Saturday, May 15, 2010

toujour le tour (eiffel, that is!)

do you ever get stuck on one set of images or colors or techniques? i do. all the time. i'll make ten pink cards, followed by ten cards with birds, followed by ten cards glimmer-misted within an inch of their lives. at the moment i am quite keen on the eiffel tower. and a tealish turquoisey blue. and the amazing new "bloomers" trim from webster's pages. but then, if you've read my blog the last week or so, none of this is news to you, so let's get right to the card, ok?!

first let me show you the sketch i used, it's kazan's 52 from 2S4y...i ♥LOVE♥'s already in my "print & save" notebook!

pursuant to my "turquoisey blue" obsession, i was excited to see this week's color challenge at design dollies:

ok, in all honesty, i was only 2/3 excited about this color challenge: i love the black and the turquoise...the yellow...hmmmmm...i wasn't as sure about that one. i tend to be a bit yellow & orange challenged, actually. but being the brave and intrepid card-maker i am, of course i did what brave and intrepid card-makers always do in these situations: i cheated! :) ok, sorta-- i used gold instead of a true yellow. i didn't really even use MUCH gold, for that matter, but i think it still counts. i hope it still counts. (hey leah! does it still count??!)

(digistuffs used in collage, all from designer digitals...tropic grunge paper, gretchen thomas; floral art #2 brushes, anna aspnes; collage printed on 3m inkjet transparency & layered over a vintage french dictionary page; patterned paper: paper co, basic grey, vintage sheet music; eiffel tower sticker: frances meyer; bloomers flower trim: webster's pages; bling flourish: prima; alphabet stickers: k&co; other: vintage lace dyed with various shades of glimmer mist & radiant rain; beads & gold thread from my stash; adhesives: gluedots, tombow monorunner, sewing machine)

i used an extra digital collage i had printed out on inkjet transparency when i made this butterfly card for the "font throwdown" a few months ago; here i layered it over a bit of vintage french dictionary. i used an eiffel tower sticker from my stash, some brand new dymo-inspired alphabet stickers, leftover glimmer-mist-dyed lace from my mom's mother's day present, some layers of wonky hand-cut scallops, the aforementioned bloomers, and a few other bits and bobs that were laying about. and that's about it really, but after a week of not very much crafting, to me this represents a REALLY GOOD friday night! :)


  1. Oohlala I say missus... Georgeous card. I think that vintage french paper have a pale yellow color. So guess you're in with the color challenge. And the sketch you nailed... Big hugs for you. On monday we are celebrating our national day with kids parade and lots of music in the street. So I have to get my national costume out of the closet and do some serious ironing on the shirt. Have a great weekend

  2. Ooooh La La indeed ... I'm always amazed at how you take lots of leftovers and make them into a creation that stuns and amazes ... the wonky scallops are perfections and I love the its of color on the texty page ... so perfect.

  3. wow! i mean WOW!!! this is absolutely gorgeous, girl!! jaw dropping beauty!! i LOVE it!

  4. Oooh la la is right! A perfect lauren-y card. I love the fun scallops at the bottom. I like it that they are varied in size and shape.

    Yep, I am in a card pattern too. I only want to use my new butterfly die by SU or my cute bird stamps...I am trying to resist both so my cards don't all look the same. Previously I was using only BG Origins, more recently BG Lemonade. I am starting to think I shouldn't fight it; just go with it...that way at least I have cards made instead of spending time trying to think up something different ;)

  5. That card is gorgeous!! I love it! I do that, too... go through spurts of doing something similar over and over again. Right now I'd love to put a banner on every page!

  6. oooh fabulous, gorgeous and oh so glam!
    Thanks for joining us at 2S4Y this week
    :) Kazan

  7. ♥SMOP♥

    y'know what I'm sayin' right?

    Sweet Mother of Pearl.

  8. Glad to see you are returning to your crafty self! So you must be feeling loads better, which is great.

    This is beautiful. I would agree with you that this is not an easy color group to work with; I like black, teal and yellow - just not necessarily together. Using gold instead is a great idea - this card is beautiful - all arty, romantic, and chic!

  9. So incredibly gorgeous!! you AMAZE me!!

  10. um, you're kidding, right? does it count? and is it JAW-DROPPING GORGEOUS?! heck yes, lady!

    i did specify in my challenge that gold would work just fine (i went that route, too!), so you are TOTALLY safe, and utterly brill. :)

    love it! SO happy you've played with the Dollies! xo

  11. Stunning card! I just LOVE every detail! Thanks so much for the inspiration and for playing along with the Dollies!

  12. Gasp!! Drool...oh, uh pardon me but this is positively mouthwatering! Not that I think it would taste good, just that it's so stunning my mouth actually fell open!

    (-: Heidi

  13. WOW! That is amazing! I absolutely love it! Great details! Thanks for playin with us Dollies!


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