Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Lanterns by Sarah Groen

This month I have had these gorgeous bright, happy, summery papers from Echo Park Paper Company to play with, as soon as I opened the  box I fell in love with them.

If you love October Afternoon, Fancy Pants Designs  and Sassafrass Lass then these are definitely for you.

The first LO that I did showcases a photo that I took of my girls standing on a floodlight at the Chinese Lantern festival, I made a patchwork of soft, white material for the background to give the LO an almost 'dreamlike' quality.

This is really easy to do. Just tear or cut 12x1" strips of white cotton material and sew them to a white cardstock base longways and then sew widthways across all of the strips at approx 1.5" intervals to make a patchwork like background.

I cut a frame from the pinwheel designed paper and adhered it over the material base to hide the ragged edges, I printed the photo 5x7 and trimmed it a little.

Then I used various strips of patterned paper, flowers and chipboard elements to complete the design, because i didn't have the patience to wait for paint to dry I inked my chipboard circle with Tim Holtz distress ink then covered it with a layer of dimensional magic for that cool glossy effect. The little Chinese character in the centre of one of my flowers was from my daughters $2 shop stamp set.

:) Sarah G


  1. oh wow - gulp ... this is stunning!

  2. It's so amazing in real life Mrs F, Sarah dropped her LO's off today and the fabric has a gorgeous 'glittery' texture!

    Stunning LO Sarah...and Wendy and I are very impressed at your sewing skills :-)

  3. Awww you guys are tooo sweet. Glad you like it :)

  4. Yet again you have achieved something outstanding! Absolutely stunning, and even brighter and atmospheric in real life. You are to be congraulated, Sarah.