Sunday, April 17, 2016


Hello there,
I'm finally here to share my D page for the alpha/dictionary challenge held by The Craft Barn.
The next letter has already been announced, yaikes!

D stands for decide in the alphabet of happiness. 
Decide that you'll be successful and happy come what may, and good things will find you. The roadblocks are only minor obstacles along the way.
Although decide was my word I in fact couldn't decide what to do with this page.
Time flew by and the deadline fastly approached so I set to work without a clear plan.
Because the twist is to use pink I grabbed the piece of paper I made for my Jam 4 page using pink and purple acrylic paint and adding texture with plastic wrap.

On my desk there was this stencil I cut the other day with the Silhouette (I was actually cutting die cuts out of scrap paper)  
Ah, piece of scrap = die cuts + stencil, frugal at its best!

I stencilled it with black dylusions paint, wasn't too impressed with the result, the paint creeped underneath the stencil, so it was a blotchy result.
I hid a piece of it with my definition which I typed out and made translucent with some baby oil.
In my art a lot of concepts of my work seem to appear.
Do you know why the paper becomes tranlucent? 
The oil fills the pores of the paper and oil scatters light less then air.
But still wasn't completely happy.
Then suddenly it hit me to glue the die-cuts over the black, that seems to work.
but it still missed something, when I woke this morning I knew it: a rainbow.

Okay, I call this done. 
Don't know what it is with my alphabet but every page seems to be a struggle, 
Maybe it's the size? 
On to the next letter which is S, hopefully will be able to post it sooner then on the last day of the challenge.


  1. Love your frugality... I do the same! Your butterflies solution works a charm and it's a lovely page.
    As to finding the pages difficult, I stick to simple words (garden, door) whenever I can and that makes it a lot easier to illustrate.

  2. Just like you, I realize I'm late visiting since the Craft Barn has already announced their next letter, but I vowed to visit everyone and even though I'm late, I'm here now.

    I really adored how you took us through the steps you used to create this gorgeous entry. I was very impressed with your stencil. This is the kind of art I'm trying to incorporate this month leading up to Earth Day. So your frugality and reuse didn't go unnoticed by me!

  3. It might have been a challenge, but it looks brilliant, the rainbow is perfect. Cara x

  4. You decided well! Brilliant project, thank you for joining in The Craft Barn Challenge.
    Jane x

  5. Great decision! Really colourful page, and I was interested in the free science lesson too! ;D

  6. I didn't know that you can make paper transparent. Thank you for the tip. A lovely colourful page to help you through a day of decisions.