Friday 26 April 2013

Craft Barn Alpha Challenge. . . . . . Letter W

Hello everyone. Yes, I'm finally back and able to post again! Our internet returned on Tuesday and seems to be fine (fingers crossed!). I have started getting back to visiting you but please bear with me while I try to catch up.

This is my first piece of craft work for a while and it's my latest entry for the Craft Barn Alpha Challenge. I'm really enjoying taking part and you can join in any time!

The letter for this fortnight  is W and I have chosen the word 'Win'. We are asked to include one other element in our background and that is to use circles. I've based my pages on the game of Bingo because the 'circle' requirement echoes the number balls used in this game. I've also used a fairly retro circle stamp for my background because that's how I view the game of Bingo!

Here's what I made:

My 'Win' pages with the clip helping to keep them flat and open!
The background was layered with washer die cuts (from book pages), circles stamped with Americana acrylic and colour added with pencils / water colour pencils. The numbered circles are stamped with archival, coloured with watercolour pencils before cutting out and attaching.
Word definition highlighted as required by the challenge.
The letters are die cut from card with a background created in the same way as the main pages although a waterbrush has been used to give a varied effect to the colour. Once applied, each letter has been shaded with black pencil and partially outlined with white gel pen.
Close up to show the Bingo balls on the background.

The Bingo card was stamped onto card coloured with distress stain.
The die cut washer strip is cut from book text, a thin layer of gesso applied and a final coat of distress ink.
Random stamping was added to the washer strip and some doodling added using black and white gel pens.

Hope you like my pages - do let me know what you think. It's so good to be back and hopefully I won't be absent again for a while.

Watch out for a new post here tomorrow where I shall be sharing some exciting news! Have a great weekend everyone.


  1. Your page is fantastic!

  2. Lovely page, love how you have combined the elements. I just got my page finished too, will blog it later. Valerie

  3. Fantastic, that's a great take on the letter "W".

  4. Love the way you've depicted your word Julia and the colours are wonderful. Fabulous page:)
    Val x

  5. Wow! Definitely a winner of a page... astounding colours and patterns created in the background - gorgeous!
    Alison x

  6. A great take on w with circles.You have created a very retro feel -well done.

  7. Gorgeous page Julia, I love the colours and techniques, and what a brilliant lay-out. Fab work sweetie and fingers-crossed your tinterweb treats you kindly from now on!!
    Huge huggles as always x x x x

  8. Bingo!!! Great pages Julia, winners...Great idea to combine the bingo with the circles as asked. Very very!

    hugs, Alie :-)

  9. L♥ve the way you defined the words, they really stand out nicely!! I use to love playing bingo! and winning!! lol waving hi from the hills of North Carolina ♥

  10. Oooh this is a great double spread Julia. Love your white gel pen outlining the letters.

    Sam xxx

  11. Stunning work Julia, love those circles and how they look dimensional. Loving the word 'win' too, the colours really pop from that. Hugs, Anne x

  12. Fantastic pages-so colourful and clear.

    What a brill idea to use a clip to hold the page open-thanks for that tip.

    Chrissie x

  13. Hi Julia, great pages! I really like the colours you've used and the way you coloured the die cut word 'win' I really like the dictionary challenge the craft barn team are very clever :)

  14. Hi Julia, Fabulous pages, the colours look so vibrant, wonderful stamping too.
    Avril xx

  15. WOW!!!!! This is one fantsatic and clever page Julia!!! You are such a clever girl!

    Karen xxx

  16. Wonderful page, great background and colours.

    Sylv xx

  17. As you did all this is amazing to me - love the colors and let's hope for a really big win. Beautifully done and thought out too!!

  18. This page has incredible detail. I love the many ways that you have incorporated circles into your design. What a fun and colourful way to illustrate your word. The lettering is amazing.

  19. The blue and red color combo totally rock. Wonderful pages.

  20. Another great set of pages Julia. Love the colours you've chosen for the challenge this time. Hugs, Jenny x

  21. Great colours on this, it's fabulous!

  22. I lacking words each time I see one of your pages.
    This one is striking once again.
    Thanks for playing with us at the Craft Barn


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