Sunday 12 February 2017

Peek Of The Week Plaque

I was so busy on Friday doing TV shows and prepping for later TV shows that I didn’t know if I was coming or going!  I just didn’t have time to do my usual Friday blog, and I’m a bit annoyed with myself for not being able to get round to it. So sorry about that… must try harder… but it’s the first one I’ve missed in a long time, so things could be worse!

Anyway, as it’s Sunday it’s Peek Of The Week Day again, and today I’d like to share with you a plaque I made a couple of weeks ago.

I’d found myself in the unusual position of actually having some spare time.  It felt great, but a little weird all at the same time.  I don’t normally have spare time! What shall I do with it? Tidy up the garden perhaps? Clean the windows? Do some baking? 

No – faced with the prospect of not having to spend hours in my craft room, I decided to… go and spend hours in my craft room!  And I loved it!

This was the first time I’d done crafting purely for pleasure for a very long time indeed, and it was great to get back to it.  I decided to make a plaque just because I hadn’t made one in ages, and I think they can be very effective and eye catching.

I started off by taking a Dreamees MDF plaque as my base.  (Just as an aside, I sent a text to a friend about this and the predictive text turned ‘MDF’ into ‘midfield’ without my noticing.  Back came the reply, “What is a midfield plaque?  Does this have something to do with football?”)  As if!!

First of all I painted the plaque with poster paint before attaching a backing paper printed out from a Tattered Lace CD-ROM.  Then, and I guess it was because it was fresh in my mind (having done a couple of TV shows on a four day deal demonstrating this) I used the Tattered Lace Desert Rose Flowers die. 

After that it was a simple matter of having fun decorating the plaque with ribbon, brown twine, a lace butterfly I had cut out, and wooden floral and swirl embellishments. As you can see I decided to almost hide the sentiment, and I think that works quite well; you have to pick up the plaque and actively go looking for the sentiment to see the full message.

A few pearls were added for good measure and no particular reason, and it was finished.

For me, the lovely thing about this plaque is that it wasn’t made for any particular person or for any particular reason and for once I had no deadline to meet.  It was made purely out of the sheer fun and joy of crafting, and in case I ever forget that fun and joy, my plaque is now hanging in my craft room to serve as a reminder…

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