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This is intended to be mainly about my crafting stories, as a personal record of what I do. However, I interpret crafting quite widely, not just paper crafting but other things too. I have a butterfly mind and like to change from one thing to another depending on what I feel like on a given day - knitting, crochet, cross-stitch, cards, baking and several others.

Probably my favourite craft right now is with parchment, both traditional skills and Groovi, very relaxing and calming to do.

Sunday, 5 May 2013

Craft A Scene for May - Ships in the Night

 This is a scheduled post.
This is the first of my offerings for the DT for the May theme for Craft A Scene, which is Ships in the Night.  I took inspiration for this one from Anna-Karin's beautiful offering for the Tropical Shores theme, using only one stamp, although her colouring is far more dramatic than mine.  The stamp used is the Galleon from Clarity Stamps., a beautiful silhouette stamp.  The other two ships in the background are just sketched in after everything else was done. 

For the background, I used my brayer, Adirondacks and Big and Juicy inkpads,  and Splodge Away Mat, with a little masking for the setting sun.  The SplodgeAway mat is just so perfect to get rid of any stripes in your brayering.  It also allows you to go back to the ink you have stored on it to reload your brayer and darken your scene. 

The sun across the sea and the shadows of the ships was added using a make up sponge, just dragging the colour across.

I had to take myself in hand for this theme, having done another card with boats on that I intended to use, then I suddenly realised that I had not fitted in with the brief.  There were boats, but it was daytime not night time.  I had done exactly what I complain when others do it - I had not read it properly and thought it out properly.  So, remember, learn from my mistake.  Read the brief for the theme and then stick to it, and stretch yourself. 

It does not matter whether or not you have a boat or ship stamp.  You could use a digi stamp, a decoupage image or draw on for yourself.  Even just one image can make a scene with the way you colour your background.  Go on, join in and have fun.


Jacqui's little piece of England said...

This is lovely Maggie
Hope things are getting a little easier for you
Love jacqui xx

Sue's Crafty Corner said...

This is gorgeous Maggie I love the setting sun and the beautiful sky you made.

My condolences on your recent loss.

Sue x

Linda Simpson said...

Stunning Maggie, I love the fabulous scene you have created.

My thoughts are with you Maggie and I hope you are taking care of yourself.

Much love
Linda xxx

Deanna said...

Beautiful scene and I love the reflection of the sun on the water~hugs Deanna