Well, this is it, my final entry in the UK Stampers 'Just One Stamp' CJ. I spent a week on this piece, as I felt that it deserved lots of love and attention (not that the others didn't get that, too), because I have been posting to Tasha (this journal's owner) for nine months, plus I have met her in real life! She happened to mention to me which of my other entries she liked the best, and I hope I took that and turned it into a new piece. The quotation is from a famous sports coach, and it says: "It's all right to have butterflies in your stomach. Just get them to fly in formation". It made me think of the fact that Tasha and I were both 'CJ Virgins' when this started; we had never been involved with a project of this type before, and were a little intimidated- not enough to not get involved, of course! I felt a bit overwhelmed by the fact that some stampers- artists- whose work I really respected were involved, and I wondered if my offerings would be good enough. But during the course of the project, my confidence grew, and I feel now that I *am* an artist, too. I got the butterflies to fly in formation, and Tasha has as well. So this entry is probably the most personal, yet, and I hope Tasha likes it and 'gets' it! I received my 'Pear' journal in the post on Saturday morning, and it was amazing. I will do a slide show soon, as I really want to share it with everyone who is interested! Sadly, Petra's journal is missing, and I feel awful for her. I am just keeping my fingers crossed that it turns up- apart from anything else, it was my first entry, and I would like Petra to see it in real life. Here is the slide-show for Tasha's entry. The wings are created by heat embossing onto acetate, spraying with Glimmer Mist, then turning over so that the finished wing is smooth.
Colour: Nick Bantock dye ink (for sky), Glimmer Mist (on wings), Distress Inks (for ground), Ancient Page (on quote), Versafine Stamps: Unknown (wings), Paperartsy (flower 'stems'), Inkadinkado (words on ground) Other: Cosmic shimmer arctic pearl heat embossing on acetate, silk dupion fabric (flowers and tags), old book pages (ground and flower centres), dome stickers, Stickles, collage images purchased from Tallulahs.com