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Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Bliss & Counting.........

.......the weeks. Let's see if I can adapt this set to Simply Stampin's weekly challenge for the next 5 weeks as it will probably be that before I have another stamp set.

This was quite difficult to photograph in order to show the black as black & not brown & to show the sparkle of the heat embossed background.

front of card - angled to show holographic sparkle
of heat/wet embossed background

close-up of image panel

close-up showing dimensional gloss 
of wet/heat embossed sentiment

close-up of metal dragonfly &
 shaped punched leaves

close-up showing shaped leaves & stippled grass scenery plus 
contrast of matt & Moondust black cardstock layers

inside of card

close-up showing leaf embellishment & contrast
between matt & Moondust black cardstocks
(click on images to enlarge)

For the sketch of Simply Stampin' 4 (which I flipped over from the left) I made a small scene to resemble the view from a window or that seen in a painting. I used a punch to make the sun shaped mask from a Post-It note & then stippled blue ink round it to portray the sky, removed the mask & added yellow ink to the space left for the sun. The hills were created by stipppling along torn paper edges.

Although this card is intended as a Wedding Anniversary card suitable for someone who does not favour cute images, it is also a fitting tribute to the Simon Says Challenge Blog who are celebrating their second anniversary with an "Anything Goes" theme & a blog hop.

Stamps Stampin' Up Bliss (sentiment & background).
Inks Memento Bamboo Leaves, Cantaloupe, Dandelion,  New Sprout, Pear Tart, Summer Sky & Tuxedo Black (focal image scene plus inking some cardstock/paper edges); VersaMark watermark stamp pad with Stampendous Detail Black (sentiment) & Kaleidoscope (background).
Cardstock An assortment of blacks & greens in various finishes from stash.
Papers K&Co Brenda Walton Madeline.
Punches etc. Woodware (sun-flower 2 for mask forming a sun shape, oval & scalloped oval used for sentiment, corner rounder, small Maple leaf, ), Carl (all other leaves), Fiskars (decorative corner); Spellbinders Nestabilities (Classic Ovals Small & Classic Scalloped Ovals Large).
The ribbon & pearls are from stash & the lace was in a bundle of candy from Kath.

Challenges Entered
Simply Stampin' Challenge 4 - Sketch (see above)
Simon Says..... Anything Goes (see above)
Stampavie & More Challenge 139 - Pearls
Timbroscrapmania Stamping Challenge 25 - Metal & Lace (the metal is there - my dragonfly is a metal brad with the legs cut off & I have a piece of lace across the top of my scene - a bit like a window with a lacey valance)


saturated canary said...

wow, so much to look at here!'s so creative to do the view from a window idea-- love the lace on top, hanging like a pretty curtain! Your outside image is just beautiful, like rolling hills in the morning sun...I hope you do well in your challenges, as this card is really a masterpiece!

I'm always a little jealous of ladies who can pull off a great landscape!;)...It is not my forte, for sure...You have done it perfect.


Sandra said...

Paula, this is beautiful and I love that "Bliss" stamp.

brenda said...

Hello Paula

It's always so difficult to catch glitter and embossing properly on a photograph, but you have captured the detail of the sentiment beautifully.

A really lovely and detailed piece of artwork and I really do think you have caught the prefect scene of Spring fields.

B x

Annie said...

a beautiful card Paula, and so many gorgeous embellishments and techniques - stunning!
hugs, annie x

GinaA said...

My favourite part is the landscape, the Bliss stamp is incredible, love the detail.

Rica said...

Hi Paula, just flying round trying to catch up commenting now I've sorted out my problems with Mr. Google!!
Just having a giggle - your photograph black and it looks brown - I photograph brown and it looks black!! Fabulous card - your embossing is brilliant and I love all the punched flowers and leaves!!
Heather xx

weewiccababe said...

I just love this - obviously so much time and love has been put into it. Love all the wee details

Sarah-Jane said...

What a gorgeous card, great use of this weeks sktetch, loving the heat embossing and colours you have used! Thanks for joining in at Simply Stampin Challenges
Hugs xx

Angela said...

Thanks for joining us at Simply stampin' challenge with your beautiful card, the ebossed back ground is gorgeous.
Angela x

Debgem said...

Paula - this is just gorgeous. I love the Bliss set and the way you've used it on this card is super. The kaleidoscope embossing on the damask stamp is so pretty and all those lovely details. You do make the prettiest cards! Hugs xx

Niki Rowland said...

Wow this is quite something! Great take on the sketch. Thanks for joining us at the Simply Stampin' Challenge this week, Niki x

BA said...

such a wonderful project paula
thanks for joining us at TSM
xoxo BA

xxxtglxxx said...

Fabulous embossing on this Paula - the sentiment looks brilliant.

This is such an interesting card, great layout and really stunning colours and design.

The flowers look great, and I really like the single petals trailing along.

Have a great long weekend,



lina said...

Your project is very nice and gentle! Thanks for joining us at TSM Challenge! Lina

Wendy Ramlakhan said...

The holographic colors are fabulous against the black (I could tell it was black) card base. So many lovely details, I especially like the landscape you created it's fantastic!!!

Sharon said...

I love the embossed image and I think you have been so creative with the Bliss set each week. Thanks for joining with the Simply Stampin Challenge this week...x

Lorraine said...

oh wow this is amazing huni i love the background it looks fab and the whole card itself is absolutely stunning xx

Maria Therese said...

Nydelig kort Paula!!

Thank you for being such a great support of the Simply Sassy blog :)

Mandy said...

Beautiful card Paula, your embossing looks gorgeous against the black card.
Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp
hugs Mandy xx

Pauline said...

Beautiful card, love the colours and embossing.

Nicoletta said...

A very beautiful project Paula! thanks for joining us at TSM challenge!

Giò said...

My dear Paula!!!! I am speachless!!! This card is absolutely stunning!! I love how you used this Stampin Up set and the holographc embossed effect is a fabulous way to light the card!!!
Thanks a lot for joinining us at SAM challenge and also for playing with us at TSM challenge. It's a pleasure to have you here ^:^
Hugs, Giò

LouDotMac said...

What a gorgeous card - so many gorgeous details to feast the eyes on! This is one of my fave SU! stamp sets - I really should use it more! The holographic flourish looks soo elegant! I love the scene with the hills of different shades. It looks beautiful!!

Thank you so very much for all the lovely comments you leave over at my blog - they're greatly appriciated!! Oh, and you asked how I manage to craft AND study.. it's simple really.. I don't get much sleep! LOL.