Thursday, 19 April 2012

A card, for stamping's sake


As you know from yesterday's WOYWW, I spent much time at my desk on Tuesday afternoon making a mess. After I'd finished with the Union flag stuff and bits that had to be done, I was still in the mood to play. (And not to tidy up!).  The thing about 'play' for me is that it has to be productive.  I am hopeless at sitting at my desk for three valuable hours and coming away knowing a bit more about a product but nothing in the way of any sort of completed project.  It's a skill, this sort of impatient patience! So I cast around the web a bit, looking for something to spark my  interest and sort of match what I had on the desk....lazy, huh!  
I found a challenge at Woodware that suited my criteria and excited me enough to make me stand up, take the necessary one pace to my stamp shelves and pull out just what I needed.  Funny when things come together in your head so fast, huh!  Anyway, the challenge is to make a card using Turquoise and Brown.  So I did.  It features stamps by Stampendous and Magenta (and an Ippity gingham background) and a bit of MR bling and a wooden button.  So I think it qualifies for the challenge.  Either way, win win for me.  Broke in a new stamp, played a bit and produced something viable!


We have two WOYWWers who live in the path of those terrifying tornadoes that we've seen on TV news this week - Elizabeth and Vickie.  I know both are safe, but there's scarey beating hearts and clearing up to be dealt with.....sending you love girlfriends, and coping and calm and safety vibes. 

33 comments:

Jacqueline said...

Ooh I like that!! Love those two colours together.

And no... I DIDN'T get tidied up yesterday.... Not going to today either... I have an idea for my Altered Book that I want to try out. It looks good in my head so not sure how it will turn out on paper!!!

Jackie x

Carmen said...

I just need to PLAY. Have spent so long feeling blech I seem to have fallen out of the habit of just doing a little something every day. Going to start after lunch when littlest monster is at nursery.

Love this card, especially that pearly thing on the wooden button. Nice combo :)

Carmen said...

p.s thank you for your lovely words over at mine :D

CraftygasheadZo said...

Gorgeous card, love the image and the textures you've created. Zo xx

Sunshine Girl said...

Oooh I love this Julia - just my colours! might have to have a little play later myself! Didn't know Elizabeth and Vickie were that close to the tornadoes - will be watching the news and their blogs more closely now!

Joanne said...

I think this card is lovely. those 2 colours go so well together. Wish I could tie a neat bow like that, even got a bow maker but mine never look that good. Not aware of the tornados but am now. I hate those things, nature is so frightening.
Hugs Joanne xx

Redanne said...

Lovely card Julia, gorgeous colours too. I visited Elizabeth and Vickie yesterday and noticed that they were in the 'path'. Sending my wishes too, that they are safe and well.

The Artful Diva said...

a bird, a crown, what's not to like?!

Lunch Lady Jan said...

I like turquoise and brown together, they work really well. And you can't fool me...you've used the ubiquitous stamp again..you can't fool us just cos it's upside down :)
Hugs, LLJ xx

Elizabeth said...

Hi Julia, great card, like that colour combination a lot and the stamp is fab. My take on playing with stash is that, on the one hand it familiarises you with said crafting item, but on the other hand it wastes time and you end up with a pile of bits with no purpose. My aim now is to use up all my experiments with inking, embossing, etc., and stop playing!

On a more serious note, I wasn't aware that Elizabeth and Vickie were so close to the tornadoes - glad to know they are safe but realise that for others affected
it must be devastating. I wish them all well.

Elizabeth x

Annie said...

Fab card Julia. Love the colour combo. I'll second the 'keep safe' message for those living near the tornadoes.
Hugs,
A x

Helen said...

I too like to have a purpose... am trying to get some ink or paint through my stencils for you but it wouldn't go right yesterday so nothing to show just yet, lol! I love your card, the bird is great! Magenta - proper wood-mounted stamps, ahhh perfect! (but we've had that conversation before...)
Glad Elizabeth and Vickie are safe.

Queen Of Toys said...

Love your card Julia and wow the bird and crown goes perfect together, isn't it nice when a plan in your head just seems to fall in to place perfectly.

Eliza

Ann B said...

It's a lovely card Julia and well worth how ever many hours you spent on it. Not unknown for me to spend three hours making a card and has been known for me to bin it at the end when it hasn't gone right - so frustrating. Love the colour combination, a favourite of mine.

Antonia said...

as has been said definately worth the time spent I love your inky work
Toni :)

KAT said...

lovely card you created. I like when artists use limited colors or just varying shades of one color... it always seems to be so interesting . Thanks for your kind comments on my posts too, you are very sweet and gracious. Id love to proudly display a WOYWW button. can I send you my address for one?

