Tuesday 1 April 2014

With A Song In Your Heart. . . . . . At Our Creative Corner

Hello everyone, hope your week has started well. It's time for a new challenge at Our Creative Corner and this month your host is the hugely talented Alison of Words and Pictures.

The theme for the April challenge is 'With A Song In Your Heart'. Alison asks that you create something inspired by and including a song title or lyrics. You are asked to include the words on your creation and to make sure that the song title appears in your post.

In an ideal world, it would be fabulous if you included a link to the music so that we can have a listen!  But that's not compulsory.

The song I have chosen is 'For Your Babies' by Simply Red. Click here if you'd like to have a listen to this wonderfully sentimental song.

I have chosen to use a picture of my daughter when she was about two. I converted it into a threshold image and then used some fabrics, DecoArt products and chipboard tag shape as a substrate.

This is the 'threshold' copy of the photo I developed using some free software called 'Photoscape'. I opted to leave out some details and smooth some edges and created this:

A Tando chipboard tag, DecoArt SoSoft fabric paint, section from a piece of silk screen printed challenge and some polyester wadding were used to construct the hanging. (Mustn't forget the rusty wire too!).
I used a small section from a piece of screen printed fabric which I made at a recent workshop. The little picture is padded and can be hung using a rusty wire loop which I attached.

Probably the line from the song which I love the best and the one which conjures up my daughters gorgeous face when she was a little girl. I printed the words out and made them into a banner with some ink to dirty up the edges. The blue script was made using a stencil and some DecoArt SoSoft Fabric Paint on a piece of foam. A rusty wire loop for hanging is sandwiched between the layers.

I chose a section of the screen printed fabric which featured two different colours and a very distinct design element. These images are really best viewed not quite so close up but I wanted to show the detail to you. 

The script was stencilled on top the black fabric paint but I love how it seems to be coming through from underneath.
Using the fabric paint lightly gives an almost sketchy appearance to the work which I like very much. 
 I hope you like this little project. You need to pop over to Our Creative Corner and see the inspirational work produced by my fellow teamies. After that choose your song and get creating for us! Can't wait to see which song you choose and how you interpret it.

Thanks so much for looking.


  1. Such a dramatic piece Julia. Love the way you've created this. Jenny x

  2. LOVE the fabric tag AND the song, Julia!
    What a lovely and special make!

    Claudia x

  3. Absolutely wonderful! I adore this Julia! Your work is always so perfectly done and the attention to detail amazing - I love this and love the lyric you chose. Beautiful - Love from Laura xxx

  4. How amazing that altered photo looks - and then with the vivid colours of the screen printing, it makes it absolutely riveting as an image. I love the texture from the fabric, and of course the rusty wire... and I love the lyric banner, with that touching thought. Fantastic, thank you!
    Alison xx

  5. Absolutely stunning tag with the fabric and paint, but most of it because of that gorgeous face of your daughter Julia....
    All the best, Alie :-)

  6. Thank you so much for making me remember how fabulous that Simply Red track is! Your tag is absolutely stunning, I love the wonderful colours and the tactile fabric you have used. Absolutely gorgeous. Anne xx

  7. Totally beautiful Julia! hank you for the trip down memory lane with the song xxx

  8. Photoscape is my editing choice too, must try this out.

    Beautifully crafted, great use of fabric and old stash. Simply Red's music is brilliant:-) xxx

  9. Hello Miss Julia, your tag is FANTASTIC, I Love the gorgeous face and using the fabric was BRILLIANT, it soooo creative, a fabulous keepsake, beautiful song love Red, thanks for sharing this is a brilliant challenge... ((( BIG HUGS )))...

  10. Incredible, Julia! This is totally out of my realm, I really know none of the techniques you have used here and I'm in awe of what you have created. A totally amazing piece of artwork!


  11. SO COOL!!! Love the bold colors from this paint!

  12. Julia, I'm listening to the song right now. Love it! And the way you did the face is captivating. Looking forward in joining in on this challenge at OCC.


Thank you so much for taking the time to comment. Juliax