And I'm back. According to this blog, it appears I haven't done any crafting since the end of August but of course that isn't true. Having said that, I did lose all of October to the dreaded lurgy and exhaustion but since then I've been knee-deep in crafting Christmas products to sell under the umbrella of my handcrafted cards, stationery and gifts business Melissa Lawrence Designs. Now is about the time I always wish that like far more sensible crafters than me, I'd started crafting for Christmas much, much earlier than this.
If you follow my design blog My Kind Of Designing Blog you will know that a couple of months ago, I was very pleased indeed to be asked by the artist, designer and crafter Michelle Jackson-Mogford to create some samples to help promote her new range of digikits which launched on the digital scrapbooking site DaisyTrail at the end of September. The kits were fantastic to work with and really inspirational for both design and craft projects. If you'd like to see the design projects I've created so far, then please hop over to my designing blog. The post links are Michelle Jackson-Mogford Kits on DaisyTrail and MJM Design Studios La Senora Mexicana Digikit.
After I'd done six design projects with two of the digikits, I decided I wanted to do some crafting projects with the next one and I thought I'd share them with you here. The digikit I've used is called Lilies and Light and like all of Michelle's kits, it's inspired by one of her artistic heroes/heroines. In this case it is Claude Monet who also happens to be one of my favourite artists too.
Lilies and Light is clearly influenced by nature and has some beautiful hand-painted floral imagery in it as well as lots of gardening embellishments. As soon as I saw the plant pot embellishment in the kit, I knew I wanted to make a plant-pot shaped card that would be suitable for someone's retirement. I enlarged the plant pot in my graphics programme CraftArtist2 Professional to fit an A5 page, then copied and pasted another one next to it for the back of the card before also creating a single page insert in the same shape. The plant pot was decorated with images from the digikit before printing out and a black bow and some tiny gems were added to the finished card from my crafty stash.
For my next project, I picked out nine of the lovely flower embellishments from the digikit and added some foliage from the kit before printing them out. I copied and pasted each of the flowers so that I could decoupage them for extra dimension. I chose a gorgeous sunshine yellow background paper from the kit and adhered it to gold mirror card and then some black card. Finally I added a tiny clear gem to the centre of every decoupaged flower.
When it came to the third project, I wanted to do something a bit more spectacular to really show off the elements in the digikit. I had the idea of (sort of!) recreating the famous 'Bridge Over a Pond Of Water Lilies' painting by Monet in craft form and ended up creating an easel card.
One of the photo-real background papers in the kit was perfect for the "water" on the base of the card and then I printed out and backed some of the pretty water-lily embellishments from the kit onto card and added little cardboard hinges so that they were more 3D. The green bridge was one of the embellishments in the digikit and after printing it out, I added some green gems, then made it stand up with another hinge. I used a vintage postcard embellishment from the kit for the topper and added some other elements to the design before printing it out. The butterflies and dragonfly were adhered to the "easel" part of the card with foam pads so that they stood out more. Finally I created the "Beautiful" tag from the kit and added some gems for extra bling.
I'm hoping to complete three more crafting projects using the fourth of Michelle's kits as soon as I can and I'll bring them to you here. It might have to wait until Santa's been though. In the meantime... Happy Crafting!