- KAT - Loveland Ohio USA

Rita said...

Julia. this card is fabulous. The colours go so well to-gether and I love the bird with the crown. Have a lovely day. Hugs Rita xx

Whimcees said...

Hello!

Your card is lovely - blue (though not so much turquoise) and brown is one of my favorite color combinations. I love the added bling but am not sure what 'ippity' means? :<) I love when you visit my blog and wish you COULD come to visit me! My 'square' of work area would be a bit crowded with two people working inside it but so much fun to see you! Wishing you a happy day!

Hugs,

Barbara Diane

laurie said...

if this card is the product of your as you say mess its all worth it, beautiful! I love the crown,
This card has a vintgae look to it I think, you asked about the salt lamp, we have a few of them , a big one on the china cabinet, oneon the table and one in the bedroom, they are on all the time, I know they keep the dust down for sure, not sur if they help with my asthma or not but the glow in the rooms is a very comforting pleasant atmosphereic effect, its just comforting and very calming.I'm not sorry we made the purchase of so many, as you know we live in a mouse hole, lol, and for me to choose to share my limited space with these they must be worth it!

Dragonlady said...

Hi Julia

Gorgeous creation hun. THank you for your comment on my WOYWW post. It was a compromise as I was supposed to be using my youngest daughters bedroom when she moved in with her sister (ages 7 and 5), but there was no room for all their furniture. They now have a dressing room and I have the dining room !!! It required a lot of clearing as it was the general dumping ground. I do hope I can manage to remember to take a photo each week now.

Hugs Ali x

Dorothy said...

Your card is lovely, I am glad that we at Woodware managed to inspire you. I have just read your bit about the PPA a real testament to its quality! Thanks for playing.

My name is Cindy said...

This is really nice! Great stamps, great colours, just a great project. Was AWOL from WOYWW this week as been away and nothing of interest to report but popped by anyway to see what you are up to. Honestly Julia sometimes when I read your posts it's like hearing the voices in my head (well some of them I can't attribute to you but that's another story). I'm not good at just playing either and more often than not I am just too lazy to get things out even though I really want to use them and it only requires a minimum effort (well usually just standing up, this is not a big room!!). So once sometging is out I tend to use it a lot. Have a great weekend. Cindy

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Thanks so much for your concern about the tornadoes that hit so close to home. I appreciate the love and safety vibes, too.

That is one gorgeous bird on that card. I have always thought brown and turquoise went well together. I know it's been a pretty popular combination here in the States for several years, particularly in fashion and the DIY industries.

Thanks again for your concern and I could have used you and all those teens the last couple of days (grin).

Barb King said...

love that card! I find birds so appealing, I use them all the time on my cards.

fairy thoughts said...

Great card, love the colour combination. Sometimes things just come together dont they!
janet

VonnyK said...

Wish I could get inspiration that easily, I have to do two more paintings for an art show and I can't think of a thing.
Love that card and a little something is being posted to you today. With our post it might take a while! Hope it reachs you in one piece.
Von :)
Sending safe thoughts to Elizabeth and Vicki.

Darnell J Knauss said...

Very productive, indeed, Julia, and how fun to see a rare sighting of The King Bird!

Craftychris said...

Gorgeous card, the colour combination is fabulous. I couldn't join in on Wednesday - it always depends on if my M.E. lets me - hopefully be back next week xx

Linby said...

I could have written this post! I am exactly the same, someone once said to me "don't you ever just play" I think it must be the achiever part of me LOL!
Great card by the way.
Linbyx

Lynn Holland said...

Have a lovely weekend Julia, enjoy creating. I will be glad when these wedding invites are done. Done anyone ask me again, it's a definite no no.
Thanks for WOYWW I'm really enjoying it.
Lynn x
One I Made Earlier Today

...the yorkshire fox... said...

...gorgeous card Julia full of inky goodness...Mel :)

Leslie Hanna said...

Isn't it funny how we can look at stuff all day and when we see THE inspiration we need, it gets us off our butts? I love when that happens, and this card is GREAT! :)

PS: Who cleans up between cards? Sick people, I tell you, SICK PEOPLE.

Paula Gale said...

ah. Blue and brown goes really well - has to be the right shades mind.

I have to say that I don't watch the news an aweful lot at all because its usually doom and gloom... I dont even know what our weather is doing unless I step outside, so I didn't know about the tornado in the States. Thank goodness they are both safe...

Paula x x x