Tuesday, April 14, 2015

You Did It!

This weekend one of my friends asked me how I came up with my ideas for cards and how did I plan out what colors and layout to use.  To be honest, I really couldn’t answer her.  Sometimes I am inspired by something else I see and then it grows from there.  Sometimes I just pick an image that meets the theme, color it, and then see where it goes.  Then sometimes something just pops into my head from who knows where.  Today’s card is one of those.

Impression Obsession has a challenge theme this week of “You Did It”.  I searched through all their stamps that I own, trying to come up with something that would somehow meet this theme, and decided I did not have anything that would work.  Then last night an idea popped in my head and I decided to try it.  Last year my daughter graduated with her masters in viola performance and before she could graduate she had to have her final recital.  I was visiting her and we were busy working on wedding invitations that needed to get out so the recital was not top in my mind.  I couldn’t come back to attend it, but did get to sit through several of her practice sessions and it was like a private performance.  Even though this card doesn’t say the actual words “you did it”, it represents the thought of her successful performance!

The sentiment is from IO’s Seashell Collage.  I used a marker to color only the saying and stamped this on a torn piece of musical designer paper, then added distress ink around the edges and the saying.  This was layered on a distressed piece of cream cardstock stamped with the Dance Party Collage.  I only inked the outer sections of this stamp.  Then I cut around it, colored by sponging with ink, and distressed the edges.  Behind this is another piece of cream cardstock that I stamped with the Damask Cover-a-Card, distressed and inked the edges, and layered on a light pink card base.  I had a few flowers and a strip of ribbon left on my table from another projects so I added this, along with some pink pearls inked with brown.

Is it too late to send her a card?

E. Marie

I entered this card in the following challenge:
Bunny Zoe's Crafts April Challenge:  Recipe -  Anything but Square and include Pink - Lace - Pearls
All Sorts Challenge Week 306 – Bingo (Lace, Flowers, Pearls)
Papertake Weekly Challenge – Words, Words, Words
Party Time Tuesday Challenge #197 - Anything Goes


Kathy Krug said...

Beautiful card and I love the story that goes with it.

Rachel B. said...

Beautiful card!

Babies-Beth said...

This is a beautiful card, and a wonderful sentiment for a musician. Yes, I would send it to her, it can be interpreted many ways!

Shona Erlenborn said...

Gorgeous colors and details Marie. Send it - cards are more appreciated when least expected I think - and she'll love it.

Anne Temple said...

This is gorgeous! Love the colors and your design looks amazing.

Maria Calderone said...

This is stunning, the colors are perfect, yellow being my favorite of course!;) Thanks for joining us at Party Time Tuesdays! :)

Craftnut said...

Thanks for joining my theme at allsorts tracy x

Becca Cruger said...

Holy schmolies this is GORGEOUS! I totally pinned this so I can drool over it later. Love the lace and the sparkles and the rough edges. Wherever your designs come from, keep them coming!

Marjorie said...

This is beautiful Marie, and I would defiantly send this card, your daughter will love it! it's never too late to send some thing as special as this, it obviously means a lot to you to let her know how proud you are of her:) xx
Thank you also for sharing with us over at 'Papertake Weekly' this week xx
Marjorie xx DT

Donna Ellis said...

Don't you just love how beautifully this turned out, Marie? I have that stamp, too, and had not considered using it in a floral-musical capacity! WOW! and the ballerina is a great touch. I had that stamp at one time and am not sure what happened with it! I just looked for it, and it's gone! LOL I must have sold it. Thanks for the beautiful inspiration - remember when there was such joy in creating our own stamped "custom papers"? I long to go back to doing those types of things again - thank you for the inspiration. xo

Sabina G. said...

Gorgeous project! The colours are beautiful! Thanks for playing with us at Party Time Tuesdays.