Monday, March 18, 2013

Tattered florals...my way...!!

Hi there everyone, sorry I am late in posting the winner of my birthday comments. I am currently entertaining the lurgy, which is far far overstaying it's welcome, let me assure you. I am drained, bleurgh, lethargic, sicky and just downright out of sorts. I can't settle to anything, can't stay awake for long, zero nada zilch concentration and motivation!! Whatever it is it needs to bugger off soon, as I have fabulous things to design, magnificent creations to rustle up, demons to fight, dragons to slay and other such fantabulous things!!!!

Anyway, I digress as usual, lol..

I loved all of your comments on what you thought I should be doing on my 50th birthday. Thank you so much for taking the time to comment. But the one that caught my imagination the most was from  the lovely

April of the Fragrant Hand....

Happy 50th! 
On the night of your birthday I think you will be misting & stenciling the moon. It's such a lovely textured canvas & imagine how luminous it will be. We will be able to look up in the sky from locations all over the world & see your birthday art


How fabulous that would be!! I have always loved the moon and would love to see it adorned in Dylusions, lol. April please send us an email at afth.co.uk and I will get some goodies out to you.

If you fancy winning some more goodies, this time from the one and only Tim Holtz.. then read on.

Tim has been running a challenge on his blog to see what people can create with his tattered florals die. Now I am not really a die person as most of my work is done in journals, but this is a die that I actually personally own and have used a lot.
After umming and aahing for ages I decided to so a canvas rather than a journal page.. The canvas is created using Tim's Distress paints and my Dylusions inks, I die cut tons and tons of the flowers, sprayed them various shades of blue and a red, and attached them to a large heart shape board with brads. I curled the edges, added a hand written quote and Bob's your uncle. !!!






Tim also gave me one of his tattered floral dies to give away, so if you fancy a chance at owning it leave me a comment. But most importantly you need to go to Tim's blog and see what every one has been up to. People have been uploading their creations and they are just mind blowing, there is so much talent and creativeness out there. Well done to everyone.

Whilst I am at home slowly wasting away, like a Victorian wallflower, lol. My house guest, the lovely Dina Wakely is slaving away up at my studio, teaching her stupendously fabulous artistry to lots of lovely lovely students. They are having a ball.

Although Dina lives on the opposite side of the world to me, I count her as one of my closest friends. We just crack each other up with our antics,but we are also comfortable enough to sit in separate rooms doing our own thing. Although we both sound as though we have glamorous lives, travelling the world, teaching and meeting fabulous people, it is in fact extremely tough at times, being away from your family and loved ones, in different time zones, jet lagged and trying to live up to the expectations people have of you. What's so nice is she doesn't need to tell me and I don't need to tell her, we just know and we are there for each other.

She is as mad as a box of frogs though !!!










Just a reminder that it is our Preview day on Saturday - more details HERE Please accept our invitation to come and play, eat cup cakes, peruse the new workshops, slurp some Yorkshire tea and generally have a jolly old time.

Enjoy xx

79 comments:

Redanne said...

Wow, wow, wow Dyan, your tattered florals look stupendous on your fabulous creation! The flowers must make it very stroke-able.... visited your shop this weekend and bought some of your new stamps - love them!

Sue said...

Congrats to the winner! I'll be gazing at the moon to see what fabulous colors you come up with, Dyan. Love your flowered canvas. And I own the die, so if you pick my name, please pick another. Feel better soon, lovely. xoxo

Helen said...

So sorry you've got the lurgy, hope you throw it out with the dishwater soon! I have the tattered floral die, so please don't include me in your generous giveaway.

Carol Gibson said...

Love your journal page. I already have the die, so if I should win - please pick some one else. Happy to see your enjoying time with your friend Dina.

Dawn. W said...

I love your inky take on the Tattered Florals challenge, I have been utterly enthralled by Tim's challenge and the fact that there are so many different and unusual ways in which people have use 1 die. I don't own this die so can't have a go myself, I'd love to win one so I could have a go, ;)
I hope you're feeling better soon, so you can get back to being your wonderfully gorgeous and glamorous self.
Love and hugs,
Dawn.W xxx

Ps. Do you plan on coming to the south west to do any workshops any time soon??

