Wednesday, 17 April 2013

White Willow


Here's my next ATC for The Craft Barn's Alpha Dictionary Challenge - the letter is W and we have to use CIRCLES.


Well this one made me think as not many of the words I found in my dictionary seemed to go together and I'm still not sure the circles fit!!  Anyway I've chosen WILLOW.  For the background I've clear embossed the Circles stamp from Tim Holtz and then watercoloured my ATC with Walnut Stain Distress (keep the woody theme).  I only have the re-inker so added extra to make some of the circles really dark.  I've stamped the pussywillow from Chocolate Baroque's Spring Foliage set in  Cocoa Bean Brilliance and finished with the dictionary definition and White vinyl Thicker.

Now the sticks are in fact White Willow.  We visited the Willow Farm in the Somerset Levels last year and I picked up some samples of the willow (for scrapbooking purposes!). Apparently you get natural, green and white Willow using various processes and that gives the patterning on willow baskets etc.  I've just woven a little thread to tie it together.

So another educational week and I'm now off to see what everyone else has created.  If you are reading this, then thanks for looking!!

22 comments:

  1. Gorgeous ATC extra special for having the real White Willow sticks. The circles give a great contrast, they look great. BJ

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  2. Your Willow ATC is a beauty, Elaine! I think your circle stamps tie into your design well with the threads wrapped around the willow sticks. Well done!

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  3. ooo I love the addition of the white willow on your ATC Elaine, it really makes it pop!

    Karen from The Craft Barn x

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  4. Hi Elaine, the willow tree stamping in the background looks wonderful and I really love how you added real willow sticks - very clever! Hugs, Anne x

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  5. Another great ATC, love thebackground stamping and the use of the white willow.

    Sylv xx

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  6. Great depiction of your chosen word.

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  7. Great idea - i love to work with willow - love the circles in the back(and the tree of course!!)!

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  8. I didn't know about the green and white willow. Great choice.

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  9. Gorgeous White Willow ATC love the circle background and colour combo!

    MaggieH

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  10. Beautiful ATC love the details
    . Yvonne

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  11. Looks absolutely gorgeous, love it. And the willow sticks are a great addition. Suzanne

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  12. Now that is truly inspiring Elaine. Love the way you've used the circles, the reinker (love it as a mist) and the willow itself. Hugs, Jenny x

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  13. I think the circles looks great, but then, I love circles and would add them to anything LOL.
    Great ATC
    Thanks for playing with us at the Craft Barn
    Izzy

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  14. The background circles lend an Asian feel to this atc which suits the word willow. Love how you have woven the sticks together...beautiful element. A very striking piece of art!

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  15. Wonderful colors and cirles. I really like how you added the willow.

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  16. Just hopping round all the W entries...
    This is lovely. The background colour and stamping are gorgeous
    :)
    Laura

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  17. Wow, a fabulous page. Great choice.

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  18. Fab ATC, great word choice! xx

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  19. Fabulous ATC for such a wonderful word choice!

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  20. This is lovely. The colours and the design are so tranquil. A bit Feng Shui mayhaps....

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