Tuesday 31 December 2013

Last minute post before the end of 2013.........

Morning lovely visitors,

Because of our midweek Christmas Day this year I was unable to visit one of my favourite inspirational blogs until the end of the week.  This year PaperArtsy have given us a whole year of fabulous projects and techniques by various very talented crafters/artists using PaperArtsy products and it fell to Jo Myhill to round off the year with more of her wonderful work.  Jo has the brilliant skill of using multiple layers in her work creating lots of depth and fabulous texture which I greatly admire.  Having caught up with her posts I really wanted to enter the weekly challenge but missed the deadline :-(.  I was enjoying myself though so decided to complete the canvas I was attempting taking Jo's first project of the week as my inspiration.  So I have an unexpected project to post on the last day of 2013 ............... thank you Jo!

I won't give the lowdown on how I made this piece as I more or less followed Jo's methods which she shows beautifully in the PaperArtsy blog post you can whizz to from the link above.

Although I only had one PaperArtsy moth stamp and struggled to find a main image the right size for the centre piece, in the end I managed to make this entirely using PaperArtsy products ;D!

Thank you Leandra and the PaperArtsy team for a year of brilliant projects and not forgetting Leandra's fab videos which you can access from the blog.  The current challenge for this week is actually based  on two such videos posted at the end of last week and I'm so hoping I get time to play again later in the week.

Well, tonight sees the end of 2013 and I for one won't be sorry to see it go.  It hasn't been the best of years on a personal basis but I have lots of hope that 2014 will be a turn around for me and mine so bring it on!!!!

I hope you all have a fabulous evening seeing in the New Year in your favourite way.  My OH and I will be enjoying a lovely meal and the company of some very dear friends with whom we have spent our New Year Eve for nearly 30 years, these days just the four of us now our respective children have flown the nests ;-).

Finally I would like to say thanks for your visits and encouraging comments over the past year and I wish you all a Happy, Healthy & peaceful New Year.

Much love
Lesley  Xx


Jo said...

Oh Lesley that is absolutely gorgeous, the tissue paper looks fantastic and the the brown against the green is fab. I love it and yes hers to a better 2014. Jo xx

Helen said...

So glad you finished this, Lesley because it looks wonderful! I hope you have a great NYE tonight and wish you a fabulous 2014 - you certainly deserve it! It was a joy to meet you this year in person and I hope we can do so again next year. Much love, Helen. xx

sam21ski said...

Oooh wow Lesley, it was well worth the wait, it looks fabulous.

Hope you have a wonderful evening with your friends and all the very best for a better outlook in 2014

Sam xxx

Hazel Agnew said...

That is a fitting end to a year Lesley. Fantastic work. Absolutely love it. Your words are put together so well also. Well done you. Hope that 2014 turns out to be a peaceful and harmonious year for you and yours. Xx

yoursartfully said...

What a beautiful project Lesley, glad you found the time for a touch of creativity, inspired by Jo. Leandra and all the DT over at Paperartsy certainly supplied lots of inspiration throughout the year.
Wishing you and your family a very Happy New Year.
Lin x

Deborah Wainwright said...

Arh Lesley this is stunning I too love Jo's style which you have captured and made uniquely your own. Fab piece of art xxx

Aquarius said...

Shame you missed the deadline - this project is fabulous. I'm a great fan of Paper Artsy and will be checking out the blog for the how-to.

margaret said...

That is beautiful and a lovely post. All the best for 2014 hope it brings all tour wishes!! Margaret

Julie Lee said...

Wow! Lesley, this is terrific! Clever you to manage with PA products alone! I really love the colours you have chosen and that background is great too. We are seeing the New Year in with two couples we've shared a New Year's meal with since our kids were all small - must be getting on for 20 years now! Eeek! Have a lovely time with your friends. Happy New Year and thanks for all the lovely support in 2013! Julie Ann xx

massofhair said...

Stunning piece of Art Lesley, beautifully put together using some of the finest products in the crafting world. People like the team at Paper Artsy & their guest designers have brought much joy & inspiration to us all.

Thank you for sharing your final PATwit piece of 2013. Glad you are on Twitter & i get to share a little of your creative spark. Have a wonderful evening with your friends.

May 2014 bring you Good Health, Happiness & Adventure:-) xxx

PaperArtsy said...

Wow Lesley this is super special. Thanks for your kind words. I love the colours, the layers and so great you shared it with us. Sorry u missed the deadline , we will be making it a little later for 2014.
The best part of 2013, and a part I did not anticipate has been the strong friendships forged by those following
the blog and meeting up at shows and classes has been the icing. Thank you for playing along throughout the year, and for supporting our wonderful blog guests. It's been an absolute pleasure getting to know you too! A very happy New Year to you too xxxx

Suzanne C said...

Beautiful project! You know I love the butterflies! A very happy and blessed and better new year to you! I hope it is full of happiness!

Elaine said...

This is a gorgeous project Lesley, fabulous layers and lots of interest. I love moth images and they make me think of Finn and our workshop too. Let's hope 2014 is a better year for you and yours - you all really really deserve a break. Enjoy your traditional new year celebration, 30 years celebrating together is fabulous. Much love my special friend. Elaine xxx

Rebecca said...

Lovely project Lesley, wishing you a happy craftin new year

Redanne said...

Love this Lesley, it is quite stunning, love that moth image. Wishing you all the very best for 2014 - Happy New Year. Hugs, Anne x

Anonymous said...

Wow! That looks wonderful. Happy New Year.

Brenda Brown said...

A truly delightful project Lesley, I love the colours and images you have used.
I am looking forward to seeing more of your fabulous creations again this year.
Happy 2014 to you and your family.
hugs {brenda} x

Lin said...

It turned out brilliantly Lesley..I love that moth stamp!! I know 2013 hasn't been the best of years for you so here's to 2014!! may it be a happy one for you and yours xxxxx

Paula (PEP) said...

An absolutely striking project with those beautiful neutral colours & I abolsutely love the moths. I especially like your positioning of those moths & how you shaped the distressed central brown layer & then accented the top & bottom using the shape of each moth's wings.
I hope that 2014 is much improved for you.
Paula (PEP)

Words and Pictures said...

What a fabulous make, Lesley - straight into my all-time favourites of yours... The moths look amazing, and I love the distressing and the layers of images - just brilliant.

Hope you had a lovely night, and happy New Year!
Alison xx

veronica said...

shame you missed the deadline, it's lovely!
Hope you have a very happy healthy and crafty new year

lisa said...

Happy New Year, Lesley. I really hope 2014 is a better one for you and all of us. We certainly were not sorry to say goodbye to 2013 either!!
Your canvas is beautiful, it's great to find new inspiration to fire up enthusiasm again isn't it.
Take care
Hugs Lisax