Sunday, November 16, 2014

A Twofer And A Show & Tell

I meant to post one of the cards below yesterday, but I got sidetracked, so you've got two cards today.  But first, my Show & Tell.  

One of my birthday presents was a Take & Make session at a glass fusion workshop.  I went on the workshop last weekend and chose to make four coasters.  Most of the other students were creating recognisable images (flowers, snowmen, angels, trees, Christmassy stuff) but I just wanted to do random/abstract.  Having got the four coasters ready for firing (or whatever), I had some time to spare so I also made a bowl.  To keep conkers in.  Because conkers are supposed to keep spiders out of the house.  (One spider didn't get the message... maybe I need to refresh the conkers.)  Anyway, yesterday, I went to collect my masterpieces...

I'm really pleased with how they turned out.

Here's a before shot of the bowl.
So, here's card No. 1.

I'm entering this into Festive Friday.  I don't think I've ever entered this challenge before, probably because I don't usually start my Christmas cards till mid-late-November ;)

Here's card No. 2.  The patterned trees are made by creating patterns on a Gelli Plate, then once it's DRY(!!!), pressing sticky tape down over the pattern, burnishing and lifting it off.  The bonus is a clean Gelli Plate - yay!  Then you just die-cut shapes out of the strip.  I saw the video on the Gelli Plate website, but it was Jenny's butterfly that prompted me to have a go.

I'm entering this into Muse, where Therese has provided this lovely inspiration.  Suddenly one tree is a whole forest.

Also entering it into Inkspirational - Shine

Artist Trading Post - Stencil Mania.  (I used a stencil to make the pink dots.)

Less Is More - More Than One Tree

Come back tomorrow for a fabulous blog hop!


  1. Gorgeous glass, Shirley, such cool patterns! Didn't know that about conkers ... there again, neither did your renegade spider!! Such an elegant, almost oriental first card ... and such a fun forest of Christmas trees ... the colours are fabulous! Anita :)

  2. Lots of smashing makes in this post


  3. Love the artsy look of your trees and your fabulous bowl and coasters, you really are one clever lady!

  4. I'm going to have to look into this gelli plate thing. Those are some fantastically textured and patterned trees! Very cool fused glass pieces, too!

  5. Fabulous techniques and creations Shirley. Love the striking colours of your trees and a clever idea too.
    Thanks for taking part.
    Less is More

  6. Wow - I think I say that every time I come here! You're really taking cardmaking to a whole other level. These are gorgeous! So glad you joined us at Muse and Festive Friday!

  7. Wow Shirley, two amazing and unique creations here, love that bowl too
    Thank you for joining us at Less is More this week.
    LIM Designer

  8. Firstly, I really love your glass fusion pieces - I'd love to try that and like you I'd go down the abstract route!
    Secondly, your card is gorgeous. I just love that you've used your gelli plate and tried out the tape technique - quite scary to leave the paints to dry and then remove with tape isn't it?!
    I love the colours and putting the two tree outlines on as well works perfectly.
    Thanks so much for joining my challenge at ATP Exchange.
    Julia x

  9. Gorgeous cards Shirley, your gelli plate trees look wonderful. Love your glass fusion pieces too. Carol x

  10. Fabulous glass projects!!

    Your STAMP post isn't up...

  11. And a fabulous forest it is, Shirley... love your glass pieces!

  12. Would also like to try the glass fusion, haven't heard of this before, it's turned out beautifully, gorgeous pieces of Art. Love the gelli plate trees, have tried the packing tape one but I didn't stop adding the paint and they ended up a bit too messy, yours have turned out beautifully.....and thanks for joining us at ATP exchange! Ruth x

  13. Your talent truly is endless! Beautiful glass projects - what an awesome birthday present! Your cards are just as stunning as your glassware! You're a woman of many talents Shirley & I'm your biggest fan!

  14. I think your fused glass pieces turned out awesome! I've always wanted to take a class on glass fusing. That and stained glass. I've dabbled in stained glass on my own a little but I would like to take a class so I can learn how to do it properly. :-). Your tree card is really cool! Love how you made the trees. Thanks for playing along with us over at Inkspirational! :-)

  15. Your glass plates are gorgeous Shirley --- wow! How cool what the class as a gift! :)

    Two fabulous Christmas cards. I need to get a gelliplate and play ... you've ended up with some beautiful patterns here for your trees. Loll xx

  16. Fabulous glass fusion pieces ! Your cards are beautful too ! Thanks for joining us at ATP Exchange. Sue C x

  17. Okay that's just cool! Your glass work is amazing! Very pretty! Your cards are pretty darn outstanding too! Love them all! So glad you joined us at Festive Friday! :)

  18. What fabulous jazzy trees Shirley!
    Super card.
    Thanks so much
    "Less is More"

  19. Love your fun forest of trees Shirley!

  20. Love your glass. The cards are cute too. Hugz