Tuesday, 20 November 2012

A Time For Us

What a lovely surprise to be chosen as one of the featured artists for the challenge using black at anythingbutacard.blogspot.com.au . After seeing other entries, I didn't think 'My Little Book of Doodles' had a chance, but I am pleased I submitted it.
Today my 'Time for Us' layout is my effort to combine both stitching and a time theme for the current ABAC Challenge.

The photos are of self and husband, taken at a ball in Lismore in 1973, just a few months after our wedding. I'm lucky to still have the photos, even though they are showing some signs of damage, having rescued them from one of those 'magnetic' sleeved albums which were popular at the time. Some of my photos of our early life together, couldn't be saved in time , and coloured photos have turned a peculiar red. I'm hoping that these can be restored.
I've used several background papers, including a paper doily, which have been embossd, stamped, distressed and smooched with distress inks in bundled sage and vintage photo. One of the background papers has images of clocks on it.

The ornate clock is chipboard from the 'Dusty Attic' range.This was given a light smoosh with distress ink then covered with Sepia Glossy Accents, to give it an antique look.
Flowers were punched, spritzed with green and bronze Glimmer mists, scrunched and left to dry before being unfolded and assembled. Swirls of Liquid Pearls were added.
The old watch face was originally my mother's and given to her by my father, sometime during the Depression. It could well have been a wedding gift as they were married in 1929 (New Year's Eve). The watch was part of my 'something old' on my wedding day.
Lace was dyed with glimmer mist. On it I have hand -stitched flower and square -shaped sequins and polished shell heart beads.
It certainly has been an interesting and rewarding time for us... both of us, born in the Chinese Year of the Dragon, one already 60 and self, with a 60th rapidly approaching and our 40th wedding anniversary next year.
Thank you for visiting. Please come again. Cheers, Di


  1. Many congratulations on being chosen as a featured artist - that is brilliant news, you must be so thrilled!

    Your layout is beautiful and I love the lace and also the way you have incorporated the real watch face, it will always serve as a reminder for you - a lovely thought.

    Well done too on the 40 years together too. Hugs, Anne x

  2. Your little book was so worthy Diane so don't doubt yourself please!
    This layout is wonderful and full of such lovely memories for you. As a textile trained person, I am loving the lace with the sewn on embellishments. Lots of beautiful details to see here.
    Thanks so much for joining us again at Anything But A Card and we really hope you'll be back next time!

  3. I believed it was your book Di so I am not sure how your layout got featured?????
    Your layout today has beautiful details. I love how you also use embellishments and elements to make the layout truly a memory piece.

  4. great layout! Love all the embellishments-especially the flowers and the little watch!
    Thank you for joining us at Anything But A Card!

    Hugs, Alica ;)

  5. Wonderful work Di, a gorgeous page...and weren't those albums terrible..wrecked so many great and rare photos!

  6. This is such a beautiful page! The texture is amazing and I love the clock surrounded by the beautiful flowers! Thanks so much for joining us at Anything But a Card!

  7. Must have missed this post when it first came out. Love how you've captured so much in this - make sure you write those details down somewhere, even if it's on the back of your layout - as those are memories that are so quickly lost if not recorded. Sending you crafty hugs, Buttons x