Friday, 29 June 2012

Postcard Travels with Roland Poland - Week 26 United States of America

Xui is in Chicago attending a finance conference.  Mrs Xong, accompanied by Roland Poland, is sourcing Native American jewellery on an Indian reservation.

He writes to his half-brother Malcolm,
Hi Malcolm,
This is the medicine man, he does a lot of dancing
and howling and in the firelight, he looks
like that Black Dog from Whitby.
He's OK really when he's not been smoking
that pipe.
Living in a tent like we did at Glastonbury and
my Indian tribal name is GetsInWay.
PS There was no sign of Uncle Hughie.

Here is the page I made for him this week for his travel book.  We have included one of Roland Poland's all time heroes Rin Tin Tin.  The lovely vintage poster of Chicago is by Vintage FeedSacks (link in sidebar).

The postcard  medicine man image is from I Brake For Stamps and the buffalo from TandaStamps, coloured with Copic markers.
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Thursday, 28 June 2012

DragonsDream TIO #119 - Don't Fear

You amateur psychologists out there will have a field day with this week's challenge!  My tag is coloured with PanPastels and has been embossed with a time works embossing folder and sanded lightly.  The stamped images are an angry eye from Stampscape and a laughing clown from Hampton Art (I loathe clowns). The snake's head is hand drawn (traced) and coloured with PanPastels and sprayed with iridescent Spray and Sparkle and added for dimension.
There are quite a few other things that I find scary but as I don't like them, I haven't bought any stamps.  In fact, I don't know how the clown snuck into my stamp collection!  Thanks for stopping by and do feel free to leave a comment - I appreciate them all.

Sunday, 24 June 2012

CD Sunday Challenge - Sketch

The card this week is for  my John's birthday, next month.  He has promised not to look before then.  I never know when I will have time to make a 'special' card as we are always so busy around here in the summer and then I am so tired in the evenings and usually fall asleep in front of the television!
The tractor is from StampsAway Vintage Transport sheet 2 and has been watercoloured with Distress Inks. The Kraft card panel has been embossed with a Tim Holtz embossing folder, then roughly heat embossed with antique gold embossing powder and then wiped over with Forest Moss Distress Ink.  The backing paper is from Serif's Cocoa Latte kit and printed out in Craft Artist.  The pennants are from an On The Edge die.  For the card candy I have used eyelets and laced linen thread through them on the top left.  I also added a lovely insert from Joanna Sheens Past Times CD, in the farming theme.
I hope I have met with the sketch challenge - I normally avoid them at all costs, but I needed to make this card today!
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Friday, 22 June 2012

Postcard Travels with Roland Poland - Week 25 Australia

Xui is on a trade mission.  Roland Poland is visiting some aboriginal friends.

He writes to his half-brother Malcolm, in Carlisle.

G'day Malc,
As you can see I am in Australia - geez the flies.
On the trail of Uncle Hughie who, as you know,
worked for years on a cattle station, but who went
walkabout with a dingo and mysteriously hasn't been 
heard of since.
Looking forward to some bush tucker.

Here is the page I made in his travel book

We have included some iconic Australians, Sir Les Patterson, Dame Edna Everage, Miss Kylie Minogue, Skippy the Bush Kangaroo and  Aborigine Trugannini.  A copy of the original text of Waltzing Matilda is on the back of the pocket.  The fabulous coat of arms is in pride of place.  I was lucky enough to spend my school days in Adelaide, South Australia and my brother lives in Perth, Western Australia.

My postcard is of Uluru and was coloured with Pan Pastels. Roland Poland's hat is his own design.

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Sunday, 17 June 2012

CD Sunday Challenge - Damask Delights

Can't you tell it is raining here?  Both cards use backing papers from Artylicious Damask Delights CD.  The stamp is from Stampin' Up and has been coloured with marker pens.  The lilac card has corners punched with a Martha Stewart punch and the peach card has been punched with a Stampin' Up border and corner punch.  Some little gems in the centres of the flowers complete.
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Friday, 15 June 2012

Postcard Travels with Roland Poland - Week 24 Italy

Xui has travelled to Italy to see about providing funding for the repair of the Colosseum and the Trevi Fountain.

Roland Poland has gone to see the fountain and writes ...

Hi Malcolm,
I don't know what all the fuss is about the cost
of repairing this fountain.
I have been diving down to the bottom and
collecting some of the money thrown in by the
tourists, and you know what, Malcolm?  They are
throwing more in every day.
Anyone else for a big ice cream?

