Gothic Arches – Asian

I love making Gothic Arches as a rule, but I haven’t played for the last couple of weeks, so it’s nice to be ‘back in the saddle’ as it were!! Below the pic I explain why, but don’t feel obliged to read about it!! 😉

Nature - Yin Yang

I have a very good friend who’s taught me reams about Feng Shui and that’s who will receive this card. I don’t have any ‘Asian’ stamps or images and if I had had the courage of my convictions (and the tools), I could’ve carved myself something, so I’ve made do with rubons and an I-Ching coin! I think rubons are hazardous to my health: Some that I’ve used are an absolute pleasure to work with, whereas these were a Royal pain. I used the lolly stick, end of a pencil, the handles of a pair of scissors and still had a sore palm!

As you will see, I gave up and cut the ying yang one out and attached it with brads! The fan is the embossed image on the background which I then stamped onto black shrink plastic, dusted with clear EP and shrunk! It went all melty and gooey, so I sprinkled some red accent beads onto it whilst it was still wet – cool! The red threads are simply a length of embroidery thread attached behind the green brad and cut.

I passed on the Celtic theme – too busy with other things, but last week’s heritage brought sad memories flooding back for me. My Mum was German and we spent many happy years back and forth between England where we lived and Berlin, visiting my Omi (grandmother) and cousins. When Omi died, Mum fell out with her sister – no more visits.

So, we still had many wonderful family photograph albums from her childhood and great stories to go with them, till my Mum died in 1989.  I didn’t get on with my stepdad very well, but persevered for a few months as we were then living in Spain where I worked too! I moved, we lost touch and when I eventually found out that he’d died, all the albums had disappeared. So sad… I have no idea where they ended up, although I have my suspicions. Still, no use crying over spilt milk, water under the bridge… and all that. Sometimes I get mad about the selfishness of the rest of my estranged family (UK branch), but mostly it’s just sad. I choose not to have those people in my life so it is what it is.

I am blessed to have good friends and a wonderful husband and daughter – that’s all you can really ask, isn’t it? 🙂

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  1. I am glad that you were able to join in the challenge this week.
    your arch is gorgeous! I love the sparkle of it! beautiful images!

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  2. Sandy

     /  March 30, 2008

    Wow Rosie this is absolutely stunning arch. Love it. Great wie immer 😀
    Big Hugs for you.

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  3. Beautiful work – I really quite like the background colors – such variety. Do I see a touch of glitter?

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  4. Whow ..love what you have done with it.
    It’s absolutely adorable.

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  5. Absolutely wonderful work!

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  6. Its gorgeous, love the texture and colours.

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  7. it’s a beautiful arch, love the use of colors!!!

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  8. Gorgeous! The colors really pop!

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  9. I love the beautiful oriental background you created here!!

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  10. Lovely card! Lucky friend! Rub ons are not my best friends either. They also don’t work well under heat. Picky. Like the way you attached with brads.

    Your story brought tears to my eyes. Still can’t swallow. I can sympathize since I lost my childhood pictures to a rioters back in India. It is nice to have a happy family now, but it would have been even better with all those memories to share with our current family too.

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  11. beautiful card!

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  12. wow wow this is so beautiful !!!

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  13. kreativgeschwafel

     /  March 30, 2008

    That’s really an amazing card … think your friend will love it!

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  14. What a wonderful arch.

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  15. Beautiful card – I know what you mean about families, but then they do say “you can pick your friends, you can pick your nose, but you can’t pick your relatives!’

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  16. Audrey Meijs

     /  March 30, 2008

    Beautiful!

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  17. Rosie ~ your arch is lovely, the glimmer of it shows up so well too! Your friend will be very lucky to receive it! Anyone not being in touch with you, it certainly is their loss. Your delightful spirit and sense of humor carry over the airwaves to me here in the US 🙂 Now I know why you can write so well in German 😉 I can read alot of it, but no writing for me. These challenges really are fun and I’m so glad to have met you here in cyberspace!
    oxoo

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  18. Your card is really wonderful, love all the glitter!

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  19. Beautiful!!!!

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  20. Well it looks really nice with the red brads. Great idea.

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  21. Absolutly fabulous Arch, real artwork.

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  22. Nice, love all the glitter!

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  23. Awesome arch, Rosie!
    JudyNZ

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  24. it’s so differrent ! very very beautiful !

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  25. Beautiful arch, love charms !

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  26. Really beautiful your Arch!

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  27. Great work.

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  28. Fabulous arch, I love the gold embossing detail

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  29. WOW, this is so stunning, I have been inspired by your Arches and made a couple myself, nothing like what you have done though..they are Fantastic Rosie xxHels SBS12

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  30. The arch seems to have presented you with lots of problems, Rosie but it has finished looking beautiful!! So sorry to hear about your albums, that must be truely upsetting. I also wish I had more photos of my ancestors but my mother is a typical Dutch housewife. Everything gets tidied away and thrown out, which might be why I am such an inveterate hoarder!!

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  31. Lovely story Rosie, and very upsetting for you.

    Oh I nearly forgot about the card LOL, it’s gorgeous

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  32. WOW its lovely, so stunning xx

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  33. Great stuff, wish I had half your tallent 🙂

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  34. Why, thank you!! 😉

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  35. It’s stunning!

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  36. Jan

     /  April 13, 2008

    i am now the proud owner of this beautiful piece of work I now have it beside my computer It is absolutely stunning and i am honoured that it was given to me to commemorate our first meeting – hoping not the last

    Rosie many many Thanks

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  37. Jan – you arevery very welcome!! xoxoxo 🙂

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