Fold it!

I’m a day late posting about this, but the latest Quirky Crafts challenge has gone live! This time the prompt is to use more than one fold in whatever you make… you could make a jack-in-the-box, a pleated skirt, a fancy card, a fan… check out the original post for more ideas and inspiration.

In my last Quirky Crafts post I mentioned one of the ways I try to put my own mark on the digital stamps we’re given to work with and today I’m going to show you another way I do this…

Use them out of context.

What I mean is, use pictures of things in a way they weren’t intended for. For example, you could use a couple of whimsical bikes from The Cutting Cafe to create patterned elements for a mandala:


Do you see what I mean? Although you can tell what they are, I haven’t used them in a way that says ‘bike’.

I also folded some pieces of textured paper, and added some dimensional paint to make the mandala (quite literally) pop off the page, but now I’m too worried about my petals to close the book!

I’m constantly making these quirky little mandalas, but I don’t think I’ve shared any with you before… comments? I usually avoid using the primary colours together, but I actually quite like how this one looks…

So have you been creating anything fabulous over the weekend? Leave me a link below and I’ll come and check it out!

D x


Fall Fearless and Fly – Challenge 3

So it’s time for me to share my response to the latest ‘Fall Fearless and Fly‘ challenge. These are the third set of prompts:

Headline Prompt:  Triumphs and Defeats:  What do you see as your greatest triumphs or defeats?  What have they taught you?  Which have you learned more from?
Color Prompt: 
Black and white
Quote Prompt:
Not in the clamor of the crowded street, not in the shouts and plaudits of the throng, but in ourselves, are triumph and defeat.  Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

As usual I tried to cram all three of the prompts into my page. Here is how I created this spread:

1. Using black and white watercolours I doodled patterns across a two page spread.

2. I added more doodles with a black felt tip. I think I must have had the latest Inspiration Avenue post in my mind, because I seemed to come out with mandalas…

3. In silver gel pen I copied out the quote, and in black ink I wrote my answer to the ‘headline prompt’. As a finishing touch I added a bit of white out pen.

And here is the final page:

Things I’ve learnt from this challenge:

1. Leaving colour behind is genuinely torturous.

2. Sometimes torture yields some positive results… I do quite like how this page has turned out!

Hope you’re having a great weekend!

D x