My passion for ink and paper stems from my beautiful Mum. She was a printer, so I spent many happy years growing up playing in her print room. That would not be very politically correct today because of Health and Safety rules in the UK (over here there are so many things we can't do any more that years ago we could so me learning to clean Mum's litho printing machine down and working with the printing plates nowadays because of Health and Safely - common sense to us girls - isn't allowed) but hey my love of paper and the smell of ink started there.
I started teaching and selling my artwork over 30 years ago, and I am just as passionate about papercrafts, textiles and felting as I was then. I am very lucky to have been published in several magazines and I also get to demo around the UK which I love as I get to meet new crafters. I am both Teacher and Student, the day I stop learning is the day I depart the planet!
I started out with a 6" square base card then added layers of Kaisercraft's Cottage Rose Collection the first was 5 3/4" then 5 1/4" and the last layer 4 3/4" all were distressed around the edges for a shabby look, before being added onto the card blank.
I added a doily from my stash over the top followed by tags that had been cut from the Sizzix Framelits die set and a ready made tag from the Kaisercraft paper.
I finished off by fussy cutting some roses from another sheet of paper from the collection and adding them along with some sequins, 3D drops and hand dyed seam binding to co-ordinate with the papers. And how could I resist that heart bling!
* * *Pop on over to Elizabeth's blog and check out her beautiful work and then come on back and share your special Valentine project with us. The Be My Valentine challenge can be found here and is open until February 14th at 11:55 pm EST.