Sunday, September 6, 2015

MUSE Challenge, Papertrey Ink and Pretty Pink Posh

Happy Sunday!! I hope everyone in the states is enjoying their Labor Day Weekend. I know I have!

Friday night was spent with girl friends. We had the MOST DELICIOUS dinner at my friend Sue's house. Homemade quiche with her chickens eggs, fresh fruit and french toast with her husbands home made maple syrup. She has a garden to table dinner in her own backyard between her lovely garden and her chickens. It was really nice.

Saturday Chris smoked some beef ribs and chicken for my father and my stepmother. They were delicious. It was topped off by my contribution of fresh baked peach cobbler. All I have been doing this weekend is eating!!

Today I had time to play with the MUSE challenge blog. It is sometimes weird how my mind goes when I do these type of challenges. It is not always where I think it will. Here is what I created:

Here is the MUSE card that designer Carol Mayne created:

If you have time, go check out her blog. She has some beautiful cards.

I had my card percolating in my brain over the busy week when I received my Papertrey Ink order. I bought the Leaf Silhouette Die and knew I wanted to use this on my card in lieu of the feathers. I also wanted to do a bit of experimenting so I did a number of different techniques on this.

First I used various colors of ink and inked up some white paper. I then die cut each of the leaves. Next I took a piece watercolor card stock and blended three shades of Distress ink, (Spiced Marmalade, Squeezed Lemonade and Shaded Lilac) spritzed with water and let the inks run together as I held the card stock, turning it around. I dried the ink using my embossing tool.

I kind of wanted the background to be a bit of collage, like in the stamped feathers on Carol's card. I stamped a word background in the corner in gray ink to start with. By this time, I was wishing for a leaf stamp to match the Papertrey die cut. I improvised by die cutting a fourth leaf out of white paper, inking it with Versamark ink, pressing it down into the background and then covering it with gold Powdered Pearls. I have not done this technique in so long and it was so fun to dig out old supplies again. I then stamped the sentiment from Papertrey Ink's "Words of Comfort" stamp set.

Next I mounted the watercolor panel on a piece of card stock that I inked up with SSS Blue Violet ink and mounted it on an top folding A2 size piece of Papertrey's Harvest Gold card stock.

I mounted the three leaves over the watercolor panel, covered them in clear Wink of Stella and added some orange sequins that Paulina from generously sent "free" when I last ordered from "Pretty Pink Posh" (LOVE that store) and a violet sequin I had in my stash and it is complete.

I actually might make a few more cards like this today as Chris needs one and I need some more in my stash. I also want to make some miscellaneous cards for someone whom I owe a long OVER DUE thank you note to. I figure a bunch of cards would make up for my lack of timeliness.

I thank you for stopping by. Have a fabulous day!!



~amy~ said...

Sounds like you guys had a delish meal!

Your card is how you were inspired!

Virginia Lu said...

Your baked good looks DELISH, Nora! I love how you interpret the inspiration, Nora! The colors are lovely and the details in the inked background are gorgeous! Happy Labor Day weekend!

Taunya Butler said...

Nora - this is perfectly lovely and if I received this card at a time of loss, I would feel so soothed and comforted by the peaceful, tranquil beauty of this card - so mesmerizing!! I am jealous of all the fancy and yummy food you have eaten - I have had hotdogs and pizza for my weekend meals so far!! Not so yummy as what you have had!! Anyways - I love this card and I believe a thank you is never TOO late!! Sometimes it arrives just when the person NEEDS it!! Anyways - I hope you are well and happy and have a wonderful week!! I will be thinking of you!! Sending hugs your way!!

Barb Ghig said...

Stunning card, Nora! I love how you blended your inks for the leaves and your text background is the perfect touch! A lovely sympathy card, which I usually find difficult to create!

Susanne Vargas said...

Absolutely love this card! The way you created the background, the colorful leaves - it looks like a winner to me!

Suchi said...

Stunning card Nora!! :)
Suchi xx

Ashwini Rao said...

Beautiful! Fantastic coloring - both on the background and on your leaves - makes them look so delicate - feels like they are floating away in the autumn sky!

cm said...

Nora..oh my stars! What an absolutely stunning, sophisticated, beautiful translation of my muse card! The multi-coloured leaves, the whisper of script in the background, the shimmery...a combination that works marvelously as a sympathy card. I see so many possibilities with your layout and a shift in colours: can you envision this in greens/red for Christmas, or pinks/golds for Valentine's Day? As you can tell: I'm smitten with your design! Thank you for the shout-out; thank you for joining Muse this week!
PS. I'm so planning to case this! You're now 'my' muse!

Shawna Standish said...

First off I am coming over for dinner tonight so please set an extra place for me.. ;) Also I wanted to let you know I love your card.. The leaf die is awesome and is now on my NEED list. The colors you used for a sympathy card seem to be highly unusual. But you know what? It works so well.. It is more of a celebration of life then the loss of it.. Yet still has a feeling of sympathy with your soft sentiment. This card is fantastic and is already pinned on my Pinterest board.. I am such a fan of your work Nora!! Thank you for sharing this card and your talent with us.

Ardyth said...

Well, you know I love this die, and I love how you used the silhouette only - gorgeous colours! So glad you joined us at Muse this week!

Asha said...

That yummy dish is such a distraction... i'll drool over to that after I look at your card. Great take on Carol's original. Love how you've used the leaf die for her feathers... brilliant idea. And your choice of colours is AWESOME. Another deliriously happy card, Nora!
hugs, Asha

Miriam Prantner said...

Love the colors on the leaf dies and the gorgeous inking!

Kim Heggins said...

This is absolutely one beautiful card...your take on the feathers is amazing. I love your yummy looking dessert too, paired with a hot cup of coffee, so I know it will be good!

Kim S said...

Is there anything better than smoked meat?! I think the best part is smelling it all day long as it smokes!

LOVE these dies and I grinned as I was pinning your card because I just ordered those leaf silhouette dies this very morning! I love the variety of colors that you used and the hints of patterns in the background.