The Craft Barn Q&L challenge no 19 – Patience and Better
There was no Craft room this Saturday as most of the group were attending Eileen Godwin‘s Brusho workshop here in sunny Scarborough.
Yes, instigated by Lisa, while chatting to Eileen on Facebook a while ago, she managed to talk Eileen into coming to Scarborough, and organised the venue which was perfect. We had a brilliantly fun day playing with different techniques with Brushos and meeting Eileen and the rest of the ladies who came to the workshop too. What we found really amazing was that the four from our group were the only “locals” there. some of other ladies were from as as far away as Liverpool and Manchester as well as places closer to home like Beverley and Bridlington which are really “just down the road”.
I will post a separate blog to show what we got up to, but I just wanted to mention the workshop as it gave me the inspiration for my tag. so back to the Q & L challenge.
The Q & L Challenge is a fortnightly challenge run by The Craft Barn. Each fortnight starting on a Sunday we are given 2 words and we have to use one or both of them in a Quote or Lyric which has to used on your artwork which can be anything from a journal page to cards, tags etc. for full details of the challenge and rules of entry etc here is the link to the Craft barns Q & L Challenge.
My entry for this weeks challenge is a bit of a quick one as having to catch up with work after having all day Yesterday off, but it was worth it.
I have chosen the song “Swinging on a Star” by Jimmy Van Heusen and Johnny Blake. It was first sung by Bing Crosby in the film “Going my Way” in 1944.
The Story goes, that Jimmy Van Heusen was round at Bing’s house for dinner, discussing songs for the film. During the meal one of Bing’s children began complaining as he did not want to go to school the next day and Bing said “if you don’t go to school you might grow up to be a mule, Do you wanna do that?” Van Heusen thought that the rebuke would make a great song for the film.
The song was released as a single on 7th Feb 1944 and has been covered by over 20 Artistes since then. Not bad for a child’s rebuke.
The first verse is as follows, funny I had never really taken much notice of the words before
Would you like to swing on a star?
Carry moonbeams home in a jar?
And be better off than you are?
Or would you rather be a mule?
A mule is an animal with long, funny ears
He kicks up at anything he hears
His back is brawny and his brain is weak
He’s just plain stupid with a stubborn streak
And, by the way, if you hate to go to school
You may grow up to be a mule
It carries on for a couple more verses, one about a pig and one about a fish. but I wont carry on promise.
For the base of the card I have used Eileen’s version of the “cling film” technique using Brushos.
First, lay out a piece of cling film larger than the piece of cardstock (coated is best for this) you are using. Scrunch at a bit to get some folds and creases and spray liberally with a glimmer spray, any will do home made or branded. I used a watered down solution of Radiant Rain.
Not that you can see a lot. Next sprinkle on a few grains of Brushos I used purple, ultra marine and a little black
Still not a lot to see. Place you piece of card down over the top, fold over the edges of the cling film and turn over.
I made a couple to see which one would work best for my tag.
It is a bit difficult to see the words with the background shining as I have written them in gold too. typical normally it is the sparkle you cant see.
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