Monday, 17 January 2011

Come Waltz with me ...

.... it's the first one of 2011 and has such a lovely theme - Love/Valentine.  I've really been looking forward to seeing everyone's cards.



For this Waltz I've made my husband's Valentine card.  There are several things that Jonathan really enjoys - his family, his photography and his music.  So I decided to incorporate Jonathan's love of music into the Valentine card.  And I have just the right stamps to do that - the wonderful WMS Musical Backgrounds. 

I've combined several challenges in this card.  I used the layout - SFYTTJan, from I love 2 Stamp (see below) and I decided to go monochrome for the colour - which is this week's challenge at Just Add Ink - JAI51.  As one of my favourite colours is blue, that's the theme I chose for the JAI51 part of the challenge.



The sketch layout is for a square card, which is fortunate as this is a large 8" x 8" card.  I stamped two borders using the piano keys and mounted them to the blue base card.  Sort of like ribbon.  The card was originally white, but I used the direct to paper technique to add colour (summer sky).  I used some lovely Coredinations card for the layers - the mid-blue has a shimmer finish and the embossed layer has a whitewash finish - which I rubbed after it was embossed.  The long panel was stamped with the sheet music stamp.  The stamped heart is mounted onto some blue silk mirri - both cut using the Spellbinders heart dies.  The stamped heart image is also embossed with Stampendous Kaleidoscope embossing powder.  In real-life it has a lovely shimmer.  Finally, I added the little heart lock and key from the Little Box Labels set.  I've added a subtle shimmer (too subtle to see on the photo) all over the card using pearlescent chalks.



Stamps:  Waltzingmouse - Little Box Labels, Musical Backgrounds, Seasons of Love
Inks: Versamark; Memento - Summer Sky, Paris Dusk
Cuttlebug: D'vine Swirls folder
Chalks:  Pebbles Inc - Pearlescent chalks - shimmer
Paper/Card:  Papermania 8" x 8" card; Cordinations - Gemstones, Whitewash, Plain card

I really enjoyed making this card and hope that Jonathan likes it as much as I do.  Now, note to self - put it somewhere safe, but somewhere you can find it later!!

Finally, some of you may know that my daughter, Kathryn (9), has decided to start her blog to share her crafting.  Well, she set that up today and desparately wanted to join this Waltz.  She hasn't used WM stamps for her card (I wasn't too happy about her borrowing MY stamps) - but she will for the next one.

39 comments:

Jackie said...

Beautiful card, a change to see a Valentine card that isn't red :o)
Jackie xx

Alice Wertz said...

wonderful take on the sketch and very pretty colors! lovely card!

Pauline said...

Lovely, love the little key image.

Ingrid Danvers said...

Your card is beautiful. How nice to have a card in non-traditional Valentine's colors.

Sharon said...

Hi Deb! Your card is absolutely wonderful and I'm sure your husband will treasure it. I'm looking forward to seeing your daughter's work too, bless her.

Thank you for visiting my blog. I really appreciate it.

KimB said...

Its so nice to add some meaning to a card, you've done a wonderful job I'm sure you husband will love it. Thanks for playing at Just Add Ink.
Kim

Inkyfingers said...

This is such a lovely card Deb. The colours give it a masculine feel and I'm sure your husband will love it. Good luck with finding it again for Valentines Day!
Hugs
Carol x

{Lynn - that's me!} said...

This is just lovely Deb. Great combination of images to make one super sweet project. I'm happy to read that you have passed along your love for WMS to your daughter. I'm happy she will join us for the next Waltz.

cbuswell said...

Great card, love the stamp combo! The blue is lovely for a change too!

Sue Lelli said...

This is GORGEOUS! LOVE the blue color and the sheet music and key stamps!

Anabelle said...

So pretty! I love the blue tones and I love the piano keys on the border. :)

Jen Tapler said...

Lovin' that fabulous blue color combo - so refreshing for this theme!!

Mona L. Pendleton said...

Beautiful card Deb! Love the blue color combo and the piano borders!

Julia Aston said...

How lovely in the non-traditional blues Deborah! the heart looks super as do the rows of piano keys!

Dee in N.H. said...

How pretty! Love the piano keys!

Purrfect Paper Creations said...

This is such a cool Valentine's card--I love the colors and if you enlarge it you can just see some shimmer. I bet your hubby loves it!

Chris L.

Lee said...

Love the embossing and the 'non-traditional' colour scheme.

LaurieJ said...

Pretty card! Love the layout and the non-traditional color scheme - it's perfect for a man. I think your husband will love it.

Nancy said...

Beautiful card. I love that you used non traditional valentine colors.

Belinda said...

Just lovely! Love the non-traditional colors and the rows of piano keys!

Kelly S. said...

Oh I love this Blue Valentine :) Such a sweet mix of stamps, and look at the teeny little key to your heart to go along with the piano keys! Just lovely, Deb!

snowbear said...

Great card for a man!!!

NoraAnne said...

Beautiful card! I love your use of the musical background!

Joanne Gilch said...

thank you for the lovely comment on my WMS post! Love all the blues as it is my favorite color, too! Great take on Jen's sketch...hubby, Jonathan will love this

Claire Brennan said...

Fabby card Deborah! I love how yo used things your DH likes, all too often I make what I like, regardless of what the recipient will think!! lol! I need to take a leaf out of your book! Thank you for waltzing along with us!

Trish said...

Love the musical theme!
Trish

Muckyfingers said...

Lovely card, love the music background xXx

Joan B said...

love this color choice. and the music. and the size!! i guess i love the card!!!

faitha said...

A beautiful card

Sue W said...

Great card Deb!!! Love the blue for a boy and your musical Valentine......Perfect!

Mim said...

Yes... a hiding place that you remember later. This is always a challenge for me! It's a fab card, love the blue and the touches of music too.

Heidi said...

Wow this is so cool! Your husband will love it!

KindredEsprit said...

I love your blue card with all the musical touches! I'm sure your husband will love it!

Lenet said...

beautiful , love the non-traditional colors.

rudlis said...

Beautiful card Deb!Love the stamp combo.

Meredith said...

You make HUGE cards!! :)

I like that you did this in completely non-traditional colours :)

I can't wait to find your daughter's blog - that is the sweeeeeetest thing!! :)

Charmaine Stack said...

What a great and personal card for your DH. Love the heart lock and key idea. Now I have to get that Little Box Labels set!

Paula said...

I love this different take on a Valentine card - using blue is gorgeous, & not something I would think of in relation to Valentine's but it really works. Loe the musical theme to this too.
Paula (PEP)
http://pepcraftchallexp.blogspot.com/

Donna said...

Such a pretty little card. Donna x

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