Saturday, 14 August 2010

Does size matter?

Don't feel the need to answer: I only ask because my entry for the Compendium of Curiosities #9 is rather small. I am pleased it with it though, whereas I am not at all sure about the page overall. A very shabby chic style: I made the base layer at one of the association workshops, following magazine instructions, and I have to admit it's not really my style. And as I type that, my husband has just seen it and said he really likes it: "One of your better pages"! LOL - Beauty is in the eye of the beholder!
The base is white Bazzill with torn book pages and plaster's mesh (as a mask) stuck on to it. It was then part-painted with walnut inks, inked in places with Distress Walnut Stain and stamped and embossed before having the plaster's mesh lifted. I have finished it off with some tulle and VERY old flowers (like 15+ years old!) with bits and pieces left from Basic Grey 'Sugared' kit (all inked with Walnut Stain Distress) + rub-on. It commemorates my neice who died last year and particularly the beautiful quilt made for her by 'Quilts 4 leukemia' in 2008.
For the grungeboard label I used Distress Crackle Paint (Antique Linen) with Walnut Stain Distress ink and the technique described on p42 of Tim Holtz's Compendium of Cursiosities book for the challenge on Linda's Studio L3 blog. I also used pearls (PaperMania brads), so the page also enters the Basic Grey challenge, and cork with Martha Stewart butterfly punch.


  1. Karen, this is a gorgeous page, and a sweet and lovely memorial to your niece. To answer your question, No, size doesn't matter as long as you do the technique, and you did it wonderfully! Your background is really beautiful, and the photo of that brave young lady is inspiring. ♥

  2. A beautiful piece in Terri's memory.


  3. hi karen
    love this colours are lovely
    i love to see other folks distressed work i need more practice at it as mine never quite looks right but i don't know why oh well i'll keep practicing and keep enjoying other peoples
    hope every thing is good your ehd
    gill x

  4. Wow....this quilt looks awesome. Wish If I could buy it.

  5. très belle ta page karen !!! bisous à vous

  6. Beautiful layout, such a wonderful background and stunning details.
    I agree size doesn't matter - "you don't get diamonds as big as bricks!"
    So glad you joined us at Basic Grey.
    hugs Heather xx

  7. A gorgeous page Karen, love the papers and layout. Sarah