BA said...

hi dyan!!
your tattered floral's project is amazing
send you xoxo BA

Sara said...

I hope you get to feeling better soon! I wanted say that your creation is so inspiring! I already have the tattered florals die, so please exclude me from the give away! I think Dina is so inspiring also! It is so glad to have a close friend that "just gets you"! They are so hard to find! All in All... you both are awesome! Have a fabulous day!!!

Crafting Newbie said...

Hi Dyan, I am so sorry to hear that you suffering with the lurgy & hope that it goes away soon. Thank goodness it doesn't seem to have zapped your creative abilities. Your canvas is awesome! It's a little dark & very captivating. I keep going back for another look.

Debbie said...

Hi Dy.
Called into the shop Friday, saw Dina, and Ben. You had some lovely new La blanch stamps, they were yummy!
Saw a fleeting shot of you but you did not see me. Wow your hair was long!
Lovely use of Tim's flowers die, I love this die.
I told a few people at GNPE where your shop ws os hope they called in.
DebbieX

betjunroe said...

So sorry to hear you are not feeling well Dyan. Wishing you the speediest of recoveries! Dina looks like she is having a smashing time (love the hat). Would love to know what that plastic tarp is all about--teehee. The tattered florals die is absolutely awesome and love your idea of the "flowered" board. Bette

Bernice Hopper said...

Sorry you are poorly. Missing you at the studio. Had a fabby day with Dina today

Gail B. said...

So sorry you aren't feeling good. Hope it passes quickly. I love the canvas you did! You have such a great way of putting things together. I never get tired of looking at the great things you create.

Gail B. said...

So sorry that you are feeling bad. Hope it passes quickly. The canvas you did is wonderful. I never get tired of looking at the things you create.

Sue said...

Total stonking (always wanted to use that word). Loving the canvas as always.

Get well soon my friend as I am coiming to play next Tuesday.

texasbarb said...

I'm sorry you're feeling poorly...please take care of yourself!

Love your take on Tim's challenge with the tattered flowers!

Thanks for sharing pictures of Dina. Unfortunately I couldn't get the video to play. It says to try back later...which I will.

Annie said...

Fabulous inspiration here Diane. I love the colours used and the layers. Stunning take you make it look so easy on the videos. Tfs

Crafty hugs

Annie

cathsheard said...

Your tattered florals look amazing - I *so* want this die! Glad you and Dina and having fun - isn't it awesome when distance doesn't really matter?

Disco Queen said...

Hi Dyan, I am sorry you are feeling so very poorly & hope you make a speedy recovery. I have been waiting to see your fabulous tattered florals creation, as I just knew that you would want to take part in Tim's amazing challenge. It was worth the wait. Your canvas is spectacular! With love & admiration, Theresa

Julie said...

Love the canvas, it's very dramatic! Do I recognize the background from the large canvas workshop? I can't make it to the preview day but am looking forward to seeing what classes I can book for the coming months. Hope you feel better soon!

Terry Harrison said...

I love your tattered florals creation. The pcis would indicate you had a great time with your tribe in the b-day cottage. Good on ya.
~ Terry ~

Kate Burroughs said...

Wow, is that a pile of canvases???? Glad that you and Dina are getting along so well. Thanks for the chance to win the die.
Aloha, Kate

House of Bears said...

I love your canvas, and the way you've coloured the tattered florals flowers. I neeeeeeeed that die! :)

mitz said...

...canvas?? canvas did you say ?? Gotta get me some canvas and start playing.. you played sooo lovely... amazing..

mitz said...

...canvas?? canvas did you say ?? Gotta get me some canvas and start playing.. you played sooo lovely... amazing..

Dorrie said...

Love the canvas, having had a similar bug, hope you feel better soon.

Carolyn Phillips said...

Sorry you're not feeling well, but it sounds as if you enjoyed your birthday.

Love the canvass and feeling inspired to start playing with the large one I have sat here.

I've not got a tattered florals die, so haven't been able to play so I'd love win one if I get picked in the giveaway. Thanks to you and Tim for the opportunity.

