Monday, 23 February 2009

Ode to Jo



Life takes precedence over crafting, and 2009 has been a trial so far.
I was inspired by Jo's recycling article in Stamp Crafter, and as she kindly sent me the stamps she used for her feature, I had no excuse not to make some cards, especially that some of my forum friends were having birthdays.
In my mind I call this stamp from Innovative Stamp Creations "Jo's stamp". :)
Jo is not only one of the most talented paper artists that I know, but also a great Mum and a wise woman. Whenever I feel down or stressed, she always finds words of comfort.
Following in Jo's footsteps, I have done some recycling as well. For the Aloha (Love)card I stamped the flower on bits of glossy magazines and scraps of patterned paper and cut them out. The lovely shells are bits left over from a bracelet bought in a charity shop.
The other card is decorated with a mesh ribbon, salvaged from a bouquet of flowers.
Thank you, Jo, for the stamps and inspiration!

19 comments:

joanne wardle said...

Couldn't agree more!!
I ADORE the Aloha card, the colouring is just beautiful, and I love how you added the flowers, it really finishes that image off beautifully.

Karin said...

Both cards are gorgeous, Galina. I especially love how you've used those glossy pages stamped flowers. :o)

penibear said...

Gorgeous, and I love the flowers, too!

Kaz said...

yep, the flowers are fantastic Galina, both cards are really gorgeous. I hope 2009 gets better for you too. x

Suse said...

love both cards Galina and especially the 'Aloha' with the beautiful flowers and wonderful colouring.

Jo Capper-Sandon said...

Oh Galina, what kind words.

What are friends for if they can't jolly each other along now and again :0)

I'm so pleased you managed to grab some get up and go time and have a play around with the stamps. These are both really beautiful cards- what an ingenious idea the Aloha card is. Great to see you crafting again.

alcoholinky said...

beautiful Galina. the colouring on the Aloha card is lovely and that's a great idea with the flowers from magazine pages - works really well

Chris said...

The Aloha card is even more beautiful in real life - I know cos it's in front of me right now. Thank you Galina.

Audrey said...

these are both gorgeous

Diane.W. said...

Beautiful cards,the Aloha card is stunning :o)x

Lana said...

Gorgeous Galina!!! I absolutely LOVE how you've shaded her skin...really beautifully done!

Paula said...

Beautiful work Galina...and I can totally understand why youve been so inspired by Jo - I think there's quite a few of us out there :o)
Hope 2009 improves for you xx

Sharon said...

Galina, your cards are so BEAUTIFUL! I absolutely adore the 'Aloha' card, in particular. :)

Jo is an inspiration to us all and is one of the most talented crafters I have ever come across.

Seona said...

Both of these are stunning Galina but your colouring and the flowers in the Aloha card are inspirational.
I hope things get easier for you as the year goes on, take care x

Cazzy said...

The cards are gorgeous, and so is that stamp. You are lucky to have it.

Cardmaking Galore said...

Love how you used the stamp and the aloha card is just beautiful

Francisk ^Subar^r said...

Thanks for sharing your work and ideas.
Please contact me, your old tshuktsh neighbour of canterbury.

Greensleeves said...

Francisk! I am sooooo happy to see your comment, but I don't know how to get in touch with you.
Can you email me at sasha1703@yahoo.com
I've been looking for you everywhere.
Hope you will see my comment, otherwise I am at a loss on how to find you.

Shelly Hickox said...

LOVE what you've done with this stamp! Especially the second card - I would have never thought to use the flowers that way. Gorgeous! Your blog is wonderful. :-)