Here are the pages in his travel book.
I have included RP's favourite photo of an Italian Greyhound.  He very much admires their ability at a quick getaway.  The main image is a vintage poster of Amalfi  from Vintage Feedsacks (link in sidebar) and we have also included a photo of the genius Giacomo Puccini, the Vitruvian drawing by Leonardo da Vinci, a photo of the Colosseum and some lemons. (all photos from Wikipedia}. Also a label from some pasta!

My postcard this week was made in Craft Artist, using Wikipedia photos and then overstamped with an Italian collage stamp from Papermania.

Thank you for continuing to follow our journey around the world and hope you will have a look at  the postcards from fellow travellers  on Darcy's Postcard Challenge(link in sidebar).

Monday, 11 June 2012

DragonsDream TIO #117 - To Dye For

My tag has been made using the kitchen roll I use to put under objects when I spray Glimmer Mists!  I have been very pushed for time lately - working outside in the fields,  so I thought that I would use a ready made background.  I have stamped a woodland scene with a background stamp from Impression Obsession in cocoa Archival ink and some willow fronds from Creative Expressions in library green Archival ink.  The die cut is from a Sizzix steel rule die, cut in cardboard and then embossed with a Cuttlebug folder.  The bird has been coloured with picket fence Distress Stains, walnut stain Distress Ink and the embossed swirls glazed with rose glaze from Crafty Notions.
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Sunday, 10 June 2012

CD Sunday Challenge - Beautiful Ballerinas

This has to be one of my  most favourite images!  Can you get anything more elegant than this mouse?  I have used the wonderful Seraphina CD and given this beauty another outing.  The background paper is Bearly Mine and the doily has been inked with Spun Sugar Distress Ink and dusted with mauve and pink Perfect Pearls for a lovely sheen.  Three pearls complete.
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Friday, 8 June 2012

Postcard Travels with Roland Poland - Week 23 Poland

Xui is visiting shipyards in Gdansk this week so our canine warrior, Roland Poland,  heads into the countryside in search of his family tree.
He writes to his brother Malcolm,
Hi Malcolm,
Came to Gryfino to see the Crooked Forest.  It is a 
very spiritual place and I have soaked up quite a bit
of the local spirit (vodka).  The trees now seem to be
straightening up!
The trunks are conveniently close to the ground.  I have
made my mark but not sure if it was our family tree.
Here is the page I made for his travel book
You can see a corner of a  photo of the Crooked Forest that was my inspiration this week's adventure.  Famous Polish people form the basis of the main page, Pope John Paul II, Marie Curie (parents Polish), Nicholas Kapernicus and a happy couple in traditional dress from Lublin. Music tissue tape on the pocket represents Chopin.  Some Polish canine postage stamps complete the picture.
My postcard was hand drawn and coloured entirely with  PanPastels, using the little applicators that come with the sets.  It took me ages and the trees still look to be floating in mid air despite going over the shadows again and again!  I guess practice is the only cure!!
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Tuesday, 5 June 2012

CD Sunday Challenge - Gorgeous Green

My card this week is from the Joanna Sheen CD - From the Heart of the Garden.  I hope it is green enough for you!  I have used the images and backing papers and merely layered the word Herbs to give a bit of dimension.  The matting layers are cream and lime green Bazzill card.
Thanks for stopping by and do feel free to leave a comment - it makes a welcome change to stop and read them instead of grass cutting!

Friday, 1 June 2012

Postcard Travels with Roland Poland - Week 22 Thailand

Xui is gambling again on the Thai Boxing Finals in Bangkok and Roland Poland learns a fascinating fact.

He writes to his half-brother Malcolm

Hi Malcolm,
Do you know that the dog 
on the stamp was a stray 
that was adopted by H.M. The King of Thailand.  
Talk about falling off the Co-Op roof and landing
in the Divvie!  
Wouldn't have minded being rehomed with the
Queen when I was at Manchester Dogs Home.
Some folk live the life of Riley!

The dog to which our hero refers is Khun Tongdaeng - The Royal Dog.  She was adopted by the King as a tiny puppy in 1998 and raised  with a litter belonging to another of the King's dogs.  In 2000 she had a litter of 9 puppies of her own and they all live with H.M. The King of Thailand.  A First Day Cover was produced in 2006 to illustrate the activities of Khun Tongdaeng and her family.  I have included a picture of this in Roland Poland's travel book.

My postcard of Thai boxing is inspired by a photograph I saw on The Lonely Planet site.  I have coloured the background with Distress Stains Shabby Shutters and drawn the figures with grey Copic Markers.  The travel book shows scenes of great beauty around Thailand.  I should love to visit myself one day.

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