1928 edition of Philips' New Pocket Atlas of the World
& gift wrap paper by Cavallini Papers & Co Inc,

Finally one last card, as this is all that remains of my used sheet of wrapping paper.

Day 36

This whole series was inspired by the wonderfully designed gift wrap paper from Cavallini,
which was chosen by my sister to wrap a gift to me several years ago.

I carefully unwrapped the gift to avoid damaging the paper as best I could.



At the time, I didn't know what project I would use it for,
I just knew that I needed to keep it for something special.

So just a few weeks ago,
when I was thinking about joining in with the ICAD challenge,
I looked at the used, torn & wrinkled paper
& just knew this was the right moment to use it.



Many thanks to my sister & to Cavallini.

This is all that is left.