We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
"Little Gidding"
T S Eliot

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Lizzy & Fitzwilliam

Another fortnight has passed (too quickly!) and the next Craft Barn Q&L challenge words are CHANGE and TRUTH.

Immediately I knew I had to use the first sentence from another of my favourite books - Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man of good fortune is in want of a wife.

There is a corruption of this quote at the top of my blog!

Decided to get out my Pan Pastels for a change.  I stamped the background with Versamark then applied the Pastels (which makes the stamped images a darker tone of the applied Pastel).  I then added a few more stamped images using Distress Inks.  The main stamped image is by Indigo Blue (as are the background stamps), and the beauty of Pan Pastels is you can erase them, which I did on the face to take it back to the white card.

The quote is printed on vellum, then torn out, and the edges coloured with the Pastels.

Spritzed a few flowers with mica sprays, and added some sparkly centres.

Whilst completing this page, I started thinking about the other word CHANGE; and the first thing that came into my head was David Bowie's Changes.  Can't get it out of my head now!!!  Perhaps I should have done that one .....


  1. Beautifully done - love the flourishy frame and the way you've added your quote. I think I like your quote at the top more - inky fingers are good!!

  2. Beautiful design, I love the lady image, I have the small version from Craftstamper :) Have a great week, Shirleyx

  3. Oh, beautiful!!! love the stamped image, she's wonderful.

  4. Always go with your first instincts! You obviously love Jane Austen as you already have a quote on your header as you pointed out lol.

    Wonderful words, adore your colour and choice of medium, so very beautiful and elegant as needed when quoting Ms Austen :-) xxx

  5. Beautiful page, every element works so well with each other

  6. Gorgeous......I love this stamp. xx

  7. So pretty (and not blue !). I too have the smaller version from Craft Stamper.

  8. Both background and lady are beautiful, love the effect of pastels!

  9. Very beautiful page and nice choice of words

    Chrissie x

  10. Gorgeous page lovely shimmery flowers love the stamped image too.
    I really must use my pans pastels more...... perhaps on the next challenge!


  11. Fantastic piece, great romantic feeling.

  12. Absolutely beautiful, love the background and the vintage flowers. It all comes together so well.

  13. Visiting from The Craft Barn - haha, your corrupted quote is WONDERful!! But the correct one is fine of course and depicted beautifully by you. I love the colours you created :o))

  14. Beautiful page, great choice of words.

    Sylv xx

  15. Beautiful page, love the background, and quote! xx

  16. Don't think my original comment worked, timed out or something, if it did , please delete one, beautiful delicate piece. BJ

  17. Very delicate and quite indicative of that era. Beautiful way to frame the page, too.