Tapeva said...

Oh Dyan...I am your big fan and keep "spying" for your videos. You just do this and that and bright, colorful art is born...love your style!

PlumTuckered's Paper Plays said...

Absolutely wonderful!! I'm in love with all of that color!! Glad you're getting some fun time with your special friend!

Tante K├Ąthe said...

Oh boy, this is beautiful! I do love your take on this challenge, it's so very different!

Majo

Marge said...

Hee -- you truly made me laugh, not cry!!! Hope you're feeling better now and I'd be beyond THRILLED to win T!m's dye, as I couldn't find it to enter the challenge --waaaaa!!! Thanks for a chance!!!

Larissa Heskett said...

LOVE your creation using the florals die!! Such pretty colors too!! =) THANKS for the chance to win and have a Fabulous Week!! =)

Barbara Greve said...

I love your canvas; very bootiful! the colors are just so wonderful!

Bunnyfreak said...

Dy- hope you feel better soon. I never seen able to create when I am sick. You made a great piece.

Marjie Kemper said...

Hope you are feeling loads better pronto!

Zoe said...

I love this blue piece of art! It´s great and again totally different from all the others. I would love to win the die, I could really need it!!!!
Have a great day,
Zoe

shari said...

I love your tattered floral canvas, so pretty!!!

Noreen said...

I love how the range of blues and pinks/purples go so well together. Nice project!

Noreen
http://craftyjournal.com

Gigi said...

Hope you are up and running by now. This is my most favorite die and the one I use the most. Love it and your creation.

Marianne H said...

Wonderful!! Get well and have a nice weekend.

Christine Newman-Aumiller said...

I have to try some of this! The dyes are delicious and the flowers are so vibrant

Christine Newman-Aumiller said...

I love the dyes and the vibrant color! I have to try both.

stempelwolfanne said...

Love your take on the flowers! Hope you feel better real soon. Your pictures of mrs wakley made me lol. Thanksfor sharing all of this.

Rebecca Ednie said...

Your canvas is lovely! Love the flowers. Such a generous giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win! Rebeccacell@gmail.com

Maureen Chandler said...

Love your projects - your creations always inspire me! Get well soon and hugs to you!

Memories by Manda said...

I love your journal! I admire journals but haven't branched out into doing them myself. The phrase you used is lovely.

cal8007 said...

Am I blue? I don't know but that song jumped into my brain as I saw your artsy canvas. Love all the freeness with wich you create your art! Thanks for the chance at the die!

Hugs,

Carmen L

Bine said...

I love your style and this canvas is no exception. Great work.
And happy belated birthday. I would really love to see the moon decorated in those awesome Dylusions colors.

butterfly said...

Such a fabulous canvas! I've also got a TF die, so pick another name if mine pops up... just wanted to say how cool this is! Hope the lurgy clears off soon...
Alison x

Winnie said...

Love your canvas! Love your sprays and fun ways. I was fortunate enough to meet Dina and take classes with her twice. She is sweet and a kind teacher. I love her positive fun self. I love tea, so my submission I held a tea party, even made a Fascinator! Such a fun challenge!

Cyndi said...

I love how you used the flowers in a heart shape for your canvas. Thanks for all your inspiration and hope that you are feeling over the top soon.

Xanapan said...

Hope you're feeling better soon Dyan, so that you and Dina can get up to more rascally antics! Love the canvas ~ thanks for sharing. I also have the tattered die already, so don't include me in the draw.

Unknown said...

Love your collage of beautiful colors with the tattered floral die! Thanks for the chance to win!
Melanie
mbmdesignbritt@comcast.net

Boo said...

Your canvas is so fun. Sorry you are feeling poorly. Love what the birthday winner said about you. It was lovely and poetic.

My fav. part of this blog post was your description of your friendship with Dina. It must be very stressful to have to be "on" for all the people who want to meet you and learn from you. How wonderful to have a friend you can be so comfortable with... I love that you can be in separate rooms doing your own thing together!!!

Thanks for the give away.

BJ said...

