Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Serendipitous Summer Crafting
Wow, sometimes things really do just fall together. I was given all the DP this week at work because it had come in a donation box and no one knew what to do with it. Score! Most of it was in masculine colours. As soon as I saw this tropical theme I knew it would be perfect with this Soft Pencil image I was given. I needed the perfect embellishment though and didn't want to use a flower. I don't like to add "extras" unless they actually fit the image and since I don't usually have daisies at the beach I can't seem to make them go together the way others seem able to do. So I was scrambling at the back of my drawers looking so something, anything to embellish it with and found this plastic sun that matches both the colours of the paper and the happy sun in the image. How lucky is that? The sun came as the weight on a helium balloon given to us when DS #1 was born. So how many years is that? I didn't even want to keep it at the time but DH thought it would be great with my cards and I have long ago learned that he is ALWAYS right when it comes to these things.
The So Saffron ribbon and bow at the bottom are to cover some wavy lines on the DP that seemed a bit out of place.
You should be aware that this card is ginormous. It's a full 6.5 by 6.5 inches. Normally I would never make a card this large but I wasn't willing to give up any of the elements. Besides, as a teacher, I can always use this as one of the staff cards (where lots of signatures are used) for either a going away card at the end of June or a retirement card.
In terms of the sketch, I did move the sun over to the other side so he wasn't blocking the little sun in the image. I liked the repetition it provided. I also didn't and a seconardy sentiment since I had carefully used the "Take a Break Hang Ten" on the DP. I hope you'll forgive my creative license.
Additional Challenges this card meets:
Joan's Garden: 1) blue and green, 2) use a lady (mine is a very young lady), 3) include a large embellishment (my sun) 4) attach a bow. I was so impressed. I found this and only needed to add the bow. I had all the other elements already.
Sentimental Sunday - Anything Goes