Monday, 13 September 2010

Mizuhiki Mingle & Chinese Arch

I made this card for a mingle on OSA (Oriental Stamp Art) group and it had to include a mizuhiki knot on it somewhere. I love making these knots which represent continuing friendship and I often turn out a few on long journeys to have ready as gifts or to use on my Asian cards.
The stamps are from the geisha plate I designed for Stampattack. The main image inside always makes me laugh as, when I originally finished drawing it, I asked DH what he thought of it and he answered "Bum, bum, bum bum!" Get it? I tell everyone who buys the stamp from me at the shows, just for fun!
This is the front when it is tied up and I attached another knot and threaded my ribbon ties through it.
I used some Washi paper to fill the triangle areas and to save time as there are so many spaces to fill.
I also added an ATC for the hostess of the mingle.

Sunday we enjoyed sharing the celebration for my lovely neighbour Betty who really doesn't look her age. She is lovely, a real gem and so elegant too. It was an exceptional meal.... three courses of lovely food and wine and the company of all her lovely family and a few special friends. We were honoured to be a part of it and we will certainly return to Pushka for another meal.
As we arrived early, we took a walk in the sunshine up to Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral and to the Chinese Arch. It is a spectacular sight especially when the gold leaf glistens in the sun.
It was a gift from the people of Shanghai to celebrate the Millenium and is the focal point each year for the Chinese New Year Celebrations. At over 50 feet high, it is the largest arch outside of China and has 200 hundred dragons and five roofs.  
After that Southport in the rain just didn't offer much today! Hope the sun shone wherever you are!


Cath Wilson said...

Gorgeous artwork, Jo - sumptuous colours and those lovely images again. Love it. You really excel when it comes to Oriental. Long time since I've seen that arch, too and I forget it's there. Bet it does look so much prettier in the sun - it was Winter when I saw it, lol.

Doone said...

ooh I say - one day we will meet for an all day coffee and I'll bring my string and my Ashley Book of Knots and we will tie them together...fab post


Liverpool Lou (Anne) said...

Great post Jo :-) Love the what you made for the mingle and fab pic of the arch
Anne xx

cockney blonde said...

Lovely card and thanks for sharing the photos. I still miss living in Merseyside, x

Neet said...

Lovely card Jo, am sure the recipient will fall in love with it. Gorgeous washi paper.
Sounds as if you both had a lovely time at Betty's celebration.

Toucan Scraps said...

that is one amazing project

great photos

Dotpat said...

Gorgeous card Jo and love the photo's. Happy new blog too

lisa said...

Goodness what a work of art, Jo. You always create such complicated pieces. I'd be tied in knots trying to work out how to do them. Those stamps are great. It all looks amazing. I'm so glad you ahd a lovely meal and thanks for sharing your photos.
I haven't been to Southport in years. Will have to have another visit sometime. I love the parade of shops under the white wrought iron, can't remeber the name off hand!! It's my age you know!!
I love your new look blog. The background looks like triple embossing. Fantastic.
Hugs Lisax

Mary R. said...

Can you tell me out you made the Mizuhiki Mingle & Chinese Arch..... Thank you you do very nice work....Thank you so much...


sam21ski said...

Gorgeous artwork as ever, those knots look fab, might be asking for knot tying lessons soon!!!

I can't believe that Arch is near where you live, it looks like you've been to China to see it.

Glad you had a lovely day out xxxxx

Hope Dave is much, much better now and you are managing to keep hold of your money!!!!