Oh Dyan tell me about the dreaded lurgy, I seem to have been the most unlucky one with it all as my first one struck back in October and I don't seem to have a days release from it/them since then!
Adore your canvas, indeed it could be on the moon, what a wonderful idea. I'll be 50 next year, so not far behind you. BJ

Linda said...

Your canvas creations is gorgeous!! I just love it. Thanks so much for sharing your amazing talent with us.!!!!

Robin said...

Your canvas is gorgeous! Everything you make is so we expect nothing less from you! ;) I do hope you are feeling better soon! Good thoughts coming your way!

Maureen Hayes said...

I hope by the time you read this comment you are feeling much better. You certainly didn't lose your mojo to the illness, your canvas is beautiful!

Thanks so much for the chance to win this die. I don't own any dies at all, and just got a die cutting machine, so I would love to win it.

I do have your beautiful new stamps and am having a blast with them. Sorry I won't get to see you this time at Scrappers Playground in NY, loved meeting you last year and Learning so much from you.

Hugs,
Maureen

Daniella said...

Hi Dyan! I am so excited to visit your blog! I LOVE Dylusions and your work is incredible!!! Do I sound like a crazy fan???
Your canvas is amazing!! And using the flowers on it is inspired for sure!!
Thanks for the chance to win the die, but I already own it of course!!
xxDaniella

Ava Gavloski said...

great post today. enjoyed the story and photo's,

Isabelle said...

So funny pic, hope see more page or tag from you!
You're like vitamin, you (your journal page )boost my day!

Priscilla said...

Love your floral canvas, thanks for the inspiration.

stamptramp said...

What in the world is the lurgy? I hope it's not catching. By the way, love your Dylusions spray and have used quite a bit of it for my own entries. You are INSPIRING! And I think you picked a great birthday entry!

Chris Keys said...

What a fantastic creation, absolutely bursting with colour. Thank you for sharing with us and I do hope you feel better soon, so you can create some more lovely things. xx

berlykim37 said...

Love your blog and am a new subbie.

elli said...

You really do know how to make me gobsmacked!! Just love the colours you always pick. Talented for sure, and your Tim journal pages were just genius. Hope that nasty bug clears off soon. x

famillemarleau said...

Your canvas is very beautiful. Love that there is a lot of flowers and the colors too. Thanks for the chance, Johanne L.

eri*doodle said...

Your canvas is wonderful and has the journal feel. The clusters of vibrant flowers is fabulous!

Kiss my Paper Trimmer! said...

awesome project with TH die! Does that sound right? LOL Thanks for the chance at the giveaway!

SHartl said...

Oh my goodness, I really enjoyed your post and all the photos! Your canvas is beautiful and I do love those tattered flowers! Hoping to win a die set of my own after seeing all the creative projects!

Robyn said...

when in doubt- spray it!
thanks for being you!

Dido said...

Wonderful...love the text, texture, colour et al...come visit? Do you know how far that is? A chance to do so would be a fine and wonderous thing and who knows what's around the corner for us all...and aren't we glad we all know some frogs to bring some happiness into our lives! Get well soon,
Di

Lynn Stevens said...

WOW... Yep that about sums it up.

Hope your feeling better!

Karenladd said...

What a beautiful canvas! I love those tattered florals and you made a wonderful design. Hope you are feeling much better soon, but it hasn't affected your creativity one bit!

Mylissa said...

Dyan....LUV,LUV,LUV the colors! The blue makes the red just pop off the canvas! I enjoyed visiting your page and love way you sound through your writing.
YOU sound as fun as your art looks.
Thank you...
Mylissa

Lynn said...

Fantastic canvas. Love all the colourful flowers.

toni said...

Love your tattered florals canvas, i already have the die so exclude me in your draw. I love your post about dina, it's great to have that sort of friendship, and i was thinking that you and dina together, must be a joy to behold hope you don't mind me saying but make that two boxes of frogs! Hope you're feeling better x

HawaiianLibrarian said...

love love your florals, canvas works for me, and colors are POW!

ionabunny said...

Love your canvas. Such great colours. Here's to friendship.....

Ginnie said...

Thanks for giving me sooooo much inspiration. I've Learned a lot by watching you just do your work....

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