Tuesday 17 April 2012

Paris in Springtime ...

Morning All,

After a night of stormy winds and rain the morning is much fresher, blue sky and fluffy white clouds and the sun is struggling through too - so all-in-all not a bad morning here in my corner of the country.  The EM, in his hunter/gatherer role, is down at the supermarket and The Boss is out, snoozing in the cold frame which she has claimed as her own. The neighbour's cat, Mia, another tortoiseshell is in her favoured perch too. I think it's going to be a good day :)

And here's my share for today.

This is the second of my designs for Scrap Our Stash this month, inspired by the theme Spring Fling, I've gone for a card layout this time. Like many of you I'm sure, I often listen to music whilst beavering away in the craft space and a current favourite is Paris in Springtime by Paper Moon - I've put in the link because I still haven't worked out how to import the video into the blog. It's a tuneful wee number that cheers me up just hearing it and obviously had an influence on this card.

Most of the card is made from snippets but the image, letters and butterflies are from a gorgeous sheet of Penny Black Stickeroos. When I discovered the turquoise coloured sheet of vellum in the pad of K&Company paper, I must admit I didn't see a use for it, but then I thought of tearing it and creating a panel for this card. I've backed it with a piece of white card, again torn, attached with tiny brads and I think it works quite well - and as a bonus, the backing made it easier to adhere it to the front of the card.  As I wanted to give the butterflies dimension rather than stick them down flat, I backed them onto some of the vellum, then cut them out, before giving them some shape and adhering them to the card.

The materials used were:

  • White A5 card base
  • Daisy Bucket Designs, In The Meadow, Celeste - a piece left from the Spring Lambs scrap layout made a few days ago
  • K&Company, BW Flora Fauna 12"x12" paper pad - for the vellum - I'm getting a lot of mileage from this beautiful paper
  • Penny Black Stickeroos, the sheet is rather appropriately called Paris Je Tรกime
  • Snippets of card in white and blue for matting
  • Seam binding in shades of green and blue

I'm going to submit this card to the following challenges:

Artful Times – Challenge #2 - theme - A Sea of Greens - this is a new challenge site well worth visiting - I'm hoping there is enough green on this card for it to qualify

Crafty Ribbons – Challenge 17 - Things With Wings - that will be the butterflies

Deep Ocean Challenge Blog - Challenge # 23: "Song Inspiration" - Paris in Springtime by Paper Moon

http://scrapourstash.blogspot.co.uk/ - Spring Fling – April Challenge

Pixie's Crafty Snippets Challenge - Number 16 - I've used up lots of scraps from the blue and white snippets

While I've been putting this post together I've been distracted by a congregation , my term, more correctly it is apparently a clowder, meaning clutter, of cats at the end of the back garden. The Boss and Mia were joined by a young and gorgeous silver tabby and an older and more ferocious black and white. Fascinating to watch them psych each other out. In the end they all went their separate ways and, thank goodness, with no fur flying. The black and white one I think of as Macavity - he comes from across a very busy road at the back, and somehow survives the traffic. I spotted him recently carrying a dead pigeon in his mouth ... can just imagine the horror his owners had when he presented him with that!

Okay, that's me almost done for now - just have to link up to the challenges and then I can go downstairs and join the EM, now returned from foraging, for lunch. 

I hope you are all having a good day and getting in some crafting time.

Happy crafting,


CraftygasheadZo said...

What a super card! I love anything Paris related so this caught my eye straight away. Zo xx

Craftychris said...

Fabulous card, I love the colours. When my cat Lulu, unfortunately not with us any more, was a kitten she tried to bring a dead pidgeon in through the cat flap! It was bigger than her! I was very glad it didn't fit and I could intercept her gift xx

Neet said...

Wish I was there - on a lovely spring day .... strolling down the avenues, sitting in the cafes.
Lovely card Elizabeth, evoking many memories, green on the main image and on the letters.
Thanks for joining us at the Artful Times - Hugs, Neet xx

sam21ski said...

Gorgeous card Elizabeth, so many fab elements to it.

Thanks for playing along with us this week over on Artful Times.

Sam xxx

Twiglet said...

Gorgeous card - I had a lovely Winter weekend in Paris once! Thanks for your good wishes - where do the years go?! Sunshine and April showerhere today. x Jo

Karen said...

A really gorgeous card Elizabeth! I especially love the colours you have used, they are just perfect. Hugs, Karen xx

Hettie said...

Wow Elizabeth. This is a super gorgeous card. Looking forward to seeing your Autumn version as it was the end September/early October when I was there!
Love your Hunter-gatherer thing with your Hubby - I often say to mine it is his natural instinct to go to Waitrose!! LOL!

Von said...

Thank you for sharing your delightful card and song with us at Artful Times :)
Von x☺x

carol said...

super card, thanks for sharing with CRAFTY RIBBONS x carol

coops said...

gorgeous card elizabeth.i love your colours and design and fab image ;D

xx coops xx

505whimsygirl said...

Hi Elizabeth,

I love the colors on this page. Wouldn't it be nice to spend spring time in France!


Di said...

Super snippets make Elizabeth! I've got that sheet of Stickeroos too - must say you've made a real stunner so perhaps I won't use mine for a while yet :)

Di xx

Mrs A. said...

I must investigate these stickeroo thingy bobs. Everyone seems to have them. This is a lovely card. The last itme I went to Paris for a weekend break it rained constantly and as we were only bed & breaksfast so had to go out in the rain for evening meals. Hugs Mrs A.

Diamond Doll said...

Beautiful card Elizabeth i love the yummy papers.Thankyou for joining us at CRAFTY RIBBONS.
Trish (-:

Bernie said...

Gorgeous card Elizabeth! I love your lovely colors! I must say I got a chuckle at the EM, in his hunter/gatherer role foraging for lunch.

Sarn said...

BRILLIANT! I love it. xx

Linby said...

Beautiful card love the colours. Linbyx

gina g said...

Fabulous card. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Ribbons this time. luv gina xx