Reveal – she got it!

Well, my secret Small Art Pen-Pal swap partner, Shannon in British Columbia, got my piece of art (?! well, the thingummy I made), that I showed you a sneak peek of way back here.  So now you can see the whole thang:

Approx 8″ x 8″, wonky stitching and all! The crown, wings, and cloud border at the top were printed from .png sheets from the lovely Marsha of Tumble Fish Studio (I love her original artworks, and also the digital collage sheets she offers as .pngs  – soooo much easier to work with than .jpgs!)  The background is some scrapbooking cardstock that I used the credit card painting technique on – ever since I learned it from a Kelly Kilmer online class, it’s been my favourite way of getting a quick, interesting background.  (If you don’t know what I mean, pop over to Michelle Ward’s Green Pepper Press Street Team blog – she used the same idea (with cool variations!) a little while ago in Crusade 44: In A Scrape.)  The other bits and pieces came from magazines.

I was really worried my secret penpal wouldn’t like it – I was NOT confident, I didn’t think it was my best work, but then, I never like my stuff!  But she’s been very kind.

And here’s what she sent me – a gorgeous hand made journal with lots of little prompts and interesting pages!  And although she had no way of knowing this, she used pages from one of my favourite scrapbooking ranges – Cosmo Cricket’s “The Boyfriend” range.  I love that she also included some magazine pages  – as we know, I’m a bit of a magazine junkie (although my habit is now restricted to buying them second hand, as other money is all for oboe reeds!)

My photos don’t do it justice  – I LOVE this journal!  I’m going to start using it very soon – just a few pages I want to finish in the current one.

Thanks to Samie Kira for organising this swap.  Part of the requirement was that the swap partners write an encouraging letter to each other – I forgot to take a photo of mine to Shannon, which I wrote on painted over pages from an old encyclopedia – Shannon wrote her letter to me directly in the journal, which is so cool!

And in news from the aviary: there’s  a new hatchling in the cockatiel cage.  Since Bollinger and Dorian succesfully raised Rex, we’ve been wondering if more little birdlings would happen.  The new one was sighted this morning, but was soooo teeny – and sometime the parents abandon the little ones.  So we’ll have to wait and see…