Newsletter – CI Wild Spirit 1

Let me apologise for the delay in getting these newsletter layouts out to you ladies. For the past fortnight or more I have been struggling with a nasty computer virus that reduced my computer to an expensive waste of plastic and metal. Add to this the joys of teenage sons who use up a monthly net access within half the allotted time – thus reducing said access to a crawl – and you have a DT scrapping nightmare of biblical proportions.

I finally have full access back and a computer (many thanks to the boys at Alliance Computers) that is almost, but not quite the same as before. Unfortunately I still have the teenage boys – but they have been threatened with total removal of their computers – so that should keep them under control for all of – a day – maybe.

But enough of my woes and on to the scrapping and a range I have been waiting a long time to share with you. I’ve had this range of papers sitting on my desk for some time now – months actually. Not that there is anything wrong with it at all – I’ve just waiting on some matching chippy designs to become available to use with it and then for a space in the newsletter schedule for it to be popped into. Finally the planets have aligned and we have both papers and chippy in the store and a space in the newsletter.

Creative Imaginations Wild Spirit is full of strong, earthy colours – rusty browns, dark brown, beige and cream – with some lovely blues of various intensities for contrast. The papers themselves have a rustic feel to them – with barbed wire and horses as common motifs – but it is a delicate, feminine, rustic theme. The barbed wire twines across the paper in lavish flourishes, adorned with butterflies, or is hidden amongst swirling floral patterns; and there is a stunning parade of ghostly blue horses trailing across the bottom of one paper – all in all, enough to satisfy any little girl (or big) experiencing a bout of the horse adoration phase we all seem to pass through (and for some of us, never leave).

Madame is ‘into’ horses – and this range of papers appealed to her very much. I was given a list of things she wanted scrapped with them and was told in no uncertain terms what part of the patterns she wanted to see featured. At the top of the ‘command’ list was that she wanted to ‘see’ the pretty patterns on the paper – I wasn’t to cover them all up with ‘stuff’ like I usually did. You can *eyeroll* now – but she has a point. The patterns on these papers are gorgeous – it seems a shame to cover them up, particularly if you are using them for their horse/western theme.

My Pony features Wild Spirit (now oos) as the base paper – with (as commanded) most of the pattern on this paper left exposed. The photo and embellishments are confined to the middle of the paper, where there is an empty space in the pattern. A section of Country Girl (reverse) (now oos) and Wild Spirit (reverse) are layered together under the photo to provide colour and interest to the page.

With so much happening in the paper pattern, I’ve left the alphas fairly simple – inking them to match the red in the photo. Under the photo I have clustered one of the stickers from the Jumbo Cardstock Sticker Sheet and some Prima flower oddments, a silver horseshoe charm and some muslin dyed with Weathered Wood Distress Ink – which is a wonderful match for the blues in the papers.

Up the left side of the layout I included a lacing segment using some twine. Tied into the twine is a charm dangle I had specially made for this layout. The silver cowboy hat charm matches the one Madame is wearing in the photo and the red pearls also help to link the photo to the layout. Check out the Tips and Techniques section of the forum for a step-by-step on how to do this lacing technique.

When leaving large areas of one paper pattern on show, it sometimes gets a little difficult to fit in all the other elements – so I have hidden the journalling on a tag behind the photo. To make it easy to slide the photo in and out I have added a piece of chipboard frame left over from another layout to the end of the tag, where it sticks out from under the photo. The pearls decorating it are Kaiser Red Pearls.

Madame’s favourite part of the paper design is the horse head in the corner (which – apparently – is ‘just like’ her pony, but without the white bits). To make more of a feature of this, I cut a second one out and pop-dotted it over the original head. The barbed wire (oos) you see has also been designed (by the lovely Julie at A2Z Scraplets) to match this paper range. Here I have given it a coat of brown ink and then a thick layer of Walnut Stain Distress Stickles. This gives it a great textured look – with the shimmery sparkles an added bonus.

Using a large luggage tag for my journalling allowed me to include another photo and have a play with my Distress Inks. The butterfly stamp is from the Pink Paislee Butterfly Garden collection and it goes together well with the Prima flowers, barbed wire chipboard, muslin and another Stickerfrom the Wild Spirit range. The piece of red lace is actually Maya Road vintage lace dyed red – though for the life of me I cannot remember what I used.

The journalling itself is on the back of the tag – I had a fair bit to say, so I’ve printed it out with the computer to maximise the usable space. We got this animatronic-style pony (for a bargain price) when she was 3 – it was taller than she was at the time – and it moves its head and makes horse noises. Of course, looking back now, we should have waited another year or so to give it to her – but you know how it is, sometimes the presents are more about what you want to give than they want to get.

The damn thing terrified her – she screamed and screamed at it on Christmas Day, refusing to go anywhere near it – it took months before we could get her to walk near it let alone touch it. Eventually though, she caved and fell in love with it the way we thought she would and it is a much loved part of her fantasy world. It is that story – of silly parents who should know better and one small girl’s carefully built relationship with her toy that I wrote about.

You will need to get in fast to get any of the remaining papers and stickers in this range – they have sold out fast since the news letter went up last week – both the papers in this layout are sold out now, as is almost all the barbed wire chipboard made to match it. The other papers are equally as lovely though and well worth checking out.


One Response

  1. This is such a gorgeous photo of Madame with her “pony” and the LO does it justice…… the lacing looks great 😉

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