Thursday, 18 August 2011

Taking Flight

When I had to create a postcard for Lesley in our postcard swap I referred back to my summer sketchbook from last year and knew that this butterfly image would be the perfect starting point for Lesley's theme of Taking Flight


I played with several ideas but in the end I opted for a free machined version of the butterfly drawing stitched onto a paper background.


But given both mine and Lesley's love of hand made books I didn't stop there. As I was still in the middle of potato printing for this year's sketchbook I set about printing some suitable book pages.



Which were then given an all over wash of green ink to make the concertina pages of a book containing a butterly taking flight.


A postcard book...


That managed to contain my love of printing, paper cuts, books and embroidery!


This weekend sees the final round of postcard swaps. As I'm not around at the weekend, I have already received my card from Cathy and have posted about it here, and you can see all the other cards sent and receieved by checking the Postman's Knock blog over the weekend. I really has been brilliant fun so thank you Cathy and Lesley for organising it.



As for me,  I'm taking flight for a week too and we're off to sunnier climes. The freezer is fit to bursting with pizza and oven chips, the cupboards full of tins of spaghetti hoops and baked beans so I don't think the boys will starve while I'm gone.

See you when I get back!

25 comments:

  1. Have a lovely time! I think your interpretation of Lesley's theme is brilliant. I hope she did too (bet she did :-)

    But are we really supposed to believe you haven't left cake for your boys?!

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  2. Wonderful creation, love the cover and the entire books is wonderful!

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  3. Yes, I can tell everyone it was a fabulous book and I will treasure it! Lesley x

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  4. Have a lovely break.Any hope of a tutorial on your postcard book?I would lve to know more about it.

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  5. You never cease to amaze me.

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  6. Have a great break - the little book was lovely.

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  7. What a wonderful creation. Have a great holiday.

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  8. Wow Gina -- it's beautiful! I especially love how you incorporated the writing with stitches!

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  9. That's some "postcard"! Wonderful.
    Enjoy your holiday, don't forget the sketchbook... oh OK then, camera .

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  10. Travel safely Gina - your book is beautiful - I'm sure she'll treasure it.

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  11. Have a great holiday Gina.I love the card and the book,I'm book making this weekend too, no pizza though but there may be a sneaky cake !

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  12. I just love the book with the butterfly taking flight, beautiful!
    Have a really wonderful holiday. :)
    Vivienne x

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  13. What a fantastic swap - I didn't count the pages but it must be about 6 or 8 postcards for the price of one! That's what I call value!! I love the way you have used the butterfly image. Enjoy your week off and have a great time.

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  14. What a lucky lady that Lesley is - beautiful book! Have a great week - look forward to your next post!

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  15. Oh wow, I love the colours and the motifs you've used. Those potato prints are absolutely stunning! They've inspired me! Lucky Lesley.

    Have a wonderful time.

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  16. That is so pretty, clever lady. Have a great holiday.
    twiggy x

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  17. Love the colours for the book, it's delightful.

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  18. Bringing up the rear here (so to speak!). Your postcards were all amazing and I hope you have a fantastic holiday.

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  19. Your book is amazing, and very intricate! I absolutely love seeing people do things like this! Well done! :D

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  20. Oh Wow, I am seriously impressed!!!

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