Saturday, 28 May 2011

PDCC 83 - A splash of green

I'm so glad I did the blog hop over at the Play Date Cafe this week. The team is farewelling DT member Sarah Anderson.   I don't personally know anyone in the team though the names, faces and avatars are familiar.  Moments like this make one see that behind the challenges are real people, with real lives. 

The blog hop struck a chord with me because a few years ago, a dear friend also moved away. People say the world is more accessible with technology and it's true but it's never the same as getting a smile face-to-face or getting/giving a hug when one needs it. 

A long prelude, I know, but making these cards took me a fair while. I felt I needed to channel everything I saw, read and felt during the blog hop. I had a real sense of Sarah being an artist whose work is characterised by lots of layers, textures, mixed media and that elusive touch of the unexpected, be it colour, design, material, etc.  I wanted to evoke this sense in my challenge entry. I wasn't happy with my first one (one with flowers and buttons) so had to have another go.  I'm much happier with the Artist card.  So, with my challenge entry this week is a personal message to Sarah (I hope she gets to read it):

Dear Sarah,

We don't know each other and yet we're connected through your work at PDCC and our love for crafting.  I'm sure you 'feel the love' of your DT team but I also want you to know that even I felt it through the blog hop - remember the lives you've touched, directly and beyond.

Good luck and enjoy on your new venture. Spread the love.

This artist card is for you!

best regards,

I did heaps on these two cards so instead of sharing everything like I normally do, I'll zoom into my favourite bits:
  1. script background with dandelions (Tim Holtz)
  2. shimmer paint (Stampin Up Platinum), especially diluted over the dress form - not that you can see it
  3. paint splatter (SU French Foliage)
  4. double-stamping Artist (Versafine Black and SU Wild Wasabi) for a shadow effect (so grung-y)
  5. Glossy Accents on the word

To the rest of the PDCC team - I feel you. Thank you for a wonderful blog hop and tribute to Sarah. 


  1. Oh these are fabulous.

  2. These are lovely Malyn, the manaquin die is great, just love the splash of green.
    Jenny x

  3. Lovely cards, love the pop of colour. Tracy x

  4. WOW!!! Malyn this is such a sweet post for Sarah, I'm she will read it and be very touched! I so LOVE both of these ATC have put so much amazing detail and texture into them... FABULOUS work!!! Thanks so much for joining us at The Play Date Cafe:)

  5. What a wonderful tribute to Sarah...she has been my very best friend for over 10 years and I will miss her as an integral part of our challenge but she will always be close in my heart.
    Thank you for sharing your inspiring projects with us in The Cafe and I can't wait to see what you bring each week! Thank you for all your support!

  6. Oh Malyn, you almost moved me to tears with your heartfelt post for Sarah. And *your* art is exquisite, too! Thanks so very much for playing with us this week at The Play Date CAfe.

  7. These are gorgeous and a fabulous tribute to Sarah. xx

  8. Wow Malyn, firstly I don't think you could have made anything better for Sarah, as Colleen said your art is exquisite. Your message to her is just so very beautiful. We appreciate each and every one of our players. I look forward to seeing more of your creations! Thanks for playing along with us at the Play Date Cafe!

  9. Malyn this is such a wonderful tribute post to Sarah - it is touching to see the thought you put in to the blog hop as well :) Thanks for playing along with these wonderful creations at the PDCC!

  10. Love your vintage project, Malyn, the dress form is delightful and your splash of color is marvelous! And what wonderful and kind words you have for our Sarah! She will certainly be missed! Thanks for playing along with us at the Play Date Cafe!

  11. Such a wonderful creation and you really wow'd me with your post. Your thoughts are so eloquently written and you have assessed Sarah as an artist perfectly :) Its an amazing hobby we share and so wonderful that we can all be connected and form friendships through this amazing thing called blogland :) Thanks so much for joining us and honoring Sarah at The Play Date Cafe!

  12. Absolutely stunning creations, Malyn; and such a sweet, heartfelt tribute to our Sarah! Thanks so much for playing along with us this week at The Play Date Cafe!

  13. What a sweet post and entry! You've really captured Sarah. Your cards are wonderful and I love all of the layers. Thanks so much for playing along with Color Splash at The Play Date Cafe.

  14. Congrats on your win, Malyn! Your cards are so pretty & your post is heart-felt.


Your visit and comments are most appreciated. Cheers!