I recently took part in the Great Big Stitched Postcard Swap, run by Do What You Love - a very cute art swap which this year featured over 300 participants from around the world. I find it wonderful to sign up to projects with a deadline, as it forces me to be creative, even when I claim to be too busy to make anything! The theme for this swap was CELEBRATE - a lovely theme which has very joyous connotations.
I made a red-headed paper dolly as the central image in the postcard, continuing a theme I like working with. To include the 'celebration' idea, I stitched a miniature book, incorporating celebration-themed quotes. I made the book from vintage and craft papers, and the cover is recycled leather from the cover of an old American Indian box.
I worked this into a mixed-media collage, incorporating vintage papers and material, and other elements, such as decoupage scraps, paper flowers, and I sewed sequins and beads onto little acrylic-painted discs.