Friday 18 June 2010

Ahoy, me Hearties, Avast ye

 (That would translate as "Hello, my friends! - stop and check this)
How could I resist............................ The Challenge over at Simon Says Stamp is "Shiver me timbers thar be a Pirate"

In 2008 the mother in laws annual fancy dress party was "Pirates of the Caribbean"  there were some stunning costumes one of which I just have to show you as he was a dead ringer for you know who................... see what you think?
Yep if it was the real thing I would be hanging on too!! and I love the outfits we bought :)

We had a brilliant time, there was even a galleon on the lawn which we all had to have a photo taken in
Stunning don't you think - there is the Matt's mum as Ausar................. and if you look close those are skulls and crossbones on my tights 
- this is such a cool paddling pool for the children .................

Sorry got carried away.  So on seeing the challenge, just had to do create a scrap book page for my continuing album, I have not done a page for some time.  My head was saying treasure map - so that is where I started.  I recently got from Hobby Craft some plain white good quality 12 x 12 paper in a pack.  I took a plain black Bo Bunny paper and used this as the base and tore the white card on all edges very roughly.  I then drew a treasure map and added a cross for the location of the treasure and the North symbol, dead basic.......... Then I had so much fun.  

I put on my little marigolds, they are actually blue and from the husbands work, but they are a lovely tight fit and protect my hands from staining.  I got out the antique linen and vintage photo Tim Holtz distress inks and my already heavily used sponges and was ready for the off.  I used a baby wipe to wet all over the paper, I rolled, tore and crumpled the paper until it was well scruffy.  I then used the antique linen and sponged and rubbed all over to give the base colour for the map.  Once I had done this I started on the vintage photo. I worked heavily on the edges till it looked as if I had actually burnt it at the party to stop people finding my treasure (my glass of wine and the large plate of dessert)  I continued until I was happy with the overall effect.  In fact happy was not the word, I was so impressed with the finished look that I did not want to spoil it by adding too much to the layout.  I then chose my main image and two smaller ones.  I left off the other two as it hid too much of the map.  I cut the main one out with my circle nestie, edged it in gold and printed off a computer image of a galleon wheel.  After cutting out the image of the wheel I had edged this in black copic to make it pop off the page a little more.  I used my copics to colour the letters from pink to a deep red and to colour the flower from a dark burgundy to black.  I spritzed the flower with gold.  The rings I found lying around and just looked good and the flag is another computer print.

The lace behind the flower is created using a technique that Ruth @ Altered Geisha's Crafty Musings had suggested in a comment recently, she had said to use fine jewelery wire to thread through and it worked an absolute treat (thank you Ruth)

The lace I decided to use  as on the posh pirate outfit that I bought it has lovely lace around the cuffs.  I tried to keep the colours to the black, gold and reds familiar with pirates.

Well I hope you like it , here you go

So here are the images for you
Whist this has been drying and whilst I was in the distressing mood, I have also been working on a little vintage number, will post this shortly.

Thank you all for your recent lovely comments, which always make me smile

Hugs and happy weekend crafting

Kate xx


MagsB said...

Ahoy there! That be one fine layout, me hearty! Your treasure map is great! The party looks like it was tremendous fun, too - the galleon is brilliant! Arrr!!

Lorraine A said...

arr tis a fine map fer sure ! lol ,,, can't keep that up :-) The photo is just perfect for the pirate themed layout ! I loved reading how you made this ,,, sounds like you had a fun time creating this work of art ! Brilliant :-)

thanks for joining the Simon Says Stamp Challenge

Tax Evadin' Elanor Bonny (aka Lols) :-) x x

sam21ski said...

Fantastic xxx

email: said...

What a fun theme for a party!! Your costumes were fantastic! I like the paper on the card too and how it really does look like a treasure map!

Thanks so much for entering the Simon Says Stamp Challenge!!!


Marianne's Craftroom said...

What fun you must have had Kate. A fab page. I love to see layouts for a change. Marianne x

Sue said...

Hi Kate
what great piccies bet the party was a ball, gorgeous creation hun,have great weekend, sue.x

Sue from Oregon said...

Perfect page for the perfect picture!

Dena said...

Oh it looks like you had so much fun! What great pictures!!!!
Love your project, it looks great!
Thanks for joining Simon Says Challenge this week!
Hugs, Dena

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