Roses for Frieda!

Now that I know she has received it, I thought I would upload the fabric ATC I made for my friend Frieda Oxenham who lives in Scotland -she is an award winning quilt artist and mixed media artist extrordinaire! Frieda & I are both Design Team members for Alpha Stamps, we both belong to the ARTchix studio yahoo group and we are in two artist groups together: Colour Groupies -a small group of 5 artists sharing ATCs monthly on a color theme, and Tip Top Journals - a group of 10 artists sharing tip-in journal pages monthly. Frieda does the hosting & organizing of both of these artist groups (along with Debby Harriettha). We are also both members of the Alpha Stamp yahoo group and recently, I have been participating in a few "inchies" swaps that Frieda is hosting through ATCards - my first time creating them. Wow! Suffice it to say we have a lot of the same interests . . . Frieda posted on her blog recently that she was knitting again -- I thought the yarn she was using looked familiar?? When I checked my knitting bag in the closet - a project abandoned a few years ago, I found I was using the exact same yarn as Frieda was for her scarf - and it's from Uruguay ~ so wild!

I feel very blessed to have as much contact with Frieda as I do & be involved in many of the same projects as she is. A lot of people consider me a prolific artist, but I know Frieda is! I am constantly amazed with the amount and quality of inspiring art that she produces, and most of it is fabric art. When I sent Frieda my Black & Gold Colour Groupies ATC, I slipped in an extra ATC to thank her for all she does (see the rose ATC above-click for more detail).

Since Frieda's theme for her Tip Top Journal is Romance & Roses , I thought she might like a 'rose' fabric ATC. To make this I dried some roses in a microwave flower press. Then I prepared cotton fabric to go through my inkjet printer/copier by ironing it to an adhesive sheet and then taping this to a piece of card stock with masking tape so it would be stiff enough to run through my printer. I took my pressed roses, laid them on the copier and made a color copy directly onto my prepared fabric! I used this as a base for Frieda's ATC, stamped the saying with VersaCraft ink and glued on a string of gold beads.

To finish up, I used my test piece of paper, to which I had color copied the same pressed roses and ripped a section of it to fit on a card and stamped an appropriate saying. Thank you, Frieda!! Looking forward to continued inspiration from you : )